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September 30, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A benefit for AIDS victims in Chicago with Angela Lansbury and Oprah Winfrey, among others, drew more than 3,000 people. The two-hour sell-out performance also featured Peter Allen, Colleen Dewhurst, Jerry Herman, Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams and five Chicago choirs. The benefit was dedicated to Broadway producer Fritz Holt, who helped organize it before he died of AIDS last summer.
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September 11, 2010 | By Mike Boehm and David Ng, Los Angeles Times
As it gradually works its way back to solid financial ground, the Pasadena Playhouse has added two more productions to its lineup for the upcoming season. Ed Asner will star in the solo show "FDR" (Oct. 12 to Nov. 7), a drama that follows the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from inauguration to World War II. The production is based on Dore Schary's Tony-winning play "Sunrise at Campobello" that ran on Broadway in 1958 and was made into a film in 1960. "Uptown, Downtown" (Nov.
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November 13, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The question confronting the packed house waiting for Leslie Uggams to sing Thursday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center was simple: Which Leslie Uggams would turn up for the cabaret season's opening performance in Founders Hall? Would it be the Leslie Uggams of "Sing Along With Mitch"? The Leslie Uggams of "Roots"? Or the Leslie Uggams of countless concert and musical-theater performances? The answer, as it turned out, was a lot better than the question.
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August 3, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Mitch Miller, who helped shape musical tastes in the 1950s and early '60s as the head of the popular music division at Columbia Records and hosted the hit "Sing Along With Mitch" TV show in the early '60s while becoming one of the era's most commercially successful recording artists, has died. He was 99. Miller died Saturday after a short illness at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said his daughter, Margaret Miller Reuther. A top oboist and English horn player who joined the CBS Symphony Orchestra in the 1930s and later recorded with legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, Miller wound up his more than seven-decade musical career guest conducting symphony orchestras around the world.
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October 7, 1991 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Bernardino Civic Light Opera's "Stringbean" looks authentic. Looks can be deceiving. Lanie Robertson's surprisingly powerful star-is-born melodrama is presented as a realistic play about Ethel Waters. It is nothing of the kind. The illusion is strengthened by Leslie Uggams' performance.
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July 27, 1988 | JAN HERMAN
Leslie Uggams will star in the touring production of "Anything Goes" that will play the Southland next year. The casting was announced by a spokesman for the Orange County Performing Arts Center, where the Cole Porter show will play Sept. 19-24, 1989. The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera has also announced "Anything Goes" is on its schedule, and a New York spokesman for the show confirmed that the road company of the Tony-winning revival, featuring Uggams, will play Los Angeles July 18-Sept.
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January 26, 1997 | Susan King, Susan King is a Times staff writer
LeVar Burton Role: Kunta Kinte MEMORIES: "I was the first one there [on location] in Savannah. Everyone came in after I arrived, and the buzz among the actors was, 'This is material that we do not often see.' These were all veterans in the industry and really venerable actors in my eyes, and they all had a special feeling in their voices when talking about the script. "There's such a thing as the 'Roots' family.
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January 25, 2009 | Greg Braxton
Leslie Uggams and Lena Horne have crossed paths only a few times. But Uggams feels that the force and power of the iconic singer have always been a part of her. "Lena was a goddess in my house -- my mother played her records all the time, and I was always moved by how beautiful and classy she was," says Uggams. "When I was doing my nightclub act at the Coconut Grove in 1965, she pinned me as a Delta -- we both belong to Delta Sigma Theta. I've always felt like she's been so close to me."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2010 | By Mike Boehm and David Ng, Los Angeles Times
As it gradually works its way back to solid financial ground, the Pasadena Playhouse has added two more productions to its lineup for the upcoming season. Ed Asner will star in the solo show "FDR" (Oct. 12 to Nov. 7), a drama that follows the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from inauguration to World War II. The production is based on Dore Schary's Tony-winning play "Sunrise at Campobello" that ran on Broadway in 1958 and was made into a film in 1960. "Uptown, Downtown" (Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Mitch Miller, who helped shape musical tastes in the 1950s and early '60s as the head of the popular music division at Columbia Records and hosted the hit "Sing Along With Mitch" TV show in the early '60s while becoming one of the era's most commercially successful recording artists, has died. He was 99. Miller died Saturday after a short illness at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said his daughter, Margaret Miller Reuther. A top oboist and English horn player who joined the CBS Symphony Orchestra in the 1930s and later recorded with legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, Miller wound up his more than seven-decade musical career guest conducting symphony orchestras around the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2009 | Greg Braxton
Leslie Uggams and Lena Horne have crossed paths only a few times. But Uggams feels that the force and power of the iconic singer have always been a part of her. "Lena was a goddess in my house -- my mother played her records all the time, and I was always moved by how beautiful and classy she was," says Uggams. "When I was doing my nightclub act at the Coconut Grove in 1965, she pinned me as a Delta -- we both belong to Delta Sigma Theta. I've always felt like she's been so close to me."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The question confronting the packed house waiting for Leslie Uggams to sing Thursday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center was simple: Which Leslie Uggams would turn up for the cabaret season's opening performance in Founders Hall? Would it be the Leslie Uggams of "Sing Along With Mitch"? The Leslie Uggams of "Roots"? Or the Leslie Uggams of countless concert and musical-theater performances? The answer, as it turned out, was a lot better than the question.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1997 | Susan King, Susan King is a Times staff writer
LeVar Burton Role: Kunta Kinte MEMORIES: "I was the first one there [on location] in Savannah. Everyone came in after I arrived, and the buzz among the actors was, 'This is material that we do not often see.' These were all veterans in the industry and really venerable actors in my eyes, and they all had a special feeling in their voices when talking about the script. "There's such a thing as the 'Roots' family.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 1991 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Bernardino Civic Light Opera's "Stringbean" looks authentic. Looks can be deceiving. Lanie Robertson's surprisingly powerful star-is-born melodrama is presented as a realistic play about Ethel Waters. It is nothing of the kind. The illusion is strengthened by Leslie Uggams' performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 1988 | JAN HERMAN
Leslie Uggams will star in the touring production of "Anything Goes" that will play the Southland next year. The casting was announced by a spokesman for the Orange County Performing Arts Center, where the Cole Porter show will play Sept. 19-24, 1989. The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera has also announced "Anything Goes" is on its schedule, and a New York spokesman for the show confirmed that the road company of the Tony-winning revival, featuring Uggams, will play Los Angeles July 18-Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A benefit for AIDS victims in Chicago with Angela Lansbury and Oprah Winfrey, among others, drew more than 3,000 people. The two-hour sell-out performance also featured Peter Allen, Colleen Dewhurst, Jerry Herman, Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams and five Chicago choirs. The benefit was dedicated to Broadway producer Fritz Holt, who helped organize it before he died of AIDS last summer.
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