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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 15, 2000
He's the clown prince of bad taste, and Broadway is about the last place you'd expect to find him. Yet movie director John Waters is proudly proclaiming: "Broadway, here I come!" Waters' "Hairspray" is about to become a mainstream musical. A Sixties-era comedy about teen-agers vying to star on a Baltimore TV dance show, "Hairspray" (1988) will be produced by Margo Lion, a Baltimore native, as is Waters. Lion's Broadway credits include "Jelly's Last Jam," "Angels in America" and "Triumph of Love."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2002
There are no sure things on Broadway, but when Hairspray opens in New York tonight, 1960s Baltimore could join the ranks of singing cats, an opera-obsessed phantom, African lion cubs and even a pair of crooked producers who mount a musical comedy about Hitler. Although the reviews won't be out until tomorrow, Hairspray - the musical adaptation of John Waters' 1988 movie - has already been dubbed "hot" in national publications ranging from Entertainment Weekly to Time magazine, and comparisons are being made to that megawatt hit, The Producers.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | October 12, 1997
"Triumph of Love," an 18th-century French play written by Marivaux and translated by James Magruder, was produced at Center Stage in 1993, then brought back last year as a musical. It's now in previews at Broadway's Royale Theatre, for an Oct. 23 opening night.The musical is set in ancient Greece, where Princess Leonide falls in love with a young man named Agis, who's being raised by his philosopher uncle and aunt. Disguised as a man, Leonide insinuates herself into Agis' unwelcoming household, hoping to win his heart.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 20, 2000
An invited audience of 100 got a preliminary look -- and a strong whiff of Aquanet -- in New York last Monday at the first full reading of the musical version of John Waters' 1988 movie, "Hairspray." Actor Harvey Fierstein played Edna Turnblad, the role created in drag by Waters' late star, Divine. Hewing relatively closely to the movie, the musical tells the story of Edna's daughter Tracy, a chubby, cheerful teen whose dreams come true -- and whose consciousness is raised -- when she becomes a regular on a segregated Baltimore TV dance show modeled after WJZ's former "Buddy Deane Show."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | August 24, 1997
The plot, based on a play by Marivaux: A princess in ancient Greece named Leonide falls in love with a young man named Agis. Unfortunately, Agis is heir to a kingdom that was usurped by Leonide's family. Not only that, but Agis has been raised by his philosopher uncle and aunt to favor reason over emotion. Disguised as a man, Leonide insinuates herself into Agis' house, hoping to win his heart.Major cast members:* F. Murray Abraham (Hermocrates, the philosopher uncle):Academy Award-winner for his portrayal of Salieri in "Amadeus."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | June 6, 1993
New YorkShe's one of "Angels' " chief angels.In layman's terms, that means Baltimore-born Margo Lion is a major co-producer of Broadway's biggest new hit play, "Angels in America."Subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," this seven-hour epic by Tony Kushner examines AIDS, politics, religion, loneliness, love and our country's conscience. The plot interweaves the stories of two fictitious couples -- one gay, the other Mormon -- with the real-life character of lawyer Roy Cohn and the supernatural character of an angel.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 20, 2000
An invited audience of 100 got a preliminary look -- and a strong whiff of Aquanet -- in New York last Monday at the first full reading of the musical version of John Waters' 1988 movie, "Hairspray." Actor Harvey Fierstein played Edna Turnblad, the role created in drag by Waters' late star, Divine. Hewing relatively closely to the movie, the musical tells the story of Edna's daughter Tracy, a chubby, cheerful teen whose dreams come true -- and whose consciousness is raised -- when she becomes a regular on a segregated Baltimore TV dance show modeled after WJZ's former "Buddy Deane Show."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2002
There are no sure things on Broadway, but when Hairspray opens in New York tonight, 1960s Baltimore could join the ranks of singing cats, an opera-obsessed phantom, African lion cubs and even a pair of crooked producers who mount a musical comedy about Hitler. Although the reviews won't be out until tomorrow, Hairspray - the musical adaptation of John Waters' 1988 movie - has already been dubbed "hot" in national publications ranging from Entertainment Weekly to Time magazine, and comparisons are being made to that megawatt hit, The Producers.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 12, 1997
Rosie O'Donnell introduced Broadway's new toll-free hot line on her show yesterday by calling for information on "Triumph of Love," the musical that had its world premiere at Center Stage last season.O'Donnell gushed over the musical -- which was produced by Baltimore native Margo Lion and has a book by Center Stage resident dramaturg James Magruder -- and over star Betty Buckley. The talk show host even tried to sing one of "Triumph's" songs before the operator on the new Broadway Line cut her off.Besides providing general show information, the number, 1-888-411-BWAY, allows callers to buy tickets, listen to recorded greetings from stars and answer a Broadway trivia question.
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November 26, 2006
Tricia Eileen Kissinger and Matthew Lion Nemeth were married last evening at the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City. The Rev. Vernon C. Nichols, a Unitarian Universalist minister affiliated with the Church Center at the United Nations, presided over the ceremony. The bride, 31, is a senior financial analyst in the Emerging Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She graduated summa cum laude from Franklin & Marshall College where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 15, 2000
He's the clown prince of bad taste, and Broadway is about the last place you'd expect to find him. Yet movie director John Waters is proudly proclaiming: "Broadway, here I come!" Waters' "Hairspray" is about to become a mainstream musical. A Sixties-era comedy about teen-agers vying to star on a Baltimore TV dance show, "Hairspray" (1988) will be produced by Margo Lion, a Baltimore native, as is Waters. Lion's Broadway credits include "Jelly's Last Jam," "Angels in America" and "Triumph of Love."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | October 12, 1997
"Triumph of Love," an 18th-century French play written by Marivaux and translated by James Magruder, was produced at Center Stage in 1993, then brought back last year as a musical. It's now in previews at Broadway's Royale Theatre, for an Oct. 23 opening night.The musical is set in ancient Greece, where Princess Leonide falls in love with a young man named Agis, who's being raised by his philosopher uncle and aunt. Disguised as a man, Leonide insinuates herself into Agis' unwelcoming household, hoping to win his heart.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | August 24, 1997
The plot, based on a play by Marivaux: A princess in ancient Greece named Leonide falls in love with a young man named Agis. Unfortunately, Agis is heir to a kingdom that was usurped by Leonide's family. Not only that, but Agis has been raised by his philosopher uncle and aunt to favor reason over emotion. Disguised as a man, Leonide insinuates herself into Agis' house, hoping to win his heart.Major cast members:* F. Murray Abraham (Hermocrates, the philosopher uncle):Academy Award-winner for his portrayal of Salieri in "Amadeus."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | June 6, 1993
New YorkShe's one of "Angels' " chief angels.In layman's terms, that means Baltimore-born Margo Lion is a major co-producer of Broadway's biggest new hit play, "Angels in America."Subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," this seven-hour epic by Tony Kushner examines AIDS, politics, religion, loneliness, love and our country's conscience. The plot interweaves the stories of two fictitious couples -- one gay, the other Mormon -- with the real-life character of lawyer Roy Cohn and the supernatural character of an angel.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 14, 1997
Love has triumphed on Valentine's Day. With appropriate timing, producer Margo Lion has announced that "Triumph of Love," which made its world premiere at Center Stage in November, will open on Broadway as the first musical of the 1997-1998 season.Co-produced by Lion, Jujamcyn Theaters and the Pace Theatrical Group with a budget of $3 million, the musical adaptation of Marivaux's 18th-century French comedy will open at the Walter Kerr Theatre in September. Negotiations are under way for Susan Egan to continue in the starring role.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | November 2, 1997
The musical "Triumph of Love" opened on Broadway Oct. 23 to mostly glowing reviews. (The notable exception was the New York Times.) A nonmusical version of the show -- based on an 18th-century French comedy by Pierre Marivaux -- originated in 1993 at Center Stage, with a translation by the theater's resident dramaturg, James Magruder. Last winter Center Stage premiered the musical, which has a book by Magruder.A newcomer to Broadway, Magruder has documented his debut in a journal, which he calls, "If It Ain't Broke, You're Not Looking Hard Enough," and which The Sun has been excerpting.
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