In a highly unusual development for a non-musical, the touring Broadway production of "Copenhagen" has extended its two-week Chicago run at the Shubert Theatre for an additional week. Michael Frayn's physics-themed drama, which stars Len Cariou, Mariette Hartley and Hank Stratton, will now stop in Chicago from Feb. 7 through Feb. 24.
With many road seasons across the country booking only musicals, straight plays generally are regarded as risky properties to tour. But in an unusual partnership between a commercial operation and a local non-profit theater, this production of "Copenhagen" was also offered as part of the subscription series at the Court Theatre.
"We have more of these partnerships with local theaters planned," said Eileen LaCario, Broadway in Chicago vice president. "They clearly pay off."
Milwaukee departure: Russell Bowman, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum since 1985, will resign July 31 to head an art advisory service in Chicago and Milwaukee. The service advises private collectors and public institutions.
Bowman became chief curator in Milwaukee in 1980, after two years as director of education at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. His tenure as director was marked by significant increases in giving, acquisitions, attendance and membership plus the reinstallation of the permanent collections in existing buildings and a new architectural landmark, the addition designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Also, Stephen Little, the Art Institute of Chicago's curator of Asian art who organized the landmark exhibition "Taoism and the Arts of China," will become director of the Honolulu Academy of Arts next February. He replaces George R. Ellis, who is retiring.
Little's written study of Taoist art, which accompanied the 2000 show, next month will receive the College Art Association's Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for best museum exhibition catalog. Little will remain at the Art Institute until October.
Alan G. Artner
UPN boss: Dawn Tarnofsky-Ostroff, executive vice president of entertainment for Lifetime, was named entertainment president of UPN Wednesday by CBS president-CEO Les Moonves, who took over UPN earlier this month.
Tarnofsky-Ostroff, who led Lifetime to No. 1 in basic cable ratings last year, joins CBS' Nancy Tellem, Fox's Gail Berman and new ABC Entertainment head Susan Lyne as entertainment presidents for their respective networks, the first time so many women have held that post at the same time.
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