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The Toronto Star from Toronto, Ontario, Canada • 41

The Toronto Stari
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Toronto Daily Star ENTERTAINMENT SECTION PAGES 41 TO 48 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10 1969 REACH OR A STAR MOST PEOPLE DO ifflOHmiifflm ka Hair at Royal Alex opening Producers of Hair Dateline Entertainment Star photos by Boris Spremo in Toronto Dec 29 aren't saying but Gale Garnett 25 is busy rehearsing the lead for the show makes history with $300000 in sales With even the previews three weeks away the rock musical Hair has already become one of the hottest proper ties in Canadian theatre history Rehearsals only began last week but Hair has sold over worth of advance tickets according to' a spokesman for the production and is now selling tickets for March The official opening is Jan 11 but previews begin Dec 29 The show has sold over 44000 tickets so far with most of them coming through the mail from throughout Ontario and upstate New York Hair with most tickets in the $8 $10 range has $90000 a week potential in the seat Royal Alexandra VWI 1 Dirty movies somehow fit into new Cinema 2000 on entertainment Hair lead hopeful Gale Garnett digs Canada The producers of Hair which begins previews Dec 29 are being very coy about announcing who will play the lead roles but Gale Garnett runs through re hearsals wearing a sweat shirt labelled the female lead Still the Toronto produc tion of the rock musical is a strange place to find a 25 year old singer who just four years ago was accept ing a Grammy award for the best folk album of the year for the first record she ever cut Even stranger when you find out that the New Zea land born English raised American popularized sing er has taken out immigra tion papers and plans to set tle here What happened? She made eight more al bums three singles that hit the did television shows and concert tours wrote 175 songs and record ed 85 of them I just can't live in the United Slates right she said I were a guy I would be a draft dodg always dug Canada when I came here and played I knew it must have been a good place for your head if people like Leonard Cohen Joni Mitchell David Clayton Thomas and the guys in The Band begun So she' lived in a York ville commune since July finds Canada very and has written 15 songs and a film script since arriving Being in Hair is first time in my professional ex perience felt real that gotten into the touch feel thing that really group 30 young people in the is beautiful We were all reborn on the first day of rehearsals reborn relative to each other There's a lot of tenderness hugging kissing talking intimately both between individuals and within the group I feel like an orphan when I go She's completely enrap tured with the show spouts the perfect hip jargon about it effusively the only thing that bugs are those $10 tick ets: may fire me for saying it but I think the price of tickets is complete ly out of hand But we've got a plot afoot to try and arrange a $1 day during the week when kids can see Theatre as opposed to $45000 a week for most shows Robert Culp sues for divorce LOS ANGELES (UPD Actor Robert Culp 39 sued his wife actress rance Nuyen 30 for divorce yesterday1 charging extreme cruelty The divorce suit which asked for an equitable division of community property was filed on the couple's second wedding anniversary Each has been married twice before Lennon to play charity concert LONDON John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono will give a benefit performance Monday night for the United Nations Children's und a spokesman for Apple the Beatles' business company said yesterday It would be Lennon's first British appearance without the other four Beatles and his first stage appearance in Star photo by Reg Innell t' Jabs I Sg I WMig WUvI 'JuU'A 'wH IM A pc rs ALRED HITCHCOCK ON PROMOTION TOUR IN TORONTO All his films have to be thought out before he'll allow shooting to start Hitchcock leaves violence to imagination By JIM BEEBE Star staff writer rather against high cost pictures I've made cheap films Alfred Hitchcock said of the cur rent cinema vogue Hitchcock now 70 was in Toronto yesterday on a pro motion tour for his 52nd film Topaz which will open later this month It is based on the Leon Uris rench spy novfel which caused a major diplomatic scandal in the De Gaulle regime when it was published two years ago' I finished North by Northwest which cost four point three (millions of dol lars) I wanted to make a cheap film next so I made a little film for He paused for dramatic ef fect he said softly but slyly his paunchy bas sett hound face absolutely deadpan This i 1 1 1 film undoubtedly his best known went on to gross $15 million In referring to Topaz Hitchcock said took the politics out because first of all we woudn't have been allowed to shoot in Paris though we did say that there were spies in the rench bu reaucracy working for the Soviet and second politics just don't interest Hitchcock who began his career in his native Eng land in the 1920s and came to the US in 1937 gained a reputation as a meticulous director He professes to have his films completely thought out in the scripting stage before the cameras ever roll don't believe in shoot ing a lot of film and hoping something comes out he said a good film is really made by acci dent that's all it an ac cident schools that send young men out to just shoot with an 8mm camera should teach them film theory Hitchcock's more popular reputation is for his maca bre mystery movies But only violence shown on screen is in the shower murder in Psycho and the killing of the detec tive on the stairs later" he said rest is in the minds of the audience don't believe in show ing violence on the screen If violence is only implied it's much more Britain since 1966 Basie packing the house in great jazz By DANIEL STOMAN Star staff writer It was five hours before the night's first show and Count Basie was tired but his spirits were high said the Count in his hotel suite yesterday a great jazz town The public here responds to jazz music I been here often and the people have always been very The jazz public has been as responsive as ever dur ing Basie's current week long appearance at the Roy al Imperial Room The 17 man band has been packing the 400 seat room during the first show and doing almost as well for late performance 30 YEAR CAREER The 65 year old pianist who's been leading big jazz bands for more than 30 years has reason to feel tired on the road nine big days in the 30s and 4Os but Basie has never quit if you lose try to win he says Basie will make one point about the old was tougher Nowadays he says things are easier for a young musician changed Kids are growing up faster they're taking charge fast er and they're becoming millionaires faster He has a theory that as medium size rock bands like the Electric lag and Blood Sweat and Tears grow larger a new type of big band is coming into prominence But although they get more excited by the newer groups the young aren't en i 1 neglecting brand of music He still tours college campuses and there's a good sprinkling of young faces every night at the Royal York Basie didn't hesitate COUNT BASIE LIKES IT IN TORONTO He says public appreciates jazz music 'WAI ilBr! Lennon will play and sing with his new group the Plastic Ono Band with his wife appearing as a vocalist the spokesman said The group was formed in Canada earlier this year and made the record Cold Turkey Two weeks ago Lennon returned his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal to Queen Elizabeth in pro test against policies in Biafra and Viet Nam and I the failure of Cold Turkey in the record charts Moscow orchestra to visit Canada MOSCOW (Reuters) The Moscow Philharmonic will tour Canada the United States and Mexico in January official news agency Tass announced yesterday The or chestra will be conducted by its chief resident conductor Kiri! Kondrashin and Yuri Temirkanov one of the young er generation of leading Soviet musicians More world TV link ups urged PARIS (Reuters) experts from 60 countries yesterday called for more television program exchanges such as one which showed the first men on the moon to a quarter of the population The request from broadcasters satellite telecommuni cations experts and educators came during a week long conference here sponsored by UNESCO the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization The meeting presided over by Canadian communica tions minister Eric Kierans also recommended that a study be made of a new convention on contractural agree ments required for dissemination of satellite based televi sion programs over wide areas UNESCO is planning to use space telecommunications intensively to combat illiteracy in large parts of Africa Asia and Latin America during the next decade Book of paper discs a sell out I MONTREAL (CP) Montreal poet Roger Soubliere 27 has just published a book consisting of paper discs stacked in a tin can Titled Can its first printing of months a year and 1969 has been one of his busiest ever The band has been to Eu rope and back three times in the last seven months and a series of one night stands has taken it from Chatanooga Tennessee to' Quonset Rhode Island and dozens of other small and large US centres It's a tough pace and de spite his usual high spirits it shows in the lines of fatigue on Basie's face ORMED IN 1937 Sure I think about it every now and then when I get annoyed at things But I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I did Count Basie's orchestra was formed in 1937 in Kan sas City The next year the band moved to New York cut its first records and be fore long the Count was world famous Big band jazz has de clined in popularity since its when he was asked to name the biggest moments in his career first was playing at the inauguration of two Kennedy and Johnson What was it like playing at Kennedy's inau guration ball? It was a ball second was a com mand performance before Queen Elizabeth The third was backing some of the greatest singers of all time itzgerald Sarah Vaughan Billy Eckstine Tony Bennett and rank Wanted: Business for the The O'Keefe Centre has taken out a $350 half page advertisement in a New York paper in an attempt to fill three big gaps in next spring's schedule The ad in the current is sue of the entertainment newspaper Variety asks for productions to fill the dates eb 2 14 March 9 April 11 and May 13 30 It reads in part: ED: great attractions If you are a producer agent or impressario with an out standing attraction which can be scheduled for any of the open time we'd like to hear from O'Keefe Centre general manager Hugh Walker told The Star yesterday that the dates are still open because there is a shortage of tour ing musicals and a play that had been scheduled Great White Hope can celled its tour Walker said he is confi dent the gaps in the sched ule will be filled had pretty well ex plored the producers who had shows which could fill a theatre the size of O'Keefe Centre But in case we had overlooked one or two I thought I should take out the he said He said there has been some response to the ad but no definite commit ments I hope in the next day or two to make some announcements about new shows It looks as if some negotiations which were going on before the ad ap peared are going to mate Walker said the theatre bought a similar ad in Vari ety five years ago It did not produce results at that i time he said He declined to say how much it costs O'Keefe Cen tre to remain dark for long periods The theatre recent ly finished its first year un der Metro Toronto owner ship with an operating defi cit of $24430 1300 has sold out at $395 a can Boy 6 smash hit as pop singer TOKYO (AP) A six year old Japanese boy who is not sure what means has made a smash hit with the song Black Cat Tango on his first try as a pop singer Osamu's first record sung in a high pitched voice came out Oct 5 More than 1300000 copies have been sold Does he like cats? so As for tango a Latin American dance Osamu asked: the name of a cat isn't John Lahr gets drama award NEW YORK (UPD John Lahr drama critic for the Evergreen Review and the Village Voice yesterday was named winner of the $4500 George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism Lahr has just published a biography of his father Bert Lahr entitled Notes On A Cowardly Lion He is the 11th winner of the prize set up under the terms of the will of the drama critic George Jean Nathan Imperial Room headliners The Royal Imperial Room will continue with its entertainers by bringing Duke 1 1 i in March 16 21 Trini Lopez was there earlier Count Basie is there now and Ella itzgerald will be back in a few weeks A rock around the clock pop festival in Miami over Christmas weekend has cut back to normal length at er the local authorities clamped down with a new law Van couver artist John Neon now at the By DOROTHY MIROS Star staff writer The paint on the doors is sticky and the inside is a tangle of wires and chrome and plastic but Cinema 2000 is lurching determined ly to an opening at midnight tonight Even from the outside you know this is going to be something different su per graphics cover the plate glass front with actual pro duction equipment and a box office winking through here and there Inside is a womb of gray walls floor pil lars pierced at random by paintings (by Dennis Burton Jasper Johns and Claude Tousig nanD ringed and booted usherettes show you to your semi reclining 1 a a rium type seat where as you sink back your eyes are directed a television set If you're sitting at the back of the theatre you get to watch five television sets This is a video the first in Canada and one of the first in North Ameri ca The $250000 scheme is a mini complex of three thea tres each with five TV sets which are purported to be the largest and finest pre sently available (However at the preview yesterday the picture flipped just the way if does at home Hope fully this is a minor prob lem and easily adjusted) Lest 'r wondering why anyone would brave a Toronto winter to watch television be assured that the bill of fare includes nei ther the Beverley Hillbillies nor ront Page Challenge The specialty will be the sort of film normally shown on the art house circuit providing a regular (and now non existent) outlet in Toronto for Andy Warhol and other underground films a a i 1 a 1 in New York The big plus that the theatre has going for it is that it's showing television not movies and as such it doesn't come under the watchful eye of provincial censor Silverthorne (who was a guest at the preview) Another first for Cinema 2000 is its plan to keep at least one theatre open 24 hours a day a radical pro gramming departure which the promoters readily admit they might have to drop The scheme is undoubt edly imaginative and origi nal but whether an audience in Toronto large and regular enough to sup port it is very much an open question Particularly i view of the high $3 admis sion fee Promoter Max Allen con fessed in an earlier inter view that he vvas intrigued by the possibilities open to him but the bits of the opening film shown yester day (The Aquarian video news documenta did not indicate that he was leaping to exploit his advantaged position An air of digmfied under statement pervades the whole theatre Dirty movies somehow wouldn't fit in Three Schools will open his Belly Siore at 73 Gerrard West tomorrow It will sell unusual plastic as and Two time Oscar winner Bette Davis is betting that Mia arrow will be the next big female movie star could spank her for this bold pregnancy of she said got what it Spring Thaw producer John Uren resorted to a classified help We need to try to find singer Donna Warren The ex member of Three's a Crowd is in Toronto but it seems no one can find her Another Three's a Crowder Bruce Cockburn is at the Riverboat this week incidentally Nathan Cohen HL rfnjiifiiiittiiiiiiitiurtiitiininiiiiiniiiiuuiiiiiiwtwiitiiitiutmiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiuiiiiiiiHitiiitititiinnwiHS.

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