The St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre is an amphitheatre located in St. Louis, Missouri. The theatre seats 11,000 people with approximately 1,500 free seats in the last nine rows that are available on a first come, the Muny seasons run every year from mid-June to mid-August. It is run by a not-for-profit organization, the current president and chief executive is Dennis M. Reagan. The current artistic director & executive producer is Mike Isaacson, in 1914, Luther Ely Smith began staging pageant-Masques on Art Hill in Forest Park. Louis folk dancers and folk singers, soon after, the Convention Board of the St. Louis Advertising Club was looking for an entertainment feature for its thirteenth annual convention, which was to take place June 3,1917. Mayor Henry Kiel, attorney Guy Golterman, and Parks Commissioner Nelson Cunliff stepped in and, in forty-nine days, on June 5,1917, the opera Aida was presented on what would become the Muny stage. In 1919, the new theatre received a name, St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre, the first show under the Muny banner was Robin Hood, which opened on June 16,1919, and featured Mayor Kiel as King Richard.
Concerts were performed prior to the opening of Riverport Amphitheatre in 1991. In 1930, the stage was equipped with a turntable for performance purposes and it was reconstructed in 1997 due to dilapidation. In 1998, the Muny Teens group was formed for the same purpose, the Chairman of the Board of the Muny in 2005-2006 was William H. T. Bush. The current Chairman of the Board is Raymond R. Fournie, the Wizard of Oz • June 13–22 42nd Street • June 24–30 The Music Man • July 5–11 Young Frankenstein • July 13–19 Mamma, Mia. • Aug. 1-7 Bye Bye Birdie • Aug. 8-14 Source, The Muny produces all of its musicals in the season, during the winter, a full-time staff of fewer than twenty people prepare for the next summer season. During the season itself, the summer expands to include more than 500 people in various positions. All shows are rehearsed within the course of days, with two technical rehearsals being held in the two to three days before the shows opening. Shows run from Monday to Sunday, although there have been exceptions to this, particularly in recent years, the Muny website claims it is the nations oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre.
There are numerous amphitheatres/outdoor theatres that have a larger capacity area, there is no lawn seating inside The Muny. In addition, The Muny is the largest to host only Broadway-style musical theatre, the next largest seat capacity theatre in the United States is the San Manuel Amphitheater in California, housing 10,900 seats. For a list of other amphitheatres see, List of contemporary amphitheatres, since its beginning, The Muny has featured hundreds of big names in theatre and film on its stage, drawing inevitably huge crowds
Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnárs 1909 play Liliom, the story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their child, after it goes wrong. A secondary plot line deals with millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow, the show includes the well-known songs If I Loved You, June Is Bustin Out All Over and Youll Never Walk Alone. Richard Rodgers wrote that Carousel was his favorite of all his musicals, following the spectacular success of the first Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma. The pair sought to collaborate on another piece, knowing that any resulting work would be compared with Oklahoma, after acquiring the rights, the team created a work with lengthy sequences of music and made the ending more hopeful. The musical required considerable modification during out-of-town tryouts, but once it opened on Broadway on April 19,1945, Carousel initially ran for 890 performances and duplicated its success in the West End in 1950.
Though it has never achieved as much success as Oklahoma. The piece has been revived, and has been recorded several times. A production by Nicholas Hytner enjoyed success in 1992 in London, in 1994 in New York, in 1999, Time magazine named Carousel the best musical of the 20th century. Ferenc Molnárs Hungarian-language drama, premiered in Budapest in 1909, the audience was puzzled by the work, and it lasted only thirty-odd performances before being withdrawn, the first shadow on Molnárs successful career as a playwright. Liliom was not presented again until after World War I, when it reappeared on the Budapest stage, it was a tremendous hit. Except for the ending, the plots of Liliom and Carousel are very similar, andreas Zavocky, a carnival barker, falls in love with Julie Zeller, a servant girl, and they begin living together. With both discharged from their jobs, Liliom is discontented and contemplates leaving Julie, but decides not to do so on learning that she is pregnant. A subplot involves Julies friend Marie, who has fallen in love with Wolf Biefeld and he dies, and his spirit is taken to heavens police court.
As Ficsur suggested while the two waited to commit the crime, would-be robbers like them do not come before God Himself. Liliom is told by the magistrate that he may go back to Earth for one day to attempt to redeem the wrongs he has done to his family, on his return to Earth, Liliom encounters his daughter, who like her mother is now a factory worker. Saying that he knew her father, he tries to give her a star he stole from the heavens, when Louise refuses to take it, he strikes her
My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaws Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, the original Broadway and film versions all starred Rex Harrison. The musicals 1956 Broadway production was a critical and popular success. It set a record for the longest run of any show on Broadway up to that time and it was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals. My Fair Lady has frequently called the perfect musical. Act I On a rainy night in Edwardian London, opera patrons are waiting under the arches of Covent Garden for cabs, Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, runs into a young man called Freddy. She admonishes him for spilling her bunches of violets in the mud and she flies into an angry outburst when a man copying down her speech is pointed out to her. The man explains that he studies phonetics and can identify anyones origin by their accent and he laments Elizas dreadful speech, asking why so many English people dont speak properly and explaining his theory that this is what truly separates social classes, rather than looks or money.
He declares that in six months he could turn Eliza into a lady by teaching her to speak properly, the older gentleman introduces himself as Colonel Pickering, a linguist who has studied Indian dialects. The phoneticist introduces himself as Henry Higgins, and, as both have always wanted to meet each other, Higgins invites Pickering to stay at his home in London. He distractedly throws his change into Elizas basket, and she and her friends wonder what it would be like to live a comfortable, Elizas father, Alfred P. Doolittle, and his drinking companions and Jamie, all dustmen, stop by the next morning. He is searching for money for a drink, and Eliza shares her profits with him and Higgins are discussing vowels at Higginss home when Mrs. Pearce, the housekeeper, informs Higgins that a young woman with a ghastly accent has come to see him. It is Eliza, who has come to take speech lessons so she can get a job as an assistant in a florists shop, Pickering wagers that Higgins cannot make good on his claim and volunteers to pay for Elizas lessons.
An intensive makeover of Elizas speech and dress begins in preparation for her appearance at the Embassy Ball, Higgins sees himself as a kindhearted, patient man who cannot get along with women. To others he appears self-absorbed and misogynistic, Alfred Doolittle is informed that his daughter has been taken in by Professor Higgins, and considers that he might be able to make a little money from the situation. Doolittle arrives at Higginss house the morning, claiming that Higgins is compromising Elizas virtue. Higgins is impressed by the natural gift for language and brazen lack of moral values. He and Doolittle agree that Eliza can continue to take lessons, Higgins flippantly recommends Doolittle to an American millionaire who has written to Higgins seeking a lecturer on moral values
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot. She wrote the worlds longest-running play, a mystery, The Mousetrap. In 1971 she was made a Dame for her contribution to literature, Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. She served in a hospital during the First World War before marrying and starting a family in London and she was initially an unsuccessful writer, but The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920 featuring Hercule Poirot. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time and her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the worlds most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeares works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author – having been translated into at least 103 languages.
And Then There Were None is Christies best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the worlds best-selling mystery ever, in 1955 Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of Americas highest honour, the Grand Master Award. Later the same year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play, in 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers Association. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, video games and comics, Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on 15 September 1890, into a wealthy upper middle-class family in Ashfield, Devon. Her mother, Clara Boehmer, was an Englishwoman who was born in Belfast in 1854 to Captain Frederick Boehmer and Mary Ann West, Clara Boehmer had four brothers, one of whom died young. Captain Boehmer was killed in an accident while stationed on Jersey in April 1863. Under financial strain, she sent Clara to live with her aunt Margaret Miller, the couple lived in Prinsted, West Sussex.
Clara stayed with Margaret, and there she met her husband, an American stockbroker named Frederick Alvah Miller. Christies father Frederick was a member of the American upper class and he was considered personable and friendly by those who knew him. He soon developed a relationship with Clara, and they were married in April 1878. Clara soon purchased a villa in Torquay named Ashfield in which to raise her family, Christie described her childhood as very happy. She was surrounded by a series of strong and independent women from an early age
McCarter Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional company on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. It is one of the most active centers in the nation, offering over 200 performances of theater, music. Over 200,000 people come to McCarter each season, the theater creates and produces new work for the stage, produces classical theatrical repertoire, and hosts performing artists. One of its stars was Joshua Logan, a junior, during the 1930s, McCarter gained popularity as a pre-Broadway showcase, due to its large seating capacity, its 40-foot proscenium stage, and its short distance from New York. Although not built as a hall, McCarter played host for almost a half-century to the Princeton University Concerts before they moved to Richardson Auditorium. The first dancer was Ruth St. Denis, who appeared in an evening on March 7,1930 and returned that same fall with Ted Shawn. In the post World War II years, Broadway producers cut costs by having extended preview periods in New York City rather than out-of-town try outs, the number of touring Broadway shows declined.
In the late 1950s, Princeton University appointed a Faculty Advisory Committee to determine the best use of the building, noted director Milton Lyon was hired in 1960 as consultant to the Faculty Advisory Committee and in time was appointed the first Executive Producer of the McCarter Theatre Company. Lyons vision was to create a theater which should reflect the outlook of the University, and thus become an asset to the University. Lyon proposed to the University that McCarter become a rather than a booking theater. His plans included the formation of a company to perform plays and he instantly formed such a company by hiring APA for the inaugural theater season, 1960-61. Under the artistic direction of Ellis Rabb, actors in the APA company included Rosemary Harris, Donald Moffat, Frances Sternhagen, in 1973, Princeton University transferred its direct operation of McCarter to the McCarter Theatre Company, which was separately incorporated at that time. McCarter commissioned the production and premiered the performance of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, in 1990s McCarter unwent major renovations and expansions including construction of a smaller second theater adjacent to the main auditorium, allowing two productions to be mounted simultaneously.
At the core of McCarter’s programming is the Theater Series, which is built around the commitment to new work and to exploring and re-imagining classic works from the American and world canon. Many, including Having Our Say, Anna in the Tropics, Valley Song, the theater series hosts touring shows that fit into the commitment of the theater, such as Mary Zimmermans The Odyssey. Two of its 2006-2007 productions and Radio Golf moved to Broadway where they were nominated for Tony Awards
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in Downtown of Los Angeles, California, is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry. It opened on October 24,2003, the hall is a compromise between an arena seating configuration, like the Berliner Philharmonie by Hans Sharon, and a classical shoebox design like the Vienna Musikverein or the Boston Symphony Hall. Lillian Disney made a gift of $50 million in 1987 to build a performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles. The Frank Gehry-designed building opened on October 24,2003, the project was launched in 1987, when Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, donated $50 million. Frank Gehry delivered completed designs in 1991, construction of the underground parking garage began in 1992 and was completed in 1996. The garage cost had been $110 million, and was paid for by Los Angeles County, construction of the concert hall itself stalled from 1994 to 1996 due to lack of fundraising. Additional funds were required since the construction cost of the final project far exceeded the original budget, plans were revised, and in a cost-saving move the originally designed stone exterior was replaced with a less costly stainless steel skin.
The needed fundraising restarted in earnest in 1996, headed by Eli Broad, groundbreaking for the hall was held in December 1999. Delay in the project completion caused many problems for the county of LA. The County expected to repay the debts by revenue coming from the Disney Hall parking users. Upon completion in 2003, the project cost an estimated $274 million, the remainder of the total cost was paid by private donations, of which the Disney familys contribution was estimated to $84.5 million with another $25 million from The Walt Disney Company. By comparison, the three existing halls of the Music Center cost $35 million in the 1960s. As construction finished in the spring of 2003, the Philharmonic postponed its opening until the fall and used the summer to let the orchestra. Performers and critics agreed that it was worth this extra time taken by the time the hall opened to the public. During the summer rehearsals a few hundred VIPs were invited to sit in including donors, board members, … This time, the hall miraculously came to life.
Earlier, the sound, wonderful as it was, had felt confined to the stage. Now a new sonic dimension had been added, and every inch of air in Disney vibrated merrily. Toyota says that he had never experienced such a difference between a first and second rehearsal in any of the halls he designed in his native Japan
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, is a conservatoire of dance, music and screen in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1845 as the Glasgow Educational Association, it is the busiest performing arts venue in Scotland with over 500 public performances each year. The current Principal is American pianist and composer Jeffrey Sharkey, the President is Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the Royal Conservatoire has occupied its current purpose-built building on Renfrew Street in Glasgow since 1988. Its roots lie in different organisations. It began with the establishment of the Glasgow Educational Association in 1845, the Association became the Glasgow Commercial College, and this in turn became part of the Glasgow Athenaeum in 1847. The Glasgow Athenaeum provided training in skills, languages, mathematics. Charles Dickens gave its inaugural speech, in which he stated that he regarded the Glasgow Athenaeum as. an educational example, in 1890 the non-commercial teaching side of the Glasgow Athenaeum became the Glasgow Athenaeum School of Music.
In 1928 the premises were extended with a gift from the philanthropist Daniel Macaulay Stevenson, in 1929 the school was renamed as the Scottish National Academy of Music to better reflect its scope and purpose. Its first Principal from 1929–1941 was William Gillies Whittaker, in 1944, it became the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. The Royal Scottish Academy of Music established a department called the Glasgow College of Dramatic Art during 1950. It became the first British drama school to contain a full, in 1993 RSAMD became the first conservatoire in the United Kingdom to be granted its own degree-awarding powers. Research degrees undertaken at RSAMD are validated and awarded by the University of St Andrews in Fife, RSAMD is one of four member conservatories of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. From 1 September 2011, the RSAMD changed its name to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Principal John Wallace said the new name was necessary to cover all fields that the institute offers, as it no longer is simply a music and drama academy.
The Principal felt it was best to choose a name that was representative of all disciplines offered, there are around 65 private practice rooms for music students, each equipped with a piano with stool, music stand and chairs. These include 11 rooms reserved solely for pianists, several rooms for use by the Scottish Music department, the Royal Conservatoire houses several professional recording studios, including a new studio in the Opera School for the use of large ensembles. In 2010, RCS opened its campus near Cowcaddens, now known as the Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks. This building was designed by Malcolm Fraser and it opened predominantly to house the Modern Ballet and Production courses, as the Renfrew Street campus was struggling to accommodate the combination of new courses and higher intake levels. In 2014, a £2 million extension to this campus was built, creating even more rehearsal spaces
Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express is a detective novel by Agatha Christie featuring the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. It was first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club on 1 January 1934, in the United States, it was published on 28 February 1934, under the title of Murder in the Calais Coach, by Dodd and Company. The U. K. edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence, the U. S. title of Murder in the Calais Coach was used to avoid confusion with the 1932 Graham Greene novel Stamboul Train which had been published in the United States as Orient Express. After catching the Taurus Express from Aleppo in Syria and traveling to Istanbul, once there, Poirot receives a telegram prompting him to cancel his arrangements and return to London. He instructs the concierge to book a first-class compartment on the Simplon-Orient Exrpess leaving that night, Bouc, a fellow Belgian who is a director of the train line Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits and is boarding the train. After boarding, Poirot is approached by Mr.
Samuel Ratchett, Ratchett believes his life is being threatened and attempts to hire Poirot but, due to his distaste, Poirot refuses. I do not like your face, Mr. Ratchett, he says, on the second night of the journey, as he is only travelling to Italy M. Bouc gives up his first class-compartment to Poirot who is going to Calais and on to London. This gives Poirot the compartment next to Mr. Ratchett, the train is stopped by a snowdrift near Vinkovci. Several events disturb Poirots sleep, including a cry emanating from Ratchetts compartment, the next morning, M. Bouc informs him that Ratchett has been murdered and asks Poirot to investigate, in order to avoid complications and bureaucracy when the Yugoslav police arrive. A few years before, in the United States, three-year-old heiress Daisy Armstrong was kidnapped by a man named Lanfranco Cassetti, despite collecting the ransom from the wealthy Armstrong family, Cassetti killed the child. The shock devastated the family, leading to a number of deaths, Cassetti was caught, but fled the country after he was acquitted.
Its suspected that Cassetti used his resources to rig the trial. Poirot concludes that Ratchett was, in fact, Cassetti, as Poirot pursues his investigation, he discovers that everyone in the coach had a connection to the Armstrong family and, had a motive to kill Cassetti. Poirot proposes two possible solutions, leaving it to Bouc to decide which solution to put forward to the authorities, the first solution is that a stranger boarded the train and murdered Cassetti. The second one is that all 13 people in the coach were complicit in the murder and he concedes Countess Helena Andrenyi didnt take part, so the murderers numbered 12, resembling a self-appointed jury. Mrs. Hubbard, revealed to be Linda Arden, Daisy Armstrongs grandmother, Hercule Poirot, the internationally famous detective, boards the Orient Express in Istanbul. The train is unusually crowded fo the time of year, Poirot secures a berth only with the help of his friend Monsieur Bouc, a director of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits.
When a Mr. Harris fails to show up, Poirot takes his place, on the second night, Poirot gets a compartment to himself
Birmingham is a city in Oakland County of the U. S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,103, the area comprising what is now the city of Birmingham was part of land ceded by Native American tribes to the United States government by the 1807 Treaty of Detroit. Tiffins report claimed that There would not be an out of a hundred, if there would be one out of a thousand that would, in any case. In 1818, Territorial Governor Lewis Cass led a group of men along the Indian Trail, the governors party discovered that the swamp was not as extensive as Tiffin had supposed. Not long after Cass issued a more encouraging report about the land, the earliest land entry was made on January 28,1819, by Colonel Benjamin Kendrick Pierce for the northwest quarter of section 36. Colonel Pierce visited his land several times, but never settled on it, in March 1818, John W. Hunter and his brother Daniel left Auburn, New York, by sleigh and traveled to Michigan by way of Upper Canada.
They waited in Detroit for their father and other members who arrived by schooner over Lake Erie in July. The family remained in Detroit until spring 1819 when John W. made an entry for the northeast quarter of section 36, lacking a proper land survey, John W. mistakenly built his log house on a tract purchased by Elijah Willets. That house was occupied by William Hall, a son-in-law of Elisha Hunter. On September 25,1821, Elijah Willets made an entry for the southwest quarter of section 25. Two days later, Major John Hamilton made an entry for the southeast quarter of section 25, each of these initial land entries met at what is now the intersection of Maple Road and Pierce Street. For a time, all three men, John W. Hunter, Major Hamilton, and Elijah Willets, operated hotels, the growing settlement was known variously as Hamiltons, Hunters, or Willets, it was known as Piety Hill. The settlements original plat was surveyed and recorded on August 25,1836, Merrill who ran the town foundry and the thrashing machine factory.
Merrill named his plat Birmingham after Birmingham, England, in the hope that the new settlement would become a great industrial center. Elijah Willets recorded a plat on his property on December 20,1837, John W. Hunter followed suit with two plats on his property on January 31,1840, and June 21,1842, while Major Hamilton laid out a plat on October 7,1846. Several other properties were subsequently platted as additions, the plats made in 1836 and 1837 were in anticipation of completion of the Detroit and Pontiac Railroad. Now known as Birmingham, the village first received mail through the Bloomfield post office, Birmingham established its own post office on April 5,1838. The settlement incorporated as a village in 1864, comprising the northern half of section 36, the first village elections were held March 1,1864, and it was soon governed by a seven-man board of trustees who appointed a marshal and a treasurer
Along with Londons West End theatres, Broadway theatres are widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world. The Theater District is a popular tourist attraction in New York City, the great majority of Broadway shows are musicals. They presented Shakespeare plays and ballad operas such as The Beggars Opera, in 1752, William Hallam sent a company of twelve actors from Britain to the colonies with his brother Lewis as their manager. They established a theatre in Williamsburg and opened with The Merchant of Venice, the company moved to New York in the summer of 1753, performing ballad operas and ballad-farces like Damon and Phillida. The Revolutionary War suspended theatre in New York, but thereafter theatre resumed in 1798, the Bowery Theatre opened in 1826, followed by others. Blackface minstrel shows, a distinctly American form of entertainment, became popular in the 1830s, by the 1840s, P. T. Barnum was operating an entertainment complex in lower Manhattan.
In 1829, at Broadway and Prince Street, Niblos Garden opened, the 3, 000-seat theatre presented all sorts of musical and non-musical entertainments. In 1844, Palmos Opera House opened and presented opera for four seasons before bankruptcy led to its rebranding as a venue for plays under the name Burtons Theatre. The Astor Opera House opened in 1847, booth played the role for a famous 100 consecutive performances at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1865, and would revive the role at his own Booths Theatre. Other renowned Shakespeareans who appeared in New York in this era were Henry Irving, Tommaso Salvini, Fanny Davenport, lydia Thompson came to America in 1868 heading a small theatrical troupe, adapting popular English burlesques for middle-class New York audiences. Thompsons troupe called the British Blondes, was the most popular entertainment in New York during the 1868–1869 theatrical season, the six-month tour ran for almost six extremely profitable years. Theatre in New York moved from downtown gradually to midtown beginning around 1850, in 1870, the heart of Broadway was in Union Square, and by the end of the century, many theatres were near Madison Square.
Broadways first long-run musical was a 50-performance hit called The Elves in 1857, New York runs continued to lag far behind those in London, but Laura Keenes musical burletta The Seven Sisters shattered previous New York records with a run of 253 performances. It was at a performance by Keenes troupe of Our American Cousin in Washington, the production was a staggering five-and-a-half hours long, but despite its length, it ran for a record-breaking 474 performances. The same year, The Black Domino/Between You, Me and the Post was the first show to call itself a musical comedy, Tony Pastor opened the first vaudeville theatre one block east of Union Square in 1881, where Lillian Russell performed. Comedians Edward Harrigan and Tony Hart produced and starred in musicals on Broadway between 1878 and 1890, with book and lyrics by Harrigan and music by his father-in-law David Braham. They starred high quality singers, instead of the women of repute who had starred in earlier musical forms. Plays could run longer and still draw in the audiences, leading to better profits, as in England, during the latter half of the century, the theatre began to be cleaned up, with less prostitution hindering the attendance of the theatre by women
Law & Order
Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in syndication, on cable networks. Law & Order premiered on September 13,1990, and completed its 20th, at the time of its cancellation, Law & Order was the longest-running crime drama on American primetime television. Its record of 20 seasons is a tie with Gunsmoke for the longest-running live-action scripted American prime-time series with ongoing characters, although it has fewer episodes than Gunsmoke, Law & Order ranks as the longest-running hour-long primetime TV series. Gunsmoke, for its first six seasons, was originally a half-hour program, plots are often based on real cases that recently made headlines, although the motivation for the crime and the perpetrator may be different. The show has been noted for its revolving cast over the years, the success of the series has led to the creation of additional shows, making Law & Order a franchise, with a television film, several video games, and international adaptations of the series.
It has won and has been nominated for awards over the years. On May 14,2010, NBC announced that it had canceled Law & Order, in July 2010, however, he indicated that those attempts had failed and declared that the series had now moved to the history books. However, in February 2015, rumors started that NBC was planning to bring the back for 10 episodes. In May 2015, former star Sam Waterston announced to The Hollywood Reporter that he supports and would join a revival of Law & Order, Youre darn right. Creator Dick Wolf has expressed wanting to use a L&O revival to do a ripped from the headlines story-line surrounding the trial of Robert Durst. Everybody who knows me knows its something I want to do, he continued, at the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour, Wolf noted everyone wants a revival, It is a question of. Most of the involved are very successful in their careers. To try to get everything in sequence is more difficult than it looks on the outside. I would love to do it if we can make it work, in 1988, Dick Wolf developed a concept for a new television series that would depict a relatively optimistic picture of the American criminal justice system.
He initially toyed with the idea of calling it Night & Day, the first half of each episode would follow two detectives and their commanding officer as they investigate a violent crime. The second half of the episode would follow the District Attorneys Office, through this, Law & Order would be able to investigate some of the larger issues of the day by focusing on stories that were based on real cases making headlines. Wolf took the idea to then-president of Universal Television Kerry McCluggage, who pointed out the similarity to a 1963 series titled Arrest and Trial, which lasted one season
Howard Lindsay Goodall CBE is an English composer of musicals, choral music and music for television. He presents music-based programming for television and radio, for which he has won many awards. In May 2008 he was named as a presenter and Composer-in-Residence with the UK radio channel Classic FM, born in Bromley, Goodall was educated at New College School, Stowe School and Lord Williamss School and read music at Christ Church, Oxford. He is married to Val Fancourt, who is a music agent. Goodalls 1984 musical The Hired Man, an adaptation of the novel by Melvyn Bragg, won an Ivor Novello award, a Winters Tale, commissioned for the opening of The Sage, Gateshead in December 2005 was presented during 2009–10 by Youth Music Theatre, UK. In 2011 its London professional premiere at the Landor Theatre won the Off west end award for Best New Musical, Love Story, based on the novella by Erich Segal, premiered in 2010 at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester. Bend It Like Beckham The Musical, written with Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Charles Hart began previewing at the Phoenix Theatre, other musicals include Girlfriends, Days of Hope, Silas Marner, The Kissing-Dance, the dreaming, A Winters Tale and Two Cities.
Goodall has a body of music to his name, including In Memoriam Anne Frank, O Lord God of Time and Eternity and settings of Psalm 23. In September 2008, his Eternal Light, A Requiem was premiered by Rambert Dance Company to choreography by Rambert Dance Companys Artistic Director, Mark Baldwin. The result of a commission from London Musici to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Eternal Light, Eternal Light, A Requiem has now had over 400 live performances across the world. In March 2009, Classic FM released Howard Goodalls Enchanted Voices, the disc marks Goodalls position as Classic FMs Composer-in-Residence for 2009. A month after its UK release, it became the best-selling specialist choral CD of 2009 and it subsequently earned a nomination for Classical Brit Album of the Year. Howard Goodalls Enchanted Voices was followed by Howard Goodalls Enchanted Carols, Goodall arranged an orchestral and choir score for Psalm 122 for Tonbridge School to commemorate their chapel which burnt down in the 1980s.
Goodall was commissioned by Truro Cathedral to write a new work for all four of the Cathedrals choirs, Truro Cathedral Choir, St Marys Singers, Cornwall Youth Choir and Cornwall Junior Choir. The piece, entitled A New Heart, A New Spirit, sets a text from Wisdom, the 45-minute oratorio, Every Purpose Under the Heaven, was premiered in Westminster Abbey in November 2011. It was commissioned as a gift to the United Church Schools Trust and United Learning Trust from Sir Ewan and Lady Harper, Every Purpose Under the Heaven was recorded and released on the Decca Classics/Classics fm CD Inspired in 2012. I am Christmas Day premiered at Southwark Cathedral as part of the Mercy Ships Charity annual Carol Service on Wednesday 5 December 2012, commissioned by Mercy Ships UK the work was performed by Southwark Cathedral Girls Choir, conducted by the composer. Present at the event, alongside members of the UK Government, were the Presidents of Germany and Eire, the King and Queen of the Belgians and Prince William and Catherine and Prince Harry