September 14, 1997 |
If there were an honor society for dedicated stage comedians, Paxton Whitehead might well be its grand pooh-bah. With more than three decades' worth of Broadway outings to his credit--well as myriad Shaws, spoofs and even sitcoms--he's tickled more funny bones than you can shake a stick at. Yet the British-born thespian, who first made his mark in 1964 by replacing Jonathan Miller in the classic comedy revue "Beyond the Fringe," hasn't lost his passion for the punch line.
June 14, 1987 |
Gene Hackman mourns the loss of his wife and his road-side diner while waitress Teri Garr attempts to get him over both in "Blue Moon, Light Water," which Peter Masterson directs in Texas in August. . . . Melanie Griffith is a lady of the night who gets involved with gangster/nightclub owner Sting in "Stormy Monday," which starts filming July 6 in London. . . .
August 28, 1989 |
How refreshing. Craig Noel's staging of "The School for Scandal" that opened over the weekend at the Old Globe, under the stars and under the path of airplanes headed for Lindbergh Field, doesn't go for the jugular. It goes for the glitter. Occasionally, it hits the gold.
February 26, 1992
Production: George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House" Direction: Martin Benson, "Heartbreak House" Lead Performance: Paxton Whitehead, "Heartbreak House," Richard Frank, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" Scenic design: John Iacovelli, "Heartbreak House," Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, "Pirates" Costume design: Ann Bruice, "You Can't Take It With You," Shigeru Yaji, "Happy End"
March 18, 1993 |
Bookings: A pre-Broadway tour of "My Fair Lady," with Richard Chamberlain as Henry Higgins, has been booked into the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a July 6-18 run, followed by a July 20-25 run at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The production features Melissa Errico as Eliza, Paxton Whitehead as Pickering, and Julian Holloway as Doolittle, re-creating the role his father, Stanley Holloway, created.
July 29, 1985 |
Three indelible scenes and a central performance dripping in evil rescue Shakespeare's "Richard III," final show of the season to join the Old Globe repertory, from the blandness of pageant/spectacle and bring it into the realm of theater. One is Richard's ill-begotten coronation. It is a stunning display of pomp and blind ambition as Richard ascends the throne, leaving his queen (Deborah May)--the widow of a man he murdered--to crumple to the floor before him.