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Is Rachel Zoe a Naked Princess Too?

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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On Saturday afternoon, Naked Princess  CEO and owner, Jordana Woodland celebrated the opening of her “if you have to ask you can’t afford it lingerie”  flagship store on La Cienega Blvd just at the corner of Melrose Place in West Hollywood, CA. Both fashion diva Rachel Zoe and actress Ali Larter, made scheduled appearances, at the top of the event, looking stunning and elegant, creating a photographic frenzy that added to the excitement all afternoon.  Actress Jaime King was also scheduled to be in attendance.

It was guest list only for the fan fare and celeb elbow rub. But tomorrow is always another day, and there will be plenty of time to devour what’s in store.

Simple hors d’oeuvres such as miniature lobster rolls, multi-colored macaroons, garlic beef on flatbread, champagne and sparkling water were offered along with a special coffee bar service in the courtyard for a “simply sumptuous”, very un-ostentatious, afternoon affair. Guests were invited to sample the array of apparel and other items as well as refreshments and make purchases.

Rachel Zoe, Ali Larter and Jordana Woodland at the Naked Princess flagship store opening in West Hollywood, CA

Rachel Zoe, Ali Larter and Jordana Woodland at the Naked Princess flagship store opening in West Hollywood, CA

Naked Princess is the ultimate off-the-beaten-Rodeo-Drive-path in luxury shopping experience. Featuring luscious silks, chiffons and crocheted lace sourced from France, delicate garments are finely stitched to perfection (not a single seam misaligned — I checked!) and couture quality  here in Los Angeles and other parts of the U.S. Formerly a wholesale operation, the store is designed as retail and open to the public.  With Rachel Zoe making good on her guest confirmation, the new location is already a “thumbs-up” and sure to be a must-shop destination.

Ladies looking to accoutre their inner sanctums will find a plush stop-in haven in Naked Princess. Boudoir and beauty items (bodysuits, bras, chemises, panties, robes, jewelry, candles, cosmetics), books and cards are available for the indulging at prices ranging from $60-$1800.

California opulence for pleasure-loving folk.

Naked Princess
653 North La Cienega (at the corner of Melrose Place on the west side of the boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 773-0721
 
Store Hours:
Monday through Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 12-6pm

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Style Alerts: Scarlett Johansson in Level 99 Again!

LOS ANGELES – September 5, 2013 – Scarlett Johansson was photographed in Level 99 leaving the Venice Film Festival yesterday.  The newly engaged actress wore the Tanya High Rise Skinnies for the second timeWhile she rocked the style in Watson wash yesterday, she wore the Adams wash back in late July ($120).

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PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL 2013 Kicks Off October 18 – Broadway Classics, Country Music, Hugh and Babs!

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The 2013 PBS Arts Fall Festival returns in October with seven weekly programs that highlight Broadway classics, music from around the country, and legendary superstar Barbra Streisand.

image001Underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to giving audiences a front row seat and a backstage pass to the best of the arts on-air and online, the series will be hosted by award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “The West Wing”) starting Friday, October 18, 2013 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings).

New offerings in the Festival include: the television premiere of GREAT PERFORMANCES“ Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn,” featuring the great singer’s return to her hometown; A RAISIN IN THE SUN REVISITED: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage, which explores the impact of the groundbreaking play; NASHVILLE 2.0 which looks at some of the greatest Americana and folk music artists in the country music capital; and aGREAT PERFORMANCES “40th Anniversary Celebration” with a star-studded lineup celebrating the iconic series at Lincoln Center. Also scheduled from GREAT PERFORMANCES are a star-studded version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company, San Francisco Opera’s new operatic version of Moby-Dickand a re-airing of the 1999 London stage revival of Oklahoma!

pbs-ipad-app-main“PBS’ commitment to arts programming has been strong for more than four decades, and our role as the broadcast industry’s only true home for the arts is solidified by this fall’s robust lineup,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “

“The Festival showcases all forms of art from across the country, with great star power and fantastic performances. It’s a veritable arts road-trip from New York to San Francisco with exciting stops along the way, and with Anna Deavere Smith as our host and guide, we expect these shows to resonate with audiences who seek out classic performances, cutting edge music and some of the greatest artists of all time.”

The full PBS Arts Fall Festival line-up follows below.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “40th Anniversary Celebration” 

Friday, October 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

Throughout its 40-year history on public television, GREAT PERFORMANCES has provided viewers with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of art, serving as America’s most prestigious center for the lively arts. Over four decades, GREAT PERFORMANCES has provided a national stage where popular artists reveal the surprising dimensions of their creative gifts and often go beyond audiences’ wildest expectations. The honored series has also offered artists a chance to pay homage to the influential figures in their lives and careers, and has spotlighted emerging artists in their feature-length television debuts. In celebration of this legacy, GREAT PERFORMANCES hosted an all-star celebration from Lincoln Center. A stellar roster of alumni share personal stories of what GREAT PERFORMANCES has meant to them, with reminiscences and performances by Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin and Take 6, Met Opera star Elîna Garanèa and Michael Bublé.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN REVISITED: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage

Friday, October 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 drama, A Raisin in the Sun, was the first Broadway play to depict the strength and humanity of an African-American family striving for a piece of the American dream by buying a house in a white working-class neighborhood in Chicago. More than 50 years later, playwright Bruce Norris created Clybourne Park, a sardonic Pulitzer Prize-winning prequel and sequel that takes place in the same Chicago house and revisits the questions of race, real estate and gentrification in America.

Inspired by Hansberry’s original and Norris’ follow-up, Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of Baltimore’s Center Stage, penned a third play, Beneatha’s Place, which follows two of the Raisin characters to Nigeria and its post-colonial struggles. Center Stage mounted Clybourne Park and Beneatha’s Place as “The Raisin Cycle” and as part of its 50th anniversary season. Producers James Arntz and John Paulson, in collaboration with Maryland Public Television, presentA RAISIN IN THE SUN REVISITED: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage. The 60-minute performance documentary captures the history and legacy of Raisinand the backstage challenges of mounting two issue-driven plays simultaneously.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera” 

Friday, November 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

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One of the nation’s leading opera companies, San Francisco Opera has been the site for many memorable GREAT PERFORMANCES productions. In October 2012, GREAT PERFORMANCES partnered with the company once again to record composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s acclaimed adaptation of the classic Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick. Joshua Kosman in The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed the opera “a masterpiece of clarity and intensity, with a score that is at once thematically compact and richly inventive.” Fresh from his headline-making appearance as a last-minute replacement in the title role of Siegfried in the Metropolitan Opera’s epic Ring Cycle, Jay Hunter Morris stars as the obsessive Captain Ahab. Richard Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury News raved that the tenor “sang with a pressurized fury that practically shook the seats of the War Memorial Opera House.”

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Stephen Sondheim’s Company with the New York Philharmonic”

Friday, November 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company — which premiered in 1970 with a book by George Furth and a cast including Broadway luminaries Dean Jones, Elaine Stritch and Donna McKechnie — has continually acquired generations of new fans through various regional productions and its 1995 and 2006 Broadway revivals. Centering on Bobby, a bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his ten closest friends (who happen to be five couples), Company culminates in Bobby’s transformation from unattached swinger to tentative monogamist. This New York Philharmonic gala concert production starring Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby and directed by Sondheim veteran Lonny Price, won rave reviews. Harris’ co-stars include Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), Jon Cryer and Martha Plimpton, who perform the show’s many standards including “Another Hundred People,” “Barcelona,” “Side by Side,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and “Being Alive.” Also starring Craig Bierko, Katie Finneran, Aaron Lazar, Jill Paice, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton and Chryssie Whitehead.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!”

Friday, November 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

OklahomaCelebrating its 70th anniversary in 2013, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark musical Oklahoma! is still “doin’ fine” in this award-winning production from London’s National Theatre. The magic of the original cast was captured in this handsome film adaptation that returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for a special encore telecast. The acclaimed production, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Susan Stroman, set box office records during its runs in London’s West End and later on Broadway. Critics and audiences alike were captivated by its fresh take on a venerable classic. The London production features a sensational, star-making performance by Hugh Jackman as Curly — before his ascent to international movie stardom. Also featured are cast members Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey, Maureen Lipman (The Pianist) as Aunt Eller, and Shuler Hensley as the menacing Jud Fry, for which Hensley won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor.

NASHVILLE 2.0

Friday, November 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

The performance-filled documentary NASHVILLE 2.0 captures Nashville, known around the world as “music city,” in its role as the historic home of music icons and institutions, as well as rising stars and young musicians who arrive with new sounds and dreams of making it big. Creating the musical landscape of tomorrow, Nashville is home to Americana music, the 21st century version of country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B, gospel and blues. This special explores the American musical melting pot, looking to the future while embracing the breadth and genius of roots music artists. From Emmylou Harris to Mumford and Sons, Rosanne Cash to the Avett Brothers, The Mavericks to Jason Isbell, NASHVILLE 2.0 tells the story, sings the songs, and celebrates the vibrancy of the Americana music scene.

Barbara StreisandGREAT PERFORMANCES “Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn”

Friday, November 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

Superstar Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming at the new Barclays Center arena with her first Brooklyn concert. Joined by special guests Il Volo and Chris Botti, Streisand performs an extensive selection of songs from throughout her five-decade career, and duets with son Jason Gould on “How Deep is the Ocean.” The seemingly endless collection of hits and fan favorites includes “Nice N Easy,” “Didn’t We,” “No More Tears (Enough is Enough),” “Rose’s Turn,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Some Other Time,” “Make Our Garden Grow,” along “Evergreen,” “The Way We Were,” “People,” and “Happy Days are Here Again.” Reviewing her opening night, Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, “Like few singers of any age, she has the gift of conveying a primal human longing in a beautiful sound.”

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Nice Guy James Gandolfini

What a shock to hear about the sudden death of James Gandolfini. Although I cannot claim to be a close friend or real acquaintance of any sort, I did have the opportunity to work side by side with him on a rare occasion or two.  On set, he was known for his generosity and just being a lot of fun.  He was a really nice guy.

One of Gandolfini’s last public appearances was on June 10 when he attended the Stella by Starlight Gala in New York City to benefit the programs of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.  James was there to celebrate the career of his close friend and honoree Elaine Stritch who is retiring from Broadway this year.

He will be missed.

James GandolfiniPhotos by Patrick McMullan

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Lost Moon Radio Presents Roger Wodehouse’s Androgymnasium at The Hollywood Fringe

Lost Moon Radioby Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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When BBC executives asked glam rock icon Roger Wodehouse to do a children’s television show in 1975, he had two questions.  One: Would he be allowed to talk openly about his fluid sexuality? Two: Would there be animal guests?  This reviewer just wants to know, “Is that even legal?”

Perverse, salacious, hilarious! It was the sickest performance yet that I’ve seen from Los Angeles mainstay comedy troupe and Hollywood Top of Fringe “incumbents” Lost Moon Radio. What can I say, since experiencing Lost Moon’s brand of insatiable (dry) humor in 2011, I’ve been a fan and my 2013 re-visit was not a disappointment.

It was not the latest radio musical review I was expecting.  Instead, the gang decided to present a recovered television episode of Roger Wodehouse’s Androgymnasium, an outrageous and very twisted Ziggy Stardust style persiflage, hell bent on teaching your kids the alphabet and creating a future where girls and boys and boys who are really girls and girls who are really boys can all live together in harmony – on Venus – learning very couture arts & crafts.

Accompanied by a jaded, hard rocking band, this show is aided by a slew of guests from famous artists and contemporary fashion designers to puppets, mapmakers and even Roger’s dead mother who manages to disappoint her son even in the after life.  There is music, dancing, costumes, an overabundance of sexual identity references, bizarre nonsensical Sesame Street style lesson plans, jealousy, break-ups and make-ups, which send Roger into fits of rage and stage hogging.  But you’ll find that although this gender bender can be bitter, he has a heart and a bright outlook for a triumphant future.  He’s hard not to love.  And we actual learn an important lesson about friendship.  Go figure!

Not recommended for “normal” audiences.  Required is an expanded mind and a strident sense of humor.  You WILL  have fun.

Four more shows playing at the Fringe Mainstage 6209 Santa Monica Blvd.

  • Wednesday June 19 2013, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday June 23 2013, 5:00 PM
  • Thursday June 27 2013, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday June 29 2013, 6:30 PM

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Barbara Mandrell Speaks About Her Friend George Jones

Barbara Mandrell issued the following statement in response to the recent news of the passing of her dear friend, American Country Music singer George Jones, known for his long list of hit records, his distinctive voice and phrasing and his marriage to Tammy Wynette:
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bmandrell“I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say ‘George Jones’.
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He was without  question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend.” – Barbara Mandrell
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RIP George Jones. You Will Be Missed!

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Below is George appearing on  “The Ronnie Prophet Show”…

Number one country hits

  1. “White Lightning” (1959)
  2. “Tender Years” (1961)
  3. “She Thinks I Still Care” (1962)
  4. “Walk Through This World with Me” (1967)
  5. “We’re Gonna Hold On” (with Tammy Wynette) (1973)
  6. “The Grand Tour” (1974)
  7. “The Door” (1975)
  8. “Golden Ring” (with Tammy Wynette) (1976)
  9. “Near You” (with Tammy Wynette) (1977)
  10. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (1980)
  11. “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” (with Barbara Mandrell) (1981)
  12. “Still Doin’ Time” (1981)
  13. “Yesterday’s Wine” (with Merle Haggard) (1982)
  14. “I Always Get Lucky with You” (1983)

Snoop Dog, Justin Anthony and DJ Blackout: Good LUV at SXSW

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Over the past five years, Grammy award winning producer, Winston “DJ Blackout” Thomas has produced hits for some of the biggest names in pop dance music today: Nicki Minaj, Jason Derulo, Mims and Flo-Rida to name a few.

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On Saturday March 16th during SXSW DJ Blackout will introduce the world to his latest discovery, Elevate Music group’s debut artist, Justin Anthony on Saturday, March 16th At Empire Control Room 606 East 7th Street Austin at 5pm as part of the Fighter Interactive/Heard Entertainment SXSW Showcase.

Justin Anthony“He’s what’s missing in music, People are going to pay attention.”

“At first glance Justin Anthony looks like an average guy.  But then he opens his mouth and everything changes. His accent is undeniably Jamaican yet, the obvious, he is Caucasian. “His sound is a fusion, we call it Island Pop,” says Blackout.

Early in the artist development process, when Blackout knew that Justin was serious, he introduced the project to his friend, businessman and Executive Producer, Louis Massaro. The two formed Elevate Music group, with Justin being the first release.

Justin Anthony’s first single and video, “Good Luv” features Snoop Dogg.

Snoop is not scheduled to perform.

For more info on Justin Anthony visit the WEBSITE .

Take Drum Lessons with Ringo Starr At The GRAMMY Museum On June 12, 2013

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The GRAMMY Museum, in cooperation with Ringo Starr, will debut a major new exhibition, Ringo: Peace & Love opening on June 12, 2013. This one-of-a-kind, limited-run exhibit will offer visitors an  unprecedented in-depth look at all aspects of Starr’s musical and creative life – as a musician, artist, actor, and as the man the world knows and loves simply as ‘Ringo.’ It will also aim to propel Starr’s universal message of peace and love.
Ringo: Peace & Love is both the first major exhibit ever dedicated to a drummer and the first to explore the extraordinary career of the 7-time GRAMMY Award® winner. The scope of exhibit spans Ringo’s early life growing up in Liverpool, from Raving Texans turned Rory Storm, from The Beatles, to becoming a solo artist and then to the All Starrs with whom he is on tour now – this unique collection brings together diverse artifacts, rare and never before seen photographs, documents, personal letters and footage.
Ringo: Peace & Love will be located on the second floor of LA Live, 800 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 and will include:
The drum kit Ringo played at Shea Stadium
The drum kit he played on the Ed Sullivan show
Ringo’s Sgt Pepper Suit
The cape he wore in Help!
The Red Jacket worn during the filming of The Beatles  rooftop concert
Personal letters, photographs and documents from the Starkey family and Ringo’s days with the Beatles

It will also be an interactive exhibit, where visitors can take a drum lesson with Ringo.

“I’m honored that Ringo has chosen to work with us to create Ringo: Peace & Love,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum. “We are particularly excited to celebrate Starr’s extraordinary musical legacy with the legions of fans who admire him, as well as to introduce him to a new generation of music lovers.”

Ringo: Peace & Love will be on display in The GRAMMY Museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery through November 2013, after which the exhibit will tour to select cities until 2014.  Other cities to be announced soon.
Grammy Museum
Museum admission is $12.95 for adults; $11.95 for senior citizens (65+); and $10.95 for students with I.D. (ages 6 – 22) and members of the military.
GRAMMY Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free.
Located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015, with an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.
For more information, please call 213.765.6800 or visit www.grammymuseum.org. For exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammymuseum, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegrammymuseum.
About The GRAMMY Museum
Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district.
Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests can experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver.

H&M MAKES A PARIS FASHION WEEK DEBUT

H&M Paris Debut After Party 2013Yesterday, February, 27th Pixie Geldof, Ashley Olsen, Chloe Moretz, Virginie Ledoyen and Emma Roberts were among the guests in Paris as H&M presented its first ever catwalk show during Paris Fashion Week. Watch the video with the H&M’s Autumn Collection 2013 shown in the specially created space within the grounds of the Musée Rodin. The collection will be available in around 200 stores worldwide, as well as online, from September 5, 2013.
And FYI – The after party ROCKED!
Courtesy of Barracuda TV

24,601 FACES OF LES MISÉRABLES

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MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES “24,601 FACES OF LES MISÉRABLES” SWEEPSTAKES

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In honor of the release of Les Misérables the motion picture, set to open nationwide on Christmas Day, Music Theatre International (MTI) is presenting the 24,601 Faces of Les Misérables Sweepstakes in conjunction with Universal Studios. Prizes are exclusive movie and musical memorabilia for four winners of the free contest and include:

  • Les Misérables Libretto autographed by the show’s creators
  • an assortment of motion picture promotional materials
  • the novel by Victor Hugo
  • an original Broadway cast recording
  • Les Misérables in Concert 25th Anniversary DVD

View the super cool infographic here: http://www.lesmiserablesfilm.com/infographic/index.html

To enter, participants must follow the following steps:

1)      Upload a photo/video of yourself either from a production of Les Misérables  / Les Misérables School Edition in which you were involved, a video describing your favorite Les Misérables moment, or a photo/video of yourself and friends at a showing of the film.

2)      Give your photo/video a title.

3)      Provide a brief description of your photo/video.

4)      Tag your picture with 24601.

Entries will be accepted until January 3, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Every Friday during the Sweepstakes (December 14, 21, 28, January 4) a winner will be randomly selected and announced on Facebook (facebook.com/mtishows) & Twitter (@mtishows)*. The winner will also be emailed directly.

Facts and Figures

Les Misérables has been performed so many times and in so many places that its statistics are always changing.  The LES MISÉRABLES Official Website has some of the most up to date statistics about the production.  Here are just a few. The website contains many more remarkable statistics, photos, videos, news and more.

  • When Les Misérables celebrated its 21st London birthday on October 8th, 2006, it became the world’s longest running musical, surpassing the record previously held by Cats in London’s West End.
  • In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.
  • Les Misérables has been translated into 21 different languages. (English, Japanese, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, German, Polish, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, French, Czech, Castillian, Mauritian Creole, Flemish, Finnish, Argentinian, Portuguese, Estonian and Mexican Spanish).
  • Productions have played in 43 countries and over 300 cities.
  • The production has played over 47,000 professional performances giving a total audience figure of more than 60 million people worldwide.
  • Les Misérables has won over 70 major theatre awards including an Olivier, Tony & Grammy.
  • There have been over 40 cast recordings of Les Misérables including albums, singles and the symphonic.
  • Largest Single Live Audience: 125,000 people at the 1989 Australia Day concert in Sidney
  • Largest Broadcast Audience: 400 million viewers in 197 countries during the 1996 European Football Championship starring 250 cast members
  • The original production, still running in London has approximately 101 cast and crew directly involved in every performance (not including front of house staff, ticket sales, wardrobe staff, set contractors, maintenance, office staff, advertising and publicity.)  Each performance entails 392 costumes consisting of over 5000 items of clothing and 85 wigs.
  • Les Misérables gave 6680 performances on Broadway from February 28, 1987 to May 18, 2003.  The production grossed $406,258,901.00 with an average ticket price of $46.00

The Motion Picture

The feature film version of Les Misérables hits theatres December 25, 2012 and stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh with Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of

Working Title and Universal Studios and is directed by Tom Hooper. Check out photos, videos and more here http://www.lesmiserablesfilm.com/.

About Music Theatre International

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond.  MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

 

Gia On The Move reviews: Those Whom The Gods Love

by Tracey Paleo

We live in a delusional culture.  It is that simple.

There may be Those Whom The Gods Love, but in writer/director Olivia Lilley’s two act drama of 3 people trying to live a lie it is obvious that delusion is an addiction we may never break because the alternative, Reality, is unbearable.

It is a story of psychotic proportions wrapped inside the self-deceptions of three individuals who on every level seemingly get sucked into the proverbial Hollywood Dream.

Billed as a “coming of age” story, Those Whom The Gods Love is a tawdry tale of Sonia (Elise Cantu) a sheltered astrophysics major who secures, via the internet, Darren (Tyler Ham Pong), an aging trust fund baby (at all of the age of 30), who flies her out for the weekend from Chicago to lose her virginity and Lulu (Christina Myers), Darren’s neighbor and earlier fling, a former Harvard dropout turned undercover paparazza, who will stop at nothing to win back the love of a Lindsay Lohanesque superstar.

Those Whom The Gods Love takes us through a profundicized gamut of mediocrity advanced by a generation whose perspective of the world is mostly realized through television, celebrity gossip, fantasy games and sexting.  In fact this play is a version of an outcome that “could have happened” had Ms. Lilley herself, accepted the sort of invitation that was offered to her in real life from an entertainment executive, long distance, early in her writing career.

Ms. Lilley’s “almost” experience is the grounds for Sonia’s character whose goal is to virtually if not actually erase herself as the isolated college student who although scientifically brilliant is lonely and desperate for beauty, money, excitement, nightlife, fashion, and famous friends — all of the things we are made to want in the purely advertorial societies within which we now live; an anxiety also shared by Darren and by the spiraling Lulu whose (very un-paranormal) doppelgänger the naive Sonia quickly becomes.

Grabbing at quotes from Andy Warhol and Oscar Wilde it is clear that these pleasure seekers are as eviceral as air and yet the desire for pleasure is so evocatively seductive.

For those of us with a clearer head, able to look at life straight in the eyes, it is oppressive and twisted.  Living outside of this very “real” spurious existence, is to be completely ostrasized. To have no place at all; to be silent, unnoticed, unimportant and undesirable.  We’ve gone far far beyond just having the latest and greatest anything.  We have been “Sucker Punched” living the psychosis like Babydoll except we are not trying to escape the asylum.  We like it.

What is least interesting in this play is what is actually its brilliance.  I.e. although lacking in a classical theatrical style or even depth, “always in the middle of a thought” writing,  playing the ideas a bit too small and very “slice of life,” and at instances, struggling with blocking and structure, it nevertheless, absolutely captures and specifically mirrors the obsessive ideals and behaviors of today’s youth culture which are not merely the affectations of people wanting to “be somebody.”

Andy Warhol’s words, “Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” is now the realm of passe and the aphorisms of Oscar Wilde reign supreme, “The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.”

Cast members Elise Cantu, Tyler Ham Pong and Christina Myers all resonate in their respective portrayals amplifying the intellectual sentiments and questionably ethical “spirit of the age.”

Ms. Lilley’s point of view as she matures as a writer will hopefully continue to offer us a sound, if not brutal portrait of ourselves.

Well done.

Those Whom The Gods Love
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Written and Directed by Olivia Lilley
Presented by Kids Terribles
http://www.KidsTerribles.com
Producer – Christina Myers
Set Design – Andrew Leitch
Lighting Design – Mike Berger
Costumes – Mitra Hosseini
Stage Manager – Marcus Gonzalez
Props – Alec MacNamara
Production Assistant – Robert Norman
Lost Malibu Surfur – Parker Marshar

Unchain My Heart – October’s MONSTER Mash

October is a big, big month and mixing it up this year are lot’s of local and national happenings from Foods to Fests, Pink to Postmodern.  Check out of few of these leads for inspiration while carving those Jack O’ Lanterns…

“Madonna is in for lunch, Elton John wants a birthday cake, Sean
Connery loves the beef, Mick Jagger can’t get a table because Michael
gave it to his wife. Kim Kardashian is here launching her clothing line. And can Michael make a menu for Dustin Hoffman?”

With over 25 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., everyone
knows someone that has diabetes.  Michael Moore, Australian Celebrity Chef and author of BLOOD SUGAR: Inspiring Recipes for Anyone Facing the Challenges of Diabetes and Maintaining Good Health (New Holland) is determined to share his personal message of healthy eating to everyone as a chef living with diabetes. Whether one is pre- or post diabetic, planting the seed of healthy eating is a
topical subject that has mass appeal.  http://www.michaelmoorechef.com/

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UNJUNK YOUR HALLOWEEN

Created by a candy loving, 15 year old boy upset by his parents when he awoke to find they had confiscated half of his Halloween loot a couple of years ago, UNREAL delivers candy with less sugar, more protein and more fiber. 

…On a candy coated mission to unjunk the world™, starting with the biggest candy holiday of the year.

  • ·        No corn syrup
  • ·        No hydrogenated oil
  • ·        No artificial flavors
  • ·        No GMO’s
  • ·        No synthetic colors
  • ·        Responsibly sourced ingredients

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KEEP A BREAST  

Etnies is collaborating with Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB) to raise awareness for KAB’s continuing efforts to eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support.  It’s just simple.  Get a pair.  Save a life.  A portion of the proceeds from the KAB/etnies Woozy will go to KAB’s awareness program. 

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Michelle Pfeiffer will host the 8th Annual Pink Party in support of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program (WCP) at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Hangar 8 in Santa Monica on October 27, 2012 presented by Elyse Walker.

Anticipated to be the biggest fashion event to take place in Los Angeles in years. The fashion show will be on 54-foot catwalk and will feature looks from designers: Barbara Bui, Brunello Cucinelli, Chloé, J. Mendel, KaufmanFranco, Kelly Wearstler, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

Pink party® is a celebration of women, fashion, friendship and life and eight years of philanthropy supporting one of the premier medical and research centers in the world. It is without question that this year’s pink party® will be bigger and better than ever,” said Elyse Walker.

Celebrities who have lent their name in support of both the event and the cause include: Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman, Katie McGrath and JJ Abrams, Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow, Jennifer Meyer Maguire and Tobey Maguire, Stacy Keibler, Maria Menounos, Molly Sims, Marcia Cross, Bernadette & “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall, Jessica Capshaw, Caroline and Chris O’Donnell, Serena & Shawn Levy, Michelle & Michael Chiklis, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Roger Fishman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Giada de Laurentiis and Todd Thompson, Stacey Snider & Gary Jones, Allison Janney, Beth Riesgraf, Carrie Preston, Lisa Edelstein, and more.

For more information, please visit: www.pink-party.org

AIA Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles Gear up to Celebrate Architecture Month this October!

October is Architecture Month in Los Angeles! In celebration, AIA|LA, in conjunction with Community Partners, will host a slew of events across the city that educate the public about architecture and architects, celebrate the profession and encourage the dialogue between those interested in the built environment. The theme for this year is, “Designing Design.” Come help celebrate Architecture Month!

One Last Bit…

Oh Nicky You’re So Fine…