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                    internet                                                         Dear Theater Lovers:                             MUSICAL (2014,
                                                                                     In my search to find live                        London)
       1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890PROMOTE EVENTS, PLAYS,  1 1 1 1  recordings of brilliant stage               This beautiful show,
              HAPPENINGS at a             1 1 1 1                                    plays from the past to share                     with music by Elton
                                                                                     with you, I came across the
       1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890  reasonable rate.  Call us to  1 1 1 1  following three that I still      John and book and
                                                                                                                                      lyrics by Lee Hall, won
       1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890find out how.  1-562-691-2509  1 1 1 1  recall, with emotion and           10 Tony Awards in New
                                                                                     admiration, their original New                   York and, after it closed
                                                                                     York Productions.
                                                                                                                                      on Broadway in 2012,
                                                                                                                                      the London West End
                                                                                                                  Morna Murphy Martell
                                                                                                                                      production was filmed
                                                                                                                      live for worldwide distribution. In case you
                                                                                                                      missed the movie version, it’s about a
                                                                                                                      young boy from a coal mining village in
                We mindfully publish a                                                                                England who wants to become a ballet
                unique newspaper for                                                                                  dancer. This is during the 1980’s miner’s
                    smart & savvy                                                                                     strike that created tension and poverty
                    adults with the                                                  BOYS IN THE BAND (1968, Off      throughout the country. As his coal-miner
                forethought  to enhance                                              Broadway)                        Dad is against the idea, the boy takes his
                 our lifestyle through                                                                                boxing lessons money and uses it secretly
               information, education &                                              Once regarded as shocking, this play  for dancing lessons. Realizing that Billy is a
                     inspiration.                                                    is about a group of gay men in
                                                                                     Manhattan who get together for a  prodigy, his dancing teacher gets him an
                    PO Box 722,                                                      birthday party and spend much of the  audition with The Royal Ballet School in
                  Brea, CA  92822                                                    evening hacking away at                                London. The
                                                     ENTERTAINING                    each other’s submerged                                 confrontation
               Pinks’ Weekly                           OURSELVES                     emotional truths. When each                            with his
                                                                                     one is challenged to phone
              Television Show                                                        some-one they once loved,                              disapproving
                                                                                                                                            father, and the
                                               SAFE AT HOME THINGS TO DO             the results are sad, revealing                         outcome of the
                                               1. Clear out and clean clutter.  Lay out a  and sometimes hilarious.                         contest, makes
                                             towel on your bed. Take a drawer at a   Laurence Luckinbill is a                               for a highly
                                             time and just dump it out on the bed.   schoolteacher who, when he                             emotional yet
                                             Then go through each item - toss it, save it,  realized he was homosexual,                     persuasively
                                             or give it away.                        left his wife and family; Cliff Gorman honest revelation about artistic passion and
                                               2. Contact three people a day. In order  is a flamboyant interior designer who family love that will bring tears to your
                                             to keep our psycho-social needs, either  flings campy jibes at Reuben Greene,  eyes. On BroadwayHD, Google Play and
                                             call, text, or email someone you know. It  a soft-spoken book-store clerk.  iTunes.
                                             can be family, close friend, old friends to  Frederick Coombs, (who was on
                                                                                     Broadway in “A Taste of Honey” and
                                             reconnect, or even a business associate.  I toured with in that show) is Donald,  LES MISERABLES IN CONCERT: THE
                                               3. Watch reruns.  So many treasured   a self-described “underachiever” who  25  ANNIVERSARY (2010, London)
             WE INVITE YOU TO                stories on television now. Dragnet, Wagon  has fled New York. The party is  On the anniversary of the original West
                                             Train, The Fugitive, etc.  The clothes, the  thrown into turmoil when sexy  End production of this dynamic musical,
                     ENJOY                   cars, the ‘bad’ acting - make it fun.   “Cowboy” Robert La Tourneaux     based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, an
                                                                                                                      ensemble of over 300 performers and
                                               4.  Call the shredding service. Since
                 PINK LADY                   COVID the free ones aren’t available. We  arrives as a present for the Birthday  musicians, that had appeared in its various
                                                                                                                      incarnations worldwide, came together to
                PRESENTS                     found a mobile shredder that will pick up  The play was never recorded, but in  perform. Tenor Alfie Boe is the noble Jean
                                                                                     1970 William Friedkin directed a
                                             and take 10 boxes for $125.00.
                                               5.  Play games like solitaire, crossword  movie version that stays true to the  Valjean; Norm Lewis is the relentless
                                                                                                                      Javert, and Lea Salonga is the tragic Fantine.
             Every Sunday Evening            puzzles, slot machines - all available on  original production. With screenplay  For a surprise encore, four stars sing “Bring
                                                                                     by original playwright Mart
          KSCI TV Channel 18                 the internet.                           Crowley, this film conveys with  Him Home” – Colm Wilkinson from the
                                                                                                                      original London and Broadway cast; John
                                                Monthly Screening changed format     singular brilliance the way “Boys”  Owen-Jones from the touring company;
                                                                                     played on stage. The nine actors in
                      5 PM                      Morna Murphy Martell on the web:     the film, who by then had performed  Simon Bowman from the current London
                                           together onstage a thousand times,  cast, and Boe. Producer Cameron
         (In Orange County - Channel 118)                                            give performances so bold and    Mackintosh introduces composer Claude-
                                                    The JFS/West Hollywood           fearless that it captures the original  Michel Schönberg and librettist/lyricist
                 For more information             Comprehensive Service Center       dynamic that I remember from so  Alain Boublil. The concert was shown live
 or Pink Lady  Theater Historian and former Hollywood  long ago. On You Tube: https://  across the UK, Ireland and around the
                   (818) 606-6679             Reporter, TV, Film and Broadway  Critic, and  world, and, on March 6, 2011, aired on
          Stay in regular contact with loved  Morna M. Martell is a lecturer on “The                                  United States television as a PBS special.
                                                                                                                      Available on BroadwayHD and DVD.
         ones, even if it’s over the phone or the  Impact of Yiddish Theatre on American
         internet, look out for each other. Stay  Theatre’ with bookings in Pasadena,      Not Born Yesterday! continues to be dedicated to
         safe out there and check in often.   Manhattan Beach, and West Hollywood. For       providing information, education & inspiration
                                              info, email
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