Madeline Kahn

Connoisseur, “Madeline Kahn: A Talent Riddled with SelfDoubt,” Linda Winer, January 1989. 15. Charlie Rose, December 16, 1996. 16. Valentines & Vitriol. 17.

Madeline Kahn

Author: William V. Madison

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1617037621

Page: 336

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Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, Madeline Kahn (1942–1999) was one of the most popular comedians of her time—and one of the least understood. She turned out as reserved and refined as her characters were bold and bawdy. Almost a Method actor in her approach, she took her work seriously. When crew members and audiences laughed, she asked why—as if they were laughing at her—and all her life she remained unsure of her gifts. William V. Madison examines Kahn’s film career, including not only her triumphs with Mel Brooks and Peter Bogdanovich, but also her overlooked performances in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother and Judy Berlin, her final film. Her work in television—notably her sitcoms—also comes into focus. New York theater showered her with accolades, but also with remarkably bad luck, culminating in a disastrous outing in On the Twentieth Century that wrecked her reputation on Broadway. Only with her Tony-winning performance in The Sisters Rosensweig, fifteen years later, did Kahn regain her standing. Drawing on new interviews with family, friends, and such colleagues as Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Gene Wilder, Harold Prince, and Eileen Brennan, as well as archival press and private writings, Madison uncovers Kahn’s lonely childhood and her struggles as a single woman working to provide for her erratic mother. Above all, Madison reveals the paramount importance of music in Kahn’s life. A talented singer, Kahn entertained offers for operatic engagements long after she was an established Hollywood star, and she treated each script as a score. As Kahn told one friend, her ambition was “to be the music.”

Monkey Adored

MADELINE KAHN: Oh! Sonny, you wascal. SONNY BONOBO: Can you lift this leg any higher? MADELINE KAHN: Oh! SONNY BONOBO: That's what I call a perfect fit.

Monkey Adored

Author: Henry Murray

Publisher: Original Works Publishing

ISBN: 1630920649

Page: 101

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Synopsis: What if animals evolved to the point where they could talk, sit in cafes and carry on interspecies love affairs? What if they decided to seek revenge on the humans who have subjugated them throughout history? A hybrid of ribald sex comedy and action/thriller MONKEY ADORED was lauded as a “Critic’s Pick” by Backstage. Cast Size: 4 Males, 2 Females

Off Broadway Musicals 1910 2007

MUSICAL DIRECTION: Michael Cohen; PRODUCER: Upstairs at the Downstairs CAST—Judy Graubart, Madeline Kahn, Larry Moss, Robert Rovin, Janie Sell, ...

Off Broadway Musicals  1910   2007

Author: Dan Dietz

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786457317

Page: 656

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Despite an often unfair reputation as being less popular, less successful, or less refined than their bona-fide Broadway counterparts, Off Broadway musicals deserve their share of critical acclaim and study. A number of shows originally staged Off Broadway have gone on to their own successful Broadway runs, from the ever-popular A Chorus Line and Rent to more off-beat productions like Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors. And while it remains to be seen if other popular Off Broadway shows like Stomp, Blue Man Group, and Altar Boyz will make it to the larger Broadway theaters, their Off Broadway runs have been enormously successful in their own right. This book discusses more than 1,800 Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, showcase, and workshop musical productions. It includes detailed descriptions of Off Broadway musicals that closed in previews or in rehearsal, selected musicals that opened in Brooklyn and in New Jersey, and American operas that opened in New York, along with general overviews of Off Broadway institutions such as the Light Opera of Manhattan. The typical entry includes the name of the host theater or theaters; the opening date and number of performances; the production's cast and creative team; a list of songs; a brief plot synopsis; and general comments and reviews from the New York critics. Besides the individual entries, the book also includes a preface, a bibliography, and 21 appendices including a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and lists of musicals categorized by topic and composer.

New York Magazine

THE GIN GAME: Ed Asner and Madeline Kahn in Garson Kanin's 1946 Born Yesterday. You haven't seen New York until vouVe seen The View ...

New York Magazine

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Page: 136

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

Harold Prince and the American Musical Theater

The only time Prince has had problems with actors has been with such well - known performers as Madeline Kahn in On the Twentieth Century and Ben Vereen in ...

Harold Prince and the American Musical Theater

Author: Foster Hirsch

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521336093

Page: 187

View: 294

This comprehensive study of the career of one of Broadway's most influential director/producers discusses the quintessential elements of Prince's theatrical work and assesses his impact on both the American and British musical theater

Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s

Oh, Madeline starred Madeline Kahn as Madeline Wayne (née Vernon, Class of 1963), a woman experiencing a latent form of the seven-year itch now that she has ...

Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s

Author: Bob Leszczak

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786499583

Page: 272

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As the cable TV industry exploded in the 1980s, offering viewers dozens of channels, an unprecedented number of series were produced. For every successful sitcom--The Golden Girls, Family Ties, Newhart--there were flops such as Take Five with George Segal, Annie McGuire with Mary Tyler Moore, One Big Family with Danny Thomas and Life with Lucy starring Lucille Ball, proving that a big name does not a hit show make. Other short-lived series were springboards for future stars, like Day by Day (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), The Duck Factory (Jim Carrey), Raising Miranda (Bryan Cranston) and Square Pegs (Sarah Jessica Parker). This book unearths many single-season sitcoms of the '80s, providing behind-the-scenes stories from cast members, guest stars, writers, producers and directors.

The Best Plays

MADELINE KAHN ( CENTER ) SURROUNDED BY FREDERICK COFFIN , MARY WORONOV , CHARLES DURNING , CHARLOTTE RAE AND ROBERT LOGGIA IN “ BOOM BOOM ROOM ”.

The Best Plays

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Page: 516

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Complete broadway and off-Broadway programs, directories of London, Paris, cross-country, off-off-Broadway theater, 19734-74 statistics, articles, photos.

New York Magazine

... who was Hitchcock's matte specialist — one of the film's few "in" references), Madeline Kahn materializes in Eva Marie Saint blond wig, Kim Novak gray ...

New York Magazine

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Page: 78

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

The Songs of Hollywood

When Burt Reynolds woos Madeline Kahn with “You're the Top,” he largely talks his way through the lyric; when Kahn takes a chorus, her powerful voice makes ...

The Songs of Hollywood

Author: Philip Furia

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199792666

Page: 280

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From "Over the Rainbow" to "Moon River" and from Al Jolson to Barbra Streisand, The Songs of Hollywood traces the fascinating history of song in film, both in musicals and in dramatic movies such as High Noon. Extremely well-illustrated with 200 film stills, this delightful book sheds much light on some of Hollywood's best known and loved repertoire, explaining how the film industry made certain songs memorable, and highlighting important moments of film history along the way. The book focuses on how the songs were presented in the movies, from early talkies where actors portrayed singers "performing" the songs, to the Golden Age in which characters burst into expressive, integral song--not as a "performance" but as a spontaneous outpouring of feeling. The book looks at song presentation in 1930s classics with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and in 1940s gems with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. The authors also look at the decline of the genre since 1960, when most original musicals were replaced by film versions of Broadway hits such as My Fair Lady.

The Warmup Guy

All that said, Kahn's aversion to “meeting” the audience up front alone did not do Oh, Madeline in. It simply wasn't a very good show, not in terms of ...

The Warmup Guy

Author: Bob Perlow

Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 145562151X

Page: 240

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Young Frankenstein A Mel Brooks Book

Madeline Kahn I stole Madeline Kahn from Peter Bogdanovich. I saw her in What's Up Doc? and Paper Moon and she was just great, so I cast her in Blazing ...

Young Frankenstein  A Mel Brooks Book

Author: Mel Brooks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 031631546X

Page: 200

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Mel Brooks' own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews, and hilarious commentary. Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema-and for the power of a good schwanzstucker joke. This picture-driven book, written by one of the greatest comedy geniuses of all time, takes readers inside the classic film's marvelous creation story via never-before-seen black and white and color photography from the set and contemporary interviews with the cast and crew, most notably, legendary writer-director Mel Brooks. With access to more than 225 behind-the-scenes photos and production stills, and with captions written by Brooks, this book will also rely on interviews with gifted director of photography Gerald Hirschfeld, Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman and veteran producer Michael Gruskoff. Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer and songwriter. Brooks is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies including The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. More recently, he had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. An EGOT winner, he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013, and a British Film Institute Fellowship in March 2015. Three of Brooks' classics have appeared on AFI's 100 Years . . . 100 Laughs list. Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13. Judd Apatow is one of the most important comic minds of his generation. He wrote and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (co-written with Steve Carell), Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, and his producing credits include Superbad, Bridesmaids, and Anchorman. Apatow is the executive producer of HBO's Girls.

Broadway Musicals 1943 2004

Dance: Robert Lone &Joe Kyle; Scene 8 Happy Landings(by JackSharkey): AIRLINE STEWARDESS: Madeline Kahn;Scene 9“The Girl in the Mirror” (m: Fred Hellerman; ...

Broadway Musicals  1943      2004

Author: John Stewart

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476603294

Page: 1050

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On March 31, 1943, the musical Oklahoma! premiered and the modern era of the Broadway musical was born. Since that time, the theatres of Broadway have staged hundreds of musicals—some more noteworthy than others, but all in their own way a part of American theatre history. With more than 750 entries, this comprehensive reference work provides information on every musical produced on Broadway since Oklahoma’s 1943 debut. Each entry begins with a brief synopsis of the show, followed by a three-part history: first, the pre–Broadway story of the show, including out-of-town try-outs and Broadway previews; next, the Broadway run itself, with dates, theatres, and cast and crew, including replacements, chorus and understudies, songs, gossip, and notes on reviews and awards; and finally, post–Broadway information with a detailed list of later notable productions, along with important reviews and awards.

Cosby

Madeline Kahn had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer: “Actress Madeline Kahn Dead of Ovarian Cancer at 57,” Associated Press, Dec.

Cosby

Author: Mark Whitaker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451697996

Page: 544

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The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy. Far from the gentle worlds of his routines or TV shows, Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother. With novelistic detail, award winning journalist Mark Whitaker tells the story of how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosby’s bestselling albums, breakout role on I Spy, and pioneering place in children’s TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby. Whitaker explores the roots of Cosby’s controversial stands on race, as well as “the Cosby effect” that helped pave the way for a black president. For any fan of Bill Cosby’s work, and any student of American television, comedy, or social history, Cosby: His Life and Times is an essential read.

Discovering Musicals

Madeline Kahn (née Madeline Gail Wolfson; 1942–1999) is best known to non-musical aficionados for her roles in both of Mel brooks' 1974 hit movies, ...

Discovering Musicals

Author: Marc Raymond Strauss

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 147663632X

Page: 240

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One of the few studies that cover both Broadway and Hollywood musicals, this book explores a majority of the most famous musicals over the past two centuries plus a select number of overlooked gems. Doubling as an introductory college and university text for musical, dance and theater majors and a guide for both musical connoisseurs and novices, the book includes YouTube references of nearly 1000 examples of dances and songs from musicals.

Timeless Toys

The late-great Madeline Kahn approaches the podium; the equally witty Martin Mull escorts her. After Ms. Kahn reads a short list of nominees, ...

Timeless Toys

Author: Tim Walsh

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 0740755714

Page: 320

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The book Why Didn't I Think of That! includes the passage "If a toy has magic, when people see it they say, 'Oooh! What is that?' . . . It appeals to the kid in everybody." That same kind of magic captures "the kid in everybody" when they pick up Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them. Timeless Toys represents one of the finest documentaries and displays of modern toys ever written. Author Tim Walsh, a successful toy inventor himself, reveals a world of commerce, toys, and wonder that is equally fun, fascinating, and nostalgic. Readers of every age and background will find it impossible to pick up this book, turn a few pages, and not become spellbound by its insightful stories and the personal memories that the text and 420 brilliantly colored photographs bring forth. Slinky, Lego, Tonka trucks, Monopoly, Big Wheel, Frisbee, Hula Hoop, Super Ball, Scrabble, Barbie, Radio Flyer Wagons: All of these and many, many more are featured in this fascinating tome, along with the toys' histories, insider profiles, and rare interviews with toy industry icons. It's simply magic!

New York Magazine

Madeline Kahn works hard on making this dumb blonde a tragicomic heroine, and has some nice, quieter moments; but unless we are to believe that go-go ...

New York Magazine

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Page: 108

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

The Alchemy of Theatre The Divine Science

I wouldsit uplate atnight trying towrite funnier things because Iknew Madeline would be saying them. Madeline Kahn changedmy life—and, in some ways, ...

The Alchemy of Theatre   The Divine Science

Author: Robert Viagas

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 147684948X

Page: 288

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(Applause Books). Featuring 28 of the top talents on Broadway! The Alchemy of Theatre lets the top talents in every theatrical field, from producing and writing to publicity and makeup, share their hard-earned wisdom. They speak on how to achieve success in an environment where giant egos are locked up together under mounting financial and emotional pressure, and are expected to deliver greatness. In short, this book is a how-to manual of collaboration by the professionals who do it best. Among those who have packed their lively essays with real-world stories of experience on legendary productions are directors Harold Prince, Susan Stroman, and George C. Wolfe; playwrights Wendy Wasserstein, recently deceased, and Edward Albee; stars Chita Rivera and Brian Stokes Mitchell; set designer Robin Wagner; songwriter Cy Coleman, in one of his last writing efforts before his death; costume designer William Ivey Long; producer Rocco Landesman; theatre operator Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of The Shubert Organization; playwright and librettist Terrence McNally; lighting designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; Musical Director Paul Gemignani; and more than a dozen more. This book is nothing but true-life stories of how these precepts work in real life for some of the most talented people alive. "Every narrative gives an inside look at what makes theater magical and allows a performance to come together. For those who love the theater, this book is essential." Library Journal