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October 22, 2009 | David Ng
The first eight weeks of Rocco Landesman's tenure as head of the National Endowment for the Arts have not been easy. Conservative politicians and pundits have launched vigorous protests of the organization's activities. In September, a high-ranking NEA communications official resigned following accusations that he was involved in recruiting artists to create works in support of President Obama's policies. In an interview with The Times on Wednesday, Landesman downplayed the recent partisan fighting that has dragged his organization into the media spotlight, saying that he remains optimistic about the power of art to help heal the national economy.
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February 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Opting for arts-administration and fundraising credentials over star power, the White House announced Wednesday that President Obama will nominate Jane Chu, president and chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., as the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Chu has led the Kauffman Center since 2006, when it was being planned. She oversaw a $414-million campaign to build the center, which opened in September 2011. Chu, who has spent most of her life in the Midwest and Texas, has had a much lower national profile than most nominees for the NEA chairmanship over the past 20 years.
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January 29, 1995 | Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg is a Times staff writer
It was early summer in 1987 and things were not going well for Jujamcyn Theaters. The smallest of Broadway's three theater chains had more houses empty than full and losses were mounting. "I thought," says owner James Binger, "that our management could be improved." Binger had his eye on Rocco Landesman, a former Yale professor of dramatic literature and criticism whose first try at producing was the Tony-winning musical "Big River," then playing at Binger's Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By David Ng
The future head of the National Endowment for the Arts will likely face many of the same funding challenges that have beset the organization for years, according to two former chairs of the federal arts organization. In separate interviews, Dana Gioia and actress Jane Alexander, both of whom have served as chairs of the NEA, said that the organization continues to be under-funded and that restoring cuts to its budgets will likely be at the top of the next chair's agenda. On Wednesday, Jane Chu was announced as President Obama's nominee to be chairwoman of the NEA. Chu, the president and chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., faces Senate confirmation.
NEWS
August 7, 2003
Broadway (re)bound?: Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick may return to Broadway's "The Producers." Rocco Landesman, a producer of the show, confirmed that discussions are underway but said that no agreement has been reached. Academy boss: Writer Frank R. Pierson has been reelected to his third term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Country stars: Carl Smith and Floyd Cramer have been selected for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2009 | Associated Press
Jordan Roth will head Jujamcyn Theaters, the organization that owns and operates five Broadway theaters. He replaces Rocco Landesman, who was confirmed last month as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Roth, 33, will also acquire a 50% ownership in the company. He joined Jujamcyn in 2005 as resident producer and was elevated to vice president the next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2005
I found Don Shirley's article "Lest the Country Look Away, Playwrights Launch a Fusillade of Dramas About the War in Iraq" [Oct. 9] extremely engrossing. As a subscriber to the Taper, the Geffen Playhouse and other L.A. venues, I have seen several of the plays he described. The public needs to see more shows such as "Stuff Happens" and "Nine Parts of Desire." I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of "Lewis and Clark ... ," "The God of Hell" and, hopefully, "The Poor Itch." I take issue with Rocco Landesman's comment that "a Broadway audience comes for entertainment, not to be lectured."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2002
HOW gracious of New York producer Rocco Landesman to concede some "moments that are moving" in the Taper's "Big River" while pronouncing it "below Broadway's standards" and needing a "bigger sound" ("This 'River' Is Surging Forward," by Don Shirley, Dec. 25). But he thinks he can fix it. Whew! What a relief. Some things -- possibly Big Apple chutzpah -- never change, but Broadway standards are not among them. Perhaps if Broadway and Landesman would fret less over achieving "bigger sound" -- an irony if ever there was one, given the dazzling, breakthrough dramatic technique boldly and beautifully introduced in this production -- and spend more time taking notes on how real entertainment is communicated to an audience, he and Broadway could improve their standards.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By David Ng
The future head of the National Endowment for the Arts will likely face many of the same funding challenges that have beset the organization for years, according to two former chairs of the federal arts organization. In separate interviews, Dana Gioia and actress Jane Alexander, both of whom have served as chairs of the NEA, said that the organization continues to be under-funded and that restoring cuts to its budgets will likely be at the top of the next chair's agenda. On Wednesday, Jane Chu was announced as President Obama's nominee to be chairwoman of the NEA. Chu, the president and chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., faces Senate confirmation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Opting for arts-administration and fundraising credentials over star power, the White House announced Wednesday that President Obama will nominate Jane Chu, president and chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., as the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Chu has led the Kauffman Center since 2006, when it was being planned. She oversaw a $414-million campaign to build the center, which opened in September 2011. Chu, who has spent most of her life in the Midwest and Texas, has had a much lower national profile than most nominees for the NEA chairmanship over the past 20 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman announced his retirement Tuesday effective at the end of the year -- but not without a sense of humor. "The time has come for me to become a cliché: I turned 65, am going to retire, and cannot wait to spend more time in Miami Beach," Landesman said in a statement released by the NEA. Landesman -- a Tony Award-winning producer of, among other hits, Mel Brooks ' “ The Producers ,”  looked back on his three-year term in the statement: “My intention has always been to serve one term, and we have been able to accomplish more than I had ever thought possible: sparking a national movement around creative placemaking, forging significant relationships with other federal agencies, creating an unprecedented healing arts partnership with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and increasing both the scope and impact of our research office.” Landesman was president of Jujamcyn Theaters, which produced “Angels in America” on Broadway in 1993-94 after its initial staging at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and a big baseball fan, spent Thursday afternoon in two poor South Los Angeles neighborhoods, Watts and Willowbrook, playing the arts-funding equivalent of small ball. "Small ball" is a scrappy and opportunistic style that some major league baseball teams use to score runs when they can't afford star sluggers who can win games with one big swing. At the NEA, a parallel to small ball is Our Town — a new, $5-million-a-year initiative that Landesman, previously a Broadway producer, named after a landmark Thornton Wilder play that reliably packs a big emotional wallop without requiring much in the way of props, costumes or scenery.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2009 | David Ng
The first eight weeks of Rocco Landesman's tenure as head of the National Endowment for the Arts have not been easy. Conservative politicians and pundits have launched vigorous protests of the organization's activities. In September, a high-ranking NEA communications official resigned following accusations that he was involved in recruiting artists to create works in support of President Obama's policies. In an interview with The Times on Wednesday, Landesman downplayed the recent partisan fighting that has dragged his organization into the media spotlight, saying that he remains optimistic about the power of art to help heal the national economy.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2009 | Associated Press
Jordan Roth will head Jujamcyn Theaters, the organization that owns and operates five Broadway theaters. He replaces Rocco Landesman, who was confirmed last month as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Roth, 33, will also acquire a 50% ownership in the company. He joined Jujamcyn in 2005 as resident producer and was elevated to vice president the next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2009 | Diane Haithman
The new chief of the National Endowment for the Arts, Broadway producer Rocco Landesman, said on Tuesday that his "big topics" include arts education, bringing more artists into the nation's cities and communities, and beefing up the federal arts agency's support of "more relevant artistic activities, the more active and engaged forms of art, as well as those more traditional art forms." That list includes new media as well as music, dance and theater forms that have engaged younger performers and audiences in the inner city and elsewhere.
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May 13, 2009 | David Ng
Rocco Landesman, a Broadway impresario known for his colorful personality and blunt candor, has reportedly been chosen by the Obama administration to lead the National Endowment for the Arts. According to a report in the New York Times, the White House will nominate Landesman for the position of chairman at the NEA, a post that was previously held by Dana Gioia. The formal announcement is expected to come today.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 1985 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
"Stay tuned for an incredible celebration of the New York theater's finest talents . . . . " Van Johnson, one of the New York theater's finest talents? Juliet Prowse? Rex Smith? Susan Anton? Well, for your information, Mr. Theater Snob, Anton did "Hurlyburly" on Broadway this very season. Anyway, who's counting?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1988 | NANCY CHURNIN
Two years ago, when Jack O'Brien, artistic director of the Old Globe Theatre, called several New York producers to see if any of them wanted to come to San Diego to check out Stephen Metcalfe's "Emily" for a New York production, no one got on the plane. About a year and a half later, the work, which at the time had been hailed by Time magazine as one of the best new plays of the year, opened and closed without fanfare at Playwrights' Horizons in New York. "Now if I call them and say you must see this, they come out that weekend," said O'Brien, who was in New York putting the final touches on "The Cocktail Hour."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2005
I found Don Shirley's article "Lest the Country Look Away, Playwrights Launch a Fusillade of Dramas About the War in Iraq" [Oct. 9] extremely engrossing. As a subscriber to the Taper, the Geffen Playhouse and other L.A. venues, I have seen several of the plays he described. The public needs to see more shows such as "Stuff Happens" and "Nine Parts of Desire." I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of "Lewis and Clark ... ," "The God of Hell" and, hopefully, "The Poor Itch." I take issue with Rocco Landesman's comment that "a Broadway audience comes for entertainment, not to be lectured."
NEWS
August 7, 2003
Broadway (re)bound?: Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick may return to Broadway's "The Producers." Rocco Landesman, a producer of the show, confirmed that discussions are underway but said that no agreement has been reached. Academy boss: Writer Frank R. Pierson has been reelected to his third term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Country stars: Carl Smith and Floyd Cramer have been selected for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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