Fred Astaire News

Date Of Birth:
May 10, 1899
Date Of Death:
June 22, 1987 (88)
Birth Place:
Omaha, NE, USA
Gender:
Male
From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen Collection
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen Collection presentsthe legendary performer in 24 of his most memorable films available November 11, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. (more...)

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen Collection
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen Collection presentsthe legendary performer in 24 of his most memorable films available November 11, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. (more...)

Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch to Launch Extended Residency at The Carlyle this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, will welcome Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch back to Bemelmans Bar for an extended Sunday night residency. The upcoming performances will build upon their recent run of shows in the intimate, storied New York City lounge, favorites not only of music fans and critics, but also of fellow artists. Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch shows are a place where some of the city's foremost entertainers go to commune with their own-and sometimes sit-in for a song or two-on their nights off. The pair will be at Bemelmans with their evening of swinging standards Sunday nights, September 7-28; November 2-December 28. (more...)

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts to Welcome Bobby McFerrin, 11/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will open its 60th Anniversary Season with a concert by 10-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8pm. Best known for the global number one hit 'Don't Worry Be Happy,' Mr. McFerrin is a percussive, improvisational genius who has stirred audiences through the years with the sounds of the voice box, fusing into his work dozens of different languages and cultures from all over the world. Tickets for this one-night-only event are $36-$60 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm). (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Shows - MOTOWN
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 24, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters. BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MOTOWN below! (more...)

Debbie Reynolds to be Honored with 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award
by Movies News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest honor: (more...)

Amy Van Norstrand Joins the Ensemble of Goodspeed's HOLIDAY INN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Next week, Amy Van Norstrand will be joining the ensemble of Goodspeed Musicals' World Premiere production Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. (more...)

DANCING WITH THE STARS Pro Dancers Announced; Celebrity Cast to Be Revealed 9/4
by TV News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

The competition is already beginning for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. "Dancing with the Stars'" exciting new cast of pro dancers was revealed this morning (more...)

Matt Doyle, Tony Yazbeck & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Broadway's Steven Lutvak, Jeanine Tesori, Davd Yazbeck and More Set for Library of Congress's 2014-15 Concert Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 08, 2014

The 2014-2015 season of 'Concerts from the Library of Congress' brings a stellar roster of performers, ensembles and scholars from around the world in commemoration of the 150th birthday of founding patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. The concerts are complemented by guest speakers, curators, panels, film screenings and displays of rarely seen manuscripts, letters and memorabilia from the Library's holdings. Concerts kick off Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. with a performance by gospel and soul music legend Mavis Staples. (more...)

Noah Racey, Corey Mach, Hayley Podschun, Patti Murin and More to Lead Goodspeed's IRVING BERLIN'S HOLIDAY INN World Premiere!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 08, 2014

It's time to celebrate! Goodspeed Musicals announces a top-notch cast for its brand new, world premiere musical, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. The much-anticipated production will run from September 19 through November 30. Official Press Opening will be October 15, 2014. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Tony Yazbeck!
by Ken Womble - Aug 08, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Tony Yazbeck! (more...)

Breaking: Brand-New Production of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Coming to Broadway; Rob Ashford to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2014

Those foot-stopping aggies, those friendly ladies of the night (and day), Miss Mona, Sherriff Ed Earl Dodd, the side-stepping Governor, and master media manipulator Melvin P. Thorpe will populate Broadway in the brand-new production of the Larry L. King - Pete Masterson - Carol Hall musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway-Bound Tony Yazbeck Reveals Details on Toe-Tappin' 54 Below Debut, ON THE TOWN and More!
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 02, 2014

Yazbeck, who is currently in rehearsals for a concert version of KISS ME KATE at London's Royal Albert Hall, recently took the time to chat with BroadwayWorld about the concerts, preparing for ON THE TOWN, and much more. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

BWW TV: BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE with Robert Hartwell & ALADDIN's James Monroe Iglehart
by Broadway Quick Change - Jul 31, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com, the most visited theatre site on the net, presents its newest, exclusive TV series - BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE. This newly minted series follows Broadway phenom Robert Hartwell on inspirational shopping outings, then into the dressing rooms of Broadway's hottest stars, where wielding his interior design chops, and extraordinary taste, transforms their home away from home, from the Drab to the Fab, the Blah to the Ahhhh! In this latest episode, watch Robert transform the dressing room of Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, who is currently starring as 'Genie' in Aladdin on Broadway! (more...)

BWW Reviews: These BROADWAY BABES are the Real McCoy!
by Anya Sebastian - Jul 31, 2014

Before there were cell phones, before there was Facebook, before there was even email... there were the BROADWAY BABES, Kaye Ballard, Liliane Montevecchi and Donna McKechnie. Now legends in their own lifetimes, these three stars are still strutting their stuff and doing it better than most performers less than half their age. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Dance as Liberation - Eric Sciotto and Kristen Martin Star in FOOTLOOSE
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 31, 2014

'Dance is a metaphor for expression, for freedom. In Footloose we use dance to express ourselves when we have no words. [As characters] we are all closed off, and finally at the end of the story, we are loosened; we become individuals again.' Speaking is Kristen Martin, who plays Ariel in Maine State Music Theatre's final season production of Footloose, which runs from August 6-23. Her co-star, Eric Sciotto, agrees that his character, Ren, is 'on a journey to find himself after being abandoned by his father. Ren sees in Ariel a troubled soul who reminds him of himself. They recognize immediately that they are kindred spirits.' (more...)

HOLIDAY INN Blu-Ray Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 10/7
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 31, 2014

Cherished Christmas movie musical classic HOLIDAY INN is set for its Blu-ray premiere later this year and is now available for pre-order. (more...)

TOP HAT Will Return to London Prior to Launching UK tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Top Hat, winner of three Olivier Awards, for 'Best New Musical', 'Best Choreography', 'Best Costume Design' from its seven nominations, and winner of the Evening Standard Award for 'Best Night Out', returns to London to open its new tour at New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 12 August where it will run for two weeks until Saturday 23 August. The production then embarks on a major 47-week tour visiting theatres throughout the UK and in Ireland, until 25 July 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Danny Kaye Returns to Arlington
by Keith Tittermary - Jul 25, 2014

'If Danny Kaye had not been born,' a Hollywood writer once observed, 'no one could possibly have invented him. It would have been stretching credibility far past the breaking point'. Those words begin almost every biography of the legendary Danny Kaye and it is fitting words. Kaye may not have been as popular as Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, or may have been the person to get when Donald O'Connor wasn't available, but Kaye left a legacy on entertainment. You can narrow down to a handful of influential artists whose legacy is still being found in modern day entertainers. You can see pieces of Kaye in early Robin Williams, or Will Ferrell in his Saturday Night Live days. Kaye took the 'song and dance' man routine and went one step further - the patter song and the foppish mannerisms that made his style unique. (more...)

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