Late composer Mary Rodgers is set to be honoured at the New York Musical Theater Festival on Saturday (19Jul14) with a special screening of a 1964 adaptation of her Broadway musical Once Upon a Mattress. The daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers passed away on 26 June (14) at the age of 83.
Musical theatre composer Mary Rodgers has died, aged 83. The daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers passed away on 26 June (14), according to Playbill.com.
Rodgers grew up with her father's enormous success in the theatre, and she wrote the music to Once Upon a Mattress, the musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Princess and the Pea, in her 20s.
The production, which debuted in 1959, gave lead actress Carol Burnett her big break and her first Tony Award nomination.
Once Upon a Mattress closed less than a year after opening, but found success with a TV special in 1964 and 1972, both starring Burnett, as well as a Broadway revival in 1996 starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
Rodgers also composed the music to such shows as A to Z, Hot Spot, and Working.
She later became a children's book author, and wrote A Billion for Boris, Summer Switch, The Rotten Book and Freaky Friday, which was adapted for the big screen in 1976, featuring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, and again in 1995 and 2003, when it starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.
Rodgers' son with her second husband Henry Guettel, Adam Guettel, is also a musical theatre composer. He earned two Tony Award wins for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for his 2003 musical The Light in the Piazza.
Rodgers is survived by her sister, Linda Rodgers Emory, five children, seven grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
It's hard to imagine, but even after an actor or actress has climbed their way up from lead of their high school's production of Once Upon a Mattress to Oscar-nominated actress on their way to being full-fledged Academy Award winner, that person's parents are still just as proud and overwhelmed with emotion as they were in the beginning. Moms and Dads: they'll always love to gush.
Anne Hathaway is currently earning raves and Oscar buzz for her portrayal of Fantine in the film adaptation of the classic musical Les Misérables. But perhaps more importantly, she's wowing her mother and father. While Hathaway is stern about the fact that the roles she takes are the ones that compel her and her alone, she also can't help but acknowledge how thrilled her mother is with her performance.
"She's really happy. It's really exciting to go through this moment," Hathaway says. "To have my love for the show have originated 23 years ago when I saw my mother do it… she is so connected, both my parents are so connected, to this moment, to me, it's a really happy time for us."
Hathway's mother, Kate McCauley Hathaway, played Fantine in a National Tour of Les Misérables, making the role in the film version even more personal for the actress. Hathaway is protective when it comes to revealing how she digs deep into her characters, but says she learned an important lesson from her mother's own experiences playing the part.
"I loved to hear her stories about it," Hathaway says. "Whenever she would go on as Fantine, she would keep my picture on the mirror ... so whenever she would have to think of Cosette, all of the love she felt for me would make its way into her performance."
To hear more from Anne Hathaway on her parents' reaction to her performance and an inside look on the strenuous single-shot delivery of "I Dreamed a Dream" (which took 20 takes to shoot!), check out our interview with the actress below:
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Who could have guessed so many Hollywood stars would want to go back to high school? Joining the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Ricky Martin, and Neil Patrick Harris, actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson will soon make their way through the singing, dancing halls of McKinley High on Glee. Fox announced on Monday that Parker, who will be making her first return to television since Sex and the City, and Hudson, who probably just starred in another romantic comedy in the span of this sentence, will both appear in Season 4 of the Emmy-winner.
While there's no details about who Parker will play or how long she'll be on the series (Hudson, however, is slated for a six-episode arc) we have some thoughts on what these stars could/should do during their visit to celebrity destination hotspot McKinley High. Since both stars have a musical background (Parker previously appeared on Broadway in shows like Annie and Once Upon A Mattress and Hudson starred in the movie adaptation of the musical Nine) they should have no problem knocking out these numbers:
SJP: Who wouldn't want to see Carrie Bradshaw sing about shoes or fashion? The 42-year-old could croon Nancy Sinatra's classic "These Boots Were Made For Walking" or Paolo Nutini's "New Shoes" and fans could envision a SATC musical that never happened. Then again, it might be fun to watch the actress revisit her Broadway roots with an encore of "Tomorrow" or "It's a Hard-Knock Life."
Kate Hudson: Since she'll be appearing in six episodes, it's a safe bet the 33-year-old will be playing yet another one of McKinley's subs. My guess is either as a music teacher or a history teacher, since she starred in one of the greatest movies about music in history, Almost Famous. Since it would be sacrilege for Ryan Murphy to attempt to recreate the magic of the Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" singalong (seriously, don't do it) maybe she could bring us through musical history with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" or Nena's "99 Luftballoons." Then again, she could always just sing some Muse.
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The star passed away on 24 July (11) at her home in Greenwich Village, New York.
White made her Broadway debut in 1945 when she landed a role in Strange Fruit, but it was her star turn as Queen Aggravain, opposite a young Carol Burnett, in a 1959 production of Once Upon a Mattress which gave her her big break.
The musical led to further work in a number of Shakespeare plays, and she was honoured with an Obie Award in 1971 for her continued career achievements.
White later appeared in a number of U.S. soap operas such as A World Apart and The Edge of Night, becoming one of the first black actresses to land a soap role under contract.
She was also known for her vocal talent and performed as a cabaret singer in her autobiographical one-woman show Jane White, Who? from 1979.
S02E07 Modern Family is a sweet show. At its very worst it will still deliver a few solid laughs, and at its best it adds warmth and sincerity on top of all the laughs. This week’s episode wasn’t one of the best, but it still brought the funny and was better than most shows on television.
Let’s start out with the weakest story of the episode. Once again we find Gloria making Jay do something he finds ridiculous and Jay has to turn to Manny for help. This time, apparently Gloria likes to celebrate every little anniversary possible and Jay is scrambling to remember what they’re celebrating and where they celebrate it. However, Manny is upset because Jay fired his friend on the loading docks. What worked about this episode is we got a sweet little moment when Jay admits that he thinks of Manny as “his kid” and Manny tells Jay what he needs to know. What didn’t work was the basic premise. How long can the writers keep Gloria having some strange tradition and Jay struggling to make her happy and Manny swooping in to save the day? If it weren’t for Manny (he usually saves the story with his one liners and asides) I’d be very worried about them. Well, him and Sofia Vergara’s dresses. Those keep me interested every week.
Manny’s awesome moments of the week were pretty strong. He attempted to have Mitchell act as his friend’s representation in a wrongful termination suit. When Mitchell obviously doesn’t take the case he gives Jay the silent treatment, which Jay easily breaks with a knock-knock joke. Very funny stuff.
Then we get Cam trying to turn Lily into a child star by having her appear in a commercial. Just as Gloria tries to get Jay to do something, Cam wants Lily to do something that Mitchell doesn’t agree with. Again, not sure how long the writers can keep this dynamic up but like Manny, Cam can usually save the story from being too repetitive. Cam goes behind Mitchell’s back and gets Lily to appear in a local commercial. Cam has Stage-Mom written all over him and of course he starts to act like one on set. Mitchell is reluctant, of course, and turns out, for a good reason because the commercial is slightly (nay, very) racist and the only reason Lily appears in it is because she’s Asian.
Again, Cam has some great moments that save it. He tries to eat prop grapes and is shocked when they let Mitchell on set (which is just a warehouse behind a mattress store). Then Cam gets his chance to make a big speech, but then has to eat his shoe which is the exact same joke they do in the pilot when Mitchell makes a big deal on an airplane after a simple misunderstanding. So the writers reused a premise for a joke a season and a half later. If it shows up at the end of season three, I think I’ll forgive them. Plus it let Cam pick up the wrong child and everyone knows Asian stereotype jokes are always hilarious.
Then we get to the gem of the episode: the Dunphy story. This week had them in a very nuanced and layered plot that played on several dynamics of the show that had been building this entire season. Basically it was really funny. Claire and Haley are both sick so they spend some quality time together recuperating. Phil attempts to take care of everything around the house, especially find the smoke alarm with the low battery, and in the process begins to feel emasculated. Luke, not wanting to spoil his trip to Disney Land in two days, goes germaphobe and wears protective headgear while helping his dad. Claire, noticing how serious Haley is getting with Dylan (yay the return of Dylan!), tries to explain to her in very vague terms relating to the soap opera they’re watching that things are going to fast and she should slow down before she makes a regretful mistake. Haley thinks Claire is talking about her own marriage and takes it upon herself to “fix” it. Everything intertwines with everything and creates this perfect little story.
And oh the funny bits, where to start? Luke wins for his costume and trying to eat a cookie through the glass. Phil also wins for gradually getting more and more feminine, which Luke painfully (albeit hilariously) points out that his apron sags where the boobies should go. Luke’s got a sharp eye. One thing I didn’t notice on the first go around was that Phil reacting to the chirps is a lot like a mother bird hearing her baby birds' chirping. This might have been obvious to some of you, but I felt like a scholar when I realized it. And Phil wasn’t helping himself feel manly when he grabbed his baton to beat the smoke alarms.
Haley and Dylan also got in some serious laughs this week. Their refusal to hang up on each other was clichéd but they handled it well. And apparently, Dylan has been having some very odd dreams about Haley and Claire together, but lets be rational here, Julie Bowen and Sarah Hyland are very attractive and those types of dreams would be fairly justifiable. But why would Dylan admit that to Haley? Why wouldn’t he? Absolutely hilarious. And that shirt Haley was wearing at the end of the episode? With that and the costumes she wore last week, the writers seem to be enjoying themselves (and yes, I checked, she’s legal) and who could blame them?
And now for some random theories. Where was Alex this episode? She was noticeably absent which sucked. She’s usually good for two or three great one liners a week, hopefully we’ll get more of her in a future episode.
Now last week or two weeks ago, my girlfriend and her roommate brought up a theory that Claire seemed pregnant. At the time, I thought that was kind of crazy, but after this week I think it's a possibility. It would be a very subtle build up if the writers are doing this and it could very well be a wild guess (if it does turn out that pregnancy is not the case then I’m blaming the girlfriend, if she is pregnant it was all my idea and I totally called it) but I could see it happening. They swear up and down that she looks pregnant and I guess girls have an eye for stuff like that but I don’t really see it. But it does make sense when Claire said she was craving pizza and was sick in the morning. Again, this could be hogwash but if it does turn out to be true I just wanted to get it on the record that I totally called it.
The star, best known for his role as Mr. Beeper in the 1980 comedy film, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2010 in Oakland, New Jersey after suffering complications from Parkinson's disease.
Dan Resin began his career on Broadway in the 1950s, with roles in productions such as My Fair Lady and Once Upon a Mattress.
He later stepped offstage and in front of the camera and starred in commercials and TV shows, as well as films including Wise Guys, The Sunshine Boys and The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover.
Dan is best remembered for his role opposite Chevy Chase and Bill Murray in Caddyshack.
Dan Resin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret, and three daughters, according to Variety.com.
The longtime theatre star passed away last month (28May10) in Los Angeles. No more details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
Sydow made his name as a theatre director, winning an Obie Award for his 1958 adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov. He went on to helm a string of high-profile productions, including a 1959 national tour of Once Upon a Mattress with Buster Keaton.
His work on Broadway earned him a Tony Award for his 1967 revival of Annie Get Your Gun.
Sydow's career included several acting roles, with a brief stint in TV comedy Frasier in the 1990s and a 2007 appearance in Brothers & Sisters.
A spoof of the Hans Christian Andersen fable, "The Princess and the Pea," wherein Winifred Woebegone, a girl who lives in a bog, attempts to win the heart of Dauntless the Drab, a prince whose mother strives to keep him from marrying.