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February 14, 1985 |
In a blow to backers of an ambitious expansion of the Music Center, a private consultant has recommended a scaled-down version, saying that existing entertainment facilities elsewhere render two proposed theaters in the multifaceted plan "impossible to justify at this time." But well-known consultant Harrison Price said that the Music Center "clearly needs a new large performance hall if the programs of the existing resident companies are to continue to grow and thrive."
April 6, 1997
1967: The Taper opens with John Whiting's "The Devils." The season includes Friedrich Durrenmatt's "The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi" and premieres of Romulus Linney's "The Sorrows of Frederick" and Oliver Hailey's "Who's Happy Now?" The experimental series New Theatre for Now begins. 1968: The U.S. premiere of Heinar Kipphardt's "In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer" addresses nuclear issues in the pre-SALT era and becomes the first Taper export to New York. Premieres of A.R. Gurney Jr.'
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January 31, 2001 |
Jean-Pierre Aumont, the suave, debonair actor whose seven-decade career on American and continental stage, screen and television ranged from "Lili" with Leslie Caron to Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" to the 1998 television miniseries "The Count of Monte Cristo," has died. He was 90. Aumont died Tuesday in his home in Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera.
April 5, 1993 |
Eugenie Leontovich, stage and film actress, writer, director and acting teacher, has died in New York City at 93. Noted for her Broadway roles in "Grand Hotel" and "Anastasia," Miss Leontovich died Friday at a nursing home in Manhattan of cardiac arrest and pneumonia. Her best-known film role was probably that of the Maharani in "The Rains of Ranchipur" with Richard Burton and Lana Turner in 1955.
November 4, 1985 |
The American Cinematheque and UCLA Film Archives' introductory week of "50 Years of Film From the Museum of Modern Art" tonight at 8 will present at the Doolittle (formerly Huntington Hartford) two of the 12 one-hour documentaries Joris Ivens made in China in 1972-73 as the Cultural Revolution was coming to its conclusion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1986 |
James Crosby, who parlayed a small paint company into the major gaming corporation that launched gambling in Atlantic City nearly eight years ago, has died at age 58. Crosby, board chairman of Resorts International, died Thursday at New York University Hospital in New York City after respiratory surgery. He had suffered from chronic emphysema for many years. On May 26, 1978, Resorts International opened the city's first gaming hall, at the time the only legal American casino outside Nevada.
July 30, 1986 |
High costs may be forcing the Music Center's Center Theatre Group and Gordon Davidson, artistic director of the CTG's Mark Taper Forum, to withdraw from their participation in the booking and management of the James A. Doolittle Theatre (formerly the Huntington Hartford). Unconfirmed reports indicate that unless a new arrangement can be struck or new sources of revenue found, Davidson and the CTG may have to pull out of the Doolittle operation in Hollywood after less than a year.
June 1, 2003 |
After the opening-night performance of Lily Tomlin's "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" at the Ahmanson Theatre May 21, about 300 anointed audience members -- mostly FOLs (friends of Lily), FOFOLs (friends of friends of Lily) and Center Theatre Group bigwigs -- strolled across the plaza to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for an after-party and Lily love fest in the dramatic second-floor Grand Hall.
March 21, 1985 |
The Mayfair has had many reincarnations since it opened in 1911 as Santa Monica's first theater. In its 74 years, it has been an opera house, a vaudeville showcase, a movie theater and, most recently, an English music hall. The owners believe it is the oldest continuously operating theater in Los Angeles County and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce statistics confirm that. And now, after a refurbishing by new owners Gerald Roberts and Herbert J.
October 8, 1992 |
No one writes drawing room comedies anymore. They don't even build drawing rooms anymore. And they were hard to find even in 1958, when playwrights Cornelia Otis Skinner and Sam Taylor unveiled "The Pleasure of His Company," a work Noel Coward said he wished he had written himself.