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Reed Farrell Dies: Former AFTRA President Was 89

Reed Farrell, who was president of AFTRA from 1989-93, has died. He was 89. “Reed was a committed unionist with a passion for union service and the betterment of his fellow members,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “Our gratitude goes out to him for his many years of dedication to our union.”

Farrell, who died July 6, “was inspired to serve his union by the joint AFTRA and SAG commercials strike of 1979;” the guild said today. “He understood the inherent problems with the crossover in jurisdictions between the unions, allowing producers to shop contracts. At AFTRA’s 1989 convention, he encouraged the further exploration of merger.” The two unions merged in 2012.

He joined AFTRA in 1955 and SAG the following year. He worked as an actor, voice-over artist and narrator in television films, commercials and industrial films and as a writer of hundreds of TV and radio spot commercials.

Farrell gained notoriety in
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Sid Ramin, Oscar-Winning Composer-Arranger, Dies at 100

  • Variety
Sid Ramin, Oscar-Winning Composer-Arranger, Dies at 100
Composer-arranger Sid Ramin, a longtime associate of Leonard Bernstein who won an Oscar, an Emmy and a Grammy for his work in film, TV and theater, died of natural causes Monday (July 1) at his home in New York City. He was 100.

Ramin won a 1961 Academy Award for adapting the music of “West Side Story,” which he had originally orchestrated for composer Leonard Bernstein on Broadway in 1957 (with fellow arranger Irwin Kostal). He won a 1961 Grammy for the “West Side Story” soundtrack album, and a 1983 Daytime Emmy for music for TV’s “All My Children.”

Ramin’s musical career encompassed every aspect of show business. He started in the early days of live television, arranging for Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” from 1948 to 1956. “There was no second take,” Ramin once reminisced about the insane pace of live TV. “What you did was on the air, good or bad.”

He began
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Good Evening, Mr. Ross

Steve Ross I Remember Him Well: The Songs of Alan Jay Lerner Birdland Jazz Club, NYC Monday, January 22, 2018

Lerner who?

Getting serious for a moment, this is the fact around which we will orbit: What really constitutes American culture? Literature and architecture and painting -- yes, certainly. But what particularly animates our hearts is song -- and, in particular, the living energy of the American musical theater. In that buoyant realm, there’s no greater literate master than lyricist and writer Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986). The open-and-shut-case evidence for this assertion is his CV: On A Clear Day, Brigadoon, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon, An American In Paris (story and screen play), Camelot, and -- most famously, My Fair Lady.

Watching our black and white TV, as a child I noticed my parents (and the studio audience) were delighted by a singer I’d never heard of. I could not understand the big to-do about him.
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Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Ben Rimalower

This Week Hide the children because this episode gets a bit naughty with acclaimed writer and director Ben Rimalower Patti Issues, Bad With Money. The gents discuss Patti LuPone as a gateway drug, Ben's Top 5 Divas, the joy of ranking cast albums, the best auditions ever seen, what was Ben's most controversial Playbill article, what it's like to have Patti in the audience, Into The Light returns, a lengthy discussion about length, what shows need to come back, a case for why The Wiz movie is better than The Wiz stage play, and Rob does Robert Goulet in Fiddler.
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Mindy Newell: “Flash” Dance

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I grew up on Broadway musicals. Once upon a time when going to see a show on Broadway didn’t cost you your mortgage plus the life of your first-born, my mom and dad were avid theatergoers. They saw the original production of South Pacific with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, the original production of Camelot with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet, and the original production of The King and I with Gertrude Lawrence and a then little-known Yul Brynner.

When they were still dating they went into town to see Oklahoma! Over the years they saw Carousel, and Brigadoon, and Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady, and Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, and the original West Side Story with Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert. My father fell asleep at Cats and my mother said she
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Carson Kressley Dishes on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 Premiere — and the Meltdowns Caused By Lady Gaga!

Well, well, well kids! Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race is off and running on all cylinders and I must admit I have had a rad bromance with the show from the start.

So what did we (and by we I mean me — this is just my take, people) think of the season 9 queens? You know the final decision as to who goes and who stays is up to the highest court in the land — Mama Ru! Let’s start from the very beginning, that’s always a good place to start.

Peppermint: Now you’d think with a name like Peppermint,
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Star and Showrunner Explain How Greg’s Heartbreaking ‘Shitshow’ Will Change the Show

Warning: The following gives details from Friday’s episode of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Be sure to watch before proceeding.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” may have won an Emmy for its choreography last season, but this year one of its original songs ought to be a contender.

On Friday’s episode, a distraught Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) caught up to her erstwhile boyfriend Greg (Santino Fontana), who had recently admitted he was an alcoholic and was heading to a new life of recovery and higher education in Atlanta. The couple had had a tumultuous relationship full of intense chemistry but very little trust or comfort. Ultimately, Greg decided that together they were a toxic combination and crooned the following love song, which also served as his farewell. Here’s the first verse:

Read More: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Video: Greg and Josh Sing ‘We Tapped That Ass’

I love you, yes, and I’ll confess

the thought of staying is so enticing.
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Judy by the Numbers: "Take My Hand, Paree"

This week's number is hands down the weirdest entry in Judy's filmography. It doesn't fit neatly into Judy's biography or star image; it really appears to be one of those things that happened because the timing was right. In 1962, Warner Bros released a Upa animated feature called Gay Purr-ee. It's a movie about Parisian cats that feels like An American in Paris meets The Aristocats as played by the Looney Tunes. In a bit of early celebrity stunt casting Upa cast two big voices for its dimunitive feline leads: Judy Garland and Robert Goulet

The Movie: Gay Purr-ee (WB, 1962)

The Songwriters: Harold Arlen (music) & E.Y. Yarburg (lyrics)

The Cast: Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, Hermione Gingold, Paul Frees, Mel Blanc, directed by Abe Levitow.

The Story: Gay Purr-ee really needs to be seen to be believed. Done in the limited-animation style of Upa, the movie sets
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 6/21/16- Camelot

Today in 1993, the second Broadway revival of Camelot opened at the George Gershwin Theatre, where it ran for 56 performances. Camelot is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner book and lyrics and Frederick Loewe music. It is based on the King Arthur legend as adapted from the T. H. White tetralogy novel The Once and Future King. The original 1960 production, directed by Moss Hart and orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang, ran on Broadway for 873 performances, winning four Tony Awards and spawning several revivals, foreign productions and a 1967 film version. The 1993 cast starred Robert Goulet, Steve Blanchard, and Patricia Kies.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 4/9/16- Brigadoon

Today in 1957, Brigadoon opened at the Adelphi Theatre, where it ran for 47 performances. Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Songs from the musical, such as 'Almost Like Being in Love' have become standards. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every hundred years. Tommy, one of the tourists, falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon. The original production opened on Broadway in 1947 and ran for 581 performances. A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. A 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 3/13/16- Brigadoon

Today in 1947, Brigadoon opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where it ran for 581 performances. Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. It tells the story of a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every hundred years, though to the villagers, the passing of each century seems no longer than one night. Brigadoon then received a West End production opening in 1949 that ran for 685 performances, and many revivals followed. A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. A 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk.
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‘Vinyl 1×04: The Racket’ Review

  • Nerdly
“Put it into the couch, not your marriage.”

‘The Racket’ is loud, angry, and fucking hilarious. It begins with Richie taking his anger out not on his and Devon’s relationship but, at his glacially calm therapist’s suggestion, on the couch. With a tennis racket. His subsequent golden-boy claim that he’s worked out his shit is just one of the many rackets in an episode which ends with our hero seeking not catharsis but an alibi, from his estranged father no less, for Buck’s murder. Everyone’s cheating and chiseling everyone out of everything, and nobody’s in on the joke. ‘The Racket’ feels like throat-clearing from Vinyl‘s emerging voice, at once frustrated and playful, riotous and contemplative.

Lester walking into Richie’s office to burn the reel Richie put together from his old material is a good scene on its own. The man who lost
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Vinyl: HBO's '70s Drama Rocks Hard (Though Its Soul Is a Work in Progress)

Vinyl: HBO's '70s Drama Rocks Hard (Though Its Soul Is a Work in Progress)
You won’t find it on the show’s IMDb page, but cocaine plays such a major role in HBO’s new ’70s drama Vinyl (premiering Feb. 14 at 9/8c) that its name ought to be wedged into the credits somewhere between Ray Romano and Olivia Wilde.

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From the moment we meet Bobby Cannavale‘s Richie Finestra — the spiraling owner of the spiraling American Century record label — he’s got Peruvian dancing dust on the brain, and soon after, up his nose.

Richie is a man haunted by a horrible secret,
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 6/21/15- Camelot

Today in 1993, the second Broadway revival of Camelot opened at the George Gershwin Theatre, where it ran for 56 performances. Camelot is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner book and lyrics and Frederick Loewe music. It is based on the King Arthur legend as adapted from the T. H. White tetralogy novel The Once and Future King. The original 1960 production, directed by Moss Hart and orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang, ran on Broadway for 873 performances, winning four Tony Awards and spawning several revivals, foreign productions and a 1967 film version. The 1993 cast starred Robert Goulet, Steve Blanchard, and Patricia Kies.
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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane,
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 4/9/15- Brigadoon

Today in 1957, Brigadoon opened at the Adelphi Theatre, where it ran for 47 performances. Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Songs from the musical, such as 'Almost Like Being in Love' have become standards. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every hundred years. Tommy, one of the tourists, falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon. The original production opened on Broadway in 1947 and ran for 581 performances. A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. A 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk.
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Mr. Belvedere Turns 30, but He May Be Even Older Than You Think

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Mr. Belvedere Turns 30, but He May Be Even Older Than You Think
On March 15, 1985, ABC debuted Mr. Belvedere at 8:30 p.m. as a midseason replacement airing immediately after that other show about a wise-cracking butler, Benson. The show centered on a proper British butler (Christopher Hewett) adjusting to life working for the Owens family of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. And for six seasons, characters on the show and the people watching them chose not to think too much about how strange it was that a middle-class family would have a live-in butler. The show hit that family-comedy sweet spot right along with Family Ties, Growing Pains, Full House and The Cosby Show,
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 3/13/15- Brigadoon

Today in 1947, Brigadoon opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where it ran for 581 performances. Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. It tells the story of a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every hundred years, though to the villagers, the passing of each century seems no longer than one night. Brigadoon then received a West End production opening in 1949 that ran for 685 performances, and many revivals followed. A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. A 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Mr. Belvedere Turns 30, but He May Be Even Older Than You Think

Mr. Belvedere Turns 30, but He May Be Even Older Than You Think
On March 15, 1985, ABC debuted Mr. Belvedere at 8:30 p.m. as a midseason replacement airing immediately after that other show about a wise-cracking butler, Benson. The show centered on a proper British butler (Christopher Hewett) adjusting to life working for the Owens family of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. And for six seasons, characters on the show and the people watching them chose not to think too much about how strange it was that a middle-class family would have a live-in butler.

The show hit that family-comedy sweet spot right along with Family Ties, Growing Pains, Full House and The Cosby Show,
See full article at People.com - TV Watch »

Will Ferrell Better Be Bringing More Cowbell to the ‘SNL’ 40th Anniversary Celebration

Will Ferrell Better Be Bringing More Cowbell to the ‘SNL’ 40th Anniversary Celebration
We can hardly contain our excitement!

The Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special is right around the corner and we cannot stop fanaticizing about all the incredible characters, past castmembers and guest hosts we might get to see in Studio 8H again.

One alum we can’t wait to see return to the stage: Will Ferrell. Yep, that's right. He'll be back … he just has no clue what he'll be doing when he gets there.

Watch: Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph Reveal Their Favorite 'SNL' Characters

"I have no idea what the show is going to be like. I keep asking some of my fellow cast mates, like, 'Do you know what's going on?' and they're just like, 'Nope'," Will told Et's Brooke Anderson. "We're just showing up and it should be kind of an amazing 3 hours of television."

Since Will isn't sure yet which of his iconic characters he'll be reprising on Feb
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