The Fantasticks at The Springer Opera House
Columbus, GA in 1970
September 20, 1948-August 30, 2014
Can it be five years since we lost her?
I had hoped to record a new holiday song, but it never happened…
So, from two years ago, here is “There Are All Kinds of Christmases.”
Wishing you the very best always,
Kurt Peterson, JWP, and The Voice Studio
Kurt’s NY BOUND solo musical memoir, Proud Ladies: Close Encounters With and Lessons Learned From will be workshopped Aug. 13-18 at Columbus, GA's Springer Opera House, directed by Lisa Asher, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse, and music direction by Ian Herman. Projections are by Telegraphicmedia. The show will be produced by James William Productions and Stephenie Skyllas/Over~Sky Productions.
While Kurt is the only physical actor in this show, the 23 proud ladies loom large and act along with him through the use of multi-media depictions. This artful use of images, some never-before seen, bring these dynamic women to life. The audience feels their presence and the impact these women had in shaping this man's view of the world, as well as himself.
Kurt and other members of the original cast of Follies will headline a very special panel at BroadwayCon!
We are so thrilled to announce that Kurt will be reuniting with several cast members of the original Follies at BroadwayCon on Saturday, January 27th at 3 pm to discuss when "Everything Was Possible!". More information and tickets here!
KURT INTERVIEWS HAL PRINCE
Zero Hour ended it's successful run (just for now) with a wonderful talk back with a man who knew Zero Mostel well, and who has given us all so very much.
Make plans to see the long overdue salute to Hal Prince, The Prince of Broadway, coming soon.
To see the entire interview, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5ONqrjy2WE
KURT AND HAL PRINCE SIT DOWN FOR A CHAT
Kurt is thrilled to be moderating a talkback with the man who more than anyone else has inspired his producing efforts... Hal Prince!
Come see the final performance of Zero Hour at 3 PM on Sunday July 9 at the Theatre at St. Clements and hear what Hal has to say about Zero ...and what Kurt has to say about Hal.
WEST SIDE STORY AT LINCOLN CENTER:1968
This recently discovered recording just might be from the opening night of West Side Story at Lincoln Center on June 24,1968
Zero Hour is roaring back to New York
and the Off-Broadway stage
Read more in BroadwayWorld, and be sure to come and see original star Jim Brochu at the Theatre at St Clement's from June 2nd (opening June 14th) to July 9th.
BIG news for the Voice Studio and JWP!
We are firmly ensconced in our brand new, beautifully renovated, light and bright, ALMOST completely decorated studio 2B - we are now occupying the ENTIRE commercial 2nd floor of the historic "Wyoming" building on 7th ave. Some rooms available for rental. Come see us in 2A and 2B soon!
Check out the beautiful work of Doug Reside, curator at the Billy Rose Theater Division of the Lincoln Center library - many more GIFs of the original and 1968 productions of West Side Story right here!
In 1977, the late Clark Gesner (composer of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown), asked Kurt to record a demo of a brand new Christmas song for Bing Crosby. Sadly, Bing passed away just a few weeks before the session - it would be the "last Christmas song Bing never recorded" - but now you can hear the lovely "All Kinds of Christmases" sung by Kurt, with orchestrations and piano by Rick Jensen.
Happy Holidays from all of us at JWP and The Voice Studio!
People are talking about WEWP. . . NOW in its second pressing!
"I was flabbergasted." - Angela Lansbury
"Hell, I'm gobsmacked." - Hal Prince
"Glorious." - Huffington Post
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS PRESENTS
“WHEN EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE”
A CONCERT ALBUM CELEBRATING BROADWAY’S GOLDEN AGE
STARRING KURT PETERSON & VICTORIA MALLORY
ALBUM ONLINE AND IN STORES NOW
New York, NY (5/18/2016) – Ghostlight Records released the concert recording of When Everything Was Possible, an exciting and poignant evening celebrating Broadway’s Golden Age starring Kurt Peterson and Victoria Mallory and directed by Larry Moss, on May 13, 2016. The beloved performers – who appeared in the original productions of the classic musicals Follies, A Little Night Music, Dear World and Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, among many others – reunited at New York’s City Center in 2012 and this live album memorializes that special evening, Victoria’s last New York stage appearance. When Everything Was Possible includes songs from shows they appeared in either separately or together between 1966 and 1974, in addition to two new compositions. To order the album, please visit www.sh-kboom.com/everything-was-possible.
When Everything Was Possible features selections from landmark works of musical theater, along with hilarious and personal memories from the stars themselves, to offer a walk down Broadway’s memory lane. The concert has new orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, music direction by Michael Rafter, direction by Larry Moss, musical staging by Joshua Bergasse, historical projections by Telegraphic Media, original songs by composer Jesse Wiener, and an introduction by Ted Chapin, President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. The album is produced by James William Productions and Stephenie Skyllas.
The accompanying 32-page booklet contains many never-before-seen historic photographs, as well as images from the 2012 concert, a memorial to Victoria. The archival recording beautifully captures the hopeful, emotional, and exuberant evening that Backstage said, “No young performer should miss. Not only will you learn a lot; it will give you hope.”
After seeing When Everything Was Possible, Broadway legend director Hal Prince – who directed many of the iconic original productions – called the show “magical” and remarked, “they represent the best of musical theatre. Beautiful voices, charm, shining intelligence, and additionally they’re terrific looking. The show they’ve so adroitly put together is thoroughly entertaining, informative, poignant, was performed with grace and generosity and is a real treat.” Tony Award winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara raved “I was so moved and inspired. I felt like I was seeing something so rare and special. Everyone did.”
For more information, please visit www.WhenEverythingWasPossible.com.
Congratulations to Studio teacher Arthur Levy, who coached the marvelous Meryl Streep to be "just short of the mark" for her role as notoriously terrible amateur singer Florence Foster Jenkins. Arthur attended the opening with Meryl - and we're JEALOUS!
Q: What could legendary classical actor Vincent Price and Broadway juvenile Kurt Peterson possibly have in common?
A: Both tried to save the failing Peter Paul candy bar "No Jelly" in 1972. The bar failed, but Kurt and his commercial won the "CLIO Award" for Best Commercial. See "Mr. Peanut Butter" Kurt and "Miss Jelly" Erika Peterson in this classic backstage drama.
Recent Articles and Videos
Puppet Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Peterson, Liz Larsen, and More Celebrate Sondheimas: http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/sondheimas-birthday-celebration-photos_72208.html
BWW Interview: Kurt Peterson on WHEN EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE Archival Recording and Remembering Victoria Mallory: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-Interview-Kurt-Peterson-on-WHEN-EVERYTHING-WAS-POSSIBLE-Archival-Recording-and-Remembering-Victoria-Mallory-20150321
Kurt Peterson - "So Many People"/"Being Alive": http://youtu.be/2lRHm_kQEVk
"You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" from Sondheim's 75th Birthday Celebration: http://youtu.be/KrY-VYsSRQs
1971 Follies Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTD9H-yshUg
Music! Music! Music!
I Like Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8yU-qvAARE
Small Town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJMKIn7qow8
Waiting for the Girls Upstairs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlkKwyqFl3Q
Have I Got a Girl for You/Someone Is Waiting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZcVprSLDLE
Being Alive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F7LmhJFWnk
Alpine Miss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2isyo3JHuB8
I Got Plenty o' Nothin': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ofc5WuJSyQM
JWP and Triton Gallery Release a "Window Card"-sized poster of Sondheim—A Musical Tribute
This is a more "New York Apartment friendly size replica of the iconic"scrabble" poster the Huffington Post recently described as "The revelatory first (and still reigning finest ever) all-star Sondheim concert"
To order visit http://tritongallery.com/
Victoria Mallory and Kurt recreated the balcony scene from West Side Story at Seth Rudetsky’s Chatterbox in New York on March 26 for the first time since starring in the Lincoln Center revival in the summer of ’68, forty-one years ago.
Thank you Seth, for recently posting the entire Chatterbox interview as a memorial to Victoria.
“Victoria and Kurt sang.. and it was beautiful! They’re starting a show starring both of them based on their past and judging by the audience turnout they got for the Chatterbox, they’re going to run forever! I had to turn people away at the door because it was so packed!” — Seth Rudetsky
Here is a direct link to the interview on YouTube.com: http://youtu.be/Yw4CeskLSrg
Welcome '73 Sondheim Musical Tribute
How fun it is to see the 1973 Warner Brothers promo documentary of the first celebration tribute to Stephen Sondheim. JWP has been trying to find the lost footage, but this one is great fun as you see, Chita, Angela, Donna, Stephen, and many more in their younger days.
Click here to see the Sondheim Musical Tribute Promo
"Congratulations and welcome back!" — Stephen Sondheim
"I was flabbergasted!" — Angela Lansbury
"A complete triumph!" — Ted Chapin
"I was so moved and inspired!" — Kelli O'Hara
"Magical! Bravo!" — Hal Prince
On Sunday, April 29th, 2012, When Everything Was Possible – A Concert (with comments) debuted at New York City Center. Kurt Peterson and Victoria Mallory, Broadway’s go-to juvenile and ingénue of a Golden Era, were welcomed back to the New York stage in a memorable evening of song and story.
With Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Music Direction by Michael Rafter, Musical Staging by Joshua Bergasse of NBC’s Smash, Direction by Larry Moss and never before seen images from the era’s greatest photographers, When Everything Was Possible revisits a powerfully charged time of American and world history as well as the sunset years of the Golden Age of Broadway. The concert featured songs from shows they were very much a part of including West Side Story, Dear World, Carnival, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sondheim - A Musical Tribute and more.
A Follies Reunion
Opening night of the Kennedy Center production of Follies on Broadway at the Marriott Marquis with original cast members in attendance.
Harvey Evans, Peter Walker, Victoria Mallory, Virginia Sandifur, Kurt, Steve & Denise Boockvar
Harvey Evans, Kurt, Jonathan & Leigh Berry Tunick
To watch Kurt, Virginia, Harvey and Marti perform "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" from Follies on the David Frost show circa 1971, click here to view. It begins at 1:03:40.
JWP is proud to announce the title of Kurt’s new concert with Victoria Mallory: When Everything Was Possible!
Kurt and Victoria are thrilled to have obtained the rights from composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim for the use of a well-known lyric from Follies, as well as from Ted Chapin, the President and Executive Director of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and author of the book i.
As Kurt says, “I am thrilled with this honor and vote of confidence from Stephen and Ted. Victoria and I owe so much to Stephen and Follies for the beginnings of our careers. To have this opportunity to revisit that time is a wonderful gift.”
The Zero Hour Tour Has Begun!
JWP is proud to be co-producing the Drama Desk and Helen Hayes Award-Winning hit play Zero Hour, based on the life of Zero Mostel, written by and starring Jim Brochu with direction by Piper Laurie.
Visit www.zerohourshow.com for our tour schedule and for links to purchasing tickets.
"Singularly captivating, Zero Hour is a success. It brings Mostel back to life, just the way his fans want him." — The New York Times
"An extraordinary act of reincarnation...from the moment that Brochu spins around to face the audience, he is a Hirschfeld drawing come to pulsing life! You can't help being swept up in the tornado of energy as Brochu's star turn conjures forth a Zero larger than life and death." —Time Out New York, Four Stars Critics Pick
Kurt and Victoria on the red carpet at the opening night
of Broadway's newest production of West Side Story.
Kurt and Victoria with Kelli O'Hara backstage at South Pacific at Lincoln Center
where Kurt and Victoria made their debut 4o years before.
Kurt joins members of his Baker's Wife cast: Stephen Schwartz, Tim Jerome and Patti LuPone
at Lincoln Center's special event launching Patti's book, Patti LuPone: A Memoir
THE ONE THAT BEGAN IT ALL
“Sondheim: A Musical Tribute”
1973 Poster Re-issued in a special limited edition
To honor Stephen Sondheim on his 80th birthday, Kurt Peterson and his company, James William Productions (JWP), has re-issued a special limited edition of the poster designed for “Sondheim: A Musical Tribute,” the first celebration and revue of the music of Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim. Produced by Mr. Peterson, the Tribute was held on March 11, 1973, at the Shubert Theater on the set of “A Little Night Music.” What began as a mere luncheon soon grew into a three-hour concert with forty-one songs performed by thirty-eight singers, all Sondheim show veterans.
The famous poster, using Scrabble® squares to spell out the names of Sondheim shows, was designed by Neil Appelbaum and was given to the cast of the historic concert. The poster has never been available to the general public.
This special limited edition poster is available through James William Productions at firstname.lastname@example.org
The poster is also available through Triton Gallery in New York City at 800-626-6674 or on-line at www.broadwayposters.com.
Kurt, his Follies pal Harvey Evans, and Stephen Sondheim have cameo moments on the recently released new Rodgers and Hammerstein recording of Allegro.
To read the complete story, please go to Playbill.com by clicking on this link http://www.playbill.com/news/article/124086.html
To order the CD, go to amazon. com
Kurt Peterson, JWP and Jane Bergére presented a new play, Capture Now Off Broadway at The Theatres at 45 Bleecker, 45 Bleecker Street in New York City this past season. The play was both written and performed by Josh Jonas and directed by Larry Moss.
Capture Now is the story of the relationship between two young brothers, the "coming of age" of the older brother and the love of the family and friends who help move him through difficult times...an understatement.
The play takes place on Long Island in the late '80s-early '90s and features music of cool groups that the brothers share a passion for as they learn to "Rock."
Josh Jonas was born and raised on Long Island and attended Boston University where he received his BFA in acting. His other writing credits include the one acts Elvis Savant and No-Hitter. He was see in the New York premieres of Belly of The Whale and Divinity Bash and was also the lead in the film Worn Like a Tattoo with Billy Drago.
Larry Moss, the founder of the Larry Moss Studio and author of the acclaimed book The Intent To Live, developed and directed the Obie, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning The Syringa Tree. He directed Runt of The Litter, Beast on The Moon and RFK. Larry has coached a number of actors, many of whom are award winners or nominees. He coached Helen Hunt in As Good As it Gets (Academny Award); Hank Azaria in Tuesdays with Morrie (Emmy); Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry (Academy Award), The Affair of the Necklace, and Million Dollar Baby (Academy Award); Leonard DiCaprio in The Aviator (Academy Award Nomination); Michael Clark Duncan in The Green Mile (Academy Award Nomination); and many, many others.
Kurt will be co-producing Capture Now with Jane Bergére, whose producing credits are Broadway: Minsky's, Curtains., 13–The Musical, All My Sons, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Award, Best Play Revival); Caroline or Change (Tony nomination, Best Musical); Metamorphoses (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Drama League Awards, Best Play and Tony nomination, Best Play); Off-Broadway: The Exonerated (Drama Desk Award, Best Play and Lucille Lortel Award); Houdini the Musical. Also The Exonerated national tour and London.
Visit www.capturenowtheplay.com and in the not too distant future, www.capturenowthefilm.com.
Visit the CAPTURE NOW production page for additional links and photos.
Cady Huffman, Kurt and Larry Moss at opening night of Capture Now.
Captain Louie, the wonderful Stephen Schwartz family musical co-produced by JWP has now been released and is being licensed by Music Theatre International.
In both the Broadway and Broadway Jr. versions, the show is now available and being staged by young performers for audiencesaround the world.
Check the website musicalschwartz.com/captain-louie.htm for information and locations.
Kurt and JWP presented the exciting pianist Ian Herman in Ian Herman Alone at Last, an evening of original compositions
at 8 PM on Wednesday, July 30th at The Zipper Theater in NYC.
"I have known Ian and his work for many years and I find his playing and especially these energetic, fun and moving pieces, extraordinary.
It is going to be a wonderful evening and I'm proud that JWP is involved in helping to bring Ian and his talent to the stage." Kurt.
To see photos from the evening, click here.
See Ian play live from his debut performance at The Zipper Factory: www.youtube.com/user/PianoPaws
Eivand Harum, Ramona Mallory, Victoria Mallory and Kurt
at the gala opening of the Kenn Duncan exhibit at the New York Library for the
Performing Arts. Eivand, a wonderful Harkness dancer, played Riff in the West Side Story Kurt and
Vicki starred in at Lincoln Center in the summer of '68 . Ramona, of course, is Vicki's talented daughter.
Kurt participated in Donna McKechnie's book tour promoting her autobiography, Time Steps.
L-R: Tommy Walsh, Pamela Myers, Kurt, Priscilla Lopez,
Donna McKechnie, Harvey Evans, Eugene at the piano.
Priscilla and Kurt
Donna McKechnie promoted her book, Time Steps, at Barnes & Noble in New York. (All photos by Ben Strothmann)
The 92nd St Y hosted a private preview screening of the PBS documentary – Words and Music by Jerry Herman, a film by Amber Edwards.
This new documentary chronicles the life and career of one of Musical Theater’s iconic figures: Jerry Herman, the composer and lyricist
of the smash hit shows Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles. Words and Music by Jerry Herman will be aired continually on PBS.
Kurt, of course, was in the non-hit Jerry Herman show, Dear World.