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‘Office Christmas Party’s’ Rob Corddry Reflects on His Early Career

‘Office Christmas Party’s’ Rob Corddry Reflects on His Early Career
Before he was a “Daily Show” correspondent (from 2002 to 2006), or created the world of “Childrens Hospital” (starting in 2008), or took a dip in “Hot Tub Time Machine” (in 2010), Rob Corddry appeared in “The Manchurian Candidate,” an Off Broadway production (or, as Corddry remembers it, “more like Way, Way Off Broadway”) directed by John Lahr. The show was reviewed by Variety on July 18, 1994. Although he is listed in the cast, Corddry was not singled out in the review. The production from Art & Work Ensemble was panned, but Corddry survived and has enjoyed a varied career as an actor, writer, and producer ever since. After starring in Paramount’s “Office Christmas Party,” his upcoming projects include the crime thriller “Shimmer Lake” and two comedies: “The Layover,” directed by William H. Macy, and Ken Marino’s “How to Be a Latin Lover.”

Do you remember much about “The Manchurian Candidate”?

I think it
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Progressive social activist, 'The Sound of Music' Broadway Star, and Oscar-Nominated Actor Bikel Dead at 91

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage,
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'Big Brother' results: Who went home?

Find out which of the seven remaining creepy-crawlies in the Big Brother house has been squashed in the Thursday, Aug. 15, live eviction, and discuss the results here while Darren Franich works on his full episode recap! Spoilers below…

Evicted: Jessie by a vote of 6-0.

New Head of Household: Aaryn won her fourth Hoh in the “Way Off Broadway” knockout competition.

Julie Chen says: The first four evicted jury members — Candice, Judd, Jessie, and next week’s evicted houseguest — will compete next Thursday for a chance to get back inside the loony bin.

Happy with tonight’s results? Check out Darren’s recap!
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Iowa's Hairapalooza!: A Conversation With Director Randy West, Choreographer Adam Cates, And The Cast Of Hair

Iowa's Hairapalooza!: A Conversation With Director Randy West, Choreographer Adam Cates, And The Cast Of Hair
While no one was looking, Fairfield, Iowa has become a mecca for musicians and artists. Every variation of music and art that one can imagine is prospering in this growing township, and that includes musical theater. And of all the productions that have opened and closed in this creative community for as far back as anyone can remember, none has affected its population nor its neighboring cities as intensely as this new exploration of Hair. Over the years, Randy West--a Stephen Sondheim protégé and executive and artistic director of Way Off Broadway--has overseen a series of successful productions by Iowa's only professional musical theater group. Currently, his take on the always controversial Hair--that includes nudity, an irreverent revue of socially-charged topics, and, of course, a strong anti-war voice--has opened to rave reviews, is being heralded as a Midwestern phenomenon, and is...
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Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre Presents The Producers 9/11-11/7

The show broke countless box office records and won every theatre award imaginable, including 12 Tonys in 2001, more than any production in history. It began as a movie, made its way to Broadway, and then found itself back on the silver screen. Now, the smash-hit musical comedy The Producers comes to the Frederick stage for the very first time!

From 2001 to 2007, the hottest tickets on the Great White Way were for Mel Brooks' first musical, which was based on his 1968 film about a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive Springtime For Hitler), hiring a director,
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Way Off-Broadway Dinner Theatre Hosts 'Breakfast with Santa Claus,' 12/19, 12/20 & 12/23

One of the most popular events at The Way off Broadway Dinner Theatre and Children's Theatre is its annual Breakfast with Santa (and Mrs. Claus). Each year, children and their families get to spend a festive morning with Mrs. Claus and the elves waiting for Santa's arrival. This year, the theatre has three scheduled breakfasts: Saturday, December 19th; Sunday, December 20th; and Thursday, December 23rd.

The doors will open at 8:00 a.m. on December 19th and 20th and 9:00 a.m. on December 23rd. All tickets are $16.00 per person. First started in 2002, this has become an event families look forward to every year for the holidays.

Breakfast with Santa (and Mrs. Claus) has become such a popular activity over the years that Way Off Broadway has expanded its Breakfast Series to also include a Magical Princess Breakfast, with a full Fairytale Breakfast in the works for the coming year.
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Way Off Broadway Theater Presents Another Radio Christmas Runs 11/20-1/9

Four years ago, audiences were first introduced to the zany on-air personalities of the 50's radio station Wwob. Several years have passed and it is time to return to the station to see what has happened as they once again go on the air with their special Christmas broadcast. Closing out the Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's 15th Anniversary Season, Another Radio Christmas begins performances Friday evening, November 20th and runs through January 9, 2010.

Way Off Broadway's holiday production is always the feel good show of the year. Perfect for the whole family, the show brings together songs, dances, and scenes to celebrate the season. Always full of laughs and Christmas spirit, the true meaning of the holiday is never forgotten.

Bringing the cast of characters to life this season are some of the most familiar faces of the theatre including Ann Davis as Annie Pinciotti, A.J. Dorsey as the Announcer,
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Way Off Broadway Announces 2010 Season, Features The Full Monty, All Shook Up And More

One of the most unique entertainment venues in the area, combining fine dining with first-class live theatrical performances, the Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre is ready to unveil its 2010 Season. After the success of its 15th Anniversary Season in 2009, with a line-up that included a regional theatre premiere production of the musical comedy The Wedding Singer, Andrew Lloyd Webber's mega-sensation Cats, and the area premiere of Mel Brook's The Producers, Wob is setting its sights on fun and laughs for the 2010 Season.
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Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre Presents A Fantasy Fairytale Murder Mystery 7/29-8/5

In addition to bringing first-class, live entertainment to the region for the last 15 years, the Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre has also become known for its original interactive murder mysteries. Everyone wants to be the next Sherlock Holmes or Gil Grissom from CSI, and at Way Off Broadway, they have the chance to become a part of the evening's activities when the audience is asked to help solve the case.
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Photo Flash: Way Off Broadway Dinner Theater Presents Cats

At one time, it was the longest running show in Broadway history. It has a name that everyone instantly recognizes. And it is a show that the whole family can enjoy. Coming this summer to Frederick is Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Continuing Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's 15th Anniversary Season, Cats will open Friday evening, June 19th following Wob's regional theatre premiere production of the musical comedy The Wedding Singer.
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