Feb 082018
 
Hana S. Kim 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award Recipient

Hana S. Kim receives the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award during the 28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on January 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

 

HANA S. KIM SELECTED AS 2018 SHERWOOD AWARD RECIPIENT

 

Center Theatre Group’s $10,000 Award Supports Emerging L.A. Theatre Artists

 

Center Theatre Group recognizes and celebrates the recipient of the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award, Hana S. Kim, for her exceptional contribution to the Los Angeles theatre landscape and her work as a ground-breaking and adventurous artist.

Created in memory of Richard E. Sherwood, the $10,000 award aims to cultivate emerging theatre artists working in Los Angeles who push the formal and aesthetic boundaries and demonstrate dedication to improving their respective artistic fields. The recipient of the $10,000 award was announced at the 2018 Ovation Awards on Monday, January 29, 2018, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. The two additional finalists, Gina Young and Marsian De Lellis, will receive a $2,000 honorarium.

Hana S. Kim is a live performance set and projection designer with a background in film design. Her designs have received Stage Raw Awards, StageSceneLA Awards, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards and Helen Hayes Awards, as well as nominations for the Ovation Awards and Theatre Bay Area Awards. Hana’s most recent work includes projection design for “Steal A Pencil For Me” directed by Omer Ben Seadia at Opera Colorado, scenic and projection design for “Eva Trilogy” directed by Loretta Greco at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco and “The Christians” directed by Hana Sharif at Baltimore Center Stage. She is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and recipient of Princess Grace Award in Theatre Design.

Originally created in 1996, the Sherwood Award has met a vital need in the theatre landscape to support emerging artists.

Richard E. Sherwood was a patron of the arts with a special appreciation for emerging artists who are in the vanguard of theatre. He was president and then chairman of the Center Theatre Group Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The award is established as an endowed fund at Center Theatre Group by his family, friends, colleagues and fellow board members, to honor Sherwood’s passionate commitment to theatre.

Past recipients of the Richard E. Sherwood Award include lighting designer Pablo Santiago, Miwa Matreyek of Cloud Eye Control, Sean Cawelti of Rogue Artists Ensemble, Miranda Wright of Los Angeles Performance Practice, Lars Jan of Early Morning Opera, lighting designer Christopher Kuhl and costume designer Ann Closs-Farley, among others.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

 

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Jan 292018
 
The Paley Center For The Media Los Angeles

The Paley Center For The Media Los Angeles

 

THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL LINEUP FOR PALEYFEST LA, MARCH 16-25, 2018

35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WILL OPEN WITH A PALEYFEST ICON TRIBUTE TO
THE LEGENDARY BARBRA STREISAND

 

Lineup Includes: The Casts of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon on the Same Stage; The Good Doctor; The Handmaid’s Tale; Mom; The Orville; Queen Sugar; Riverdale; Silicon Valley; Stranger Things; Supernatural; and Will & Grace

 

Citi Returns as the Official Card with Presale Tickets On Sale Today to Citi Cardmembers

 

The Paley Center for Media announced the lineup for PaleyFest LA 2018 which will mark thirty-five years as the premier television festival. Running March 16-25, at the iconic DOLBY Theatre, the milestone anniversary celebration will include the cast and creative teams of today’s most acclaimed and hottest television shows, and will open with a PaleyFest Icon Tribute to the legendary Barbra Streisand.

“PaleyFest LA 2018 will feature the very best that television has to offer including Emmy Award-winning comedies and dramas, intriguing sci-fi mysteries, and the acclaimed revival of one of television’s most beloved shows,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We’re especially proud to honor Barbra Streisand as this year’s PaleyFest Icon, and look forward to celebrating her numerous television accomplishments.”

PaleyFest LA will honor Ms. Streisand, who will take part in a special conversation illuminated by clips highlighting her groundbreaking work in television including her acclaimed Emmy Award-winning specials.

The PaleyFest LA 2018 lineup includes:

March 16: PaleyFest Icon Tribute to Barbra Streisand (7:30pm)
March 17: FOX’s The Orville (2:00pm)
March 17: NBC’s Will & Grace (7:00pm)
March 18: Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (2:00pm)
March 18: HBO’s Silicon Valley (7:00pm)
March 20: CW’s Supernatural (6:45pm)
March 21: CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon (7:30pm)
March 22: ABC’s The Good Doctor (7:30pm)
March 24: CBS’s Mom (2:00pm)
March 24: OWN’s Queen Sugar (7:00pm)
March 25: CW’s Riverdale (2:00pm)
March 25: Netflix’s Stranger Things (7:00pm)

PaleyFest LA benefits the Paley Center’s preservation and archival digitization efforts, and its ongoing mission to explore the significant impact of media on our culture and society. The Paley Center is home to the nation’s foremost publicly accessible archives of television and radio content, over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media, including collections that feature achievements in television by African-Americans, Hispanics, the LGBTQ community, and most recently the expanded collection of achievements by women in television.

Citi returns as the Official Card of PaleyFest, offering Citi cardmembers access to tickets at noon PT today before they go on sale to the public. To learn more and to purchase tickets please visit www.citiprivatepass.com/PaleyFestLA2018.

“We are proud to continue our support of PaleyFest and offer our cardmembers access to a stellar lineup of events that foster conversation about the significance of media and celebrate notable achievements,” says Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi.

In addition to Citi cardmembers, Paley Center Supporting, Fellow, and Patron Members can also purchase tickets starting today at noon PT. Tickets go on sale for Paley Center Individual Members on January 11 at 9:00am PT, and to the general public on January 12 at 9:00am PT. To purchase tickets, please visit paleyfest.org or download the Paley App at paley.me/app.

About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org.

 

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Jan 272018
 
Ain’t Too Proud

L-R: Ephraim Sykes, Jeremy Pope, James Harkness, Jared Joseph and Derrick Baskin in “Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. “Ain’t Too Proud” will be at the Ahmanson Theatre August 21 through September 30, 2018, as part of Center Theatre Group’s 2018-2019 Season at the Ahmanson. For more information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org. Photo by litwin.

 

“AIN’T TOO PROUD—THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS”
COMES TO THE AHMANSON THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES

Hit Musical Features Legendary Songs Including
“My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”

The Highest Grossing Show in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s 50-Year History
Runs at the Ahmanson Theatre from August 21 through September 30, 2018

 

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie announced that “Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations” will be presented as part of Center Theatre Group’s 2018-2019 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre. Produced by Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce, “Ain’t Too Proud” runs at the Ahmanson Theatre from August 21 through September 30, 2018 with the opening set for August 24.

“The Temptations’ music and moves are deeply woven into our consciousness but the band’s story is just as compelling,” said Ritchie. “I am happy that Ahmanson audiences will get to see this exciting new musical before it makes its way to Broadway.”
“Ain’t Too Proud” is the highest-grossing production in the 50-year history of Berkeley Repertory Theatre where the musical received its world-premiere – an engagement that had to be extended multiple times due to overwhelming popular demand.

With a book by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, “Ain’t Too Proud” features an iconic score made up of The Temptations’ legendary songs including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.” Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo, “Ain’t Too Proud” is a new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. A tale of friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later.

Quotes from the world premiere of “Ain’t Too Proud” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre:

“Throbs with grit and groove. Now more than ever, the magnitude of what the band accomplished, crossing over into the mainstream, and what they sacrificed to get there resonates. There’s nothing like the irresistible beat of The Temptations.”
– San Jose Mercury News

“Not Just Your Imagination: Temptations Musical Rocks! Richly textured, perfectly blended harmonies back lead vocals that somehow combine swaggering showmanship, meticulously honed technique, and emotion of almost unbearable intensity.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

The creative team includes Robert Brill (scenic design), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Peter Nigrini (projection design), Edgar Godineaux (associate choreographer), Charles G. LaPointe (hair and wig design) and Steve Rankin (fight direction). Orchestrations are by Harold Wheeler with music direction and arrangements by Kenny Seymour.

The cast of “Ain’t Too Proud” will be announced at a later date.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Bank of America is the season sponsor and Delta Air Lines is the official airline sponsor for Center Theatre Group’s 2018 – 2019 season at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Tickets for the 2018 – 2019 season, which includes “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Come From Away,” the Lincoln Center Theater production of “Falsettos” and “The Play That Goes Wrong,” are currently only available to renewing subscribers. The remaining
productions in the season will be announced at a later date. Current subscribers can call (213) 972-4444 or login to their account at CenterTheatreGroup.org to renew. To be placed on a priority waiting list for group sales, please call (213) 972-7231 and a representative will be able to assist and answer any questions.

Tickets and subscriptions for the 2017 – 2018 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre, which includes the “Soft Power” and “The Humans,” are available by phone at (213)972-4400 and online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Ahmanson.

 

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Jan 212018
 

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” Takes Center Stage in Los Angeles

Join Your Favorite Pups for a Heroic Musical Adventure

at Microsoft Theater May 5 & 6

 

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” At Microsoft Theater In Los AngelesPAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” based on hit preschool series PAW Patrol, which airs on Nickelodeon and is produced by Spin Master Entertainment, will visit Microsoft Theater on May 5 & 6, 2018. PAW Patrol Live!, presented by Pedigree, brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of The Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. Join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest when they visit Los Angeles! Tickets for all four performances are on sale now and can be purchased at www.axs.com or by phone at 888-929-7849.

Featuring a cast of everybody’s favorite PAW Patrol characters and presented by VStar Entertainment Group and Nickelodeon, PAW Patrol Live! shows that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and shares lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as the characters each use their unique skills and teamwork. The show includes two acts and an intermission, and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and packs.

“Using Bunraku, puppetry elements are built into costumes worn by real actors to create a wonderful combination of life-size pups and to make a stronger connection with the audience. The PAW Patrol cast sings and dances, which brings a fun, realistic parallel between the animated series and the live show,” says Jim Waters, producer, VStar Entertainment Group.

The performance features up-tempo music and a brand new cleverly written script that is a good introduction to live theater for kids. Classic theatrical scenery along with a high-tech video wall visually transports families to an authentic PAW Patrol environment, including locations from the TV series, like Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi’s farm and Jake’s Mountain. Special interactive video allows the audience to participate via interviews, solve clues with the Pups, follow Mayor Goodway and much more.

What: PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” Coming to Los Angeles!

When: Saturday May 5 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Sunday May 6 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Where: Microsoft Theater at 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tickets: $24, $40, $50, and $70. A limited number of $90 Gold Circle and $180 V.I.P. (Very Important Pup) Packages* are also available. Additional fees and special offers may apply. *V.I.P. Package features premium show seating, a commemorative lanyard and an after-show Meet & Greet with PAW Patrol Live! walk-around characters. Ticket prices are inclusive of a $5.00 facility fee.

Tickets are available at the Staples Center Box Office, www.axs.com or by phone at 888-929-7849.

For more information, please visit www.pawpatrollive.com, where you can also sign up to receive PAW Patrol Live! Tail Mail with tour updates and other ticket information. Become a fan of PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” at www.facebook.com/pawpatrollive/. Sponsored by Pedigree and State Farm.

VStar Entertainment Group is one of the leading multi-concept entertainment platforms, producers and promoters of family-friendly theatrical productions, exhibits, installations and events. Headquartered in the Twin Cities, VStar has presented more than 36,000 performances worldwide over the past 38 years, touring across 40 countries and entertaining nearly two million guests annually. The company owns, operates and promotes tours across the U.S. and internationally, including PAW Patrol Live!, a high-energy musical adventure based on the hit animated series that airs on Nickelodeon and is produced by Spin Master; Cirque Dreams, which combines a cirque-style of performance artistry with Broadway theatrics; and Dinosaur Time Trek, an interactive prehistoric-themed educational exhibit with attractions for the whole family.

Other VStar (formerly VEE Corporation) productions have included Sesame Street LIVE, a Broadway-quality musical production produced in cooperation with Sesame Workshop; Barney, Bear in the Big Blue House, Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED, Care Bears, Curious George, Dragon Tales, Hello Kitty, Kidz Bop and My Little Pony LIVE! Through its state-of-the-art production facility, VStar also creates turnkey, in-house solutions, including custom fabricated exhibits, large-scale sets, scenery, 3-D installations, mascots and costumes, serving as a third-party resource for professional sports teams, Fortune 500 companies and experiential marketing agencies. For more information, including current tours and a complete list of service offerings, visit www.vstarentertainment.com.

Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for more than 20 consecutive years. For additional information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB)

 

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Jan 202018
 

Brad Paisley Weekend Warrior World Tour Comes To Los Angeles

 

BRAD PAISLEY ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF WEEKEND WARRIOR WORLD TOUR

JANUARY 25 – LOS ANGELES – STAPLES CENTER

Special Guests include Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell

 

Country music superstar Brad Paisley has announced the continuation of his highly successful Weekend Warrior World Tour with dates added in 2018. The 27-date tour will kick-off on January 25 in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center and extend through April, with more dates to be added. Special guests will be Broken Bow Records Platinum-selling artist Dustin Lynch, RED BOW Records hit-maker Chase Bryant and fast-rising star and multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Ell.

Brad Paisley Weekend Warrior World Tour Comes To Los Angeles

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 21 of his 24 #1 hits including his most recent smash, “Today.” The song resonated with fans around the globe with the music video garnering over 43 million views, so far. “Heaven South” is his current single from his 11th studio album, LOVE AND WAR, which was released April 21. It is his 9th consecutive studio album to debut #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. On April 28 LOVE AND WAR was released as country music’s first ever visual album for a limited time exclusively on Apple Music and now is available on VEVO. Paisley contributed two instrumental tracks to the Disney•Pixar movie Cars 3, which hit theaters on June 16. He also has a song, “Stubborn Angels,” in the movie Same Kind of Different as Me, in theaters now. Paisley has partnered with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, and Sony Music Nashville, by launching 2017 Band Against Cancer. The campaign will spread the word of community-based treatment, options and support. Sarah Cannon has adopted Paisley’s #1 hit “Today” as the campaign’s 2017 theme song. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Connect with Brad at www.BradPaisley.com, www.Facebook.com/BradPaisley, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at YouTube.com/BradPaisley.

ABOUT DUSTIN LYNCH:

Since releasing his PLATINUM debut single, “Cowboys and Angels,” Lynch has been on a steady path toward superstardom with five consecutive #1s, three Top 5 albums, PLATINUM-level certifications and tours with the biggest names in Country music (Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Brad Paisley). Racking up over 115 million views on YouTube/VEVO, scoring 250 million-plus streams on Spotify, soaring to #1 on the MTV Music Meter, and selling 3 million digital tracks, he brings a fresh combination of traditional influence and edgy intensity to the genre. Following his sophomore album, WHERE IT’S AT(Broken Bow Records) – which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and has tallied over 1 million tracks sold to date – Lynch’s hotly-anticipated follow up, CURRENT MOOD, arrived September 8. Produced by Brent Anderson, Mickey Jack Cones, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, and Will Weatherly, the boldly adventurous project features the GOLD-certified, #1 singles “Seein’ Red” and “Small Town Boy,” and aims to push the envelope of Country music even further. Realizing his longtime dream of creating a fashion line, Lynch has also branched out to launch Stay Country. The line of accessibly-priced men’s and women’s shirts, hats, and accessories, all emblazoned with the distinctive Stay Country logo, can be found online at www.staycountryclothing.com.

ABOUT CHASE BRYANT:

One of the most celebrated new artists in today’s country music landscape, 24-year-old Chase Bryant was raised in Orange Grove, TX (pop. 1,200). Bryant’s grandfather played piano for Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-founded the group Ricochet. Conway, Merle, Petty, Vince, Bob Wills, Steve Wariner, Bryan Adams and more were early influences as were records by Keith Urban, Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes. Bryant’s second consecutive hit “Little Bit of You” rose to #3 on the country radio charts. His guitar-wielding Top 10 debut single “Take It On Back” spent 15 consecutive weeks on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown, seven weeks on the GAC Top 20 Country Countdown, and was a Top 20 Most Watched Video on VEVO TV Nashville. Internationally, the single was a Top 20 hit in Canada and earned the #1 spot on Australia’s CMC Countdown.

Bryant’s new high-energy single “Hell If I Know” is available now at all digital retailers and streaming partners. For more information visit: http://www.chasebryant.com

ABOUT LINDSAY ELL:

Named one of The Huffington Post’s “Top Country Artists to Watch,” Lindsay Ell is a triple threat: accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter. The Calgary native learned to play guitar while traveling with her father to country-bluegrass camps as a young girl. Ell honed her craft as a musical stylist and songwriter after being discovered by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman” / “Taking Care of Business”) who discovered her at the age of 13. The multi-instrumentalist was soon touring alongside the likes of Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, The Band Perry and Keith Urban, as well as wowing audiences as Carrie Underwood’s guitar player live on the “50th Annual CMA Awards” and holding her own alongside icon Melissa Etheridge on Skyville Live.
A 2016 CMT Music Award and multiple Canadian Country Music Award nominee, Ell exhilarated audiences from coast-to-coast as part of the 2016 CMT Next Women of Country Tour and Brad Paisley’s 2017 WEEKEND WARRIOR WORLD TOUR. Ell’s debut album The Project released on August 11 and debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen Soundscan Current Country Albums Chart. For more information visit: http://www.LindsayEll.com.

 

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Nov 122017
 
Something Rotten! At The Ahmanson Theatre

The cast of the touring production of “Something Rotten!” “Something Rotten!” is part of Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre and will be presented November 21 through December 31, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

 

“Something Rotten!”

 

Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Directed and Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

 

With 10 Tony nominations including Best Musical, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical.

DATES AND TIMES:
Opens Tuesday, November 21 at 8 p.m. through December 31
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.,
Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: No 8 p.m. performance on Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day). Added 2p.m. performance on Friday, November 24. No 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve). Added 2 p.m. performances on Wednesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 28.

 

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Nov 112017
 

Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night Tour

 

DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! – LIGHT UP THE NIGHT TOUR

HITS THE ROAD THIS WINTER COMING TO MICROSOFT THEATER IN LOS ANGELES ON MARCH 18

 

All New Show to Feature “Dancing with the Stars” Season 25 Dancers Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and More!

Tickets on Sale Now!

Following the success of “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights” and the 25th Season of Dancing with the Stars, America’s favorite dance show, produced by BBCWP, is going back on tour across America this winter with “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night.” Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live in Los Angeles at Microsoft Theater on March 18. This all-new production showcases every style of dance seen on ABC’s hit show produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, from sizzling salsas to elegant waltzes and high energy group numbers, plus original pieces choreographed by Emmy© winning choreographer Mandy Moore.

“Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night” features more of your favorite dancers than ever before, including Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, plus Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Hayley Erbert and Brandon Armstrong, with additional surprise casting to be announced.*

Captivating audiences across the country, “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night” kicks off on December 30th in Charlotte, NC and finishes on March 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA, giving fans the opportunity to experience the excitement, glamour and fun they see in the Dancing with the Stars ballroom every Monday night live in theaters in their very own hometowns.

Tickets for “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night,” are on sale now. To purchase tickets and to get the full list of tour dates, please visit dwtstour.com. VIP packages will be available through VIPNation.com, giving fans the chance to choose from a variety of packages offering premium tickets, meet and greet opportunities with the cast, exclusive merchandise and photo opportunities.

“Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night” is produced by Faculty Productions in association with BBC Worldwide.

“Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night” Tour Dates:

  • Dec 30: Charlotte, NC (Owens Auditorium)
  • Dec 31: Greenville, SC (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
  • Jan 2: Atlanta, GA (The Fox)
  • Jan 3: Richmond, VA (Altria Theater)
  • Jan 4: Philadelphia, PA (Tower Theater)
  • Jan 5: Kitchener, ON (Centre in the Square)
  • Jan 6: Rama, ON (Casino Rama)
  • Jan 7: Rama, ON (Casino Rama)
  • Jan 9: New Brunswick, NJ (State Theater)
  • Jan 10: Washington D.C. (MGM National Harbor)
  • Jan 12: Bethlehem, PA (Sands)
  • Jan 13: Bethlehem, PA (Sands)
  • Jan 14: Lancaster, PA (American Music Theater)
  • Jan 15: Lancaster, PA (American Music Theater)
  • Jan 16: Pittsburgh, PA (Bennedum)
  • Jan 18: New York, NY (Radio City Music Hall)
  • Jan 19: Verona, NY (Turning Stone)
  • Jan 20: Windsor, ON (Casino Windsor) *Matinee & Evening Show
  • Jan 21: Buffalo, NY (Sheas)
  • Jan 23: Bangor, ME (Cross Insurance Center)
  • Jan 24: Portland, ME (Merrill Auditorium)
  • Jan 25: Boston, MA (Wang)
  • Jan 26: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun)
  • Jan 27: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun)
  • Jan 28: Baltimore, MD (The Lyric)
  • Jan 30: Cleveland, OH (State Theater)
  • Jan 31: Columbus, OH (The Palace)
  • Feb 1: Cincinnati, OH (The Taft)
  • Feb 2: Indianapolis, IN (The Murat)
  • Feb 3: Rosemont, IL (Rosemont Theater)
  • Feb 5: Ames, IA (Stephens Auditorium)
  • Feb 6: Rockford, IL (Coronado)
  • Feb 7: Ft Wayne, IN (The Embassy)
  • Feb 8: Knoxville, TN (Knoxville Civic Auditorium)
  • Feb 9: Birmingham, AL (BJCC Concert Hall)
  • Feb 11: Nashville, TN (Opry House)
  • Feb 13: Sarasota, FL (Van Wezel)
  • Feb 14: Clearwater, FL (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
  • Feb 15: Hollywood, FL (Seminole Hard Rock)
  • Feb 16: Naples, FL (Hayes)
  • Feb 17: Jacksonville, FL (Times Moran)
  • Feb 18: Orlando, FL (Bob Carr Theater)
  • Feb 21: Austin, TX (Bass Hall)
  • Feb 22: Wichita Falls, TX (Wichita Falls Memorial Auditorium)
  • Feb 23: Dallas, TX (Fairpark Music Hall)
  • Feb 24: Sugar Land, TX (Smart Financial Center)
  • Feb 25: McAllen, TX (McAllen Performing Arts Center)
  • Feb 26: Midland, TX (Wagner Noel)
  • Feb 27: Amarillo, TX (Amarillo Civic Auditorium)
  • Mar 1: Albuquerque, NM (Popejoy)
  • Mar 2: El Paso, TX (Chavez Theater)
  • Mar 3: Phoenix, AZ (Comerica Theater)
  • Mar 4: San Diego, CA (Symphony Hall)
  • Mar 6: Riverside, CA (Fox Theater)
  • Mar 7: Riverside, CA (Fox Theater)
  • Mar 8: Stockton, CA (Stockton Arena)
  • Mar 9: San Jose, CA (City National)
  • Mar 10: Redding, CA (Redding Civic Center)
  • Mar 11: Eugene, OR (Hult Center)
  • Mar 13: Seattle, WA (WaMu Theater)
  • Mar 14: Spokane, WA (INB Center)
  • Mar 15: Boise, ID (Morriston Center)
  • Mar 16: Reno, NV (Grand Sierra)
  • Mar 17: Santa Barbara, CA (Arlington Theater)
  • Mar 18: Los Angeles, CA (Microsoft Theater)

*Cast subject to change.

“Dancing with the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8|7 c on the ABC Television Network.

About Faculty Productions
Faculty Productions, formed by veteran manager and producer Jared Paul in partnership with Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, produces and creates world-class live branded entertainment and concerts in partnership with the world’s largest media companies. Faculty Productions is responsible for some of the most successful recent global touring productions, including “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” (BBC Worldwide and ABC), “Move Live on Tour” (Derek Hough and Julianne Hough), “America’s Got Talent Live!” (Freemantle Media, Syco Entertainment and NBC), “The Sing-Off Live Tour” (Sony Pictures and NBC), “Glee Live! In Concert!” (FOX and Ryan Murphy Productions), “Big Time Rush Big Time Tour” (Nickelodeon/ Sony Music), “Mixtape Festival” (VH1 and Live Nation) and the “Boston Strong Benefit Concert” (ONE FUND and Live Nation).

About BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions is a key business division under BBC Worldwide North America – part of BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) – which operates as a studio in the U.S. and Canada. Based in Los Angeles, BBC Worldwide Productions develops and produces original content as well as scripted and unscripted projects based on BBC formats/brands across all platforms. The studio is responsible for the ratings juggernaut Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Top Gear America (BBC America), and the limited series, The Night Of (HBO).

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT TOUR VIDEO

 

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Oct 302017
 

Sensory Safety Kits Enable All To Enjoy The Show At Staples Center

 

Sensory Safety Kits Now Available at STAPLES Center

The downtown Los Angeles arena is now Sensory Accessible

 

Life is Washable, Inc. has provided STAPLES Center with “Sensory Safety Kits” for all STAPLES Center events to give all guests the best fan experience in Los Angeles. Loud noises and bright lights can make it difficult or confusing for an individual with Autism, Dementia or a Traumatic Brain Injury to enjoy an event. Friendly @ccess kits are designed to support individuals of all ages, with a variety of sensory needs, and their families, at all sporting events and concerts.

Each kit includes an assortment of useful tools to help individuals enjoy an event with greater comfort. Kits also include identification, in the event that an individual is separated from their family at the event. STAPLES Center staff is alerted and trained to the program, and can assist individuals in obtaining a kit, or throughout the venue, as needed.

These Sensory Safety Kits are the first of their kind available in the Los Angeles area, and each kit includes:

  • A small drawstring bag
  • A pair of noise reducing earmuffs and ear plugs
  • A pair of antiglare glasses
  • A small variety of sensory “fidget” toys
  • A communication card
  • Sanitizing wipes and tissues
  • Identification wristbands, stickers and card (The wristband can note family’s location and contact number in the case of confusion or separation. The sticker can alert other attendees that the individual have some difficulty.)
  • Venue Map (The venue map describes locations of quiet accessible areas, family restrooms, elevators, and emergency plans and exits)
  • Event Schedule (As available)

 

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Oct 282017
 

BRAIN CANDY LIVE! Starring Adam Savage And Michael Stevens Coming To Microsoft Theater

 

ADAM SAVAGE HAS JOINED FORCES WITH MICHAEL STEVENS FOR THIS ONE OF A KIND THEATER EXPERIENCE.

COMING TO MICROSOFT THEATER ON APRIL 12TH

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27TH AT 10AM

 

The one of a kind stage show BRAIN CANDY LIVE!, starring Adam Savage, editor-in-chief of Tested.com and former co-host of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” and Michael Stevens, creator of award-winning YouTube Channel “Vsauce”, will play Microsoft Theater on April 12. Now in its second year these two explosive minds bring their version of interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience to cities across the US. Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 27, 2017; for tour details and tickets, visit www.microsofttheater.com or www.braincandylive.com.

Adam Savage and Michael Stevens are master explainers, bringing along their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that literally has audiences shouting “more” after their favorites. Audiences are engaged and enthusiastic test subjects and participants as they spend two hours laughing, learning and exploring during a theatrical experience like no other. BRAIN CANDY LIVE! has been described as “A cross between TED Talks and Blue Man Group.”

Every night, Savage and Stevens literally can’t wait to unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun for each new audience. They’re inviting everyone to join-in and get their minds messy as their demonstrations leap off the stage. Adam and Michael’s BRAIN CANDY LIVE! experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein.

Smart is the new superpower and two of this planet’s most entertaining everyday heroes are coming to your town to rescue you and your family from boredom. Join them as they use their secret recipe of fun, surprise, excitement (and just a pinch of danger) to cook-up and deliver an explosive batch of magical Brain Candy to every mind in the audience.

Tickets are available at www.microsofttheater.com. For tour details and tickets, visit http://www.braincandylive.com/.

About Adam Savage
One of the most highly regarded and watched series on Discovery Channel, “MythBusters” ran for 14 earth-shattering years. Co-executive produced and Co-hosted by Savage, the show mixed scientific method with problem solving gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to confirm or bust myths, popular misconceptions and creating its own signature style of explosive experimentation. Today, in addition to creating content for his website Tested.com, Adam has become a proponent for making, working with the White House to encourage kids and adults alike to get their hands dirty. He’s also a regular at conventions across the country, where his elaborate and handmade costumes (such as Totoro at New York Comic Con) attract much attention … and hugs.

About Michael Stevens
Michaels’ passion for learning, science and making curiosity contagious led him to create Vsauce in 2010. The YouTube channel captures attention with fun questions like, “What Color Is A Mirror?” “Can You Count Past Infinity?” and “Why Are Things Creepy?” Now reaching a collective 17 million subscribers with video views in excess of 2 billion, Vsauce has grown into one of the largest educational networks on the web. Last year, it received the Webby for Best Science and Education Network.

About Michael Weber
Adam Savage, Michael Stevens and director Michael Weber are the brains behind Brain Candy. Widely respected for his innovation, problem-solving and storytelling abilities, Scientific American Magazine wrote, “Michael Weber is a walking Swiss Army Knife.” He has worked with a veritable “Who’s Who” of writers, directors and performers including Daren Aronofsky, Christian Bale, Don Cheadle, Wes Craven, Mos Def, Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, David Mamet, Errol Morris, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Julia Roberts, Aaron Sorkin, Martin Scorsese, George Wolfe and Robert Zemeckis. Weber’s work can be seen in dozens of plays and feature films including Forest Gump, Angels in America, The Parent Trap, The Illusionist, Top Dog Underdog, The Prestige, A Year of Magical Thinking and Ocean’s 13. Recent projects include a zero-gravity show to be performed on the International Space Station, an interactive candy store that allows kids to make a gumball travel over 250 miles an hour before they chew it and a magic show for the blind that takes place entirely in the dark.

About MagicSpace Entertainment
Brain Candy Live! is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year. They have offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT. www.magicspace.net

 

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Oct 262017
 
Dear Evan Hansen Will Be Part Of Ahmanson Theatre 2018 – 2019 Season

L-R: “Dear Evan Hansen” creative team Benj Pasek, Alex Lacamoire, Michael Greif, Steven Levenson and Justin Paul. “Dear Evan Hansen” will be a part of Center Theatre
Group’s 2018 – 2019 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Jenny Anderson

 

TONY-WINNING BEST MUSICAL

“DEAR EVAN HANSEN” ANNOUNCED AS PART OF

CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S 2018-2019 SEASON AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE

 

The Broadway Hit Comes to Los Angeles in the Fall of 2018

National Tour Which Launches in October 2018 Will Play More Than 50 Cities

Including Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles

 

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and Broadway producer Stacey Mindich announced that the first national touring production of the 2017 Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Dear Evan Hansen” will be part of Center Theatre Group’s 2018 – 2019 season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. The Broadway hit will come to Los Angeles in the fall of 2018, specific dates to be announced.

Center Theatre Group Producing Director Douglas C. Baker said, “All of us at Center Theatre Group are thrilled to bring ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to Ahmanson Theatre audiences. It’s that rare musical that is not only deeply moving and emotional but also entertaining, enlightening and delightful. Truly an unforgettable experience.”

The tour, which will launch in October 2018 at Denver’s Center for the Performing Arts (as previously announced), has also announced tour stops in Charlotte (Blumenthal Performing Arts), Chicago (Broadway In Chicago) and Buffalo (Shea’s Performing Arts Center). The tour will travel to over 50 cities in the first two years.

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award and Tony-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif. The original Broadway cast recording of “Dear Evan Hansen,” produced by Atlantic Records, was released in February 2017, making an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 and entering the chart at number eight – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961.

Casting, additional cities and engagement dates will be announced at a later date.

 

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Oct 242017
 

Lindsey Stirling Warmer In The Winter New Album Tour And DWTS Performances

 

LINDSEY STIRLING FIRST EVER HOLIDAY ALBUM
WARMER IN THE WINTER SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL

WARMER IN THE WINTER CHRISTMAS TOUR LAUNCHES NOVEMBER 8th IN ALBANY, NY

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

STIRLING IS A MEMBER OF THE 2017 FALL CAST OF DANCING WITH THE STARS!

 

Critically acclaimed electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling has announced plans to release her first ever Holiday album titled Warmer In The Winter, set for release this Fall on Lindseystomp Music / Concord Records. Featuring a variety of special guests, the album will include renditions of Holiday favorites as well as some original numbers written by Lindsey. Initially announced to fans September 5th via Stirling’s twitter, the album is now available on Pledge Music and can be accessed at https://www.pledgemusic.com/lindseystirling. More details to follow soon.

In support of the album, Lindsey will embark on her Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour which is set to kick off in Albany, NY on November 8th. The multi-city trek will hit a number of major cities across the US including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles, and will feature a fully revamped stage production with elaborate Holiday themes as well Stirling’s signature brand of dance routines and on-stage visuals.

Earlier, Lindsey announced on Good Morning America that she will be a member of the cast of ABC’s smash series “Dancing with the Stars”. Along with her dance partner Mark Ballas, the pair appeared in the 8AM hour of GMA alongside other competing cast members Drew Scott, Terrell Owens, Nick and Vanessa Lachey, Franki Muniz, former NBA star Derek Fisher and Paralympic swimmer Victoria Arlen to name a few.

Tickets for Lindsey Stirling’s North American Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour are on sale now. Lindsey has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer fans three VIP packages including premium reserved tickets, a signed poster, a pre-show Christmas party, a meet & greet with Lindsey, and more. For full package details, visit CID Entertainment. For complete purchase information on the Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour, please visit http://www.lindseystirling.com/tour.

Lindsey Stirling “Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour” Dates:

  • 11/8/17 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
  • 11/9/17 Tom’s River, NJ Pine Belt Arena
  • 11/10/17 Washington, DC The Anthem
  • 11/11/17 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
  • 11/14/17 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
  • 11/16/17 Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music
  • 11/17/17 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
  • 11/22/17 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Center
  • 11/24/17 Tampa, FL Starz Center
  • 11/25/17 St. Augustine, FL Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
  • 11/28/17 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center for Performing Arts
  • 12/2/17 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
  • 12/4/17 Omaha, NE Orpheum
  • 12/5/17 Cedar Rapids, IA US Cellular Center
  • 12/6/17 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
  • 12/7/17 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
  • 12/8/17 Lawrence, KS Lied Center
  • 12/9/17 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
  • 12/11/17 Idaho Falls, ID Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium
  • 12/12/17 Salt Lake City, UT Eccles Theatre
  • 12/14/17 Eugene, OR Hult Center for the Performing Arts
  • 12/15/17 Spokane, WA INB Performing Arts Center
  • 12/16/17 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre
  • 12/18/17 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
  • 12/20/17 San Jose, CA City National Civic
  • 12/21/17 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
  • 12/22/17 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan – Chelsea Theatre
  • 12/23/17 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre

ABOUT LINDSEY STIRLING
Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. An acclaimed violinist from Gilbert, Ariz., Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, using her classical violin training to leap through the music industry with almost 10 million YouTube subscribers, over 1.9 billion views on her YouTube channel, 2 Billboard Music Awards, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide. She’s created a new music world where modern classical meets the infectious energy of dance and electronica. On stage, Stirling moves with the grace of a ballerina but works the crowd into a frenzy, “dropping the beat” like a rave fairy.

Lindsey’s most recent and critically acclaimed third studio album Brave Enough, debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and went on to score the #1 spot on Billboard’s year-end Top Dance/Electronic Album list, placing ahead of dance music heavyweights Chainsmokers, Flume and Kygo. The album also had the highest selling week for an album title on the ranking chart and Lindsey herself placed at #6 on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Artist year-end list. Collaborations on the album include ZZ Ward, Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Rivers Cuomo and Christina Perri to name a few, and earned Stirling a 2017 Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album”. The album’s current single “Love’s Just A Feeling” featuring up and coming songstress Rooty, recently made its powerful debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and has begun to pick up traction at radio across the US.

Lindsey’s professional journey began in September of 2012, with the release of her self-titled debut album. Featuring her smash hit “Crystallize,” which has racked up over 177 million YouTube views, the album reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Chart and Classical Album Chart, earned her a 2014 Billboard Music Award nomination for “Top Dance/Electronic Album,” and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Chart and Classical Album Chart and peaked at #23 on the Billboard Top 200.

In 2014, Lindsey released her sophomore album Shatter Me which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and has sold over a quarter million copies in the US. It was #2 on the Billboard Year End Dance Electronic Album Chart, #1 on the iTunes Album Chart, spent an impressive 21 weeks straight at the #1 spot on the Billboard Classical Album Chart, and was recently certified Gold by the RIAA. The album includes a collaboration with Halestorm lead singer Lzzy Hale on her smash single “Shatter Me,” which has over 72 million views on YouTube and took home the 2015 Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album” of which Avicii, Disclosure, Calvin Harris and Skrillex were also nominated.
In 2016, Lindsey released her first book with Simon& Schuster, a memoir called “The Only Pirate at the Party” which she co-wrote with her sister, Brook S. Passey. Released in January of 2016, the book debuted on the New York Times’ best-seller list and shares stories of Lindsey’s humble yet charmed childhood, humorous adolescence, life as a struggling musician, personal struggles with anorexia, and finally, success as a world-class entertainer.

Lindsey’s critically praised concerts have sold out theaters and arenas across the globe, spanning a wide range of continents including the U.S., Europe and South America. Recently Stirling has played to packed crowds at venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Chicago Theater, New York’s Central Park Summerstage and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and to date, Lindsey’s tours have sold over 500,000 headline tickets worldwide.

Next up, Lindsey will lend her likeness to a new comic book series called Sparrow, for which Lindsey teamed up with artist/writer Darick Robertson and co-writer R. Eric Lieb and a 2017 Christmas album is set to be released via Concord Records later this Fall.

Stirling is the model of a modern independent recording artist, with a symbiotic relationship with her fans. A motivational speaker in her spare time, Stirling uses her own story to show teenagers that you’ve got to have confidence in the very thing that makes you unique – then wait for the world to catch up.

 

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Sep 282017
 
Fifty Million Dollar Donation To The Academy Museum

Image: ©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S./ Images from L’Autre Image

 

ACADEMY MUSEUM RECEIVES LANDMARK $50-MILLION GIFT FROM CHERYL AND HAIM SABAN

RON MEYER TO LEAD NEWLY ESTABLISHED MUSEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Museum Leadership, Curatorial Staff, and Plans for Museum Experience Unveiled

 

On September 27th 2017 The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced a landmark donation of $50 million from philanthropists Cheryl and Haim Saban. This commitment—the largest gift to the Academy Museum Campaign—brings the museum’s fundraising success to $288 million, nearly 75% of its $388 million goal. In recognition of their generosity, the May Company Building will now be named the Saban Building. The Museum further announces that Ron Meyer, the distinguished entertainment industry executive, will head its newly established Board of Trustees. Meyer is Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal and with 23 years as the head of the studio, he is the longest serving studio chief. He is also a co-founder and former President of Creative Artists Agency. In addition, the Museum also unveils a first glimpse at concepts for the museum content, including the permanent exhibition, located in the 1939 former May Company building on Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles. The first of its scope and scale devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed Museum is scheduled to open in 2019.

Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum, says, “We could not be happier with the momentum the museum is experiencing on all fronts—from fundraising and governance to content and construction. We are thankful to Cheryl and Haim Saban and to Ron Meyer for their vital support and leadership in bringing the Academy Museum to the world.”

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company and Chair of the Museum Campaign Committee, says, “We are deeply grateful to Cheryl and Haim for understanding the need for a superb museum of film in the moviemaking capital of the world. With their tremendous commitment, they set a magnificent example for others and bring our dream closer to reality.”

Cheryl and Haim Saban have demonstrated a lifetime of passionate devotion to philanthropic endeavors and have donated over $325 million to charitable organizations to date. Together, the Sabans started the Saban Family Foundation in 1999, which supports medical, children’s and education programs, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Saban Community Clinic, Soroka Children’s Hospital in Israel, the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the Friends of the IDF, the Saban Leadership Seminars through the American Israel Education Foundation, the Brookings Institution, the Saban Theatre, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.

Haim Saban, Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group, Inc., and his wife Cheryl, say, “We are delighted to further our commitment to Los Angeles with this gift to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. This new home for film will offer incredible experiences for visitors from our community and around the world to enjoy the rich history of our industry. We feel honored to contribute to its creation and thrilled to have our name associated with this historic building and visionary project.”

Ron Meyer says, “I am proud, and humbled, to chair and build the Academy Museum’s new Board of Trustees. The museum has already made great strides in raising funds and developing plans for what will become an essential cultural destination for Los Angeles. It is an honor to be part of such a significant project.”

John Bailey, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says, “Thanks to the vision of the Academy’s Board of Governors, our goal for a museum celebrating the art and sciences of the movies is around the corner. We are proud of our collaborative achievements and believe Ron Meyer, and his Board of Trustees, will be excellent stewards for our project moving forward.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti says, “People from across the globe come to Los Angeles to be inspired, and to see things they have only imagined become real through storytelling. It is only fitting that the filmmaking capital of the world will soon have a space dedicated to its industry and artistry. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will add another world-class institution to our city’s cultural landscape, and touch the lives of Angelenos and visitors for generations to come.”

Fifty Million Dollar Donation To The Academy Museum

Image: ©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S./ Images from L’Autre Image

The Museum Experience
The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies and moviemaking. Brougher has three essential goals: to convey the power of movies, to give viewers a look behind the scenes into how movies are made, and to explore movies’ impact on culture and our lives.

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop has designed two distinct buildings that will form the Academy Museum’s 300,000- square-foot campus: the Saban Building—a designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument—and a soaring spherical addition that features a state-of-the-art theater and a terrace topped with a spectacular glass dome. More than a museum, Museum Director Kerry Brougher envisions a dynamic film center that is simultaneously experiential, immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. The buildings will include 50,000 square feet of gallery space, two theaters, cutting-edge project spaces, an outdoor piazza, the rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, an active education studio, a restaurant, and store.

Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, says, “The millions of people around the world who make and love movies will be able to come to the epicenter of filmmaking and experience the magic of this art form. They’ll see firsthand the vast collections of the Academy and the work of our members. And, they’ll be able to do that all year—not just on Oscar night.”

A permanent exhibition tracing the evolution of moviemaking is planned for the second and third floors of the museum. Combining sets, large-scale moving images, costumes, props, sound installations, and dramatic immersive environments, this journey will evoke the power and emotion of film as visitors move through time. The second floor showcases the earliest experiments in converting still images into the illusion of lifelike movement, the invention of new methods of storytelling on screen, and the evocation of atmosphere and mood through the fundamentals of light and shadow. It culminates with Hollywood’s Golden Age and the systemization of the studio’s dream factory. On the third floor, visitors will encounter how filmmakers broke free in the post-studio era and moved beyond the soundstage and into the real world. The final section of the exhibition takes them to faraway galaxies and to places they could only dream of going as they witness the constant quest to push beyond the possible to invent new worlds. Separate from the core exhibition, the third floor also features an Oscars experience, using innovative technology to place visitors on Hollywood’s most prestigious red carpet and stage and give them the rare chance to hold a real Oscar as they accept their award.

Brougher announces that the designers for the core exhibition are the celebrated film production designer Rick Carter, a two-time Academy Award® winner (for Avatar, 2010 and Lincoln, 2013), and the London-based firm of Gainsbury & Whiting, acclaimed for its designs of exhibitions including the Alexander McQueen retrospective Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

In addition to this long-term installation, the museum’s temporary galleries will be venues for a lively program of ever-changing exhibitions. These presentations will include retrospectives of major filmmakers, focused explorations of a specific aspect of filmmaking, artist projects and thematic explorations of cultural and social issues, and focused explorations of a specific aspect of filmmaking.

The 1,000-seat theater located in the spherical building will not only be an unforgettable part of each visitor’s experience, but will also become a hub for major film events including premieres, openings and special presentations with the world’s leading filmmakers. A more intimate 288-seat theater will be the museum’s “cinematheque,” offering screenings ranging from Saturday morning matinees for children of all ages to global cinema series. Both theaters will be home to an array of live performances, lectures, panels, and other events that will bring the most notable artists working in film to Los Angeles. Both theaters will be equipped to present film with multidimensional sound experiences and superior screen quality.

Museum Leadership and Curatorial Teams
The Academy Museum’s senior leadership team includes Rich Cherry, Chief Operating Officer; Katharine DeShaw, Deputy Director, Advancement and External Relations; and Deborah Horowitz, Deputy Director, Creative Content and Programming. The Museum’s curatorial team includes Jessica Niebel, Acting Head of Curatorial Affairs; Doris Berger, Exhibition Curator; Ryan Linkof, Associate Curator; Bernardo Rondeau, Associate Curator and Head of Film Programs; J. Raul Guzman, Curatorial Assistant; Dara Jaffe, Curatorial Assistant; Robert Reneau, Film Program Coordinator; and Ana Santiago, Curatorial Assistant.

World-Class Collections
The Academy Museum has actively been acquiring three-dimensional, motion picture objects since 2008. Its holdings now number approximately 2,500 items, representing motion picture technology, costume design, production design, makeup and hairstyling, promotional materials, and awards.

Highlights include the ruby slippers by Adrian from The Wizard of Oz (1939); the doors to Rick’s Café Américain from Casablanca (1942); a collection of objects from Shirley Temple including the tap shoes and portable wooden practice-steps given to her by legendary dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson for their famed dance routine in 1934’s The Little Colonel; the original production-used Steadicam created by Garrett Brown; the Aries 1B spaceship model from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) the only surviving full-sized shark model from the original mold used on Jaws (1975); a creature head from Alien (1979), designed by H.R. Giger; and handmade characters and a set from LAIKA’s films Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).

The Academy Museum’s collection has grown through recent, generous gifts from the Jim Henson Company and the Henson Family, Mattel, Inc., Pixar Animation Studios, the Shirley Temple Black Foundation, the Akram Miknas Pre-Cinema Collection, Universal Studios and Ron Howard, Anjelica Huston, Jeffrey Kurland, and JC Backings.

The Museum will also draw from the unparalleled collection of the Academy, which contains a vast range of motion picture production and history-related objects and technology, works on paper, still and moving images covering the history of motion picture in the United States and throughout the world. The collections include more than 12 million photographs, 190,000 film and video assets, 80,000 screenplays, 50,000 posters, and 20,000 production and costume design drawings. The collection also includes more than 1,600 special collections of film legends such as Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, and John Huston. These special collections contain production files, personal correspondence, clippings, contracts, manuscripts, scrapbooks, storyboards, and more. The Academy’s collecting divisions work collaboratively to acquire, preserve, digitize, and exhibit the broad range of materials entrusted to their care by generations of filmmakers and collectors.

The Campaign for the Academy Museum
The Campaign for the Academy Museum Board is chaired by Bob Iger and co-chaired by Annette Bening and Tom Hanks. Its goal is to raise $388 million to support the construction of the buildings as well as its opening exhibitions and programs.

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