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AS ROSEMARY PRINZ'S WORLD
It was as Penny Hughes on TV's As The World Turns, which she played for 12 years,
that Rosemary Prinz
first gained national prominence. In that part Prinz and Juilliard trained Mark Rydell, as Jeff
became daytime's first major teen romance.
Today Prinz is getting ready to star in the world premiere of Carol Galligan's play Killing
Louise at CAP21 in New York City.
Along the way Rosemary Prinz has seen her own world take some interesting spins. She spoke
with Broadway To Vegas about her fascinating career.
While soap operas were always noted for their cutting edge sexuality, moralistic guidelines
controlled the plotlines.
Rosemary Prinz getting wed on
As The World Turns. Marriage was required.
"Oh my God, yes," exclaimed Prinz. "There were many guidelines. This was way before
Women's Lib. You could never get divorced. That is why so many leading men died," she
divulged. "In order to further the story you had to kill off the guy, because it was a woman's
medium. You killed off the guy and then the heroine married
somebody else. That ran itself into the ground and then he died. If you were a leading man you
never signed a long term lease," laughed Prinz referring to the actor never feeling secure enough
to make a long term purchase. "You were going to get bumped off, because you couldn't get
Recently, Lea Salonga reprised her role on As The World Turns, guest starring to help
storyline. Any chance Prinz might do another guest shot as Penny?
Helen Wagner and Rosemary Prinz as
Nancy Hughes surprised by her daughter Penny at her 80th birthday party on As The World
"A guest shot is always possible," she replied. "It happens something like
once every five years. I left in 1968 and I think my first show back was about 25
years later. That was for my brother Bob's wedding," she related about the character of
Bob Hughes portrayed by Don Hastings. "Then a couple of years later there was
my parents 50th anniversary and I went back. I have maybe five or six times - I wouldn't
a career," she chuckled. "But, it's nice
because, at this point, I'm the highest paid extra in the world. They don't know what to do with
me. They pay me and I go in and say - Hi, Mom."
"I do occasionally see Eileen Fulton in her nightclub act, because she plays New York quite
often. So, I'll go and see her," related Rosemary about the actress/singer who created the
"Helen Wagner, who played my mother, and I exchange
Christmas cards. When I go back, of course, it's like old home week. But, our lives run on
different paths. They are doing a soap in New York and I am in the theatre and on the road
Usually TV Guide has their facts straight. But, in 1988 TV Guide ran a short -
mistake ladened - article about Rosemary Prinz that stated:
"She was one of soapdom's first bona fide stars in 1956 as Penny on CBS's As the World
Turns and helped launch ABC's All My Children in 1970. Quite a track record for
someone who almost got bounced from NBC's now-defunct First Love in 1954. Her
offense? She laughed uncontrollably when an actor accidentally turned "Chris cracked up the
plane," into "Chris crapped___." Not that she's immune to slips of the tongue. "I did a play where
my line was 'I've never seen anything as beautiful as John Dickey's villa,'" Prinz jokes. "Well,
imagine how that came out!"
Rosemary Prinz not only didn't mess
up the line, she wasn't even in the play!
Not true. None of it and Prinz would like to set the record straight.
Referring to almost being fired for laughing Prinz responded; "That is not true at all. It
may have happened during a rehearsal but it
certainly never happened on the air. And, I was never was almost fired from that
I would appreciate it if that could get straightened out."
As to having messed up that play line - I've never seen anything as beautiful as John Dickey's
retorted; "That not only was not me, it wasn't even a play that I was in! It was a
play my husband was in with some character actress."
"That was my first husband, Mike
Thoma, who had that experience in Pennsylvania, which is where we met," said Prinz referring to
the actor that television viewers will remember
from the series Fame and Eight is Enough. Thoma passed away in 1982 at the age
"That did not happened on stage with me. Mike Thoma was on stage with a character
actress. She said it backwards and everybody laughed. That part is accurate, but it wasn't
Prinz is bright, spunky and fun. She's always been that way. Considering her heritage, that
come as no surprise.
"I think my parents met on a blind date that was set up," she recalled. "Then they eloped to
Gretna Green. It was quite something. My grandfather didn't speak to my father for a year until
he finally said - Okay, I'll marry her in the Church."
Toscanini was noted for his temper
"My father was Toscanini's cellist," she related, referring to the late Mortin Prinz.
From 1928 to 1936 the great conductor Toscanini, who started out as a cellist, was musical
director of the New York Philharmonic. NBC establish an orchestra especially for
him. On Christmas Eve in
1937 the first broadcast was aired. Once a week for seventeen years Toscanini offered the
listeners an insight into his wide repertoire; a total of 117 operas by 53 composers and
480 symphonic works by 175 composers were broadcast. His outbreaks of rage and his passionate
strict method of conducting remain well-known.
"Toscanini was the maestro," continued Prinz. "He was a genius. In those days it
was de rigueur to be difficult and temperamental - volatile. I spent my childhood in studio 8H,
which they built for him at NBC for the NBC Symphony. Every Sunday I'd go to the
broadcast and occasionally I was allowed to go to the dress rehearsal. I was just a kid - eight
years old or something. I'd go to the dress rehearsals and hear him curse away!"
"My father was also in the New York String Quartet. Music was
everywhere. Musicians were everywhere. They were playing chamber music in the house.
There was always music."
Prinz surmised that "it was just automatically assumed that I would be in the arts.
I always knew that I was going to be an actor. By the time I
was 16, I had already skipped four times and graduated high school."
"I went into summer stock with a man who became a very well known Broadway director,
named Mort DeCosta," said Rosemary
about the man who directed the original production of The Music Man.
was in my senior term in school. I was graduating in June and he was hiring. I got
something called Actors Cues and looked up who would want a young apprentice. I saw that he
was looking for somebody to play Dear Ruth in his cycle of plays,
which is a 15-year-old-girl. It is a wonderful part. She plays a drunk scene."
Dodee Wick and Rosemary Prinz in
Yes, My Darling Daughter at The Lake Summit Playhouse
"I read for him and he hired me. In those days you got
your Equity card on the third show. My first show was Dream Girls playing an usher
saying - This way, please. In the third show I played Dear Ruth and had this wonderful
part. Then I did Kiss and Tell and played the lead. Mort DeCosta said - Walter Davis is
taking out a company of Kiss and Tell in the fall. I'm going to call and tell him I've got
his lead. I'm going to call your parents and tell them I think you should take it and not go to
college in the fall. You're smart enough to educate yourself. That is how it started.
They said yes and I was off on the road."
Part of her early years were at the Lake Summit Playhouse in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
The Lake Summit Playhouse ran for four summers. For two winters the troupe went to St.
Petersburg, Florida. In addition to Prinz, the company was the launching pad for Lee
"I went there when I was 18 with The Vagabond Players. I played there that season. Then we
went to Florida. We
did a winter season there. Then I went back a couple of times when I was better known. I did
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof there and Driving Miss Daisy many years later."
Currently Prinz is on the big screen in The Bread, My Sweet, co-starring with Scott
Baio and Shuler Hensley, a Tony award winner for Oklahoma.
Rosemary Prinz in the movie My
Bread, My Sweet Saving dollar by dollar for her daughter's wedding.
"It has an excellent cast," extolled Rosemary. "It was a love fest.
It was shot after Shuler had done Oklahoma in London and won the Olivier Award and
before he opened on Broadway. So, it was that period in
In Italian, a good man is a "piece of bread" plain, simple
and always welcome. In this romantic-comedy Baio, now a handsome 40-year-old, plays Dominic
Pyzola, second generation
Italian-American, workaholic corporate takeover artist. He has a post-graduate degree, a hot car,
and an inkling that he's not a nice guy. Cleaning out "dead-wood" employees is lucrative but not
fulfilling for the soul.
For that he turns to his hobby job, running a Pittsburgh biscotti
staffed by his brothers, Eddie (Billie Mott) an incorrigible skirt-chaser and Pino (Shuler Hensley)
a older mentally handicapped brother.
He is a also surrogate son to Bella, (Prinz) an
immigrant who lives above the bakery and who has been saving, dollar by dollar, for her
daughter's American wedding since the day she gave birth. The Bread, My Sweet is a love
story about what happens when Dominic's worlds collide. He discovers that Bella has six months
to live. Then Dominic gets an idea.
"Of course Scott Baio doesn't look his age," commented Prinz. "He looks absolutely divan. And
the camera adores him."
"It a very sweet movie," she reported about the flick which has received rave reviews from
every critic. The only problem is that it is a difficult movie to locate. "Because it is an indie,
it has a small budget for distribution. They can't afford
to open everywhere at once. Even for a print it's something like $50,000," explained Prinz. "It
opens in two or three cities at a time. It's played in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Chicago. It is a
sweet, sweet, movie and it fills a need right now. They are saying
it is going to open in New York. That would be nice."
"It's a lovely role, based on a true story. The writer/director knew this woman and so this movie
was sort of a love letter to this woman and her daughter. I was based on a real character. The
rest of it was made up, but there was a kernel of truth and then she elaborated for dramatic
What draws Prinz to a role is "something that is well written, culturally important, in my
view. Of course, I've
certainly done crap, but I have not done crap in a long time. Sometimes something
doesn't work. That doesn't mean its crap. There are only two reasons
to do plays - one is, you just need the money. The other is, you need to satisfy yourself
artistically. Mostly, that is what I have been doing. Not that I wouldn't do something for money,"
she laughed. "But only if it was fun and only for a tiny bit of time."
"It was great to have done this movie because I'd never
done a feature film. This was my first feature film. Well, that's not true," she confessed. "I did a
feature film for the Navy when I was 18 about VD."
"It was a training film, It Could Happen To Your Kid Sister and I cried my through the
scene while I told somebody that I had VD."
"It was right after the Second World War.
You didn't fly very much in those days. They put me on a train and I
went to Detroit to do it. I auditioned for the part. I probably didn't even have a single agent. I
probably was making the rounds and got sent up for it. And, I went off and did this little
Prinz is also returning to the New York stage, starring in Killing Louise, which is set in
the home and
in the mind of the ailing, 89-year-old Louise - played by Prinz. The
play confronts questions of conscience, law and morality when she asks her best friend to help her
"This one is a beautiful play about choosing ones destiny, about friendship and love and has a lot
say," stressed Prinz.
As for age Prinz has "never bought into it. My friends always say I was the first liberated woman
when I was 16. I never bought into all of that anyway. It never seemed fair to me that we were
treated as second class citizens. So, that was automatically reflected in the kind of parts I
"In Killing Louise I am playing somebody who is 89. I've played old
from the time I can remember. I've played all ages. I did the national tour of Driving Miss
Daisy and certainly had to go up in age. Many years before, I remember doing
Twigs. I've done many plays where I had to be a really old lady."
"This is the world premiere. If somebody comes and sees it and likes it they
may move it," she added regarding the future for Killing Louise. "One always hopes."
Laurie Metcalf, Christopher Evan
Rosemary Prinz, and Nathan Kiley in Purple Heart
"I did a play at Steppenwolf last summer, Purple Heart, and we have been invited to the
Galway Festival in Ireland in July. So, I'm going to be doing that play again. That was another
"I've been to London, but this will be my first time in Ireland.While we
are there we are going over to Scotland, and try to make it a kind of fun trip. We have to
leave the dog, I am afraid, but otherwise the family will be together. I just can't wait. I think it is
so terrific to go over and do things in foreign lands."
Roger Robinson, Tony nominee for
Seven Guitars plays Hoke, with Rosemary Prinz in Driving Miss
Four-footed beasts are an important part of the Prinz household.
"Every dog I've had traveled with
me. It never used to present a problem, but now sometimes it can. But, they have to adjust or
they don't get me. What is the point of having a dog if you leave it at home? Recently I played
Steppenwolf and Pittsburgh and both were just such dog friendly places. I brought the dogs to
the theatre. They stayed in my dressing room during the show.
Another vital part of the household is husband, Joe Patti.
"My husband and I took a little vacation in March and went to Prague and Budapest. It was
fabulous. I had never been to that part of Europe. It was just fascinating to see all of
these old, wonderful buildings and architecture. It was terrific and, of course, we ate our way through..." she laughed.
"My husband is retired. He was a jazz drummer. Occasionally, we would do musicals
together. He would decide to make the ultimate sacrifice - since he does
improvisational jazz," she kidded, about him playing a locked in score. "That was fun when we
could travel together. He always managed to join me at various parts of the tour or the
Prinz also performed Glass Menagerie in Japan. It wasn't your run of the mill
"Japan was an exchange program. I had done Glass Menagerie at the Milwaukee Rep and
we did a exchange program with Japan," she explained. "They sent a company over and we went
over there and did that for five weeks. I just loved
"It was the most foreign place that I had ever been and it was like stepping into another
"The Japanese love Tennessee Williams. They have a great affinity for him. They were
totally befuddled by Sam Shepard. But, they loved Tennessee Williams, even though they
didn't understand a word," she continued.
"And, they didn't wear their earphones! Then I realized - Well, of course
they weren't going to wear their earphones. When I went to all of the different theatres, the
Kabuki (traditional Japanese entertainment men where play all the parts) and the Bunraku
(Japanese traditional puppets theater) I never wore earphones. I wanted to see and experience it
as they presented it. And, they didn't miss a thing. Of course,
they knew the play, but they couldn't follow the exact dialogue. So, we never got any laughs,
which was weird. To do a play that you knew where all the laughs were and - it was total
"We got used to it," Prinz said. "But, it was a very different kind of silence. It wasn't just flat
silence. It was like - gasp - as a breathe intake silence. They were just with it every
second. Then, we would get just wild applause afterwards. It was a fascinating
"And, we did it in the "sin city'" district. It was just amazing. It was just so safe.
You could leave you pocket book on the street corner by accident and come by the next night and
pick it up. You passed all
these love hotels but it was non threatening. It was a terrific experience."
Prinz has never stopped working and has no intention of slowing down. "No, I never
stop working. I was rarely out of work. I've been very fortunate."
Killing Louise by Carol Galligan, directed by Michael Montel, starring Rosemary
Prinz. March 4th to 29th at CAP21 Theatre, NYC.
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SPREADING THE WORD
MARTIN SCORSESE IN PERSON
at the American Museum of the Moving Image on Wednesday, February 26.
The program, Martin Scorsese's New York will celebrate the director's life-long
fascination with New York City and will include a discussion with the Academy Award nominee.
Moderated by museum curator David Schwartz, the event will include clips
from more than a dozen films including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of
Comedy, New York New York, Goodfellas, Bringing out the Dead, The Age of Innocence and
more. Scorsese will then be joined onstage by Academy Award
nominated screenwriter Jay Cocks and by Luc Sante, the noted
author of Low Life who served as historical consultant on Gangs of New York, to
Scorsese's latest film, which is nominated for 10 Academy Awards.
Martin Scorsese's New York will take place at the Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square, New York
Tickets are $25 for
public, $17 for Museum members.
DR PHIL as in Dr. Phil McGraw, at
Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta Canada on February 28.
TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION NIGHT at Ma
Rainey's Black Bottom. Tom Joyner, and his co-host Sybil Wilkes, from the Tom Joyner in
the Morning Show will moderate a post-show audience talk-back discussion February 25th with the cast
including Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg.
A portion of each ticket purchased for the evening will benefit The Tom Joyner Foundation, a
non-profit organization that helps African American students complete their college education. Each month,
the organization selects one of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to receive the
funds raised during that particular month. Scholarships are then awarded through the Financial Aid
department of that college or university. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at the Royale Theatre, New York
MARDI GRAS BE IT BACCCHUS
It's that time of year again. Break out the masks and break open the blouses.
MTV will be taping in New Orleans during Mardi Gras again this year, and they have brought
host Carson Daly, pop-tart Christina Aguilera, rappers Method Man and Redman, Master P & Lil'
Singer/songwriter Edwin McCain has been named celebrity Grand Marshal for the Krewe of
director and actor Spike Lee will serve as celebrity Grand Marshal for Zulu. The music line-up for
Lundi Gras Festival includes; Kermit Ruffins, ReBirth Brass Band, Big Chief Donald Harrison,
and Big Al Carson.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have been named celebrity
monarchs for Orpheus. Actor and comic Jon Lovitz will reign as Bacchus XXXV; the Krewe of
on Sunday, March 2.
Mardi Gras is not restricted to New Orleans.
Each year, more than half a million people gather in the streets of Galveston Island to participate
largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas. For 12 days and
11 nights the island is electrified by 17 Krewes and 50 bands offering the sounds of live music,
parades, elaborate masked balls, and flamboyant costumes, plus 15 elaborate masquerade balls to
entice the black-tie senses. This year, Mardi Gras! Galveston salutes The Rainforests of the
which began February 21 and extends through March 4.
In Shreveport today is the Krewe Of Barkus & Meoux Mardi Paw Parade - an opportunity for
pets to celebrate Mardi Gras. Animal royalty are chosen in the royalty raffle.
Winston Cup races are big business for Las Vegas. It's not just the huge crowds - 140,000 are
expected for the race March 2 - race fans spend money; gaming, eating, enjoying
entertainment and other sporting events.
That does not go by unnoticed. Considered an ideal customer, hotels are offering promotions to
lure the start-your-engines and they're-off crowd.
Tickets to next week-end's race are being gobbled up by hotel properties to be doled out to VIP
customers. Harrah's Entertainment has bought 2,000. Coast Casinos bought 1,500 and Boyd
Gaming Corp bought 1,000 tickets.
The Hard Rock Hotel has a Four Play To Race Day promotion running through Thursday.
Any person winning certain gaming events receives a card with hidden scratch off letters.
Collect letters to spell Daytona and you will win two tickets to next year's - February 14, 2004
race, plus airfare and hotel.
Getting a race driver to show up at your hotel is equal to or better than a rock star roaming the
halls. Winston Cup drivers Jeff Green and Las Vegas native Kurt Busch will be at Sam's Town on
Thursday, February 27, for a charity auction. Last year's champion Tony Stewart stops by that
Bobby Labonte and Ricky Rudd will be at the Stardust Hotel Friday night.
One of Las Vegas' newest hotels, The Cannery, is located the closest to the race track. That is
considered a plus. Coca-Cola is sponsoring the Dale Earnhardt Show at the Cannery and
Budweiser is setting up a NASCAR simulator.
THE 8TH ANNUAL THINKING WOMEN'S VAUDEVILLE
presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
benefiting the Phyllis
Women's Health Initiative of the Actor's Fund of America in Nothing Like A Dame
2003, takes place March 3.
A pre-performance cocktail party will be held in the lobby of the St. James Theatre with
hors d'oeuvres provided by Angus McIndoe Restaurant. A post-performance cast party will be
hosted by John's Pizzeria Times Square.
A galaxy of entertainment luminaries are scheduled to appear in the performance, which will be
directed by Jude Kelly, O.B.E., one of London's top directors. The dazzling Dames line-up
screen legend Lauren Bacall, Mario Cantone, Patty Duke, Melissa Errico, Harvey Fierstein,
Whoopi Goldberg, Amanda Green, Joan Hamburg, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Judy Kaye, Rita
Moreno, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie Perez, Ann Richards, and Liz
Smith. Musical highlights include Hairspray's The Dynamites performing a special
version of Welcome to the 60's, featuring special lyrics by composer Marc Shaiman. The popular
concert, written by, about, and for women, will also feature highlights from Baz Luhrmann's
Boheme, Hairspray, The Producers, Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and
Highlights Include a special dames tribute to Adolph Green.
Nothing Like A Dame 2003 marks the beginning of The Women of Broadway, the Broadway
community's celebration of National Women's History Month.
The Actors' Fund of America is the only national non-profit organization that provides for the
welfare of all entertainment professionals. Since 1996, The Actors' Fund of America has focused
on helping women in the entertainment industry who are coping with critical health concerns
through The Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative (PNWHI). Initiated by Actors'
Fund Trustee Phyllis Newman, a breast cancer survivor, the Women's Health Initiative offers a
roster of services to help women access appropriate health care and to coordinate support
so that they need not face significant health concerns alone.
This event is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and
by Continental Airlines and The New York Times. Monday, March 3, at the St. James
ACTORS BRIDGE ENSEMBLE OF NASHVILLE
staged their first fundraiser last night, an evening of entertainment from the Marcus Hummon
Spoon River in Revival, American Duet, Francis of Guernica and Warrior featured
members of the original casts, including company member Mike Eldred, straight from Les
Miserables on Broadway!
Actors Bridge is a professional, non-profit theatre dedicated to bringing provocative theatre to
BILLY CRYSTAL IN LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE BENEFIT which was a comedy fundraiser February 21 and 22nd. Crystal was joined
by David Steinberg in two performances, which were interview format with performance and film pieces
interwoven into it. Ticket prices ranged from $100 - $1,000. The $1,000 package included one of the best
seats in the house, a pre-show reception and a backstage pass for an exclusive post-show reception with Billy
Crystal and La Jolla artistic director Des McAnuff. Proceeds from the event will support the Playhouse's
New Play Development Program. That program reflects La Jolla Playhouse's long-standing commitment
to new works that create new plays and musicals for the San Diego community and the
national theatre scene.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS The 45th annual Grammy Awards will present lifetime achievement
awards to include Etta James, Johnny Mathis, Glenn Miller, Tito Puente, and Simon &
The New York Philharmonic, America's oldest orchestra, will perform with guest conductor
David Robertson. Award winning composer Michael Kamen will also conduct the orchestra in collaboration with the British
rock band Coldplay in an arrangement of the band's song, Politic. The Recording Academy will also be
honoring Alan Lomax and the Philharmonic with their Trustees Award for significant contributions in the field of recording.
The Grammy Awards will be televised
live on CBS from Madison Square Garden.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences MusicCares dinner held at the Marriott
honored U2 singer Bono. Former President Bill Clinton presented Bono with the Person of
the Year award. Elvis Costello and Diana Krall attended together. Costello, 47, separated
in September from Cait O'Riordan, 37, his wife of 16 years. Since then, he and Krall, 38,
were first spotted out together in London. Tony Bennett, up for two Grammy awards - who
has a second career as an artist - had done a drawing of Costello and presented it to the
surprised and grateful performer.
HACKBERRY RAMBLERS CELEBRATE 70th
This legendary Cajun/country band ( See Broadway To Vegas column of August
6, 2000 )
was formed back in 1933, and still features the two founding
members -- fiddler Luderin Darbone, age 90, and accordionist Edwin Duhon, age 92. Impressed
by the Hackberry
Ramblers' rich history and rambunctious, youthful vitality, Today Show correspondent
traveled to Louisiana recently and spent three days with the band filming interviews and live
Dotson's excellent feature story on The Hackberry Ramblers aired last Friday on
Live footage for the Today story was shot at the weekly Rendez-vous des Cajuns program
Eunice, LA, and at McGee's Landing, in the great Atchafalaya swamp outside of Henderson, LA.
Ball made a special guest appearance with the band at McGee's, as she did on their
album, Deep Water, released in 1997 by The Hot Biscuits Recording Company.
In addition to two time Grammy nominee Marcia -- an honorary Rambler -- the band's line-up
also includes guitarist/emcee
Glen Croker, bassist Johnny Faulk, and drummer/producer Ben Sandmel.
The Hackberry Ramblers will perform at The French Quarter Festival in New Orleans on
Saturday, April 12
and at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Thursday, April 24. And 2003 will see the
Make Em Dance!, a full-length documentary about the Ramblers, directed by independent
John Whitehead, in association with Vetter Communications of Baton Rouge, LA.
The Hackberry Ramblers recently performed for the first time in Holland, France, and at The
Newport Folk Festival. They also received a National Heritage Fellowship for Darbone and
Duhon, conferred by the National Endowment for the Arts.
ROSES IN DECEMBER
play by Victor L. Cahn, starring Tony-Award winner James Naughton
and his daughter Keira Naughton, together on stage for the very first time. It should be
noted that James Naughton has a limited engagement. Victor Slezak will replace him March
The production will be directed by T. L. Reilly. Original music by Sergei Dreznin.
Production Design by Roman J. Tatarowicz.
"A young PhD candidate named Carolyn has been assigned the task of recruiting famously
Joel Gordon to attend Alumni Weekend. Joel repeatedly declines, but Carolyn's tenacity engages
them in a
series of letters that deepens into a friendship revealing a secret from Gordon's past [and] it may
light who Carolyn's real father is."
Producing director T.L. Reilly directs the work,
which tells its
story "entirely in letters that each character writes to the other."
continue to March 23 at Urban Stages Theater, an award-winning Off-Broadway Theatre
championing new ethnically diverse plays
and their authors
Frances Hill, Artistic Director; T.L. Reilly, Producing Director
Sonia Kozlova, Program Director.
BARBARA COOK MOSTLY SONDHEIM with
Wally Harper, Musical Director. In Mostly Sondheim, Cook features Sondheim's music,
show-stopping rendition of Losing My Mind. First performed in New York's Carnegie
Hall the fabulous
singer delivers seven not to be missed performances only.
February 28 to March 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles.
URBAN COWBOY A new
musical based on the 1980 film about a Texas honky-tonk bar, with songs from the movie,
and new songs by Jeff Blumenkrantz and Jason Robert Brown. Lonny Price directs a cast
that includes; Sally Mayes, Leo Burmester, Matt Cavenaugh and Jenn Colella. Previews
begin February 27, officially opening March 27 at the Broadhurst Theatre, New York
THE 21st ANNUAL NORTH TEXAS IRISH FESTIVAL
one of the largest Celtic events in the nation, will be March 1-2 in
Fair Park's Automotive and Centennial buildings.
Several new attractions will be featured this year, including enhancements to the children's
the Urchin Street Faire, the addition of Scottish Clan Village and equestrian demonstrations in
The event will include a mix of rich traditional and modern Celtic bands, dance groups, wandering
musicians, a variety of Irish and international food and drink, cultural crafts and ethnic
TEA AT FIVE stars former
Trek: Voyager Kate Mulgrew as Katharine Hepburn. Written by Matthew Lombardo and
John Tillinger. Set at Hepburn's home in her Fenwick estate in Old Saybrook, Conn. Mulgrew
winner Hepburn at opposite ends of her distinguished career. The first act takes place in
with the second act in February 1983 - as Hepburn reflects on her long career. Previews begin
at the Promenade Theatre. Officially opens on March 9.
AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LAUGH is comic Yakov
production. Previews begin February 24 officially opening March 31 at the American Airlines
AMBASSADOR SATCH a new musical about the life of Louis Armstrong. Starring Broadway's
Shields of The Full Monty, Ain't Misbehavin', and The Wiz.
Written by James P. Mirrione and Andre De Shields, Ambassador Satch tells the story of
great Louis Armstong, his triumphs, his heartaches, and how his life intersected the turbulent
American events, changing the world of Jazz.
Featuring a five piece jazz ensemble. Musical director is Terry Waldo, working with musicians
the "hot five" sound of Armstrong's career. You'll hear many Armstrong signature hits like: Ain't
Misbehavin', Black & Blue, Mack the Knife, West End Blues and What a Wonderful
Choreography is by Mercedes Ellington, who choreographed Broadway's Play On! The
show is produced in association with the Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack, NY, where
Satch opens following the Philadelphia engagement.
Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, February 26 - March 9.
ELEGIES: A SONG CYCLE
written by Tony
Award-winning composer William Finn (Falsettos, A New Brain), is a celebration of life
the power of song.
The concert features five brilliant performers - Christian Borle (Amour, Footloose),
Betty Buckley (Triumph of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Cats ), Carolee Carmello (Parade, Kiss
Kate, Falsettos), Keith Byron Kirk (Miss Saigon, A New Brain), and Michael Rupert
Falsettos, Sweet Charity) - and is directed by one of Lincoln Center's favorites, Graciela
(A New Brain, Marie Christine, Chronicle of a Death Foretold).
Only nine scheduled performances Sundays & Mondays March 2 - March 30. A Lincoln
Theater Special Event in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.
BELINDA CARLISLE from
the Go's Go's,
performing Tuesday, February 25 at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN next
Sunday, March 2, in Austin, Texas at the Frank Erwin Center.
THE MARSALIS FAMILY
Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, Jason and Ellis - recognized as the first family of jazz, begin a rare five-date tour
together at the Place des Arts in Montreal on Tuesday February 25. The tour wraps March 3, at Boston's
THE CHIEFTANS on stage
tomorrow in Chicago at Orchestra Hall@ Symphony Center. On Wednesday the performance is at the Maxwell C.
King Center in Melbourne, Florida. On Thursday they are center stage at the Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts in Gainesville, Florida and on Friday the show is at the Moran Theatre in Jacksonville,
BILL COSBY in the spotlight
February 28 at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
CAROL'S CABARET CAVALCADE
featuring Richard Skipper as Carol Channing hosting a bevy of New York's best cabaret performers. The
line-up for Tuesday, February 25 includes Marnie Baumer, Ellen Bollinger, Stephanie Cook, Linda Fields,
Helen Klass, and Bryon Sommers. Musical director is Michael Levine. The Triad Theatre, NYC.
FRANK ZAPPA FAVORITES will be
performed by the American Composers Orchestra on Sunday, March 2 at the Issac Stern
Auditorium in New York City as part of the Emerging American Composer series. A pre-concert
talk starts at 1:45 PM. Steven Sloane, Music Director and Conductor
Omar Ebrahim and David Moss vocalists. Isaac Stern Auditorium
Sunday, March 2, 2003 3:00 PM
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR
performing February 24 in High Point, North Carolina at the Hayworth Center Performing Hall and on February 28
in Manchester, New
Hampshire at the Dana Center.
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
entertaining Friday, February 28 at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, Mass. On Saturday, March 1 they will
be at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in West Collingswood, NJ.
JANIS IAN performs Thursday
in Wilmington, Noeth Carolina at Thalian Hall. On Friday she is center stage at the Sylvia Theater in York,
South Carolina and
closes out the week, Saturday, with a show at Stevens Center in Winston Salem, North
REGIS PHILBIN who
in Las Vegas at the MGM-Grand last week, and then got stranded in Sin City because of
York snow, created some raised eyebrows when he told people he had been in the cock-pit
watching the beautiful view when the plane landed in Las Vegas. How did Regis rate what
longer permitted - a passenger no matter how famous - being permitted to enter a locked
cock-pit and sit with the pilots? Because he flew to Las Vegas in a private plane.
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