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Los Angeles Zoo “ZooLAbrates” 50th Anniversary of its Opening Day in 1966, Fifty Percent off on Monday Dec. 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES ZOO “ZooLAbrates” 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPENING DAY IN 1966 WITH 50 precedent off ADMISSION/MOST FOOD AND BEVERAGE, 50TH BIRTHDAY CAKE-STYLE TREATS FOR ANIMALS, AND BIRTHDAY PARTY FEATURING BIRTHDAY CAKE, WALK WITH ANIMALS AND MORE

Monday, November 28, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles Zoo entrance in 1968


Los Angeles, Calif. -The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens marks 50 years from the day it opened in 1966 with an extra-special discount of 50 percent off admission/food and beverage purchases (except alcohol and Reggie’s Bistro dining) and a “ZooLAbration” Birthday Partyon Monday, November 28, 2016.  A “walk with the animals” begins the day at 10 am when guests are led from the front of the Zoo to the party by costumed characters and keepers with animals from the Zoo’s “walk-about” program.  From 10 to 10:30 am, the Birthday Party, which takes place at the “ZooLAbrate” stage near the Eucalyptus Grove, features a themed birthday cake served to visitors, a gigantic birthday card for guests to sign with their best birthday wishes, and presentations by John Lewis, L.A. Zoo Director, and Connie Morgan, President of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, as well as other special guests.  Throughout the day until 4 pm, a slate of animals receives special enrichment birthday cake-style treats.  As part of the “ZooLAbration,” a new microsite at www.ZooLAbrate50.org provides opportunities for the public to submit Zoo memories and offers special content including L.A. Zoo milestones, upcoming events and more.

Los Angeles Zoo entrance today

“ZooLAbrate” encompasses not only the L.A. Zoo’s key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals.  Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the 50th anniversary coincides with the early planning stages of a new Master Plan for the future.

Admission purchased in person at the L.A. Zoo is 50% off on November 28 ONLY: $10 for general ages 13 to 61 (regularly $20); $8.50 for seniors ages 62+ (regularly $17), and $7.50 for children ages 2 to 12 (regularly $15).  Children under two are free.  Birthday Party activities are free with paid L.A. Zoo admission.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.  See www.lazoo.org for details.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The L.A. Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world.  Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  Free parking is available.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027, (323) 644-4200.  For tickets and more, visit lazoo.org and ZooLAbrate50.org.

Extra Extra! The highly anticipated Los Angeles return of Disney’s ‘NEWSIES’ Now showing at the Hollywood Pantages AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

Newsies now showing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood during the Labor Day weekend. Photo by Deen van Meer
Newsies now showing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood during the Labor Day weekend. Photo by Deen van Meer

RETURNS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY AT HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES  AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

Hollywood, Calif. – The highly anticipated Los Angeles return of Disney’s NEWSIES begins performances next week on Tuesday, August 30 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a 1 week engagement through Sunday, September 4.  Disney Theatrical Productions and the Nederlander Organization are announcing that a day-of-performance DIGITAL lottery for a limited number of $20 orchestra seats will be held daily.

All Entries can be submitted online with Broadway Direct at www.HollywoodPantages.com/NewsiesLottery beginning at 8am on the day of the performance. Entries may be submitted until 3 hours prior to the performance time. Winners will be notified via e-mail within minutes of drawing, and will have 60 minutes to pay for the tickets online with a credit card. Tickets can be picked up at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre box office 30 minutes prior to show time. Photo I.D. is required for pick up.

Seat locations and the number of tickets awarded by the lottery are always subject to availability.

NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work.  The entire creative team has reunited to bring the break-out smash musical to audiences across North America.

When it opened on March 29, 2012 NEWSIES was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances.  The show’s fiercely devoted fans had other ideas, however; they propelled the show to a run of 1005 performances, attendance of more than 1 million and a gross of over $100M.

While on Broadway, NEWSIES set and broke seven Nederlander Theatre house records and became the highest-grossing show from the 2011-12 Broadway season. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award® nods – and won Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.

The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman, including a song written specifically for the tour called ‘Letter from the Refuge,’ while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner, ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’

Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD release, NEWSIES has grown into a cult phenomenon, and for years had been the single most requested title of all the Disney musical films not yet adapted for the stage.  (The film featured a screenplay by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White (Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians).)

The performance schedule for Disney’s NEWSIES is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. There is an additional matinee at 2pm on Friday, September 9th and there are no performances on Sunday, September 11th. Opening Night is Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8pm.

Disney’s NEWSIES is recommended for Ages 6 and Up. All patrons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Individual tickets for Disney’s NEWSIES start at $29. Prices are subject to change without notice.

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of Disney’s NEWSIES, please visit the official website for Hollywood Pantages Theatre: www.HollywoodPantages.com/Newsies.

Official show site: www.NewsiesTheMusical.com/Tour.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 Dates:                                     AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

 

Theatre:                                  HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE
6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

Performance Schedule:        Tuesday – Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

 

Opening Night:                      Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8pm

 

Individual Tickets:                Individual tickets start at $29

Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

           

Parental Advisory:                 Ages 6 and up

All patrons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

 

Tickets:                                  Online:             HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com

Phone:             1-800-982-2787

In Person:        Hollywood Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am)and all Ticketmaster Outlets

Groups:           Groups of 10 or more may purchase at PantagesGroups.com

 

Description:  They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it “A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times) Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.

Mayor Garcetti Announces New Fund for Art and Culture in Public Spaces

Los Angeles, Calif. –  The Arts Activation Fund, which will award $200,000 in grants to support the creation and installation of art and cultural projects throughout Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a $200,000 grant program that will support the work of local artists and bring new vibrancy to public spaces across L.A.

The Arts Activation Fund, a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will provide funding to artists with inspiring ideas for public art projects and cultural events in their neighborhoods.

“Art has the power to transform our perception, attitude and behavior — and is especially impactful when it lives in places that are accessible to everyone,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Arts Activation Fund will support the creative genius that thrives in our city, and give Angelenos an opportunity to reimagine public spaces in their neighborhoods as vibrant, exciting, and creative places.”

The $200,000 fund, established with the support of the L.A. City Council, will be allocated to between eight and 15 projects, with each project eligible to receive as much as $15,000. The program is designed to fund a range of projects across the City that complement the unique character of their neighborhoods. In this spirit, the fund will prioritize artists with proposals for their own neighborhoods, and whose projects have strong support from their local communities.

The projects can take the form of temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are free to the community and situated in public places or within public view anywhere in the City. They will be conceived, developed, and presented within a two- to three-month timeline. Individual artists, collectives, limited partnerships, nonprofit organizations, and commercial businesses across the City are all eligible to apply.

“Through the work in my committee, we reactivated the Mural Ordinance, revived the Arts Development Fee resulting in millions of dollars for new public art, and guided the new Arts Activation Fund, which will contribute to Los Angeles as a city that values its arts and culture,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, and Los Angeles River Committee. “I want to thank DCA General Manager Danielle Brazell and her staff for their work to identify even more opportunities for artists to shine in the City of Los Angeles.”

The Arts Activation Fund propels Mayor Garcetti’s effort to improve public spaces across the City through community place-making and public art. Last year, the City launched a $200,000 Great Streets Challenge Grant Program that funded eight community projects to reimagine their Great Streets as public spaces.

“Public spaces in our neighborhoods and along our City’s Great Streets provide an open canvas for us to use our creative strength to animate and activate our communities through arts and culture,” said Danielle Brazell, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. “The Arts Activation Fund connects local artists to these spaces and the people indigenous to them to reinforce neighborhood identities and celebrate L.A.’s diversity.”

For more information, and to submit a proposal for funding through the Arts Activation Fund, visitdcaredesign.org/artsactivate. To find out more about Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative, visitwww.lamayor.org/greatstreets.

 

HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND WALK OF FAMER DAVE KOZ ANNOUNCE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME HONOREES FOR CLASS OF 2016

Hollywood, Calif.A new group of entertainment professionals in Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre, Radio and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, These honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held back in June and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors.  Musician and Walk of Famer Dave Koz announced the new honorees alongside Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Maureen Schultz, Chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee. The new selections were revealed to the world via live stream exclusively on the official website www.walkoffame.com.

“The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is excited to announce our newest honorees to the Walk of Fame. After much deliberation, we feel that we have selected a great group of talent for this coveted award. Fans from around the world will be thrilled to hear that their favorite celebrities will be honored on our world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Schultz. “We look forward to welcoming these great talents to our Walk of Fame family.”

The Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2016 are:

In the category of MOTION PICTURES:
Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Ashley Judd, Michael Keaton, Kurt Russell, Quentin Tarantino, and Toshiro Mifune (posthumous)

In the category of TELEVISION:
Barbara Bain, Kathy Bates, Roma Downey, David Duchovny, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Debra Messing, Tracy Morgan, Gary Sinise, and William S. Paley (posthumous)

In the category of RECORDING:
Shirley Caesar, LL Cool J, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Joseph B. ‘Joe’ Smith, Itzhak Perlman, ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot (posthumous)

In the category of RADIO: Ralph Lawler

In the category of LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE:
Angélica María, Harvey Fierstein, and Kevin Hart

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and its Walk of Fame Selection Committee congratulate all the honorees. Dates have not been scheduled for these star ceremonies. Recipients have two years to schedule star ceremonies from the date of selection before they expire. Upcoming star ceremonies are normally announced ten days prior to dedication on the official website www.walkoffame.com.

LL COOL J
TO BE HONORED WITH
STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

WHO:        Honoree: LL COOL J

Emcee:      Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speakers: Queen Latifah and Sean “Diddy” Combs

WHAT:      Dedication of the 2,571st star on the Walk of Fame
                   in the category of Recording

WHERE:    6901 Hollywood Boulevard 
                   in front of the Hard Rock Cafe

WHEN:      Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PST

Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com

Hollywood Chamber to Honor LL Cool J with Walk of Fame Star

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that LL COOL J will be honored with the 2,571st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 21, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star in the category of Recording will be dedicated at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Hollywood’s Hard Rock Cafe. “LL COOL J is one of the most popular recording artists. He has a huge following and we are proud to honor him on the Walk of Fame.” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Queen Latifah and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

LL COOL J is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums. A two-time Grammy® Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project.

Celebrating 30 years since he first burst onto the scene, LL COOL J continues his vibrant, trailblazing career. LL COOL J began in the nascent, burgeoning rap and hip hop scene of the 80s, which developed into the musical and cultural phenomenon that is today’s hip hop. All the while, LL COOL J has remained a musical and cultural force, a living icon and a significant, relevant artist still churning out the hits.

First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass ten consecutive platinum-plus selling albums, in addition to 2004’s “THE DEFINITION” and 2006’s “TODD SMITH” which both went Gold.  The multi-platinum artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for mostBillboard chart debuts by a rapper. In 2008, LL released his critically acclaimed album “EXIT 13,” his appropriately titled 13th and last album for the only label he has called home – Def Jam Recordings. USA Today put it best when they said, “He may be hitting the Exit, but he is not easing up on the gas.” Continuing his musical expedition three decades after he first released music, LL most recently released his critically-acclaimed 14th studio album, “AUTHENTIC.”With this album, the multi-platinum artist returned to the studio and kicked the volume up to create a powerful album that came from his true passion for music and would speak to his fans. LL scored his 13th Top-10 Album on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart with AUTHENTIC.

As an actor, LL COOL J has successfully transitioned to one of the consistently highest rated shows on television. He currently stars in the CBS hit primetime drama series, “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” which is in its seventh season. Lauded as one of the most successful show launches ever, and sold into syndication after only seven episodes, his performance on the show has garnered him a NAACP Image Award four years in a row, from 2011 to 2014, for his role of ‘Special Agent Sam Hanna.’ The show is licensed in more than 200 territories around the world and translated or dubbed into dozens of languages. He previously won an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Male Artist” in 2003 and hosted the show in 2007.

Previously, LL had a dramatic and critically acclaimed performance on the second season premiere of FOX’s hit drama “House.” He also guest starred on the NBC comedy “30 Rock” in a memorable performance as hip hop mogul ‘Ridiculous’.

LL can currently be seen hosting and producing the Jimmy Fallon-executive produced new show Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV, which premiered in April 2015 as Spike TV’s most-watched original program ever. The series was renewed for a second season just weeks after its premiere and returned on January 7, 2016.

LL has hosted the GRAMMY® Awards for the past four years in a row, for which he has earned rave reviews. He returns as the host of the 2016 Awards on February 15, 2016 on CBS and has also hosted and produced the GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live Special for the past seven years and has also been a presenter at the Emmy®, Golden Globe®, and SAG Awards.

Over the years, LL has appeared in more than 30 films and starred opposite acclaimed actors such as Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell in Sony Pictures blockbuster “S.W.A.T.;” Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz in Oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday;” and Gabrielle Union in Focus Features’ “Deliver Us from Eva.” Other film credits include “Rollerball,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Kingdom Come,” “In Too Deep,” “Toys,” “Slow Burn” with Ray Liotta and “Eddison” with Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey. He also received a Blockbuster Award for best comedic performance as the ‘Chef’ in Renny Harlin’s blockbuster action film “Deep Blue Sea.” He also starred in Paramount Pictures’ “Last Holiday,” opposite Queen Latifah, which was lauded by fans and critics alike and proved to be a box office draw. He was most recently seen starring opposite Academy Award®-winner Robert De Niro in “Grudge Match.”

LL has always been an avid philanthropist involved in numerous causes including literacy for kids as well as music and arts programs in schools. Celebrating its 12th Anniversary this year, his charity “Jump & Ball” – which takes place every August in his hometown of Queens, New York – aims to give back to his local community by offering a five-week athletic and team building program dedicated to bringing wholesome fun to young people.

 

Harry Potter Icon, Daniel Radcliffe to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Daniel Radcliffe will be honored with the 2,565th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, November 12th at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated in front of The Dolby Theatre at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard. “Fans of all ages have been waiting in anticipation of Daniel’s star ceremony. They are constantly asking when it will happen. Finally, we have him here in Hollywood, and we are proud to dedicate his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Chris Columbus and Chris Hardwick.

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Daniel Radcliffe with Walk of Fame Star

Daniel Radcliffe was born in London, England and began his career at age nine as the young David Copperfield in the BBC/PBS presentation of the classic Charles Dickens novel.

Radcliffe’s current film is the 20th Century Fox thrilling adventure “Victor Frankenstein” which will be released worldwide on November 25th. His next feature is “Now You See Me: The Second Act” in June 2016 for Lionsgate. This year he wrapped two independent films, “Swiss Army Man” and “Imperium.” He was most recently seen in the BBC telefilm “The Gamechangers.” In 2014, he starred in the horror-thriller “Horns,” and the romantic comedy “What If.” His other films include Sony Pictures Classics’ “Kill Your Darlings,” He starred last year as Billy in  Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” The play made its way to Broadway from London’s West End, where it debuted in 2013.

Since completing the final installment in the series of eight “Harry Potter” films in 2010, Radcliffe has become a diverse and acclaimed talent. In 2011, he starred in a ten-month sell-out run of the Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” In 2012, Radcliffe starred in “The Woman in Black,” which has become the most successful British horror film of all time. In 2013, Ovation aired Radcliffe’s four-part TV mini-series, “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” a wildly original comedy drama based on a collection of short stories by celebrated Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov. Radcliffe portrayed the younger doctor, who has exchanges with his older self, played by Jon Hamm. Season two aired in 2014.

In 2012, Radcliffe hosted “Saturday Night Live” and was voted “Entertainer of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, as the most talented and original performer of 2011. He also won two Teen Choice Awards and a Scream Award, as well as two nominations for the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor and Favorite Movie Star Under 25.

Radcliffe starred as Alan Strang, in both the 2007 West End and 2008 Broadway productions of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus,” winning the award for Best Leading Actor at the Annual Theatre Fan Choice Awards, organized by Broadway World, as well as Best Leading Actor and Breakthrough Performance Awards at the Broadway.com Audience Awards. He also garnered Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for his performance in the play. The London and Broadway productions of “Equus” were directed by Thea Sharrock and also starred Richard Griffiths.

A lifelong fan of “The Simpsons,” Radcliffe has lent his voice twice to the show. First, to the character of a brooding vampire named Edmund for the show’s “Treehouse of Horror XXI” special, entitled “Tweenlight,” which aired in 2010. He then voiced the character Diggs, a new transfer student whom Bart befriends. Previously, Radcliffe made a guest appearance as himself in the award-winning HBO/BBC series “Extras” starring Ricky Gervais. He recently lent his voice to “Robot Chicken” and “BoJack Horseman.”

Radcliffe is a spokesperson for The Trevor Project which awarded him the Trevor Hero Award. He recorded several PSAs and met with their volunteers and participated in training with the Trevor Youth Advisory Council. He is actively vocal about equality and suicide prevention in LGBT youth.

Watch LIVE as the Hollywood Chamber honors Daniel Radcliffe on www.walkoffame.com.

“Annie” Now Playing at THE HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE FOR A LIMITED 3-WEEK RUN through Nov. 1

"Annie" cast performs at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Joan Marcus, Courtesy: Hollywood Pantages Theatre
“Annie” cast performs at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Photo by Joan Marcus, Courtesy: Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Hollywood, Calif. – The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form.  Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Tickets are available at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787, as well as at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd) and all Ticketmaster Outlets. The performance schedule for ANNIE is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Recommended for AllAges (Children under 3 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.) Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission. Tickets start at $25 in the orchestra.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ set to open June 17 in a spectacular new production at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited 8-week run

Katie Travis and Chris Mann star in The Phantom of the Opera at The Pantages Hollywood. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Katie Travis and Chris Mann star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at The Pantages Hollywood. Photo by Matthew Murphy

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood, Calif. – Cameron Mackintosh spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA makes its Los Angeles premiere at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre beginning Thursday, June 17, 2015 for an 8-week engagement through Sunday, August 2, 2015. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.  Tickets are now on sale and are available for purchase at www.HollywoodPantages.com orwww.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Boulevard). The box office opens daily at 10amexcept for Holidays. Ticket prices start at $29.

For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/

Chris Mann will portray the man behind the mask, ‘The Phantom,’ with Katie Travis as ‘Christine Daaé,’ Storm Lineberger as ‘Raoul,’ Jacquelynne Fontaine as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli,’ David Benoit as ‘Monsieur Firmin,’ Edward Staudenmayer as ‘Monsieur André,’ Anne Kanengeiser as ‘Madame Giry,’ Frank Viveros as ‘Ubaldo Piangi’ and Morgan Cowling as ‘Meg Giry.’

Recording artist Chris Mann had his breakout turn on NBC’s “The Voice.” In 2012, he released his debut solo album “Roads” and followed with his PBS Concert “Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons.”    Katie Travis has performed principal roles at The Fireside Theater, Liederkranz Opera Theater, The MUNY (Les Misérables, Cosette) and won the Lys Symonette Award (Lotte Lenya Competition).

Storm Lineberger makes his touring debut in Phantom. He has performed at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, New London Barn Playhouse and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Jacquelynne Fontaine’s stage and opera credits include The Student Prince (Kathie, Pittsburgh CLO), A Little Night Music (Charlotte, Indiana Rep), La Traviata (Violetta) and was Miss California 2006.  David Benoit’s Broadway and National Tour credits include Jekyll & HydeAvenue QLes MisérablesDance of the Vampires, Young Frankenstein and All Shook Up. Edward Staudenmayer’s Broadway credits include Wonderland, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and Beauty and the Beast (1st National Tour). Anne Kanengeiser has been seen on Broadway in the original companies of Little Women, Ragtime as well as the 3rd National Tour ofThe Phantom of the Opera.  Frank Viveros originated the roles of Bloat The Blowfish in Disney’s Finding Nemo: The Musical and Iron Chef in Yellow Brick RoadMorgan Cowling appeared in Once We Lived Here (Off-Broadway), Disney’s Wishes (Original Cast) and Australian productions of Guys and Dolls and Seussical.

 The Ensemble includes Adam Bashian, Krista Buccellato, Nick Cartell, Dan Debenport, Amy Decker, Mark Emerson, David Foley, Jr., Celia Hottenstein, Christopher M. Howard, Edward Juvier, Ted Keener, Freddie Kimmel, Luke Lazzaro, Jay Lusteck, Kathryn McCreary, Christy Morton, Quinto Ott, Rebecca Robbins, Eric Ruiz, Allan Snyder, Tara Sweeney and Marguerite Willbanks. The Corps de Ballet includes Christina Dooling, Sarah DeBiase, Anjelica Bette Fellini, Abigail Mentzer, Lily Rose Peck, Alexandra Pernice and Micki Weiner.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “It’s wonderful to have a new production of PHANTOM touring America now that the show has celebrated 27 years on Broadway.  Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the U.K.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, “With PHANTOM still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 27 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of PHANTOM has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new PHANTOM is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again – the music of the night is soaring to dazzling new heights.”

 PHANTOM IS AN ENORMOUS HIT ALL OVER AGAIN!

“POWERFUL, GORGEOUS…AND BETTER THAN EVER.”

-The Philadelphia Inquirer

“EXTRAORDINARILY OPULENT.  THIS PHANTOM’S STORYTELLING AND RELATIONSHIPS HAVE AN ELECTRIFYING TENSION.”

-Chicago Sun-Times

“AN INTENSE AND SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION WITH A STUNNING NEW DESIGN, FRESH DRAMA AND ADDED MOMENTUM.” -Sunday Express (U.K.)

“TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND PREPARE TO BE DAZZLED; THIS KIND OF GORGEOUS ESCAPISM IS EXACTLY WHAT AUDIENCES NEED.” -The Scotsman (U.K.)

“THIS PHANTOM IS FOR A NEW GENERATION.” -Roy Leonard, Chicago Now

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations. Directed by Laurence Connor (who co-directed the new production of Les Misérables currently running on Broadway and around the world, as well as the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon now playing in London, and is currently working on a stage version of the movie School of Rockwhich will begin previews at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in November this year), with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter, and musical supervision by John Rigby.  The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe); book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber; orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Cameron Mackintosh’s brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA continues performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in its recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world.

The regular performance schedule for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Tuesday through Friday at 8pmSaturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.There are added weekday 2pm matinee performances on Fri 6/12, Thu 6/18Fri 7/3 & Thu 7/30. There are no evening performances on Sat 7/4 & Sun 8/2.  Opening Night is Wednesday, July 17, 2015 at 8pm.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is recommended for ages 6 and up. (Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.)

Individual tickets for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA start at $29. Prices are subject to change without notice.

For more information on THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour.

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, please visit the official website for Hollywood Pantages Theatre:www.HollywoodPantages.com/thephantomoftheopera

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4TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE JERRY HERMAN AWARDS CEREMONY WILL BE HOSTED AT HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE ∙ MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015

Hollywood, Calif.  – The Nederlander Organization and Hollywood Pantages Theatre announced today preliminary nominees for THE 4TH ANNUAL JERRY HERMAN AWARDS, a celebration of the achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre in Los Angeles. Final nominations in all production and performance categories will be announced on Tuesday, May 26th.

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The annual awards show will be hosted by KABC-7 Reporter George Pennacchio at the Hollywood Pantages on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7pm. All tickets for this awards celebration are $25 and are now on sale to the public online at www.JerryHermanAwards.comwww.HollywoodPantages.com/JHA2015,www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 or at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd). Group tickets are available atwww.PantagesGroups.com or by calling 866-755-3075 Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm PT.

 

Presenters from the worlds of Broadway, film & television currently confirmed to present awards include Corbin Bleu, Roger Bart, Kevin Chamberlin, Rico Rodriguez, Raini Rodriguez, Renée Marino, Jared Gertner, Jai Rodriguez, Josh Sussman, Lisa Ann Walter & Davis Gaines. Additional celebrity presenters and other special guests are expected to be announced soon.

KABC-7 REPORTER GEORGE PENNACCHIO RETURNS AS EMCEE. 

THE 4TH ANNUAL JERRY HERMAN AWARDS is directed by John Bowab, with Musical Direction by Gerald Sternbach and Musical Staging by Patti Colombo. Director of Education and Outreach is Paul Gleason, and the event is produced by Martin Wiviott.

 

This year’s recipient of the Ed Lester Lifetime Achievement Award is Los Angeles Arts Educator, and L.A. Opera Legend, Suzanna Guzman, who will be receiving the award from last year’s recipient, Paul G. Gleason.

 

Following in the tradition of year’s past, THE JERRY HERMAN AWARDS has invited four high schools to perform musical numbers during the awards program. Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will perform “Transylvania Mania” from Young FrankensteinOak Park High School will perform “And the Money Kept Rolling In” fromEvitaNew Community Jewish High School will perform the opening number from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Chaminade College Preparatory High School will perform “Gaston” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

 

All schools participating in THE JERRY HERMAN AWARDS are given the opportunity to send a leading man and leading lady to audition before a panel of judges, who determine the winner of the Best Actor and Best Actress categories. Winners in these two awards categories will represent Los Angeles at The National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City, where they will participate in a week long workshop and eventually compete for the coveted “Jimmy” Award; named after the owner of Hollywood Pantages: James M. Nederlander. This year’s panel of judges includes Kenny Ortega, Cathy Rigby, Kay ColeNancy Dussault & John Bowab.

 

Preliminary Nominations for the 4th Annual Jerry Herman Awards

During an eight month period this school year, over 32 eligible productions from 29 high schools were attended by adjudicators and scored in multiple creative, technical and performance categories, much like Broadway’s Tony® Awards. Final high school productions are currently expected to conclude by Sunday, May 24th.

 

For a full list of competing high schools and current breakdown of nominations, please visit www.JerryHermanAwards.comPlease Note: Final nominations in all performance and production categories will be announced on Tuesday, May 26th.

 

THE JERRY HERMAN AWARDS is a local celebration dedicated to recognizing, encouraging, and rewarding achievements and excellence in high school musical theatre.  It is the local award ceremony for THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS, also known as The Jimmys, which take place annually at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in New York City. This year, the national awards show will take place on Monday, June 29th.

 

THE JERRY HERMAN AWARDS has a run time of 2 Hours and 45 Minutes and is recommended for all ages.  (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 2½ years of age will be admitted to the theatre.)

 

For more information on THE JERRY HERMAN AWARDS, please visit www.JerryHermanAwards.com.

 

For tickets or more information about THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS, please visit www.nhsmta.com.

 

‘WICKED’ EXTENDS SIX ADDITIONAL WEEKS at the Pantages in Hollywood – PERFORMANCES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10

Hollywood, Calif., –  The producers of WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, announced today that due to “Popular” demand, six additional weeks of performances will be added through Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Hollywood Pantages. Individual tickets for this new block of performances will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, October 26 at 10:00am online at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com/Wicked, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Boulevard). The box office opens daily at 10am except for Holidays.  Performances of WICKED will begin Wednesday, December 10.

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WICKED solidified itself as a Los Angeles favorite with its most recent, highly-successful engagement during the 2011 holiday season. WICKED celebrated a record-breaking L.A. premiere in 2005, which was followed two years later by an extended engagement that would go on to run two years, becoming one of the longest-running Broadway musicals in L.A. history.

The musical is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me OutLove! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (AidaThe Who’s TommyHow To Succeed…). WICKED, winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy® Award and 3 Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment WeeklyWICKED currently has nine productions around the world, in New York, London, Japan, Australasian Tour, South Korea, Latin America, a U.K. Tour, and two concurrent North American National Tours.  Since its New York premiere a decade ago, WICKED has grossed over $3.4 billion worldwide and has been seen by over 42 million across the globe. WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 13 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, and Mexico) and has thus far been translated into five languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Korean.

The regular performance schedule for WICKED is Tuesday through Friday at 8pmSaturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pmThere is an added weekday matinee on Thursday, December 11th at 2pm. The holiday performance schedule for WICKED for the week of December 22 – 28, 2014 is MondayTuesdayFriday & Saturday at 8pmWednesday and Saturday at 2pm, & Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. The holiday performance schedule for the week of December 29, 2014 – January 4, 2015 is MondayTuesdayFriday & Saturday at 8pmTuesdayWednesday & Saturday at 2pm, & Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.

WICKED is recommended for ages 8 and up.  (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)

Individual tickets for WICKED start at $35.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

GRAMMY® Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of WICKED, please visit the official website for Hollywood Pantages Theatre: www.HollywoodPantages.com.

BY POPULAR DEMAND, WICKED EXTENDS SIX ADDITIONAL WEEKS

PERFORMANCES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10

THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015 AT HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES

 INDIVIDUAL TICKETS FOR NEW BLOCK OF PERFORMANCES

GO ON-SALE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 AT 10AM

 http://hollywoodpantages.com/showinfo.php?id=35

 

 

Musings on the life of beloved comic icon, Joan Rivers

By Margie Anne Clark

Words cannot express the sadness at the untimely death of Joan Rivers, she will be greatly missed. She’d probably be joking about it, but sadly there are few if any comics left that could say it as dead on and funny as she could.

Joan Rivers fan, Margie Anne Clark, talking with the comic icon at her book singing of Diary of a Mad Diva at Barnes and Noble the Grove Los Angeles in the summer of 2014.
Margie Anne Clark getting ready for a fan picture while talking with the legendary Joan Rivers at the comic icon’s book signing of ‘Diary of a Mad Diva’ at Barnes and Noble Bookseller at the Grove Los Angeles on July 10, 2014.  The event attracted throngs of fans, young and old alike.

She was a force of nature – smart, witty, intelligent, always making such clever connections in her jokes and it’s sad that she had to go out this way when she was in such good health and at the top of her game. But maybe she would have had it no other way …. Her ‘Fashion Police’ attracted a multi-generational audience. She was loved by young and old alike. She was too young to go, she was one of a kind. She was a Joan Ranger in the truest sense that no matter how old you are, you can always work and bring good to the world. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to meet her, she was so great to her fans at her book signings. She said it best: “What pleasure you feel when you’ve kept people happy for an hour and a half. They’ve forgotten their troubles. It’s great. There’s nothing like it in the world. When everybody’s laughing, it’s a party.” – Miss you tons Joan Rivers! This Joan Ranger salutes you!