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Date of Birth: April 01, 1932 (83)
Birth Place: El Paso, TX, USA
Gender: Female
Reflections: What SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Lacks in Star Power, It Makes Up for In Extended Scenes, Live SpectacleReflections: What SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Lacks in Star Power, It Makes Up for In Extended Scenes, Live Spectacle
by Oliver Oliveros - Jul 28, 2015

When compared to 'Sunset Boulevard,' (orig. film: 1950; West End premiere: 1993), which follows the same classic film-to-stage pedigree as 'Singin' In the Rain' (orig. film: 1952; West End premiere: 1983) and tackles the same dilemma of making the transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s--albeit of psychological melodrama in genre compared to the latter's rollicking parody--'Sunset Boulevard' had big stars of stage and screen who headlined West End and Broadway, i.e. Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, and Elaine Paige who played the faded silent movie star Norma Desmond. Whereas 'Singin' In the Rain' did not delve into such stunt casting from the onset--unless you consider Tommy Steele, who originated the role of Don Lockwood in the West End, as big as Elvis Presley or Gene Kelly, the silver screen's original Lockwood. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Musical Theatre West Revisits the Glorious Feeling of SINGIN' IN THE RAINBWW Reviews: Musical Theatre West Revisits the Glorious Feeling of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
by Michael L. Quintos - Jul 24, 2015

As the cliche goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. That is perhaps partly the philosophy behind the rather faithful stage adaptation of the gloriously wonderful movie musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, now once again charmingly replicated in a smile-inducing local production at Musical Theatre West that continues through July 26 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. An almost scene-by-scene, note-for-note recreation of the superb cinematic masterpiece, the musical theater iteration of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN smartly and painstakingly reenacts every key moment and memorable musical happenstance from the 1952 movie that many have since heralded as one of the best movie musicals of all time. With MTW's latest revival specifically, director/choreographer Jon Engstrom has helmed a joyful production worth experiencing, whether it's your first or hundredth time. And, yes, it rains on stage... and it's a sight to behold! (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Classy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at MTWBWW Reviews: A Classy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at MTW
by Don Grigware - Jul 14, 2015

To those newer generation theatre and movie fans who do not remember 1952's blockbuster hit film Singin' in the Rain, directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green and costars Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds all contributed to making it the smash that it was... and still is. The zany lightweight hit transferred to the stage in the early 80s and showed the craziness that may have happened when the big movie studios were transitioning from silents to talkies in the late 20s. Now in a classy revival at Musical Theatre West (MTW) in Long Beach, it's all brought back to exuberantly colorful life by skilled director Jon Engstrom and a delicious company of triple threats through July 26 only. (more...)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN to Play Sydney's Lyric Theatre in 2016SINGIN' IN THE RAIN to Play Sydney's Lyric Theatre in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

The splash-hit West End stage production SINGIN' IN THE RAIN will open at Sydney's Lyric Theatre in July 2016 starring an all-Australian cast including star of stage and screen Adam Garcia. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 17 July 2015. (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Anything You Can Do! All About ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, From Ethel Merman To Megan HiltyFLASH FRIDAY: Anything You Can Do! All About ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, From Ethel Merman To Megan Hilty
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 19, 2015

Today we are toasting this week's big news than Megan Hilty will take on the title role in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. (more...)

Photo Coverage: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN International Tour Cast Meet Press in ManilaPhoto Coverage: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN International Tour Cast Meet Press in Manila
by Jory Rivera - May 31, 2015

The main cast of the new international touring production of Broadway and West End's hit musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, featuring Grant Almirall (Don Lockwood), Bethany Dickson (Kathy Selden), and Steve van Wyk (Cosmo Brown), delighted the Philippine press on Thursday, May 28, at Solaire Resort and Casino's The Forum with one of the show's signature musical numbers: the hummable '50s classic 'Good Morning.' (more...)

VIDEO: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN International Tour Cast Meet Press in ManilaVIDEO: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN International Tour Cast Meet Press in Manila
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - May 31, 2015

The main cast of the new international touring production of Broadway and West End's hit musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, featuring Grant Almirall (Don Lockwood), Bethany Dickson (Kathy Selden), and Steve van Wyk (Cosmo Brown), delighted the Philippine press on Thursday, May 28, at Solaire Resort and Casino's The Forum with one of the show's signature musical numbers: the hummable '50s classic 'Good Morning.' (more...)

BWW News: SENIOR STAR SEARCH Set in LA for July 12BWW News: SENIOR STAR SEARCH Set in LA for July 12
by Don Grigware - May 12, 2015

Actress/producer/motivational speaker/champion of senior causes Jackie Goldberg, known more popularly as the Pink Lady and 'Pink' o her friends, has come up with yet another fantastic idea to help promote permanent senior entertainment in greater Los Angeles. The event is appropriately entitled Senior Star Search, a senior competition that will be held on Sunday July 12 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Park, Hollywood. Co-producing the event will be actress/singer/humanitarian Barbara Van Orden, known for her outrageous Las Vegas night club act as well as her close involvement in producing LA's Next Great Stage Star held annually at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal in North Hollywood. Goldberg and Van Orden as co-producers of Senior Star Search wish to bring active, motivated seniors into local live entertainment. They are hopeful that more than 200 interested entertainers 55 or older will come forth to audition for the event on May 23rd and 24th. (more...)

BWW Interview: Keith Lockhart talks Bernadette Peters and Audra MacDonald at the Boston PopsBWW Interview: Keith Lockhart talks Bernadette Peters and Audra MacDonald at the Boston Pops
by Joseph F. Panarello - May 11, 2015

Maestro Keith Lockhart chats about the 2015 season of the Boston Pops, Benadette Peters, Audra MacDonald and many other performers from the Great White Way (more...)

Ron Raines, Jackie Burns & Greg Hildreth to Lead MAN OF LA MANCHA in PittsburghRon Raines, Jackie Burns & Greg Hildreth to Lead MAN OF LA MANCHA in Pittsburgh
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Pittsburgh CLO's production of MAN OF LA MANCHA will feature performances from Broadway's very best including Tony Award-nominee Ron Raines as Cervantes/Don Quixote, Greg Hildreth as Sancho and Jackie Burns as Aldonza. (more...)

Adam Garcia to Star in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN in MelbourneAdam Garcia to Star in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN in Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2015

The splash-hit West End stage production SINGIN' IN THE RAIN will open at Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre in May 2016 starring an all Australian cast including star of stage and screen Adam Garcia. Tickets will go on sale this coming Friday 8 May. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/1/15- Debbie ReynoldsSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/1/15- Debbie Reynolds
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Debbie Reynolds! Reynolds regularly appeared in movie musicals during the 1950s and had several hit records during the period. Perhaps her most high-profile film role was in Singin' in the Rain (1952) as Kathy Selden. On Broadway, Reynolds has starred in such shows as Irene, Debbie, and Woman of the Year. Reynolds appeared in her West End show Debbie Reynolds: Alive and Fabulous (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 4/1/2015 - AIRLINE HIGHWAY and LIVING ON LOVE Begin and More!WAKE UP with BWW 4/1/2015 - AIRLINE HIGHWAY and LIVING ON LOVE Begin and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 1, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: AIRLINE HIGHWAY and LIVING ON LOVE bring NOLA and comedic romance to Broadway, and 39 STEPS returns to NYC tonight! (more...)

Dan DeLuca to Star in NEWSIES at the National Theatre This JuneDan DeLuca to Star in NEWSIES at the National Theatre This June
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Casting has been announced for the Washington engagement of Disney's NEWSIES. The Tony Award-winning smash hit musical will play an exclusive two-week engagement at National Theatre. The production will begin performances June 9 for a limited two-week engagement through June 21. (more...)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN for Cape Town Over the Festive Season at the Artscape Opera HouseSINGIN' IN THE RAIN for Cape Town Over the Festive Season at the Artscape Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, another critically acclaimed award-winning production direct from London's West End, will be produced and presented in South Africa by Pieter Toerien at the Artscape Opera House and the Teatro at Montecasino between December 2015 and January 2016, immediately after its international tour to New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore. (more...)

Celebrities Pay Tribut to Hollywood IconCelebrities Pay Tribut to Hollywood Icon
by TV News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Celebrities gathered for a tribute to a classic American of a different kind - Wyatt Earp and the 60th anniversary of the hit series that celebrated his life, "The Life And Legend of Wyatt Earp." (more...)

THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY to Play Limelight TheatreTHE DARLING BUDS OF MAY to Play Limelight Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

A TV adaptation that shot Catherine Zeta-Jones to fame comes to Limelight Theatre this April. (more...)

Stage and Screen Star Emory Bass Dies at 89Stage and Screen Star Emory Bass Dies at 89
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Emory P. Bass, versatile actor of stage and screen, passed away March 4, 2015 at The Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 89. (more...)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 3/13-15The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 3/13-15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

For more than 60 years, audiences have fallen in love with "Singin' in the Rain" and its award-winning on-screen performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. On March 13-15, audiences can experience the film in a new way with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as part of the PNC Pops series. (more...)

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