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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.
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
December 4, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Before Diarra Kilpatrick was cast in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson," at age 12, she already knew what she wanted to do with her life: anything but acting. So when her hometown Detroit newspaper interviewed her about the production at a suburban theater, Kilpatrick told the reporter she wanted to be a lawyer or maybe the president of a public relations firm. But definitely not "a struggling actor," she said. Recounting that anecdote recently at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, where she's playing the lead role in Tarell Alvin McCraney's mytho-poetic drama "In the Red and Brown Water," Kilpatrick laughed at the memory of her precocious pre-adolescent self.
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