Excerpt from Superstar ~ Jesus Christ Superstar – 3

Excerpt from Superstar ~ Jesus Christ Superstar:Landmark Rock Opera to Worldwide Phenomenon

 By: Ellis Nassour

Part Three   ~   What’s the Buzz

November 6, 2020: Way ahead of the U.K. and U.S. was the popularity the single was reaping on the international scene, and from being programmed on the Armed Forces radio network and Radio Luxembourg. The FM stations were the first to jump on the bandwagon, but pop stations still held out. 

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Excerpt from Superstar ~ Jesus Christ Superstar 2

Excerpt from Superstar ~ Jesus Christ Superstar:Landmark Rock Opera to Worldwide Phenomenon

By: Ellis Nassour

Part Two  =  Into the Fire (and Brimstone)

November 2, 2020: As things got down to business between new writing partners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, billing negotiations ensued. Lloyd Webber decided the partnership would be Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Not so fast, said Rice. He suggested Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber had a better ring. It was a stalemate. Lloyd Webber, far from pleased, caved. 

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Keely and Du

By: Isa Goldberg

October 30, 2020: Like the People of Praise, a Christian Community of which the newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has been a loyal member, the characters we meet in Jane Martin’s “Keely and Du” “yearn for the salvation of all members of the human family.” At least that is the mission stated on the People of Praise website. 

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Excerpt from Superstar ~ Jesus Christ Superstar

Excerpt from Superstar ~ Jesus Christ Superstar:Landmark Rock Opera to Worldwide Phenomenon

By: Ellis Nassour

Part One … In the Beginning

October 26, 2020: The songwriting partnership of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber was born in 1965 out of big dreams, talent, and need – with a strong bit of kismet thrown in. Maybe even a bit of desperation . . .

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The 68 Cent Crew Theatre

“Fear and Loathing in The Creative Process” Marty Grabstein and Isa Goldberg

By: Isa Goldberg

September 10,2020: While I’m a veteran contributor to theaterlife.com, many moons have passed since I’ve covered live theater or experienced it. Pandemic-wise, it’s been quite a change of life for all of us. 

Fortunately, I had the fun of joining a theater troupe, The 68 Cent Crew Theatre, that I discovered a couple of years ago. Currently we’re performing our 9th Annual One-Acts Festival (www.youtube.com/68centcrewtheatre) with a wham bam burst of boldness and creativity. 

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Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer, Tony-winning Playwright, Oscar-nominee, and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84

By: Ellis Nassour

April 28, 2020 — The death of Tony-winning playwright, Oscar-nominee, Pulitzer Prize finalist, author, and outspoken AIDS activist Larry Kramer brought to an end a tumultuous life. He was more often than not outraged, and outrageous. In his case, however, his yelling, screaming, protesting saved no telling how many lives. As the scourge of HIV AIDS swept the world, he brought attention to the lack of government commitment to finding a cure. Kramer also co-founded two quite historic organizations: Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), which operated clinics for discrete testing, counseling, and medical advice; and his controversial protest group ACT-UP [AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power].

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Things to Enjoy in the Comfort of Home

By: Ellis Nassour

April 30, 2020: You’re isolating, often getting stir crazy, and stepping outside for some sun, when available, isn’t enough. There is programming and things to enjoy, sans mask and latex gloves, though some require a donation, in the comfort of your home that will make you feel less like a prisoner of COVID 19. 

Awaiting Hugh Jackman? Wait no longer. He’s here!

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Simon Callow, Part 5

By Samuel L. Leiter

April 24, 2020: This is Part 5, the last installment of my long-lost interview with the British stage, film, and TV star, Simon Callow, also renowned as a writer and director. It was conducted in his London home in 1993, twenty-seven years ago, but has never before been published. For background on the circumstances of the interview and why it’s first being published now, please check the introduction to Part 1. 

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Simon Callow, Part 4

SIMON CALLOW: MY LOST INTERVIEW WITH A RENAISSANCE MAN: Part 4

By: Samuel L. Leiter

April 22, 2020: This is Part 4 (of five) of my long-lost interview with the British stage, film, and TV star, Simon Callow, also renowned as a writer and director. It was conducted in his London home in 1993, twenty-seven years ago, but has never before been published. For background on the circumstances of the interview and why it’s first being published now, please check the introduction to Part 1. 

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Simon Callow, Part 3

SIMON CALLOW: MY LOST INTERVIEW WITH A RENAISSANCE MAN: Part 3

By: Samuel L. Leiter

April 20, 2020: This continues my interview with the British stage, film, and TV star, Simon Callow, also renowned as a writer and director. It was conducted in his London home in 1993, twenty-seven years ago, but has never before been published. For background on the circumstances of the interview and why it’s first being published now, please check the introduction to Part 1. 

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Simon Callow, Part 2

By: Samuel L. Leiter

April 18, 2020: This continues my interview with the British stage, film, and TV star, Simon Callow, also renowned as a writer and director. It was conducted in his London home in 1993, twenty-seven years ago, but has never before been published. For background on the circumstances of the interview and why it’s first being published now, please check the introduction to Part 1. 

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Simon Callow, Part 1

SIMON CALLOW: MY LOST INTERVIEW WITH A RENAISSANCE MAN

By: Samuel L. Leiter
Introduction

April 16, 2020: In the early 1990s, I was surprised to receive a query from the increasingly prominent British actor/director/writer Simon Callow. He was writing with regard to something I’d published about Orson Welles in the 1930-1940 volume of my Encyclopedia of the New York Stage. Simon was engaged at the time in writing the first volume of what would be his massive, authoritative, in short, definitive Welles biography, whose fourth and final volume is only now nearing publication. 

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Bob Avian Part 3

Bob Avian: Dancing Man, A Life in Theater as Choreographer/Director;  Tales of Collaborating with Michael Bennett in New Autobiography

By: Ellis Nassour

Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey (University Press of Mississippi; Hardcover; 240 pages, including16-page B&W photo album and Index; $28; E-book available) by Tony and Olivier winner Bob Avian, expertly-guided by co-writer Tom Santopietro, takes the reader beyond behind the scenes of the creation of such musicals as Company, Follies, Dreamgirls, A Chorus Line, Ballroom, and Miss Saigon and into the imagination and genius of Michael Bennett; and later, Miss Saigon.

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Bob Avian: Part 2

Bob Avian: Dancing Man, A Life in Theater as Choreographer/Director; Tales of Collaborating with Michael Bennett in New Autobiography

By: Ellis Nassour

April 8, 2020: Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey (University Press of Mississippi; Hardcover; 240 pages, including16-page B&W photo album and Index; $28; E-book available) by Tony and Olivier winner Bob Avian, expertly-guided by co-writer Tom Santopietro (Broadway general manager; author of The Sound of Music Story, Considering Doris Day) takes the reader beyond behind the scenes of the creation of such musicals as Company, A Chorus Line, Ballroom, Dreamgirls, and Miss Saigon and into the imagination of Michael Bennett, Steven Sondheim, Gower Champion, Avian himself, and numerous others – many of whom are undeservedly forgotten today. 

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Bob Avian Part 1

Bob Avian: Dancing Man, A Life in Theater as Choreographer/Director; Tales of Collaborating with Michael Bennett in New Autobiography
Part One

By: Ellis Nassour

April 6, 2020: Tony-winning scenic designer Robin Wagner, credited with over 50 Broadway shows, says, “Bobby, in addition to being an extraordinarily nice guy, is an absolutely brilliant director/choreographer. He and Michael Bennett was a pair. They knew each other inside out. Everything Michael did, Bobby contributed at least half. Michael trusted his instincts. Bobby was more collaborator than assistant.”

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