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The Grand Theatre London Announces Their 2024/25 Season

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March 20, 2024 – London ON – Artistic Director, Rachel Peake and Executive Director, Evan Klassen are proud to announce today the Grand Theatre’s 2024/25 playbill – “A Time for Play”. The joyous season lineup includes: six beloved and blockbuster titles, three locally conceptualized and constructed London Proud productions that will go on to shine across the country, four Ontario premieres, and the always sold-out Jeans ‘n Classics concert series.

The Grand’s 2024/25 season will launch with nostalgia and music, with a Beatles-infused adaptation of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It (conceived by Daryl Cloran and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival), and a holiday production of The Sound of Music directed by Artistic Director Rachel Peake. With the new calendar year, Heist by Canadian playwright and screenwriter Arun Lakra will literally steal the spotlight, to be followed by Rosanna Deerchild’s (CBC Unreserved) heart-warming mother and daughter story, The Secret to Good Tea, in partnership with the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre. Audiences will laugh, gasp, and rush to the Box Office for the season’s final two works – Waitress, the Broadway sensation with songs by Grammy award-winner Sara Bareilles, and Kate Hamill’s fresh, audacious adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Recently announced, Road Dahl’s MATILDA The Musical will open the Spriet Stage for the season as the 26th year of the Grand Theatre High School Project.

Rachel Peake, Grand Theatre Artistic Director. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

“The Grand’s 2024/25 Season is about moments where joy, where play, bring about real change in the world. How humour can make us look at ourselves, and each other, in a new light. Some fresh looks on familiar stories, and some new stories that feel like something we know,” shares Grand Theatre Artistic Director, Rachel Peake. “With this season, my first season of programming as Artistic Director of the Grand, I wanted to share stories of human connection in many different times and spaces. And we are proudly continuing to produce exceptional Canadian theatre here in downtown London that will carry on from the Grand to stages in Edmonton, Hamilton and Ottawa.”

Roald Dahl’s MATILDA The Musical

Book by Dennis Kelly

Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin

Directed by Megan Watson

SEP 17 to 29 | Opens SEP 20

On the heels of last year’s sold-out run, the Grand Theatre’s renowned youth mentorship program, the High School Project (HSP) will be presenting the Tony and Olivier Award-winning MATILDA The Musical, with a book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin.

MATILDA, based on the beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl, has been staged from the West End to Broadway, toured around the world and now lands at the Grand Theatre. Former Grand Theatre Artistic Associate Megan Watson returns to the Grand and the High School Project to direct the production. Megan is well known for her past productions at the Grand including A Christmas CarolMary PoppinsThe Glass Menagerie, Shakespeare: The MixtapeJulius Caesar, and Juno’s Reward, as well as curating the Re-Opening Festival in 2021. as well as curating the Re-Opening Festival in 2021.

Learn more about Roald Dahl’s MATILDA The Musical at the Grand Theatre in 2024/25: www.grandtheatre.com/2024-high-school-project

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare

Adapted & Directed by Daryl Cloran

Conceived by Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival & Daryl Cloran

OCT 15 to NOV 2 | Opens on OCT 18

A magical, mystery, mashup of Shakespeare’s classic comedy and The Beatles’ greatest hits.

Re-set in Canada’s Okanagan Valley in the 1960s, Daryl Cloran’s adaptation of As You Like Itcombines one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies, with the vibrant escapism of the hippie generation, and a psychedelic medley of The Beatles’ greatest hits.

A bona fide hit in Chicago, Washington, and Vancouver, Cloran’s adaptation of As You Like It makes its Ontario premiere at the Grand Theatre, joyously celebrating love in all its forms, twists, and shouts.

The Sound of Music

Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Music and Lyrics for “Something Good” by Richard Rodgers

Directed by Rachel Peake

NOV 19 to DEC 22 | Opens on NOV 22

Start the holidays with Maria and the von Trapps in this timeless, beloved, family musical…a very good place to start!

The abbey life doesn’t seem to fit Maria: an exuberant, free-spirited, would-be nun with the habit of fleeing her studies to sing in the Austrian mountainside.

Questioning her commitment to the religious life, Maria is off to join the von Trapp family household as the latest in a long string of governesses for humourless naval captain Georg von Trapp and his seven disciplined but mischievous children. It isn’t long until the power of song brings much welcome harmony, romance, and the promise of a bright future, into their home. But, against political unrest, the von Trapps’ newfound joy becomes threatened.

Artistic Director Rachel Peake helms the Grand Theatre’s 2024 holiday production, based on the Tony Award-winning musical and Academy Award-winning film, featuring memorable classic songs: “My Favourite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “So Long, Farewell”, and “Something Good.”

For the eighth consecutive year, in conjunction with the holiday production, the Grand will be asking its audiences to help raise funds to support the Business Cares program of the London Food Bank.

The Sound of Music is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. www.concordtheatricals.com

Heist

By Arun Lakra

Co-production with The Citadel Theatre

JAN 14 to FEB 1 | Opens on JAN 17

Diamonds. Deals. Lasers. Betrayal. Ocean’s Eleven for the theatrical stage!

Five criminals team up for one final job after finding themselves betrayed.

Heist is an edge-of-your-seat, popcorn-theatre, action adventure with all the necessary players: the charmer, the pretty boy, the sneak, the muscle, and the geek. Prepare for anything and everything, then watch as karma comes collecting in this Ocean’s Eleven-inspired theatrical production.

Calgary’s breakthrough screenwriter, playwright (and ophthalmologist by day), Arun Lakra brings high-tech, stunt-filled, crime drama from the silver screen to the stage. His mission? To keep savvy audiences on their toes with a fast-paced, twisty whodunnit that has the lobby buzzing in this Ontario premiere.

The Secret to Good Tea

By Rosanna Deerchild

Directed by Renae Morriseau

Co-production with the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre

FEB 18 to MAR 8 | Opens on FEB 21

A mother and daughter find their way to each other in a story steeped in humour, truth, and a cozy cup of tea.

Gwynn is a local radio host. Her mother, Maggie, has a story. Maggie has spent a lifetime building a wall between herself and her memories – as well as between herself and her inquisitive, journalist daughter. Now, with a pot of steaming hot tea as the only thing between them, Maggie and Gwynn work to dismantle that wall, uncovering Maggie’s story in a journey of laughter, revelation, understanding, and the bond of a mother and daughter.

The Secret to Good Tea is a vibrant, intimate, and cheeky family portrait based on playwright Rosanna Deerchild (CBC Unreserved) and her own mother. Fresh from a world premiere in its home province of Manitoba, again helmed by acclaimed director Renae Morriseau, Deerchild’s powerful first play is set to make its Ontario debut at the Grand Theatre, in partnership with the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre.

Waitress

Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles

Book by Jessie Nelson

Based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly

Directed by Rachel Peake

Co-production with Theatre Aquarius

MAR 25 to APR 12 | Opens on MAR 28

A small-town girl faces big changes. Are pies her way out? A bright and touching musical featuring songs by Grammy-winner Sara Bareilles.

Jenna lives a small slice of life, in a small town – baking punny pies at work and trying not to think about her troubled marriage at home. Caught off guard by another type of bun in the oven, a thrilling affair, and nowhere else to turn, Jenna wonders if her pie-making talents are her ticket to finding a soft place to land.

With music baked-to-perfection by Grammy Award-winner Sara Bareilles (“She Used to be Mine”, “When He Sees Me”), a story based on the indie cult-classic film starring Keri Russell, and the presence of a pretty cute OB/GYN, Waitress is a musical that has charmed its way across Broadway, the United States, the United Kingdom, and will be brought to life on the Grand Theatre Spriet Stage by Artistic Director, Rachel Peake.

Pride and Prejudice

By Kate Hamill

Based on the novel by Jane Austen

Directed by Rebecca Northan

APR 29 to MAY 17 | Opens May 2

Hang on to your bonnets! A fresh take on the classic Austen romance of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.

They’re the Bennets that you love, and they’re in it to win it (as far as love and marriage are concerned). This time, nothing is off limits if it means securing a husband and a home for all your sisters.

In this laugh-out-loud adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic work, Kate Hamill deftly infuses the beloved Bennets, Bingleys, and Darcys with even more saucy irreverence for society’s expectations; the pearls are clutched, the waistlines are empire, the balls are ballistic, and the genders are bending. Through it all, the timeless love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy captures the hearts of dear readers, and brand-new Austen fans alike.

With a cult following of her own, the award-winning and incorrigible Rebecca Northan (Blind DateEvery Brilliant Thing) will direct the production on the Grand Theatre’s Spriet Stage.

The Jeans ‘n Classics concert series

Other 2024/25 Season Highlights include:

  • Presented by Downtown Community Partner, Old Oak Properties, the always-sold-out Jeans ‘n Classics is back at the Grand for a seventh year with five new and exhilarating concerts. The 2024/25 lineup includes: Paul McCartneyEvery Breath You Take – The Music of Sting and The PoliceHeartland – Current and Classic CountryThe Ultimate Symphonic Rock Show;  and The Who and Led Zeppelin. On the heels of the current sold-out season, subscribers to the Grand Theatre’s 2024/25 six-show season on the Spriet Stage will be first in line for any Jeans ‘n Classics subscriptions in 2024/25 and will also have early access to an added bonus performance of The Who and Led Zeppelin.
  • For a second year, the Grand Theatre is grateful to offer Canada Life  Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) same-day pricing for the first Sunday Matinee of each Spriet Series production.
  • Educators’ Night Out (formerly Teachers Club) and Student Club return with a six-show package including special pre- and post-show events. Educators are invited to attend Wednesday previews at a discounted subscription rate and enjoy exclusive events throughout the season. Elementary, high school, and post-secondary students can enjoy all six Spriet Series productions on Thursday previews for only $99. Learn more at grandtheatre.com/youth-education
  • The inaugural year of specially-priced subscriptions for arts workers, volunteers, and participants of community arts organizations on the Tuesday preview performance of all six 2024/25 subscription series productions via the new London Community Arts Night program.
  • Following popular demand, the Grand’s signature Wednesday post-show talk series, AfterWORDS, returns for the new season. On Wednesday evenings, immediately after the performances, patrons are invited to stay for a guided discussion with guest artists, creative team members, and Grand staff in the Drewlo.
  • For the 2024/25 season, patrons can also enjoy stimulating discussion and hear insights into Grand productions through hosted discussions with special guests at Tea Talks, offered prior to 1 p.m. Wednesday matinees.
  • A performance with ASL will be available for Pride and Prejudice as part of the 2024/25 season, on Saturday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.
  • The Grand will also continue to offer open-captioned performances throughout the season for their Spriet Stage productions. Open-captioned performances will be available as a special subscription to patrons. The Open Captioned performances this year will be: As You Like It on Saturday, October 26, 2024 (2:00 p.m.), The Sound of Music on Saturday, November 30, 2024 (1:00 p.m.), and Waitress on Saturday, April 5, 2025 (2:00 p.m.).

The Grand Theatre would like to extend its appreciation to all funding partners, with special thanks to Season Sponsor, BMO Financial Group, and Downtown Community Partner, Old Oak Properties.

To learn more about the Grand’s 2024/25 Season: A Time for Play, please visit: grandtheatre.com.

The Grand Theatre acknowledges and honours the original stewards of the land on which our Theatre stands. We extend our gratitude to and recognize the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, and Lūnaapéewak peoples as the original caretakers of this land upon which we live, work, and tell stories together.

Box seats at the Grand Theatre’s Spriet Stage. Photo by Damian Dudek.

About the Grand Theatre – World Curious. London Proud.

In the heart of downtown London, Ontario lies one of Canada’s oldest regional theatres and a leading cultural hub of today: the Grand Theatre. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Rachel Peake, and Executive Director Evan Klassen, the Grand proudly brings diverse, relevant, and original stories from around the globe – and around the corner – to London and the Southwestern Ontario region. The not-for-profit, charitable arts organization is committed to developing, producing, and premiering original stories through its COMPASS New Play Development program. The Grand is also a centre for arts education, as demonstrated through our flagship program, the annual High School Project, through apprenticeships and placements, and by bringing students to subsidized student matinees. For more information, visit: grandtheatre.com. Follow us on FacebookXInstagramYouTube, LinkedIn and TikTok.

 

My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last...so far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to frontmezzjunkies.com

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Cabaret Celebrated Broadway Legend Joel Grey’s Birthday

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Last night, Eddie Redmayne currently in previews as the ‘Emcee’ in Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club celebrated Broadway legend Joel Grey’s 92ndbirthday on stage at the August Wilson Theatre. Grey, who originated the role of the ‘Emcee’ on Broadway in 1966 and went on to star in the beloved film of Cabaret, took the stage as the entire cast, band, and creative team sang “Happy Birthday” while a custom cake, shaped like a giant pineapple, emerged from the stage.

 During his speech honoring Grey, Eddie Redmayne said, “Tonight is an extraordinarily special night for us because we are in the presence of an extraordinary human being without whom none of us would be here.” After thunderous applause, Redmayne continued “Your performance in this part changed my life and it was one of the things that made me want to be an actor.”

Joel Grey, Gayle Rankin, and Eddie Redmayne Photo by Jenny Anderson

The cast and Grey were also joined on stage by Cabaret composer John Kander.

Alongside Joel’s daughter Jennifer Grey and Kander, a star-studded crowd came out to fete the theater icon including Anderson Cooper, Candice Bergen, Jackie Hoffman, Jane Krakowski, Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Rockwell, and more. They were joined by numerous alum of Cabaret spanning the decades including Maude Apatow (Sally Bowles in London, 2023), Madeline Brewer (Sally Bowles in London, 2022), Joely Fisher (Sally Bowles on Broadway, 2000), Gina Gershon (Sally Bowles on Broadway, 2001), Mason Alexander Park (Emcee in London, 2023), Adam Pascal (Emcee on Broadway, 2003), Molly Ringwald (Sally Bowles on Broadway, 2002), Jake Shears (Emcee in London, 2023), and Brooke Shields (Sally Bowles on Broadway, 2001).

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club is now in previews on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). The production, directed by Olivier Award winner Rebecca Frecknall and designed by Tony Award nominee and Evening Standard Award® winner Tom Scutt, will have decadent twin opening night gala celebrations starting Saturday, April 20 and continuing into the following night, with the official press opening on Sunday, April 21. Tickets are on sale now at www.kitkat.club or via Seat Geek HERE.

In addition to Redmayne, Cabaret also stars Gayle Rankin as the toast of Mayfair ‘Sally Bowles, two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth as ‘Fraulein Schneider,’ Tony Award nominee Ato Blankson-Wood as ‘Clifford Bradshaw,’ Obie Award winner and Drama Desk Award® nominee Steven Skybell as ‘Herr Schultz,’ Henry Gottfried as ‘Ernst Ludwig,’ and three-time Helen Hayes Award winner Natascia Diaz as ‘Fritzie/Kost.’

The cast of Cabaret includes Gabi Campo as ‘Frenchie,’ Ayla Ciccone-Burton as ‘Helga,’ Colin Cunliffe as ‘Hans,’ Marty Lauter as ‘Victor,’ Loren Lester as‘Herman/Max,’ David Merino as ‘Lulu,’ Julian Ramos as ‘Bobby,’ MiMi Scardulla as ‘Texas,’ and Paige Smallwood as ‘Rosie.’ Swings include Hannah Florence, Pedro Garza, Christian Kidd, Corinne Munsch, Chloé Nadon-Enriquez, and Karl Skyler Urban.

The Prologue Company, the dancers and musicians that welcome audiences to the club, feature dancers Alaïa, IRON BRYAN, Will Ervin Jr., Sun Kim, Deja McNair and swings Ida Saki and Spencer James Weidie. The musicians of the Prologue are Brian Russell Carey (piano & bass), Francesca Dawis (violin), Keiji Ishiguri (dedicated substitute), Maeve Stier (accordion), and Michael Winograd (clarinet).

For this thrilling production of Cabaret, the creative team have transformed the August Wilson Theatre into the Kit Kat Club with an in-the-round auditorium and custom spaces which guests will be invited to explore during the Prologue, the production’s pre-show entertainment. After purchasing tickets, guests will receive a “club entry time” to allow them to take in the world of the club before the show starts.

Patrons can upgrade their experience at the Kit Kat Club with exclusive dining or drinks packages that allow them to soak up the pre-show atmosphere. These various upgrades offer unparalleled service and unique experiences in the heart of the Kit Kat Club. Drinks can be enjoyed before and during the show, while food will be cleared shortly before the performance begins, ensuring uninterrupted and unmissable views of Cabaret. For a complete menu and more information on the upgrade packages, please visit www.kitkat.club/upgrade.

The 2021 Original London Cast Recording of Cabaret featuring Eddie Redmayne and recorded during a live performance is available on Decca Records as a CD and to stream on all major platforms. To order the album or stream it, please visit https://cabaret.lnk.to/ListenNow

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American Ballet Theatre Premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works

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The superstar dancers of American Ballet Theatre (ABT) returned to Segerstrom Center for the Arts performing a never-before-seen-program. ABT performed the North American Premiere of Woolf Works.  Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, Woolf Works is an ambitious three-act ballet stunningly choreographed by Wayne McGregor, with a luminous original score by Max Richter.

Originally commissioned by The Royal Ballet, Woolf Works debuted in London to outstanding critical acclaim and now premiered for the first time in the United States.This week, leading the performance were Principal Dancers Devon Teuscher and  James Whiteside. Guests in attendance included  Sofia Vassilieva, Fernando Carsa, Damian Terriquez, Luke Lowrey, Queen Noveen and more.

You know it is Spring when the superstar dancers of American Ballet Theatre are home at Segerstrom Center performing a never-before-seen-program. Following in the tradition of such critical and creative successes as Whipped Cream, Of Love and Rage, and Like Water for Chocolate, we are thrilled to announce ABT will be performing the North American premiere of Woolf Works.  Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, Woolf Works is an ambitious three-act ballet stunningly choreographed by Wayne McGregor, with a luminous original score by Max Richter.

Widely considered one of the most important 20th century novelists, Virginia Woolf’s works have continued to speak to generations and her themes of social class, female (dis)empowerment, and death have gained even more resonance in recent times.  Her stature in our society, and her influence on other artistic creators, can be seen in so many works throughout popular culture:  In film with Orlando starring Tilda Swinton or The Hours starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Julianne Moore, in plays like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, and, most recently, in opera with The Hours starring Renee Fleming, Kelly O’Hara and Joyce DiDonato.

Woolf also gave inspiration to the award-winning British choreographer and director, Wayne McGregor. Internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance, McGregor’s insatiable curiosity about movement and its creative potentials, along with his embrace of technology, have ensured McGregor’s position at the cutting edge of contemporary arts for over twenty-five years.

In Woolf Works, McGregor has recreated the emotions, themes and fluid style of three of Virginia Woolf’s novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. Much like her novels, letters, essays and diaries, Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych moves away from a traditional narrative structure, capturing the spirit of Woolf’s writing while delighting audiences with its sheer beauty. Woolf Works is structured into three acts: ‘I now, I then’, ‘Becomings’ and ‘Tuesday’, each starkly distinct in visual design and choreography.

Originally commissioned by the Royal Ballet, Woolf Works premiered in London to outstanding critical acclaim, going on to win McGregor the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. The Observer described it as “a compellingly moving experience” and The Independent raved that it “glows with ambition… a brave, thoughtful work.”

Be the first in the United States to experience Woolf Works, only at Segerstrom Center for the Arts!

Next performances are:

Friday, April 12, 2024, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 2:20 PM

Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 7:30 PM

Sunday,  April 14, 2024, at 1:00 PM

 

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Stephen Sondheim Memorabilia to be Auctioned Off

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Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers has announced the auction of the Collection of Stephen Sondheim on Tuesday, June 18 at 10am EDT. This landmark auction will offer over 200 lots of memorabilia, furnishings, antique puzzles and more from Mr. Sondheim’s Manhattan townhouse and his country home in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Poster for the 2006 Broadway revival of Company signed by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth

The lyricist of West Side Story and Gypsy and composer/lyricist of Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods, among many others, Stephen Sondheim was the twentieth century’s most brilliant and influential contributor to American musical theater. Fans of Mr. Sondheim’s musicals and collectors alike will delight at the memorabilia within the auction, from his gold record for West Side Story to his custom-embroidered asylum coat from Sweeney Todd.

In addition to professional accomplishments, Mr. Sondheim was a sophisticated collector. He lived among antiques and curiosities of the Victorian and Edwardian eras and assembled an unparalleled collection of early puzzles, games, rebuses, coin-operated machines and ephemera that reflected his endlessly inquisitive mind.

The public is invited to the exhibition on view from June 14 through 17 at Doyle, located at 175 East 87th Street in New York. Select highlights will tour Doyle’s regional galleries during the month of May. The auction catalogue will be available on May 20. Learn more about the auction at Doyle.com

 

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Pascale Roger-McKeever and Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is  filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. This particular episode was filmed in two parts at different times due to the weather and extenuating circumstances.

 

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Pascale Roger-McKeever and Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton.
We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

Austin Pendleton, Suzanna Bowling

Suzanna Bowling, Pascale Roger-McKeever

I am so grateful to my guests Pascale Roger-McKeever and Austin Pendleton. for joining me.

Austin Pendleton, Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling

Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling, Pascale Roger-McKeever

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

Austin Pendleton

Suzanna Bowling, Pascale Roger-McKeever, Craig J Horsley

Suzanna Bowling

Pascale Roger-McKeever will be starring in Fingers and Spoons directed by Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton. Soho Playhouse 15 Vandam Street. starting on April 25th.

Roger Sichel, Austin Pendleton, Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/show/1084740

Spotify:

Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/id1731059092

We hope to see you there on April 17th. We will be announcing our guests tonight.

All photo’s except for the picture with Roger are by Roger Sichel.

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The Glorious Corner

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OJ DOA — Perhaps the Drudge Report (yes, the Drudge Report) had the most fitting headline: Cancer Murders OJ.

Yesterday’s news came as a huge surprise at 11:00 AM. For me, firstly, I couldn’t quite believe it was almost 30 years since that trial. When the verdict came in, I was at The Conservatory restaurant in the long-gone, much missed Mayflower Hotel. It was packed and when the verdict was announced there was a minute or two of dead-silence, then gasps. One of the most surreal moments I’ve ever experienced.

I wasn’t a huge sports fan -never have been- but I knew a lot about OJ. Face it, he was an icon And when the murders happened; the Bronco-chase; and trial … it was just extraordinary. His rise and fall was an amazing tale. It was also a major story for all the entertainment outlets. Journalists essentially moved to LA for the 9-month trial. It was, to my mind, the first trial of its kind.

CNN showed some of the reactions from then: then audience reaction at the Oprah Winfrey show was a mixed bag. Some cheered as Winfrey stood stone-faced. The reaction of OJ’s lawyers were interesting too; Robert Khardashian looked shell-shocked, while Cochran and Robert Shapiro  hugged OJ.

As Wolf Bltizer just said: these are moments one will never forget.

We think we know what happened … but now, we’ll never know for sure. An american tragedy for sure.

YES Photo by Gottlieb Bros

YES’ PURPLE — (via Ultimate Classic Rock) Deep Purple and Yes will team up for a North American summer tour.

The trek begins on Aug. 14 in Hollywood, Florida, and concludes on Sept. 8 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday.

Deep Purple is in the midst of their 1 More Time tour and simultaneously celebrating 50 years of “Smoke on the Water” (52 years now, to be exact). The band recently released a super deluxe edition of its landmark album Machine Head, which includes classics such as “Smoke on the Water,” “Highway Star” and “Space Truckin’.”

Yes, meanwhile, will deliver a career-spanning set comprising material through their latest album, 2023’s Mirror to the Sky. The prog legends are also releasing an expanded anniversary box set of their 1994 album Talk next month.

52 years of “Smoke On The Water.” A classic if there ever was one. Every time I hear it on the radio, I start singing along. Talk about staying power! I saw Yes years ago and it was quite the show; with Chris Squire too.

There are a slew of legacy artists out for the summer and deservedly so. They may not generate the ink of a Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez, but their impact is still there.

Hubert Laws

SHORT TAKES — CTI Records. Remember them? It was producer Creed Taylor’s boutique label which released some of the most dynamic and interesting jazz-records in the 70’s and 80’s (SONY owns them now). From Airto to Milt Jackson; Deodato; Bob James; Jim Hall and Hubert Laws, the music was just terrific. Originally distributed by Herb Alpert’s A&M Records, they went independent and continued with some of the best jazz recordings ever. Even before you listened to the music, all the albums had a deluxe-cover; with some startling images. Check this piece out about their album covers from Medium: https://medium.com/@slishpogodi/cti-records-the-best-album-covers-cdac2e16c534 … 50 years of People Magazine. Rumors spread last year that the weekly was on its last legs.

Mia Farrow

Their first issue was in 1974 with Mia Farrow on the cover …

David Kramer

Director David Kramer won for ‘Best Documentary’ at last week’s NYFF event for his Jimi Hendrix: The Documentary. Congratulations

Coopstock

Coopstock is this weekend in Mesa, Arizona. Guests include Micky Dolenz; REO’s Kevin Cronin; Orianthi; Patrick Warburton; and of course, Alice Cooper himself … Hard to believe that director Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover, did the first Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix. It was just startling in every way and now the follow-up is about to come out with Phoenix and Lady Gaga; introduced as Harley Quinn. One trade already termed it a jukebox musical. Stylish for sure it looks just sensational and is one of the best trailers I’ve seen in quite some time. Here’s it is: https://variety.com/2024/film/news/joker-2-trailer-joaquin-phoenix-lady-gaga-1235957692/
… Here’s the trailer of Disney+’s Beach Boys doc.  Directed by Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_Rspu3Xoi4 …  And, this week’s New York Magazine cover heralds the history of NYC through its restaurants. I was ready to see Tortilla Flats; La Cote Basque; Schraffts; Mortimers; Trader Vic’s; and Fontana Di Trevi. Turns out, it’s memories from people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who worked at The Coffee Shop and Keith McNally, who shucked oysters at One Fifth. Honestly, I expected a bit more depth. Great idea; lousy execution.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Toni Basil; Mark Bego; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Mitch Dolan; Barry Nolan; Robert Lamm; Jacqueline Boyd; Wayne Avers; Tyorne Biljan; Michelle Toscas; Fred Zarr; Abbe Rosenfeld; Shep Pettibone; Tony Darrow; Robert Funaro; Angel Mastrogiorgio; Ellen Smith; Howard Bloom; Jane Berk; Jack Cunningham; and CHIP.

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