July 24, 2013 |
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.
January 24, 2013 |
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.
June 1, 2013 |
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.
November 13, 1994 |
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.
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."
June 25, 1993 |
"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.