by: Bruce Glikas
"If you don't go to Broadway, you're a fool. On Broadway,
off Broadway, above Broadway, below Broadway, go! Don't tell me there isn't
something wonderful playing. If I'm home in New York at night, I'm either at a
Broadway or an Off Broadway show. We're in the theater capital of the world,
and if you don't get it, you're an idiot."
- Joan Rivers
“Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved
her. Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our
community and from her friends and fans worldwide, the marquees of Broadway
theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory, at exactly 6:45pm for one
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive
Director, The Broadway
TO DIMMED ITS LIGHTS
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH
IN MEMORY OF TONY-AWARD WINNING
PREMIER STAGE ACTRESS
York, NY) October 7, 2014 -- The Broadway community mourns the loss of Marian
Seldes, a Tony Award®-winning actress,
five-time nominee, and the recipient of a Special Tony Award for Lifetime
Achievement in the Theatre. She died on Monday at the age of 86. The marquees
of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tomorrow evening,
Wednesday, October 8th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
Seldes's name is synonymous with theatre. Her persona on the Broadway stage was
as real as her genuine grace and kindness off stage,” said Charlotte St.
Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Her lovely elegance and
iconic talent will be deeply missed by her family, friends and fans."
career that spanned 60 years, Marian Seldes made her Broadway debut in 1947 in
the Robinson Jeffers adaptation of Medea directed by John Gielgud and
starring Judith Anderson in the title role. In 1967, she won a Tony Award® as Best
Featured Actress in a Play for her role in A Delicate Balance by Edward
Albee. Ms. Seldes has a long association with the playwright, appearing in The
Play About the Baby, Tiny Alice, Counting the Ways (as part of
Beckett/Albee plays) and Three Tall Women, a tour de force for
the actress. She entered the Guinness Book of World Records for her appearance
in Ira Levin’s Deathtrap when she didn't miss a single performance of
the play’s four-year run.
stage credits include Equus, Painting Churches, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop
Here Anymore, and The Chalk Garden. She received Tony Award
nominations for her performances in Father’s Day, Deathtrap, Ring
Round the Moon, and Dinner at Eight. Her last appearance on Broadway
was in 2007 in Terrence McNally’s Deuce.
Ms. Seldes received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement honoring
her contribution to the theatre and her extraordinary talent.
Seldes also had an extensive career in movies, television and radio. She
authored two books: “The Bright Lights,” a memoir; and a novel, “Time
taught for many years at The Juilliard School and later as an adjunct professor
at Fordham University.
biographies, impressive as they seem, in no way can capture the warmth that Ms.
Seldes’ presence radiated into whatever space she inhabited. But most
especially the way she would, when approached, more often than not wrap her
arms around you followed by a kiss in the cheek, gazing into your eyes in rapt
attention to whatever you were saying, seemingly grateful for the recognition.
I experienced this
each time I saw her at theater functions and always left a bit exalted
not daring to think
that she couldn’t possibly have remembered me,
dreaming that she
I miss her already.
DIMMED ITS LIGHTS
OF DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, PERFORMER, DESIGNER
(New York, NY) October 8, 2014 -- The Broadway community mourns the loss of Geoffrey Holder, the 1975 Tony Award®-winning
director and costume designer of The Wiz who died on Sunday at the age
of 84. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his
memory Friday, October 10th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
Holder was a multi-talented stage and film artist who directed and designed the
original Broadway production of
Wiz for which he won two 1975 Tony Awards® for
Best Direction of a Musical and Best Costume Design. In 1978, Mr. Holder
directed and choreographed the Broadway musical Timbuktu!, receiving
a 1978 Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
"No one who saw The
Wiz will ever forget the memorable experience, in large part thanks to the
direction and design brought to the Broadway stage by Geoffrey Holder,” said
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “An incredibly
talented artist seen in many mediums, his visual creativity and influence was
Holder made his Broadway stage debut in House of Flowers, the
1954 musical by Harold Arlen and Truman Capote. 1957, he played Lucky in an
all-black production of Waiting
for Godot. In 1964 he supported Josephine
Baker in a Broadway revue built around the
1950’s, Holder was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New
York. As a choreographer, Holder has created dance pieces for many
companies, including the Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theater and theDance Theatre of
Harlem .Movie career highlights
include:All Night Long, Doctor Dolittle, Everything You
Always Wanted to Know About Sex, Boomerang, Live and Let Die. In the 1982 film version
of the musical Annie, Holder played the role
of Punjab. He was also the voice of Ray in Bear in the Big
Blue House and provided narration for Tim Burton's version of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the
Holder was a spokesman for
the 1970’s 7Up soft drink "uncola" advertising
campaign.He reprised his role as the 7Up spokesman in the 2011 season
finale of The Celebrity
Holder was a prolific
painter, art collector, book author and music composer. As a painter, he won
Fellowship in fine arts in 1956. In 1955, Holder married dancer Carmen de
Lavallade, whom he met when both were in the cast of the musical House
of Flowers. They had one son, Leo Anthony Lamont. Holder's brother was
artist Boscoe Holder.
survived by his wife, Carmen de
Lavallade, and their son, Léo.
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It is impossible to
capture the larger-than-life charisma
of this scintillating
Renaissance man of all talents.
The sight/sound of him
produced a ripple of excitement
even if you didn’t know
who he was.
A rare phenomenon his
voice was as unmistakable
as his visual touch on
all the arts, most especially dance.
Broadway's lights are going up at the astonishing rate of a new show a night
in this fertile new star studded season
it is even more poignant when these same lights are dimmed
as a series of extraordinary presences leave us
each in their unique and different ways
and if we look closely we will be able to see/feel their influence
on the variety of new productions that Theaterscene is happy to define for you
in our forthcoming issues
I consider each new article a tribute to them
in one way or another
See you at the theater………………
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