September 2019

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Hal Prince



Like standing ovations, the use of the word legend to describe someone has become quite commonplace. On July 31, however, we lost a true legend — theatrical titan Harold Prince. A revered Broadway producer and director, he was associated with a head-spinning number of the best known and loved musicals of the 20thcentury. A Little Night Music, Cabaret, Candide, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Follies … Over the span of his stunning career he garnered 21 Tony Awards (more than anybody else in history) — eight for directing, 10 for producing, and three special awards (including lifetime achievement in the theatre). According to Masterworks Broadway, “Besides his achievements as a producer and director, Prince is also known for bringing innovation to the theatrical arts. He was a pioneer in the development of the ‘concept musical,’ using an idea or theme rather than a traditional story.”

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Merrily We Roll Along, On the Twentieth Century, Pacific Overtures … In 2000 he was awarded the National Medal of the Arts. Composer Jason Robert Brown said, “Hal believed in theatre; he believed in what it could do.” Parade, She Loves Me, Show Boat, The Phantom of the Opera …Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “There isn’t anybody working in musical theatre on either side of the Atlantic who doesn’t owe an enormous debt to this extraordinary man.” What more is there to say?

Hal Prince (1928-2019).

Jerry Weintraub…

Jerry Weintraub Presents… on view at GRAMMY Museum

Jerry Weintraub…

  • By Karen Vock

We love the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. Live for their dazzling exhibitions spotlighting the people who make great music but we also love to learn about business innovators in the music industry. Now showing through early December, Jerry Weintraub Presents celebrates one of the key players behind the most memorable concert tours of the 1970s. Weintraub is credited with being the first to recognize the potential for great artists to play to larger audiences in stadiums and arenas and to create one-of-a-kind events. With this being the norm for decades now, it’s difficult to imagine this wasn’t always the case in the music industry. The stellar roster of artists Weintraub worked with include Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, John Denver, The Carpenters, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Rick James, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, The Commodores, the Bee Gees, The Moody Blues, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

This new exhibit showcases Weintraub’s business acumen, moxie, and sense of showmanship during his decades focusing on artist management and concert promotion. Original items on display include personalized tour jackets, artist contracts, tour documents and more. The GRAMMY Museum® hosts a number of world class exhibitions and experiences throughout the year and has a fascinating schedule of programmed events and discussions with industry icons.

To more details, and plan your visit click here.

Classic Photographs

Classic Photography of LA at Bergamot Station (B7) Sept 6-8 (Photo Muscle Beach, Venice Beach, CA)

Classic Photographs

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo Courtesy of Dawson Gallery

Classic Photographs Los Angeles will open its three-day run with an Opening Night Preview from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, September 6, and continue through Sunday, September 8 at the B7 ROSEGALLERY space Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. Now in its 10th year, Classic Photographs Los Angeles began when a small group of leading galleries and photography dealers, looking for an alternative to over-sized art fairs, organized an intimate photography show at the Michael Dawson Gallery in Los Angeles. In the years since its inception, Classic Photographs Los Angeles has established itself as the premiere West Coast destination for discovering and buying the best in vintage, modern and contemporary photography. This year’s fair will again boast an impressive international scope with participating galleries from North America, Paris, and Shanghai, each known for the quality of work they represent as well as their expertise.

Visitors will have a chance to feast their eyes on stunning works that span the history of photography. Vintage photographs of Los Angeles give viewers a chance to see what the city looked like in years past. No matter what your taste or budget, the diverse collections will appeal to collectors and photo enthusiast of all levels. The open camaraderie between exhibitors, collectors, curators, educators and students, will give guests an opportunity to meet and be a part of this vibrant community.

For more details, click here.

Paley Fest Fall TV

Paley Fest Fall TV Previews Sept 5-15 (Photo Brian To/The Paley Center for Media)

Paley Fest Fall TV

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo By Brian To/The Paley Center

The month marks the 13th annual Paley Fest Fall TV Previews and it’s bigger and better than ever.  For ten days you can attend screenings of your favorite shows and premieres of new series from all five major broadcast networks, cable television and premium streaming services.   All screenings are followed by star-studded discussions with cast and creatives.

It’s hard to sum up ten days of programming but here are some highlights:  A reboot of Mad About You everyone’s favorite series from the 90’s debuts with Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser as empty nesters (note Spectrum subscribers can binge all 164 original episodes);  Perfect Harmony is a comedy about a church choir starring Bradley Whitford; teenage detective Nancy Drew pops up on the CW; All Rise is  a quirky courtroom drama set in LA; look for Undone, adult animation on the nature of reality; Dollface stars Kat Dennings of 2 Broke GirlsChasing the Cure explores medical mysteries; Disenchantment, the animated series about a hard-drinking princess returns; black-ish spinoff mixed-ish reveals life as a mixed race family in the 80’s; The Casagrandes is an animated spinoff from the popular The Loud House; An unexpected modern day family ‘reunion” is the basis for Almost Family; Comedian Bill Gardell returns as a heart patient who falls for his nurse in Bob Hearts Abishola.  And more.

For the full festival program and tickets click here.

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