Maggie Smith News

Date of Birth: December 28, 1934 (82)
Birth Place: Ilford, Essex, ENGLAND
Gender: Female

by Guest Blogger: Clarissa Moon - Jan 13, 2017

To start off the new year, The Studio Theatre at the Villages presents Noel Coward's classic, PRIVATE LIVES. Lauren Culver plays Amanda, who discovers on her honeymoon that her ex, Elyot, is staying with his new wife in the adjacent room. I talked with Lauren about the stylized comedy of the play, her character, and presenting this classic to a modern audience.  (more...)

Third Annual JANIS JOPLIN'S BIRTHDAY BASH Moves to Tranzac ClubThird Annual JANIS JOPLIN'S BIRTHDAY BASH Moves to Tranzac Club
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

In the wake of the unfortunate closing of the beloved Hugh's Room, the unstoppable Jan Kudelka has announced that her third annual Janis Joplin's Birthday Bash will now take place at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue on Wednesday, January 18 at 8:30pm, the same night and time it was originally booked. (more...)

Porchlight's New Faces Sing Broadway Returns with SONGS OF 2001 and UPTOWN UNDERGROUNDPorchlight's New Faces Sing Broadway Returns with SONGS OF 2001 and UPTOWN UNDERGROUND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the second performance in its 2016 - 2017 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway 2001, hosted by Keely Vasquez, is Monday, Jan. 23 at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie and Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway at 7:30 p.m.  In tribute to the original New Faces series that ran on Broadway and on film from 1934 - 1968, Porchlight Music Theatre last year created this Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway, as a showcase for the best emerging musical talent now performing on Chicago stages.  (more...)

NTC Stages Peter Shaffer Comedy LETTICE AND LOVAGE 2/3-19NTC Stages Peter Shaffer Comedy LETTICE AND LOVAGE 2/3-19
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Novato Theater Company opens 2017 with Sir Peter Shaffer's award-winning comedy, Lettice and Lovage.  The author of Equus and Amadeus plunges into droll comedy about two women who could not be more opposite.  The play is directed by Renee Mandel-Sher and produced by Mark Clark.  It runs February 3-19 at the NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive in Novato. (more...)

Back by Popular Demand! Jan Kudelka Sings Janis! THIRD ANNUAL JANIS JOPLIN'S BIRTHDAY BASHBack by Popular Demand! Jan Kudelka Sings Janis! THIRD ANNUAL JANIS JOPLIN'S BIRTHDAY BASH
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

Gone at 27, the Queen of Psychedelic Soul is back for one night only! After smashing sold-out shows in 2015 and 2016, singer and performer Jan Kudelka conjures and celebrates the beloved blues/rock trailblazer Janis Joplin with a 74th birthday bash on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas St. W.). Janis Joplin's Birthday Bash is an intimate journey into the epic voice and tender heart of the Janis Joplin legend. (more...)

Holy Spectacular Musical SISTER ACT Comes To The LyceumHoly Spectacular Musical SISTER ACT Comes To The Lyceum
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Craig Revel Horwood directs million selling X Factor winner Alexandra Burke in the hit musical comedy Sister Act at the Lyceum Theatre from Monday 16 - Saturday 21 January.  (more...)

Tricyle Theatre Announces New Series Of 'In Conversation With' Fundraising Events Hosted By Jim CarterTricyle Theatre Announces New Series Of 'In Conversation With' Fundraising Events Hosted By Jim Carter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

The Tricycle Theatre has announced a new series of 'In Conversation With' events, with all monies raised going towards the company's activities, including their extensive Creative Learning programme and the Tricycle's current Capital Development Project. (more...)

American Repertory Theater to Stage TRANS SCRIPTS, PART I: THE WOMENAmerican Repertory Theater to Stage TRANS SCRIPTS, PART I: THE WOMEN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, will present Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, written by Paul Lucas and directed by Jo Bonney. Performances begin on Thursday, January 19 and run through Sunday, February 5 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge. (more...)

VIDEO: Tracey Ullman, Queen Latifah & Morris Chestnut Visit LATE LATE SHOWVIDEO: Tracey Ullman, Queen Latifah & Morris Chestnut Visit LATE LATE SHOW
by - Dec 2, 2016

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, after guest Tracey Ullman talked about why Dame Maggie Smith wanted a death scene, Queen Latifah explains why she won't die again on screen. (more...)

Jan Kudelka to Bring Janis Joplin's Birthday Bash to Hugh's Room This WinterJan Kudelka to Bring Janis Joplin's Birthday Bash to Hugh's Room This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Gone at 27, the Queen of Psychedelic Soul is back for one night only! After smashing sold-out shows in 2015 and 2016, singer and performer Jan Kudelka conjures and celebrates the beloved blues/rock trailblazer Janis Joplin with a 74th birthday bash on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas St. W.). (more...)

BWW Interview: Veteran Actress MORGAN FAIRCHILD Continues to Cast a Spell in A CINDERELLA CHRISTMASBWW Interview: Veteran Actress MORGAN FAIRCHILD Continues to Cast a Spell in A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS
by Don Grigware - Nov 28, 2016

Film and TV actress Morgan Fairchild needs no introduction. She has been working for the past 40+ years, always recognizable as the glamorous blonde vixen from such series as Flamingo Road, Paper Dolls and Falcon Crest, as well as the soap Search For Tomorrow. Now about ready to start rehearsals for the Lythgoe Family's Christmas Panto, called A Cinderella Christmas at the Pasadena Playhouse, bowing December 8, Fairchild took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about the role she is playing and her career. Has she been happy or does she long to change her sexy image? (more...)

BWW Review: HALF A SIXPENCE, Noel Coward Theatre, 17 November 2016BWW Review: HALF A SIXPENCE, Noel Coward Theatre, 17 November 2016
by Marianka Swain - Nov 18, 2016

This Sixties Tommy Steele vehicle is joyfully reborn in another Chichester Festival Theatre musical triumph, now comfortably ensconced in the West End. The unstoppable George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have seamlessly renewed and added to David Heneker's original score, and Julian Fellowes has done the same for Beverley Cross's book, giving this gently passe show a smart new suit of clothes. (more...)

BWW Review: OC's Segerstrom Center Presents HARRY POTTER - IN CONCERTBWW Review: OC's Segerstrom Center Presents HARRY POTTER - IN CONCERT
by Michael L. Quintos - Nov 14, 2016

With the popularity of film screenings paired with live symphony orchestras at an all time high, I'm glad one of the many to get the treatment is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first installment of the 8-film movie franchise adapted from JK Rowling's worldwide best-selling books. What an incredible thrill it was to hear John Williams' now-iconic score reverberate live in full force via a massive 84-person symphony orchestra while synced up perfectly to the film screened in HD above the orchestra on a 40-foot screen. The concert series continues through November 13 at OC's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. (more...)

Scoop: TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW on HBO November 2016 EpisodesScoop: TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW on HBO November 2016 Episodes
by TV Scoop - Nov 3, 2016

Get all the scoop on TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW on HBO November 2016 Episodes (more...)

Scoop: TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW on HBO - Today, October 28, 2016Scoop: TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW on HBO - Today, October 28, 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Get all the scoop on TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW on HBO, airing today, October 28, 2016! (more...)

The 2016 - 2017 Season Expands to Include the Addition of Performances at the Skokie Theatre, New Guest Hosts, New NEW FACES One Production Celebrating New Musicals and MThe 2016 - 2017 Season Expands to Include the Addition of Performances at the Skokie Theatre, New Guest Hosts, New NEW FACES One Production Celebrating New Musicals and M
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the 2016 - 2017 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing returning to Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway and debuting at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie. In tribute to the original New Faces series that ran on Broadway and on film from 1934 - 1968, Porchlight Music Theatre last year created this Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway, as a showcase for the best emerging musical talent now performing on Chicago stages. Each edition is a journey from the start to the finish of a entire musical season on Broadway, peppered with photos and films of the era in an exciting multimedia presentation with a favorite Chicago theatre veteran hosting and introducing the next generation of music theatre artists and acting as your guide through a past season on the Great White Way. Seating is general admission; tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org. (more...)

BLOOD is Back at The Complez this Halloween!BLOOD is Back at The Complez this Halloween!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy, Mr. Holland's Opus), James Kyson (NBC's Heroes, voted one of "Hollywood's 25 Hottest" by TV Guide), Michael Yama (Betty White's Off Their Rockers) andRob Yang (The Americans, Twisted) join the cast when The Garage re-opens its acclaimed world premiere production of BLOOD. Written and directed by Obie and New York Outer Critics Circle Award-winner/ DGA Award, two-time Golden Globe and five-time Emmy Award nominee Robert Allan Ackerman, BLOOD returns to the The Complex in Hollywood beginning Oct. 28. (more...)

Peter Shaffer's EQUUS to Make Theatre Rhinoceros Debut This FallPeter Shaffer's EQUUS to Make Theatre Rhinoceros Debut This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

EQUUS by Peter Shaffer will have its Theatre Rhinoceros premiere for a limited engagement - 17 performances only - 3 weeks! The show plays Nov. 25 - Dec. 10, 2016. (more...)

BLOOD is Back This OctoberBLOOD is Back This October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy, Mr. Holland's Opus) and James Kyson (NBC's Heroes, voted one of "Hollywood's 25 Hottest" by TV Guide) join the cast when The Garage re-opens its acclaimed world premiere production of BLOOD. Written and directed by Obie and New York Outer Critics Circle Award-winner/ DGA Award, two-time Golden Globe and five-time Emmy Award nominee Robert Allan Ackerman, BLOOD returns to the The Complex in Hollywood beginning Oct. 14. (more...)

Scoop: TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW on HBO - Friday, October 28, 2016Scoop: TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW on HBO - Friday, October 28, 2016
by TV Scoop - Oct 5, 2016

Get all the scoop on TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW on HBO, airing on Friday, October 28, 2016! (more...)

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