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Moving on Up From The Waste
Posted Sep 19 2006 by Pam

Dancer Antonia Franceschi presents the story of her own life in Up From The Waste at the Soho (18 October - 11 November). It is the first ever dance/theatre presentation at the theatre and features jazz, classical and hip hop  music as well as words, dance and digital imagery.

Franceschi's life provides an interesting story. She experienced a childhood of neglect, abuse and poverty in 1970s New York and joined up for weekly dance lessons to escape. She was cast in the film Fame at the age of 16, after faking a birth certificate, and used the money she earned to help pay her way through dance school. Franceschi became a leading dancer at the New York City Ballet and, on moving to London, worked with Mark Baldwin, Wayne McGregor, Michael Clarke, Arlene Phillips, Matthew Hart, Cathy Marston, Karole Armitage and Anthony Van Laast. In 1999, she received the Time Out Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.

A workshop performance of Up From The Waste took place at the Albany theatre in 2002.


Win Nia Peeples' New Movie: Connors' War
Posted Sep 17 2006 by Pam

/Film is giving away a copy of the new movie Connors' War to one lucky winner. The movie comes out on DVD on September 26th. Head on over to /Film to find out how you can win.


Cerveris to take part in "Letters to a Young Artist" Benefit
Posted Sep 14 2006 by Pam

A one-night-only reading of Anna Deavere Smith's new book, "Letters to a Young Artist," will be presented Sept. 25 at the Daryl Roth Theatre.

Hosted by Daryl Roth and Martin Sheen, the evening will feature the talents of Smith, Eve Ensler, Bill T. Jones, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Cerveris and Lisa Kron. Show time is 7 PM.

The performances, which will be followed by a reception, will benefit WET, which "produces works which challenge female stereotypes and advocate for equality." Proceeds will help mount a production of Anna Ziegler's play BFF at the DR2 Theater, where WET is a Theatre-in-Residence.

Anna Deavere Smith is a writer and actress who has weaved history, interviews and impersonation in such gripping one-person shows as Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles. She is the recipient of two Obie Awards and two Tony nominations as well as a MacArthur Fellowship. On screen she has been seen in "Philadelphia," "An American President," "The Human Stain," "Rent," "The Practice," "Presidio Med" and "The West Wing."

The Daryl Roth Theatre is located at 101 East 15th Street. Tickets, priced $115, are available by visiting (There will be $125 tickets available at the door the evening of the performance.) Price includes performance, open bar, hors d'oeuvres and gift bag. For more information call (212) 682-0265.



Broadway Meets Country
Posted Sep 14 2006 by Pam

As the first Broadway Meets Country concert was held in Manhattan, it seems only fair that the second annual concert will take place in Nashville.

On Oct. 30, the second edition of Broadway Meets Country will be held in the James K. Polk Theater at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Among the Broadway favorites scheduled to lend their talents to the annual fundraiser are Laura Bell Bundy, Dixie Carter, Michael Cerveris, Eden Espinosa, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Brian d'Arcy James and Julia Murney. They will be joined by such country music stars as Josh Gracin, Raul Malo, Lorrie Morgan, Jamie O’Neal, SHeDAISY and Lee Ann Womack.

The one-night-only event, which will feature country stars singing Broadway tunes and Broadway stars singing country fare, will benefit TPAC Education and The Actors' Fund of America. Concertgoers can also expect a few duets, where Broadway and country voices will unite.

The concert is presented by the Country Music Association as part of "Nashville Celebrates Country," a week of activities that precede "The 40th Annual CMA Awards."

Tickets for Broadway Meets Country, priced $35-$500, will go on sale Sept. 15 by visiting or by calling (615) 255-ARTS, ext. 2787. The James K. Polk Theater at TPAC is located at 505 Deaderick Street in Nashville, TN.

For more information about the concert visit



Eric Pierpoint in "Harm's Way"
Posted Dec 10 2007 by Pam

Eric Pierpoint is playing Col. Hank Davis in the play Harm's Way.

Related links:
War and games in 'Harm's Way' (scroll a little way down the page)
A War Story With Little Fight

Circus Theatricals Studio Theatre at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.
Ends Feb. 9.


Jesse Borrego in 365 Days/365 Plays
Posted Nov 09 2006 by Pam

Center Theatre Group announced the cast for the Los Angeles opening of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks 365 Days/365 Plays, occurring Wednesday Nov. 15, 2006 at 8:30 p.m. on the Music Center Plaza.

The performance's cast members include Jesse Borrego, Patrick Breen, Liza Colon-Zayas, Barry Shabaka Henley, O-Lan Jones, Leonard Nam and Adina Porter, with Bart DeLorenzo directing.

"365 Days/365 Plays started in November 2002 when Suzan-Lori Parks committed to writing a play a day for the next 365 days. From Nov 13, 2006 – Nov 12, 2007 the 365 Days/365 Plays National Festival will present the work simultaneously across the country, creating the largest collaboration in the history of American theater," according to the Public Theater website.

Center Theatre Group presents the November 15 event with 50 other Los Angeles theatres, and is working with Son of Semele Ensemble, City Garage, Ghost Road Company, Theatre @ Boston Court and L.A. Stage Alliance.

The 365 Days/365 Plays performance is free to the public but reservations are urged and can be made by calling 213-972-7386.  The Music Center is located at 135 N. Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.  For more information, visit:



Nia to Host, Loretta to Perform
Posted Nov 09 2006 by Pam

Tomorrow, November 10th, Nia Peeples will be hosting "The Bachelor: Sizzling Hot ’N’ Winter Fashion Show". Male models walk the runway in clothes by L.A. and N.Y. designers. Loretta Chandler will be performing at the event. Proceeds benefit VEPAG’s youth arts intensive training programs for inner city youth.

Event will take place at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W Washington Bl, L.A., California. Show starts at 8pm. For ticket information visit the Vision Entertainment Performing Arts Group website.


Nia Peeples to perform in Italy.
Posted Aug 30 2006 by Pam


Nia Peeples is scheduled to perform at a charity event that will be held in Parma, Italy on the 16th of September. Below is the brochure for the event. Special thanks to Stefano, who is the organizer of the event for sending me the info and brochure.

If anyone is able to attend and would like to let everyone know how the concert was, please send me an email.

The concert is in honor of Fame and Gene Anthony Ray, according to


Sweden Fame Season 1 Release
Posted Apr 30 2007 by Pam

Season 1 of Fame is to be released on May 23rd in Sweden. has more information.
Note: Cover art is, at this time, supposed to be the same as the US version only with Swedish text. I'll post a picture of the actual cover as soon as I can.

Thanks to Jessica for this information.


Fame Movie Gets A Remake
Posted Apr 17 2007 by Pam

According to an article on, it looks as if Fame is getting a movie remake.

"The $25 million redo is slated to hit theaters in summer 2008 and will be based on the Alan Parker film set at the New York Academy of Performing Arts, which starred Irene Cara and Debbie Allen and launched a generation of wannabe performers. A writer and director has been hired for the project. MGM plans to retain many of the musical elements of the original movie that also launched a global television hit and international stage show."


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