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June 29, 1993 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of struggle and frustration, Jeff Arch is finally a Hollywood player. His first produced screenplay, the quirky "Sleepless in Seattle," is turning out to be the "sleeper" of the summer, grossing an impressive $17 million its opening weekend. Arch is currently writing other screenplays for directors Penny Marshall, Barry Levinson and Ron Howard and, at last count, working on three other projects.
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July 24, 2013 | By David Ng
Annie is from Baltimore. Sam is from Seattle. They meet on top of the Empire State Building in New York. But will the musical version of their love story be heading to London? "Sleepless in Seattle," the musical version of the hit 1993 movie, is eyeing the West End as its next possible destination. Sheldon Epps, the artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse, where the show debuted this year, confirmed that talks are underway for a London production that could happen as early as next year.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Pasadena Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps is set to direct the world premiere of "Sleepless in Seattle -- The Musical," when the show opens at the theater in May. He replaces the previously announced Lonny Price. Jeff Arch, who wrote the original story and co-wrote the screenplay for the 1993 romantic comedy that starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, wrote the book for the musical. Ben Toth composed the music and Sam Forman wrote the lyrics. "I am pleased that a recent change in my own schedule allows me to take on the joy and excitement of directing this musical and working even more closely with Jeff, Ben and Sam," Epps said in a statement Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2013 | By Karen Wada
As his actors run through a crucial scene - one in which hopes are dashed and the plot is thickened - director Sheldon Epps watches with a contemplative eye. "Good," Epps says at the scene's end, his elegant baritone filling the Pasadena Playhouse rehearsal space. "Let's do it again. But this time, I want you to take every pause out. " The actors look up. "You may get them back," he says reassuringly. "Let's try it. " CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat and more Afterward, amid approving nods, Epps explains.
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July 26, 2012 | By David Ng
The producers behind the new stage musical version of "Sleepless in Seattle" said on Thursday that they have hired a new songwriting team for the delayed project. They also said the musical is expected to premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in June 2013. "Sleepless" will feature songs by composer Ben Toth and lyricist Sam Forman. The producers had previously hired a songwriting team consisting of Michelle Citrin, Michael Garin and Josh Nelson. "It was our conclusion that we didn't feel that the music team we had was the horse we could ride to the end of this," said David Shor, the musical's producer, in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By David Ng
Annie is from Baltimore. Sam is from Seattle. They meet on top of the Empire State Building in New York. But will the musical version of their love story be heading to London? "Sleepless in Seattle," the musical version of the hit 1993 movie, is eyeing the West End as its next possible destination. Sheldon Epps, the artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse, where the show debuted this year, confirmed that talks are underway for a London production that could happen as early as next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2013 | By Karen Wada
As his actors run through a crucial scene - one in which hopes are dashed and the plot is thickened - director Sheldon Epps watches with a contemplative eye. "Good," Epps says at the scene's end, his elegant baritone filling the Pasadena Playhouse rehearsal space. "Let's do it again. But this time, I want you to take every pause out. " The actors look up. "You may get them back," he says reassuringly. "Let's try it. " CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat and more Afterward, amid approving nods, Epps explains.
MAGAZINE
November 13, 1994 | Maria C. Iacobo
The Katzenberg memo, in which the former Walt Disney Studios chairman (who's now one-third of the Katzenberg-Spielberg-Geffen trinity) pilloried Hollywood's free-spenders, has joined the show-biz vernacular. But there's another, lesser-known Disney memo whose influence arguably exceeded Katzenberg's.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1994
* Picture: "The Fugitive," "In the Name of the Father," "The Piano," "The Remains of the Day," "Schindler's List." * Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "In the Name of the Father"; Laurence Fishburne, "What's Love Got to Do With It"; Tom Hanks, "Philadelphia"; Anthony Hopkins, "The Remains of the Day"; Liam Neeson, "Schindler's List."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1993 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Sleepless in Seattle" (citywide), a real charmer, is a romantic comedy about an ultimate long-distance relationship. Emphasize "romantic." Emphasize "comedy." It delivers both. The "Sleepless" lovers--Tom Hanks as Sam, the insomniac Seattle widower-architect, and Meg Ryan as Annie, the streetwise Baltimore journalist--not only live in different cities on different coasts, they don't even know each other.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Pasadena Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps is set to direct the world premiere of "Sleepless in Seattle -- The Musical," when the show opens at the theater in May. He replaces the previously announced Lonny Price. Jeff Arch, who wrote the original story and co-wrote the screenplay for the 1993 romantic comedy that starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, wrote the book for the musical. Ben Toth composed the music and Sam Forman wrote the lyrics. "I am pleased that a recent change in my own schedule allows me to take on the joy and excitement of directing this musical and working even more closely with Jeff, Ben and Sam," Epps said in a statement Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By David Ng
The producers behind the new stage musical version of "Sleepless in Seattle" said on Thursday that they have hired a new songwriting team for the delayed project. They also said the musical is expected to premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in June 2013. "Sleepless" will feature songs by composer Ben Toth and lyricist Sam Forman. The producers had previously hired a songwriting team consisting of Michelle Citrin, Michael Garin and Josh Nelson. "It was our conclusion that we didn't feel that the music team we had was the horse we could ride to the end of this," said David Shor, the musical's producer, in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1993 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of struggle and frustration, Jeff Arch is finally a Hollywood player. His first produced screenplay, the quirky "Sleepless in Seattle," is turning out to be the "sleeper" of the summer, grossing an impressive $17 million its opening weekend. Arch is currently writing other screenplays for directors Penny Marshall, Barry Levinson and Ron Howard and, at last count, working on three other projects.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 1994 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Like the earnest young man it's named after, "Iron Will" (citywide) would blush and protest if any kind of fuss were made over it. Just doing my job, sir, this film would say if it could talk, no need to make me out to be more than I am. True enough, but it is "Iron Will's" double charm that its aspirations are humble and straightforward and that it fulfills them so completely.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1994 | JUDY BRENNAN
When it comes to writing from personal experience, veteran screenwriter John Michael Hayes ("Rear Window," "Peyton Place") has gone the distance. Like the main character Will Stoneman in Disney's new release "Iron Will," Hayes says he faced huge odds in getting his story to the big screen. For Stoneman, 17, it is a treacherous, 522-mile cross-country dog sled race from Winnipeg, Canada, to St. Paul, Minn., in the dead of 1917's brutal winter.
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