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Broadway To Dim Lights Tonight In Honor Of Harold Prince

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The Broadway League said Wednesday that the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of its New York theaters for one minute Wednesday night at 7:45 Pm Et to commemorate the life of Harold Prince, the Broadway icon who died today at 91.

Prince was a former chairman of the board of the Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry. He died in Reykjavik, Iceland, after a brief illness.

“To be a both a genius and a gentleman is rare and extraordinary,” said Thomas Schumacher, the current chairman of The Broadway League, in a release announcing the honor, a Main Stem tradition. “Hal Prince’s genius was matched by his generosity of spirit, particularly with those building a career. Sitting on the T Edward Hambleton Fellowship panel of Mentors alongside Hal was both a lesson in producing and a lesson in humanity. He was a giant.”

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Harold Prince Remembered: Broadway Community Gives Final Ovation To Legendary Producer-Director

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Broadway lost a true icon today, and the theater community is paying tribute to the man who produced and/or directed all-time classics ranging from Damn Yankees, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof to Cabaret, Evita and The Phantom of the Opera. Harold “Hal” Prince, who died today at 91, was the king of Main Stem musicals, and the outpouring of tributes reflects his influence, esteem and singular accomplishments.

Including the classics listed above, his résumé reads like a list of the most popular and acclaimed shows from the second half of the 20th century: The Pajama Game, Candide, A Little Night Music, Show Boat, Company, Fiorello!, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Show Boat, Follies, Sweeney Todd and many more.

Broadway theaters will dim their lights tonight in honor of Prince.

Here is a sampling of remembrances from people and institutions who knew, worked with,
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Harold Prince Dies: Broadway Legend Who Produced Original ‘West Side Story’, ‘Fiddler’, ‘Phantom’ & More Was 91

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Harold Prince Dies: Broadway Legend Who Produced Original ‘West Side Story’, ‘Fiddler’, ‘Phantom’ & More Was 91
Harold Prince, the Broadway icon who produced or directed some of the 20th century’s most famous musicals West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Cabaret, Evita and The Phantom of the Opera, died today in Reykjavik, Iceland, after a brief illness. He was 91.

If you’ve ever hummed — or belted out — a showtune from the past half-century, there’s a good chance “Hal” Prince was involved in the original production of its musical. Winner of 21 Tony Awards — the second-most of anyone after Roger S. Berlind — he also produced or directed such iconic Main Stem musicals as The Pajama Game, Candide, A Little Night Music, Show Boat, Company, Fiorello! and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Eight shows he produced won the Tony for Best Musical — ranging from The Pajama Game (1955) to Candide (1974). He also won the Best Direction of a Musical for eight shows including Show Boat,
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Don McKay Dies: ‘West Side Story’ Actor Was 93

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Don McKay Dies: ‘West Side Story’ Actor Was 93
Don McKay, who portrayed Tony in the 1958 London premiere of West Side Story, died Thursday in Manhattan. He was 93. His nephew, Sean McKenna, confirmed McKay’s death to Playbill.

The Clarksburg, West Virginia, native began his acting career on stage in the late 1940s in regional theatre productions in the Chicago area. His Broadway debut came in 1951 in the musical Make A Wish, followed by the Johnny Mercer musical Top Banana.

McKay is remembered best for his portrayal of Tony, originating the role in the 1958 West End premiere of West Side Story, with original Broadway cast member Chita Rivera. He also later starred in the original Tokyo production of West Side Story and in a 1964 revival at the City Center in New York.

McKay also appeared opposite Shirley Bassey in a 1959 London revival of Show Boat, and later co-starred with Elliot Gould in the 1963 London production of Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town.
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Erika Henningsen Takes 'Mean Girls' — And Us — To Broadway (Exclusive)

Standing ovations are certainly nothing new when it comes to Broadway productions (the cast and crew would really have to screw up not to get one), but there was something a little extraordinary about the one that greeted a recent performance of the musical Mean Girls at the August Wilson Theatre. The energy and the enthusiasm from the audience seemed a little overwhelming, which immediately begs the question: what is it like to be on the receiving end of that kind of response? "I have to say, my favorite part in the show is the last 10 minutes," replies Erika Henningsen, who plays nice girl gone mean, but eventually redeemed, Cady Heron. "There are days when I think, 'Oh my God, I don't have the energy to do this.' It becomes such a marathon, but then in the last 10 minutes I get to speak to the cast — the full cast — in that Spring Fling number.
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Carole Shelley Dies: ‘Odd Couple’ Star And Tony Award-Winning Actress Was 79

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Carole Shelley Dies: ‘Odd Couple’ Star And Tony Award-Winning Actress Was 79
Odd Couple actress Carole Shelley died Friday from cancer at her home in Manhattan. She was 79.

Born in London, Shelley was a star of stage and screen. She made her Broadway debut in 1965 in the original cast of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. In 1975, she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. In 1979, she received another nomination and a win for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the original company of The Elephant Man.

Shelley went on to reprise her role of Gwendolyn Pigeon in the film and TV series adaptation of The Odd Couple. She and Monica Evans are the only two actors to appear in all three major iterations of Simon’s play as the same characters.

Shelley’s award streak would continue as she won an Obie Award in 1982 for her work in the Off-Broadway
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'Passing for white': how a taboo film genre is being revived to expose racial privilege

Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut is an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel Passing, a theme little seen since the likes of Show Boat and Pinky

Hollywood once loved films about passing. The genre was popular in the 1940s and 50s, when segregation was rife and the “one-drop rule” – which deemed anybody with even a trace of African ancestry to be black – prevailed. Box-office hits included Elia Kazan’s Pinky (1949) and George Sidney’s musical Show Boat (1951), which featured light-skinned, mixed-race characters who passed for white in the hopes of enjoying the privileges whiteness confers. The secrets, the scandal and the sheer sensationalism of it all made for excellent melodrama.

Now Rebecca Hall, the star of Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Red Riding, is revisiting the genre with her directorial debut, an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s seminal 1929 novel Passing. Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga will feature in the project, which
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Bww Review: Anika Noni Rose is Captivating , But John Doyle Heavily Edits Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones

This is not shaping up to be a good year for Oscar Hammerstein II, American musical theatre's most important writer, who spent the first half of the 20th Century not only making significant strides to convert the genre from loosely assembled entertainments into respected and influential pieces of dramatic art, but was also a leading voice in promoting progressive values through his books and lyrics for such musicals as Show Boat, South Pacific and The King And I.
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Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Tony Winner Beth Leavel from The Prom

She might have once been a drowsy chaperone but the brilliant artist who created her, Beth Leavel, is an energetic life force whose passion for the art of musical theatre is infectious. Beth drops by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and discuss her incredible career which not only boasts a Tony Award but featured her gracing the Broadway stages of such shows as42nd Street, Crazy for You, The Civil War, Show Boat, Mamma Mia, The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, Baby It's You, Bandstand, and the upcomingThe Prom.
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The Old Dark House — 1932

It’s a genuine Universal horror classic that to my knowledge has never been available in a decent presentation — but The Cohen Group has come through with a nigh-perfect Blu-ray, both image and sound. Karloff is creepy, Gloria Stuart lovely and Ernest Thesiger is at his most delightfully fruity. And the potato lobby should be pleased, too.

The Old Dark House (1932)


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1932 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 72 min. / Street Date October 24, 2017 / 25.99

Starring: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Rebecca Femm, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart, John (actually Elspeth) Dudgeon, Brember Wills.

Cinematography: Arthur Edeson

Film Editor: Clarence Kolster

Special Makeup: Jack Pierce

Written by Benn W. Levy, from the novel by J. B. Priestley

Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.

Directed by James Whale

I suppose fans of horror films will forever hope that some pristine copy of the lost 1927 London After Midnight will someday appear.
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See Lin-Manuel Miranda Sing Show Tunes on the ‘Secret Congress Train’ During His Selfie-Filled Trip to D.C.

See Lin-Manuel Miranda Sing Show Tunes on the ‘Secret Congress Train’ During His Selfie-Filled Trip to D.C.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is having the best trip to Washington, D.C. — and is documenting the highlights on Twitter.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton composer spent Wednesday meeting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill, pushing them to preserve the $150 million in funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities currently on the chopping block in President Donald Trump‘s initial budget proposal.

Working with the National Humanities Alliance, Miranda, 37, held meetings with everyone from New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Adriano Espaillat and California Representative Maxine Waters to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski — sharing selfies
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There’s a heapin’-helpin’ of palace intrigue in this 1952 swashbuckler starring underrated action hero Stewart Granger (the role was a gift from MGM for his bang-up job in King Solomon’s Mines made two years earlier). Though it lacks the Boy’s Life adventurism of King Solomon, the movie is still brightly colored fun, shot by Charles Rosher (The Yearling, Show Boat). The lucky Granger is supported by two beauties who took full advantage of Rosher’s Technicolor mastery, flaming-haired Eleanor Parker and a radiant Janet Leigh.
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Remembering Unusual Post-wwii Novel That Led to 2 Movie Adaptations: One 'Straight,' One 'Gay'

Remembering Unusual Post-wwii Novel That Led to 2 Movie Adaptations: One 'Straight,' One 'Gay'
Crime novel The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. While her husband is away during World War II, housewife Lucia Holley – the sort of “Everywoman” who looks great in a two-piece bathing suit – does whatever it takes to protect the feeling of “normality” in her bourgeois, suburban household. The Blank Wall is a classic depiction of an attempted cover-up being much more serious than the actual crime. Sound bites: Remembering the classic crime novel 'The Blank Wall' and its two movie adaptations – 'The Reckless Moment' & 'The Deep End' Crime novel writer Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (1889–1955) is not a name familiar to many, and yet Raymond Chandler described her as “the top suspense writer of them all. She doesn't pour it on and make you feel irritated. Her characters are wonderful; and she has a sort of inner calm which I find very attractive.” Holding has been identified as “The Godmother of Noir” and, more
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Photo Flash: First Look at Michel Bell, Ciaran Sheehan, Sarah Oakes Muirhead and More in Show Boat at Reagle Music Theatre

Tony Award nominee and renowned Broadway actor Michel Bell makes his Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston debut this month. Bell will revive the role of Joe, the performance that earned him a Tony Award nomination in Hal Prince's 1995 Broadway production of Show Boat. Bell's bass-baritone delivery of the iconic song 'Ol' Man River' brought audiences to their feet on Broadway. Bell brings his immense talents to the Reagle stage now through July 16 for 8 performances only, in this intimate Goodspeed Musicals version of the Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II masterpiece. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
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Breaking: Susan Stroman Will Direct Broadway-Bound Crazy For You Revival in La!

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and Broadway producer Joey Parnes announced today that the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, 'Crazy for You,' with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig 'Lend Me a Tenor', will be produced by Center Theatre Group in an exclusive pre-Broadway engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre. Susan Stroman 'The Producers,' 'Show Boat,' 'Contact', who won the first of her five Tony Awards for choreographing the original 1992 Broadway production of the musical, will direct and choreograph this limited Los Angeles engagement which will begin performances February 7, 2018, and run through March 18, 2018.
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‘How to Succeed’ – Take 2

Not so fast Savant — with the help of correspondent input, DVD Savant presents more information on David Swift’s adaptation of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — correcting and modifying some assumptions in my first review. Don’t worry — it’s good reading.

A Savant article

This is an odd circumstance. I routinely update, modify, correct and de-stupidify DVD Savant reviews, but this time I’m taking a more radical step. In my March 25 coverage of Twilight Time’s Blu-ray of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, I made a big point of the fact that David Swift’s film adaptation had not made many changes. Several songs were dropped, but that would seem the right thing to do considering that the movie wasn’t planned as a Road Show — it’s only 121 minutes in duration and has no break for an intermission. The much missed
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Best 11 Classic Movie Musicals

David Crow Dec 19, 2018

With Mary Poppins Returns putting the movie musical back in style, we decided to rank 10 of the best toe-tappers old Hollywood.

The musical is back!

… Well, in actuality, it’s been here for a while. Ever since the one-two punch of Moulin Rouge! in 2001 and Best Picture winner Chicago the year after that, we’ve had a toe-tapper almost every December. Yet with the exception of Rouge!, there hadn’t been an original Hollywood musical written for the screen during this century until very recently. And if you also exclude those without original songs, it’s been over 20 years since the last time we’ve had a live-action, unapologetically song-and-dance fantasy in that classic movie musical vein.

Yet even that is changing. In the past few years, we got La La Land and then The Greatest Showman, and this holiday season has brought us both Mary Poppins Returns
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Strike Me Pink

Neurotic coward Eddie Cantor decides to defend an amusement park against gangsters, and nothing but fun ensues! Ethel Merman has a small role here, but we're more than entertained by Parkyakarkus, Brian Donlevy, William Frawley, Jack Larue. Plus Sally Eilers, the Goldwyn Girls and a terrific forgotten talent, billed in this movie as Rita Rio. Strike Me Pink DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1936 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date August 4,, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman, Sally Eilers, Parkyakarkus, Rita Rio (Dona Drake), Brian Donlevy, William Frawley, Jack Larue, Gordon Jones, Helen Lowell The Goldwyn Girls. Cinematography Merritt Gerstad, Gregg Toland Film Editor Sherman Todd Original Music (Alfred Newman) Dance Director Robert Alton Special Effects Gilbert Pratt, Ray Binger, Paul Eagler Written by Francis Martin, Frank Butler, Walter Deleon from the story and novel Dreamland by Clarence Buddington Kelland Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Directed by
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Annette Warren to Return to New York at the Age of 94 in I Ain't Done Yet

Annette Warren, the 'secret' singing voice of Ava Gardner and Lucille Ball in such films as the MGM classic 'Show Boat,' and a nightclub, TV and recording star whose career spans the past 70 years, will make a long-awaited return to New York at the age of 94, with a special performance of her new one-woman show, 'I Ain't Done Yet' at Feinstein's54 Below on Thursday, March 30 at 700 Pm.
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Photo Flash: Ian McKellen, Eileen Atkins & Vanessa Redgrave at UK Theatre Awards

Yesterday UK Theatre gave out awards to leading talents inperforming, producing and theatremanagement throughout the United Kingdom. Sheffield Theatres' Show Boat and Flowers For Mrs HARRIStogether took Best Musical Production, while Clare Burt picked up a performance award for the former and Rebecca Trehearn for the latter. Charlene James won Best New Play for Cuttin' It, andPaapa Essiedu Best Performance In A Play for the Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet.
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