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September 25, 1988
Did Jean Marie Ruiz (Calendar Letters, Sept. 11) see the same production of "Les Miserables" that I saw? Forgettable songs? The whole trip was worth it just to hear Elinore O'Connell's "I Dreamed a Dream." I'm on my way to purchase the sound track! Viva la Shubert! DIANE TARAZI Chino
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March 19, 2009
Heading east: Berkeley Repertory Theatre's world premiere production of Sarah Ruhl's comedy "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)," which closed Sunday in Berkeley, is on its way to Broadway. The play will open at New York's Shubert Theatre Nov. 19.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2009
Heading east: Berkeley Repertory Theatre's world premiere production of Sarah Ruhl's comedy "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)," which closed Sunday in Berkeley, is on its way to Broadway. The play will open at New York's Shubert Theatre Nov. 19.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The powerful Shubert Organization, Broadway's largest landlord, has turned to two of its longtime employees to run the company as well as its foundation, following the death of its chairman, Gerald Schoenfeld, last week. Philip J. Smith has been named chairman of the organization, which owns 17 New York theaters. He will also head its multimillion-dollar foundation, which supports nonprofit theater and dance companies across the country. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Shubert board of directors, which also named Robert E. Wankel as president and elected him to the board of directors.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2000
I am a retired choreographer-director with fairly acceptable credits, and so I feel I am qualified to take exception to Lewis Segal's review of "Fosse" at the Shubert Theatre (" 'Fosse,' Beyond Nostalgic, Shows His Style Has a Future," June 17). His patronizing attitude toward the excellent dancers in the show offends me. He writes that the New York company's dancers were better than the ones here at the Shubert, which makes me wonder how qualified he is to be a dance critic. If Segal chose to be that analytical and critical, he could have mentioned the choreography was very reminiscent of Jack Cole and Jerome Robbins rather than have a go at the brilliant dancers in the company.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1991 | T. H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This fourth national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" cuts the show down to a chewable size. Gone are the monster cereal boxes and other outsize props that filled the Shubert auditorium when it first played here.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
Some of its fans say the experience of seeing "Cats" was diminished between London and New York, then again between New York and Los Angeles. Now "Cats" has landed in Long Beach. The shrinking continues. Actually, it might work better if someone collapsed it much farther, down to an environmental staging in, say, a 200-seat "black box." Then, we might see--and hear --what all the shouting was about. Dream on.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2001
I am dismayed and appalled to learn of the planned demolition of the Shubert Theatre to make room for yet another office building (which will no doubt have much vacant, unleased space) ("Loss of Shubert Alters Face of L.A. Theater," by Don Shirley, Aug. 29). What does this say about Los Angeles, a major city already so devoid of cultural venues? We no longer have world-class ballet; it is diverted to Orange County. The Music Center downtown requires a major expenditure of time and money to attend.
BOOKS
April 15, 1990
For a biography of the Shuberts, I would be interested in hearing from anyone who worked for any of the Shuberts or who has knowledge of any family members. FOSTER HIRSCH c/o Walter Bode Senior Editor Grove Weidenfeld 841 Broadway New York, NY 10003-4793
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The powerful Shubert Organization, Broadway's largest landlord, has turned to two of its longtime employees to run the company as well as its foundation, following the death of its chairman, Gerald Schoenfeld, last week. Philip J. Smith has been named chairman of the organization, which owns 17 New York theaters. He will also head its multimillion-dollar foundation, which supports nonprofit theater and dance companies across the country. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Shubert board of directors, which also named Robert E. Wankel as president and elected him to the board of directors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2008 | associated press
Gerald Schoenfeld, the longtime head of the powerful Shubert Organization who helped bring numerous works to Broadway, including "A Chorus Line," "Amadeus" and "Cats," has died. He was 84. Schoenfeld died of a heart attack early Tuesday at his Manhattan home, said Sam Rudy, a Shubert spokesman. As chairman of Broadway's biggest landlord since 1972, Schoenfeld ushered many plays and musicals to the Broadway stage and beyond.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2005 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Architect Henry George Greene, who designed the ABC Entertainment Center in Century City, a complex that included the Shubert Theatre and several movie theaters, has died. He was 93. Greene died March 13 of natural causes at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y., according to Sandra Engelson, his longtime administrative assistant. Greene's design for the Century City complex, built in 1972 and demolished 30 years later, represented a particular era in entertainment center design.
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February 14, 2003 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
City planners Thursday unanimously approved a strikingly designed office complex that would replace Century City's aging ABC Entertainment Center and Shubert Theatre. As part of the $300-million project, developer Trammell Crow Co. of Dallas also plans to build a cultural facility to ease the loss of the 2,200-seat Shubert, which went dark months ago after 30 years of offering such Broadway hits as "Evita" and "Beauty and the Beast."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2002 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Levi likes what he sees in Century City. "I have a view from Beverly Hills to Long Beach," he says. "I have 48 feet of windows and a balcony. I look down on 200-plus varieties of trees and thousands of flowers. The flowers are changed as needed--about 21/2 times a year. "I love it here. I do." Levi lives in Century City, an exclusive Los Angeles enclave of high-rise offices, underground parking and an almost invisible neighborhood of residences. Four thousand people, in fact, live in the half-square-mile area on the southwestern edge of Beverly Hills that was built as Los Angeles' first experiment with mixed-use development.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2002 | MICHAEL KUCHWARA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Gerald Schoenfeld had never been to the theater before going to work for the law firm that handled business for the Shuberts--the quixotic, combative dynasty that controlled much of Broadway's real estate in the 20th century.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Brad Ellis looked out from the stage of the Shubert Theatre at a sea of 2,100 empty seats that soon will be removed in preparation for the theater's demolition, scheduled for November. "To be here tonight," Ellis said, "is like being in the show 'Follies.'" It was Saturday evening, as about 220 guests were arriving for the Shubert's "wrecking ball party," a chance for people who worked at the Century City theater to say farewell to the 30-year-old home of many of L.A.'s longest-running shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 1986 | JUDITH MICHAELSON
South Coast Repertory and 12 other California arts organizations have been awarded grants totaling $260,000 from the Shubert Foundation--part of the $3.3 million awarded to 199 arts institutions in 26 states. "The 1986 grant total was the highest in our 41-year history," said Shubert board chairman Gerald Schoenfeld in New York. South Coast Repertory, based in Costa Mesa, received $20,000. The highest California grantee was the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles with an $85,000 award.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 1986 | JUDITH MICHAELSON
Thirteen California arts organizations have been awarded $260,000 in grants from the Shubert Foundation--part of the $3.3 million awarded to 199 arts institutions in 26 states. "The 1986 grant total was the highest in our 41-year history," said Schubert board chairman Gerald Schoenfeld in New York. The highest grantee here was the Mark Taper Forum with an $85,000 award. Overall the largest grant of $250,000 went to the New York Shakespeare Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Let's heave a sigh for the Shubert Theatre, slated soon for demolition. For two weeks, however, the Shubert is hosting one more for the road--literally. A new production of "The Who's Tommy" is launching its tour here. This is one finale that's less than grand. Those who remember only the Des McAnuff-staged version of "Tommy" from La Jolla, Broadway or its national tour are in for a letdown. The pizazz is kaput. The visual effects in the McAnuff "Tommy" were eye-popping.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The twice-postponed nighttime Emmy Awards found themselves overmatched Sunday by the seventh game of the World Series, delivering the smallest audience for an Emmy ceremony since the then-fledgling Fox network carried the broadcast in 1990. That said, the Emmys held up reasonably well in light of the inordinate competition.
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