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Bob Ullman Dies: Veteran Broadway Press Agent Was 97

Robert “Bob” Ullman, a longtime Broadway and Off Broadway press agent whose career spanned Ethel Merman, A Chorus Line, Curse of the Starving Class and many others, died of cardiac arrest on July 31 in Bayshore, Long Island, New York. He was 97.

His death was announced by longtime friend (and former Broadway press agent) Rev. Joshua Ellis.

Among the many Broadway productions on which Ullman worked were Ethel Merman and Mary Martin: Together on Broadway, A Chorus Line (from workshop to Public Theater to Broadway), Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in The Visit, Lauren Bacall in Cactus Flower, The Dining Room, Driving Miss Daisy, Sunday in the Park with George, and over 150 additional Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals.

Actors and theater greats with whom Ullman worked include Tallulah Bankhead, Luise Rainer, James Dean, Dame Edith Evans, Geraldine Page, Phil Silvers, Bert Lahr, Rosemary Harris, James Earl Jones, Sam Waterston, Colleen Dewhurst,
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Sid Ramin, Oscar-Winning Composer-Arranger, Dies at 100

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Sid Ramin, Oscar-Winning Composer-Arranger, Dies at 100
Composer-arranger Sid Ramin, a longtime associate of Leonard Bernstein who won an Oscar, an Emmy and a Grammy for his work in film, TV and theater, died of natural causes Monday (July 1) at his home in New York City. He was 100.

Ramin won a 1961 Academy Award for adapting the music of “West Side Story,” which he had originally orchestrated for composer Leonard Bernstein on Broadway in 1957 (with fellow arranger Irwin Kostal). He won a 1961 Grammy for the “West Side Story” soundtrack album, and a 1983 Daytime Emmy for music for TV’s “All My Children.”

Ramin’s musical career encompassed every aspect of show business. He started in the early days of live television, arranging for Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” from 1948 to 1956. “There was no second take,” Ramin once reminisced about the insane pace of live TV. “What you did was on the air, good or bad.”

He began
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Not a serious place by Anne-Katrin Titze

Matthew Miele outside Bemelmans Bar in front of a John F Kennedy photo at The Carlyle Hotel, on Woody Allen: "He used to play at Michael's Pub and now he plays here ..." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the closing episode of my conversation with the Always At The Carlyle director Matthew Miele, we discuss preserving the past, Wes Anderson's Hannah And Her Sisters connection to Bobby Short, Bill Murray and Danny of The Carlyle pondering a catch phrase, Jackie O's Cobb salad, the paintings of Jan Weenix, George Clooney and a closet, the sin of enjoyment and Andrew Bolton, and an upcoming project on Alan J Pakula, the director of All The President's Men and Sophie's Choice, and producer of To Kill A Mockingbird.

Anjelica Huston, George Clooney, Rita Wilson, Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum, Jon Hamm, Jack Nicholson, Tommy Lee Jones, Alan Cumming, Sofia Coppola, Matthew Weiner, Naomi Campbell,
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'Always at the Carlyle' Review: How This NYC Hotel Became a Timeless Hot Spot

We know what you're thinking: Why see a movie about a posh Manhattan hotel that most of us could never afford to stay in even for one night? It's not just the fascination of watching how the one-percent lives; it's because this storied 88-year-old hotel, filled with impossibly glamorous ghosts from the past, radiates an elegance that seems like an anomaly in this shallow age of Trump-style glitz. The Potus has been spied on the premises, only to be overheard saying, "This place is a joke." Unless style, sophistication and
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 26)

1978: Ryan's Hope's Maeve was disgusted with Delia.

1982: Gh's Robert, Tiffany, Jackie & Luke made a pact.

1984: Days of our Lives' Hope moved out of Shenanigans.

2006: Passions' Endora used a rain cloud to wake up Fox."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1935: NBC Radio aired the final episode of soap opera Judy and Jane, produced by Frank and Anne Hummert. Sponsored by Folgers Coffee, it
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Photo Flash: Linda Lavin Plays Her 'First Farewell Concert' at Birdland

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present Broadway and television actress Linda Lavin for two very special concerts on the historic stage this past week. The show, wryly entitled 'My First Farewell Concert,' is Lavin's personal story told in songs she loves. She performed favorites from the Great AmericanBrazilianYiddish Songbooks, with Billy Stritch at the piano, Steve Bakunas on drums, Ron Affif on guitar, Tom Hubbard on bass, and special guest Aaron Weinstein on violin. Songs included were 'You've Got Possibilities,' 'No More Blues,' and a medley of songs recorded by the late, great Bobby Short. Scroll down for photos from the concert
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Inside Bill Murray's Brilliant 'Rat Pack' Holiday Special

Inside Bill Murray's Brilliant 'Rat Pack' Holiday Special
I'm the king of Christmas!" Bill Murray declares early on in A Very Murray Christmas, his one-of-a-kind Netflix holiday special — and by the end of an hour of music, comedy, and celebrity pals, the comedian has indeed earned that crown as our 21st-century Santa Claus, who seems to be everywhere at once, spreading good cheer.

"Everyone is happy when they see him ," says Sofia Coppola, who directed the special, available on the streaming service starting today. "He knows how to bring joy. Bill is so full of fun, it brightens up the holiday.
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'Six by Sondheim': Darren Criss, America Ferrera give fresh voice to Stephen Sondheim classics

"Gypsy." "A Little Night Music." "Sweeney Todd." "Follies." "Company."

Stephen Sondheim's credits -- and that's a sampling -- are staggering. He's won eight Tony Awards, more than any other composer and lyricist. And though he has been an incredible force since he burst on the scene with his first Broadway project, "West Side Story," Sondheim, 83, is reserved about himself.

HBO's "Six by Sondheim" on Monday, Dec. 9, though, manages to paint an intimate portrait of the man, examining his career through six signature songs.

In one of very few interviews granted for this project, Sondheim tells Zap2it that though he had seen a few edits of this film, he doesn't like to watch himself.

"I am embarrassed to see myself," Sondheim says. "I have seen myself on-screen quite a lot."

This features wonderful footage of Sondheim, including photos from his youth, being mentored by family friend Oscar Hammerstein, and
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Kerry Washington, Norm Lewis and More Set for Lehman Center's An Enchanted Evening Tonight

This evening, June 14th, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. will offer 'An Enchanted Evening,' a celebration of the Center and its contribution to the arts and cultural life of our community. This special fundraising event will be hosted by the celebrated actress, Kerry Washington, a Bronx native, known for her lead role as Olivia Pope in the current television drama Scandal and major roles in such films as Django Unchained, Last King of Scotlandand Ray. Ms. Washington will be joined by her Scandal co-star Norm Lewis, acclaimed for his recent Broadway success in Porgy and Bess. Chris Gillespie and musicians, who regularly perform at New York City's Carlyle Hotel just as the late Bobby Short once did, will round out the evening.
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Kerry Washington, Norm Lewis and More Set for Lehman Center's An Enchanted Evening, 6/14

On Friday evening, June 14th, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. will offer 'An Enchanted Evening,' a celebration of the Center and its contribution to the arts and cultural life of our community. This special fundraising event will be hosted by the celebrated actress, Kerry Washington, a Bronx native, known for her lead role as Olivia Pope in the current television drama Scandal and major roles in such films as Django Unchained, Last King of Scotlandand Ray. Ms. Washington will be joined by her Scandal co-star Norm Lewis, acclaimed for his recent Broadway success in Porgy and Bess. Chris Gillespie and musicians, who regularly perform at New York City's Carlyle Hotel just as the late Bobby Short once did, will round out the evening.
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Taylor Mead Times Six: A Warhol Knight Rises

Taylor Mead, the love child of Bette Davis and Peter Lorre, is one of the truly great comic geniuses of underground films, theater, poetry, cabaret, and cable TV of the Sixties and beyond. He was and is still quite hilarious, even if just stumbling down an East Village Street by himself, his traipse being a sort of Danse Macabre as envisioned by Pee Wee Herman.

An Andy Warhol Superstar, possibly best known for his hysterical “gunslinger” in Lonesome Cowboys, Mead’s brilliance never shined brighter than when he took on the title role in Michael McClure’s outrageous off-off-Broadway play, Spider Rabbit, in which he essayed a bunny who adored eating human brains.

But Taylor didn’t need a lead role to be unforgettable. In Rosa von Praunheim’s documentary Tally Brown New York, the constantly morphing star stole his scenes from Ms. Brown, who was no slouch herself when it came to commanding attention.
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Dick Van Dyke Honored With 2012 SAG Life Achievement Award; To Be Presented Jan. 27, 2013

Dick Van Dyke, beloved actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian, will receive SAG-AFTRA.s highest honor . the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Van Dyke will be presented the performers union.s most prestigious accolade, given annually to an actor who fosters the .finest ideals of the acting profession,. at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. Et, 7 p.m. Ct, 6 p.m. Mt and 5 p.m. Pt.

In making today.s announcement, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard said, .Dick is the consummate entertainer — an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment. From his career-changing Broadway turn in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ and his deadpan humor in the Emmy® winning ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ to his unforgettable performance as Bert in ‘Mary Poppins,. he sets a high bar for actors.
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Steve Tyrell 'I'll Take Romance' perfect pick for Valentine's Day evening

In time for Valentine's Day, smoky, resonant romantic singer Steve Tyrell has created the perfect soundtrack to a memorable night of love. Legendary jazz balladeer Steve Tyrell, described by his peers as the world.s true .romance crooner,. has released his new collection, I.ll Take Romance on February 7th, 2012. This luxurious recording features 12 tracks with Tyrell, backed by his band along with a String Orchestra. The release of I.ll Take Romance will be accompanied by tour dates across the country, including his annual seven week run at New York City.s legendary Café Carlyle, where he replaced Manhattan icon Bobby Short seven years ago. Inspired by Chelsea Clinton.s choice of his version
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Actress Jane White Has Died At Age 88

Actress Jane White died on July 24 at age 88. She was mostly known for her body of theater work but also appeared on daytime soap operas A World Apart, Search For Tomorrow and The Edge Of Night.

She played Lydia Holliday on The Edge Of Night in the late 1960s. On A World Apart she played Olivia Hampton in 1971. In 1979 she appeared as Tante Helene LeVeaux on Search For Tomorrow.

White had a long, distinguished career in the theater. She created role of The Queen opposite Carol Burnett in "Once Upon a Mattress". She was the first actress of color to play Helen of Troy in "The Trojan Women" and the first to appear at Joseph Papp's NY Shakespeare Festival ("Kate," "The Taming of the Shrew"). At the Metropolitan Opera she appeared in “Andromache.” She also performed at Carnegie and Town Hall concerts under aegis of Bobby Short, along with cabaret appearances at Feinstein's.
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