The Post-Crescent from Appleton, Wisconsin on December 11, 1994 · 82
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The Post-Crescent from Appleton, Wisconsin · 82

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Sunday, December 11, 1994
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F-8 SUNDAY POST-CRESCENT, APPLETON-NEENAH-MENASHA, WIS. SUNDAY. DECEMBER 11,1994. AP photo by Chrystyna Czajfeowsky WALTER CHARLES plays Ebe-nezer Scrooge in a spectacular musical version of the play. Charles sings the 'Humbugs' "A Christmas Carol" gets the Broadway treatment at Madison Square Garden By Mary Campbell Associated Press newsfeatures writer NEWYORK-Thesetishuge. It is London in the 1800s, reaching across the wide stage and along both side walls, with houses and shops and doors and windows that open to reveal the people inside. . There is a cast of 90, plus a 230-foot track for flying, overwhelming the 5,100-seat Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden. It's for Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," a musical version with new songs by Alan Menken, who composed songs for "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin." Eighty-five performances were scheduled from Nov. 23 through Jan. 1, with two shows most days, three most Fridays and Sundays and four most Saturdays. Presenters, Nickelodeon and the Garden, intend to make it an annual event. Walter Charles, the 49-year-old baritone who plays Ebenezer bcrooge, has never been m a "Christmas Carol" production before and has never flown before. "They first took us up on the 'Tommy' set and taught us how to use harnesses," he says. "It was a little freaky at first. The girls can do flips. I'm very grateful I don't do that." Charles was playing the father in "Shenandoah" at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., when his agent said producers wanted him to audition his "bah, humbugs." Now that he has the part, Charles says, "I'm not going to turn into Scrooge, contrary to what many of my friends will tell you. They say, 'This is a part you were born to play.' I think they were kidding." The show, he says, "is the fastest 90 minutes you ever saw. Tombstones rise out of the stage; ghosts fly; there's dry ice, earthquakes, flames, smoke. "When Marley's ghost visits me, I'm suspended in air," Charles says. "Christmas Future and I fly the length of the stage and out over the audience, observing people celebrating Christmas in their homes, some stumbling out of pubs and London street life in the aisles. In 25 years I've never seen anything like this. It's huge." Charles grew up in Sparta, N.J. "I had a summer job as a singing cocktail waiter," he says. "I came to New York to meet a friend for lunch. He canceled so I bought a trade paper and went to an audition. 1 got the lead in 'The Drunkard,' going to Marietta, Ga., Lexington, Ky., and Tampa, Fla. I've been at it ever since." IfflHB -Ill '.V M T- Lovell describes the dark side of moon shots In "Lost Moon," the former astronaut tells about NASA's only irvspace disaster By Marcia Dunn Associated Press aerospace writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The man leaned over the table while Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell was autographing copies of his new book, "Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13," and whispered: "Tell me one thing. What about those suicide pills?" "Just a minute. Give me back your book," Lovell said, grabbing it. He yanked the book open and pleaded, "Reeeead the prologue." An oxygen tank in Apollo 13's service module ruptured on April 13, 1970, just 55 hours into the flight. Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert were 200,000 miles from Earth when the tank blew, and 50,000 miles from the moon. In case you're wondering, here's the final word on whether the three astronauts packed suicide pills on what was - and still is - NASA's only in-space disaster. (Challenger hadn't reached space when it exploded in 1986.) "Lost Moon," Page 1: "Nobody knew how the stories about the poison pills got started. Most people had heard them; most people even believed them. The press and the public certainly did; even some people at the Agency did. ..." (The Agency being the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.) In an interview after his November book-signing at Kennedy Space Center, the 66-year-old astronaut said it's not the most common question he's asked, "but people think about that, you know. " So on with the rest of the mission and the rest of the story, soon to be a movie directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks as Lovell. Lovell was to have been the fifth man on the moon, Haise No. 6. They were to have explored the Fra Mauro highlands while Swigert circled the moon waiting for them. All that evaporated as precious oxygen gushed from the spacecraft into deep space. Two of three fuel cells went out. One of two main power-distribution panels went out. For Lovell, the backup for Apollo 11 's Neil Armstrong, it was especially devastating. Lovell had circled the moon on Apollo 8. This was his second trip to the moon and his fourth space flight, and he knew it would be his last. To survive, the astronauts used Who's who in Tost Moon' Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell's new book, "Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13," is being made into a movie. Ron Howard is directing "Apollo 13," which will be released in November 1995. Who's who in the book and the film: B Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell: Left NASA in 1973. Retired from Centel Corp. and living in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Age 66. Consultant to film, may have a cameo role as captain of the recovery ship. Portrayed in film by Tom Hanks, whom Lovell calls "a closet astronaut." B Lunar module pilot Fred Haise: Left NASA in 1979. Vice president for Grumman Technical Services Inc. in Titusville, Fla. Age 61. Portrayed by Bill Paxton of "One False Move" and "True Lies." B Command module pilot Jack Swigert: Originally on the backup crew, but at the last minute replaced Thomas "Ken" Mattingly, who had been exposed to German measles. Left NASA in 1973. Elected to Congress in November 1982 and died of cancer the next month at age 51 . Portrayed by Kevin Bacon of "The River Wild" and "A Few Good Men." B Marilyn Lovell: Still happily married to Jim Lovell, whom she met in high school, with four children and eight grandchildren. Appears in the film with daughter Barbara as part of launch-day crowd. Portrayed by Kathleen Quintan of "Trial by Jury" and "The Promise." the cold and cramped lunar module as a lifeboat for four days. They looped around the moon and aimed for Earth. A few hours before splashdown, they crawled back into their crippled command module, jettisoned the ruptured service module and life-saving lunar module, and landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on April 17, 1970. Lovell, Haise and Swigert decided after the flight to write a book about their experience but never did. They left NASA and scattered; Swigert died of cancer in 1982. Lovell revived the idea for a book after retiring from the Centel Corp. in 1991. Haise wasn't interested, so Lovell collaborated with Jeffrey Kluger, a contributing editor and columnist for Discover magazine. Published by Houghton Mifflin in October, "Lost Moon" already is in its fifth printing. The movie, called "Apollo 13," will be released in November 1995. "A Classic for Christmas' Now through December 18 Thursdays -Sundays Lawrence Music-Drama Center For tickets call 734-8797 Atfl Sponsored by cflp la SaOo Olini IN THE SPOTLIGHT After 14 years apart the Eagles - including Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Joe Walsh - perform "Desperado" ond Take It Easy," as weli as songs from their new album. 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