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January 15, 1991 | JAN HERMAN
The Laguna Playhouse is facing a major test this week over the right to stage "Big River" after being accused of "unethical" behavior by the agency that controls the rights to the 1985 Tony Award-winning musical. The Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatre Library in New York maintains that the amateur playhouse, which has roughly 8,300 subscribers and a $1.1-million budget, has scheduled a "Big River" revival from May 14 to June 9 without having acquired or even applied for permission to do so.
August 7, 2012 | By David Ng
Marvin Hamlisch, the stage and film composer who created the memorable songs forĀ "A Chorus Line," has died at 68. The composer died on Monday in Los Angeles after collapsing from a brief illness, his family said in a statement. One of the most decorated composers in entertainment, Hamlisch had won a Tony Award, three Academy Awards, four Emmy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Hamlisch was still active just weeks ago. In his role as lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops, he conducted a July 21 concert at the Los Angeles Arboretum with Michael Feinstein.
January 17, 2004 | Don Shirley
"Embedded," Tim Robbins' satirical comedy inspired by events in Iraq, will move from the Actors' Gang in Hollywood to the New York Public Theater, with previews beginning Feb. 24. An opening date has not yet been set. Meanwhile, "Caroline, or Change," the Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori music drama, will move from the Public Theater to Broadway in the spring, opening May 2 -- in time for consideration for Tony Awards. -- Don Shirley
August 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A director fell through a trapdoor during a rehearsal for the Public Theater's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in New York City's Central Park, breaking four ribs and suffering a collapsed lung. The director, Daniel Sullivan, was expected back at rehearsal in a few days. The production's first preview at the Delacorte Theater was canceled, said the Public Theater's artistic director, Oskar Eustis.
September 28, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Jennifer Tilly, who starred in "Bride of Chucky" and "Seed of Chucky," returns to "Chucky" land in the latest installment, "Curse of Chucky," part of a six-film package - "Chucky: The Complete Collection Limited Edition" - that Universal is releasing Oct. 8 to celebrate the killer doll's 25th anniversary. Tilly also appears in the high-school romance movie "The Secret Lives of Dorks," which opened this weekend, and in Wallace Shawn's "Grasses of a Thousand Colors," which will have its American premiere at New York's Public Theater on Oct. 7. How did you get involved with "Chucky"?
March 13, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Montecito couple's $2 million donation pushed fundraising past the halfway mark for the Center for Film, Television and New Media at UC Santa Barbara. The gift from Joseph and Helene Pollock, longtime leaders in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival organization, assures construction of the facility's centerpiece public theater. It will be named in honor of the Pollocks. About $5.75 million has been raised toward the $10-million privately funded center.
March 28, 2006 | From Associated Press
"Macbeth" -- the Shakespeare tragedy no one mentions by name in a theater because of bad luck -- will be performed this summer in New York's Central Park, starring Liev Schreiber as the title character and Jennifer Ehle as Lady Macbeth. The free Public Theater production, to be directed by Moises Kaufman, will begin June 13 at the Delacorte Theater and run through July 9. For tickets, visit
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