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Eighties themed ‘Rock of Ages’ returns to the Pantages for limited engagement, March 20-25, starring Dominique Scott as Drew in anticipation of New Line Cinema’s summer film release starring Tom Cruise in the movie version.
Hollywood, Calf. – Following a highly successfully L.A. premiere this past February 2011, ROCK OF AGES, the five-time Tony Award® nominated smash-hit musical, will return to Los Angeles for a strictly limited, face-melting one week engagement March 20 – 25, 2012 at the Pantages Theatre. L.A. audiences were so amped during the show‟s premiere engagement that it was clear those die-hard fans who continued singing “Don’t Stop Believin’” down Hollywood Boulevard as they left the Pantages Theatre hadn‟t been rocked hard enough!
Tickets for ROCK OF AGES may be purchased online at www.BroadwayLA.org 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.
Leading the cast of ROCK OF AGES are Dominique Scott as Drew, Shannon Mullen as Sherrie, Matt Ban as Dennis, Matt Nolan as Stacee Jaxx, Justin Colombo as Lonny, Stephen Michael Kane as Franz, Amma Osei as Justice, Phillip Peterson as Hertz, Katie Postotnik as Regina and Chris Sams as Mayor / Ja‟Keith.
Rounding out the company are Joey Elrose, Wesley Faucher, Lisa Finegold, Tymisha “tush” Harris, Alyssa Herrera, Patrick Joyce and Danny McHugh.
It’s 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer – and in L.A.‟s most legendary rock club, they fall in love to the greatest songs of the „80‟s. It‟s ROCK OF AGES, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more.
Los Angeles paints the backdrop for ROCK OF AGES both on stage and throughout its development. The King King club is the Hollywood Boulevard nightclub where the earliest incarnation of ROCK OF AGES opened in July of 2005. After playing four shows over two days at King King, the show played one show in August 2005 at the Warner Brothers soundstage in Los Angeles. In January 2006, the show premiered at the Hollywood nightclub, The Vanguard, where it played for six weeks.
ROCK OF AGES‟ New York story began off Broadway in the fall of 2008, and success lead to the Great White Way. ROCK OF AGES opened April 7, 2009 on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The show received widespread critical acclaim and became the sleeper hit of the season, capturing five 2009 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. In July 2009, New Line Records released the Original Broadway Cast Recording, featuring 28 songs from the show.
The Hollywood rags-to-riches story of ROCK OF AGES appears to have some staying power. A New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. film of the musical, directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), is scheduled to be released this June. The film will star Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin Julianne Hough and newcomer Diego Boneta as “Drew”.
ROCK OF AGES is directed by Tony Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer). With a book by Chris D‟Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), original arrangements by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do) and the Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia).
ROCK OF AGES features set design by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design by Craig Cassidy (Phantom, Mamma Mia), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair).
ROCK OF AGES is produced by Phoenix Entertainment.
The performance schedule for ROCK OF AGES is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.
ROCK OF AGES has a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes including intermission and is recommended for ages 14 and up. (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)
Orchestra level tickets for ROCK OF AGES start at just $25. Prices are subject to change without notice.
For more information on ROCK OF AGES, please visit www.RockOfAgesMusical.com.
For tickets or more information about ROCK OF AGES‟s Los Angeles engagement, please visit the Pantages Theatre‟s official website, www.BroadwayLA.org.
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Hollywood, Calif. – Continuing with Hollywood’s 125th birthday celebration, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that music legend Paul McCartney will be honored with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. McCartney’s star will be lined up on the famed walk alongside his fellow Beatles, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon in front of the famed historic Capitol Records building located at 1750 N. Vine Street.
The event coincides with McCartney’s forthcoming release of Kisses on the Bottom. A concert will stream live on Thursday from Capitol Studios.
Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on June 18, 1942. He was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute. Having changed the world of music forever with The Beatles, McCartney has continued to push boundaries for more than 40 years as a solo artist, member of Wings, Brit award-winning classical composer, half of the experimental project The Fireman, and composer for the New York City Ballet with last year’s classical work Ocean’s Kingdom. His newest adventure is Kisses On The Bottom (out February 7 on Hear Music/Concord),a collection of standards beloved to Paul since childhood as well as two new McCartney compositions ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts.’ Created with the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band—as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder—Kisses On The Bottom is the first record in McCartney’s historic oeuvre to feature him almost exclusively on vocals.
Since writing his first song at the age of 14, McCartney has always followed his own unique muse while changing the course of musical history. It’s borderline ludicrous to attempt to describe the past, present and future impact of The Beatles and their legendary albums Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles For Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (a/k/a The White Album), Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It Be—so suffice to say that The Beatles’ 1 compilation was the biggest selling album of the first new millennial decade of 2000-2010.
Paul’s output through the ‘70s to the present has been one of unflagging energy and influence, debuting as a solo artist with 1970’s timeless McCartney followed by 1971’s rustic classic RAM by Paul and Linda McCartney,then with Wings efforts including the currently Grammy-nominated Band On The Run, Venus and Mars, Wings at The Speed Of Sound and London Town, and following that as a solo artist again, with highlights including the ahead-of-its-time 1980 reinvention McCartney II, 1982’s Tug Of War, 1989’s Flowers In The Dirt, 1997’s Flaming Pie, 2005’s Chaos And Creation In The Backyard and 2007’s Memory Almost Full. In 2008, The Fireman, his collaborative project with revered producer Youth, released Electric Arguments, which generated rave reviews, yielded a live favorite of the current McCartney set list in ‘Sing The Changes,’ and topped the Billboard Independent Album Charts.
A 14-time Grammy winner and recipient of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards, McCartney’s list of accolades reads like no other: 2012 will see Paul adding MusiCares Person of the Year to this unrivalled list when this special award is presented to him on February 10. It will recognize both his incomparable creative achievements and his lifelong commitment to charitable work, which includes decades’ worth of philanthropic activities for PETA, LIPA, One Voice, The Vegetarian Society, Nordoff Robins and Adopt-A-Mine-Field—not to mention his participation in historic benefit concerts including Live Aid in 1985, The Concert for New York City in 2001, and Live 8 in 2005.
McCartney’s many other citations have included the 2008 Brit award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, an honorary doctorate of music from Yale University, his 1999 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and of course being knighted in in 1996 by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music. He is the first-ever British recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize For Popular Song. He is also a Kennedy Center Honoree. 2012 and, as ever, brings an infinite set of new possibilities for Paul McCartney. If any new musical frontier awaits—be it an entirely new musical medium or genre, a city or song he’s never played before, or something the cleverest among us has yet to imagine–rest assured Paul is already on his way there… www.paulmccartney.com For more information and to view who shares a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit www.walkoffame.com
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Hollywood, Calif. – William Shatner will bring his one man show SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT (www.shatnersworld.com) to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles for one performance only on March 10 at 8pm. Tickets go on sale February 4th at 10:00 a.m. The show comes to L.A. direct from Broadway, where it will play a three week run at the Music Box Theatre from February 14 – March 4.
Tickets for SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT start at just $39.00. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available that include prime seating, a limited edition numbered tour poster and access to a post-show Meet & Greet with a opportunity for signing and photo with William Shatner. Prices are subject to change without notice. Tickets for SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT may be purchased online at www.BroadwayLA.org 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 is open Tue-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm.
The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur, known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film.
“I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road and playing for audiences across the country, says William Shatner. “It’s taken me 80 years to get this show right! “
SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT is produced by Innovation Arts & Entertainment; Larry A Thompson Organization; Adam Troy Epstein; Larry A Thompson; Seth Keyes; and Josh Sherman. The show is directed by Scott Faris. Other creative team members include: Edward Pierce, Scenic Design; Ken Billington, Lighting Design; and Peter Fitzgerald, Sound Design.
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William Shatner is an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, philanthropist and horseman. In 1966, he originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the TV series Star Trek, which spawned a film franchise where he returned as Kirk in seven of the movies, one of which he directed. He played the title role in the hit series T.J. Hooker before hosting TV’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911. He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane on The Practice and Boston Legal and received four more Emmy nominations as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nods. His interview series, Shatner’s Raw Nerve, aired on Bio, and he recorded the critically acclaimed album Has Been. The Milwaukee Ballet performed “Common People,” which was set to songs from the record; the event is featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet. Seeking Major Tom, featuring a number of heavy metal covers and songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd, was released last year. Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers.
His autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times best-seller, and Shatner Rules was released in 2011. His comic book series,William Shatner Presents is based on his novels Tek War, Man O’ War, and Quest for Tomorrow, along with a new title: Chimera. He has also been successful in another area – horse breeding. A dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had enormous success with the American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions and has won numerous world championships in several events. He united his passions for horses and philanthropy with the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, benefitting L.A.-based children’s charities. He appeared on Broadway in A Shot in the Dark, The World of Suzie Wong, and Tamburlaine the Great. And no, there is nothing this man does not do.
2012 U.S. Tour Dates
March 10 Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre
March 11 San Francisco, CA Orpheum Theatre
March 13 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theater
March 15 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
March 16 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
March 18 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
March 20 Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
March 22 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
March 23 Houston, TX Jones Hall
April 12 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
April 13 Cincinnati, OH Proctor and Gamble Hall
April 14 Cleveland, OH State Theatre
April 15 Columbus, OH Ohio Theatre
April 17 Charlotte, NC Blumenthal Center
April 19 Detroit, MI Opera House
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Record breaking Smash Musical Chicago returns to LA for two week run, exclusively at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, May 15-27
Hollywood, Calif. – CHICAGO, the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival will return to Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre for a strictly limited two-week engagement May 15 – 27, 2012. After her critically-acclaimed debut as “Roxie Hart” on Broadway and in London’s West End, Christie Brinkley, one of the world’s most successful supermodels, will make her highly-anticipated Los Angeles debut this spring as she reprises her killer role in this six-time Tony Award-winning musical smash hit when it plays the Pantages Theatre.
CHICAGO Producer Barry Weissler said: “We are thrilled to welcome Christie and her incredible dedication, focus and determination that she exhibits… I’m excited to share with audiences the stellar performance that she delivers.”
Throughout her phenomenal career as one of the country’s most successful and recognizable supermodels, Christie Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide. But more than that, she also excels as an artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist, environmentalist and political activist. Christie Brinkley recently launched a line of natural skin care products as part of her new company, Christie Brinkley Beauty. Combining her modeling experience with her artistic talents and diverse interests, Christie’s career over the years has been interesting and dynamic.
A Ford model for over thirty years, Christie was discovered by a photographer in Paris at the age of eighteen. Since then, she has become the first model to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated for three consecutive years, and appeared in the publication’s annual swimsuit issues and television specials for years to follow.
In 1976, CoverGirl gave Christie her first “big break” in modeling with a contract, which launched the start of a 20-year partnership that marks the longest-running cosmetics contract of any model in history.
Christie is known for her commitment to health and fitness. Christie wrote and illustrated a health and beauty book, Christie Brinkley’s Outdoor Beauty and Fitness Guide which topped The New York Times bestseller list.
On the big screen, she made her acting debut in 1983 opposite Chevy Chase in the hit feature film National Lampoon’s Vacation and its 1997 sequel, Vegas Vacation. She has also famously appeared in Billy Joel’s classic music videos “Uptown Girl,” “Keeping the Faith” and “All About Soul,” as well as Mick Jones’ music video “Just Wanna Hold.”
On television, Christie has appeared on NBC’s “Mad About You” and hosted Lifetime Television’s “InStyle Celebrity Weddings,” which became the highest rated special in Lifetime’s history. She has also been featured in Vh1’s “Pop Culture Icons” series. Christie has been the subject of many documentaries including the HBO program “Beautiful Baby, Beautiful,” Lifetime’s “Intimate Portrait” and “Barbara Walters’ Oscar Night Special.” Christie is an active member and dedicated supporter/activist for many organizations including UNICEF’s Art and Entertainment Support Committee, Handgun Control, Ovarian Cancer, Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Cousteau Society, Southern Poverty Law, The Wilderness Society and stopglobalwarming.org. She currently lives in New York with two of her three children, Sailor Lee and Jack Paris. Her daughter, actress/singer Alexa Ray Joel, lives in New York City.
Tickets for CHICAGO may be purchased online at www.BroadwayLA.org 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.
Now in its 16th year on Broadway, the record-breaking smash hit musical CHICAGO is now the fourth longest-running production in Broadway history. With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.
Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. CHICAGO is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler. For more information on CHICAGO, please visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com.
The performance schedule for CHICAGO is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. CHICAGOhas a running time of 2 hours and 30 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.)
For tickets or more information about CHICAGO’s Los Angeles engagement, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website, www.BroadwayLA.org.
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Beverly Hills, Calif. – The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, will present a panel discussion of Fox’s Bones – a procedural drama centering on an FBI agent and the forensics anthropologist who helps him solve cases, but the real science here is chemistry, as in the crackling interplay between these two characters, and the charismatic actors who portray them. Emily Deschanel is the brilliant-but-socially-inept Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan; David Boreanaz is Agent Seeley Booth. While Bones hews to convention with a compelling crime-based mystery every week, the attraction is the mystery of the human heart, particularly the emotional awakening of Brennan as she falls deeper and deeper in love with the intuitive, socially facile Booth. The combination has proved beguiling, as Bones is in the midst of season seven. The series was created by Hart Hanson, and inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist/author Kathy Reichs, who serves as producer.
Tickets go on sale to Paley Center Members on Feb. 1 at 9:00 am PT
On Sale to General Public on Feb. 3 at 9:00 am PT
March 8, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
7:00 pm PT
Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills
Panel to be announced.
Written by Margie Anne Clark
Hollywood, Calif. – Michael Jackson’s star power shined bright as luminaries, fans and family members alike gathered on Thursday to honor the memory of the King of Pop in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, ushering in a new era of Jackson’s legacy and his extraordinary contributions to the world of music and dance.
“For me, and I think I speak for him as well, this right here is his lifetime achievement award,” said Jackson’s oldest son Prince, standing tall and proud in front of throngs of fans and media beneath Southern California’s sunny blue sky as fans cheered from the grandstands of closed-off Hollywood Boulevard. His voice strong, firm and steady, Prince added, “This is what he strived to get, and this is what we are giving him now today.”
Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson carried the torch of their superstar dad, literally in his footsteps, immortalizing him with their their father’s signature sparkling glove and dancing shoes imprinted in cement not far from Michael Jackson’s star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
The star-studded event marked the kick-off of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour opening tonight at the Staples Center (January 27-29) in Los Angeles. Joining the ranks of stars paying homage to the late icon were Justin Beiber, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, comedian Chris Tucker, along with Glee cast members and Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush who emceed the festivities.
Amid cheers, Bieber, introduced by Paris, took to the stage, reflecting his late great predecessor, aptly singing his own a cappella rendition of Jackson’s youthful hit song of the 1970’s Rockin’ Robin.
“He was more than an entertainer, he was an inspiration,” said an exuberant Bieber, who said he wished he could have met his pop star idol in person.
Michael Jackson’s children were accompanied by their grandmother, Katherine Jackson and uncles Tito Jackson and Jackie Jackson, former members of the famed Jackson 5, enjoying the festivities as much as the fans.
Along with Bieber’s performance and other celebrity appearances, the event featured a colorful preview of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal, with fedora and feather clad troupe members showcasing an electrifying medley of Jackson’s unforgettable hits.
Ticket Information for Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour can be found by visiting the Cirque du Soleil website at http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/michael-jackson-tour/tickets.aspx
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Hollywood, Calif. – Michael Jackson’s three children Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson, will be on hand to today to immortalize and honor the King of Pop’s legacy. The ever more public trio will use their father’s glove and dancing shoes to make the imprints in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, near the Michael Jackson’s star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The ceremony coincides with Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour,” which makes its Los Angeles debut Friday night at at the Staples Center (January 27-29) in Los Angeles.
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Ko OLINA, Hawaii (January 19, 2012) – There’s lots and lots of fun for all ages at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. Everyone – adults, teens and kids – can enjoy amazing adventures with one of the greatest pools on Oahu, the secluded beach and lagoon, guided excursions and activities, delectable dining and enchanting entertainment.
And now Aulani offers a sixth night free plus complimentary breakfast,* when guests book a five-night consecutive stay at the spectacular oceanfront resort with a touch of Disney magic. Now there’s an opportunity to experience even more of the resort’s family activities, world-class entertainment and dynamic water playground.
With this special offer, guests can extend their stay and also enjoy complimentary continental breakfast daily in the resort’s lounge, The ‘Ōlelo Room. The continental breakfast features a selection of fruits, pastries, coffee and hot teas, plus the opportunity to learn some Hawaiian language in the popular ‘Ōlelo (“Word”) Room lounge which features wooden sculpture representations of common objects and labels that convey their Hawaiian names.
This Aulani special spring offer is available for purchase now through February 29, 2012. Visit DisneyAulani.com or call toll-free (800) 824-1146 and mention offer code E7D. This offer will be available for stays most nights* from March 1 through March 17, 2012; and April 15 through May 31, 2012.
Set on a beautiful lagoon along the coast of Oahu, Aulani welcomed its first guests on Aug. 29, 2011. The family vacation paradise offers something for everyone in an unforgettable experience combining the beauty and spirit of the Hawaiian islands with the magic of Disney storytelling and guest service.
Each day of their stay, Aulani guests can customize their experience – relaxing on the beach or in the 18,000-square foot Laniwai spa, playing in the pools and snorkeling at Rainbow Reef, or discovering the island on special excursions. Among the unique experiences at Aulani are the Makai Preserve stingray adventure, the Painted Sky teen lounge and spa, and the Menehune Bridge, a water play area full of fun and surprises. Aulani also features two signature restaurants – the oceanfront, full-service ‘AMA ‘AMA and the buffet-style Makahiki – offering foods inspired by Hawaii.
Young guests even have their own kids’ club, Aunty’s Beach House. Here children can explore Hawaiian culture through supervised entertainment, including interactive touch tables, wildlife and nature programs, arts and crafts, Disney movies and traditional Hawaiian games.
Aulani is situated upon 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina, adjacent to a nine-acre, crystal-blue lagoon and white-sand beach. Ko Olina is 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and less than an hour from Waikiki Beach. When all phases are complete, Aulani will include 359 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas in two towers, each featuring rooms that offer thrilling views of the ocean, mountains and the magnificent, lush surroundings.
*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offer excludes suites and three-bedroom Grand Villas. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than two (2) adults per room. Offer applied once per reservation and not valid for previously booked rooms. Check for offers for other lengths of stay. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and subject to room occupancy limitations. Advance reservations required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Breakfast entitlements expire upon checkout, and are for guests ages 3 and older in the traveling party.
About Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Uniquely designed for families and inspired by the wonders and traditions of Hawaii, Aulani is a family paradise with a touch of magic. Aulani offers kids, adults and families Hawaiian vacation experiences with a special magic that only Disney can create. Delightful rooms and spacious Disney Vacation Club villas, a perfect location on a beautiful beachfront lagoon, and renowned Disney service and enchanting entertainment let dreamers of every age savor their time together on Hawaii as never before.
By Margie Anne Clark
Hollywood, Calif. – Born May 9, 1923, Hollywood’s Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant is perhaps best remembered as one of Hollywood’s most enthusiastic supporters for more than 50 years. On Jan. 9, 2012, Hollywood marked the fourth anniversary of Grant’s passing with a wreath on his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
His legacy of service lives on and the honorary mayor remains one of Hollywood’s most beloved icons. With his signature deep radio voice and affable charm, Grant arrived in Tinseltown as a young man during Hollywood’s Golden Era of the 1940s.
“I was inspired by Mickey Rooney and the boys when I came out to Hollywood as a G.I.,” Grant told me in 2003 on his 80th birthday. “I knew I was never going to live anywhere else but here,” Grant reminisced.
Always hands on with all of his projects, Grant went on to serve as Chairman of the USO Selection Committee and the Hollywood Historic Trust. He not only created what was to become part of Hollywood’s history, but had been a long-time supporter for preserving Cinema City’s past. To that end, Grant was appointed to a four-year term on the City of Los Angeles’ Cultural Heritage Commission.
When spectacular Hollywood special events were presented, more often than not Johnny Grant could be found at the helm. He served as chairman and executive producer of the Hollywood Centennial Celebration, orchestrating Hollywood’s year-long 100th birthday extravaganza. He added his special charm and touch to many a Hollywood Christmas Parade, helping to direct festivities and recruiting stars. During the 2004 parade, he brought me on board as a volunteer and I observed Hollywood’s honorary mayor at work driving himself on his speedy golf cart making sure everything would be on cue.
“You carefully pick your projects and give them all you’ve got,” Grant told me. “I think you’ve got to enjoy what you do, and I certainly do.”
His dedication to the USO was legendary. In service to his country, Grant holds the record for having appeared in 56 USO shows – more than anyone in Hollywood history. Grant embraced the USO from the very start when he made his first appearance in 1950 at the encouragement of his good friend Bob Hope, who marked his his 100th birthday back on May 29, 2003. Grant toured with Hope on numerous USO tours. Of his iconic colleague Grant said, “Bob always saw the positive side of things.”
During Hope’s 100th birthday celebration Grant reminisced, “That ski nose was more than just a prop and he could sniff out more information on the goings-on at camp upon first arriving. He always hit it right on the nose.”
Of his last USO tour to Guantánamo Bay in 2007, Grant remained a dedicated as ever. He toured the facility flanked by an entourage of beautiful Victoria Secret models – his quick sense of humor ever in place. “It’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it,” Grant said.
In the last days of his life, the legendary luminary of the stars reflected, “I was born to live in Hollywood.” He later was noted as saying; “If I died tomorrow, I know I had one of the best lives anyone could ever imagine…”
Thank you Johnny, for living your life to the fullest. Hollywood salutes you!
Margie Anne Clark is a Los Angeles based writer. She can be reached at email@example.com