THE NUNSENSE SERIES
The Nunsense musicals were created by writer and composer, Danny Goggin. The original production of Nunsense ran for ten years in New York, becoming the second longest running off-Broadway show in history. It has since become an international phenomenon that has been translated into 26 languages with more than 8,000 productions worldwide. The television version, directed by Goggin and David Stern, starred Rue McClanahan as Reverend Mother, and aired on PBS and the A&E Network. The original broadcast's success on television (Telly Award, Emmy nomination) spawned telecasts of the rest of the series, including Nunsense, Nunsense II – The Second Coming, Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree, Nuncrackers, Nunsensations, Messhugah-Nuns! and Nunset Boulevard.
THE ORCHESTRA - A HAPPY FAMILY
The Lolli-Pops Concerts were designed for toddlers through children in their early grade school years. This concert combined great classical works with treasured nursery rhyme songs. Taped before a live audience at the Kaye Playhouse in New York City, this concert was performed by a 21-piece orchestra under the direction of Maestro Dino Anagnost.
The Film Advisory Board said: “A Happy Family offers a charming way for parents to spend time with their children while exposing kids to the wonderful world of music!”
The DVD won a number of awards, including the Parents' Choice, Dove Foundation, Film Advisory Board, Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media, Aurora, Omni and Telly Awards.
Romance/Romance is a two-act, Tony-nominated musical. The first act, The Little Comedy, set in late 19th-century Vienna, is a charming tale about upper-class lovers who tell their stories through song. Both are bored and cynical, and meet and fall in love when posing as paupers.
The second act, Summer Share, is a modern-day look at two married couples in the Hamptons. The show, which the NY Times said “sparkles with charm and intelligence,” ran for 297 performances on Broadway. This television version, taped before a live audience, starred Tony-nominated John Herrera and Susan Moniz, and was co-directed by David Stern and the show's writer, Barry Harman. This production won a top prize in the Telly competition. The broadcast was the first of the Clairol on Broadway series on the A&E Network.
STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF
Stop the World – I Want to Get Off is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. The show is a thought-provoking tale about the fleeting nature of worldly success. As the character Littlechap climbs the ladder of success, his world is constantly accelerating. Only in old age does Littlechap find out that his successes were superficial, and his true and only love was his wife Evie. Memorable songs from the show include “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and “Once in a Lifetime.” This remake was taped before a live audience, and starred Peter Scolari (Bosom Buddies) and Stephanie Zimbalist (Remington Steele). The show aired on the A&E Network.
AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LAUGH
BARD Entertainment produced and directed the broadcast of this outstanding one-man play, starring and written by Yakov Smirnoff (Moscow on the Hudson, The Money Pit, Heartburn). Russian comedian Smirnoff examined the differences between men and women in this original comedy.
Taped during its Broadway run on 42nd Street at the American Airlines Theater, the show aired on PBS and was subsequently released on DVD.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
The Roundabout Theatre's acclaimed production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Tony Award winner Brian Bedford, was shown in movie theaters and performing arts centers across the U.S. It was taped at the American Airlines Theatre in Times Square. Joining Mr. Bedford was Charlotte Perry, Santino Fontana, David Furr, Paxton Whitehead, Sara Topham, Tim MacDonald, Amanda Leigh and Dana Ivey. The New York Times said of this production, "it is more buoyant and consistently funny than any I’ve seen. And as Lady Bracknell, Mr. Bedford presides at the cathedral’s altar with supreme skill and stylishness — and a hint of substance too. It’s one of the great performances of the season; to miss it would most definitely look like carelessness."