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.
July 26, 2012 |
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.
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.