July 3, 2012 |
Though best remembered for his small-screen starring roles on "The Andy Griffith Show"and "Matlock," the late Andy Griffith also enjoyed some stage time early in his career. Before he was Sheriff Andy Taylor keeping watch on Mayberry, Griffith starred as Private Will Stockdale in the 1955 Air Force comedy "No Time for Sergeants," which ran for nearly 800 performances until 1957 and also marked the Broadway debut for Griffiths' future TV costar, Don Knotts. The play was based on a novel by Mac Hyman, which was adapted for the stage by Ira Levin (who would go on to write the novel"Rosemary's Baby")
August 27, 2012 |
A Los Angeles revival of Ira Levin's “Deathtrap” has been canceled after the estate of the late author expressed objections to the use of nudity and some of the production's gay content. The engagement, which was supposed to have begun September at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, was to be a remounting of the staging that ran at the center in the spring. Levin's estate revoked permission to stage the murder story, citing an instance of nudity that occurs near the end of first act in the center's staging, according to Jon Imparato, a producer of the revival.
March 7, 1987 |
Alfred de Liagre Jr., the courtly yet unpretentious Broadway producer of such hit shows as "Deathtrap," "The Voice of the Turtle," "J.B." and the 1983 revival of "On Your Toes" and recently chosen by drama critics throughout the country to the Theater Hall of Fame, died Thursday of lung cancer. He was 82. De Liagre, known as "Delly" on Broad way, had been a producer for more than 60 years, said spokesman Jeffrey Richards, who represented "On Your Toes" during its New York run four years ago.
March 14, 1993 |
The amount of male frontal nudity in "Sliver" is shrinking, apparently. Sex scenes with Sharon Stone and William Baldwin were to have gone where no Hollywood film had gone before. The scuttlebutt was that one scene in which the actors writhe in front of a picture window would be more graphic than anything in "Basic Instinct." Exploration of a man's--not a woman's--sexuality was to get more screen treatment.
March 18, 1990 |
The Doors (Doors Project). Shooting in L.A. and San Francisco. Oliver Stone's next will be a look at the rise and fall of volatile poet Jim Morrison and his '60s outfit, The Doors. Val Kilmer plays Morrison as we trail the band from the dives of the Sunset Strip to their soaring success--cut short by Morrison's mysterious 1971 death in a Parisian bathtub. Executive producers Mario Kassar, Nicholas Clainos and Brian Grazer. Producers Sasha Harari, Bill Graham and A. Kitman Ho.
August 28, 1992 |
"Deathtrap," a comedy thriller that works much better on stage than it did as a movie, is enjoy ing a spirited revival at Actors Alley Repertory Theatre in North Hollywood. The central character is a once-famous playwright (John B. Donovan) who hasn't struck it big in 18 years. Reduced to teaching a seminar in the plotting of thrillers, he would kill for another hit.
October 30, 1997
It's been 30 years since we last saw Rosemary gently rocking the black-creped bassinet that held her horned, tailed, clawed, yellow-eyed offspring. Not content to let readers come to their own conclusions as to what happened next, Ira Levin chose to desecrate the memory of his most accomplished work with "Son of Rosemary: The Sequel to 'Rosemary's Baby,' " a hackneyed, jaw-droppingly banal sequel that defines the word "unnecessary." The devil must have made him do it.