April 12, 2012
A look behind the emerald curtain at "Wicked" helps explain why, despite long odds against success, a dozen new musicals arrive on Broadway each season. Since the $14-million show opened at the Gershwin Theatre in October 2003, its producers and investors have shared more than $300 million in profits from Broadway and productions worldwide, according to records obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request. Profits and compensation from hit shows are closely guarded secrets on Broadway.
August 21, 1994 |
Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, the creators and executive producers of the yuppie favorite "thirtysomething," had long wanted to do a show exploring the trials and tribulations of adolescence. "It has been a subject of concern for us," says Zwick. "It was an idea before 'thirtysomething,' " Herskovitz adds. ABC's "The Wonder Years" and even "Doogie Howser, M.D.
August 1, 2000 |
I never really graduated from high school. There is a diploma with my name on it somewhere, but that has not freed me from my lifelong obsession with those four years of adolescent self-discovery. And since I became an education reporter, I have had an excuse to spend much time observing, thinking and writing about grades nine through 12, in and out of class. My favorite movie director is John Hughes, the Spielberg of teen-oriented cinema. I prefer high school basketball to the NBA.
August 30, 2009
How does Winnie Holzman not make the roll call of "thirtysomething" writers ["Eightiessomething," Aug. 23]? She not only wrote several of their most memorable episodes but went on to create "My So-Called Life" and write the book for "Wicked." Melissa, Hope, Nancy, Ellyn, Michael, Elliot and Gary would have a lot to say about such an omission. Sylvia Green Burbank
April 9, 2013 |
Two sets of lives unexpectedly commingle in “Assisted Living” at the Odyssey Theatre. This amiable item from real-life married couple Winnie Holzman and Paul Dooley isn't exactly complex dramaturgy, but it's pleasant populist entertainment. Set in New York, Holzman and Dooley's scenario opens on a fake-out, as a silhouetted gentleman intones, “God, help me. Don't shut me out,” and an unseen woman interjects repetitions. As designer Jared A. Sayeg's lights rise on Frederica Nascimento's impressive bipolar set, the speaker suddenly exclaims, “God, I hate exposition,” and “Assisted Living” begins.
February 15, 2007
"Wicked," the Stephen SchwartzWinnie Holzman mega-musical remix of "The Wizard of Oz" -- based on the novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West," by Gregory Maguire -- has been remounted specifically for Southern California. Eden Espinosa as green-skinned outcast Elphaba, Megan Hilty as glamorous Glinda and Carol Kane as evil headmistress Madame Morrible reprise the roles each took over in the original Broadway production.