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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2006 08:30:07 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Dr Dolittle touring show


I just had a look at the LA Times website and the Pushme Pulyu in the
picture with Tommy Tune isn't what we saw in Minneapolis.  It looks like the
puppets have been redesigned.  In the production in Minneapolis, the faces
of the two dancers/puppeteers playing the Pushme Pulyu were completely
visible.  The costume/puppet was also a bit more abstract, but it was rather
effective.

Kurt

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From: "Alan Cook" <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com>
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Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 1:49 AM
Subject: [Puptcrit] Dr Dolittle touring show


> Michael Curry was not credited for any puppets in the Tommy Tune Dr
Dolittle musical now at The Pantages, Hollywood.
>
> There had been earlier mention of his name in connection with the show,
but I do not know what the explanation is since another name was credited in
the program "for the animals" (the word "puppets" does not appear)
>
> If anyone knows, it would be of interest.
>
> I asked a publicist if any publicity photos showed any of the puppets. The
Pushme-Pullyu. appeared in the L.A. Times with Tommy Tune in The Calendar
section for Feb 23.
>
> ALAN COOK
>
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>    1. Re: Still Standing (Ron Glasgow)
>    2. Re: Blinking Eyes (fwd) (malgosia askanas)
>    3. Bill Fosser (Alan Cook)
>    4. Re: Sculpt or Coat & Still Standing (Jimsan777-AT-aol.com)
>    5. OPEN HOUSE Sunday at COPA (Alan Cook)
>    6. Dr Dolittle puppets with Tommy Tune on tour (Alan Cook)
>    7. Re: Dr Dolittle puppets with Tommy Tune on tour (Robert Rogers)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 16:16:40 -0500
> From: Ron Glasgow <sockdoll-AT-gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Still Standing
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> Gregory Ballora wrote:
>
> >I played the puppeteer with the skating bear. Tim Blaney performed the
other foppish gentleman (originally built as a harpsichordist). Those were
Tony Urbano puppets. The
> >Stripper was built by Jim Gamble, and performed by John Chambers. I'm
glad the episode made it to air; there was some word that the show would be
cancelled before our episode made it out.
> >
>
>
> Greg - so you were the one who said "Do you mind if the guy pulling my
> strings grabs a beer?" (Or something like that?) I loved how Mark Addy's
> character was getting into the puppet performance, and the fop's
> interaction with Jami Gertz. I hope that the program isn't cancelled, it
> is one of my guilty pleasures - and I also love the fact that they
> featured marionettes in an episode. You don't see that very often these
> days...
>
> Ron Glasgow
> Cumming GA
> USA
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 2
> Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 16:50:46 -0500
> From: malgosia askanas <ma-AT-panix.com>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Blinking Eyes (fwd)
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> From: "Ivan & Maria Pavlov" <ivandamaria-AT-pavlovspuppets.com>
> To: <puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Blinking Eyes
> Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 22:27:10 +0100
>
> Dear Paul,
> Try
>
<http://www.alstevens.com/ventriloquism/>http://www.alstevens.com/ventriloqu
ism/
> There is a very good explanation on blinking eyes mechanism.
> Best wishes,
> Ivan Pavlov <http://pavlovspuppets.com/shop.htm>
> Delightful puppet characters!
> <http://www.pavlovspuppets.com>www.pavlovspuppets.com
> Tel. +420 608 233 679
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <mailto:gnuyen-AT-gnuyen.org>Paul Gnuyen
> To: <mailto:puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org>puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
> Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 9:40 AM
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Blinking Eyes
>
> I'm trying to build a latex hand puppet and can't figure out a way to
> make the eyes blink.  Anyone have any ideas?
>
> Thanks
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 3
> Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 22:42:54 GMT
> From: "Alan Cook" <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com>
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Bill Fosser
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> Hi Steve---
>
> Thanks for letting puptcrit know of Bill Fosser's passing.
>
> I remember seeing his show in a restaurant in Chicago (NOT Kungsholm, but
some fancy pizza place) and thinking he really needed a permanent home for
the opera scenes, and was glad that happened. The set-up was not too mobile,
with so much detail to keep track of.
>
> The mini-opera puppets were clearly a labor of love.
>
> Unlike Kungsholm, Bill focused on scenes instead of the full opera
stories, the better to indulge love of settings, costumes with the addition
of variety, which he felt would appeal more to the general public. It seemed
to work.
>
> Paul McPharlin mentioned that Ernest Wolf received a U.S. Patent for his
rod puppet design (Wolf also staged opera for RCA Victor Records). A number
of Chicago puppeteers helped create new puppet characters for Kungsholm
Restaurant's delightful theater which grew out of Chramer's fondness in
childhood for toy or paper theater. It was a fortuitous time in Chicago,
Ruth Hill, who specialized in marionette varieties, took delight in the fact
that some Kungsholm puppets were built in the basement of her family's
Chicago home (there was also a marionette stage down there and Guild
meetings were often held there, and sometimes when I visited Chicago, I
slept there).
>
> There is no question that Bill Fosser improved on the design of the rod
puppets and their settings in his own work. His contributions to puppetry
are remarkable, and I am sure glad Puppeteers of America honored Bill with
recognition while there was still time to do so. That is really important!
>
> Here in Los Angeles, the Turnabout Theater
> is still remembered by surviving fans as if it was just yesterday instead
of decades.
>
> The Kungsholm mini-operas are remembered the same way by many Chicagoans,
and I imagine Bill's Opera in Focus during his directorship will also
receive that kind of memorability.
>
> Bill's dedication and his artistry and his devotion to puppet opera are
significant. There are many reasons why he will be missed.
>
> ALAN COOK
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 4
> Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 02:48:20 EST
> From: Jimsan777-AT-aol.com
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Sculpt or Coat & Still Standing
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> Thanks to all of you for the compliments on Still Standing.   I'm sorry I
was
> fully booked at the time of the episode shoot, had a meeting with the
> Director, a very nice guy with similar early background as my own...lived
in Texas,
> Oklahoma, Denver, etc.
>
>  Greg gets my kudos for thinking of adding the Stripper..knowing that I
had
> two marionettes that could do the job.   Turned out that John Chambers had
the
> day free, so all worked out very well.
>
> Jim Gamble
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 5
> Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 18:08:00 GMT
> From: "Alan Cook" <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com>
> Subject: [Puptcrit] OPEN HOUSE Sunday at COPA
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> Conservatory of Puppetry Arts has Open House Sunday Feb 26 starting at
2:00 p.m. with Jim Gamble Puppets production of ASHANTI TALES (African
Folktales) puppeteered by Gerald James and Keith Wassmuth. Entry $5.
>
> After the show, a free exhibit of African Puppets, hand puppets by Jackee
Marks based on African carvings and masks, and Black characters from WPA,
Hazelle, Virginia Austin Curtis, Jean Gros, Mantell Manikins, Rogers Barnes,
Pinxy. 1062 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena CA 91103 between Mountain and
Hammond. We expect things to wind down around 4 p.m.
>
> (626) 296-1536
> ALAN COOK
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
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> Message: 6
> Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 18:53:35 GMT
> From: "Alan Cook" <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com>
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Dr Dolittle puppets with Tommy Tune on tour
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> Through March 5 at the Pantages Theatre in Holllywood CA, Tommy Tune stars
in touring musical, "Dr Dolittle", using songs from the Rex Harrison movie
version, notably "Talk to the Animals". Those familiar with the children's
books which were very popular during my early school days, may wonder as I
did, why there were so few animals in the show. Well, , a lot of people
dressed as monkeys plus 5 puppet characters (2 seals, one parrot, a very
mop-like dog and a pig) plus a 2-actor horse and a 2-actor Pushme Pulyu.
>
> But since Dolittle professes to speak many, many animal languages, more
animals would be fitting. There is a large 2-D giraffe head/neck figure
which appears several times, which does not exactly fit visually with the
dimensional figures.
>
> The show is about 90 minues long. In a local TV interview, Tommy Tune said
it is meant for kids, and there were many in the audience. But the dance
numbers could all be shortened. The story lines are episodic, not a lot of
drama--instead, things just sort of "happen". A lesson from Disney could
help---maybe some subtext with more cute animals as in SNOW WHITE and BAMBI
(that sure worked for me as a kid).
>
> I was bothered that Tommy had no English accent of any kind, while the
"irritating aristocrat neighbor" whom Dolittle finally marries did (she had
qualities of Anna of Siam's King).---Emma is nicely portrayed by Dee Hoty,
and wears attractive costumes as does Tommy. Some of the general cast
costumes get a bit hokey with odd colors (the L.A. Times called the costumes
"eye candy"), and the general cast  choreography tends to clumpiness, tho
the head monkey gets a spotlight.
>
> The show has undergone considerable revamping, but it isn't "there" yet.
Still, it has great sets, lighting in Hollywood was excellent, and Tommy
milks his Texas charm and I was glad I got to check it out.
> Both some enjoyable moments and disappointments--could use more revamping
to reach real success.
>
> The Rex Harrison movie version was not a great hit, and the talking Dr
Dolittle doll (pull string at back of neck) was a bomb in toy stores which
is why now on e-bay it is "rare".
>
> www.BroadwayLA.org
> Next stops: San Diego March 7-12 and Costa Mesa CA March 21-April 2.
>
> After the show, Tommy sells color lithos at $20 a pop, of a bevy of
animals including elephants, bunnies and other critters which SHOULD HAVE
BEEN IN THE SHOW.
>
> The few puppets generally worked well, but the moppy dog movements were
sloppy, perhaps because of its construction.
>
> ALAN COOK
>
>
>
>
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> Message: 7
> Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 15:23:09 -0500
> From: "Robert Rogers" <robertrogers-AT-frontiernet.net>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Dr Dolittle puppets with Tommy Tune on tour
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>
> > Through March 5 at the Pantages Theatre in Holllywood CA, Tommy Tune
stars
> > in touring musical.
>
> This musical is scheduled to tour New York State where I live, but with a
> different leading man.  The advertisements boast puppets designed by
Michael
> Curry.  Could it be the same production?
>
> Robert Rogers
>
>
>
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