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Louis Zorich Dies: Stage Veteran And ‘Mad About You’ Dad Was 93

Update with more information. Louis Zorich, whose stage career reached back more than half a century and included a 1969 Tony nomination for Hadrian VII, died Tuesday in New York. The veteran Chicago actor, best known to TV audiences as Paul Reiser’s father on NBC’s Mad About You, was 93. Known for his gravelly voice and Man-of-la-Mancha-like bearing, Zorich was the husband of Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis. Among his many roles on and off-Broadway, he understudied Walter…
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Louis Zorich, ‘Mad About You’ Actor, Dies at 93

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Louis Zorich, ‘Mad About You’ Actor, Dies at 93
Louis Zorich, who played Paul Reiser’s dad on the 1990s sitcom “Mad About You,” has died. He was 93.

Zorich died peacefully on January 30th in his home in New York City, his representative told TheWrap on Thursday. Zorich was married to Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar for her supporting role as Cher’s mother in “Moonstruck” in 1987. They had been married since 1962.

In addition to his role on “Mad about You,” Zorich had a career on Broadway that began in the 1960s and spanned until 2003. He appeared in...
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Louis Zorich, Paul Reiser's Dad on 'Mad About You,' Dies at 93

Louis Zorich, the veteran stage actor and husband of Olympia Dukakis who played the father of Paul Reiser's character on the NBC sitcom Mad About You, has died. He was 93.

Zorich died Tuesday at his home in New York City, his representative at the Buchwald talent agency told The Hollywood Reporter.

Zorich and Dukakis, 86, who won a supporting actress Oscar for playing Cher's mom in Moonstruck (1987), had been married since 1962.

A native of Chicago, Zorich appeared often on Broadway, making his debut in 1960 in the original production of Becket and earning a Tony nomination in 1969...
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Louis Zorich, Paul Reiser's Dad on 'Mad About You,' Dies at 93

Louis Zorich, Paul Reiser's Dad on 'Mad About You,' Dies at 93
Louis Zorich, the veteran stage actor and husband of Olympia Dukakis who played the father of Paul Reiser's character on the NBC sitcom Mad About You, has died. He was 93.

Zorich died Tuesday at his home in New York City, his representative at the Buchwald talent agency told The Hollywood Reporter.

Zorich and Dukakis, 86, who won a supporting actress Oscar for playing Cher's mom in Moonstruck (1987), had been married since 1962.

A native of Chicago, Zorich appeared often on Broadway, making his debut in 1960 in the original production of Becket and earning a Tony nomination in 1969...
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 6/10/16- She Loves Me

Today in 1993, the first Broadway revival of She Loves Me opened at Criterion Center Stage Right, where it ran for 354 performances. She Loves Me is a 1963 musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads. The Revival cast featured Boyd Gaines as Georg, Judy Kuhn as Amalia, Sally Mayes as Ilona, Howard McGillin as Kodaly, Lee Wilkof as Ladislav, Brad Kane as Arpad, and Louis Zorich as Mr. Maraczek. A revival cast recording was released by Varese Sarabande.
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Film Review: ‘Outliving Emily’

Film Review: ‘Outliving Emily’
Chronicling a marriage of 60 years in half a dozen segments with six different pairs of actors portraying the long-hitched couple, “Outliving Emily” illustrates helmer-writer Eric Weber’s politically correct thesis: “No matter who we are — man, woman, black, white, gay, straight — we all love the same.” It’s a nice concept, utilizing an oddball cast, with the segments linked by arch commentary from a voiceover narrator (Kathleen Turner). But overall, this indie dramedy — the sole U.S. entry competing at the Montreal World Film Festival — is about as profound as a Hallmark greeting card and as sophisticated as an average Lifetime movie.

Weber (“Second Best,” “Jersey Christmas”), formerly a highly successful advertising copywriter and author of books such as “How to Pick Up Girls on the Side,” first turned his story “The Pact” into a short film co-directed with Sean Devaney. That short, here called “Attachment,” shows Emily and Tim Hanratty (Olympia Dukakis,
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 6/10/15- She Loves Me

Today in 1993, the first Broadway revival of She Loves Me opened at Criterion Center Stage Right, where it ran for 354 performances. She Loves Me is a 1963 musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads. The Revival cast featured Boyd Gaines as Georg, Judy Kuhn as Amalia, Sally Mayes as Ilona, Howard McGillin as Kodaly, Lee Wilkof as Ladislav, Brad Kane as Arpad, and Louis Zorich as Mr. Maraczek. A revival cast recording was released by Varese Sarabande.
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Stage Tube: On This Day 6/10- She Loves Me

Today in 1993, the first Broadway revival of She Loves Me opened at Criterion Center Stage Right, where it ran for 354 performances. She Loves Me is a 1963 musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads. The Revival cast featured Boyd Gaines as Georg, Judy Kuhn as Amalia, Sally Mayes as Ilona, Howard McGillin as Kodaly, Lee Wilkof as Ladislav, Brad Kane as Arpad, and Louis Zorich as Mr. Maraczek. A revival cast recording was released by Varese Sarabande.
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Phylicia Rashad, Andre Braugher Join Cast Of Drama 'Outliving Emily'

Phylicia Rashad and Andre Braugher, have been added to the cast of "Outliving Emily," a project based on a short story about the tumultuous marriage of a couple, over half a century. Comprised of 6 vignettes, each portrayed by twelve different actors, with real-life husband and wife Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich playing the couple in the final stages of their life together, the project also features Jeremy Jordan, Adam Rose and Luke Brandon Field.  "Outliving Emily" is produced by Josh Sugarman through the Tenafly Film Co. It is directed by Eric Weber from his own script, based on his short story. Given the cast, this should, at the very least, be a well-acted film. Rashad was...
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Phylicia Rashad, Alexis Bledel Join ‘Outliving Emily’

Phylicia Rashad, Alexis Bledel Join ‘Outliving Emily’
Phylicia Rashad, Andre Braugher, Alexis Bledel and Kal Penn have been added to the “Outliving Emily.”

The project is produced by Josh Sugarman through the Tenafly Film Co. “Outliving Emily” is directed by Eric Weber from his own script, based on his short story about the tumultuous marriage of a couple, Tim and Emily Hanratty, over half a century.

The six vignettes are portrayed by twelve different actors, with real-life husband and wife Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich playing the couple in the final stages of their life together.

Jeremy Jordan (“Last Five Years”), Adam Rose (“Up in the Air”) and Luke Brandon Field (“Blackwood”) are also starring.
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Kal Penn Boards Indie Comedies 'Stereotypically You' and 'Outliving Emily'

Kal Penn Boards Indie Comedies 'Stereotypically You' and 'Outliving Emily'
Kal Penn, who stars in the CBS mid-season series Battle Creek from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, has signed on for two indie comedies, Stereotypically You and Outliving Emily.

Stereotypically You centers on Charlie Carroll (Aaron Tveit), who loses his job and his girlfriend on the same day, as he goes on a journey of self-discover. Kal Penn will play a serial womanizer in the dating comedy, which also stars Lauren Miller, Cloris Leachman, Abby Elliott and Kelen Coleman. Benjamin Cox is directing from his own screenplay, with production scheduled to begin in New York City next week.

Outliving Emily is an ensemble that follows the 50 year marriage of Tim and Emily Hanratty through a series of six vignettes. No details were released for Kal Penn's character, but he joins a cast that includes Alexis Bledel, Zosia Mamet, Thomas Mann, Jeremy Jordan, Phylicia Rashad and Olympia Dukakis. Eric Weber
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Thomas Mann, Zosia Mamet Join ‘Outliving Emily’ (Exclusive)

Thomas Mann, Zosia Mamet Join ‘Outliving Emily’ (Exclusive)
Thomas Mann (“Project X”) and Zosia Mamet (“Girls”) have joined the cast of “Outliving Emily,” now shooting its first segment in New York.

Project is produced by Josh Sugarman through the Tenafly Film Co. “Outliving Emily” is directed by Eric Weber from his own script, based on his short story about the tumultuous marriage of a couple, Tim and Emily Hanratty, over half a century.

The six vignettes are portrayed by twelve different actors, with real-life husband and wife Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich playing the couple in the final stages of their life together. Jeremy Jordan (“Last Five Years”), Adam Rose (“Up in the Air”) and Luke Brandon Field (“Blackwood”) are also starring.

Variety reported last week that Tenafly Film was developing Weber’s book “How to Pick Up Girls” with The Exchange.
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Olympia Dukakis hints at screen return for Armistead Maupin's Anna Madrigal

Forthcoming novel from San Francisco author, centered on iconic Tales of the City character, could be made into a film

The venerable stage and screen actress Olympia Dukakis is poised to reprise what is perhaps the most iconic role of her career – and certainly one that had a huge impact on her outlook on life.

No, not her 1987 part as Cher's mother, in some sort of sequel to the hit movie Moonstruck, which won her an Oscar. Dukakis is in talks with the author Armistead Maupin about embodying once more – after a long hiatus – the character Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of a fictional house in San Francisco, where the legendary writer set his Tales of the City novels.

"I'd be there in a minute," Dukakis told the Guardian of the prospect of playing the iconic character again.

January 2014 sees the publication of The Days of Anna Madrigal, Maupin's
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Stage Tube: On This Day 6/10- She Loves Me

Today in 1993, the first Broadway revival of She Loves Me opened at Criterion Center Stage Right, where it ran for 354 performances. She Loves Me is a 1963 musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads. The Revival cast featured Boyd Gaines as Georg, Judy Kuhn as Amalia, Sally Mayes as Ilona, Howard McGillin as Kodaly, Lee Wilkof as Ladislav, Brad Kane as Arpad, and Louis Zorich as Mr. Maraczek. A revival cast recording was released by Varese Sarabande.
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Olympia Dukakis Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

Olympia Dukakis Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame
Blame it on the moon; after Olympia Dukakis won the Oscar as Cher’s tough, sardonic mother in the 1987 romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” she became both a household name and Hollywood’s go-to actress for similar maternal roles — at an age (56) when many of her peers were contemplating forced retirement.

“I got offered all these parts playing mothers because of ‘Moonstruck,’” notes Dukakis, who gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 24. “In fact, (director) Norman Jewison cast me after seeing me in the Mike Nichols production of Social Security, where I played Marlo Thomas’ mother, even though we were very close in age. But I guess I was able to pull it off.”

Two decades earlier, Dukakis had pulled off a similar trick in the 1969 drama John and Mary, where she was cast as Dustin Hoffman’s mother, despite being a mere six years older than him
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Detachment Blu-ray Review

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It’s weird seeing a follow-up from a director who has made such a classic film yet nothing since. It’s even more weird that the film, American History X, isn’t something he’s proud of and tried to change his name to Humpty Dumpty on it. Odd, still, that Detachment, the new film from Tony Kaye, went pretty much unnoticed after festivals and went, instead, released to On Demand services and disappointing considering the talent within the film alone and the fact that it is, quite frankly, pretty brilliant. A film so packed with acting talent, melodramatic story, great music and hit-and-miss direction means that you have something of a separation with the audiences.

Adrien Brody’s Henry is a substitute teacher who travels from school to school filling the blank wherever needed for a month or so. When he goes to a pretty deplorable school that has
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The Beauty & Humor of Decay

Ivanov Classic Stage Company, NYC

If you are unfamiliar with Anton Chekhov's seldom-produced Russian twist on Hamlet, Classic Stage Company is offering a stunning opportunity to cover that gaping hole with one of their best works in recent years. The play Ivanov is a stellar piece of theater, and this production gives full rein to its high humor and devastating tragedy as it rides a very intense three hours of poetic drama.

2012 has turned out to be an inspired year for plays, and Ivanov will only make it that much more difficult for voters from the Obies & Lortels to pick the appropriate winners, as the cast, design crew, and director from this melancholy celebration of life all present very worthy contenders.

It's Ethan Hawke's face that is on all the ads, and his name that will likely draw many audience members; while this is an ensemble production, Hawke is deserving of the attention.
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Csc's Ivanov, Starring Ethan Hawke, Begins Performances

Classic Stage Companys new production of Anton Chekhovs Ivanov, starring Ethan Hawke, Joely Richardson and Juliet Rylance, and directed by Austin Pendleton, begins previews Wednesday, October 17 at Csc 136 East 13th Street, prior to an official opening Sunday, November 4. Ivanov has extended its run by popular demand through Sunday, December 9. Hawke, in the title role, Richardson, who will play Anna, and Rylance, who will play Sasha, will be joined in Ivanov by Glenn Fitzgerald Borkin, Annette Hunt Avdotya Nazarovna, Stephanie Janssen Babakina, Roberta Maxwell Zinaida, George Morfogen Shabelsky, James Patrick Nelson Kosykh, Anthony Newfield Guest, Jonathan Marc Sherman Lvov, Anne Troupe Gavrila and Louis Zorich Lebedev.
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Joely Richardson to Join Ethan Hawke in Classic Stage Company's Ivanov

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, has announced that acclaimed stage, screen and television actress Joely Richardson bio below has joined the cast of their upcoming production of Anton Chekhovs Ivanov, starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Austin Pendleton, which begins performances Wednesday, October 17 at Csc 136 East 13th Street as the first show of the award-winning companys 45th Anniversary Season. Hawke, in the title role, and Richardson, who will play Anna, will be joined in Ivanov by Glenn Fitzgerald Borkin, Roberta Maxwell Zinaida, George Morfogen Shabelsky, Juliet Rylance Sasha, Jonathan Marc Sherman Lvov and Louis Zorich Lebedev. Ivanov, which will have its official opening on Sunday, November 4, will play a limited engagement through Sunday, November 25. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, September 20.
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