Did you know...Debbie Reynolds!

Debbie Reynolds

Her breakout role was portraying Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. However, it was her first leading role in 1952 at age 19, as Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain, that set her on the path to fame. By the mid-1950s, she was a major star.

Her starring role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) led to a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She then portrayed Jeanine Deckers in The Singing Nun (1966). In what Reynolds has called the “stupidest mistake of my entire career”, she made headlines in 1970 after instigating a fight with the NBC television network over cigarette advertising on her eponymous television series; NBC canceled the show.

From 1999 to its 2006 series finale, she played Grace Adler’s theatrical mother, Bobbi Adler, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000. She plays a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original movie Halloweentown film series as Aggie Cromwell. Reynolds made a guest appearance as a presenter at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997. She made a cameo role as herself in the 2004 film Connie and Carla. In 2013 she appeared in Behind the Candelabra, as the mother of Liberace.

In 1979 she opened up one of the premier professional dance studios in the world DEBBIE REYNOLDS DANCE STUDIOS in North Hollywood, California. Dancers from all over the world continue to train and dance here.

Debbie is also an avid collector of Hollywood artifacts & memorabilia. Nearly all the money she makes is spent toward her goal of creating a Hollywood museum. Her collection numbers more than 3000 costumes and 46,000 square-feet worth of props and equipment.

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Production Photos for Amelie

The brand new musical, Amelie, staring Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks has released a set of production photos from their up and coming production which is due to open at the Berkeley Rep from the 11th of September. 

The show is directed by Pam MacKinnon, has scenic and costumes designed by David Zinn, lighting designs by Jane Cox, sound by Kai Harada, projection design by Peter Nigrini, music direction by Kimberly Grigsby and choreography by Sam Pinkleton. 

Barks is joined by a wonderful cast included: 
David Andino - Blind Beggar/ Garden Gnome,
Randy Blair - Hipolito
Adam Chanler-Berat - Nino
Alison Cimmet - Amandine/ Philomene
Savvy Crawford - Young Amelie
Carla Duren - Gina
John Hickok - Raphael/ Bretodeaux
Alyse Alan Louis - Georgette
Maria-Christina Oliveras - Suzanne, 
Tony Sheldon - Dufayel/ Colligon, 
Perry Sherman - Lucien,
Paul Whitty - Joseph,
and Shannon O’Boyle and Jacob Keith Watson will join the cast as Swing members. 

For more information or to book tickets to see the production head to the Berkeley Rep Website. 

Images courtesy of Playbill.com 

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I was lucky enough to catch Hamilton again last night and on top of everything else I loved about the show, I was a really big fan of the way they mixed Colonial dress with some very contemporary looks, resulting in a very cool anachronistic vibe that paralleled the traditional/contemporary way the show was composed and directed.

(Costume spoilers possibly?) One of the coolest things was that most of the ensemble had a very simple base costume that they started the show in and with various scene and set changes, articles and elements would be changed and added and they were fairly uniform for each member save for small differences in the little details in the corsets, etc. for each of the female dancers So over the main corset and pants went this awesome bodice/skirt combo and I am totally nuts for it.

So this sketch is of Carleigh Bettiol, the long haired ensemble member who wears her hair styled with a little front poof throughout the whole show and I mentioned to her that all that hair must make the choreography that much harder to do and that I felt her struggle since my hair was always getting everywhere too. And thus our “hair-ography” exchange inspired this drawing. (I swear it was so hard deciding who to draw because EVERYONE had such wicked hair)

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