Howard Millman, producing artistic director of the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, has announced he is retiring in 2006. Millman, 72, who had been the Asolo's managing director from 1968 to 1980, returned as producing artistic director in 1995 when the company was in debt and on the verge of folding.
Taking a page from his previous tenure, Millman reinstituted a rotating repertory system in which casts for most productions are drawn from a permanent company of actors, and he returned the theater to its traditional roots in Shakespeare, Shaw and French farce. Today, the theater has a balanced $4.4-million budget. Subscriptions peaked at 8,000 in 2000; this season's total is 6,850.
Asolo board president Howard Phillips said a search committee will be formed in the spring to pick Millman's successor.
Charlotte Zwerin, renowned documentarian, dies at 72
Charlotte Zwerin, who was in the vanguard of American documentary filmmaking for four decades as an editor and director and who collaborated with David and Albert Maysles on the landmark Gimme Shelter (1970) about a Rolling Stones concert tour, has died. She was 72.
Ms. Zwerin, whose documentaries frequently focused on visual artists and jazz legends, died of lung cancer Jan. 22 at her home in New York City.
"Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek
uninjured after truck crash
TEMPLETON, Calif. _ Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek escaped injury when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck, sideswiped a string of mailboxes and sailed over an embankment into a ditch, authorities said.
Trebek, 63, was driving alone on a rural road Friday and his truck was airborne for about 40 feet, a California Highway Patrol Officer said.
The Canadian-born Trebek has been host of the popular quiz show Jeopardy! since 1984. He also hosts the annual National Geographic Bee.
"Las Vegas,' "American Dreams' renewed by NBC
Las Vegas and American Dreams have both been renewed for another season by NBC, but ABC's freshman drama Karen Sisco will not be revived after its current hiatus. In its first season, Las Vegas, starring James Caan, was the highest-rated new drama among adults 18-49, averaging 12.3-million viewers.
In its second season, American Dreams, which stars Tampa native Brittany Snow as a 1960s teen, has averaged 8.6-million viewers among adults 18-49.