Category Archives: Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood set to open much-anticipated arrival of “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” April 12, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Universal Studios HollywoodSM announces the much-anticipated arrival of “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” a 3D Ultra-HD movie motion-simulator adventure.  Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me will come to life in Hollywood in an attraction modeled after the one in its sister park, Universal Orlando Resort® – with the addition of a few surprises unique to the Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM

“Based on the consumer feedback at our sister park, we expect the ‘Despicable Me’ ride experience to be a popular, family-friendly attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.  The ride continues the story line of the main characters from the blockbuster film through all-new 3D Ultra-HD animation, together with an interactive ride vehicle system,” said Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios Hollywood.  “In ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,’ our guests will experience the hilarious and heartwarming characters of the beloved film in a whole new way.”

The fully immersive experience will debut in 2014 with the loveable cast of leading characters that have captured the laughter of audiences worldwide: super-villain Gru, his adorable girls (Margo, Edith and Agnes) and the unpredictably hilarious Minions.

“The ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’ attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will continue to push the creative envelope with its exceptional show content, sight gags, special effects and 3D digital animation.  The exterior treatment will feature even more thematic and colorful creative touches that will literally place park guests inside Gru’s world,” said Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative.

Guests will experience whimsically themed queues, preshow videos and comedic dialogue that set up the fundamental plot: Gru schemes to create more mischievous Minions from human recruits.

Guests will be transported into Gru’s house as they meander through his living room and encounter visual elements as seen in the film – including the moon-shrinking SR-6 shrink ray – while they zig zag through a zany adventure featuring Gru’s super-villain laboratory.  The exciting journey continues as they swerve, bounce and plunge to get through the frantically humorous Minion training mission while donning specially designed 3D Minion goggles.  Fun and frolic continue in a post-show dance party where Minion walkaround characters invite guests to strut their stuff in an impromptu Minion-inspired dance party.

“Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” was produced in collaboration between Universal Creative and Illumination Entertainment, and was recently honored as Best Animated Special Production at the 2012 Annie Awards, which recognizes Outstanding Achievements in the field of Animation.

Universal Studios Hollywood SM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk® entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event arena.  World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” indoor roller coaster and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” as well as the award-winning, critically acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride—3D.”

By Universal Studios Hollywood

RELATED LINKS
http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will celebrate its Hollywood Pantages Premiere with a limited three week engagement; June 3 – 22, 2014.

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 NATIONAL TOUR

 

 

STARRING DIANA DeGARMO AS “NARRATOR”

AND ACE YOUNG AS “JOSEPH”

 

NEW NATIONAL TOUR WILL CELEBRATE HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES PREMIERE

THREE WEEKS ONLY - JUNE 3 – 22, 2014

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – The Independent Presenters Network is delighted to announce that JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will celebrate its Hollywood Pantages Premiere with a limited three week engagement; June 3 – 22, 2014.  Casting is complete for this new national tour, which will be directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-Winner Andy Blankenbuehler.

 

Individual tickets for JOSEPH will go on sale to the general public on Sunday March 30th at 10am at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  The Hollywood Pantages is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.

 

As previously announced, Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo (Narrator) and Broadway star Ace Young (Joseph) will head up the cast, which will feature Paul Castree as Simeon, William Thomas Evans as Jacob/Potiphar, Brian Golub as Reuben, Will Mann as Judah and Ryan Williams as Pharaoh.

 

The ensemble will include Chip AbbottAmanda BraunJonathan BurkeClaire CampRichard CeratoVincent D’EliaLisa FinegoldLili FroehlichSasha HollingerBrandon HudsonPatrick John MoranMark RolandDavid RossettiLeigh SchefflerChristine Cornish SmithBrett StoelkerTricia TanguyMatthew Tiberi and Katie Whetsell.

 

Husband-and-wife team Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo first met when they shared the Broadway stage in the 2009 revival of HAIR.  “I am so excited to star as ‘Joseph’ alongside Diana,” said Ace.  “It’s great to be back! I too am so excited to star alongside Ace in the very role I once looked up to years ago as a child in the choir,” added Diana.

 

One of the most enduring shows of all time, JOSEPH is the family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.  JOSEPH is the first collaboration of composerAndrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King).  JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story which has been enjoyed by scores of audiences for decades, and includes such memorable songs as Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do andClose Every Door.

 

The production design team includes scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by John Shivers andDavid Patridge, projection & video design by Daniel Brodie, music supervision by David Kreppel and music direction by Wayne Green.

 

The National Tour of JOSEPH is produced by the Independent Presenters Network.

 

The performance schedule for JOSEPH is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.  Opening Night is Wednesday June 4th at 8pm.

 

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

 

Individual tickets for JOSEPH will start at $25.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

For more information on JOSEPH, please visit www.JosephTheMusical.com/USTour.

 

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

 

#    #    #

BIOS

 

DIANA DeGARMO (Narrator) From Broadway to the Hollywood Bowl, Diana is no stranger to the stage.   At 16, she stole America’s heart on “Idol” before becoming the first alum to star on Broadway.  Starring in such shows as HAIR (where she met her husband Ace Young), 9 to 5Brooklyn: The MusicalHairspray and The Toxic Avenger, she then moved to Los Angeles to play the role of “Angelina,” a fan favorite on the number one daytime series “The Young and the Restless.”  In 2008, she released an acoustic EP “Unplugged in Nashville,” and recently released a Country EP “Live To Love,” composed of songs co-written with Ace.  She is so excited to star alongside him playing the very role she once looked up to years ago when she was just a child in the choir.  It’s great to be back!  Many thanks to Headline Talent Agency, Ellis Talent Group and our dog Rosie.

 

ACE YOUNG (Joseph) This athletic, 6’1″ runt of 5 boys moved to Los Angeles from Boulder, CO, over ten years ago to pursue a career in music.  Since then, Ace has worked with musical stars ranging from Brian McKnight to Desmond Child.  He is a Grammy-nominated songwriter with number one hits in the U.S. and Sweden.  Ace has performed for the masses at festivals, concerts, parades, bars and hole-in-the-wall joints around the world.  After being a contestant on “Idol,” he pursued a Broadway career, starring first in Grease and then in HAIR, where he met his wife, Diana DeGarmo.  They recently released a Country EP “Live To Love,” composed of songs co-written by the two of them.  Other television credits include “Bones” and “Planet 360.”  Truly comfortable in the spotlight, he is so excited to star as ‘Joseph’ alongside his new wife.  Many thanks to Headline Talent Agency, Ellis Talent Group and our dog Rosie.

 

ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER (Direction and Choreography) Broadway: In The Heights (Tony Award), Bring It On (Tony nomination), 9 To 5 (Tony nomination), The People In The PictureThe Apple Tree, and the revival of Annie. Other work includes: Fly (DTC), The Wiz (City Center), Desperately Seeking Susan (West End), “Sesame Street,” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Future projects include Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and Only Gold with Kate Nash.  Mr. Blankenbuehler has performed on Broadway in FosseContactMan of La ManchaSaturday Night FeverSteel PierBig and Guys and Dolls. He resides in New York City, with his wife Elly and two children, Luca and Sofia.

 

INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK (Producer) is a consortium of 50 members who present live entertainment worldwide. Recent Broadway/London/U.S. Tours: Kinky Boots, MatildaJekyll & HydeLa Cages Aux Folles, Wonderland, 9 to 5, Ragtime, Frost/Nixon, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Spamalot, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands.

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 

Dates:                                     JUNE 3 – 22, 2014

                                               

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

 

Performance Schedule:        Tuesday – Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

 

Opening Night:                      Wednesday June 4th at 8pm

 

Individual Tickets:                Individual tickets will start at $25

On Sale March 30th at 10am             Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

           

Parental Advisory:                 Recommended for All Ages

In consideration of audiences, no one under 5 admitted to the theatre

 

Tickets:                                  Online:             HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com

On Sale March 30th at 10am             Phone:             1-800-982-2787

In Person:        Hollywood Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am)

and all Ticketmaster Outlets

Description:  Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo and Broadway star Ace Young will head up the cast of the new touring production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.

 

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The first collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan DaysAny Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

Disney’s ‘Lion King’ returns to the Los Angeles at the Pantages in Hollywood, circle of life continues in time for the holidays.

News from the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood

The Los Angeles –  return of Disney’s THE LION KING opened Friday at at the Hollywood Pantages for a limited eight-week engagement through January 12, 2014.  Hollywood Pantages General Manager Martin Wiviott says “The Circle of Life is once again complete as THE LION KING returns to its Los Angeles home.  From its initial debut here in 2000 until now, the excitement and enthusiasm for this spectacular stage production hasn’t diminished, but has instead grown by leaps (of the gazelles) and bounds.  All of us here at the Hollywood Pantages look forward to a holiday season full of good cheer and great theatre.  Welcome home, Lion King!”

Individual tickets for THE LION KING may be purchased online at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  The Hollywood Pantages is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.  Groups of 15 or more may inquire about pricing and availability by visiting www.PantagesGroups.com or calling 1-866-755-3075.  Premium Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

 The Holiday Performance Schedule is as follows: November 29 – December 1, 2013: Friday at 2pm & 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 1pm.  December 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014: Monday & Thursday at 7:30pm,Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.

Photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy Pantages Theatre

THE LION KING began as a 1994 animated feature-length film developed and produced by the Walt Disney Company.  The story, a coming of age parable set among animals indigenous to its setting, the African savanna, tells the tale of Simba, the lion cub who rises to be the King of the jungle.

The production features Patrick R. Brown as “Scar”, L. Steven Taylor as “Mufasa”, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as “Rafiki”, Nick Cordileone as “Timon”, Andrew Gorell as “Zazu”, Ben Lipitz as “Pumbaa”, Jelani Remy as “Simba”, Nia Holloway as “Nala”, Keith Bennett as “Banzai”, Rashada Dawan as “Shenzi” andRobbie Swift as “Ed.”

The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Jordan A. Hall and Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Nya Cymone Carter and Zyasia Jadea Page.

The North American touring productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 15 million theatergoers and grossed over $1 billion to date.  Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its Los Angeles return at Hollywood Pantages.

ABOUT THE LION KING

In its 17th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant; it is the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 21 global productions have been seen by more than 70 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 104 years.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.  Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway and on tour across North America, in Tokyo and on tour in Japan, in London’s West End and on tour throughout the UK, and in Hamburg, Madrid and Sao Paolo.  To date, THE LION KING has played 98 cities in 17 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

 

Among the most successful titles in entertainment history, with a cumulative gross in excess of $5 billion, the stage production of THE LION KING has already earned more than the biggest hit films in movie history: more than the Lord of the Rings trilogy combined, more than the six Star Wars films combined, and more than Avatar and Titanic, the two highest-grossing films in movie history, combined.

The award-winning musical will celebrate a new milestone in December 2013 when it returns to Australia, making it the tenth concurrent worldwide production ofTHE LION KING, the highest number of productions running at any one time in the show’s history.

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony® Awards:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical.  THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.  The first woman to win a Tony® Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show in Las Vegas, Madrid and the UK tour and just completed casting the Brazilian production in Sao Paolo.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include:  Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

THE LION KING has a running time of 2 hours and 40 minutes, including intermission, and is recommended for ages 6 and up.  (Please note that all persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.)

Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

For more information on THE LION KING, please visit www.LionKing.com.

 

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING, please visit the Hollywood Pantages’ official website,www.HollywoodPantages.com.

 

 

 

 

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 

Dates:                                       NOVEMBER 20, 2013 – JANUARY 12, 2014

                                               

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

 

Performance Schedule:            Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30pm

                  Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

Weekday Matinees at 1pm on 11/27 & 1/8/14

 

Holiday Performances: November 29 – December 1, 2013

                  Friday at 2pm & 8pm

                  Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

                  Sunday at 1pm

 

                  December 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014

                  Monday & Thursday at 7:30pm

                  Friday & Saturday at 8pm

                  Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 2pm

                  Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

 

Running Time:                         2 Hours and 40 Minutes including Intermission

 

Parental Advisory:                    Recommended for Ages 6 and Up

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

 

Tickets:                                    Online:              HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com

Phone:              1-800-982-2787

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

Ticket prices subject to change without notice

Description:  Experience the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you’ll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.”  Good Morning America calls it “The most exciting, most inventive, most moving theater that has ever come to Broadway!” Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensationNewsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.”

On location with Santa Clarita’s own Hollywood Story

Filming news from The City of Santa Clarita

Record Year for Santa Clarita Film Office

Explore the Web

Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) was another record year for the Santa Clarita Film Office.  The Film Office is proud to report more than 1,000 film days for the first time ever as well as an increase in the economic impact to the local community compared to the previous fiscal year.

  • Film Days up 18% – 1069 in FY 12/13 vs. 909 in FY 11/12
  • Economic Impact up 22% – $25.7 million in FY 12/13 vs. $21.1 million in FY 11/12
  • Permits down 1% – 368 in FY 12/13 vs. 372 in FY 11/12
  • Film Days up 18% – 1069 in FY 12/13 vs. 909 in FY 11/12
  • Economic Impact up 22% – $25.7 million in FY 12/13 vs. $21.1 million in FY 11/12
  • Permits down 1% – 368 in FY 12/13 vs. 372 in FY 11/12

Movie Ranches Annexed into City

With the approval of the South Sand Canyon annexation in April, the City of Santa Clarita welcomed Sable Ranch, Rancho Maria and A Rancho Deluxe into the City of Santa Clarita and the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone (MOZ).  Of the 692 acres included in the annexation, 540 acres were dedicated movie ranch properties.  The City created the MOZ as a way to support existing production and film businesses while attracting new production and film companies.  Benefits of filming at these movie ranch properties include reduced permit fees, expedited permit processing and no notification required!

Disney ABC Studios at the Ranch

The Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch project received unanimous approval from the L.A. County Planning Commission in June.  The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will vote for the project’s final approval within the next two-to-three months.  The project will bring soundstages and new production facilities to Golden Oak Ranch and will create thousands of new jobs and an enormous economic benefit throughout L.A. County and Santa Clarita.

 

( Golden Oak Ranch, Walt Disney Co. / May 22, 2012 )

A close-up view of the fortress built at the ranch for “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

Cameras are rolling at various locations throughout Santa Clarita each and every week.  Here are some of the productions that have recently been shooting around town and where they filmed.

Commercials:

  • Honda – Canyon Theater Guild, Main Street
  • Toyota – Sable Ranch, Happy Valley neighborhood, Veteran’s Historical Plaza
  • Verizon – College of the Canyons

Feature Films:

Music Videos:

  • Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” – Sand Canyon area home

Television Shows:


On Location: The Los Angeles video project. What is your LA?

 

The Santa Clarita Film Office is working with New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), a non-profit organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers. The Los Angeles Video Project is a multimedia program hosted by NFMLA that celebrates and enlists LA’s remarkable pool of filmmakers to act and serve as Ambassadors and share what these artists call their LA; an insider perspective into this diverse, cosmopolitan city and its neighborhoods. Click through to NFMLA to learn more about how to submit your video and share, What is your LA?

Now Playing/Coming Soon

 

If you live or work in Santa Clarita, chances are you’ll see something familiar next time you go to a movie theater or turn on your TV.  Check out these movies and shows and see if you can spot the Santa Clarita locations!

List of Current Locally Based Shows

The Santa Clarita Film Office is pleased to welcome a new locally based show Chasing Life(formerly Terminales), a one-hour drama series being added to ABC Family’s roster of original programming. The series starts production in July and will premiere on ABC Family in early 2014.

http://www.studiosattheranch.com/

‘Catch Me If You Can’ Lands at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, March 12 – 24, 2013

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN THE PANTAGES THEATRE MARCH 12 – 24, 2013

Hollywood, Calif. – CATCH ME IF YOU CAN comes to The Pantages Theatre March 12 – 24, 2013Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life.2042.jpg
With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer — living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end…and finds something he never expected.
This delightfully entertaining musical has been created by a Tony Award®-winning “dream team,” with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), a swinging score by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Hairspray), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) and direction by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).Don’t miss this big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love…and in deep, deep trouble!Individual Tickets: CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW!
Or Call 800-982-ARTS (2787)Price Range: Prices start at $25
Parent Advisory: Ages 10 and Up (children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre)
FRANK ABAGNALE JR. INTERVIEW WITH CNN
Frank W. Abagnale Jr. recently sat down with the folks at CNN to discuss the driving forces behind his book “Catch Me If You Can”, which later became a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg and a recent Broadway hit soon coming to the Pantages Theatre in March 2013!http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/showbiz/2012/05/30/orig-jtb-red-chair-frank-abagnale.cnn#/video/showbiz/2012/05/30/orig-jtb-red-chair-frank-abagnale.cnn

http://www.citylifecommunications.com

Idol alum Constantine Maroulis Stars in Jekyll and Hyde The Musical at the Pantages in Hollywood

Hollywood, Calif. – The Nederlander Organization is proud to announce that the Four-Time Tony Nominated Musical Sensation JEKYLL & HYDE will play the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a limited 3 week engagement February 12 – March 3, 2013. This engagement marks a unique opportunity for Los Angeles theatre goers as the Pantages Theatre dates are part of a 25-week pre-Broadway national tour. JEKYLL & HYDE will return to Broadway in April 2013.

Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis will star in the title dual role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, alongside Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox as Lucy.

Tickets for JEKYLL & HYDE may be purchased online at www.BroadwayLA.org or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.

Conceived for the stage by Tony and GRAMMY Award nominee Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, the four time Tony Award Nominated musical JEKYLL & HYDE features a book & lyrics by two-time Oscar winner, Emmy winner and four-time Tony Award Nominee Leslie Bricusse, music by Frank Wildhorn, and will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award Nominee Jeff Calhoun.

After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story from Oscar and Grammy winner Leslie Bricusse and Tony and Grammy Award nominee Frank Wildhorn returns in a stunning new production that includes all the classic songs (This is the Moment, A New Life, Someone Like You) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed JEKYLL & HYDE into a theatrical phenomenon.

The musical is based on the acclaimed novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, about a London doctor who accidentally unleashes his evil alternate personality in his quest to cure his father’s mental illness.

JEKYLL & HYDE also stars Teal Wicks (Wicked) as Emma Carew, Laird Mackintosh (Mary Poppins) as John Utterson, Richard White (Beauty and the Beast, Most Happy Fella) as Sir Danvers Carew and David Benoit (Avenue Q, Les Miserables) as Bishop/Spider.

Rounding out the company are Stephen Mitchell Brown, Jerry Christakos, Dana Costello, Wendy Fox, Brian Gallagher, Sean Jenness, Mel Johnson Jr., James Judy, Ashley Loren, Courtney Markowitz, Aaron Ramey, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Rob Richardson, Blair Ross, Doug Storm, Haley Swindal and Jason Wooten.

JEKYLL & HYDE was first introduced as a concept album in 1990 featuring Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder, and shortly thereafter had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston starring Chuck Wagner as Jekyll/ Hyde and Linda Eder as Lucy. Following a 30-city National Tour, the Broadway production opened at The Plymouth Theatre on April 28, 1997 and earned four Tony Award nominations. Directed by Robin Phillips and choreographed by Joey Pizzi, the production starred Robert Cuccioli, who earned a Tony Nomination as well as Joseph Jefferson, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for his portrayal of Jekyll/ Hyde, Linda Eder, who won the Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut, as Lucy and Christianne Noll as Emma Carew. After 1,543 performances, and featuring such replacements as Sebastian Bach and David Hasselhoff in the title role, the production played its final performance on January 7, 2001. The show’s popularity catapulted well beyond the Great White Way and, within the subsequent decade of its world premiere, JEKYLL & HYDE became an international sensation with multiple tours in the UK and North America, and over a dozen recordings from Germany, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Japan and South Korea, among others.

JEKYLL & HYDE features scenic & costume design by Tobin Ost (Newsies), lighting design by Jeff Croiter (Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher – Tony Award), sound design by Ken Travis (Newsies) and projection design by Daniel Brodie (Godspell). Orchestrations are by Kim Scharnberg. Musical supervision and arrangements are by Jason Howland.

JEKYLL & HYDE is produced by Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Independent Presenters Network, Chunsoo Shin, Luigi Caiola and Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley.

The performance schedule for JEKYLL & HYDE is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Opening Night is Wednesday February 13th at 8pm. Please Note: There is no evening performance on Sunday March 3rd.

JEKYLL & HYDE has a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes including intermission and is recommended for ages 13 and up. (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)

Orchestra level tickets for JEKYLL & HYDE start at just $25. Prices are subject to change without notice.

For more information on JEKYLL & HYDE, please visit www.JekyllAndHydeMusical.com.

For tickets or more information about JEKYLL & HYDE’s Los Angeles engagement, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website, www.BroadwayLA.org.
BIOGRAPHIES

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS (Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde) played the lead role in a three-year run in Broadway’s Rock of Ages and received a Best Actor Tony nomination and a Drama League nomination for his performance. Constantine made his Broadway debut in the Tony-Nominated production of The Wedding Singer and was recently seen in the title role of the hit production of Toxic Avenger at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. Constantine was a finalist on the fourth season of American Idol. He played the role of Roger Davis in the national tour of RENT. Constantine co-starred in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. He was a series regular on the CBS daytime drama The Bold and The Beautiful, which featured original songs from his debut album “Constantine,” released on his own label, Sixth Place Records. Other television credits include Law & Order, The Tonight Show, America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Conan, Ellen, Regis & Kelly, MTV and many more. In 2011, he was presented with both The Gabby Award and The Elios Award, which recognizes the excellence Greek Americans have achieved in various fields. Constantine appears in the Warner Brothers feature film, Rock of Ages starring Tom Cruise. Constantine graduated from the Boston Conservatory and apprenticed at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. @ConstantineM

DEBORAH COX (Lucy) A multi-platinum selling and a multi-talented entertainer, Cox has conquered the R&B and pop charts, including six top-20 Billboard R&B singles, an impressive eleven (11) #1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart and the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical, Aida. Cox will return to Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde as Lucy in 2013 and Josephine as Josephine Baker in 2014. While singing with Celine Dion, Cox was discovered by the infamous Clive Davis and instantly signed to Arista records.

Her platinum selling debut album Deborah Cox was released in 1995 and earned her an American Music Award nomination. She won her first of 3 Juno Awards including a Female Vocalist of the Year nomination. In 1998 she followed up with the release of her second CD One Wish. From this, came the double platinum “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” which held the record for being the longest running #1 R&B Single for 14 consecutive weeks and earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination, a Soul Train Award, A Lady Of Soul Award, Best Female vocalist Juno nomination and a Billboard Music Award Nomination for R&B Single Of The Year. Her second single “We Can’t Be Friends” also went to #1 on Billboard’s singles chart. Deborah has performed all over the world including The World Music Awards in 2010. She has sung with Andrea Bocelli, toured with David Foster and Friends, The Isley Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Josh Groban and Sarah Mac Lachlan with Lilith Fair. She was also invited to perform for First Lady Michelle Obama and most recently asked to perform for President Obama. In 2000, Deborah collaborated with Whitney Houston to record the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Houston’s Greatest Hits CD. Deborah’s third album, The Morning After was released in 2002 with “Up & Down (In & Out)” co-written with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. In 2002, Deborah received another Juno nomination for Best Dance recording. In 2003, her fourth album Remixed was released featuring her Billboard chart- topping dance remixes. In 2012, Deborah garnered her 11th number one Billboard Dance single with “If It Wasn’t For Love.” In addition to roles in both film and television, Deborah released her fifth album, Destination Moon, the Grammy nominated tribute to the legendary Dinah Washington in 2007 (Universal). That same year she also received The Civil Rights Award from the New York Senate for her efforts in the fight for Human Rights and equality. In 2008, she formed Deco Recording Group and released her sixth studio album The Promise. This album was nominated for Best Soul Recording at The Junos and gave her another #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart with the international hit “Beautiful U R.” Behind the scenes, Deborah received two Genie Award nominations for songs she’d written in the film Love Come Down which she also starred in alongside Larenz Tate. She has recorded singles for several film soundtracks including Akeelah and the Bee, Hotel Rwanda, Kingdom Come, Money Talks, A Good Man is Hard To Find and Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns.”
FRANK WILDHORN (Co-Conceiver and Music) Multi-Grammy and Tony Award nominated composer/producer Frank Wildhorn’s works span the worlds of popular, theatrical, and classical music. In 1999, Frank became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War. Also for Broadway: Dracula, Victor/Victoria, Wonderland, and Bonnie & Clyde (Tony Award nominated for Best Score). Frank produced Harlem Song at the famed Apollo Theatre. International: Cyrano, The Count of Monte Cristo, Carmen, Rudolf, Mitsuko, Never Say Goodbye, Camille Claudel, and Tears of Heaven. Frank served as music director for the Goodwill Games in New York City (1998). He wrote the song “Gold”, the opening number for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Received the prestigious Charles Dickens Award from USC, where there is a scholarship under his name. Among the artists who have recorded and performed Frank’s works: Whitney Houston (#1 international hit “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”), Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Linda Eder, Freddie Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Stacy Lattisaw, Molly Hatchet, Blues Traveler, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, Amy Grant, Anthony Warlow, to name a few. Associate artist at the Alley Theatre in Houston. Father to Justin Samuel and Jake Ryan.

LESLIE BRICUSSE (Book and Lyrics) is an author-composer-lyricist who has contributed to many musical films and plays during his career earning him two Oscars and a Grammy Award. At Cambridge University, he co-authored, directed and performed in his first two musical shows, Out of the Blue and Lady at the Wheel, both of which made their way to London’s West End. While performing in An Evening with Beatrice Lillie at the Globe Theatre, he wrote his first musical, Boy On The Corner, and the screenplay and score of his first motion picture, Charley Moon, which won his first Ivor Novello Award. His subsequent stage musicals include Stop The World – I Want To Get Off; The Roar Of The Greasepaint – The Smell Of The Crowd; Pickwick; Harvey; The Good Old Bad Old Days; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Henry’s Wives; Scrooge; Sherlock Holmes; Noah’s Ark; Sammy; Cyrano De Bergerac; Kennedy; Victor/Victoria and It’s a Dog’s Life! He has written songs and/or screenplays for such films as Doctor Dolittle; Scrooge; Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Superman; Victor/Victoria; Santa Claus – The Movie; Home Alone I & II; Hook; Tom & Jerry – The Movie; various Pink Panthers and The Great Music Chase. He has been nominated for ten Oscars, nine Grammys and four Tonys, and has won two Oscars, a Grammy and eight Ivor Novello Awards, the premiere British Music Award. Bricusse’s songs have been recorded by many major artists, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis, Jr. (who recorded 60 Bricusse songs), Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Andy Williams, Bobby Darin, Bette Midler, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Robert Goulet, Ray Charles, Ethel Merman, Placido Domingo, Jennifer Holliday, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Linda Eder, Diana Krall, Maroon 5, Michael Bublé, The Black-Eyed Peas, Muse, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. In 1989 he received the Kennedy Award for consistent excellence in British songwriting, bestowed by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and was inducted into the American Songwriters’ Hall of Fame – only the fourth Englishman to be so honoured – after Noel Coward, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. H.M. the Queen conferred on him The Order of the British Empire in 2001.

JEFF CALHOUN (Director and Choreographer) Broadway: Disney’s Newsies (director, 2012 Tony nomination for Best Direction), Bonnie & Clyde (director/choreographer), Grey Gardens (musical staging), Deaf West’s Big River (director/choreographer; 2004 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre), Brooklyn (producer/director/choreographer), Annie Get Your Gun (co-choreographer with Graciela Daniele; 1999 Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease (director/ choreographer; 1994 Tony nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite! (directing debut), The Will Rogers Follies (associate choreographer). West End/ international: Disney’s High School Musical 1 & 2: On Stage! (director). Regional/ national tour: Disney’s Newsies (Director: World Premiere), Paper Mill Playhouse; Jane Austen’s Emma: A Musical Romantic Comedy (director/choreographer), The Old Globe; Bonnie & Clyde (director/musical staging; 2009 San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical), Asolo Rep Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse; Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical (director/ choreographer), first national tour; Deaf West’s Pippin (director/choreographer), Mark Taper Forum; Disney’s High School Musical: On Tour! (director), Disney Theatrical; The Civil War (director), Ford’s Theatre. Jeff is an Associate Artist at Ford’s Theatre.

NEDERLANDER PRESENTATIONS, INC. (Producer) Nederlander Presentations is the producing arm of a family company that is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary. Under the aegis of Chairman, James M. Nederlander and President, James L. Nederlander, the company owns/operates nine Broadway theatres in New York and a chain of legitimate theatres and amphitheaters around America and in London. The Nederlanders are also award-winning producers of Broadway and touring productions currently including Evita, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the current revival of Annie.

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Dates: FEBRUARY 12 – MARCH 3, 2013

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

Performance Schedule: Tuesday – Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm*
Please Note: There is no evening performance on Sunday March 3rd

Ticket Prices: Orchestra level tickets start at just $25
Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

Running Time: 2 Hours and 20 Minutes including Intermission

Parental Advisory: Recommended for Ages 13 and Up
In consideration of audiences, no one under 5 admitted to the theatre

Tickets: Online: BroadwayLA.org or Ticketmaster.com
Phone: 1-800-982-2787
In Person: Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am)
and all Ticketmaster Outlets

Description: American Idol star and Tony® Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins with Grammy® Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox to inject new life into the classic tale of good and evil, JEKYLL & HYDE. After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story from Oscar and Grammy winner Leslie Bricusse and Tony and Grammy Award nominee Frank Wildhorn returns in a stunning new production directed by Tony Award Nominee Jeff Calhoun and includes all the classic songs (This is the Moment, A New Life, Someone Like You) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed JEKYLL & HYDE into a theatrical phenomenon.
IP TUESDAYS – Tuesday Feb 19th

Get the VIP treatment! Join us for VIP TUESDAYS sponsored by LAArtsOnline.com and brought to you by Broadway / L.A. and the Pantages Theatre. Offer includes: Tickets to see JEKYLL & HYDE Starring Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox, VIP after party in the theatre lobby — with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Geisha House, Sugar Fix Bakery, Evian, Leese-Fitch, and Voli — and more fun surprises!
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

http://www.broadwayla.org/production/show.info.asp?ID=82

HOLLYWOOD’S WALK OF FAME CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY AMID A ‘CONSTELLATION OF STARS’: GALA, TIME CAPSULE WRAPS YEAR LONG CELEBRATION

By Margie Anne Clark

Hollywood, Calif. – Hollywood luminaries lit up Tinseltown Wednesday during an evening that celebrated the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s 50th anniversary – culminating a year long celebration of Hollywood’s legacy as the Entertainment Capitol of the world.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Mickey Rooney and his wife Jan address a crowd of fans during the Hollywood Chamber’s 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood and Highland. Photo by Margie Anne Clark/Los Angeles Life and Style

Memories of the storied Hollywood Boulevard were brought vividly to life by stars whose careers spanned the Golden Era of Hollywood. Mickey Rooney and his wife Jan address a crowd of fans during the Hollywood Chamber’s 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood and Highland. Photo by Margie Anne Clark Among the celebrity guest speakers was Mickey Rooney, an iconic actor with more than 350 film credits to his name, and four stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Mickey Rooney and his wife Jan salute guests after being introduced to the crowd during the festivities inside the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom. Photo by Margie Anne Clark/Los Angeles Life and Style

Rooney, a World War II veteran, flanked by his wife Jan at the podium, lauded the Hollywood community for its outstanding achievements in film and television, while giving a nod to U.S. veterans and soldiers. Rooney and his wife salute guests after being introduced to the crowd during the festivities inside the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom. Photo by Margie Anne Clark

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Mark Steines introduces Hollywood’s iconic celebrities. Photo by Margie Anne Clark/Los Angeles Life and Style
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Barbara Eden and David Hasselhoff were among the luminaries who attended the gala. Photos by Margie Anne Clark /Los Angeles Life and Style

Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart touched on her 30 year career during the cocktail portion of the evening after being introduced by her ET co-host Mark Steines. Mary Hart, host of Entertainment Tonight addresses guests. Photo by Margie Anne Clark Mark Steines introduces Hollywood’s iconic celebrities. Photo by Margie Anne Clark Barbara Eden and David Hasselhoff were among the luminaries who attended the gala. Photos by Margie Anne Clark Image and video hosting by TinyPic Throughout the evening, celebrities and dignitaries alike, bestowed praise upon Hollywood’s honorary Mayor, the late great and one and only, Johnny Grant, whose work and enthusiasm for all that is Hollwyood was instrumental in the creation of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The evening of dining, entertainment and celebration recognized all Walk of Fame Star honorees and raised funds for the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the Walk of Fame. The Chamber honored all those who have received stars on the Walk of Fame and invited all who had received their stars to participate this historic event which included the unveiling of a plaque beneath which lies a time capsule which is slated to be opened in the year 2060. A sumptuous fare of dinner was provided by Wolf Gang Puck. Presenting Sponsor for the event was Loreal Paris and the media sponsor of the evening was Entertainment Tonight. http://www.loreal.com/dispatch.aspx? http://www.etonline.com/ http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/ http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/

ACTOR MARK WAHLBERG HONORED WITH 2,414TH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME-HONOR COINCIDES WITH THE RELEASE OF “THE OTHERGUYS”

By Margie Anne Clark

“Let’s keep the energy going for Mark Wahlberg,” an easygoing Will Ferrall exclaimed to the crowd of fans as he joked and gave a hilarious, irreverent and everyman speech, declaring Wahlberg “a great family man and a great dude.” Emcee Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler was also on hand to introduce Mark Wahlberg who was presented with a star in the motion picture category.The star ceremony coincided with the release of Sony Pictures’ action-comedy “The Other Guys,” in which Wahlberg stars opposite Ferrell. The film depicts Ferrell as Detective Allen Gamble and Walhberg as Detective Terry Hoitz. They’re not heroes – they’re “the Other Guys.” But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into New York City’s biggest crime. The film opens nationwide on Friday.Image and video hosting by TinyPicMark Wahlberg poses with his wife Rhea Durham and children, from left, Ella, Grace, Michael and Brendan, as he is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk on July 29.

Born Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg, the actor was the youngest of Alma & Donald Wahlberg’s nine children, was born June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts.

Wahlberg’s remarkable film career began with Penny Marshall’s Renaissance Man and The Basketball Diaries with Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a star turn opposite Reese Witherspoon in the thriller Fear. He has enjoyed playing diverse characters for visionary filmmakers such as David O. Russell, Tim Burton and Paul Thomas Anderson. His breakout role in Boogie Nights established Wahlberg as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. He later headlined Three Kings and The Perfect Storm with George Clooney and The Italian Job with Charlize Theron. He then starred in the football biography Invincible with Greg Kinnear, and in Shooter, based on the best-selling novel Point of Impact. He reunited with The Yards director James Gray and co-star Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night, which he also produced. In 2008, he starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening and also in Max Payne.

Wahlberg earned Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for his standout performance in Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed drama The Departed.

He appeared recently in director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones and in a cameo role in the comedy Date Night. Later this year, he will star in The Fighter for director David O. Russell.

Wahlberg is also executive producer of the HBO series “Entourage,” “In Treatment,” and “How to Make It in America,” for which he has received six Golden Globe and three Emmy nominations. “Boardwalk Empire,” his next producing project with Martin Scorsese, will premiere on HBO this fall.

A committed philanthropist, in 2001 he founded the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation which benefits inner-city youth.

LATE KING OF SWING LOUIS PRIMA HONORED ON HOLLYWOOD’S WALK OF FAME’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY STREET FESTIVAL

LATE KING OF SWING LOUIS PRIMA HONORED ON HOLLYWOOD’S WALK OF FAME’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY STREET FESTIVAL - JULY 26, 2010

By Margie Anne Clark
Hollywood, Calif. – Louis Prima must have been smiling in heaven as his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled Sunday, on what would have been the iconic King of Swing’s 100th birthday.

Set amidst the bustling backdrop of the Ricardo Montalban Theater on Hollywood and Vine, the unabashed spirit of Prima shook the pavement as the late jazz singer’s son, Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses – and the lovely Sarah Spiegel dazzled the crowd with such familiar ballads as “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” “Buona Sera, Zooma-Zooma,” “Jump,Jive And Wail.” Prima’s children, Louis Prima Jr. and Lena Prima accepted the Star on behalf of their legendary father.

The late Prima’s centennial star unveiling coincided with the day-long “Walk the Walk” Community Festival in Hollywood Honoring the Hollywood Walk Of Fame’s 50th Anniversary.

Louis Prima remains one of the greatest contributors to popular music and a powerful entertainment influence during the past eight decades.

Pictured above, Louis Prima Jr. poses by his father’s star and trumpet on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star unveiling was held in conjunction with the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s 50th anniversary and in commemoration of what would have been Louis Prima’s 100th birthday.  (Photo by Margie Anne Clark, Los Angeles Life and Style/City Life Communications.)

A new era of music began when Louis left his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana and launched his recording career in 1933 in Chicago with upbeat renditions of Dinah and Chinatown. He defined the early Swing Era in New York and Hollywood with his New Orleans Gang and had an incredible output of recordings and appearances in films and on stage between 1934-39.

The Prima recordings of It’s The Rhythm In Me, Lazy River, and his own immortal composition Sing, Sing, Sing (also a Benny Goodman hit) had legions of fans swing dancing from The Famous Door on 52nd Street in New York to the hottest spots in Hollywood. The swing trend escalated and grew thanks to Prima’s driving force. His music skyrocketed in popularity, eventually surpassing the sales of the number one band at the time, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians. Louis and his twenty-two piece orchestra scored a tremendous hit in 1944 with a million-seller entitled Angelina.

He topped the charts throughout the Big Band Era with Majestic, Hit, RCA, and Robin Hood label recordings of Robin Hood, I’ll Walk Alone, Josephina, Please No Squeeza Da Banana, Baciagaloop, Felicia No Capicia, Civilization, Oh Babe, and many others.

The King of Swing made entertainment history during this time, breaking all house attendance records wherever he performed across the nation.

During the golden age of jazz, Prima composed A Sunday Kind of Love in 1946, and the song became a hit during four decades and six different musical genres including Swing, Doo-Wop, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, and Country! The song would appear on the charts for many other prominent artists who also recorded this Prima standard.

With his musical comedic flair, Prima was one of the founding fathers of the Las Vegas entertainment scene. He downsized his big band in 1954, and created a small group that he named The Witnesses. Prima’s shuffle beat, combined with New Orleans Jazz, was a predecessor to what became the Rock & Roll sound of the 1950s.

The string of hits on Capitol Records that followed included ‘Just a Gigolo,/I Ain’t Got Nobody, ‘Buona Sera, Zooma-Zooma, Jump,Jive, And Wail, When You’re Smiling,’ and many others. Louis was also awarded the first Grammy award in the Vocal Group category for his knockout rendition of ‘That Old Black Magic’ with Keely Smith and Sam Butera & The Witnesses in 1958.

In 1963, he fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams: Prima Magnagroove Records, his own recording studio and record company. He would record for his Prima Label from 1963 through 1975.

During his five decade career, Louis Prima recorded almost one thousand individual recordings released on 26 different labels.

Louis provided the voice of King Louie in the award-winning Disney production of The Jungle Book in 1966.The film was nominated for an Oscar, and Louis received a gold album for the soundtrack recording.

Louis Prima continued to break attendance records at The Sahara Hotel, The Sands Hotel, The Hilton and Tropicana Hotels in Las Vegas, Harrah’s Reno and Lake Tahoe, The Copacabana in New York, and prominent venues throughout the country during the 1960s and 1970s.

He also appeared constantly on every mainstream television show including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Joey Bishop Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Dean Martin Show, The David Frost Show, and many others. His final musical projects were uncompleted score and dialogue sessions for the Disney film The Rescuers.

The diagnosis of a benign brain tumor in late 1975 promptly halted his very active recording and performance schedules. The surgery that followed would send Louis into a semi-comatose state until his death in 1978.

His legend and music live on in full force. Louis’ award winning composition Sing, Sing, Sing was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982. ASCAP posthumously awarded Louis their prestigious Songwriter’s Award for A Sunday Kind Of Love in 1989. Artists as diverse as David Lee Roth, Reba McEntire and Brian Setzer would bring Prima’s music to the top of the charts in the 80s and 90s.

In 1998 The Gap stores brought Louis to the attention of a new generation with their television commercial featuring a song that Louis wrote and recorded entitled ‘Jump, Jive an’ Wail.’

Popular modern performers such as Jessica Simpson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Royal Crown Revue and many others have constantly covered Louis’ music.

His ground-breaking Capitol album, The Wildest, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The Louis Prima Capitol Collectors Series compilation CD was certified gold by the RIAA and his Live From Las Vegas CD landed on the Billboard Top Jazz Album chart in 2005.

The Louis Prima Centennial Celebration is underway throughout the year of 2010 for the millions of Prima fans at special events spanning the globe, on radio stations around the world, and online.

This landmark year also brings several special honors recognizing Louis Prima for his many entertainment contributions along with his music featured in the 2010 Olympics, in several major motion pictures, television shows, commercials and video games!

Special commemorative editions of the classic and exclusive Prima Label recordings by Louis Prima now available on remastered compact discs at www.LouisPrima.com. Louis Prima, Jr. and Lena Prima continue to perpetuate their father’s grand tradition of exhilarating live performances, thrilling standing-room-only audiences from coast to coast.

For more information about Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses visit:http://louisprimajr.com/review/late-king-of-swing-louis-prima-honored-on-hollywoods-walk-of-fame/
For information on the “Walk the Walk” festival and other 50th Anniversary celebrations visit www.WalkofFame50.com.

http://louisprimajr.com/review/late-king-of-swing-louis-prima-honored-on-hollywoods-walk-of-fame/