The world thought it knew Elián González’s story: The 5-year-old boy who washed up on the Florida coast after a deadly crossing from Cuba who became the center of an extraordinary, never-before-experienced media firestorm and international custody battle, pitting family members against each other and testing political policy at a crucial moment in history. The CNN documentary ELIÁN shows how this incredible story is interwoven into the current political climate – and shows, for the first time, Elián González today speaking in a never-before-seen unfiltered way about his experiences. Narrated by Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza, executive produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, produced by award-winning filmmaker Trevor Birney, and codirected by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Tim Golden and award-winning photographer Ross McDonnell.
* Countdown to the Tony Awards
* Kerry Butler releases album
* Outer Critics Circle announces awards.
* Charles Busch to guest star in Debra & Mary's Night on the Town.
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This past Sunday a concert was taped at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center which featured a pool of Tony Award contenders. Performers from Xanadu, In the Heights, South Pacific, Gypsy, Cry Baby, Passing Strange, Sunday in the Park with George, A Catered Affair, Little Mermaid, and Grease performed numbers for the invitation only audience. The concert will air in NY on June 7th on CBS. Check local listings for broadcast times.
Kerry Butler recently released her debut record. Composed of Kerry's interpretations of Disney classics, Faith Trust and Pixie Dust is a unique collection of songs. Kerry will perform selections from the album tomorrow night, May 15th, at 5:30 at the Barnes and Noble on 66th and Broadway. A portion of the proceeds will benefit World Vision.
The Outer Critics Circle just announced it's award winners for the 2007-09 season. August: Osage County took home Outstanding New Broadway Play, while Outstanding New Broadway Musical was a tie between Xanadu and Young Frankenstein. Harold Pinter's The Homecoming took the Outstanding Revival of a Play and South Pacific received the Outstanding Revival of a Musical award. An awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday May 22nd at Sardi's.
Debra and Mary's Night on the Town will feature the multi-talented playwrite/actor/singer Charles Busch as a special guest on May 19th at 8:30 at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Call 212-989-9319 for reservations.
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* Whoopi to host Tony's.
* Patti LuPone recording Gypsy soundtrack.
* PS Classics releasing A Catered Affair, Adding Machine.
* Groff & Michelle leaving Spring Awakening.
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Tony award winner Whoopi Goldberg has signed on to host the 62nd annual Tony Awards, to be broadcast live on June 15 from Radio City Music Hall. The Tony's have gone two years without a single master of ceremonies, instead working with a lot of different presenters. Interestingly, this will mark Whoopi's first time as emcee of this huge theatre event. Whoopi has hosted the Oscars four times.
Patti Lupone and the cast of Gypsy headed into the recording studio last week to lay down tracks for a recording of the current version of the show. The recording will be released in August on Time Life records.
The PS Classics label will release the soundtrack to A Catered Affair, the new John Bucchino musical, on May 27th, as well as the soundtrack to Adding Machine June 3rd. The venerable label will also release solo recordings by Broadway stars Kerry Butler and Capathia Jenkins. If you can't wait for them to hit stores, you can pre-order online at psclassics****.
Jonathan Groff and Lea Michelle are leaving Spring Awakening at the end of May.Their final performance at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre will be May 18. In other Spring Awakening news, the show will hit the road soon for a multi city tour that begins in San Francisco at the Curran Theatre on Sept. 4th.
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* Tony Awards honor departing actors.
* Ensemble Studio Theatre hosts 30th Marathon Benefit.
* Shakespeare in the Park begins.
* NY Reality School has workshop.
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PlayhouseSquare is extremely excited to see all the winners and nominees in the upcoming Tony Awards. On June 7th at 8PM on CBS, Neil Patrick Harris (yes, Doogie Howser, M.D. himself) will host the 63rd Annual Tony Awards – which honor each season’s best Broadway shows, actors & more. Hot nominees this year include Billy Elliot, Shrek, Next to Normal, Hair, Rock of Ages, West Side Story, Mary Stuart, God of Carnage, and more. The winners and nominees may end up on our stages someday!
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Better takes you to the red carpet for the 65th Tony Awards show.
Anne Jeffreys , at the 15th Annual Tony Awards Party, talked to StarCam’s Jennifer Tapiero about what it’s like being a part of the Actors Fund and whether she is currently working on any projects.
Hal Holbrook, at the 15th Annual Tony Awards Party, talked to StarCam’s Jennifer Tapiero about what it’s like being honored at the party, how long he’s been acting, and what genre he likes to act in the most.
The Book of Mormon Performed at the 65th Tony Awards
*******SupremeMasterTV**** – MUSIC & POETRY Singing As a Ministry: Tony Award Winner Melba Moore. Episode: 1815, Air Date: 3 September 2011.
Amanda Seyfried stood out in a colourful ensemble at the Tony Awards in New York as James Corden thanks his fiancé after scooping Best Actor gong.
Swiss Watch Brand Longines and Harry Connick, Jr. Raise Funds for Habitat for Humanity
Longines and Harry Connick, Jr. Raise $300,000 for Habitat programs in New Orleans and Houston
HOUSTON, TX - November 07, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Swiss watch brand Longines joined brand Ambassador of Elegance Harry Connick, Jr. for a benefit event that raised more than $300,000 dollars in total, which will benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village and Operation Love Thy Neighbor, two Habitat for Humanity programs. The highlight of the night included an auction of the remaining five Longines evidenza Harry Connick, Jr. limited edition timepieces that contributed to almost half of the overall money raised. The exclusive event took place in Houston at the residence of Landry's Restaurant, Inc. President, Chairman and CEO, Tilman Fertitta and wife Paige.
Recognizing the impact of last year's devastating storms on the Gulf Coast, and Connick's heartfelt commitment to the rebuilding efforts, Longines decided to host an event in Houston, the city that embraced the more than 150,000 displaced evacuees.
Connick, a native of New Orleans, is one of the most active celebrities supporting the rebuilding of the Crescent City. Together, Longines and Connick auctioned off the five remaining exclusive Longines evidenza limited edition watches in a series of 11, featuring a timeless tonneau-shaped rose gold case with case-back signed by Harry Connick, Jr. Auction winners of the five Longines timepieces include Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Petrello, Mr. Tracy Krohn, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Peterson, Mr. Vinod Ramani and Mr. and Mrs. Tillman Fertitta. All proceeds from the ticket sales and timepieces directly benefited New Orleans-based Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village and Houston-based Operation Love Thy Neighbor.
Earlier this summer, Longines raised $220,000 with the first five Longines evidenza limited edition Harry Connick, Jr. timepieces (in a set of 11 exclusive watches worldwide) during the five sold-out benefit performances of the recent Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award winning revival of The Pajama Game, held June 13-17 at the American Airlines Theatre in New York. All proceeds from the five auctioned watches benefited Habitat's New Orleans Musicians' Village. Musicians' Village was conceived by Connick and fellow musician Branford Marsalis shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, to rebuild homes for displaced musicians and other deserving families.
For more information on Longines and to find a local retailer, visit: www.longines****.
Only One in Four Americans Believes People are Sympathetic TowardsThose with Mental Illness
Washington, DC, December 04, 2006 /PRNewswire/ - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Ad Council, today launched a national awareness public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to decrease the negative attitudes that surround mental illness and encourage young adults to support their friends who are living with mental health problems.
"We took a new approach to de-stigmatizing mental illness with this campaign," said Assistant Surgeon General Eric B. Broderick, SAMHSA Acting Deputy Administrator. "Instead of telling people why they shouldn't discriminate against people with mental illnesses, we are showing how friends can be supportive of those who have disclosed they are having a mental health problem and the critical role that friendship plays in recovery."
Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans (85 percent) believe that people with mental illnesses are not to blame for their conditions, only about one in four (26 percent) agrees that people are generally caring and sympathetic toward individuals with mental illnesses, according to a new HealthStyles Survey released today. The survey data, licensed from Porter Novelli by SAMHSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also found that only one-quarter of young adults believe that a person with a mental illness can eventually recover, and slightly more than one-half (54 percent) who know someone with a mental illness believe that treatment can help people with mental illnesses lead normal lives.
"The advances made in treatments and services for mental illnesses offer the hope of recovery for all," said Acting Surgeon General Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H, who helped to kick off the campaign. "Mental illness is not something to be ashamed of. It is an illness that should be treated with the same urgency and compassion as any other illness. And just like any other illness, the support of friends and family members is key to recovery."
According to SAMHSA, in 2005 there were an estimated 24.6 million adults aged 18 or older who experienced serious psychological distress (SPD), which is highly correlated with serious mental illness. Among 18 to 25 year olds, the prevalence of SPD is high (18.6 percent for 18-25, vs. 11.3 percent for all adults 18 years of age and older). But this age group shows the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors. Additionally, those with mental health conditions in this segment have a high potential to minimize future disability if social acceptance is broadened and they receive the right support and services early on.
Created pro bono by Grey Worldwide, the PSA campaign aims to reach 18- to 25-year-old adults who have friends living with mental illnesses. It highlights the importance of their providing support. Featuring a voiceover by Tony award-winning actor Liev Schreiber, the television and radio spots illustrate how friendship is the key to recovery. The campaign also includes print and interactive advertising that directs audiences to visit a new comprehensive Web site, www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov to learn more about mental health and what they can do to play a role in their friend's recovery.
"The prevalence of mental illness among young adults in our country is staggering. We need to reduce the widespread stigma and provide a greater opportunity for recovery," said Peggy Conlon, President and CEO of The Advertising Council. "The compelling PSAs show young adults the critical role they have in supporting friends with mental illnesses, and will help reduce the stigma. Additionally, this age group can be a great catalyst for the rest of the population."
In addition to collaborating with the CDC, SAMHSA's National Mental Health Anti-Stigma Campaign has partnered with other federal agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), State mental health agencies, leading researchers on stigma, and a broad coalition of stakeholders, including organizations that represent provider organizations and consumer and family member groups. The Campaign held a series of regional meetings to develop a grassroots network to support the Campaign and provide assistance with anti-stigma efforts to States and local communities.
A resource guide entitled, "Developing a Stigma Reduction Initiative," was also recently released and is based on the evaluation and lessons learned from the Elimination of Barriers Initiative. The guide provides information on how to mount a statewide anti-stigma campaign, examples of outreach materials, reports on the best practices for stigma reduction, and lists important resources for technical assistance. Copies of the guide can be obtained by calling SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Clearinghouse at 1-800-789-2647.
To view the ads, please visit www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov. The PSAs were distributed to more than 28,000 media outlets nationwide earlier this month and will air in advertising time that will be donated by the media.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions, treatment and mental health services delivery system. SAMHSA can be reached at www.samhsa.gov
The Advertising Council is a private, non-profit organization that has been the largest producer of PSAs in the nation since 1942. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit www.adcouncil****
The "MEL BROOKS musical comedy THE PRODUCERS" at Paris Las Vegas announces television superstar David Hasselhoff to play "Roger DeBris" in the smash hit production's Vegas premiere
PERFORMANCES ARE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN
ON JANUARY 31, 2007
LAS VEGAS, November 2, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- The most honored show in Broadway history, the MEL BROOKS musical comedy THE PRODUCERS, at Paris Las Vegas announced today that David Hasselhoff has been signed to perform the outrageously flamboyant character, "Roger DeBris." Hasselhoff brings with him to Las Vegas an extensive career in film and television and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Watched TV star in the world. Hasselhoff's theatrical career began with his sold out Broadway debut in Jekyll and Hyde. That was followed by his celebrated performances as "Billy Flynn" in the Kander and Ebb smash Chicago, The Musical.
"I'm overjoyed that David Hasselhoff is going to play Roger DeBris in the Las Vegas production of THE PRODUCERS," said Mel Brooks. "He has an incredible comedic timing, terrific musical theater experience and a stage presence that I think will be a perfect marriage with the role. And by the way, he has great legs for that dress," he continued.
"I am honored to be a part of anything Mel Brooks is involved with," said David Hasselhoff. "He has always been my favorite man of comedy. He is a giant, and it is a dream come true to be a part of one of the greatest Broadway musicals in theater history," he continued.
The MEL BROOKS musical comedy THE PRODUCERS opened on Broadway on April 19, 2001 to unanimous rave reviews and is the recipient of the most Tony Awards in Broadway History (12, including Best Musical). Based on Mel Brooks' Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, the show tells the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant. Together, with the help of their flamboyant director, Roger DeBris (Hasselhoff), they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than you need for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. Their "sure-fire" theatrical fiasco?....None other than the musical Springtime for Hitler!
Tickets are now on-sale for February, March and April 2007. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Paris Las Vegas Box Office at
877-374-7469 or online at parislasvegas****. Group tickets can be purchased for groups of 15 or more by calling 800-828-3830.