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Volume 19/Issue 7/2001

2001 Symphony Book Affair Apr. 4 - 7

From Wed., Apr. 4 through Sat., Apr. 7 at the Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleanians will have over 100,000 ways to support the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and get yourself a bargain at the same time.

Special treats for sale are a signed copy of Mary Poppins by the author, P.L. Travers; vintage sheet music from Hollywood Productions; a Frank Sinatra 16-record set; and 30 years' worth of New Orleans Saints football programs.

Besides thousands of books of every description at a fraction of their original prices, the fair also offers bargains for music lovers with CDs, audiocassettes, videocassettes, sheet music, musical instruments, and vinyl LPs; for art lovers with quality artworks at bargain prices with many works signed and numbered and featuring Louisiana themes, like Mardi Gras, jazz and the French Quarter, including a number of works by such noted local artists as Philip Sage and Bruce Brice; and for lovers of collectibles and other rare finds with all kinds of "goodies" to delight the collector's heart, featuring programs and libretti autographed by visiting luminaries.

The hours are Wed. - Fri., 9am to 8pm; Sat., 9am to 4pm. There is a $10 admission donation on Wed., Apr. 4 only, with free admission Thurs. - Sat.There will also be a silent auction through the week, closing at 2pm on Sat.

All proceeds of Symphony Book Affair benefit the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Over its history, this annual event has donated over $1.9 million to the orchestra. For more info., call Symphony Volunteers Warehouse at 504.861.2004 or the LPO office at 504.523.6530.

Big Easy Entertainment Awards
Nominees in Theater Announced

Below are listed the nominees for the 14th annual Big Easy Entertainment Awards recently announced by Gambit Weekly. The music nominees are directly below. John Goodman and Harry Shearer will serve as co-hosts for the awards bash on Apr. 16 at the Hilton Hotel. Broadway's Bryan Batt will serve as Ambassador of Entertainment and his mom, Gaye Batt, will serve as Honarary Theatre Chairman for 2001. Janet Shea has been named as 2001 recipient of the Big Easy Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatre.

Tickets for the Awards ceremony and supper are $125 and can be purchased by calling 504.486.5900, ext. 160. The ceremony will feature 10 live performances, an open bar and dinner buffet, and includes both the Awards Gala and Celebration Bash. The proceeds benefit the Foundation for Entertainment & Education supporting projects that nurture talent in the performing arts.Sponsors for the event are Gambit Communications, Cox Communications, Adler's, Skyy Vodka, John Jay and New Orleans Original Daiquiris.

Best Musical: Barnum, Beehive or Thoroughly Modern Millennium. Best Drama: Blood - The New Orleans Project, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or The Iceman Cometh (all directed by and in part produced by John Grimsley and his Dog and Pony Theatre Co.). Best Comedy: Lend Me a Tenor, Midnight in the Marigny or Noises Off. Best Director - Comedy/Drama: Keith Briggs for Lend Me a Tenor, John Grimsley for The Iceman Cometh or Barret O'Brien for Midnight in the Marigny. Best Director - Musical: Sonny Borey and Derek Franklin for Barnum, Derek Franklin and Sonny Borey for Kiss of the Spider Woman or Ricky Graham and Heidi Junius for Beehive. Best Choreography - Musical: Alton Geno for Fiddler on the Roof, Karen Hebert for Kiss of the Spider Woman or Heidi Junius for Beehive. Best Musical Director: Derek Franklin, Barnum; Pamela Legendre, Carousel; or Flo E. Presti for Beehive. Best Set Design: Keith Briggs for Lend Me a Tenor, George Patterson for Full Gallop or Daniel Zimmer for Beehive. Best Lighting Design: John Grimsley, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Bill Walker, Kiss of the Spider Woman or Daniel Zimmer, Beehive. Best Costume Design: Linda Fried, Barnum; Roy Haylock, Beehive or Elizabeth Parent, A Christmas Carol.

Best Performance by a Child: Brian Bell, Falsettos; Graham Burke, Good News or Michelle Carter, The Goodbye Girl. Best Supporting Actress in a Play: Helen Blanke, Blithe Spirit; Ann Casey, The Iceman Cometh or Abby Lake, Lend Me a Tenor. Best Supporting Actor in a Play: Lusi Q. Barroso, The Iceman Cometh; Eddie Collins, Noises Off or George Kelly, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Best Actress in a Play: Lois Crandell, Native Tongues III; Yvette Hargis, Blithe Spirit or Janet Shea, Full Gallop. Best Actor in a Play: Scott Jefferson, The Iceman Cometh; Tony Molina, Hamlet or Gary Rucker, Lend Me a Tenor. Best Actress in a Musical: Becky Allen, Thoroughly Modern Millennium; Amy Alvarez, Barnum; Karen Hebert, Kiss of the Spider Woman or Melissa Marshall, Carousel. Best Actor in a Musical: Ricky Graham, Thoroughly Modern Millennium; Russell Hodgkinson, Kiss of the Spider Woman or Jimmy Murphy, Barnum. Best Supporting Actor in a Musical: Russell Hodgkinson, How to Succeed in Business...; Sean Patterson, Thoroughly Modern Millennium or Brian Rosenberg, Barnum. Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: Amy Alvarez, Fiddler on the Roof; Tracey Collins, Thoroughly Modern Millennium or Francine Segal, Carousel.

Best Original Play: Midnight in the Marigny, written by Barret O'Brien; Native Tongues III, various writers or Thoroughly Modern Millennium, written by Ricky Graham and David Cuthbert. Best University Theatre Production: Chess, Delgado; Flying West, Dillard or Ubu Roi, Tulane.

Frankie Ford Named
Big Easy Entertainment Awards'
Honorary Music Chairman

New Orleans recording artist Frankie Ford, best known for the rock 'n' roll classicfrankieford "Sea Cruise," has been named Honorary Music Chairman for this year's Big Easy Entertainment Awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel. Wardel Quezergue, the "Creole Beethoven," has earned the Lifetime Achievement Award in Music; the Zion Harmonizers, the Music Heritage Award; and jazz trumpeter and film scorer Terence Blanchard is Entertainer of the Year. Following are the music nominees and their categories:

Traditional Jazz: Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, or Michael White. Modern Jazz: Terence Blanchard, Los Hombres Calientes or Nicholas Payton. Traditional Brass Band: Gregg Stafford & the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Treme Brass Band or Tuba Fats & the Chosen Few. Contemporary Brass Band: New Birth Brass Band, New Orleans Nightcrawlers or ReBirth Brass Band. Gospel Choir: Alvin Bridges & the Desire Community Choir, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Choir or John Lee & the Heralds of Christ. GospelGroup/Individual: Aaron Neville, One-A-Chord or Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers.

Funk: Galactic, Iris May Tango or George Porter Jr. & the Runnin' Pardners. Rhythm & Blues: Eddie Bo, Cyril Neville, or Wayne "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters. Rap: Big Tymers, 504 Boyz, Li'l Wayne or Mystikal. Blues: Chris Thomas King, Little Freddie King or Joe Krown. Rock: Isaac's Guns, Motorway or Supagroup. Roots Rock: Theresa Andersson, Sonny Landreth or Lil' Band o Gold. Zydeco: Keith Frank, Rosie Ledet or Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas. Cajun: Balfa Toujours, Bruce Daigrepont or Savoy/Doucet. Country/Folk: Spencer Bohren, Gina Forsyth, Myshkin or New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars.

Latin: Los Babies del Merengue, Fredy Omar con su Banda or Los Vecinos. World: Bamboula 2000, Early Brooks & Jah Posse or Revealers. Mail Performer: John Boutte, Mystikal or Kermit Ruffins. Female Performer: Germaine Bazzle, Irma Thomas or Marva Wright. Emerging Artist: Afroskull, Morning 40 Federation or Papa Grows Funk.

Joan Jett Jettisons Involvement
with Rocky Horror CD

Rocker Joan Jett, who wowed crowds as the evil maid Columbia in the revival at Circle in the Square of The Rocky Horror Show, will not be appearing on the cast recording, reports the New York Post.

She had initially agreed to do the project with the understanding that she and her manager, Kenny Laguna, would be among the producers of the album. Show producer Jordan Roth, however, shopped the album idea around to several labels and at the last minute signed with RCA, which would have nothing to do with Jett and Laguna as producers. They also wanted to pay her less. RCA states, "We wanted her on the album, but we wanted her to be what she was: a member of the cast. She wanted a lot of money and a lot of creative control for an album on which she would only have three verses and a guitar solo."

A source close to the show says, "You cannot cheapen Joan, disrespect her, go back on your word, or be cavalier about her value to an album and still have Joan Jett." Jett's understudy, Kristen Lee Kelly, recorded the album with the cast recently, though there was no report on how she felt about doing so while some of the cast was wearing Joan Jett and the Blackhearts T-shirts in solidarity with the slighted singer.

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