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Recipients for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors will be announced shortly after Labor Day. Which famous entertainers are most likely to be included in this annual celebration of the arts? The five chosen will be celebrated at the White House and with a special concert at the Kennedy Center in early December. The honorees are always an eclectic group covering a variety of disciplines, including film, television, popular music, theatre, dance, and/or the fine arts. Last year, various advocacy groups pointed out that only two Hispanics -- Placido Domingo (2000) and Chita Rivera (2002) -- numbered among the 185 people feted to date. The Kennedy Centers Honors is expanding the selection process by welcoming suggestions from the public. Rivera is part of a new committee that will winnow down the list of potential recipients from 20 to 10. Joining her are 2011 honoree Yo Yo Ma; opera singer Harolyn Blackwell and »
Spoilers ahead. Two more dancers have left the competition after tonight’s performance show, which featured guest judge Kenny Ortega, some incredible duets, and plenty of side-eye from me re: the elimination process. I’ll post my full recap of tonight’s performances later on; in the meantime, discuss!
Malece Miller and Alan Bersten have been eliminated. What? Nigel Lythgoe attempted to soften this blow (?!) by suggesting that they try (try!!) to join the Top 10 tour anyway, as swing dancers or alternates. As If He Isn’T In Charge Of All Of This.
It bothers me that Jenna Johnson »
- Annie Barrett
“So You Think You Can Dance” judges Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman hosted a gala and performance to celebrate dance and benefit the Dizzy Feet Foundation on July 27 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at La’s Music Center.
“It’s not about becoming the next Baryshnikov, it’s literally about coming together, having a community, understanding creativity, developing self-confidence,” Shankman said. “You don’t get that when you’re studying history or sitting in front of a computer.”
However, as far as the “dizzy feet” term goes, Shankman wasn’t quite so sure what that meant.
“Nigel Lythgoe came up with it and I just didn’t question it,” he said, laughing.
“It was the one thing that kept me out of trouble,” she said. »
- Alex Stedman
"Glee" stars Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz are joining Christina Applegate, Minnie Driver, Jenna Elfman, and Anna Kendrick at the third annual "Celebration of Dance" Gala on July 27, the Dizzy Feet Foundation and the Music Center announced on Wednesday. Applegate will present the Dff Inspiration Award to Chita Rivera, while "Pitch Perfect" star Kendrick will present Lionsgate's president of production, Erik Feig, with the Dff Impact Award. Also read: Cory Monteith Died of Heroin, Alcohol, Coroner Says Arthur Mitchell, dancer and founder of the ground-breaking Dance Theatre of Harlem, will be the second »
- Greg Gilman
New York -- Chita Rivera will celebrate her 80th birthday doing what she does best – performing a show that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Says Rivera: "A girl only turns 80 once in her life, thank God, and I want everyone there as proof."
The performer, one of the stars of the recent musical "The Mystery Of Edwin Drood," actually turned 80 on Jan. 23.
She originated some of theater's most memorable roles, including Anita in 1957's "West Side Story," Rose in 1960's "Bye Bye Birdie," Velma in 1975's "Chicago" and the title role in 1993's "Kiss of the Spider Woman."
Online: http://www.broadwaycares.org »
The Kennedy Centers Honors is expanding the selection process by welcoming suggestions from the public. Last year, various advocacy groups pointed out that only two Hispanics -- Placido Domingo (2000) and Chita Rivera (2002) -- numbered among the 185 people feted to date. Rivera is to be part of a new committee that will winnow down the list of potential recipients from 20 to 10. Joining her are 2011 honoree Yo Yo Ma; opera singer Harolyn Blackwell and ballet dancer Damian Woetzel who sit on the Artist Committee; and board members Cappy McGarr and Elaine Wynn. The Artist Committee, which comes up with the original list of 20, is to be expanded as well to ensure the broadest of representation. And the public can petition the committee with their choices. However, even with these new mechanisms in place, the five honorees still will be determined by the executive committee of the Kennedy Center board of trustees. They »
Washington — The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a new process to select artists who receive one of the nation's top arts prizes, the Kennedy Center Honors, after an outside group last year said Latinos have been largely excluded.
Under the revised process, the Kennedy Center will begin seeking recommendations from the public for the first time in the award's 35-year history. Recommendations can be submitted online beginning Thursday. The center will also seek more recommendations from a committee of artists.
To narrow the roster of potential honorees, the center is forming a new Special Honors Committee. Former honorees Chita Rivera and Yo-Yo Ma will serve on the panel, along with opera singer Harolyn Blackwell, dancer Damian Woetzel and two center board members, Elaine Wynn and Cappy McGarr. From there, the Kennedy Center chairman, president and award producers will create slates of potential honorees to balance the selections across artistic disciplines, »
Broadcast network cancellations hit gay characters and showrunners especially hard, with shows like "Smash" and "The New Normal" among the victims. Hollywood Reporter Playbill looks back at some of the most notorious Tony snubs in the award's history, including Chita Rivera, who won two Tonys in her career but wasn't even nominated for her performance in the stage version of "West Side Story," which would later win her an Oscar on film. Coldplay will be awarded with a Silver Clef Award for Best British Act: "The annual Silver Clef awards honour artists from across the music industry, while raising money for the music therapy charity." BBC Tony-winning musical "South Pacific" could be on its way to the big screen starring Michelle Williams. Playbill Who might be among this year's crop of Best Actress Oscar contenders? What Culture lists 10 potential performance to watch, including Meryl Streep and Juli »
Today, it seems audiences know "Bye Bye Birdie" only from the prominent mention of it on "Mad Men," when the Sterling Cooper agency tried to copy Ann-Margret's minimalist opening number for a diet soda commercial. But when the movie musical premiered 50 years ago (on April 4, 1963), it was a huge smash. It made an instant star out of the Swedish-born actress, as well as boosting the fame of co-stars Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde. Based on the Broadway hit musical, "Bye Bye Birdie" was seen as a trenchant pop cultural satire at the time. Everyone knows that Conrad Birdie, the hip-swiveling rocker who is drafted into the Army, and who stages a publicity stunt on the Ed Sullivan show by agreeing to kiss a teen fan before reporting for duty, is inspired by Elvis Presley, who had to put his career on hold in 1958 when he was drafted. But »
- Gary Susman
Los Angeles — He's acted, danced and sang his way through movies, television and the stage, making Dick Van Dyke an entertainment triple-threat long before Hollywood used such hyphenates.
The 87-year-old actor, best known for the 1960s hit comedy "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and Disney's big-screen musical "Mary Poppins," can now add lifetime achievement honoree. He picked up that honor at Sunday night's 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
"I've knocked around in this business for 70 years and I still haven't quite figured out exactly what it is I do," Van Dyke said after accepting his trophy from presenter Alec Baldwin.
"The years have been full of surprises for me and a lot of fun. Aren't we lucky to have found a line of work that doesn't require growing up?"
Van Dyke's career has spanned eight decades, starting with work as a disc jockey and a standup comic in the late `40s. »
Los Angeles — Forget dishonest modesty. Dick Van Dyke seems nothing short of gobsmacked about receiving the life-achievement honor at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards.
"They must've gotten to the `V's," he joked.
Though probably best known for "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-66) and Walt Disney's big-screen musical "Mary Poppins" (1964), the 87-year-old Van Dyke said that, with the SAG Award, "I kind of find a home. I've always been a bit of an orphan, because actors say, `Well, he's more of a dancer.' And dancers say, `No. He's really a singer.' And singers say, `No. He's an actor.' So, now I've got a home. I can actually refer to these people as my peers."
His career has spanned eight decades, starting with work as a disc jockey and a standup comic in the late `40s. He even worked as a national television morning-show host, with no less »
Broadway director-producer Harold Prince, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and dancer-actor Chita Rivera are the recipients of the 2013 Jerome Robbins Award, the Jerome Robbins Foundation announced Jan. 25.“My colleagues and I could not think of three greater Broadway luminaries than Hal, Chita, and Stephen,” Christopher Pennington, executive director of the Jerome Robbins Foundation, said in a statement. “They were obvious choices for their astounding body of work, for their commitment to and passion for musical theatre, and for bringing their vitality and talent to the American stage for more than half a century.”It’s fitting that Prince, Sondheim, and Rivera are sharing the honor, having all collaborated with Robbins for the original Broadway production of “West Side Story” in 1957.“When these three artists came together in 1957 to join Jerome Robbins and the other creators of ‘West Side Story,’ their collective contributions changed musical theatre forever,” Jerome Robbins Foundation Directors Ellen Sorrin »
We all know she seems ageless, but the legendary Broadway diva Chita Rivera turns 80 years old today (Jan. 23).
The "Queen of the Gypsies" made her stage debut in a touring production of "Call Me Madam" in 1951, and went on to create the iconic roles of Anita in "West Side Story," Rosie in "Bye Bye Birdie," Velma Kelly in "Chicago" and Aurora in "Kiss of the Spider Woman," among others.
As it turns out, Rivera -- a two-time Tony Award winner and a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient -- is still going strong, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. She's currently wowing crowds in the acclaimed Broadway revival of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" in New York.
In honor of Rivera's milestone birthday, check out her most iconic moments below:
- Curtis M. Wong
Eva Longoria is set to host an upcoming Latino celebration of Us president Barack Obama's inauguration. The former Desperate Housewives star, who currently serves as the co-chair of the White House inauguration committee, will host the event in Washington DC on January 20. WENN reports that Longoria will be joined by several Hispanic and Latino celebrities including George Lopez, X Factor co-host Mario Lopez and actor Antonio Banderas. Broadway performers Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera will be performing at the event, which is part of a three-day lecture series titled 'The Latino Inaugural 2013'. Longoria recently (more) »
- By Zeba Blay
Washington — The Kennedy Center is reviewing the way it selects artists who receive one of the nation's highest arts prizes, the Kennedy Center Honors, after a group said Latinos have been largely excluded.
The formal review announced Monday includes Kennedy Center board members and an 11-member artist advisory panel. The panel includes actress Debbie Allen, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Broadway actor Raul Esparza and Joseph Polisi, president of The Juilliard School in New York. It also will include representatives of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.
The center also will form a Latino advisory committee to foster engagement with the Hispanic community.
The 35-year-old Kennedy Center Honors have become a major cultural prize. The honor comes with a salute from the president and secretary of state each year in December, along with performances by A-list entertainers.
In September, the National »
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