Mar 112017

Daryl Hall & John Oates And Tears For Fears L.A. Concert




Plus a Special Acoustic Performance by opener Allen Stone



Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Daryl Hall & John Oates, are partnering with international multi-platinum selling band, Tears For Fears, for a 29-city North American tour. The tour will kick off on Thursday, May 4th in Tulsa OK at the BOK Center and will include stops in Chicago, Nashville, Miami, New York, Toronto, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and more, before wrapping up in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on Friday, July 28. The summer arena tour will also feature a special acoustic performance by opening act, Allen Stone.

Tickets and VIP packages for the Los Angeles, CA show go on sale beginning Friday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. (PST). American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday March 14 at 10:00 a.m. (PST) through Thursday, March 16 at 10:00 p.m. (PST)).

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Daryl Hall and John Oates, are the number-one selling duo in music history.

“I am very excited to be touring with Tears for Fears. Their music has a timeless quality that complements what we do. I think everyone is going to love this show!” said Daryl Hall.

“I can’t wait to get back out on the road in 2017. Performing with Tears For Fears will be an exciting and musical experience for me and all the fans,” added John Oates.

“We’re thrilled to be going out on the road with Daryl Hall & John Oates this summer,” said Tears For Fears. “We’ve been longtime fans of the band so it’ll be fun to reconnect and also to see our fans throughout the US.”

“We are excited for the partnership between Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears For Fears and look forward to a fun summer of music,” added Jay Marciano, Chairman & CEO, AEG Live


  • Wednesday, July 19 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
  • Sunday, July 23 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
  • Tuesday, July 25 San Jose, CA SAP Center
  • Friday, July 28 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center*

*Tickets on sale Friday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. (PST)


About Daryl Hall & John Oates
From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums—’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Method of Modern Love.” By 1987, the RIAA recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, a record they still hold today.

On May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI’s 56th annual Pop Awards. The award has previously gone to the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton.

In 2014, Daryl and John were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 2017 finds Daryl Hall and John Oates very much at the height of their powers making their own kind of soul, with a new generation of musicians recognizing not only their historic track record of success, but also their continuing influence and achievements.

About Tears For Fears
Beyond selling 30 million albums worldwide, performing to countless sold out audiences, and winning various awards, the DNA of Tears For Fears—Roland Orzabal [vocals, guitar, keyboards] and Curt Smith [vocals, bass, keyboards]—remains embedded within three generations of artists. Quietly casting a shadow over rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie, and beyond, their music has been sampled by Kanye West, The Weeknd, David Guetta, Drake, and more, while getting covered by Lorde, Adam Lambert, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Gary Jules, and Disturbed, to name a few. Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot.

Representing an inimitable intersection of pop palatability, clever and cognizant lyricism, guitar bombast, and new wave innovation, their catalog spans a string of classic albums, namely the gold-certified debut The Hurting [1983], quintuple-platinum BRIT Award-winning Songs from the Big Chair [1985], and Seeds of Love [1989]. The latter proved to be Roland and Curt’s last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between them. Breaking another quiet spell, the boys engaged in a three-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America beginning in 2010. 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” It proved to be a welcome addition to their three-decade discography of immortal hits ranging from “Mad World,” “Change,” and “Pale Shelter” to “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Shout,” “Sowing The Seeds of Love,” and “Everybody Loves A Happy Ending.” Now, 2017 marks the beginning of a new era for the band. Signed to Warner Bros. Records, they will release their seventh full-length album, fifth for Roland and Curt together, and first in 13 years following a summer co-headline tour with Daryl Hall & John Oates.

About Allen Stone
On his third full-length album, soul artist Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention.

Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane.

Now including seven exciting bonus tracks, Radius Deluxe will be available March 25th. Among them will be the previously unreleased songs “Voodoo” and “Faithful” as well as a new version of Stone’s energetic single “Freedom”.

The New York Times said the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old’s lyrics on Radius “promise honest sentiments, grooves built with physical instruments and a gospel-rooted determination to uplift … glimmers of Al Green, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton, Prince and a bit of Sting.”

Tearing through nearly 600 shows in just two years – including sold out performances at LA’s Ace Hotel and NYC’s Apollo Theater – Allen Stone is determined to make 2017 yet another impactful year of writing and performance.



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Feb 032015


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Angela Lansbury (clockwise from her) Janie Dee, Simon Jones (obscured) Serena Evans (obscured) and Charles Edwards in the 2014 West End revival of Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.”
Photo by Johan Persson.

Following sold-out engagements on Broadway and in London’s West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury enjoyed continued success with Noël Coward’s smash-hit comedic play “Blithe Spirit” in its Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre engagement.

Lansbury returned to the Los Angeles stage for the first time in over 30 years, and L.A. audiences had clearly been waiting, making “Blithe Spirit” the best-selling play revival at the Ahmanson Theatre in more than 25 years – a title previously held by “The Trip to Bountiful,” which immediately preceded “Blithe Spirit” in the 2014-2015 season at the Ahmanson.

In addition, “Blithe Spirit” was the third best-selling drama at the Ahmanson in the last 25 years, just behind the plays “God of Carnage” and “War Horse.”

The North American tour of “Blithe Spirit” launched at the Ahmanson on December 9, 2014, and ran through January 18, 2015. Following the L.A. engagement, the tour continued to SHN’s Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, January 20 through February 1, 2015, and will then move to Mirvish Productions’ Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, February 11 through March 15, and will conclude in Washington, D.C., March 17 through March 29, at the National Theatre where Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day.

Sep 212014


Blithe Spirit comes to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles

Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and in London’s West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award®-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in Noël Coward’s smash-hit comedic play “Blithe Spirit” in an exciting North American tour to be launched at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

Performances for “Blithe Spirit” at the Ahmanson begin Tuesday, December 9, 2014, and run through Sunday, January 18, 2015. The opening is set for Sunday, December 14.
Following the L.A. engagement, the tour will continue to SHN’s Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, January 20 through February 1, 2015; Mirvish Productions’ Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, February 10 through March 15, and concludes in Washington, D.C., March 17 through March 29, at the National Theatre where Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day.

Angela Lansbury In Blithe Spirit

Angela Lansbury in the 2014 West End revival of Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.” Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” is the second production in the Center Theatre Group /Ahmanson Theatre’s 2014-2015 season and will play December 9, 2014, through January 18, 2015. The opening is scheduled for December 14.
Photo by Johan Persson.

Returning to the role of Madame Arcati, for which she won her fifth Tony Award® in Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre for which she won her fifth Tony Award® in 2009 for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Angela Lansbury (the popular TV show “Murder, She Wrote,” the memorable stage productions of “Sweeney Todd” and “Mame,” the classic film “Gaslight”) will be joined by an all-star cast including Charles Edwards (PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” “The 39 Steps,” “Blithe Spirit” – 2014 West End revival), Jemima Rooper (the film “The Black Dahlia,” “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “Blithe Spirit” – 2014 West End revival) and Charlotte Parry (“Coram Boy,” “The Importance of Being Earnest”). The cast also includes Susan Louise O’Connor (“What to Do When You Hate All Your Friends,” “Blithe Spirit” – 2009 Broadway revival) and Sandra Shipley (“Anything Goes,” “Blithe Spirit” – 2009 Broadway revival). Additional casting will be announced in the coming days.
The play is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Michael Blakemore (“Kiss Me, Kate,” “Copenhagen”).

“It’s going to be exciting to play Los Angeles for the first time in over 30 years,” said Lansbury. “I’m delighted to be returning to the Ahmanson Theatre in the role of Madame Arcati in Noël Coward’s wonderfully funny play ‘Blithe Spirit.’ It is one of the great comedic roles and playing her for a new audience every night is a joy. I can’t think of a better place to start off this tour than with my family and friends here in my own backyard.”

The creative team includes scenic and costume designs by Helen Hayes Award-winner Simon Higlett, Ms. Lansbury’s costume designs by two-time Tony Award®-winner Martin Pakledinaz and sound design by Olivier Award-winners Ben and Max Ringham.
“Blithe Spirit” replaces the previously postponed production of “Heartbeat of Home” in the Ahmanson Theatre’s 2014-2015 season.

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Angela Lansbury (clockwise from her) Janie Dee, Simon Jones (obscured) Serena Evans (obscured) and Charles Edwards in the 2014 West End revival of Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.” Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” is the second production in the Center Theatre Group /Ahmanson Theatre’s 2014-2015 season and will play December 9, 2014, through January 18, 2015.
Photo by Johan Persson.

Tickets for “Blithe Spirit” go on sale September 24 and are available by calling (213) 972-4400, visiting, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre.

“Blithe Spirit,” one of Noël Coward’s most popular comedies, was first seen on Broadway in 1941, the same year it was produced in London where it set British box office records and was the longest running comedy (1,997 performances) until it was eventually surpassed by “Boeing-Boeing” in the 1970s. The original Broadway production played nearly two years and co-starred Leonora Corbett, Mildred Natwick, Clifton Webb and Peggy Wood. In 1987, it was revived on Broadway in an all-star production with Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey, and Geraldine Page, in her final Broadway appearance.

The latest revival on Broadway in 2009 was directed by Michael Blakemore and co-starred Angela Lansbury, Jayne Atkinson, Christine Ebersole, Rupert Everett, Simon Jones and Susan Louise O’Connor. Following its critical acclaim and box office success on Broadway, Lansbury returned to the London stage after 40 years to reprise her Tony Award®-winning role. Also under the direction of Michael Blakemore and starring Lansbury, the London revival opened at the Gielgud Theatre on March 18, 2014, and co-starred Janie Dee, Serena Evans, Charles Edwards, Patsy Ferran, Simon Jones and Jemima Rooper.

Coward, in his autobiography, claimed he wrote the play in five days during a holiday. Only two lines of dialogue were removed before its first production in London.
Researching for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. While consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’ new wife Ruth. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air – who will win in Coward’s unworldly comedy?

The North American tour of “Blithe Spirit” is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Lee Dean, John Frost, Charles Diamond and Will Trice in association with JAM Theatricals.
For more information about the “Blithe Spirit” tour, please visit

ANGELA LANSBURY (Madame Arcati) has enjoyed a career spanning over 70 years in film, stage and television. Winner of five Tony Awards®, she made her Broadway debut in 1957 playing Bert Lahr’s wife in “Hotel Paradiso” which opened its pre-Broadway tryout on March 16, 1957, at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. where she will return 58 years later during the final two weeks of the North American tour of Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.” In 1960, she returned to Broadway as Joan Plowright’s mother in Shelagh Delaney’s “A Taste of Honey.” She starred in her first musical, “Anyone Can Whistle” in 1964, and in 1966 she triumphed as “Mame,” winning her first Tony. She won Tonys for “Dear World” (1968), “Gypsy” (1974) and “Sweeney Todd” (1979). After a 23-year hiatus, she returned to Broadway in 2007 starring in Terrence McNally’s “Deuce.” In 2009 she won her fifth Tony Award as Madame Arcati in Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” which was followed in 2010 by her performance as Madame Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim’s classic “A Little Night Music” and Gore Vidal’s classic “The Best Man” (2012). In 2013, she appeared in the highly acclaimed Australian tour of Alfred Uhry’s play “Driving Miss Daisy,” also starring James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines. It was so successful that it was filmed as a live theatre performance and was released in movie theatres worldwide earlier this year.
Most recently, in March 2014, she reprised the role of Madame Arcati at the Gielgud Theatre, which opened to rave reviews and great acclaim. It marked her return to the London stage for the first time in nearly 40 years. Previous London appearances were in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Edward Albee’s “All Over” at the Aldwich, “Gypsy” by Arthur Laurents, Jules Styne and Stephen Sondheim at the Piccadilly, and “Hamlet” co-starring Albert Finney at the National.
She has appeared in over 60 motion pictures beginning with “Gaslight” at the age of 17 for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Her other films include such classics as “National Velvet,” “The Harvey Girls,” Frank Capra’s “State of the Union,” “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” (her second film and second Academy Award nomination), Cecil B. DeMille’s “Samson and Delilah,” “The Court Jester,” “The Long Hot Summer,” “The Manchurian Candidate” (Academy Award nomination), “The World of Henry Orient” and “Death on the Nile.” In 1991 she was the voice of Mrs. Potts in the Disney animated feature “Beauty and the Beast,” and in 1997 she was the voice of the Grand Duchess Marie in the animated film “Anastasia.” In 2005, she was in Emma Thompson’s “Nanny McPhee” and in 2011 she co-starred with Jim Carrey in “Mr. Poppers Penguins.”
From 1984-1996 she made television history starring as Jessica Fletcher on “Murder, She Wrote,” the longest-running detective drama series in TV history, winning four of her six Golden Globe Awards. She has also starred in numerous other films for television and appeared as a guest star on series such as “Law & Order.”
She is a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors. In addition to her five Tonys, she is the winner of six Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for 18 Emmys and three Oscars. In 2013 she was awarded an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures. She is a member of the theatre and television halls of fame and recipient of the Silver Mask for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, as well as the BAFTA/LA Britannia Award for Lifetime Achievement in Television and Film. Earlier named a Commander of the British Empire, she was named a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on this New Year’s Honours List and was invested at Windsor Castle on April 15, 2014.
She was married to motion picture executive Peter Shaw for 53 years. He died in 2003. She has three children and three grandchildren.

CHARLES EDWARDS (Charles Condomine) plays Lady Edith’s publisher lover Michael Gregson in “Downton Abbey.”
He played Charles in Michael Blakemore’s hugely successful London production of “Blithe Spirit” in 2014. Also in London’s West End he played Bertie in the original stage play “The King’s Speech” by the Oscar-winning playwright David Seidler, and Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare’s Globe; he was nominated as Best Actor at the London Evening Standard Awards for these performances. He led the Tony-winning Broadway production of “The 39 Steps,” having originated the role of Richard Hannay in London, where it won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. He played Oberon opposite Dame Judi Dench as Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Rose Theatre, and in Coward’s “Hay Fever” at the Haymarket Theatre he played Sandy Tyrrell with Dame Judi as Judith Bliss. At the National Theatre he won the 2014 Clarence Derwent Award for his performance as Marsden in Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude” opposite Anne-Marie Duff. Also at the NT he has played Andrew Aguecheek in Sir Peter Hall’s production of “Twelfth Night,” Michael Quince in “Pravda” opposite Ralph Fiennes, directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner, and Jack Weatherill in James Graham’s 1970s political epic, “This House,” for which he was again nominated as Best Actor by the Evening Standard.
For television Charles has just completed filming “Arthur and George,” a new series for ITV about Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle. He played Monty Python’s Michael Palin in the BAFTA-nominated “Holy Flying Circus” for the BBC, and he also
plays hapless doctor Iain McKenzie in the ongoing Sky comedy series “Trying Again,” both of these projects come from the writers of the multi-award-winning HBO series “Veep,” Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche. In 2014 he worked with Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe on the series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” and with Matthew McFadyen on the BBC’s “Ripper Street.”
Recently in the cinema he appeared in Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” with Steve Coogan. Other film work includes Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” “Mansfield Park,” “An Ideal Husband” and Charles Sturridge’s “Longitude.”
He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

JEMIMA ROOPER (Elvira). Most recently Jemima has been seen on the West End stage in “Breeders” and the sell out West End production of “Blithe Spirit” opposite Angela Lansbury. Other theatre credits include “One Man, Two Guvnors” (National Theatre, Tour, West End, Broadway), “Me and My Girl” (Sheffield Crucible), “All My Sons” (West End), “The Power of Yes” (NT), “The Great Game: Afghanistan” (Tricycle), “Her Naked Skin” (NT), “A Respectable Wedding” (Young Vic), “Us and Them” (Hampstead Theatre) and “Where Do We Live” (Royal Court). Film includes “What If,” “One Chance,” “The Black Dahlia,” “Kinky Boots,” “A Sound of Thunder,” “Snapshots,” “Owd Bob,” “Willy’s War” and “The Higher Mortals.” Television includes “Lucky 7,” “Atlantis” (Series 1 and 2), “Frankenstein’s Wedding,” “A Bouquet of Barbed Wire,” “Poirot: The Third Girl,” “Lost in Austen,” “Hex,” “As If” and “The Railway Children.” Jemima was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for What’s On Stage Awards 2011 (“One Man, Two Guvnors”) 2010 (“All My Sons”) and for Best Performance in Musical for Theatre Awards UK 2011 (“Me And My Girl”).

CHARLOTTE PARRY (Ruth) recently played Gemma in Adam Bock’s “The Colby Sisters” in the West End, and Catherine Winslow in the very well received Broadway run of “The Winslow Boy.” Charlotte was a member of the inaugural year of Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project, performing “The Cherry Orchard” and “The Winter’s Tale” at BAM, in the West End and internationally. She played Cecily in the sellout Broadway run of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Broadway: “The Winslow Boy,” “Coram Boy,” “The Real Thing” and “The Importance Of Being Earnest.” Off Broadway: “Equivocation” (MTC), “Look Back In Anger” and “Howard Katz” (Roundabout), “The Master Builder” (Irish Rep), “Rainbow Kiss” (The Play Company), “The Lover” (Directorfest). For Sir Peter Hall Company at BAM, Center Theatre Group and London: “As You Like It” and “The Importance Of Being Earnest.”
Regional: Eliza Doolittle in “Pygmalion” (Old Globe), world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s “Pirate” at New York Stage and Film, world premiere of Edward Albee’s “Me, Myself and I,” and “The Birthday Party” (McCarter Theatre), “The Turn Of The Screw” (Westport Country Playhouse), “Cymbeline” and “Private Lives” (NJ Shakespeare). In the UK – West End: “The Colby Sisters,” “The Real Thing,” “The Cherry Orchard” and “The Winter’s Tale.” Regional and National Tours: “Charley’s Aunt,” “Amadeus,” “The Blue Room,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Titus Andronicus,” “As You Like It,” “Northanger Abbey,” “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” “The Seagull,” “Three Sisters,” “Godspell,” “Follies” and “Whistle Down The Wind.” TV: “The Safe House” (ITV) and “Extreme Ghost Stories” (ITV). Film: “The Park Bench.” Charlotte has narrated over 50 audiobooks in America and the UK.

SUSAN LOUISE O’CONNOR (Edith). “Blithe Spirit” on Broadway (Theatre World Award, Dorothy Loudon Fellowship, Outer Critics Circle nomination). Other theatre credits include productions with Rattlestick Theatre, Urban Stages, Huntington Theatre, Premiere Stages, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep., Abingdon Theater, La MaMa, Collaboration Town, Daryl Roth Prod., Resonance Ensemble and Barrington Stage. Film, TV and web credits include “Orange is the New Black,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Doomsdays,” “Flying Scissors,” “Coming Up Roses,” “Acts of Worship,” “Yellow Fever,” “The Poets,” “Project Beth” and “Wallflowers” (Seasons 1 and 2). She stars in, co-wrote and co-produced the web series “Lucy Knows Love.”

SANDRA SHIPLEY (Mrs. Bradman). Broadway: “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Equus,” “Pygmalion,” “Retreat From Moscow,” “Vincent in Brixton” and “Indiscretions.” Off-Broadway/Tour: “Anything Goes” (Tour), “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (Encores), “Suddenly Last Summer” and “Deep Blue Sea” (Roundabout), “Kindertransport” (MTC), “Stuff Happens” and “Venus” (Public). Regional: ART, Humana, Hartford, Huntington, La Jolla, Long Wharf, Old Globe, Williamstown, Guthrie. UK: RSC, Royal Court, West End. Film/TV: “Monument Ave,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Third Watch” and “Lipstick Jungle.” Elliot Norton Award Medal for Theatre Excellence.

MICHAEL BLAKEMORE (Director) became the first director to win a Tony Award® both for a musical (“Kiss Me, Kate”) and a play (“Copenhagen”) in the same year, 2000. For “Kiss Me, Kate” he also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards. Michael was Associate Director at National Theatre where productions included “The National Health,” “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” “The Front Page,” “Macbeth,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “Plunder,” “After the Fall” and “Copenhagen.” Elsewhere: “Privates on Parade” (RSC); “Don’s Party,” “Widower’s Houses” (Royal Court); “Make and Break” at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre (where he was Resident Director) and Haymarket; “Mr. Peter’s Connections” by Arthur Miller (Almeida). Other West End successes are “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg,” “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” “Forget-Me-Not,” “Design for Living,” “Knuckle,” “Separate Tables,” “All My Sons.” “Noises Off,” “Benefactors” “Lettice and Lovage,” “Uncle Vanya” and “The Sisters Rosenweig.” On Broadway, productions include three musicals, the Tony Award®-winning “City of Angels”; “The Life,” voted best musical of 1997 by the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League; “Kiss Me, Kate,” which received 12 Tony nominations. He also directed “Death Defying Acts,” three one-act plays by David Mamet, Elaine May and Woody Allen. He has written and directed two films, “A Personal History of the Australian Surf” (Standard Film Award 1982) and “Country Life.” His books include a novel, “Next Season” (1968), still in paperback, and two memoirs, “Arguments with England” (2004) and recently “Stage Blood” (Faber & Faber). Michael has directed “Democracy” (New York and London); “Embers” and “Three Sisters” (London); “Deuce, Is He Dead?” and “Blithe Spirit” (Broadway and West End).

NOЁL COWARD (Playwright) has achieved enduring success as a playwright, composer, director, actor, and singer. Many of his plays are firm favorites in the theatre repertoire and include “Private Lives,” “Hay Fever,” “Design for Living,” “Present Laughter” and “Blithe Spirit,” which remains one of his most popular comedies. His screenwriting credits include “In Which We Serve” (which he also co-directed) and “Brief Encounter.”

Sep 202014


Iconic singer-songwriter and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf / Cat Stevens has joined Legacy Recordings’ storied musical family.

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens Relases New Album and Announces North American Tour

To kick off this exciting new chapter in Yusuf’s career, Legacy Recordings will release his first new studio album in five years, entitled Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, on October 27. Recorded across the globe, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five original tracks and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell ’Em I’m Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist Matt Sweeney. The album was produced by Yusuf and Rick Rubin and was mixed by Yusuf and Paul Samwell-Smith.

The worldwide premiere of “Dying To Live,” the first single from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone is available now at here:

This new relationship with Legacy Recordings will include brand new recording projects, existing catalog titles, previously unreleased live material, and a treasure trove of audio and video from Yusuf/Cat Steven’s personal archives. The new album, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone is the first piece of a larger relationship that will continue over the coming years.

Yusuf/ Cat Stevens also announced that he will embark on his first North American tour in over 35 years, giving fans in select cities the opportunity to hear his remarkable catalog and superb new songs live, many for the first time. The Peace Train…Late Again tour will kick off December 1 at Massey Hall in Toronto and conclude on December 14 at Nokia Theatre LA LIVE in Los Angeles, CA. The Peace Train…Late Again North American tour dates include:

December 1 Toronto- Massey Hall
December 4 Boston- Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
December 7 New York City- Beacon Theatre
December 9 Chicago- The Chicago Theatre
December 12 San Francisco- The Masonic
December14 Los Angeles – Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

Tickets for the general public begin going on sale on Saturday, September 27th at 10:00am local time (please check your market for select timings). Fans who pre-order Tell ‘Em I’m Gone on (starting now until Sunday, September 21 at 11:59pm PST) will receive early access to purchase tickets to the US tour dates. Please see specific details below.

The North American tour comes on the heels of the European leg of the Peace Train…Late Again tour.

November 4 London, UK – Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
November 9 Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
November 11 Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
November 13 Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
November 16 Paris, France – Zenith
November 20 Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
November 23 Hamburg, Germany – CCH 1
November 25 Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi Electric Hall

For complete ticket on sale information visit

On Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity’s climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London. Each track on the album revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have marked more than four decades of Yusuf’s musical career. Stunning originals like “I Was Raised In Babylon” and “Cat And The Dog Trap” plus covers of blues-pop and American song standards (“Big Boss Man,” “You Are My Sunshine”) and a moving version of Edgar Winter’s “Dying To Live,” find Yusuf as strong of voice and as engaging a performer as ever.

Tell ‘Em I’m Gone is available now for pre-order at physical and digital music retailers.

“Although I was to venture through many lyrical terrains, melodious valleys and cadences during my fifty-year musical and spiritual exploration, and though many would agree that I have covered a lot of ground, there was always one path I meant to take. Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free,” Yusuf says of the new album. “What’s powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically. It suddenly stared me in the face: the innate struggle for Freedom! Isn’t that what most human beings dream of? Music and the Blues particularly was a means of escape for many chained to the destiny of the rich and powerful.”

“Yusuf continues to make music that resonates in its beauty and universally empowering themes,” says Adam Block, President, Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings. “It’s both humbling and thrilling to be given the opportunity to have him become a member of the Legacy family. We look forward to working together to create new platforms for Yusuf’s future recordings while celebrating his remarkable career with stories we’ll tell from the artist’s personal archive.”

Having first found fame as a teenage heartthrob singer in 1960s England, Cat Stevens gained worldwide acclaim for his intimate and affecting works in the 1970s. His compositions “Wild World,” “Peace Train,” “Father and Son” and “Morning Has Broken” remain staples of the folk genre. Following a conversion to the Islamic faith in 1977, Stevens retired from the music business to work with and support causes in education and humanitarian relief. In 2006 Yusuf returned to pop music with the album An Other Cup. Yusuf was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2014.

I Was Raised In Babylon (Yusuf)
Big Boss Man (Luther Dixon-Al Smith)
Dying To Live (Edgar Winter)
You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis-Charles Mitchell, arr. Yusuf)
Editing Floor Blues (Yusuf)
Cat And The Dog Trap (Yusuf)
Gold Digger (Yusuf)
The Devil Came From Kansas (Gary Brooker-Keith Reid)
Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (originally “Take This Hammer,” arr. Yusuf)
Doors (Yusuf)

While supplies last, eligible fans who pre-order Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ new album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone on MP3 or CD on or before 11:59 PM Pacific time on September 21, 2014 from will receive a unique pre-sale code good for early access to purchase up to two (2) tickets for eligible concerts in his upcoming U.S. tour. Early access using the pre-sale codes is available between Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM local concert venue time and Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM local concert venue time. Please note concert tickets and pre-sale codes are subject to availability and the presale code does not guarantee tickets to the concert or price level of your choice. Your pre-sale code will be emailed within 24 hours of your pre-order. Limit 1 code per Amazon customer. For more information please visit:

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