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Walking into the Hollywood Pantages it’s easy to get distracted by the beautiful marquee and the vertical blade above it spelling out Pantages in neon lights, but have you ever taken a moment to look down? Chances are you have caught a glimpse of the black and salmon pink sidewalk honoring individuals who are nothing short of great.

The Feb. 8, 1960 groundbreaking ceremony with, from left, Supervisor Ernest Debs, E.M. Stuart, Gigi Perreau, Linda Darnell, Harry M. Sugarman, Francis X. Bushman and Charles Coburn.

According to The Hollywood Walk of Fame, on August 15, 1958, the Chamber and City unveiled eight stars on Hollywood Blvd. at Highland Avenue to create excitement and to demonstrate what the Walk of Fame would look like. The eight honorees included: Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, Ernest Torrence, and Joanne Woodward. On February 8, 1960, construction actually began on the long-planned Walk of Fame. The first star to be laid in the new Walk was that of Stanley Kramer on March 28, 1960, near the intersection of Hollywood and Gower. By that fall, work had progressed far enough that it was decided to dedicate the Walk on November 23, 1960, in conjunction with the Hollywood Christmas Parade.  To this day, The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon.

On January 22nd the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced it’s Walk of Fame Class of 2018. Check out the video to see who’s getting their star!

 

Does your favorite celebrity have a star? The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website makes it very easy to find out. Start by CLICKING HERE. This page will give you the option to look up your favorite celeb’s name using the search function or allow you to scroll through the entire list alphabetically.  Your search will bring up a full profile on each star including location of the star, full bio, star photo, and a ceremony video.

Neil Patrick Harris received his star right next to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on September 15, 2011.

If you have never been to a Star Ceremony, check out the videos below. Next time you are in front of the theatre try to spot their stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also find the stars of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber,  James M. Nederlander, Carol Channing, Keith Carradine, Stephen Schwartz, Sir Tim Rice, and many more below the Hollywood Pantages marquee.

For more information about the Hollywood Walk of fame visit their website: www.walkoffame.com

And The Nominees Are….

As we are sure many of you are aware the Tony Nominations were announced this week and to no one’s surprise Hamilton came out on top with a record breaking 16 nominations.  However, Hamilton wasn’t the first show to receive an outstanding number of nominations and hopefully, it won’t be the last! We thought we would share some other Tony Award records and interesting facts with you on this monumental week!

Before Hamilton, The Producers (2001) and Billy Elliot (2009) were tied for the most nominations for a Broadway musical at 15. The Producers hold the record for most Tony Award wins at 12 while Billy Elliot only won 10

The musical revival with the most Tony Award nominations was Kiss Me, Kate (2000) with 12. The musical revival with the most wins was South Pacific (2008) with 7.

Chita Rivera holds the title of actress with the most nominations at 10 but there is a tie for actress with the most wins between Audra McDonald and Julie Harris who both have 6. Audra has won for: Carousel (1994), Master Class (1996), Ragtime (1998), A Raisin in the Sun (2004), Porgy and Bess (2012), and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (2014). Julie has won for: I Am a Camera (1952), The Lark (1956), Forty Carats (1969), The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1973), The Belle of Amherst (1977), and a Special Lifetime Achievement Award (2002).

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(Above: Julie Harris and Audra McDonald )

Harold Prince holds the record for individual with the most Tony Awards at 21. Eight of his awards were for directing, eight for producing, two as producer of the year’s Best Musical, and three special Tony Awards. Some of his most known work includes: The Phantom of The Opera (1988), Evita (1980), Sweeney Todd (1979), Fiddler on the Roof (1965), Damn Yankees (1956) and many more.

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Harold Prince

Composer with the most Tony Awards goes to Stephen Sondheim with 8. Those wins include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1963), two awards for Company (1970), Follies (1971), A little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd (1979), Into the Woods (1988), Passion (1994), and a Lifetime Achievement Award (2008).

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Stephen Sondheim

Bob Fosse is noted as the choreographer with the most Tony wins at 8. The shows he’s won for include: The Pajama Game (1955), Damn Yankees (1956), Redhead (1959), Little Me (1963), Sweet Charity (1966), 2 for Pippin (1973) one for choreography and one for direction, Dancin’ (1978), and Big Deal (1986).

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Bob Fosse

Phantom of the Opera goes in the record books as the longest-running Best Musical (1998- )

The theatre that has housed the most Tony-winning Best Plays and Best Musicals is none other than the Nederlander’s own Richard Rodgers Theatre, which is currently home to Hamilton. The Richard Rodgers Theatre has housed 10 Tony-winning shows including:  In The Heights (2008), Lost in Yonkers (1991), Fences (1987), Nine (1982), Raisin (1974), 1776 (1969), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1962), Redhead (1959), Damn Yankees (1956), Guys and Dolls (1951)

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The Richard Rodgers Theatre on 46th St. New York

Angela Lansbury has hosted or co-hosted more Tony telecasts than any other individual, with five telecasts (1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, and 1989). In second place, with four telecasts each, are Neil Patrick Harris (2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013) and Hugh Jackman (2003, 2004, 2005, and 2014).

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Angela Lansbury

For more interesting facts about the Tony Awards, winners, and nominees visit The Tony Awards website: www.tonyawards.com

Introducing The 2016-17 Season

You’ve heard the big announcement! The 2016-17 Hollywood Pantages Season has officially been revealed. Now that you know our big secret let’s talk about these 7 amazing shows. You know the shows but did you know these interesting facts?

Hedwig And The Angry Inch 

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  • The Original premiered off off Broadway at Westbeth and then ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998.
  • Los Angeles audiences may remember that Hedwig played at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood (down the street from the Hollywood Pantages) back in 1999. The show starred Michael Cerveris as Hedwig.
  • Major musical and artistic influences for both the character and the show include Culture Club, David Bowie, Boy George, Elton John, etc.
  • The nature of the production will involve audience interaction for the lucky folks who are seated close to the stage.

The King And I

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  • The original The King and I ran on Broadway from March 29, 1951 through March 20, 1954.
  • There have been 4 Broadway revivals of The King and I.
  • The King and I was nominated for 9 Tony Awards in 2015.
  • Choreography is based off of Jerome Robbins’ original Broadway choreography (“Small House of Uncle Thomas” is a perfect moment by moment recreation of the original staging)
  • Yule Brenner Played the King at the Hollywood Pantages on 1984 tour.

Finding Neverland

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  • The Oscar-winning motion picture of the same name premiered in 2004, and starred Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet & Dustin Hoffman.
  • The story of Peter Pan in general, has a rich history of being retold in different media. Movies and stage productions about the Pan legend continue to be released today
  • Nominated for two Drama Desk Awards and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL!

An American In Paris

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  • The idea for An American in Paris,the film came to producer Arthur Freed when he attended a concert of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Freed liked the title and from that he built a musical with Gershwin tunes after months of negotiations with Ira Gershwin, estate trustees, and two different music publishers.
  • As further developed by the artistic triumvirate of choreographer and star Gene Kelly, director Vincente Minelli and screenwriter Alan J. Lerner, An American in Parisbecame one of the most famous film musicals in the history of Hollywood and went on to win six Academy Awards in 1951.
  • Gene Kelly’s widow Patricia has a personal relationship with our theatre. She often attends Hollywood Pantages premieres!

The Bodyguard

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  • Final scene of the motion picture was filmed at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre – Oscars Scene
  • Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox will star as Rachel Marron.
  • The stage production takes all of the music from the motion picture (“I Will Always Love You” / “Queen of the Night”) as well as additional music from the Whitney Houston catalog.

The Book Of Mormon

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  • The Book of Mormon opened on February 24, 2011, has had over 2,000 performances and is still running on Broadway.
  • The show took nearly 7 years to develop. Trey Parker & Matt Stone met Robert Lopez after seeing a performance of Robert’s other Tony-winning musical: Avenue Q.
  • Nominated for 16 Tony Awards in 2011 and walked away with 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Female Featured (Nikki M. James) Best Direction, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Sound Design.
  • Robert Lopez is an EGOT. (He has won Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony) He is the youngest ever!

Hamilton

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  • Lottery participation in NYC has numbered into the thousands for each performance.
  • The President of the United States has seen this production three times.
  • Questlove (of the band “The Roots” – The Tonight Show) is a co-producer of the HAMILTON Cast Album
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda was working on this show as far back as 2010, when he was appearing on stage in In The Heights at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. (A member of our staff remembers seeing a copy of the biography in his dressing room.)
  • This production draws multiple parallels to Americans of today, with the Americans in the late 1700s.

For more about these great shows visit: www.hollywoodpantages.com