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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 31, 2004
Michael Mayer was hardly a fan of the 1967 movie Thoroughly Modern Millie. "I thought that it was just hideous," the Maryland-bred director says bluntly. "I thought it was racist, and I thought it was sexist, and I thought that the message of the movie was kind of offensive because it made fun of women's lib." This reaction might make Mayer an unlikely candidate to direct the Broadway musical of that movie. It's not as if he's ever at a loss for work. To the contrary, the words "in demand" are often used to describe him. In 1999, he had three shows running on Broadway - The Lion in Winter, Side Man and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Michael Mayer knows a thing or two about coming of age. The Maryland-born director won a Tony Award for his work guiding the 2006 Broadway hit "Spring Awakening," which chronicles teens getting a grip on their budding sexuality. In 2010, he directed "American Idiot," a punk rock musical based on the Green Day album of that name, which follows a group of cynical, spent youths as they seek excitement in a big city. Mayer didn't just direct the latter, but collaborated on the book with Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong.
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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 | September 21, 1997
Based on an 18th-century French play by Marivaux, the musical "Triumph of Love" is set in ancient Greece, where Princess 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.The author of the musical's book is James Magruder, resident dramaturg at Center Stage.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | June 11, 2009
Michael Mayer is one of the most successful, sought-after play doctors on Broadway. He has won a Tony Award and worked with major playwrights such as Arthur Miller and Tony Kushner. But for all his success in New York City, Mayer, a Maryland native, hasn't had much luck finding jobs in or around his hometown. "I've had this weird career, and the fact that I'm on Broadway still makes me laugh," said the 48-year-old Mayer, who grew up in Bethesda. "My dream was always to be a regional theater director, but for whatever reason, that isn't the way it's worked out. It's really hilarious to me that I can't get hired in the regional theaters, I can only get hired on Broadway.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Michael Mayer knows a thing or two about coming of age. The Maryland-born director won a Tony Award for his work guiding the 2006 Broadway hit "Spring Awakening," which chronicles teens getting a grip on their budding sexuality. In 2010, he directed "American Idiot," a punk rock musical based on the Green Day album of that name, which follows a group of cynical, spent youths as they seek excitement in a big city. Mayer didn't just direct the latter, but collaborated on the book with Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | October 20, 2006
The latest version of Flicka, the beloved kid-loves-horse story, has everything a film requires to attract an equine-crazy audience of all ages: warm family interaction and bitter conflict, drama, action, thrills, triumph, pathos, lessons, incredible scenery, one really cute boy (for teenage girls) and one tough, good-looking dad who wears a cowboy hat and jeans about as well as they can be worn (for their moms). And if the kid in question (Alison Lohman of White Oleander) looks more like a woman than a kid, well, just enjoy the scenery and gorgeous footage of horses thundering across the mountain meadows.
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March 13, 2004
On March 9, 2004, DIANE HUNLEYMAYER, beloved wife of Michael Mayer, devoted mother of Lori Ann Lagan and Nancy Lynn Lowe of Chandler, AZ., loving grandmother of Courtney Ann Lowe, Nicole Marie Lagan, Kari Ann Lagan and Erin Marie Lowe. Relatives and friends are invited to call the Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air, Inc., 610 W Mac Phail Road (at Rt 24) on Sunday 2 to 3:30 and 7 to 8:30 P.M. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the St. Ignatius Historic Chapel in Hickory, MD on Monday at 10:30 A.M. Interment in Highview Memorial Gardens.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | June 11, 2009
Michael Mayer is one of the most successful, sought-after play doctors on Broadway. He has won a Tony Award and worked with major playwrights such as Arthur Miller and Tony Kushner. But for all his success in New York City, Mayer, a Maryland native, hasn't had much luck finding jobs in or around his hometown. "I've had this weird career, and the fact that I'm on Broadway still makes me laugh," said the 48-year-old Mayer, who grew up in Bethesda. "My dream was always to be a regional theater director, but for whatever reason, that isn't the way it's worked out. It's really hilarious to me that I can't get hired in the regional theaters, I can only get hired on Broadway.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 31, 2004
Michael Mayer was hardly a fan of the 1967 movie Thoroughly Modern Millie. "I thought that it was just hideous," the Maryland-bred director says bluntly. "I thought it was racist, and I thought it was sexist, and I thought that the message of the movie was kind of offensive because it made fun of women's lib." This reaction might make Mayer an unlikely candidate to direct the Broadway musical of that movie. It's not as if he's ever at a loss for work. To the contrary, the words "in demand" are often used to describe him. In 1999, he had three shows running on Broadway - The Lion in Winter, Side Man and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | September 21, 1997
Based on an 18th-century French play by Marivaux, the musical "Triumph of Love" is set in ancient Greece, where Princess 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.The author of the musical's book is James Magruder, resident dramaturg at Center Stage.
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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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By J. Wynn Rousuck and By J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | June 2, 2002
NEW YORK -- Not all of the new shows competing for Tonys tonight are groundbreakingly original. Despite its title, Thoroughly Modern Millie -- the show with the most nominations (11) -- is a thoroughly old-fashioned musical. That's not a bad thing -- after all, so was last season's mega-Tony winner, The Producers. But while The Producers was based on one of the most hilarious movies ever made, director George Roy Hill's 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie is one of the most ridiculous -- a 1920s-era spoof that manages to be airless and overblown at the same time.
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