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The Old Globe theatre in San Diego has announced that a new musical, an adaptation of The Honeymooners, will kick off their 2013-14 season.
The show will follow bus driver Ralph Kramden and his best pal, Ed Norton, after they win a jingle contest and must adjust to life working on Madison Avenue.
The Honeymooners will be written by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss. The music is being written by Stephen Weiner with lyrics by Peter Mills. The remaining creative team and cast will be announced at a later date.
The show will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre from September 8 »
Ralph Kramden's signature threat, "to the moon, Alice," will soon be delivered with musical accompaniment. Satisfying the demands of millions of TV Land junkies, the Old Globe said Thursday that it will kick off its 2013-14 Season with the world premiere of "The Honeymooners," a new musical based on the "Golden Age" television series. Tony Award winner Michael McGrath ("Nice Work If You Can Get It") has the unenviable task of trying to make audiences forget the (forgive the fat joke!) larger-than-life presence of Jackie Gleason as the much put-upon bus »
- Brent Lang
He tells the New York Post, "He was private in person although highly loquacious in public. Lots of ways he seemed lonely. I didn't know him well, but I respect that genius and am proud of the bloodline. I have one memento. I kept his walking stick." »
The medium of television is often a reflection of our times and sometimes an overly idealized, unrealistic portrayal of American life. As radio programming became nationally broadcast series, they reflected the rural lifestyles and Depression-era standards of its time. As a result, many of these shows were transferred with little change from radio to television. Similarly, as prosperity brighten America’s fortunes, so did the images of life shown in living rooms around the country.
On Tuesday, CBS Home Entertainment released seven samplers of six situation comedies and one drama with the contents selected by the fans themselves. In part one of our review, we’ll be looking at the earliest offerings and seeing what they tell us.
During the 1950s, as conformity and a rising middle class became the norm, those standards became a part of the sitcoms shown on the four networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, and Dumont). While »
- Robert Greenberger
Chicago – The character actor has always been a fixture in Hollywood culture, and there are few as unique as James Cromwell. He’s had many memorable roles in films like “Babe,” “L.A. Confidential” and within the “Star Trek” legacy. Currently, he portrays Clifton in the Oscar-nominated “The Artist.”
Cromwell was born of Hollywood royalty. His father was director John Cromwell (”Of Human Bondage,” “Since You Went Away”) and his mother was notable 1930s film actress Kay Johnson. He grew up in New York City, and studied acting at the Carnegie Mellon school in Pittsburgh. After years of stage work, he broke into TV in the mid-1970s, with a noteworthy role in “All in the Family,” as the talked-about-yet-never-seen character of Stretch Cunningham (see story below). This started a series of supporting parts in films and TV throughout the next couple of decades.
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