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Broadway Salutes Honors Theatrical Community Sep 20

THE BROADWAY LEAGUE and THE COALITION OF BROADWAY UNIONS AND GUILDS

PRESENT

3rd Annual

Broadway Salutes

A UNIQUE CELEBRATION TO RECOGNIZE THE ARTISTS AND PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE MADE BROADWAY GREAT FOR DECADES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

IN THE HEART OF THE BROADWAY THEATRE DISTRICT

AT 4:30PM

PUBLIC CEREMONY TO FEATURE SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR
25, 35 AND 50+ YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE BROADWAY COMMUNITY

FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS

RAUL ESPARZA, KATHLEEN MARSHALL, LESLIE UGGAMS
AND CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER CHRISTINE QUINN

 

On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, The Broadway League and The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG) will present the third annual Broadway Salutes, a public celebration recognizing the countless professionals who have made Broadway great for decades. In this industry-wide celebration, which takes place at 4:30 PM, theater professionals will receive special recognition for having worked 25, 35, and 50+ years in their respective theatrical craft. The event will feature performances by Raul Esparza and Leslie Uggams. Kathleen Marshall and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, are special guests with other participants soon to be announced.

Broadway Salutes will celebrate all 2011 inductees. Special recognition will be given to 25-year inductee Paula Leggett Chase, 35-year inductee Pat Dale and 50-year inductee Gerard Burns. The event begins with a meet and greet at 3:30PM and a ceremony at 4:30PM in Father Duffy Square, located in the heart of the theatre district on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets. The program is directed by Marc Bruni and the music director is Todd Ellison.  

Broadway Salutes recognizes a wide-range of theatre professions – including stagehands, actors, producers, managers, theater owners, press agents, ushers, agents, make-up artists, dressers, designers, directors, choreographers, musicians, casting agents and more – who have dedicated their careers to the Broadway industry.

Broadway contributes 9.8 billion dollars to NYC’s economy, supports an estimated 84,400 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $477.7 Million in NYC taxes.

Broadway Salutes is an opportunity for everyone to recognize the hundreds of people who make Broadway happen behind the scenes and on stage.  On this day, the artists as well as the crafts people and technicians who are never seen by the audience will be recognized for their tremendous talent. The hard work of these individuals supports the industry that brings in billions of dollars to New York City annually and provides countless hours of enjoyment for residents and tourists alike.”  –Nina Lannan, Broadway Salutes co-chairperson

“Every year, Broadway Salutes brings the community together to recognize our colleagues for their many years of service to the theatre industry. Broadway jobs are an essential part of New York City’s economy, and we are looking forward to celebrating these artists, craftsmen and women, and other professionals who do this work daily. Much of the talent on Broadway comes from the individuals who work in the wings of the Broadway theatres, and don’t usually get to take a bow.” –Tony DePaulo, Broadway Salutes co-chairperson 

The Broadway Salutes committee is comprised of: Daniel Adamian (League), Rob Ahrens (Producer), Michael David (Producer), Tony DePaulo (IATSE), Nick Kaledin (ATPAM), Patrick Langevin (USA Local 829), Nina Lannan (General Manager), Aaron Lustbader (General Manager), Carl Mulert (USA Local 829), Lawrence Paone (Local 751), Laura Penn (SDC), Paige Price (AEA), Mark Schweppe (Shubert Organization), Flory Seery (General Manager), Charlotte St. Martin (The Broadway League), Pat White (Local 764) and Barbara Wolkoff (SDC).

About The Broadway League

The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry.  The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in over 200 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry.  Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. www.BroadwayLeague.com

About the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG)

The members of the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG) have labor contracts or work for or with the Broadway League.  COBUG was established to strengthen the position of Unions and Guilds within the industry, to participate in decision making that affects Broadway and the art and craft of theatre at large, and to educate the broader community about the collective role Coalition members play in keeping our industry vibrant and healthy.   

IN TRIBUTE TO 
TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11:
 

BROADWAY PERFORMERS TO SING 
KANDER & EBB'S "NEW YORK, NEW YORK" 
IN DUFFY SQUARE
 

SPECIAL EVENT TO SUPPORT THE 
9/11 DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE;
 
REKINDLE THE 9/11 SPIRIT OF UNITY AND SERVICE


(New York, NY) August 22, 2011 - The Broadway community will mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 by gathering in Duffy Square on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 4:00pm. This event will encore the iconic performance that took place one decade ago when Broadway performers helped inspire New Yorkers to return to normalcy with a landmark outdoor performance. 

A decade later, Broadway will once again inspire, this time in support of inspiring 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, engendered by 9/11 Day’s “I Will” campaign (911day.org) which seeks to encourage millions of people to perform good deeds, support charitable causes, and volunteer in tribute to the 9/11 victims and survivors, and all those that rose in service in response to the attacks. 

More information about all details will be forthcoming. 

Produced by The Broadway League in support of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, with additional support provided by the Times Square Alliance and Theatre Development Fund (TDF). 

The annual outdoor concert in Times Square, Broadway on Broadway, which has in the past taken place on the Sunday after Labor Day, has been postponed this year in honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Stay tuned for a very special 20th Anniversary edition of Broadway on Broadway in Fall, 2012.  


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THE BROADWAY LEAGUE
 Awards New York Education Grants to
MEMPHIS and WAR HORSE


(New York, NY)  March 21, 2011 -- The Broadway League has awarded coveted New York Education Grants to the Broadway productions of Memphis by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, and War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.  Each production receives a $5,000 grant towards its 2011 educational initiatives. The grants are important to the growth and development of theatre education in the city as they encourage theatres to create more opportunities for young people and to exchange ideas about education.

The Broadway League established the New York Education Grants in 2002 to recognize education initiatives and to support further programs for Broadway shows.  As the national trade organization for the commercial theatre industry, the League also sponsors a grant program supporting educational programs for touring Broadway productions.  The two programs combined have to date awarded over $800,000 to theatres in New York and across the country. Both awards were established by the League’s Education Committee and are also generously supported by Theatre Development Fund.

“The New York Education Grants are designed to inspire professional and personal development,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “These two shows especially reflect how theatre can be inspired by world events to tell a story. Innovative programs that educate about the craft of theatre, motivate social awareness, and instill a deep appreciation of the arts are crucial for the growth and survival of Broadway, and we applaud and thank these recipients."

Memphis
“Inspire Change with Memphis the Musical” fosters collaboration with teaching artists and local public school teachers to create a workshop using themes from Memphis that best suits the interests and curriculum of individual classrooms.  The topics range from historical lessons on the Civil Rights Movement, theatrical performances based on scenarios from the musical, interpretation and analysis of music, or a flexible combination of different elements.  The workshop will be followed by a performance of Memphis at the Shubert Theatre, where students will see the ideas they explored in class come alive onstage.  After the performance, students will participate in a post-show workshop that revisits previously discussed topics with more depth and understanding because of the students’ experiences at the show.  They will be guided to create a final project, such as forming an alternate ending for Memphis, in order to foster critical analysis and creativity.  

War Horse
Approximately 930 high school students will partake in three workshops that culminate with a final performance of Lincoln Center Theater’s North American premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of War Horse at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.  Lincoln Center Theater teaching artists will conduct workshops that combine the history of World War I with the artistry of theatre and puppetry.  Students will learn about the role that horses played on the front lines, act as if they are historical characters, and discover New York’s significance in the conflict.  The participants will then create puppets and bring them to life with the assistance of teaching artists and company members.  The creation of the puppets will prepare students for the all-student matinee performance of War Horse, while also revealing that with a bit of imagination, everyday objects can be transformed into unique artistic endeavors.  After the show, students will continue their exploration through dramatic writing, as they create and perform monologues, translating their ideas about War Horse from the page to the stage.    



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About The Broadway League

The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry.  The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in over 200 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry.  Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada.  Visit BroadwayLeague.com for more information.

 Follow TheBwayLeague on Twitter or  like the The Broadway League page on Facebook.
THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TOURING BROADWAY 
2008 – 2009 season


New Broadway League Report Reveals:


Touring Broadway Contributes $3.4 Billion to Local Economies Across the U.S.A.


Touring Broadway Economic Impact up 17%, 
Audience up by 7%


(New York, NY) January 11, 2011 – The Broadway League has released the latest National Economic Report for Broadway shows that toured the USA for the 2008-2009 season. Released every four years, the report measures the full economic impact of Touring Broadway to the metropolitan areas surrounding the cities that presented the shows, and the economic contribution of the Touring Broadway industry overall. Serving as the official source of Touring Broadway statistical information, The Broadway League’s report demonstrates that the Touring Broadway’s economic impact on the metropolitan areas in which it performs remains vibrant. 

The analysis estimates the economic impact of Broadway touring shows on the metropolitan areas where they played for this season to be $3.35 billion. Touring Broadway creates jobs and generates spending and local taxes that provide a better economic health to our cities. 

“Touring Broadway adds to the quality of life in American cities, as well as their economic well being,” notes The Broadway League’s Executive Director, Charlotte St. Martin, “Moreover, we provide the funds that fuel many educational programs offered to the kids in America. Since our last report from the 2004-2005 season, we see that Broadway theatre has increased its impact by almost 17% and attendance has increased by 7%. We are happy to see that Broadway is alive and well in our country an that, coupled with New York City’s numbers, we are entertaining over 25 million theatergoers annually and are creating an economic impact to our country of over $13.15 billion.” 

In the 2008-2009 season, there were approximately 40 Broadway touring shows traveling across the country, playing at 192 venues. Theatergoers who specifically came to an area to attend a tour spent $687.2 million on ancillary activities, such as dining and transportation, in addition to the $807.2 million spent to produce and run these tours in the places that presented them or in New York City, bringing the total direct spending due to Touring Broadway to $1.49 billion. This money then generated another $1.86 billion in secondary rounds of spending so that the full economic contribution of Touring Broadway totaled $3.35 billion. From this money 87% ($2.9 billion) supported the communities that presented Broadway tours. On average, Broadway tours contributed an economic impact of 3.5 times the gross ticket sales to the local metropolitan area’s economy. 

Touring Broadway’s Economic Impact 
Spending Component        Economic Contribution ($ millions) 
Producer and Presenter Expenses        $2,053.3 
Theatre-Related Visitor Spending        $1,296.7 
TOTAL        $3,350.0

DID YOU KNOW … 
Broadway theatres are filled with an exciting array of new and classic musicals and plays, providing the perfect experience for every audience. 

Great seats are available at every price point and are easy to buy online, by phone, or in person at theatre box offices. 

It's always the perfect time to see a show.  Broadway performs every day of the week at multiple curtain times to accommodate every schedule. 


About THE BROADWAY LEAGUE 
The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry.  The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in about 200 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry.  Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. Visit www.BroadwayLeague.com. Follow on Twitter @TheBwayLeague or on www.Facebook.com/BroadwayLeague

www.ILoveNYTheater.com 
www.IBDB.com 
BROADWAY HOLIDAY SEASON
KICKS OFF A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

BROADWAY ATTENDANCE UP 3.8% SEASON-TO-DATE

PLUS: OVER 20 NEW SHOWS STILL TO OPEN THIS SPRING


(New York, NY)  January 4, 2011 – The Broadway League reports robust holiday grosses and a strong start to 2011 with the last two weeks grossing $60 million. The most recent week ending 1/2/11 on its own was probably the highest grossing week in recorded history.

For week ending 1/2/11, 27 shows averaged more than 80% of their seats occupied; over 32 shows averaged 70% of occupied seats and 21 shows averaged 90% of capacity!  Season-to-date yielded a 3.8% increase in attendance and 3.6% in grosses year over year.  

Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, states, “This season’s trend of increasing attendance is reflected in the most recent week as a 3.8% increase over last season-to-date. With week 32 probably being the highest attendance and highest grossing week in Broadway's history, here's hoping the trend continues to the end of the season; and of course, that it spreads across the country!”

Calendar Year Stats
2010: $1.037 billion / 12.11 million in attendance
2009: $1.004 billion / 11.88 million in attendance

Holiday Grosses (Christmas and New Years, wks 31 and 32 combined)
2010: $60.0 million (actual $59,991,360)
2009: $52.4 million

Season-To-Date
As of week 32 (week ending 1/2/11), the current 2010-11 season is +3.6% in gross and +3.8% in attendance over 2009-10.
At $34,997,571, week ending 1/2/11 was most likely the highest-grossing week in recorded history.

DID YOU KNOW …



Broadway theatres are filled with an exciting array of new and classic musicals and plays, providing the perfect experience for every audience.
Great seats are available at every price point and are easy to buy online, by phone, or in person at theatre box offices. It's always the perfect time to see a show.  Broadway performs every day of the week at multiple curtain times to accommodate every schedule.

About THE BROADWAY LEAGUE


The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry.  The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in over 200 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry.  Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. Visit www.BroadwayLeague.com. Follow on Twitter @TheBwayLeague or on www.Facebook.com/BroadwayLeague.
THE BROADWAY LEAGUE REVEALS
“THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE BROADWAY AUDIENCE”
FOR 2009-2010 SEASON

34% of respondents said they bought their tickets online

69% of those making purchasing decision were female

One in four foreign tourists took in a Broadway show


(New York, NY)  December 8, 2010 – The Broadway League’s 13th annual demographics report, The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2009-2010, compares current theatergoing habits to previous seasons in predicting trends for the future.

The analysis is based on extensive survey data gleaned from audience questionnaires distributed throughout the 2009-2010 Broadway season in New York City. It includes highlights on the demographics of the audience and their ticket purchasing habits. The report is part of an ongoing series that profiles Broadway theatergoers each season.

Of note, the newest study reveals that tourists accounted for 63% of the 11.89 million Broadway admissions this year. Resources such as ILoveNYTheater.com and the Broadway Concierge & Ticket CenterTM located in the Times Square Information Center provide information in six different languages for tourists and New York residents alike. Overall, international tourists accounted for 17% of all admissions to Broadway shows in New York City. With 8.6 million visits* by foreign tourists, approximately one in four took in a Broadway show.

“Our annual demographic report reflects the consistency of the Broadway audience, yet slight nuances demonstrate how audiences and their behaviors do change from year-to-year,” commented Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “We did see a drop in the international tourists from a record high, most logically due to the changing economic conditions. New York City continues to show strong tourism numbers as such a significant number of our visitors do come from outside the NYC metro area.”

The report also shows that the use of the Internet for the purchase of tickets has decreased by 5% since the 2008-2009 season (from 39% to 34%). However, online purchase continues to be the most popular method of ticket buying for a sixth year in row.

For show selection, critics’ reviews were the most influential factors for playgoers, followed closely by personal recommendation. However, 48% percent of theatergoers at musicals said that personal recommendation was the single strongest reported factor in deciding which show to see.

Playgoers also tended to be more frequent theatregoers than musical attendees. The typical playgoer saw seven shows in the past year, compared with five for the musical attendee. Those who saw fifteen or more shows comprised 6% of the audience, but represented 31% of all admissions.

Reflecting a trend of the past few decades, 66.3% of the audiences were female, marking the highest percentage of female audiences. Furthermore, 69% of those making the purchasing decisions were female.  

Three quarters of admissions were Caucasian theatergoers, but audiences have become slightly more diverse over the past decade.  There were a higher percentage of Asian theatergoers this season, moving up from 3.9% to 6.1%.


The Demographics of the Broadway Audience is published annually by The Broadway League, the clearinghouse for information on the business, demographics and economic impact of Broadway theatre throughout North America.  The League compiles various statistics and publishes extensive reports on a number of topics.Printed versions of the reports are available for purchase online at http://www.broadwayleague.com/orderform.php.

The Broadway League thanks Theatre Development Fund for its generous support in co-funding this ongoing research project.

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About the Methodology
From June 2009 through June 2010, the League’s Research Department administered surveys at 24 different productions at 72individual performance times.  Shows were selected on a quarterly basis to represent what Broadway was offering that season (i.e., a proportionate number of musicals versus straight plays; revivals versus original works; and new productions versus long-running shows).  Questionnaires were distributed at multiple performances per show to account for variances in the weekday, weekend, evening and matinee audiences. Completed questionnaires were tabulated and weighted based upon the actual paid attendance for each show.  In total, 12,600questionnaires were distributed and 6,127were returned, representing a 49%rate of return.



DID YOU KNOW …


Broadway theatres are filled with an exciting array of new and classic musicals and plays, providing the perfect experience for every audience.

Great seats are available at every price point and are easy to buy online, by phone, or in person at theatre box offices.

It's always the perfect time to see a show.  Broadway performs every day of the week at multiple curtain times to accommodate every schedule.


About THE BROADWAY LEAGUE

The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry.  The League’s 600-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in over 240 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry.  Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. Visit www.BroadwayLeague.com. Follow on Twitter @TheBwayLeague or on www.Facebook.com/BroadwayLeague.

KELSEY GRAMMER

TO HOST
BROADWAY ON BROADWAY® 2010

PRESENTED BY
HUE LEGGINGS
and  
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES

AND OFFICIALLY SPONSORED BY
THE NEW YORK TIMES


THE ANNUAL FREE CONCERT KICKS OFF
THE 2010-2011 BROADWAY SEASON

PRODUCED BY THE BROADWAY LEAGUE AND THE TIMES SQUARE ALLIANCE

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 11:30 A.M.

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK

BROADWAY ON BROADWAY IS PART OF BACK2BROADWAY MONTH


(New York, NY) August 26, 2010 - Kelsey Grammer, Tony®-nominated star of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles and five-time Emmy Award winner, will host Broadway on Broadway 2010 (www.broadwayonbroadway.com) on Sunday, September 12th at 11:30 a.m., it was announced today by The Broadway League and The Times Square Alliance. Presented by Hue Leggings and Continental Airlines, sponsored by The New York Times, with the official travel partner Travelocity, the annual free outdoor concert at the crossroads of the world brings together stars and performances from current and upcoming Broadway productions to celebrate the beginning of the new Broadway season.  Times Square will be a big block party with tens of thousands of attendees. This kickoff to the 2010-2011 Broadway season stretches from 43rd to 47th Streets and fans should arrive early for a good spot.

In addition to La Cage aux Folles, Kelsey Grammer has performed on Broadway in Othello and Macbeth and as Professor Henry Higgins in the New York Philharmonic’s critically acclaimed concert performance of My Fair Lady. He will host the show featuring appearances* and performances by stars from upcoming productions including: The Addams Family, American Idiot, Billy Elliot The Musical, Chicago, Elf, Fela!, In the Heights, La Cage Aux Folles, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Phantom of the Opera, Promises, Promises, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway, Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys, West Side Story, And More!  *All appearances are subject to change.

"It is an honor to be hosting this year’s Broadway on Broadway,” commented Kelsey Grammer. "I love being a part of the Broadway community and I look forward to showing the Broadway fans from New York and around the world just what we have to offer. The best of times is now!”

This year’s Broadway on Broadway is part of Back2Broadway Month (www.ilovenytheater.com). Back2Broadway Month celebrates Broadway overall and highlights the new season with free events, special ticket offers, great dining deals, concerts, interactive activities and more.


"How perfect is it that Tony Award-nominated actor Kelsey Grammer will be this year's Broadway on Broadway host?” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “As he demonstrates each night in La Cage Aux Folles, his charismatic talent, natural humor, perfect timing, and amazing stage presence will no doubt provide an entertaining Broadway concert.”

“We are thrilled to once again host a free concert of the best of musical theater at the Crossroads of the World,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “Working with great organizations, such as The Broadway League, to bring great events to Times Square and its visitors is at the center of the Alliance’s mission.”


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Event Sponsors
Broadway on Broadway kicks off the 2010 – 2011 Broadway season and is produced by The Broadway League and The Times Square Alliance. Broadway on Broadway is presented by HUE Leggings and Continental Airlines and sponsored by The New York Times. Additional support is provided by Theatre Development Fund and the Music Performance Trust Fund. IMG Media, the world’s largest packager and producer of sports and live event television, is producing Broadway on Broadway for the fourth time.

Travelocity is the official travel sponsor of Broadway on Broadway. On Travelocity, theatergoers can plan their trip, book on Continental Airlines, take advantage of Times Square hotel deals, and buy tickets to a Broadway show.

About The Broadway League
The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry.  The League’s 600-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in over 240 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry.  Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. Visit Visit www.BroadwayLeague.com. Follow on Twitter @TheBwayLeague or on www.Facebook.com/BroadwayLeague

About The Times Square Alliance
The Times Square Alliance, founded in 1992, works to improve and promote Times Square.  In addition to providing safety and sanitation services, the Alliance coordinates many major events in Times Square including New Year’s Eve, manages the City’s busiest Tourism Center and advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning and quality-of-life issues.  Visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org for more information.

About Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Georges in La Cage aux Folles, in which he currently stars.Broadway: Macbeth, Othello. Concerts: Sweeney Todd at LA's Reprise Series, Henry Higgins in the New York Philharmonic's My Fair Lady. Off-Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George (Playwrights Horizons), Plenty (Public), A Month in the Country (Roundabout) and Quartermaine's Terms. Regional: Lucio in Measure for Measure, Richard II at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. TV: An initial six-episode role as Dr. Frasier Crane on "Cheers" developed into the cornerstone of Grammer's career. He continued playing the celebrated character in two additional TV series ("Wings" and "Frasier") over a span of 20 years, tying the record for longest-running television character. For the role, Grammer won four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and received an unparalleled 16 Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations and 16 SAG nominations. He won his fifth Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons." He has also lent his voice to the films Toy Story 2, Anastasia and Teacher's Pet and "Father of the Pride," "Gary the Rat" and the Emmy-nominated "Animal Farm." Film: X-Men: The Last Stand, Fifteen Minutes, Down Periscope, Even Money, Fame, Crazy on the Outside and Bunyan and Babe, among others. Other TV credits include "Hank," "Back to You," "A Christmas Carol," "Benedict Arnold," "Mr. St. Nick," "Kennedy," and "George Washington." With his TV production company, Grammnet, he has produced such hit television shows as the Emmy-winning "Medium" for NBC and "The Game" and "Girlfriends" for CW. He has directed single episodes of "Everybody Hates Chris," "My Ex Life" and "Out of Practice." He directed several episodes of "Frasier.”

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