Billy Zane to star in Lyric Opera’s “Sound of Music”

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MULTITALENTED ACTOR BILLY ZANE will star as Captain von Trapp in Lyric Opera’s new production of The Sound of Music, April 25-May 18.  He heads the all-star cast featuring Broadway star Jenn Gambatese as Maria, Broadway and TV star Edward Hibbert, renowned operatic sopranos Christine Brewer and Elizabeth Futral and many fine local singers.

The Chicago native, who has a residence here and is Cinespace’s ambassador to Hollywood, also has a role in the new Comedy Central series, “Checked Out.” Details are scarce, but basically it’s about mis-matched cousins (neither one is Zane) who manage a youth hostel with no experience about youth, hotels or management. 

GOV. PAT QUINN, the film industry best friend, will be guest of honor at a Bob Teitel-hosted reelection fundraiser in LA on Friday, March 7, for Hollywood honchos and Chicagoans in the industry. Last March, film producer and Chicago native Teitel held a private reception for the gov in his home.

This time, the event will take place in the more casual setting of a cigar bar. Suggested donation last year was $1,000 and presumably it will be the same this time around. 

LEVIATHAN’S TITLE WORK may be seen on an exciting new crime drama, “The Red Road”. 6-part miniseries that started airing on SundanceTV Feb. 28 to excellent reviews.  Leviathan collaborated with the show’s producers to deliver what EP Chad Hutson calls a perfect project for them, because it melded innovative content with technology, which Leviathan is known for.

Leviathan credits: Director Bradon Webb, ECD Jason White, EP Hutson, chief scientist Matt Daly, producer Ellen Schopler, animation/VFX artists Anthony Malagutti, Katrina Nelken, Kyle Shoup and Ely Beyer and design assistant Sara Ridky

RARE ‘70s FOOTAGE OF HAROLD RAMIS was unearthed by Tom Weinberg and his Media Burn Archive staff and posted as a tribute on YouTube. “I first met Harold in the ‘70s and he always had as positive an outlook as anyone I’ve ever met,” recalls video and TV show pioneer Weinberg, whose “Image Union” was a PBS staple for 12 years.

“Through all his successes, Harold remained unimpressed with himself, and he would do anything to help those in need, even strangers. He was such a sweet guy, and was taken far too early.”  

The mission of Media Burn’s archive of 6,000-plus analog videos over 40 years – and still counting –is to preserve our shared cultural history on and make it available for generations to come.

FILMMAKER/DIRECTOR JOHN HANCOCK (Oscar nominated “Beat the Drum Slowly”) an Indiana resident, moderates a Filmmakers Panel Discussion Saturday, March 8 as part of the 6th annual Peace on Earth Film Festival, March 6-9 at the Claudia Cassidy Theatre, 78 E. Washington. 

In the festival lineup are two features and six documentaries and the annual Peacemakers Panel, moderated by fest director Nick Angotti. This presentation of Transcendence Global Media and the Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is free and open to all.

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