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By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 4, 1999
The spirit of Independence Day continues later this week when Towson University's Maryland Arts Festival presents a musical based on a highly American theme -- the immigrant experience.With a book by Joseph Stein ("Fiddler on the Roof") and a score by Charles Strouse ("Annie") and Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell"), "Rags: Children of the Wind" sounded promising when it opened on Broadway in 1986. And indeed, the score is absolutely lush.But the Broadway production suffered from various problems, including a confusing plot, and the show closed after only four performances.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
Through the holiday season, Toby's Baltimore Dinner Theatre is offering such an entertaining, surprisingly relevant classic version of "Annie" that it is worth a half-hour drive for Anne Arundel county residents. Based on the Harold Gray "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, the 1977 Broadway show "Annie" with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin won the Tony for Best Musical. "Annie" ran for nearly six years on Broadway and in countless productions nationally and abroad.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 13, 1990
Live theater will offer some exciting things in the Baltimore-Washington area during the upcoming months. Here are some titles and dates to watch for:* "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," written by August Wilson, author of "The Piano Lesson," is one of a series of plays dramatizing the life of black Americans. It opens Sept. 28 at Center Stage.* "Tru" opens the Morris A. Mechanic season. Robert Morse is the star of this one-man show in which he plays Truman Capote reacting to the reaction of some of the close "friends" he wrote about in less than flattering prose.
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By Mike Giuliano | December 14, 2011
Just as the Great Depression was no match for a little orphan named Annie in the 1930s, our current Great Recession does not stand a chance against a revival of the Broadway musical "Annie. " In any event, your own spirits will likely be lifted by the solid new production at Toby's Baltimore Dinner Theatre. This family-friendly show has such an assertively upbeat message that it's easy to go along with its perpetual weather forecast that the sun will come out tomorrow.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
Through the holiday season, Toby's Baltimore Dinner Theatre is offering such an entertaining, surprisingly relevant classic version of "Annie" that it is worth a half-hour drive for Anne Arundel county residents. Based on the Harold Gray "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, the 1977 Broadway show "Annie" with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin won the Tony for Best Musical. "Annie" ran for nearly six years on Broadway and in countless productions nationally and abroad.
EXPLORE
By Mike Giuliano | December 14, 2011
Just as the Great Depression was no match for a little orphan named Annie in the 1930s, our current Great Recession does not stand a chance against a revival of the Broadway musical "Annie. " In any event, your own spirits will likely be lifted by the solid new production at Toby's Baltimore Dinner Theatre. This family-friendly show has such an assertively upbeat message that it's easy to go along with its perpetual weather forecast that the sun will come out tomorrow.
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By Lou Cedrone | October 4, 1991
''Bye Bye Birdie,'' the touring revival of the 1960 musical starring Tommy Tune, will replace ''House of Flowers'' in the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre-Lyric Opera House 1991-92 schedule.''House of Flowers,'' with Patti LaBelle in the lead role, was to have played the Lyric Feb. 11 through March 8. The producers have postponed the tour, according to Hope Quackenbush, managing director of the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts, which oversees the Mechanic.In ''Bye Bye Birdie,'' Tune plays the manager of rock singer Conrad Birdie, who, as a publicity stunt, will kiss a young lady on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
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July 10, 2007
On July 6, 2007, ANGELINA LONGO STINES, loving mother of Rose Marie Longo Strouse and her husband Charles A. Strouse Sr, loving grandmother of Charlie Jr, Eric, Matthew, Stacey and Angie Strouse. Also survived by 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the family owned David J. Weber Funeral Home P.A., 5311 Edmondson Avenue on Monday 7 to 9 P.M. and Tuesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial in St. William of York Church, on Wednesday at 11A.M.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | October 3, 1990
"Nick & Nora," the pre-Broadway musical based on Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man," has postponed its Baltimore tryout until late February or March because funding for the production -- projected at $6 million -- is not yet complete.According to Hope Quackenbush, managing director of the Mechanic Theatre, the show's producers are close to raising the needed funds, "but because they didn't get into the shop to build the set last week, there's no time to get it completed in time for the originally announced December opening."
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By Winnie Walsh | February 26, 1991
"Nick & Nora," the new American musical based on the popular "Thin Man" movies, will open the 1991-92 season at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre. Postponed twice during the theater's current season, the show will run from Sept. 24 through Oct. 20, 1991.Producers Terry Allen Kramer, James M. Nederlander and Charlene Nederlander, in association with Daryl Roth, have supplied the funding for the musical comedy, which is now fully backed and scheduled to go into rehearsals this summer.Joanna Gleason and Barry Bostwick will head the cast as the famous movie sleuths Nick and Nora Charles.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 4, 1999
The spirit of Independence Day continues later this week when Towson University's Maryland Arts Festival presents a musical based on a highly American theme -- the immigrant experience.With a book by Joseph Stein ("Fiddler on the Roof") and a score by Charles Strouse ("Annie") and Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell"), "Rags: Children of the Wind" sounded promising when it opened on Broadway in 1986. And indeed, the score is absolutely lush.But the Broadway production suffered from various problems, including a confusing plot, and the show closed after only four performances.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone | September 13, 1990
Live theater will offer some exciting things in the Baltimore-Washington area during the upcoming months. Here are some titles and dates to watch for:* "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," written by August Wilson, author of "The Piano Lesson," is one of a series of plays dramatizing the life of black Americans. It opens Sept. 28 at Center Stage.* "Tru" opens the Morris A. Mechanic season. Robert Morse is the star of this one-man show in which he plays Truman Capote reacting to the reaction of some of the close "friends" he wrote about in less than flattering prose.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | November 14, 1990
"Nick & Nora," the musical that was to have played its exclusive pre-Broadway run at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre this spring, has canceled its Baltimore engagement and postponed its Broadway opening until next season.Producer James Pentecost said yesterday that he and his partner, Charles Suisman, came within $1 million of raising the $5.5 million budget. "We came very close, but it wasn't close enough to be able to do it properly this season," he said, laying blame on the "terrible state" of the economy.
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By John J. O'Connor and John J. O'Connor,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 2, 1995
Television producer Robert Halmi Sr. ("Lonesome Dove," "Streets of Laredo") has a thing for adapting Broadway musicals. He scored nicely with "Gypsy," starring Bette Midler. Now he is taking a whirl with "Bye Bye Birdie," which opened on Broadway, starring Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde, in April 1960 and ran for 608 performances.Will a prime-time audience sit still for three hours of a fluffy musical about a 1950s teen-idol singer, bearing more than a little resemblance to a guy named Elvis, who is drafted into the Army, much to the anguish of his perpetually screaming fans?
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