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Chita Rivera Talks Overuse of Technology and Discusses Upcoming Shows With Angela Lansbury and Tommy Tune

Broadway legend Chita Rivera is currently on tour with Tommy Tune, but she took time to chat with SouthFlorida.com about her upcoming performances in the area, including 'Night of Stars' with Angela Lansbury, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and others. In the interview, Rivera discussed her connection with Tommy Tune, her adoration of Angela Lansbury, and her negative feelings toward technology.
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Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’

Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’
Hollywood has long recognized Ron Perlman for being unrecognizable. Some of his most iconic roles — including “Hellboy,” “Quest of Fire” and the late-1980s CBS series “Beauty and the Beast” — required extensive, transformative makeup and prosthetics. The actor is returning to television, a medium he describes as “the one area where the storytelling is really rich, really deep and really human,” to join the Crackle drama “Startup” in the series’ second season, which premieres Sept. 28. Perlman’s initial break in the industry came not from television or film, but in the Tommy Tune-directed stage musical “Sunset,” which led to his first mention in Variety on Oct. 5, 1977.

What was it like auditioning for Tommy Tune?

I was wired early in my career for failure. So anytime anyone liked what I did, much less actually hired me, it was a shock. Tommy Tune was a singular validation that I had never experienced before.

What
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Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’

Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’
Hollywood has long recognized Ron Perlman for being unrecognizable. Some of his most iconic roles — including “Hellboy,” “Quest of Fire” and the late-1980s CBS series “Beauty and the Beast” — required extensive, transformative makeup and prosthetics. The actor is returning to television, a medium he describes as “the one area where the storytelling is really rich, really deep and really human,” to join the Crackle drama “Startup” in the series’ second season, which premieres Sept. 28. Perlman’s initial break in the industry came not from television or film, but in the Tommy Tune-directed stage musical “Sunset,” which led to his first mention in Variety on Oct. 5, 1977.

What was it like auditioning for Tommy Tune?

I was wired early in my career for failure. So anytime anyone liked what I did, much less actually hired me, it was a shock. Tommy Tune was a singular validation that I had never experienced before.

What
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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses The Best Little Whorehouse Sequel, James McMullen's Posters

Thanking the Sound Gods, onstage mistakes, the Holy Grail of Broadway impressions is found within Robbie Rozzelle, Gwen Verdon wants to go to the movies, the joys of a second whorehouse, Tommy Tune does double duty, praising the poster, Lincoln Center's greatest weapon, and much more
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The Boy Friend

It’s hard to think of a musical that would benefit more from a Blu-ray boost than Ken Russell’s kaleidoscopic all dancing, all singing send-up of theatrical clichés on the music hall stage, circa 1925. We’re just happy that the adorable Twiggy got to be put in a film like this, to be enjoyed forever. The Russell crowd is all aboard, led by Glenda Jackson and Murray Melvin. Gosh!

The Boy Friend

Blu-ray

The Warner Archive Collection

1971 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 136 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian, Bryan Pringle, Murray Melvin, Moyra Fraser, Georgina Hale, Sally Bryant, Vladek Sheybal, Tommy Tune, Brian Murphy, Graham Armitage, Antonia Ellis, Caryl Little, Glenda Jackson.

Cinematography: David Watkin

Film Editor: Michael Bradsell

Production Design: Tony Walton

Costumes: Shirley Russell

Written by: Ken Russell from the musical by Sandy Wilson

Produced and Directed by: Ken Russell

Some
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Audra McDonald, Morgan Freeman Receive National Medals of Arts

In a special White House ceremony Sept. 22, President Barack Obama will present the some of the nation’s greatest artists with the 2015 National Medals of Arts. The highest award given to both individual and group artists and arts patrons by the United States government, the medals recognize and celebrate “the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States,” according to a press release from the National Endowment for the Arts. Among this year’s honorees are six-time Tony Award-winning actor and singer Audra McDonald; Egot winner and multi-hyphenate Mel Brooks; screen icon Morgan Freeman; award-winning thespian Luis Valdez; and renowned playwright-director Moisés Kaufman. The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center of Waterford, Connecticut, was also honored “for its unwavering support of American theater.” For over 50 years, the institution has launched the careers of countless successful theater makers, including previous National Medal of Arts recipients Edward Albee, Robert Redford,
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Exclusive Podcast: Broadway's Backbone with Susann Fletcher

In this episode Susann Fletcher- a whore for Tommy Tune, a Stripper for Jerome Robbins, and a damsel in distress in Bloodsucking Pharoahs in Pittsburgh. She has enough career stories to fill a novel. At her emotional core she is just grateful to still be in this business with her tribe. She plans to continue to break down barriers, mentorthe future, and persevere when the inner demons want to set up shop in her head. All the greatness came out of the need to correct a childhood club foot.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 6/19/16- The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

Today in 1978, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened at the 46th Street Theatre now the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it ran for 1584 performances. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a musical with a book by Texas author Larry L. King and Peter Masterson and music and lyrics by Carol Hall. It is based on a story by King that was inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas. The original Broadway production was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh.
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Exclusive Podcast: Broadway's Backbone with Tripp Hanson

In this episode Tripp Hanson is currently in Act 2 of his career, and he sees the possibility of there being four. Tripp started as a street performer, landed on Broadway, toured with Tommy Tune, and now is an acupuncturist with his own practice. Few people are given the arts of healing and musical theatre, but Tripp is a one of a kind creation. When asked how it feels to have left showbiz, he responded, 'I didn't leave my tribe, I just went from warrior to medicine man.'
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 5/31/16- The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

Today in 1982, a return engagement of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for 63 performances. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a musical with a book by Texas author Larry L. King and Peter Masterson and music and lyrics by Carol Hall. It is based on a story by King that was inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas. The original Broadway production was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh. It opened on June 19, 1978 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 1,584 performances.
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Photo Flash: Tommy Tune, Stephanie J. Block, Alysha Umphress and More Join 'Show Biz After Hours' at Birdland

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present NY1 theater journalist Frank Dilella in the third episode of his new talk show, Show Biz After Hours with Frank Dilella.' Frank's very special guest stars were ten-time Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune, Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block, On The Town star Alysha Umphress, and tap dance duo Clay Thompson and Christopher Rice. Scroll down for photos
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Broadway Clash of the Early '80s - Dreamgirls vs Nine

In the early 1980s, despite their previously long-running friendship, Broadway director, producer and choreographer Michael Bennett and fellow jack-of-all-trades on the Great White Way Tommy Tune, entered into what many consider the greatest face-off in Tony Awards history. Michael Riedel, writing for Vanity Fair, examines this rivalry between Dreamgirls and Nine in an adapted excerpt from his book Razzle Dazzle for the magazine's October 2015 issue.
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Jackson Returns! Two-Time Oscar Winner and Former Labour MP to Star in Zola Adaptation

Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party.[1] The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart."[2] Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an
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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 6/19/15- The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

Today in 1978, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened at the 46th Street Theatre now the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it ran for 1584 performances. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a musical with a book by Texas author Larry L. King and Peter Masterson and music and lyrics by Carol Hall. It is based on a story by King that was inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas. The original Broadway production was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh.
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Texas News Roundup: June 8, 2015

The “Gilmore Girls” reunite at the Atx Festival; Houston’s Tommy Tune wins a Lifetime Achievement Tony; and Kristen Chenoweth will be struttin’ her stuff in Orange. It's this week’s Texas News Roundup. Reunited and It Feels OkayThe “Gilmore Girls” reunion was the biggest draw of last weekend’s Atx Festival, and sparked rumors of an impending resurrection. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, however, broke a few hearts when she said, “There's nothing in the works at the moment.” However, she added, “Nobody here hates each other; that’s a very important step.” Crazier things have happened in Stars Hollow, so more news may be coming.Tommy Tune Wins Lifetime Achievement TonyHouston’s own Tommy Tune received a Lifetime Achievement Award at last night’s Tony Awards, capping a stellar career as an actor, singer, dancer, producer, and director. Though the TV audience didn’t get to see him accept the award,
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2015 Tony Awards Winners & Reactions: 'Fun Home' & 'Curious Incident' Win Big

"Not too bad, if I say so myself..." If I may take a quote from this year's Best Musical winner as I went 20/24 with my predictions for this year's 2015 Tony Awards. Undoubtedly, the two big winners of the night were the musical Fun Home and the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both of which took home five awards including honors for their leading men, directors, and, of course, Best Musical/Play. Right behind those two was the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which picked up four awards, including Best Revival and for their long overdue leading lady Kelli O'Hara, who easily gave the best speech of the night (including dancing off the stage). I may predicted Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth over her, but I am so happy to be wrong. yt id="MneMh2c-y0M" width="640" And what about Chenoweth
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