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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 Blake Green and Blake Green,NEWSDAY | August 1, 2004
NEW YORK - Morticians have occasion to think often and long about death. By association, so do those who play morticians - in this case, Peter Krause, the star of television's Six Feet Under. Four seasons into the HBO drama, Krause, with his seductive forelock of brown hair cascading toward an eyebrow, says it was a complete surprise to have found himself playing Nate Fisher, brooding scion of a Los Angeles funeral home family whose strange adventures make up the plot of Alan Ball's hit series.
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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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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.
FEATURES
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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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 J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 22, 1999
In Tom Stoppard's 1995 play "Indian Ink," the character of an Indian artist uses the term "rasa," which he defines as: "what you must feel when you see a painting, or hear music; it is the emotion which the artist must arouse in you.""Indian Ink," receiving its East Coast premiere at Washington's Studio Theatre, is a play brimming with rasa. One indication is that the production, which opened in September and has been repeatedly extended, will be the longest-running show in the 22-year history of this small Equity theater by the time the show finally closes on Dec. 19.Another apparent proof is that word of the production's success reached the British playwright, who unexpectedly called the theater a few weeks ago to say he would like to attend a performance early next month.
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