PASADENA, CA -- Preview, the subcriber newsletter of the Pasadena Playhouse (where John Henry Redwood's The Old Settler occupies the mainstage), recently paid tribute to several of its most prominent acting alumni.
First to be profiled was Michael Rupert, who starred in the Playhouse's 1988 production of Mail and is now appearing in the national touring company of Ragtime as Tateh, the Jewish immigrant searching for a better life in America for himself and his daughter.
Former teen hearthrob Shaun Cassidy, who won acclaim in the 1986 production of Look Homeward Angel, is now writing for television. Among his credits is the stylish and eerie American Gothic for CBS in 1995.
When Marilu Henner co- starred with Gregory Harrison in the Playhouse's 1988 production of Carnal Knowledge, she was already known to audiences as Elaine Nardo in the sitcom "Taxi." She went on to star with Burt Reynolds in the CBS series "Evening Shade," has written several books and is now starring on Broadway as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago.
Kathleen Noone, the irrepressible Aunt Bette on NBC's "Sunset Beach," made her mark in the Playhouse's 1994 production of The Crimson Thread. Richard Thomas appeared in Arms and the Man, the show which reopened the Playhouse in 1986. While he will always be remembered as John-Boy Walton from the classic TV drama "The Waltons," he still works constantly, having starred in more than 20 TV movies in the past 10 years.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent