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Photo Flash: First Look at Laguna Playhouse's LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARAPhoto Flash: First Look at Laguna Playhouse's LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2016

The Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Hershey Felder Presents are thrilled to announce the fourth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season, Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart starring in LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA, written by Vanessa Stewart, Taylor Hackford & Jake Broder, choreography by Vernel Bagneris and directed by Taylor Hackford. Check out photos below! (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present LOUIS & KEELY: LOVE AT THE SAHARA Opens 2/27Laguna Playhouse to Present LOUIS & KEELY: LOVE AT THE SAHARA Opens 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

The Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Hershey Felder Presents are thrilled to announce the fourth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season, Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart starring in LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA, written by Vanessa Stewart, Taylor Hackford & Jake Broder, choreography by Vernel Bagneris and directed by Taylor Hackford.  "Our subscribers and audiences are about the have the time of their lives as we transport them to 1950's Las Vegas and beyond and the incomparable song-stylings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith," says Wareham. LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA will begin previews on Wednesday, February 24; will open on Saturday, February 27 and will run through Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Performs at  LEGENDS RADIO ConcertPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Performs at LEGENDS RADIO Concert
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 26, 2016

Dick Robinson and his Legends Radio Station broadcasting out of Palm Beach to a world wide audience presented Ann Hampton Callaway in a concert which supported the Society For The Preservation Of The Great American Songbook at Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Florida last night and BroadwayWorld was there.  Check out the photos below. (more...)

BWW Review: Louis & Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara Celebrates the Glory Days of an Early Las Vegas DuoBWW Review: Louis & Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara Celebrates the Glory Days of an Early Las Vegas Duo
by Shari Barrett - Jan 17, 2016

Louis Prima and Keely Smith shared a larger-than-life marriage and a groundbreaking Las Vegas act featuring unforgettable songs like "That Ol' Black Magic," "Pennies from Heaven," and "Embraceable You." These songs and many others are featured in the production which has grown from a local Los Angeles-created hit at Sacred Fools Theater Company to a national musical phenomenon. After earlier award-winning and extended productions in Los Angeles and more recent acclaim in Chicago, these outsized personalities and talents have returned to the city in which the show was born. The current production is directed by Taylor Hackford, who also wrote the show with Vanessa Clair Stewart and Jake Broder, and is presented by Hershey Felder (a musical talent in his own right). (more...)

BWW Interview: LOUIS & KEELY Stars Discuss Bringing the Show Back to L.A.BWW Interview: LOUIS & KEELY Stars Discuss Bringing the Show Back to L.A.
by Ellen Dostal - Jan 4, 2016

LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA returns to the Geffen Playhouse this month in a revamped production produced by the award-winning Hershey Felder. Written by Vanessa Claire Stewart, Taylor Hackford and Jake Broder and directed by Taylor Hackford, it is the story of Louis Prima and Keely Smith whose larger-than-life marriage and groundbreaking Las Vegas act featured an amazing cavalcade of hits that would forever secure their place in American musical history. (more...)

French & Vanessa Claire Stewart to Host 2015 Ovation AwardsFrench & Vanessa Claire Stewart to Host 2015 Ovation Awards
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2015

French and Vanessa Claire Stewart have been set to host the 2015 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6pm and the curtain will rise at 7:30pm. (more...)

Director Taylor Hackford, Presenter Hershey Felder, Co-Authors Sued Over Geffen Playhouse Production of LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARADirector Taylor Hackford, Presenter Hershey Felder, Co-Authors Sued Over Geffen Playhouse Production of LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA
by Michael Dale - Oct 6, 2015

A play about the off-stage troubles between Louis Prima and Keely Smith is having its own off-stage troubles. (more...)

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN's Randy Johnson to Bring Rosetta Tharpe to the Stage in SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT!A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN's Randy Johnson to Bring Rosetta Tharpe to the Stage in SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

BroadwayWorld has learned that writer and director Randy Johnson (A Night With Janis Joplin -- Broadway and currently at Pasadena Playhouse) has obtained the stage rights to Gayle Wald's biography SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT!: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROCK-AND-ROLL TRAILBLAZER ROSETTA THARPE (Beacon Press, 2007). Johnson is currently in discussion with producers and regional theatres to present and produce SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT! for the 2016/17 season. (more...)

LOUIS & KEELY: LIVE AT THE SAHARA Returns to Geffen PlayhouseLOUIS & KEELY: LIVE AT THE SAHARA Returns to Geffen Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Hershey Felder presents Taylor Hackford's Louis & Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara, written by Vanessa Claire Stewart, Taylor Hackford and Jake Broder, directed by Taylor Hackford. Featuring Anthony Crivello (Tony Award Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Vanessa Claire Stewart who originally created the part of Keely Smith, performances are scheduled December 30 through January 17 (press opening Wednesday, January 6) at the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse. (more...)

FOOTLOOSE, BUYER & CELLAR, Rita Rudner and More Set for Laguna Playhouse's 2015-16 SeasonFOOTLOOSE, BUYER & CELLAR, Rita Rudner and More Set for Laguna Playhouse's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

The Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to launch its 2015- 2016 season of shows! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 29th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 29th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 29, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Jeff Awards stir things up, 'Louis & Keely' and 'Sounds So Sweet' evoke mid-century entertainment, Waa-Mu takes on the Berlin Olympics, a new Chicago-based revue in Edgewater, 'Chaperone' and 'Music Man' in the suburbs, 'The Boy From Oz' in a local production, 'Matilda' will tour, 'Amazing Grace' sets a Broadway run, and Circle Theatre re-emerges. Whew! (more...)

FOOTLOOSE, BUYER & CELLAR, Rita Rudner and More Set for Laguna Playhouse's 2015-16 SeasonFOOTLOOSE, BUYER & CELLAR, Rita Rudner and More Set for Laguna Playhouse's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

The Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce its 2015- 2016 season of shows! (more...)

LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA Extends at The Royal George TheatreLOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA Extends at The Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

The Chicago stage premiere of Academy Award winning director Taylor Hackford's LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA has been extended by popular demand through Sunday, May 17 at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted Street. Hackford, best known for his films An Officer and a Gentleman, Against All Odds, The Devil's Advocate,. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 15th. 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 15th. 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 15, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Lyric's 'Carousel' and the 'Sound Of Music' movie keep R&H front and center, plus 'Show Boat' from San Francisco and 'The Wiz,' 'Rocky Horror' and 'Grease' coming on television. COT has Ricky Ian Gordon, the Royal George has Louis Prima, more 'First Date' and 'Ordinary Days,' 'On Your Feet' and Broadway In Chicago's summer concert get set, and more! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Performances from LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA at the Royal George TheatreSTAGE TUBE: Watch Performances from LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA at the Royal George Theatre
by Stage Tube - Apr 9, 2015

Continuing in a tradition of storytelling and music, Hershey Felder presents the Chicago stage premiere of Academy Award winning director Taylor Hackford's LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA. Hackford, best known for his films An Officer and a Gentleman, Against All Odds, The Devil's Advocate, and cinematic musical events such as La Bamba, Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail Rock n'Roll and his epic musical film RAY, has decided to bring his latest award winning musical stage production to Chicago, where Louis Prima and Keely Smith created sold-out musical magic in the '50s & '60s. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Beaux Arts Society 'Winter Carnival' Revelry at SolasBWW Reviews: Beaux Arts Society 'Winter Carnival' Revelry at Solas
by Marakay Rogers - Mar 30, 2015

Lillian Walker-Moss, Ronnie Giles, and others entertained the BAS member crowd at Solas (more...)

Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Stewart Lead 'LOUIS AND KEELY', Beginning Tonight at Chicago's Royal George TheatreAnthony Crivello and Vanessa Stewart Lead 'LOUIS AND KEELY', Beginning Tonight at Chicago's Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Continuing in a tradition of storytelling and music, Hershey Felder announces the star cast for the Chicago stage premiere of Academy Award winning director Taylor Hackford's LOUIS AND KEELY, 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 25th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 25th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 25, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Musicals in unlikely places! 'Carousel' and mariachi opera at Lyric, 'Louis And Keely' at the Royal George, plus one-off shows at the Northlight, Chopin and Court Theatres and Mary's Attic. Coming in 2016: Lifeline, Writers and the Goodman produce 'Northangar Abbey,' 'Company' and 'Wonderful Town!' (more...)

Janine Molinari Choreographs THE WILDEST at Seven Angels Theatre, Now thru 3/8Janine Molinari Choreographs THE WILDEST at Seven Angels Theatre, Now thru 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Janine Molinari, will be choreographing Seven Angels Theatre's upcoming musical 'The Wildest' which runs tonight, February 12-March 8. (more...)

Janine Molinari to Choreograph THE WILDEST at Seven Angels Theatre, 2/12-3/08Janine Molinari to Choreograph THE WILDEST at Seven Angels Theatre, 2/12-3/08
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2015

Janine Molinari, will be choreographing Seven Angels Theatre's upcoming musical 'The Wildest' which runs February 12-March 8. (more...)

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