January 15, 1991 |
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.
October 23, 2012 |
Beyond the fact that it is sensational, the Fountain Theatre's production of "In the Red and Brown Water" by Tarell Alvin McCraney is important for two reasons: It introduces Los Angeles audiences to a dramatic poet in the process of discovering his singular voice and it shows how magnificently one of L.A.'s better small theaters can serve bold new talent. The play, which is part of McCraney's "Brother/Sister" trilogy, brought the 32-year-old African American playwright a good deal of attention when the cycle was produced off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2009.
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October 5, 2001
Judith Jordan, a gifted character actress with credits in film and on television and the Broadway stage, has died. She was 61. Jordan died of complications from ovarian cancer Sept. 13 in Malibu. Born in Newark, N.J., Jordan moved to New York City in 1958 and studied with the leading acting teachers of the day, including Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner. She was cast in "Enter Laughing" and "Fiorella" on Broadway.
January 17, 2004 |
"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 7, 2012 |
Marvin Hamlisch, the stage and film composer who created the memorable songs for "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.
August 4, 2007 |
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.
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July 18, 2010 |
James Gammon, a character actor whose gravelly voice and craggy face made indelible memories in Sam Shepard plays, a spate of western TV shows and films, plus a comic turn in the baseball movie "Major League," has died. He was 70. Gammon died Friday surrounded by his family at his daughter's home in Costa Mesa, where he and his wife, Nancy, had been living. He had cancer of the adrenal glands and the liver. Gammon may be best known for his role as Lou Brown, manager of the hapless Cleveland Indians in the 1989 comedy "Major League" and its 1994 sequel.
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March 13, 2004 |
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.