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June 4, 2012 | By Barbara Isenberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Few properties have been mined as often as the world of Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, strange Uncle Fester and the rest of the macabre clan. Introduced in 1938 through Charles Addams' cartoons in the New Yorker, the ghoulish Addams family went on to star in a sitcom, movies and animated TV before inhabiting a Broadway musical in April 2010. Written by "Jersey Boys" librettists Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with a score by "The Wild Party's" Andrew Lippa, "The Addams Family" musical arrived on Broadway with Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, a $14-million advance and a critical thud.
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June 4, 2012 | By Barbara Isenberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Few properties have been mined as often as the world of Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, strange Uncle Fester and the rest of the macabre clan. Introduced in 1938 through Charles Addams' cartoons in the New Yorker, the ghoulish Addams family went on to star in a sitcom, movies and animated TV before inhabiting a Broadway musical in April 2010. Written by "Jersey Boys" librettists Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with a score by "The Wild Party's" Andrew Lippa, "The Addams Family" musical arrived on Broadway with Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, a $14-million advance and a critical thud.
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October 11, 1992 | BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg is a Times staff writer
Director Jerry Zaks is one busy guy. He's got "Guys and Dolls" packing them in around the corner on 45th Street, a second company of the show just out on tour, and understudies to worry about. Out in Hollywood, John Guare's hit comedy "Six Degrees of Separation" starts its national tour Thursday at the Doolittle Theatre. He's apologetic, he's cordial, but he's busy. All day meetings are set tomorrow on his next show, David Henry Hwang's "Face Value."
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August 26, 2009 | David Ng
Broadway actress Rachel York is going to have to learn to sing and dance in heavy fur coats for her latest stage role. York will play the fur-loving uber-villainess Cruella de Vil in the new stage musical "101 Dalmatians," which is set to open at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on June 8, 2010, for a two-week run as part of the Broadway/L.A. series. The show, directed by Tony winner Jerry Zaks, will premiere as a North American tour that will kick off in October in Minneapolis.
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November 13, 1994 | Chris Willman, Chris Willman is a regular contributor to Calendar
More than four decades after starting out in the business, and two decades after more or less retiring from the hit parade, songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller still stand as the most successful non-performing writing partnership in the history of rock 'n' roll. Imagine that no one else but these two had ever written a rock song.
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July 31, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Jerry Zaks Goes to Jujamcyn: Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks has resigned as director in residence at the Lincoln Center Theater, and will join Jujamcyn Theaters Sept. 15 in a salaried, untitled position that will allow him to develop plays and musicals for the company's five Broadway theaters. Officials said it is believed to be the first time that a theater owning and producing organization has retained a director on its staff.
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August 26, 2009 | David Ng
Broadway actress Rachel York is going to have to learn to sing and dance in heavy fur coats for her latest stage role. York will play the fur-loving uber-villainess Cruella de Vil in the new stage musical "101 Dalmatians," which is set to open at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on June 8, 2010, for a two-week run as part of the Broadway/L.A. series. The show, directed by Tony winner Jerry Zaks, will premiere as a North American tour that will kick off in October in Minneapolis.
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December 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
David Schwimmer will make his Broadway debut in a revival of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial," Herman Wouk's stage adaptation of his bestselling novel that later became a hit movie. The courtroom drama will open May 7 at a theater to be announced, with preview performances to begin April 14. Schwimmer, a former co-star of "Friends," will play the role of Lt. Barney Greenwald in the production, which will be directed by Jerry Zaks. Zeljko Ivanek will co-star as the infamous Lt. Cmdr.
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November 14, 2009
A public feud between Broadway stars Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein turns out to have been a publicity hoax surrounding their costarring roles in a new production of "All About Me," Variety reports. The trade reports that it will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Robert G. Bartner and Ambassador Theatre Group, with previews slated to start March 6 before opening March 23. The pair had been issuing combative press releases about each another ostensibly over the coincidence of their plans to put on shows with similar titles: Dame Edna's "It's All About Me" and Feinstein's "All About Me."
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June 3, 2003 | From Associated Press
The new Broadway season has suffered its first casualty -- even before the show opened. "Little Shop of Horrors" has canceled its summer Broadway engagement. An $8-million revival of what was one of off-Broadway's biggest hits had been scheduled to begin preview performances July 16 at the Virginia Theatre, where the marquee for the musical already is up. An opening had been set for Aug. 14.
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November 13, 1994 | Chris Willman, Chris Willman is a regular contributor to Calendar
More than four decades after starting out in the business, and two decades after more or less retiring from the hit parade, songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller still stand as the most successful non-performing writing partnership in the history of rock 'n' roll. Imagine that no one else but these two had ever written a rock song.
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October 11, 1992 | BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg is a Times staff writer
Director Jerry Zaks is one busy guy. He's got "Guys and Dolls" packing them in around the corner on 45th Street, a second company of the show just out on tour, and understudies to worry about. Out in Hollywood, John Guare's hit comedy "Six Degrees of Separation" starts its national tour Thursday at the Doolittle Theatre. He's apologetic, he's cordial, but he's busy. All day meetings are set tomorrow on his next show, David Henry Hwang's "Face Value."
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July 31, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Jerry Zaks Goes to Jujamcyn: Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks has resigned as director in residence at the Lincoln Center Theater, and will join Jujamcyn Theaters Sept. 15 in a salaried, untitled position that will allow him to develop plays and musicals for the company's five Broadway theaters. Officials said it is believed to be the first time that a theater owning and producing organization has retained a director on its staff.
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May 7, 2009 | David Ng
Touring productions of the Tony-winning musical "In the Heights" and Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" are the highlights of Broadway/L.A.'s 2010 season at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Also on tap is "101 Dalmatians: The Musical," directed by Jerry Zaks and adapted from the classic children's book by Dodie Smith. The new touring musical, which is not associated with the popular Disney animated film, is scheduled to launch in October in Minneapolis before traveling the nation. The 2010 season of Broadway/L.
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