Fred Astaire News

Date Of Birth:
May 10, 1899
Date Of Death:
June 22, 1987 (88)
Birth Place:
Omaha, NE, USA
Gender:
Male
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...)

Screenwriter Dean Ward Partners with Choreographer Michael Rooney on 'Freed Unit' Movie Musical
by Movies News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Screenwriter Dean Ward (currently a writer on Chelsea Handler's latenight talk show 'Chelsea Lately') idolized Gene Kelly as a kid and even learned to tap dance, eventually taking lessons from legendary hoofers including Gregory Hines, Savion Glover and Charles 'Honi' Coles. Now he is teaming with choreographer Michael Rooney ('500 Days of Summer,' 'The Muppets') to produce an original film musical in the style and tradition of MGM's legendary Freed Unit, named for unparalleled movie musical producer Arthur Freed ('Singin' In The Rain,' 'The Bandwagon,' 'An American In Paris'). Coincidentally, and very appropriately, Michael Rooney is the son of Freed Unit icon Mickey Rooney. (more...)

Charles Aznavour to Play Farewell Concert at Theater at MSG, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

MSG Entertainment announced today that legendary French singer Charles Aznavour will make his only area appearance performing a farewell concert at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, September 20. (more...)

Aaron Tveit Lands Lead Role in Romantic Comedy STEREOTYPICALLY YOU
by TV News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Broadway's Aaron Tveit has landed the lead role in the upcoming romantic comedy film STEREOTYPICALLY YOU, from writer-director Benjamin Cox. (more...)

BWW Reviews: STEVE ROSS and KAREN OBERLIN Ooze Charm, Class, and Chemistry In Tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at 54 Below
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 20, 2014

Steve Ross and Karen Oberlin's recent duo effort at 54 Below, Cheek to Cheek, was a show oozing charm, class, charisma, and chemistry, but most of all they conveyed their love for these legendary performers and the classic tunes associated with them. (more...)

Timeless Holiday Classic HOLIDAY INN Coming to Blu-ray & Digital HD
by Movies News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Screen legends Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance their way into your heart in one of the most timeless holiday classics of all time, Holiday Inn. (more...)

Lillias White, Lindsay Mendez & Derek Klena and More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 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...)

Patti LuPone, Charles Busch, Lindsay Mendez, The Skivvies and More Set for 54 Below, July-Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

This July and August 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

BWW Interview: Hunter Foster Narrates PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
by Naomi Serviss - Jun 30, 2014

The celebration of a simpler way of life, originally seen on Broadway in 1982, is back for new audiences. (more...)

The Production Company's GUYS AND DOLLS Comes to Arts Centre Melbourne, July 19-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

One of Broadway's best musicals, the award winning Guys and Dolls opens on July 19 at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne for 10 shows only. Starring in this new production are Verity Hunt-Ballard, Martin Crewes, Chelsea Plumley, Adam Murphy, Bobby Fox and Christopher Horsey. (more...)

BWW TV: BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE with Robert Hartwell & IF/THEN's LaChanze!
by Broadway Quick Change - Jun 24, 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 LaChanze, who is currently starring as 'Kate' in If/Then on Broadway! (more...)

IRVING BERLIN'S AMERICA to Offer Talkbacks at 13th Street Rep, Now thru 7/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2014

The 13th Street Repertory Theater will offer audience talkbacks after the following performances of Chip Deffaa's new musical play 'Irving Berlin's America': Sunday, June 22nd at 8 p.m.; Thursday, June 26th at 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 29th at 8 p.m.; Monday, June 30th at 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 6th at 8 p.m.; and Thursday, July 10th at 8 p.m. (more...)

GOTTA DANCE! Exhibit at Jacob's Pillow Celebrates Vintage Movie Poster Art, Summer 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

The art of the dance movie poster is celebrated at Jacob's Pillow this summer with GOTTA DANCE!, an extraordinary exhibit of vintage posters from throughout the world. The posters, which feature stars such as Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Eleanor Powell, and Astaire & Rogers, were selected from the personal collection of one of the genre's foremost experts, award-winning campaign designer and producer Mike Kaplan. GOTTA DANCE! includes a special six-poster salute to Marge and Gower Champion on the occasion of Marge Champion's 95th birthday. (more...)

Will Friedwald's 'Clip Joint: A Video Music Mixtape' Set for Independence Day Americana Special, 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

On Tuesday June 24, from 7 to 10 PM, Will Friedwald's 'Clip Joint: A Video Music Mixtape' is set for The Independence Day Americana Special. (more...)

Michael Feinstein to Sing Gershwin with the Pasadena POPS, 7/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Michael Feinstein, the incomparable two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer joins the Pasadena POPS for one night only to sing a full concert celebrating the musical legacy of George and Ira Gershwin on Saturday, July 19 at the Los Angeles Arboretum with 'Michael Feinstein SINGS Gershwin.' Feinstein shares both the music of the Gershwins and personal stories from his recent book The Gershwins and Me, which reflects upon his six-year collaboration with Ira Gershwin. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: CLASS OF CABARET GRADUATES Reveals How Far Last Year's Class Has Come
by Barry Lenny - Jun 17, 2014

Four young people who appeared in the Class of Cabaret last year are back with their own show, Class of Cabaret Graduates. (more...)

The Jazz Scene Updates
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2014

Next Show: THE (pre) FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL - CLASSIC AMERICANA (more...)

Photo Coverage: Karen Oberlin & Steve Ross Bring CHEEK TO CHEEK to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 12, 2014

Karen Oberlin and Steve Ross brought CHEEK TO CHEEK: THE SONGS OF ASTAIRE AND ROGERS, which will return on July 17, to 54 Below. (more...)

Emily Bergl, Lesli Margherita & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 09, 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...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: May 31-June 6
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 06, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'this week in pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include the winners room at the Drama Desk Awards, the 2014 Tony nominees on the Empire State Building, the naming of Duke Ellington Way, and more! (more...)

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