Nov 012016

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star For Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie (best known for his role as the brilliant but socially-awkward Dr. Gregory House) was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016. His is the 2,593rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located in front of the British Pub, Pig ‘N Whistle at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. The stars surrounding his (in the Television category) belong to his fellow Briton actors including Dame Helen Mirren, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson and Ridley Scott.

English-born Hugh Laurie attended prestigious college and graduated with degrees in anthropology and archeology from Cambridge University. As a student Hugh joined the university’s dramatic club where he met and fell in love with Emma Thompson. The relationship didn’t last, but she helped him develop a passion for performing and introduced him to his future collaborator Stephen Fry. Clearly, education paid off for Laurie, but a career as anthropologist or archeologist wasn’t in his future. Talented actor, writer, director, comedian, singer and musician, Hugh Laurie found fame and fortune in the entertainment industry.

His acting roles include film, TV and voice. He is best known for his role in the long-running television “House” for which he received many recognitions. Among his newer projects are a starring role in the AMC miniseries “The Night Manager” and in HBO’s “Veep”, the comedy in which he reprised his role as Senator Tom James.
Hugh Laurie is:

  • Seven time nominee for an Emmy Award
  • Six time Golden Globe Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award winner
  • Eight time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee and two-time and two time Screen Actors Guild Award winner
  • Among his other recognitions are two Satellite Awards; two Television Critics Association Awards; and four People’s Choice Awards.

Laurie’s newest starring role is in the new Hulu’s drama “Chance”.

The Walk of Fame Producer, Ana Martinez stated prior to the ceremony: “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to add Hugh Laurie to our illustrious Walk of Fame.”

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm



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Sep 182014

The Sound Of MusicA New Stage Production of The Sound of Music
Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
Directed by JACK O’BRIEN
Will Tour North America beginning September 2015
Tour Starts at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre

Producer Ken Gentry for NETworks Presentations, in collaboration with Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company, announced that a brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Jack O’Brien, will tour North America beginning September 2015. This lavish new production will launch at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, under the auspices of the Center Theatre Group, and will then tour North America for multiple seasons, playing multi-week and week-long engagements. Additional cities and casting will be announced at a later time.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. This new production is directed by Jack O’Brien (Three-time Tony Award® winner, credits include: Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia). The design and production team is comprised of Douglas Schmidt, Set Design (Tony Award® nominee: 42nd Street, Into the Woods); Natasha Katz, Lighting Design (Four-time Tony Award® winner: Once, Aida, The Coast of Utopia, The Glass Menagerie) and Ken Travis, Sound Design (Aladdin, Newsies, Memphis).

Director Jack O’Brien said, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be: but it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work which, I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer, and more powerful than ever before. It’s no longer ‘your mother’s familiar’ SOUND OF MUSIC we’re trotting out. We are tearing off the varnish of the past of one of the great, fresh glories of our theatre-going experience! This is an opportunity we’ve all longed to create!”

Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company, said “THE SOUND OF MUSIC continues to be the world’s most beloved musical. When Ken Gentry suggested a major national tour, I not only agreed, but was willing to roll up my sleeves and do whatever I could to make a new stage production that would re-engage today’s theatre-going public. The show was originally created for Broadway, and seeing it on stage only reinforces the power of the story and the score. And with Jack O’Brien at the directorial helm – well, we simply couldn’t do better. Landing somewhere between The Coast of Utopia and Hairspray (shows for which Jack won the Tony®), his production will be smart, focused, and surprising. I can’t wait.”
THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013; 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Facts and Figures about THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The original Broadway production (1959)
Won 5 Tony Awards® including Best Musical
Original Cast Album won the Grammy Award
Tens of thousands of productions worldwide, with over 500 professional, amateur and school production each year in North America alone
Award-Winning London production set box office records with an all-star cast from award- and ratings-winning UK television program “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?”
The motion picture (1965)
Won 5 Academy Awards® including Best Picture
The most successful movie musical in history and one of the top-grossing films of all time
Annual network television ratings winner
Millions of VHS and DVD copies sold; the 40th Anniversary edition (2005) shipped over 1 million copies
The Music
Decades of popular artists have recorded songs from THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Over 12 million copies of the best-selling film soundtrack to date
“The Sound of Music Live!” was #7 on US Billboard 200
“The Sound of Music Live!”
Seen by more than 44 million viewers
Top rated NBC non-sports program since the Frasier and Friends finals in 2004