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2014 Diversity Award Honoree – Diahann Carroll

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Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran announced that trailblazing actress Diahann Carroll will be the 2014 Diversity Award Honoree at the 8th Annual Pasadena Playhouse Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project fundraising event on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

“I had the true honor (and the great fun) of directing Diahann Carroll here at the Playhouse in our production of BLUE,” said Sheldon Epps. “She has become a good friend and a great supporter of my work here.  Diahann has been a great trailblazer and pioneer in our field, opening many doors in the entertainment industry.  One could say that the Diversity Project itself is in the grand tradition of her achievements.”

Diahann Carroll has moved effortlessly between the worlds of film, television, concerts and the stage throughout her career, earning her the title of “Hollywood Legend.” Ms. Carroll is, perhaps, best known for her critically acclaimed television series, Julia, which debuted in 1968 and ran for three years.   This was one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role for which she received her first Emmy nomination.  She made her Broadway debut starring in Harold Arlen and Truman Capote’s musical House of Flowers. Following this, she starred in the Broadway musical No Strings, for which she won a Tony Award. She returned to the Broadway stage again in 1983 in the award winning production of Agnes of God and received rave reviews for her portrayal of “Norma Desmond” in the Toronto premiere of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Sunset Boulevard.   In 2002 she starred in The Pasadena Playhouse production of Charles Randolph Wright’s BLUE. Her long television career has included her game-changing role as “Dominique Devereaux” on the internationally acclaimed television series Dynasty as well as recurring roles on Grey’s Anatomy and A Different World. She currently has a recurring role on USA Network’s hit series White Collar. On the big screen, Carroll received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and a Golden Globe award for her starring role opposite James Earl Jones in Claudine. Other notable films include Carmen Jones, Paris Blues, Porgy and Bess, Hurry Sundown, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Eve’s Bayou.  Her latest book, “The Legs Are the Last to Go”, was a New York Times bestseller.

The Theatrical Diversity Project has raised over a million dollars since the 2005 inception. These funds are used to support Playhouse Diversity Initiatives, The Pasadena Playhouse’s vision to build a legacy of artistic and theatrical diversity through eclectic programming, outreach and education programs, HOTHOUSE (The Playhouse new play development program), and continued efforts for expanded audience engagement. This year’s Diversity Project fundraising event will coincide with the theatre’s season opener KISS ME, KATE starring Wayne Brady and Merle Dandridge.

 

The Diversity Project fundraising event will take place on Opening Night, September 21, 2014.

Pre-show reception begins at 3:30 p.m.

Presentation to Diahann Carroll is at 4:45 p.m. on the Mainstage.

Curtain is at 5:00 p.m.

Post show party immediately following.

Patron Levels with benefits start at $1000 for two tickets.

Single tickets, which include the show and the post-party (pre-reception not included), are $250.

 

For more information about the Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Program, or to become a Patron of the 2014 Diversity Celebration, contact Julia Fitzgibbons by phone at 626-204-7383 or via email at jfitzgibbons@pasadenaplayhouse.org.

 

Original Article via: Michael J. Roberts

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The Muppets Help “Save Our Butts” Campaign to Drive Donations For New Seats

Save Our Butts Campaign: Donate NOW

Over the course of its rich performance history, The Playhouse has entertained close to ten million people.  While theatrical programming remains contemporary and fresh, the current seats and carpeting – which were installed over 20 years ago – have become worn down from a high volume of heavy use.  On August 29, new seats will arrive but we need to raise $25,000 on-line by then!  Please chip in by making a gift of $10 or $20 or more today.

Make a gift today! The butt you save may be your own.

Donate today and Watch the Muppet Video by clicking here.

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LYTHGOE FAMILY PRODUCTIONS BETTING ON PANTO – LATimes.com

By Deborah Vankin contact the reporter
Lythgoe Family Productions brings panto to the Pasadena Playhouse

 

Kris Lythgoe — whose father is “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” producer, Nigel Lythgoe — and his wife, Becky, have a flair for theatrics. The couple staged a murder mystery-themed wedding last April and they’re both enthusiastic members of Hollywood’s Magic Castle…Read Full Article

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LA STAGE INSIDER: AROUND TOWN – WAYNE BRADY TO STAR IN ‘KISS ME, KATE’ – ArtsInLA.com

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by Julio Martinez, July 25, 2014

AROUND TOWN

Pasadena Playhouse has announced Emmy-winning TV personality Wayne Brady (pictured) as the star of a revival of Cole Porter’s 1948 mashup of Shakespeare and Broadway, Kiss Me, Kate, helmed by Sheldon Epps, co-starring Merle Dandridge as Kate, opening Sept. 21…Read Full Column

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MULTI-EMMY AWARD WINNING WAYNE BRADY IS SET TO STAR AND LEAD CAST IN ‘KISS ME, KATE’ DIRECTED BY SHELDON EPPS – LosAngeles.Bitter-Lemons.com

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MULTI-EMMY AWARD WINNING

WAYNE BRADY

IS SET TO STAR AND LEAD CAST IN

KISS ME, KATE

Directed by Sheldon Epps

September 16 to October 12

at The Pasadena Playhouse 

PASADENA, CA (July 24, 2014) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) announced today that Wayne Brady will star as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE.  The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17.  Epps will direct the 2014–2015 Season opener, which will run from September 16– October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway’s Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate…Read Full Post

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MULTI-EMMY AWARD WINNING WAYNE BRADY IS SET TO STAR AND LEAD CAST IN ‘KISS ME, KATE’ DIRECTED BY SHELDON EPPS – StyleMagazine.com

September 16 to October 12 at The Pasadena Playhouse

Jo-Carolyn Goode | , Style Magazine Newswire | 7/26/2014, 9:43 a.m.

Wayne Brady set to star in KISS ME, KATE at The Pasadena Playhouse,

PASADENA, CA (July 24, 2014) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) announced today that Wayne Brady will star as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE. The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17. Epps will direct the 2014–2015 Season opener, which will run from September 16– October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway’s Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate…Read Full Article

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WAYNE BRADY SET FOR ‘KISS ME, KATE’ REVIVAL AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – AtlantaDailyWorld.com

*“Let’s Make A Deal” host Wayne Brady will star with Merle Dandridge (Spamalot) in the Pasadena Playhouse season opener, a revival of Cole Porter’s 1951 Shakespeare-inspired, Kiss Me, Kate. Staged by longtime artistic director Sheldon Epps, the production “will view the work through a new lens to showcase the trailblazing African-American actors and entertainers of […] Read Full Article

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15 OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND…’PUPPET UP! UNCENSORED’ – LAMag.com

How about beach volleyball, crabs, a theater production in a cave, naughty puppets, and a tiki talk?

Posted on 7/25/2014 10:40:00 AM by Elina Shatkin

THEATER: Puppet Up! Uncensored
Because Avenue Q is so 2004, see a new set of puppets behaving badly. This time they’re brought to you by the Jim Henson Company. But don’t expect to see any Muppets hanging around; you’ll want to leave the kids at home for this one. More information (July 24-26; Pasadena Playhouse)…View Full Listing

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‘PUPPET UP! UNCENSORED’ IS A PUPPET SHOW FOR A MORE MATURE UNCENSORED – FrontiersLA.com

Posted on 7/24/2014 2:30:00 PM by Mike Ciriaco

We all know the bit. A group of Muppets is bickering en masse, and just as Kermit quiets them down, Janice, the puppet posse’s resident flower child, continues her off-color train of thought with a line like, “So, I told him I take my clothes off for no one, even if it is artistic.” It’s nuances like these within the various Jim Henson productions that make the franchise so appealing to not only children but their fun-loving parents as well…Read Full Article

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EMMY WINNER WAYNE BRADY TO STAR OPPOSITE MERLE DANDRIGE IN ‘KISS ME, KATE’ AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – HuffingtonPost.com

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10:  Wayne Brady attends the Apollo Spring Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration at The Apollo Theater on June 10, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that Wayne Brady will star as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE. The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17. Epps will direct the 2014-2015 Season opener, which will run from September 16- October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway’s Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate.

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