May 17, 1990 |
Love Letter Readers: A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" has been extended at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, with a new batch of celebrities taking the play's two roles on consecutive weeks. The latest names: Polly Draper and Harry Hamlin (June 5-10), Beau Bridges and Lesley Ann Warren (June 12-17), Lee Remick and Tom Skerritt (June 19-24), Patrick O'Neal and Gwen Verdon (June 26-July 1), Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands (July 3-8).
July 7, 1994
Members of the "Damn Yankees" cast including Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon and Jean Stapleton will appear at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on July 15 prior to a screening of the film at 7:30 p.m. The event scheduled at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., is part of the academy's ongoing "Standard Screening Series." The film's original trailer and footage of the original stage version will be shown with a three-strip Technicolor print of "Damn Yankees."
April 30, 1994
James Raitt, 41, arranger and musical supervisor for the perennial hit musical "Forever Plaid" and the current revival of "Damn Yankees." Raitt, a native of Orange County and graduate of USC, is a cousin of Broadway musical star John Raitt and his daughter, singer Bonnie Raitt. In addition to extensive work in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, James Raitt was musical director of solo performances by such entertainers as Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Ethel Merman.
April 21, 1989 |
The Players Club, a male bastion of the acting profession for 100 years, will induct its first women members Sunday at a star-studded centennial celebration at the Shubert Theater. Helen Hayes, first lady of the American theater, will head a list of 19 women who are expected to be on stage for the induction ceremony, scheduled to coincide with William Shakespeare's birthday. Hayes, 88, will receive the Players' first Edwin Booth Award for lifetime achievement in the theater.
August 3, 2003 |
Musical theater buffs who feel the poorer for never having glimpsed Zero Mostel's Tevye, Angela Lansbury's Mrs. Lovett or Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly -- or who wish they could behold them again -- will have the opportunity if they catch "Broadway's Lost Treasures," a new PBS television special that compiles 17 performances by mere stars and bona fide legends culled from Tony Awards broadcasts taped between 1967 and 1986.