Apr 102017
Carl and Rob Reiner Immortalized In Concrete

L-R: Actor Tracy Reiner, honorees Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner, actor Michele Singer Reiner, writer Nick Reiner, and Rony Reiner attend the Carl and Rob Reiner Hand and Footprint Ceremony during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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Two of entertainment industry brightest stars – Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner – left their hands’ and feet imprints in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Being invited to leave the prints in concrete is one of Hollywood’s greatest honors. What made this particular ceremony so special is the fact that the father and son were celebrated at the same time, together. There is precedence for a father and son to receive this honor (I’m referring to Kirk and Michael Douglas) but their respective ceremonies took place 35 years apart.

Carl Reiner (95), perhaps best known as the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show and one of the show’s stars, is a successful writer, actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He has won nine Emmy Awards.

Rob Reiner (70), the popular Meathead, Archie Bunker’s son-in-law in “All In The Family”, grew up to become a successful director of such Oscar-nominated films as The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men. His two latest films – LBJ and Shock and Awe – carry considerable political weight, especially in today’s climate.

The father and son already have neighboring stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater was attended by the Reiners’ fans, family and friends as well as the creator of “All In The Family” Norman Lear and Billy Crystal who paid tribute to the honorees.

The occasion honored the Reiners’ memorable contributions to the entertainment industry. The fact that both Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner were celebrated together speaks volumes not only about their talent and achievements but also about their remarkable bond. Their mutual love and respect was obvious for all to see. In addition to their shared commitment to culture, they are both patriots and lifelong democrats deeply concerned about the course our Country is taking.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm




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Jan 302013



Special Event Included Staged Reading of “Enter Laughing, The Musical” Based on Carl Reiner’s First Book Featured Deborah S. Craig, Erick Devine, John Grisetti, Sharon Lawrence, Michele Lee, Alan Mandell, Gerry McIntyre, Gina Milo, Sara Niemietz, Kevin Odekirk, Stuart Pankin, Rob Reiner, Darcie Roberts, John Rubinstein and Robb Sapp

Profits Benefit CTG Programs That Support Emerging Artists

In honor of comedy legend Carl Reiner’s 75 years in the business, Center Theatre Group presented a staged reading of “Enter Laughing, The Musical,” which is inspired by Reiner’s experiences as a young man struggling to break into theatre in New York.  The one night only event directed by Stuart Ross (“Forever Plaid”), was performed at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, January 28, 2013.

Box office receipts were $290,000 and proceeds from this special event benefit CTG programs that support emerging artists.

A pre-show cocktail tribute was hosted by Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner and the evening continued with an exclusive cast party following the performance.

Adapted from Carl Reiner’s first book, a semi-autobiographical work of the same name, “Enter Laughing” features book by Joseph Stein (“Fiddler on the Roof” and “Zorba the Greek”), music and lyrics by Stan Daniels (“Taxi,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and orchestrations by Matt Castle.

It was presented by special arrangement with Dan Whitten and Tiger Theatricals in association with Carl Reiner.  The cast featured Deborah S. Craig, Erick Devine, John Grisetti, Sharon Lawrence, Michele Lee, Alan Mandell, Gerry McIntyre, Gina Milo, Sara Niemietz, Kevin Odekirk, Stuart Pankin, Rob Reiner, Darcie Roberts, John Rubinstein and Robb Sapp.

CTG board member Dante Di Loreto, president of Ryan Murphy Television, was the chair of the event. The event’s committee included (in alphabetical order) Rich Appel, Billy Crystal, Robert Greenblatt, Brad Hall, Larry Karaszewski, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch, Aimee Mann, Steve Martin, Michael Penn, Lily Tomlin and Betty White, along with CTG board members – Debra and Norris Bishton, Frances and Terry Flanagan, Barbara and Peter Fodor, Brindell Roberts Gottlieb, and Eva and Marc Stern.

“Enter Laughing, The Musical,” set in the 1930s, follows a young, hapless shop boy from the Bronx as he pursues his dream of becoming a leading man on stage while facing mounting pressures from his despondent girlfriend, dismissive boss, distracted best friend, disgusted acting coach and disapproving though loving parents.

“Enter Laughing,” the stage play, written by Joseph Stein the same year he wrote “Fiddler on the Roof,” won a Tony Award for Alan Arkin in 1964.  Under Stuart Ross’s direction, “Enter Laughing, The Musical” broke box office records at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and New York City’s York Theatre Company. Carl Reiner’s long career in show business includes co-starring in the legendary television show “Your Show of Shows,” creating and co-starring in “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” winning a Grammy Award with Mel Brooks for the comedy album “The Two Thousand Year Old Man In The Year Two Thousand,” directing more than a dozen feature films including “The Jerk,” “All of Me,” “Oh, God!” and “Where’s Poppa?” and appearing in many films and television shows.

He has a total of 12 Emmy Awards, and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1999, and received the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2001. Reiner is also the author of more than 10 books; the latest, “I Remember Me,” was published this month. The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center at 135 North Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

Center Theatre Group, a non-profit organization, is one of the largest and most active theatre companies in the nation, programming subscription seasons year-round at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and the 1,600 to 2,000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center of Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

In addition to providing theatre of the highest caliber to the rich, diverse communities of Southern California and beyond, CTG supports a significant number of play development and arts education initiatives. For further information, please visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.