Scott Schwartz

         "Hunchback" at La Jolla
                 By: T.E. McMorrow

After four years of work by an artistic team headed by director Scott Schwartz, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," which goes into previews at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, Cal., Oct. 26, is anything but your child’s cartoon version of the Victor Hugo classic.

Still produced by Disney, and using many musical elements from both the 1996 animated film, as well as the 1999 stage production which had a book by James Lapine, and played for three years in Berlin, this is, none the less, a re-conception of the piece. "This version is completely different," Schwartz said on the phone last week during a break from tech rehearsal. "It is a whole new take."

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Marian Seldes

Remembering Marian Seldes: An excerpt from an August 2005 Interview:
Marian Seldes: First Lady of American Theater?

                                          By: Ellis Nassour
‘‘Darling, it hasn’t always been fun," Miss Seldes said in her famous stage whisper as we met to reminisce over her career.

Marian Seldes

In a 2004 Vanity Fair interview, Miss Seldes spoke of how long it took her to establish a leading lady career; and of 1974, which she considered "the most terrible time in my whole career. " She was in her 40s when cast in Peter Shaffer’s Equus. "I wasn’t prepared for the public humiliation [British director] John Dexter subjected me to," when during a rehearsal, he yelled, "Watch those Jewish hands, Seldes!"

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Scott Siegel

Scott Siegel, Still Going at 103, Celebrates Broadway Ballyhoo Birthday

        By: Ellis Nassour

Impresario Scott Siegel will celebrate his 103rd birthday on September 25 at 54 Below at 9:30 P.M. under the guise of his monthly late-night cabaret Broadway Ballyhoo, where the line-up includes artists we’re familiar with and many with whom we’re not.

The entertainment roster is still growing, but those already committed are Tony and Drama Desk nominee Barbara Walsh, Drama Desk nominee Karen Mason, Drama Desk nominee John Bolton, singer Carole J. Bufford, actress/singer Jillian Louis, and Nightlife Award winners Scott Coulter and Carolyn Montgomery-Forant. The evening will also feature international cabaret artist Maxine Linehan and the release of her CD, An American Journey.

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Wallem / Atkinson

Stephen Wallem & Ashlie Atkinson Offer Bedroom Secrets at the Fringe Festival
                                  By Iris Wiener

Intimacy, humor and realism set the framework for Bedroom Secrets, one of Fringe Festival’s most intriguing pieces this year. Through allowing their audience to witness the exchanges between a psychotherapist and her patients, Fringe Festival’s 2013 Audience Favorite winners Thomas and Judy Heath’s dramatic comedy offers a peephole into the human psyche in all matters of sex and communication. Stage and screen talent Stephen Wallem (Nurse Jackie) portrays five vastly different clients of the critically lauded Ashlie Atkinson (Fat Pig) in the role of the therapist.

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Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher’s Fairytale Life
It’s a voice that can speak for itself, but there’s a real person there, too, and a fine actor. Our Tracy Smith caught up with Fran Drescher of "The Nanny" on Broadway:
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Even on a jam-packed day at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, one unique voice can be heard above the clatter: "I want to show you in here because this room is dedicated to Picasso."

In a world of artistic copycats, Fran Drescher has built a career on her very distinctive voice, and one very distinctive role.

For the millions who watched the series on CBS, Drescher was, and is, "The Nanny." Thanks to syndication, the show hasn’t been off the air in 20 years.

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Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp: A Fascinating Life and Career, Albeit One Filled with Insecurities
                              
                              By: Ellis Nassour

As much as any young English actor, Terence Stamp not only thrived in the swinging ’60s but also defined the period. He was hot. Stamp, co-starring in the well-received Unfinished Song [which opened Friday, opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton], in the 60s with his piercing eyes, striking face, and run-your-fingers-through hair, was considered one of the most desirable men in the world. It led to affairs with many women, but also to a huge ego problem and a long journey of spiritual renewal and self-discovery.

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Terence Stamp Part Two

Terence Stamp: A Fascinating Life and Career, Albeit One Filled with Insecurities


           By: Ellis Nassour

Terence Stamp not only thrived in the swinging ’60s but also defined the period. He was not only talented, though often he didn’t believe it, but was also considered one of the most desirable men in the world. He had affairs with many women who were most every man’s dream. However, there were problems that almost ended his career.

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Lee Daniels Oprah Winfrey

Chatting with The Butler’s Director Lee Daniels, Forest Whittaker, and Oprah Winfrey
                                             By: Ellis Nassour
                         
                          Part Two: Lee Daniels and Oprah Winfrey


Even on a shoestring budget and what amounts to a cast of hundreds that included a roster of A-List screen and stage names, Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, shot The Butler last summer in New Orleans, more often than not in his PJs, where he completed photography in an amazing 41 days – somewhat of a miracle in the annals of Hollywood films.

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Lee Daniels Forest Whittaker

Chatting with The Butler’s Director Lee Daniels, Forest Whittaker,  and Oprah Winfrey

                      By: Ellis Nassour

       Part One: Lee Daniels and Forest Whitaker

Even with a shoestring budget and what amounts to a cast of hundreds, including a long list of top screen and stage names, Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, shooting The Butler last summer in New Orleans, more often than not in his PJs, where he either had sets built or shot on location, completed photography in an amazing 41 days.

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Beth Henley

Beth Henley Returns to New York and Her Southern Roots With Gothic Black Comedy The Jacksonian
                                                                             By Ellis Nassour

Beth Henley


There’s not a lot of Southern comfort to ease the characters of Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony- and Drama Desk-nominated Beth Henley’s Gothic black comedy drama The Jacksonian, having its New York premiere courtesy of The New Group at Theatre Row.

Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the Christmas of 1964, and amid the fiery tensions of racial strife, church bombings, and talk of lynchings, there’s a murder and robbery at a gas station near a once-posh motel called The Jacksonian.

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Ann-Margret Part 2

Career Transitions for Dancers Honors Legendary Ann-Margret with Rolex Dance Award

            By: Ellis Nassour

The captivating 5’4" dynamo of screen, TV, recording, and Vegas legend Ann-Margret created a towering presence singing and dancing in films, TV, and onstage. There’ve been Oscar [two] and Golden Globe [10] nominations. She won five Golden Globes and six Emmys. And not just for musical comedy.

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Ann-Margret Part 1

Ann-Margret: Still Stunning, Sweet, and Being Honored by Career Transitions for Dancers with the Rolex Dance Award on October 8
                                                                                          By: Ellis Nassour


She says, "I’ve lived life to the fullest, and I’m still here and going strong." That’s screen, TV, recording artist, author, and Vegas legend Ann-Margret talking. She’s a 5’4" dynamo who created a towering presence in show business. Stunning and with a charming and devilish sense of humor, she still possesses that rebellious "sex kitten" [one of the labels pinned on her in her youth] voice. It’s just much more soft spoken.

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Bebe Neuwirth @ WHPAC

             By Patrick Christiano

July 12, 2012:  Acclaimed star of stage, film and television, Bebe Neuwirth, returns to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday July 15 at 8:30pm with “Stories With Piano," a reprise of her 2008 show at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on Park Avenue in New York City.

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Paige Davis

          Operation Backpack & Paige Davis making lots of improvements

              By: Sandi Durell
TLC Trading Spaces’ host Paige Davis is passionate when it comes to her involvement as spokesperson and board member for Volunteers of America, the sponsor organization for Operation Backpack, this much needed charitable cause. In a phone conversation I had with Paige, she was extremely enthusiastic and adamant about the importance and necessity to get the word out to as many people as possible in our New York community that homeless children need a chance at normalcy when attending school, like every other child,. It’s as simple as a new backpack filled with the school supplies required for that specific age group to help remove the stigma attached to homelessness.

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