Ovation TV to begin 2-week long Broadway Festival with Hal Prince documentary

Starting June 6th, Ovation TV begins a two week, on air, Broadway Festival, where viewers can catch: “Mr. Prince,” the new documentary about the legendary Hal Prince in addition to performances of “Cabaret”, “Victor/Victoria”, “New York, New York” to name a few. They will also air other great programs in the Broadway series, including ‘Making of Phantom of the Opera’ and the documentary, ‘Annie” Life After Tomorrow’, which features Sarah Jessica Parker.  Here’s a trailer for this exciting documentary:

For a complete list of all the stage shows that Hal Prince has been involved in, starting with the 1950 “Ticket Please!”, where Mr. Prince served as assistant stage manager, click on “Read More”.

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Guilty of fraud: Poducers of “Ragtime” and “Kiss of Spider Woman”

Livent Producers Drabinsky and Gottlieb Are Guilty of Fraud, Canadian Courts Say

Garth Drabinsky of Livent Productions

Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb, the producers who gave North American theatre a shot in the arm with award-winning productions of Show Boat, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Fosse and more, were found guilty of fraud and forgery carried out at their production company Livent, Inc., a Canadian court ruled March 25.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Mary Lou Benotto made her judgment in Toronto, 11 months after the trial began.  The judge asserted that the producing duo’s “creative success” was “spectacular” but that “widespread and long-standing” fraud and “deliberate misrepresentation” clouded their success and theatrical contributions.

There’s a Chicago connection to Drabinsky and Livent: the company refurbished Chicago’s ornate Oriental Theatre, where they produced a successful run of their Tony Award winning musical Ragtime.  (personal note: Ragtime is easily one of my top 3 musicals, along with Parade and Sweeney Todd)

Story courtesy of Kenneth Jones of Playbill.com.

photo by Michael Cooper