January 7, 2013 |
Cathy Rigby flies across the Pantages Theatre stage from Jan. 15 through 27 in J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan," reprising her signature role, which earned her a 1991 Tony nomination. At age 60, the San Diego native still fits into the costume she wore for her 1974 debut as the boy who never grows up; theater producers had recruited her to parlay her fame as an Olympic gymnast into box-office gold. Rigby lives in La Habra Heights with her husband, Tom McCoy, who is also her partner in their theatrical production company, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, which produced her latest "Peter Pan" tour as well as productions of other American musicals.
January 2, 2013 |
"Peter and the Starcatcher," the family-friendly Broadway play from Disney Theatricals that is an informal prequel to "Peter Pan," has had several theatrical lives. The drama had developmental runs at the Williamstown Theater Festival and the La Jolla Playhouse. It eventually made its way to the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 before transferring to Broadway in 2012. The show's next stop will be off-Broadway's New World Stages, after its scheduled close at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Jan. 20. The New World Stages feature a handful of modestly sized theaters and is currently the home of "Avenue Q," which also moved there after its Broadway run. "Peter" has not set an opening date or cast for New World Stages.
July 11, 2012
Screen legend Peter O'Toole announced Tuesday that he is retiring from acting . "It's time for me to chuck in the sponge," he said in a statement. "To retire from stage and screen. The heart for it has gone out of me; it won't come back. " O'Toole, who turns 80 on Aug. 2, achieved international stardom and his first Oscar nomination for David Lean's 1962 "Lawrence of Arabia," an Academy Award-winning epic. O'Toole was 27 when he earned the coveted title role. He went on to earn best actor nominations - but no wins - for 1964's "Becket," 1968's "The Lion in Winter," 1969's "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," 1972's "The Ruling Class," 1980's "The Stunt Man," 1982's "My Favorite Year" and 2006's "Venus.
June 5, 2012 |
Apparently, spending the bulk of your time in Neverland really will stop you from growing up. Cathy Rigby won a Tony nomination for her performance as Peter Pan on Broadway in the 1990 revival. Now, at 59, she is once again soaring and scattering pixie dust at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, in a touring production by McCoy Rigby Entertainment, the company she runs with her husband, Tom McCoy. An earlier tour, in 2004-05, was billed as Rigby's farewell to the part she had claimed so definitively (even unseating Mary Martin)
December 3, 2011 |
It's become something of a holiday tradition — every couple of years, Syfy turns out a star-studded prequel to a beloved children's story — "Tin Man" in 2007, "Alice " in 2009. This time, it's J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" that goes through the mirror darkly in "Neverland," a cleverly conceived, at times visually lovely, but criminally long imagining of how Peter became Pan. It's difficult to imagine a more oft-told tale than "Peter Pan," which, in recent memory has been made into two live action films ("Hook," "Peter Pan")
October 17, 2011 |
There were the Nine Old Men, Walt Disney's famed founding animators, and then there was visual stylist Mary Blair. Along with such legends as Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas and Wolfgang Reitherman, Blair worked on the studio's animated features for more than 20 years — the only woman to have such a prominent role at Disney. "She influenced the tone of the picture with her use of color and design," said Michael Giaimo, art director on Disney's 1995 "Pocahontas" and visual development artist on 2004's "Home on the Range.