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UPI Almanac for Monday, June 10, 2013.
By United Press International

Broadway revival of 'Gigi' planned for 2013-14

NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- A revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "Gigi" is scheduled to open on Broadway during the 2013-14 theater season, producers announced.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 10, 2012.
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Kostelanetz papers to Library of Congress

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The estate of Andre Kostelanetz has donated the Russian-born conductor-arranger's papers and artifacts to the Library of Congress.

Danes debuts on Broadway in 'Pygmalion'

NEW YORK, July 11 (UPI) -- Actress Claire Danes will debut on New York's Broadway as Eliza Doolittle in a revival of "Pygmalion."

Feature: Musical parodies B'way musicals

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A sparkling new musical at the Citicorp Center's Theater at St. Peter's Church is a parody of Broadway musicals and their creators in the form of five short melodramas with but a single plot, a new theatrical idea from the team of Eric Rockwell and Joanne

Palm Springs Festival honors Danny Elfman

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Organizers announced Friday that composer Danny Elfman will receive a top honor at the upcoming 15th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Steve Ross sings of Paris, war or no war

NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- At a time when all things French are anathema to some Americans because of France's failure to support the war in Iraq, balladeer Steve Ross is performing an evening of song at the Stanhope Park Hyatt Hotel titled "An American in Paris."
Frederick Loewe
Original Caption: WASHINGTON DC: Recipients of The Kennedy Center Honors pose for a group photo 12/7/1985 at the State Department. The "Eighth Annual Gala tribute to Distinguished American Artists: honored: l to r: back row: Merce Cunninngham, Beverly Sills, Bob Hope. Front row: l to r: Alan jay Lerner, Irene Dunne and Frederick Loewe...UPI.photo by L. Mark..UPI Photo Archive.

Frederick Loewe (June 10, 1901 - February 14, 1988) was a Tony Award-winning Austrian-American composer.

Loewe was born in Vienna to Viennese parents Edmond and Rosa Loewe. His father Edmond was a noted Jewish operetta star who performed throughout Europe and in North and South America; he starred as Count Danilo in the original production of The Merry Widow. Loewe grew up in Berlin and attended a Prussian cadet school from the age of five until he was thirteen. At an early age Loewe learned to play piano by ear and helped his father rehearse, and he began composing songs at age seven. He eventually attended a music conservatory in Berlin, one year behind virtuoso Claudio Arrau, and studied with Ferruccio Busoni and Eugene d'Albert. He won the coveted Hollander Medal awarded by the school and gave performances as a concert pianist while still in Germany. At 13, he was the youngest piano soloist ever to appear with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

In 1924, his father received an offer to appear in New York, and Loewe traveled there with him, determined to write for Broadway. This proved to be difficult, and he took other odd jobs, including cattle punching, gold mining and prize fighting. He eventually found work playing piano in German clubs in Yorkville and in movie theaters as the accompanist for silent films.

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