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'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Stage adaptations of beloved movies and literary classics are trending on Broadway this season, with productions of "Rocky," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Of Mice and Men," "Aladdin" and "A Raisin in the Sun" included in the stellar lineup of shows.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dead at 91

TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dead at 91

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Comedy icon Sid Caesar died after a brief illness at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., his friend Carl Reiner told the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. He was 91.

Matthew Perry to reboot 'The Odd Couple' for CBS

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Matthew Perry is set to star in, write and executive produce a TV re-imagining of "The Odd Couple," the Hollywood Reporter said.
Bryan Cranston to play Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway

Bryan Cranston to play Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Bryan Cranston is to play U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's new play, "All the Way," producers said Tuesday.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dead at 65 ... Report: ABC's Barbara Walters to retire next year ... Devin Velez eliminated from 'American Idol' ... TNT orders reality series 'Nashville Confidential' ... News from United Press International.
'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dead at 65

'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dead at 65

LONDON, March 29 (UPI) -- Tony Award-winning British actor Richard Griffiths has died after complications following heart surgery, his family said. He was 65.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
By United Press International
Pat Sajak to star in 'The Odd Couple'

Pat Sajak to star in 'The Odd Couple'

STORRS, Conn., May 23 (UPI) -- "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak and broadcast journalist Joe Moore are to star in a staging of "The Odd Couple," the Connecticut Repertory Theatre said.

Actor and camp photographer Alexander dies

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., March 25 (UPI) -- Cris Alexander, an actor and photographer known for popularizing camp, died in New York, his friend confirmed.
DeVito to star in 'Sunshine Boys' in U.K.

DeVito to star in 'Sunshine Boys' in U.K.

LONDON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Danny DeVito is to make his West End debut in the London stage production of Neil Simon's play "The Sunshine Boys," producers said.
Ferrell honored with Mark Twain Prize

Ferrell honored with Mark Twain Prize

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Actor and comedian Will Ferrell was honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Van Dykes to star in 'Sunshine Boys'

Van Dykes to star in 'Sunshine Boys'

DALLAS, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Actor brothers Dick and Jerry Van Dyke are to star in a stage production of Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys" in Texas, producers announced.

'Brighton Beach' Broadway show closing

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- An executive with a Broadway production of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" said the New York show is closing after a lackluster run.
'Brighton Beach' headed back to B'way

'Brighton Beach' headed back to B'way

NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) -- New Broadway productions of Neil Simon's stage comedies "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Broadway Bound" are in the works, the shows' producers said.
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LAP97121712-17 DECEMBER 1997-LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA: Neil Simon and his wife Diane arrive December 17 the Los Angeles premiere of the motion picture satire "Wag the Dog." UPI jr/Jim Ruymen
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Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927) is an American playwright and screenwriter. His numerous Broadway successes have caused his work to be amongst the most regularly performed in the world.

Neil Simon was born on July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City to Irving Simon, a garment salesman, and his wife Mamie. He was their second son and he grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan during the Great Depression. His father often abandoned the family, causing financial and emotional difficulties. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School and graduated at the age of sixteen.

He attended New York University briefly from 1944 to 1945, where he was enlisted in the Army Air Force Reserve training program. He was assigned to Lowry Air Force Base during 1945 and attended the University of Denver from 1945 to 1946. He was a sports editor for the military magazine Rev-Meter.

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