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.
Nineteen years after the original film New Line Cinema is bringing a feature film adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway production Hairspray to life.
Daniel Day-Lewis (”There Will Be Blood”, ”Gangs of New York”) demonstrerer nye sider af sit kolossale talent i denne filmversion af musicalen ”Nine”, der oprindelig blev sat op på Broadway i 1982 og vandt ikke mindre end fem Tony Awards. Her spiller Day-Lewis filminstruktøren Guido Contini, som – og det må man vist godt røbe – er stærkt inspireret af virkelighedens Federico Fellini, der jo selv legede med den fiktive selvbiografi i sin berømte ”8½” (læg selv til).
Handlingen udspiller sig på et tidspunkt, hvor Contini befinder sig i sit livs værste kreative og personlige krise. Kunstner, som han er, spejler han sin krise i kvinderne i sit liv: Der er hans kone (Marion Cotillard – ”La Vie en Rose”), hans elskerinde (Penélope Cruz - ”Vicky Christina Barcelona”), hans filmstjerne-muse (Nicole Kidman – ”Australia”), hans fortrolige og kostumier gennem mange år (Judi Dench – ”Quantum of Solace”), en amerikansk modejournalist (Kate Hudson – ”Bride Wars”), luderen fra hans ungdom (Stacy Ferguson – Black Eyed Peas) og hans mor (Sophia Loren –”Prêt-à-Porter”). Daniel Day-Lewis og hele det formidable kvindelige cast instrueres af Rob Marshall, der også med succes overførte ”Chicago” til filmlærredet.
Starring Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance, Bradley Whitford, Gina Gershon, Kathryn Hahn, Mary McCormack...
WINNER OF TWO DRAMA DESK AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING REVIVAL AND OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY.
"Pure pleasure and unconditional bliss!" - The New York Times
"Mile High Hilarity" - Daily News
"A riot!" - Variety
NOMINATED FOR 6 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING:
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN APLAY
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
In Boeing-Boeing, an architect living in Paris (Whitford) has been successfully juggling three flight attendant fiancées with his housekeeper (Baranski) reluctantly playing romantic air-traffic controller as they fly in and out of his swank bachelor pad. But when an old school pal (Rylance) visits, things get rather turbulent. Schedules change, flights are delayed and chaos ensues in this whirl of mayhem and matchmaking.
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****
Liza Minnelli introduces an exclusive preview from her new public television project Liza's At The Palace. The program, and full length DVD, captures her Tony Award Winning Broadway production. Coming to public television beginning in late November 2009. Distributed by Tubemogul.
*LEGALLY BLONDE celebrates 1st anniversary.
*John Lithgow's STORIES BY HEART to premiere off Broadway.
*Marvin Hamlisch to debut with New York Philharmonic.
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The first anniversary of Legally Blonde is April 29th. To celebrate, cast members will be making appearances all over Manhattan including a performance at the NBA store. The show's leading lady, Laura Bell Bundy, will even be honored with a Sardi's caricature. Legally Blonde officially enters its 2nd year on Broadway April 29.
Another one man show is about to open...and the team of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' John Lithgow and Jack O'Brien have been working of late to create Lithgow's one-man show, John Lithgow: Stories By Heart, which began a limited off-Broadway run at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on April 20. Directed by O'Brien, Lithgow's solo show will be held at the Lincoln Center Theater, Sunday and Monday evenings from May 12th to June 2nd.
Exciting news for Marvin Hamlish.The A Chorus Line composer will make his debut with the New York Philharmonic May 20. Hamlisch will host and conduct an evening at Avery Fisher Hall entitled "Broadway's Greatest Showstoppers." The concert will boast the talents of Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and Raœl Esparza. Esparza's performance of Being Alive is worth the price of admission alone. Definitely a must see..
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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****.
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Antonio Banderas launched his fifth fragrance, BLUE SEDUCTION FOR WOMEN, earlier this year with an event in New York City alongside cast members from Tony Award Winning Best Musical, In the Heights, and children benefiting from the House of the Roses, Ballet Hispanico School of Dance, R. Evoluci
Sir Alec Guinness, Sir Ralph Richardson and Joan Plowright star in Tony Award-winner John Dexter’s production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
In theaters July 2nd, 2008
In the first feature film based on the hugely popular
American Girl® book series, Oscar® nominee Abigail Breslin
(Little Miss Sunshine) stars as a resourceful young girl
whose bravery, compassion and determination help her solve a
mystery that saves her family’s home during the Great
Depression. KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL is directed by
Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park) from a screenplay by Ann
Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe). The film’s all-star ensemble cast includes
two-time Oscar® nominee Joan Cusack (In & Out, Working
Girl), Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Tony Award
winner and Golden Globe nominee Jane Krakowski (“Ally
McBeal”), Golden Globe nominee Chris O’Donnell (Batman &
Robin), Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall), Wallace Shawn
(The Princess Bride) and two-time Golden Globe winner
Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada).
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* Kelly Sullivan joining Young Frankenstein.
* Menzel, Michelle and Carlson to read Nero.
* Fela Kuti musical coming to 37Arts.
* McDermott and Tierney to star in Three Changes.
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Hosted by Tony Award-winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, "Dance Your Ass Off" pairs twelve full-figured contestants with a professional dance partner who will train them for weekly dance performances. Hip-hop, ballroom, salsa, pole dancingno style is off limits. An expert panel scores each participant, but the true judge is the scale.Tune in for the premiere of "Dance Your Ass Off" on June 29 at 10/9c. Only on Oxygen.
Supermodel Christie Brinkley has turned into a super "stage" star. She's now singing and dancing as Roxie Hart in the Tony award-winning musical "Chicago". Better was on hand for her Broadway debut.