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May 31, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Former Ahmanson Theatre artistic director Robert Fryer, whose Broadway productions won 37 Tony awards and who produced several Oscar-nominated movies, died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 79. From 1971 to 1989, Fryer brought 71 star-studded productions to the Ahmanson, in downtown Los Angeles.
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June 7, 2000 | SYLVIE DRAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On the day I received the news that producer Robert Fryer had died, I was in New York, sweating through just the kind of hot, muggy New York afternoon that Bobby hated. (Though his name was Robert, I can't think of anyone who didn't think of him as Bobby.) There, in the heart of Broadway, among the garish marquees, limousines, hawkers and flowing masses, his presence was all around.
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January 3, 1991 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ovations, please, for Robert Fryer, Betty Garrett, Gregory Harrison, the James Irvine Foundation, C. Bernard Jackson, Neil Simon and America's reigning theatrical couple--Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. They'll receive Theatre LA's second annual Ovation Awards on March 4 at the Pasadena Playhouse in a benefit for the Actors' Fund of America. Kudos may also be due the organizers of this year's awards for paring the number of winners down from last year's 15.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Former Ahmanson Theatre artistic director Robert Fryer, whose Broadway productions won 37 Tony awards and who produced several Oscar-nominated movies, died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 79. From 1971 to 1989, Fryer brought 71 star-studded productions to the Ahmanson, in downtown Los Angeles.
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March 27, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle will honor three artistic directors for outstanding achievement during its April 6 awards. Pipeline Prod.'s Scott Kelman will receive the Margaret Harford Awards for "continuing contribution to theater"; Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum artistic director Gordon Davidson, will receive an award honoring the Taper's 20th anniversary, and Robert Fryer from the Ahmanson Theatre will be guest of honor at the ceremonies.
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December 28, 1986 | DAN SULLIVAN
Los Angeles theater was looking a little glum as the year ended. The Shubert was dark, looking for a successor to "Cats." The Nederlander houses hadn't had a hit since "La Cage aux Folles." The Ahmanson's Robert Fryer announced that he was leaving in 1988. The Taper had had to duck out of its partnership running the Doolittle with UCLA. The Los Angeles Theatre Center was keeping its head above water, but it was a battle. Peg Yorkin decided she had lost enough money with the L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2000 | SYLVIE DRAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On the day I received the news that producer Robert Fryer had died, I was in New York, sweating through just the kind of hot, muggy New York afternoon that Bobby hated. (Though his name was Robert, I can't think of anyone who didn't think of him as Bobby.) There, in the heart of Broadway, among the garish marquees, limousines, hawkers and flowing masses, his presence was all around.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
It's an old story that won't go away. Martin Manulis' decision earlier this week to resign, effective July 1, as artistic director of the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson is forcing everyone to focus once again on the theater's multiple problems. Most often cited as culprits are the configuration of the house (too cavernous), the growing difficulty of putting a season together and of finding talent (in this case superstars, historically the Ahmanson's best drawing card).
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September 8, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
A few days ago in London, Robert Fryer firmed up the final production for the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre's 1988-89 season. It will, as had been speculated, be Tom Stoppard's dazzling mystery "Hapgood," a London hit which variously involves quantum physics, international paranoia and twins. Stoppard, who is doing rewrites on the play (which viewers found mysterious, even as mysteries go), will be on hand throughout the rehearsals.
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June 29, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
The opening of "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" at the Shubert Theatre, earlier announced for fall, has been postponed until sometime during the first six months of 1990, reports Gerald Schoenfeld, Shubert Organization chairman, citing conflicts with Robbins' schedule as the reason for the delay. Schoenfeld denied rumors that the production might be scrubbed. "Our goal is to open an engagement in Los Angeles as the first stop of what will be a many-city tour, including Japan," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 1991 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ovations, please, for Robert Fryer, Betty Garrett, Gregory Harrison, the James Irvine Foundation, C. Bernard Jackson, Neil Simon and America's reigning theatrical couple--Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. They'll receive Theatre LA's second annual Ovation Awards on March 4 at the Pasadena Playhouse in a benefit for the Actors' Fund of America. Kudos may also be due the organizers of this year's awards for paring the number of winners down from last year's 15.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
The opening of "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" at the Shubert Theatre, earlier announced for fall, has been postponed until sometime during the first six months of 1990, reports Gerald Schoenfeld, Shubert Organization chairman, citing conflicts with Robbins' schedule as the reason for the delay. Schoenfeld denied rumors that the production might be scrubbed. "Our goal is to open an engagement in Los Angeles as the first stop of what will be a many-city tour, including Japan," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
A few days ago in London, Robert Fryer firmed up the final production for the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre's 1988-89 season. It will, as had been speculated, be Tom Stoppard's dazzling mystery "Hapgood," a London hit which variously involves quantum physics, international paranoia and twins. Stoppard, who is doing rewrites on the play (which viewers found mysterious, even as mysteries go), will be on hand throughout the rehearsals.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
It's an old story that won't go away. Martin Manulis' decision earlier this week to resign, effective July 1, as artistic director of the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson is forcing everyone to focus once again on the theater's multiple problems. Most often cited as culprits are the configuration of the house (too cavernous), the growing difficulty of putting a season together and of finding talent (in this case superstars, historically the Ahmanson's best drawing card).
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle will honor three artistic directors for outstanding achievement during its April 6 awards. Pipeline Prod.'s Scott Kelman will receive the Margaret Harford Awards for "continuing contribution to theater"; Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum artistic director Gordon Davidson, will receive an award honoring the Taper's 20th anniversary, and Robert Fryer from the Ahmanson Theatre will be guest of honor at the ceremonies.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1986 | DAN SULLIVAN
Los Angeles theater was looking a little glum as the year ended. The Shubert was dark, looking for a successor to "Cats." The Nederlander houses hadn't had a hit since "La Cage aux Folles." The Ahmanson's Robert Fryer announced that he was leaving in 1988. The Taper had had to duck out of its partnership running the Doolittle with UCLA. The Los Angeles Theatre Center was keeping its head above water, but it was a battle. Peg Yorkin decided she had lost enough money with the L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1986
The mystery of Edwin Drood," scheduled to open in March as the third show of the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson's season, has been canceled. According to Ahmanson artistic director Robert Fryer, funding for "Drood's national tour, to be shared by the Ahmanson with the Kennedy Center and in-house producer Robert Garner of Center Attractions at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, has fallen through.
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March 9, 1986
It should be apparent by now that the present season at the Ahmanson Theatre is a near-total disaster. No sooner had the stench of the garbage pile yclept "The Unvarnished Truth" been wafted out of the theater by the faint evanescent odors of the tepid "Foxfire" (which, after all, was a reconstituted production, not a new one), along came the incredibly vile "Legends," an insult to the two apparently gullible but lovely ladies involved in it. The prospect of "Picnic," already done to death by every school and community theater in the U.S.A.
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