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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the late 1950s, including ‘All the Way,’ ‘High Hopes’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the late 1950s, including ‘All the Way,’ ‘High Hopes’
This article marks Part 7 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1955 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Something’s Gotta Give” from “Daddy Long Legs

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” from “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

“I’ll Never Stop Loving You” from “Love Me or Leave Me

“(Love Is) The Tender Trap” from “The Tender Trap

“Unchained Melody” from “Unchained”

Won: “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” from “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Should’ve won: “Something’s Gotta Give” from “Daddy Long Legs

“Unchained Melody,” that timeless Righteous Brothers classic that’s been put to memorable use for decades across film and television, actually originated as an Oscar-nominated song in 1955. It’s briefly featured
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Liliane Montevecchi Dies: Tony Award Winner For ‘Nine’ Was 85

Liliane Montevecchi Dies: Tony Award Winner For ‘Nine’ Was 85
Tony Award-winning actress, singer, dancer and cabaret star Liliane Montevecchi has died in New York City. She was 85 and passed away from colon cancer.

Born in Paris in 1932, Montevecchi was best known for her performance in the musical ‘Nine,’ which won her a Tony Award.

Montevecchi started her career as a ballerina in the company of Roland Petit. She moved to Hollywood in the 1950s, where she worked as an MGM contract player. She had small roles in such films as The Glass Slipper with Michael Wilding, Daddy Long Legs with Fred Astaire, and The Sad Sack with Jerry Lewis.

In 1958, she made her Broadway debut in the musical revue La Plume de Ma Tante. After that, she had a starring role in the Folies Bergere, appearing throughout the 1970s in a touring company.

Her biggest success came in 1982, when she appeared on Broadway in Nine, a musical based on
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Bww Interview: Hedwig Alum, Hannah Corneau, Shares Her Truth, Life Lessons, and Light in New Visual Ep

The incredibly talented and inspirational Hannah Corneau, most recently seen playing Yitzhak in the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is getting ready to release the first of three videos with her new visual Ep, this April Reflecting on her experiences on stage Evita at the Marriott Theatre, Off-Broadway's Daddy Long Legs, as well as performing with NYC's Range a cappella, Corneau takes listeners on a journey of discovering truth in all of life's moments and recognizing how limitless our potential as human beings really is, as we prepare to soar
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"Peyton Place" 60th Anniversary Screening, July 12, L.A.

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By Todd Garbarini

Mark Robson’s 1957 film Peyton Place celebrates its 60th anniversary with a special screening at the Royal Theatre in Los Angeles. The film, which runs 157 minutes, stars Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy, Russ Tamblyn, Terry More, and Hope Lange.

Please Note: Actress Terry Moore is currently scheduled to appear at the screening as part of a Q & A regarding the film and her career.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

Peyton Place (1957)

60th Anniversary Screening

Wednesday, July 12, at 7:00 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Q & A with Co-Star Terry Moore

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 60th anniversary screening of 'Peyton Place,' the smash hit movie version of Grace Metalious’s best-selling novel. The film earned nine top Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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'Daddy Long Legs' Will Be First Off-Broadway Show to Stream Live Online—And For Free, Too

'Daddy Long Legs' Will Be First Off-Broadway Show to Stream Live Online—And For Free, Too
Ballet, opera, and orchestra companies worldwide have allowed their performances to be screened in cinemas for years (and for the price of a ticket), but for the first time fans of Off-Broadway theater will be able to experience a production from the comfort of their homes. "Daddy Long Legs" and the Davenport Theatre have partnered with Live Stream to stream a live performance of the intimate musical for free online.  "I'm worried about the theater industry falling behind," Ken Davenport, one of the producer's of "Daddy Long Legs," told the New York Times.  Written and directed by John Caird, with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, "Daddy Long Legs" is based on the novel that inspired the 1955 Fred Astaire film of the same name. The Davenport's production stars Megan McGInnis and Adam Halpin as a witty young woman and her mysterious benefactor. The performance will stream at here on Thurs.
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Theater Reviews: Daddy Long Legs and Fondly, Collette Richland

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Theater Reviews: Daddy Long Legs and Fondly, Collette Richland
Theater composers seem to have a thing for “beloved” novels about ambitious girls, usually orphaned, making their way in an unwelcoming world. There’s a good reason for it, too: Such novels are typically in the public domain. Certainly it’s not because Jane Eyre (1847) and Little Women (1868) and Anne of Green Gables (1908) and The Secret Garden (1911) have made good musicals; only the last, which opened on Broadway in 1991, is bearable. Something about the very belovedness of these works makes them resistant to adaptation, perhaps because they encourage a worshipful approach to a process that benefits more from benign disrespect. In any case, the authors of that 2000 Jane Eyre musical — Paul Gordon (music and lyrics) and John Caird (book and direction) — are back at it with Daddy Long Legs. They should have known better. Not only does Jean Webster’s 1912 novel (styled Daddy-Long-Legs) cover very
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Bww TV: Catch a Performance Preview of John Caird & Paul Gordon's Daddy Long Legs; Plus Meet the Cast!

The new musical Daddy Long Legs will have an open-ended run at the Davenport Theatre 354 West 45th Street. Starring Megan McGinnis Broadway's Les Miserables, Side Show, Little Women and Paul Alexander Nolan Broadway's Once, Jesus Christ Superstar, Doctor Zhivago and based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs features music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon Sense and Sensibility, book by Tony Award and Olivier Award winner John Caird Les Miserables, and direction by John Caird. Daddy Long Legs begins previews on September 10, 2015, and will officially open September 28, 2015. Tickets are on sale now at Telecharge.com.Below, BroadwayWorld takes you inside the rehearsal room with the cast for a special performance preview
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Bww Interview: Megan McGinnis Is Coming Home At Last with Daddy Long Legs

Megan McGinnis is heading back to the New York stage, starring alongside Paul Alexander Nolan in John Caird and Paul Gordon's musical adaptation ofDADDY Long Legs. Based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs tells the extraordinary tale of Jerusha Abbott McGinnis, the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. One day, a rich, anonymous benefactor Nolan decides to send her to college, but she must write him a letter once a month. Unaware of his identity, she invents a nickname for him Daddy Long Legs. Through her brilliant and witty letters, Jerusha shares her experiences of college while discovering her own identity and reveling in the wonders of literature, adventure and love. But one key fact eludes her - who is Daddy Long LegsMcGinnis returns to the role after leading thepremiere at the Rubicon Theatre Company in 2009, and subsequent productions around the country. Shereceived the 2010 Los Angeles Ovation Award,
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Movie Poster of the Week: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and the Posters of Karl Oskar Blase

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Above: 1964 poster for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, Germany, 1920).

I’ve written a lot about the German designer Hans Hillmann in these pages and elsewhere, and the current exhibition running through September 27 at the Kemistry Gallery is a must-see if you’re in London (there are some great images of the exhibit here if you’re not), but I only recently came across the work of a peer and compatriot of Hillmann’s, Karl Oskar Blase. Born the same year as Hillmann, on March 24, 1925, and now in his late 80s, Blase was, like Hillmann, a professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Art director of the German design magazine Form, Blase designed every cover of the magazine from 1957 to 1968. He is also renowned as a designer of stamps.

Throughout the 1960s Blase also designed film posters for the revival house Atlas Films (as did Hillmann). His posters are mostly a
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Tony Winner John Caird Directs Daddy Long Legs World Premiere Musical at The Rep, Now thru 11/4

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis The Rep presents Daddy Long Legs with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and book by John Caird. Based on the classic novel by Jean Webster and directed by John Caird, this tuneful and sweet musical will be performed on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road on the campus of Webster University, Webster Groves, tonight, October 10 November 4, 2012.
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Tony Winner John Caird Directs Daddy Long Legs World Premiere Musical at The Rep, 10/10-11/4

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis The Rep presents Daddy Long Legs with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and book by John Caird. Based on the classic novel by Jean Webster and directed by John Caird, this tuneful and sweet musical will be performed on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road on the campus of Webster University, Webster Groves, October 10 November 4, 2012.
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Roland Petit obituary

Choreographer and dancer who created stunning roles for his wife, Zizi Jeanmaire

When Roland Petit's Les Ballets des Champs Elysées opened its first London season in 1946, the company brought to the British dance scene an explosion of chic and excitement which had long been missing. Not only was the standard of male dancing from Petit and his fellow dancer Jean Babilée better than anything for many years, the enthusiasm of the young company was a contrast to the restrained correctness of the Sadler's Wells dancers. Les Forains, a piece about a troupe of strolling entertainers, distinguished by beautiful decors and costumes by Christian Bérard, was the triumph of what the critic Richard Buckle described as "an evening of wonderful surprises".

Petit, who has died from leukaemia aged 87, was capable of tailoring a role so that it perfectly reflected the abilities of the dancer on whom it was made, often
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Roland Petit Dead at 87

French dancer and choreographer Roland Petit died in Geneva on Sunday. He was 87. Associated with the Paris Opera Ballet and the Ballet de Marseille for a number of years, Petit was credited for creating more than 100 ballets throughout his career. Additionally, he choreographed dance sequences for a handful of movies, notably Samuel Goldwyn's Hans Christian Andersen (1952), a color extravaganza starring Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, and Petit's future wife Zizi Jeanmaire; two 1955 Leslie Caron vehicles, the Cinderella tale The Glass Slipper and Daddy Long Legs, which paired Caron with Fred Astaire; and Henri Decoin's Folies-Bergère (1956), with Jeanmaire, Eddie Constantine, and Nadia Gray. "With his muse Zizi Jeanmaire," whom Petit married in 1954, "he wrote some of the most beautiful pages of contemporary music hall," French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand eulogized. Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire remained married until his death. Mitterrand quote via the BBC.
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Win The Towering Inferno on Blu-ray

Before Die Hard or Roland Emmerich there was The Towering Inferno, one of the original large scale disaster epics coming to Blu-ray Disc in high definition for the first time on July 14. Five copies of The Towering Inferno with Steve McQueen and Paul Newman are up for grabs in this daily entry contest. Send in the completed entry form below for a chance at winning one. Then, if you choose, return any or every day to enter again and increase the odds of winning with each additional entry. One tiny spark becomes a night of blazing suspense in director Irwin Allen's (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) three-time Oscar winning masterpiece of suspense, The Towering Inferno, debuting July 14 on Bd from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. There's no way out and no way down for Steve McQueen (The Magnificent Seven), Paul Newman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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