WELCOME BACK, KOTTER to Join Me-TV Lineup, Beg. 4/14
Classic 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," which introduced the masses to The Lost Boy's playwright Ron Palillo and actor John Travolta, will join the Me-TV line-up beginning on Monday, April 14. "Kotter," which produced 95 episodes on ABC from 1975-79, will replace "F Troop" in the Monday to Thursday 9:30 p.m. half-hour.
Producers Lawrence Leritz (Boobs! The Musical and TV's Day of Compassion) and Dominic Paolillo recently announced their partnership, producing the Ron Palillo play "The Lost Boy" for the New York stage. The team are in pre-production for a summer workshop, with a Broadway production planned. The Lost Boy production team will soon to be announced.
The Lost Boy tells the story of writer James M. Barrie. Despite finding success and fame as a writer, James M. Barrie is dissatisfied with his work and his life. He returns to his hometown in Scotland to visit his mother, who still blames him for the long-ago death of his older brother in a skating pond. Haunted by the tragic accident and his mother's harsh words, James slowly begins to confront his family's tragic past with the help of an unexpected friendship and his own gift for storytelling. This fictionalized account of the birth of Peter Pan warms the hearts of audiences everywhere who remember the magic and mystery of The Boy Wouldn't Grow Up.
A tribute to honor the life and career of Ron Palillo, was held on October 3, 2012 at The Triad Theatre. Broadway's Tyne Daly, a longtime friend, hosted the event. Speakers included Broadway's performers Anita Gillette, Robert Bartley, Elaine Devlin and Joseph Gramm, Palillo's life partner. "Welcome Back, Kotter" stars John Travolta, Gabe Kaplan, Marcia Strassman along with Donna Pescow, wrote statements read at the event and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs taped a personal tribute. Lawrence Leritz directed the event and produced with Bob Dio.
The producers have launched a an indiegogo.com campaign to help with the early fundraising. Link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-lost-boy-by-ronald-g-paolillo-aka-horshack/x/6660158?c=pledges.
Original Poster Artwork by Ron Palillo.