In spite of efforts to save Debbie Reynolds Legacy Studios from the wrecking ball, a demolition sign has been posted on the building in North Hollywood. It appears there’s nothing more that can be done. Well. That's not exactly true ... when there's a creative thinker around like Vincent Paterson!
Looking beyond the sadness, Vincent found a way to save pieces of the studio where he choreo'd and rehearsed Michael Jackson projects like Thriller, Beat It, The Way You Make Me Feel, and Black Or White. Madonna, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher, Debbie Reynolds, Bette Midler, Lucille Ball, and many other choreographers created here, including A4D's own award-winning dancemaker, Grover Dale.
With a team of buddies, Vincent is salvaging the wood floors where the blood, sweat, and tears of countless dancers are imbedded in the floorboards.
‘I decided to cut the pieces into various lengths,' claims Vincent... 'engrave them with the name of the Studio, attach an Authenticity Certificate, and sell them. ALL proceeds will go to two worthy and wonderful causes:
Half of every donation will go to Donielle Artese--a beautiful dancer whose kidneys are failing and she desperately needs financial assistance. Donielle took class, auditioned and rehearsed on these floors. As sick as she is, she participated in my THRILLER event on October 27, one of the last events held in the THRILLER Room at DR Studios.
The other half of every donation will go to ‘Dream A World’ … Bunny Hull’s organization that brings teachers of dance to the youngest children in the poorest schools in Los Angeles. Yes, planting the seed of art into young minds.’
So here’s your chance to help others and own a piece of history before they sell out. For more details, you can reach Vincent Paterson on his Facebook page.
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DANCING WITH THE STARS RECAP: COUNTRY NIGHT ANDTWO COUPLE ARE ELIMINATED Dedication Night on the DWTS Semi-Finals was full of surprises. It was evident there are two shows this season wrapped in one. There’s the race between the Most Popular contestant with the strongest voting fan-base and then there’s a contest for the Best Dancer. For most seasons, as we enter the Semi-Finals, there’s a merging of the popular and the best dancers and the weaker dancers get sent home. But this year something very different happened. We have the awful dancer but exuberant Bobby Bones who you just can’t help but love. He hosts the largest Country Music radio program in the country and has the power of his fans behind him. And then there’s Alexis Ren with millions of social media followers… Looks like those two facts played a factor in Monday's final outcome. But first, the dancing… By far, the most impressive dance and technically perfect performance was seen in the Tango performed by Juan Pablo and Cheryl. Honestly, it may have been the best performance on Dancing With The Stars in its history. It was so impressive and predictably received a perfect score. And the second time Juan Pablo and Cheryl danced, they received another perfect score. They've had four dances in a row with a score of 30. Then it was time to eliminate two couples. Host Tom Bergeron announced three couples were in danger. They were Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson, Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, and wait for it… Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke. As expected, the first couple to go home was Joe Amabile and Jenna Johnson. That left Alexis and Alan and Juan Pablo and Cheryl standing in the spotlight. We all expected to hear that lovebirds Alexis and Alan would be voted off, but to everyone’s shock and disbelief, the second couple sent home was Juan Pablo and Cheryl. Such a travesty. The best dancer who ever took the DTWS stage was sent home and denied the mirrorball trophy that he earned. What a shame!
DANCING WITH THE STARS JUNIORS: JUNIORS CHOICE NIGHT Dancing with the Stars: Juniors took last week off while Disney celebrated Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday, but the kids were back and took the reins. For Juniors Choice Night the young contestants picked their own music, some of which had special emotional significance to the competitors. So who gave the best performance and who was eliminated at the end of the night? The highest scoring routine was delivered by Ariana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine from Team Brandon Armstrong. They performed a Jazz routine to Rolex by Ayo and Teo which seemed like an odd song choice by a kid. Ariana received harsh critiques during Halloween Night. She took her feedback to heart and this week she received the first 10 of the season. Who was sent home? Jason Maybaum, a series regular Disney Channel's new series Raven's Home, and pro partner Elliana Walmsley from Team Emma Slater received the lowest combined judges’ scores and audience votes and they ended their run on the show.
16-YEAR OLD ANDREW BARTH FELDMAN IS NEXT STAR OF DEAR EVAN HANSEN ON BROADWAY Andrew Barth Feldman, a 16-year-old high-school junior who triumphed at the 2018 Jimmy Awards, will make his Broadway debut in the title role of Dear Evan Hansen on January 30, 2019. Feldman will succeed current star Taylor Trensch, who will play his final performance on January 27, 2019. Feldman is currently a student at Lawrence Woodmere Academy in Woodmere, NY. He took home the 2018 National High School Musical Theatre Award (Jimmy Award) for Best Performance by an Actor for his take on Jason Robert Brown's I Love Betsy from Honeymoon in Vegas. The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a Tony-winning book by Steven Levenson, a Tony-winning score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and direction by four-time Tony nominee Michael Greif.
MICHAEL PARK & HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF JOIN SUTTON FOSTER & GAVIN CREEL IN MY ONE AND ONLY BENEFIT A final foursome of stars have been announced to appear in next week's highly anticipated benefit performance of the 1983 Gershwin musical My One and Only. The event will be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Rob Ashford, and will play Broadway's Sondheim Theatre on November 12 at 7:30pm. Featuring a book by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer and the music of George and Ira Gershwin, My One and Only centers on Captain Billy Buck Chandler (Creel), a transatlantic aviator who flies around the world in pursuit of the championship swimmer Edythe (Foster), whom he loves. My One and Only features classic Gershwin tunes such as Funny Face, 'S Wonderful, Strike Up the Band, Nice Work If You Can Get It, andof course My One and Only.
JULIUS THOMAS III, DONALD WEBBER JR. TO LEAD HAMILTON’S 3RD NATIONAL TOUR; MIRANDA STARS IN PUERTO RICO Casting is complete for the upcoming third national touring production of the mega-hit musical Hamilton. The tour will begin with a Puerto Rico engagement starring the show's creator and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda in the title role. Donald Webber Jr. will co-star as Aaron Burr for the Puerto Rico run, with Julius Thomas III taking over as Alexander Hamilton beginning on the San Francisco stop. The tour will also star Brandon Armstrong as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, Rubén J. Carbajal as John Laurens/Phillip Schuyler, Darilyn Castillo as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Julia Harriman as Eliza Hamilton, Isaiah Johnson as George Washington, Simon Longnight as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Rick Negron as King George, and Sabrina Sloan as Angelica Schuyler. Hamilton features choreography by Andy Blankenbeuhler.
MGM has announced the development of Hope, a new movie musical featuring an original score by Grammy winner Chance the Rapper and his longtime collaborator Nico Segal. The film will feature a screenplay by Carlito Rodriguez (Empire)…
ANDREA MCARDLE & DONNA MCKECHNIE TO SING SONDHEIM & HAMLISCH IN NEW CONCERT Broadway legends Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie are pairing up for a series of concerts at Feinstein's/54 Below. McArdle and McKechnie, original stars of Annie and A Chorus Line, will toast iconic songwriters Stephen Sondheim and Marvin Hamlisch for the engagement, scheduled for January 1-5, 2019. Opening with Sondheim's Another Hundred People from Company, McArdle and McKechnie will take audiences on a musical journey as they share personal stories through a collection of wonderful songs, finally looking back on the life they have chosen with Hamlisch's What I Did For Love from A Chorus Line. The show will also feature songs from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Follies, A Little Night Music, and They're Playing Our Song. Audiences can also expect songs from the films The Way We Were, Ice Castles, and The Entertainer.
KING KONG OPENS ON BROADWAY The highly anticipated Broadway staging of King Kong officially opened at the Broadway Theatre on November 8. Christiani Pitts, Eric William Morris and Erik Lochtefeld star in the production directed by Drew McOnie, which began previews on October 5. Based on the 1932 novel, King Kong follows a young actress (Pitts) and a maverick filmmaker (Morris) as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of the show is a 20-foot-high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. King Kong features a book by 2018 Tony winner Jack Thorne and a score by Marius de Vries and Eddie Perfect.
JERRY MITCHELL’S OLIVER!-THEMED MUSICAL BECOMING NANCY IS EYEING BROADWAY Jerry Mitchell, the Tony-winning director-choreographer of Kinky Boots and Pretty Woman, just might have lined up his next smash hit. Mitchell recently helmed a workshop presentation of Becoming Nancy, a stage musical adaptation of Terry Ronald's bestselling novel, according to reports. The show follows a boy who is cast as Nancy in his school's production of Oliver! and the friendship he develops with the football player classmate playing Bill Sikes. The show, which features a score by Mary Poppins music makers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, appears to be aiming for a Broadway premiere in the 2019-2020 season. Fingers crossed.
The Cher Show, the splashy new bio-musical based on the life of the Oscar-winning singer, had a strong first week of seven preview performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre. The glittering tuner took in a gross of $1,065,993.00, filling the theater to 95.20% capacity… Paula Wayne, the golden-voiced leading lady of Broadway’s Golden Boy, died on November 9 at her South Florida home. She was 84 and had battled pancreatic cancer in recent years…
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