|Joanne Woodward in The Three Faces of Eve (1957), displaying "Eve Black", the 'bad girl' personality|
Happy Saturday, February 27th, 2016! February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
|Oscar nominated Carol Channing is being feted tonight in Palm Springs|
Born: February 27, 1930 (age 86), Thomasville, GA). I never met Joanne, but she truly is one of my favorite actresses of all time. Whenever one of her films comes on, I'm always compelled to spend time with her and I never regret it. I think my favorite film of hers is The Stripper. She plays opposite Richard Beymer who is more known for the film version of West Side Story. Count Three, and Pray is another great film.
John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteennovels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat (1935) and Cannery Row (1945), the multi-generation epic East of Eden (1952), and the novellas Of Mice and Men (1937) and The Red Pony (1937). The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939), widely attributed to be part of the American literary canon, is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece. In the first 75 years since it was published, it sold 14 million copies. All of these titles mentioned here were made into major successful films and a slew of Oscar noms and wins.
|Carol Channing in the Opening Number at Gypsy of the Year in 2010|
|Leonardo DiCaprio (I believe he will walk home with Oscar Gold tomorrow night)|
It seems like it was just yesterday when I was at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood to celebrate Carol's 90th birthday! It is killing me that I am not in Palm Springs tonight. I wish all involved a very success-FULL event!
Reginald Gardiner: Great Dictator, Christmas in CT, Damsel in Distress, Man Who Came to Dinner He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and, by the early 1930's, had become an established revue and musical star on the London stage.His first foray into films was in the Alfred Hitchcock-directed The Lodger (1927) in 1926, but it was in Hollywood where his career really took off. At the prompting of Beatrice Lillie, he left for America in 1935.
After appearing in two of her shows, he delighted Broadway audiences in An Evening with Beatrice Lillie and Reginald Gardiner, performing a series of witty impersonations of various inanimate items, such as lighthouses and wallpaper.
Tone attended The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and Cornell University, where he was President of the drama club and was elected to the Sphinx Head Society. He also joined Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.
He gave up the family business to pursue an acting career in the theatre. After graduating, he moved to Greenwich Village, New York and got his first major Broadway role in the 1929 Katharine Cornell production of The Age of Innocence.
All it takes is a little imagination, a little gumption, and a few conversational openers that apply in nearly any situation. Get out of your comfort zone today. Go out and see a LIVE show.
Start up a conversation with whomever you are sitting next to. It may change the trajectory of your life. I have met so many wonderful people that way who are friends with mine to this day!
In other Entertainment Related News
|Bryon Sommers here with Julie Wilson|
It had many of America's most famous writers and composers staying there while his grandparents owned it. Bloomfield, NJ get ready for this and the other 2 fabulous singers on the program.
Rebecca Luker will be replacing Judy Kuhn in FUN HOME for a couple of months. She and Danny Burstein, currently starring as Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof at the Broadway Theatre, will be a two Broadway show family again.
Clara in PASSION at the Kennedy Center, Julia in TIME AND AGAIN at the Old Globe, Mary in HARMONY (Drama-Logue Award) at the La Jolla Playhouse and Amalia in SHE LOVES ME with the “Reprise!” series in Los Angeles.
In concert she has appeared in ARIAS AND BARCAROLES with the Chicago Symphony, KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 with the Melbourne, Fl Symphony, LIFE BEGINS AT 8:40, PARDON MY ENGLISH, PRIMROSE, and BABES IN ARMS, all at The Library of Congress; JUBILEE and MUSIC IN THE AIR at Town Hall; at Carnegie Hall: NO, NO NANETTE; TROUBLE IN TAHITI; GAY DIVORCE; THE ART OF THE LYRICIST (Ira Gershwin Centennial Series); MY FAVORITE BROADWAY: THE LEADING LADIES & MY FAVORITE BROADWAY: THE LOVE SONGS (both on PBS); an evening to honor Aherns and Flaherty with the NY Pops, A Tribute to Billie Holiday and A Comden & Green Evening. With the Encores! Series at City Center: WHERE’S CHARLEY? And THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE and two concerts with Lincoln Center’s AMERICAN SONGBOOK SERIES honoring Arthur Schwartz and Leonard Bernstein.
A recent research study found that those suffering from moderate to severe dementia did particularly well singing show tunes from movies and musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music and 'Oklahoma!' in group settings and had a marked improvement in their remembering skills versus those who simply listened during the sing-alongs. (Read MORE)
March 5th: Cabaret Beats Cancer - A Benefit For Erin Cronican at Don't Tell Mama 5PM
Songs About Courage, Healing and Love
Singers Performing: Erin Cronican, Rob Davis, Richie Eisenberg, Janice Hall, Tanya Moberly, Marissa Mulder, Candice Oden, Sarah Rice, Adam Shapiro, Walter Willison & Zach Wobensmith
Musical Director Duties Shared: Jim Lahti, Barry Levitt, Mathew Martin Ward & Bill Zeffiro
$20.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minumum per person
Approximate running time: 65 minutes
Seating from 4:30pm
Los Angeles' Magic Castle co-founder Irene Larsen passed away a few days ago at her home near Hancock Park.
Irene was treasured by generations of magicians and entertainers who came to know her through the Magic Castle and the Academy of Magical Arts. She was the very first member of the club built by her, her late husband Bill, and brother-in-law Milt in 1963. The trio transformed a dilapidated old mansion in Hollywood into an elegant restaurant, theater, and international center for the performance of magic that is more popular today than ever before. Irene and Bill (and later their daughter Erika) edited Genii: The Conjurers Magazine for many years, spreading interest in the art form around the globe. - Read more HERE.
Thank you, to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!
Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
With grateful XOXOXs ,
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Sarah Rice, Broadway's original Johanna of Sweeney Todd, will sing a Valentine's Day concert of songs from the operetta, classical and musical theatre repertoire, with Paul Jackel, in upstate New York, Feb. 14. - See more at: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/kiss-me-sweeney-todds-sarah-rice-sings-of-love-with-paul-jackel-feb.-14-111546#sthash.bYCP2Q2p.dpuf
Next Wednesday in NYC
FEINSTEIN'S 54 BELOW
FEINSTEIN'S 54 BELOW
Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller return in a sequel to their critically acclaimed, Sin Twisters! This is Sin Twisters, Too! Directed by the incredible Barry Kleinbort with great musical direction by Paul Greenwood. They will take all of us on a great musical romp through their Broadway careers, which have criss crossed from time to time, resulting in confusing the two!...even though they don't look a thing alike!Richard Skipper is the publicist for Sin Twisters, Too! For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720
This show WILL sell out! So reserve today and be a part of their star studded audience!