Louis Botto's PASSING STAGES -- March 1998

Louis Botto's PASSING STAGES -- March 1998 A TOUCH OF GOLD
The Theatre Hall of Fame, founded in 1971 by Earl Blackwell, James M. Nederlander, Gerard Oestriecher and Arnold Weissberger to honor outstanding contribution to the Broadway theatre, recently inducted another seven theatrical luminaries. The 1997 inductees whose names have been inscribed in gold in the Gershwin Theatre's great rotunda are actors Tony Randall, Lauren Bacall and Philip Bosco; critic Eric Bentley; set designer Ming Cho Lee; playwright Harold Pinter and choreographer Donald Saddler. To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must have five major theatre credits and a career spanning at least 25 years in the Broadway theatre.
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A TOUCH OF GOLD
The Theatre Hall of Fame, founded in 1971 by Earl Blackwell, James M. Nederlander, Gerard Oestriecher and Arnold Weissberger to honor outstanding contribution to the Broadway theatre, recently inducted another seven theatrical luminaries. The 1997 inductees whose names have been inscribed in gold in the Gershwin Theatre's great rotunda are actors Tony Randall, Lauren Bacall and Philip Bosco; critic Eric Bentley; set designer Ming Cho Lee; playwright Harold Pinter and choreographer Donald Saddler. To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must have five major theatre credits and a career spanning at least 25 years in the Broadway theatre.

A BREAK FOR KIDS
1776 is the first musical in Broadway history to make half-price tickets available from its very first performance to kids 18 years old and younger. Co-sponsored by the Roundabout Theatre Company, the musical's producer, and The Chase Manhattan Bank, Half-Price For Kids has been so successful that Roundabout (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) will continue to offer these discount tickets for all performances of its productions this season. Next up: Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea (Criterion Center/Stage Right, through May 10) and George Feydeau's farce A Flea in Her Ear (Laura Pels Theatre, through May 10).

Alice S. Zimet, Vice President and Manager, Chase Cultural Affairs, comments: "We are delighted to continue our support for Roundabout's outstanding family-oriented initiatives. [It's] a wonderful way to introduce kids to the magic of live theatre we see it as a real investment in the future of performing arts."

-- By Louis Botto