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8 items from 2015


Hollywood Publicists to Honor Alan and Marilyn Bergman

15 December 2015 5:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood publicists have selected songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman to receive the Special Award of Merit at the 53rd annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards.

The award will be presented at the ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Bergmans have been nominated for 16 Academy Awards and won three for the score for “Yentl” and the songs “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “The Way We Were.”

The Bergmans have worked with Sting, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Michel Legrand, Dave Grusin, John Williams, Quincy Jones, James Newton Howard, Cy Coleman, Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch.

As previously announced, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf will be named showman of the year.

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- Dave McNary

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Tony Awards performance: Kristin Chenoweth drives 'On the Twentieth Century' (Video)

8 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Tony Awards co-host Kristin Chenoweth did double duty as she also led the cast of her hit show "On the Twentieth Century" in a rollicking medley of merry tunes. This is the first rialto revival for the 1978 tuner, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics from Betty Comden and Aldoph Green, who based their book on the 1932 farce by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur ("The Front Page").  -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums Among those also showcased in these performances of “Life Is Like A Train,” “On the 20th Century,” “I’ve Got It All” and “Babette,” is Featured Actor nominee Andy Karl. He lost as did Chenoweth with the show going 0 for 5 in all.  »

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Gene Saks, Tony-Winning Stage and Film Director, Dies at 93

29 March 2015 10:38 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Gene Saks, a director who earned three Tony Awards and frequently collaborated with Neil Simon, has died. He was 93. Saks died March 28 following a bout with pneumonia, his wife, Keren, said, according to the New York Times.  Saks had a long-standing professional relationship with Simon and directed many of his plays, including Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983) and Biloxi Blues (1985). Both projects earned Saks a Tony for directing, as did the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical I Love My Wife (1977). Read More Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 Other Simon plays staged by Saks include Half a Sixpence (1965),

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Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93

29 March 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gene Saks, who helmed many Neil Simon plays on Broadway and won three Tonys — for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” plus Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues” — died Saturday. He was 93.

His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, N.Y. home.

Saks directed only seven feature films, all of them based on legit works. They included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also directed the 1969 “Cactus Flower,” which earned Goldie Hawn an Oscar for supporting actress.

After helming the hit Broadway musical “Mame,” Saks did the big screen version in 1974. For the film, Lucille Ball played the title character, with many critics complaining that Angela Lansbury could repeat her Broadway triumph. Both the stage and screen versions of »

- Carmel Dagan

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Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93

29 March 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gene Saks, who helmed many Neil Simon plays on Broadway and won three Tonys — for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” plus Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues” — died Saturday. He was 93.

His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, N.Y. home.

Saks directed only seven feature films, all of them based on legit works. They included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also directed the 1969 “Cactus Flower,” which earned Goldie Hawn an Oscar for supporting actress.

After helming the hit Broadway musical “Mame,” Saks did the big screen version in 1974. For the film, Lucille Ball played the title character, with many critics complaining that Angela Lansbury could repeat her Broadway triumph. Both the stage and screen versions of »

- Carmel Dagan

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Theater Review: A Little Engine Keeps On the Twentieth Century Moving

15 March 2015 5:56 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

There are a million big reasons that On the Twentieth Century, the 1978 musical by Cy Coleman and Comden and Green, shouldn’t work today: It’s profoundly silly, tonally tricky, too big for the market, and a very hard sing. Indeed, the Roundabout’s delicious revival at the American Airlines crashes intermittently into most of those problems. But there’s nevertheless one small reason — about four-foot-eleven — it works anyway: Kristin Chenoweth. She is a comic genius in a role ideally suited to her gifts.The role is Lily Garland, née Mildred Plotka, a spoiled, insecure 1930s Hollywood star with a tough girl’s moxie and an almost erotic attachment to histrionics. She’s aboard the title luxury train, heading to New York, to make a triumphant return to Broadway, where the lead in a new Somerset Maugham play called Babette awaits her. Attempting to waylay her is Oscar Jaffee, the »

- Jesse Green

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‘On the Twentieth Century’ Theater Review: Kristin Chenoweth Is Back on the Fast Track

15 March 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“On the Twentieth Century” isn’t a great musical, but it does offer great opportunities for actors to prove why they’re stars – or not stars. The 1976 Broadway musical by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green needs stars to reach full locomotion speed. And the current Broadway revival, which opened Sunday at the American Airlines Theatre, has at least one in tip-top form, Kristin Chenoweth. In her last Broadway outing, a 2010 revival of “Promises, “Promises” in which she was miscast as a lowly elevator operator, Chenoweth offered up a pipsqueak Marlene Dietrich. In “On the Twentieth Century,” her high. »

- Robert Hofler

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Theatre Review: Barnum (UK Tour)

23 January 2015 4:50 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Jean-Pierre Van der Spuy

Starring: Brian Conley, Linzi Hateley, Kimberly Blake, Landi Oshinowo, Mikey Jay-Heath and John Stacey

Synopsis: Come and run away to the circus with the World’s Greatest Showman for an evening of ‘humbugging’.

This is an evening full of music, acrobatics and excitement. Barnum is based on the book written by Mark Bramble about the world’s greatest showman, with lyrics and music by Michael Stewart and Cy Coleman respectively.

As you enter the theatre you are transported away to the big top, the atmosphere full of excitement as the circus comes to town. The lights and sights are tremendous with juggling and balancing acts surrounding you as the cast leap around the auditorium. You feel as if you are about to see an amazing circus show.

Pt Barnum is brilliantly performed by Brian Conley as the greatest showman on earth who fills the role well, »

- Katey Thompson

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