August 21, 2018 at 2:02 pm #1202613851
Fun fact: Jodie Foster played Barbara Harris’ daughter in Freaky Friday.August 21, 2018 at 5:33 pm #1202614002
Tony-nominated producer Craig Zadan passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/craig-zadan-dead-oscars-producer-was-69-1136579August 21, 2018 at 5:55 pm #1202614033
Craig Zadan started out his career producing cabaret acts with Neil Meron before heading to The Public Theatre to work for Joseph Papp. In the early 1980’s, film producer Peter Guber met with the pair about getting himself into the theatre industry. He would return the favor by teaching them about movies and television. Zadan and Meron then went out to California to get started in the industry. Their first three films as producers were Footloose, Sing, and If Looks Could Kill. They’ve also spent time going to every single studio in Hollywood about doing a movie musical. But whenever they made that pitch, they’d get thrown out by the executives saying “Musicals are dead, a thing of the past, no one wants to see them!” They later received a call one day from an agent who represented Arthur Laurents about doing a TV movie version of Gypsy. They took the project to CBS, and moved forward with Bette Midler in the starring role of Mama Rose. When the film premiered on December 12th, 1993, it ended up being a huge ratings success, even receiving 12 Emmy nominations (including Outstanding Television Movie).
Zadan and Meron then went on to make three more TV film musicals for The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC which were Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Annie, & The Music Man. The pair then ventured into feature films with Chicago, Hairspray, The Bucket List, and the 2011 remake of Footloose. On Broadway, they both produced Tony-winning revivals of Promises, Promises, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In recent years, they’ve produced the Oscars three years in a row, and have been in charge with every single live musical production at NBC since 2013.
Two of Craig Zadan’s final projects (Flint and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) are both Emmy nominees this year.August 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm #1202614828
Tony-winning director Vivian Matalon passed away. http://www.playbill.com/article/tony-winner-vivian-matalon-director-of-souvenir-and-mornings-at-seven-dies-at-88August 23, 2018 at 4:40 pm #1202615519
In his latest column, Michael Riedel pays tribute to the theater greats we’ve lost this past week.
https://nypost.com/2018/08/23/how-these-late-theater-greats-changed-broadway-forever/August 23, 2018 at 8:16 pm #1202615623
Playbill has published a giant obituary of sorts of all the major theater figures who’ve died this year so far. http://www.playbill.com/article/remembering-the-theatre-luminaries-weve-lost-in-2018August 25, 2018 at 6:18 pm #1202616794
Choreographer Lindsay Kemp, who worked with artists like David Bowie and produced his own show Flowers on Broadway in 1974, passed away. https://variety.com/2018/legit/obituaries-people-news/lindsay-kemp-dead-dies-choreographer-david-bowie-mentor-1202916934/
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The legendary playwright, Neil Simon, has passed away.
August 26, 2018 at 9:21 am #1202617101
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We definitely lost a giant.August 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm #1202618850
Actor Fredd Wayne, who starred on Broadway in the musical Texas, Li’l Darlin’ and the play Not For Children as well as performed in several regional theaters with his one-man show about Benjamin Franklin, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fredd-wayne-dead-actor-who-played-benjamin-franklin-bewitched-was-93-1138030August 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm #1202620188
Dancer and choreographer Paul Taylor passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paul-taylor-dead-leader-modern-dance-was-88-1138598September 1, 2018 at 12:48 pm #1202621302
Actress Susan Brown (NOT the same Susan Brown who received a Tony nomination for Angels In America earlier this year), passed away. While she was best known for her TV role as Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin on General Hospital, she did appear in two Broadway plays in the 1960s: Cut Of The Axe and The Girl In The Freudian Slip. https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/susan-brown-dead-dies-general-hospital-1202924125/September 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm #1202621366
Veteran actress Carole Shelley has passed away.
After having made her Broadway debut in the original production of The Odd Couple, Shelley went on to have a long list of credits that included her Tony-winning performance in The Elephant Man, originating the role of Madame Morrible in Wicked, and her Tony nominated performance in Billy Elliot (which I was lucky enough to have seen).
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I will always remember her classy take on her role in the original company of Wicked. Rest well, Madame.September 5, 2018 at 10:46 am #1202623871
Actor Reno Roop, who had appeared on Broadway five times throughout his long career, has died.
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