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BLINK and You Might Miss Me

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Larry Blum, last name rhymes with 'glum,' is a hysterical, astute personality who speaks the truth no matter how embarrassing it might be. He is the go-to guy when you want to find out some gossip on anyone.

His hilarious one-man show, "BLINK and You Might Miss Me," is a treasure of entertaining tidbits about Blum's career in show business. He's not as recognizable as actors Matthew McConaughey or Al Pacino, but if you saw Blum you could easily pick him out of comedian line-up. His charismatic personality and bigger-than-life persona are what reels a person in and lets the audience bask in his clever storytelling.

Blum began his illustrious entertainment career as an on-camera talent escort. You've seen these people. They are the ones who escort the winners on an award show up the steps to receive their Oscar, Grammy, or Tony award and say a few words. At his show, Blum's overhead projection shows him escorting Academy Award winner Meryl Streep receiving her Golden Globe award for her role in the 1977 film "Julia." She would win her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting role for the movie "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1980.

Blum admits coming from a "show-biz" family. There was no temple on Saturdays but Chinese food was the staple Sunday dinner at his house. He collected everything about goddess Elizabeth Taylor. Blum was on a quest to becoming a celebrity. He was a dancer in the 1980's show and movie, respectively, "Solid Gold," and "Xanadu" starring Olivia Newton-John. He performed in the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," with Lucie Arnaz. He also auditioned for "A Chorus Line" at the Shubert Theatre in New York. Blum disclosed that he worked behind the scenes on a gay porn film. He made it sound innocent and was very nonchalant about it. He recalls his first dancing job at the 5th Annual Peoples Choice Awards back in 1979.

Blum was a contestant on the "The Dating Game" show. He had a regular gig on the television series "Roseanne" for about three years. To this day, Blum does spots on the daytime serials, "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." He continues to work on the Tony awards--going nine years strong.
Blum's gregarious personality is infectious and extremely fun to watch. He has a special way of connecting with the audience, by providing them a front-row seat to his journey of hitting the big time. His resume is a long list of major accomplishments that gives him the right to be declared a star.

"BLINK & You Might Miss Me" runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. until Sunday, February 6 at The Asylum Lab Theatre located at 1078 Lillian Way (Santa Monica Blvd & Lillian Way). Reserve online at www.plays411.com/blink or call (323) 960-1055.

 

Spotlight

Laguna Playhouse Announces Ellen Richard as its Interim Executive Director

May 3, 2016…Laguna Beach, Calif…Laguna Playhouse Board of Directors announced today that, later this month, Ellen Richard will be joining Laguna Playhouse as its Interim Executive Director. The Playhouse announced late last year that it was undertaking a national search guided by Arts Consulting Group (ACG) for an Executive Director to succeed Karen Wood who had held this position for the past eight years.

Commenting on the appointment Joe Hanauer and Paul Singarella, Co-Chairmens of the Board of Directors, said “In the midst of our search we encountered this wonderful opportunity to engage Ellen while we continue to seek appropriate long-term leadership. To have found someone with the extraordinary qualifications that Ellen has is thrilling. She is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer at New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company where she was Managing Director. Ellen also has strong successes in supervising the construction of theatres in New York and also in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater, a rare and valuable skill set considering the contemplated major remodel and expansion of the Laguna Playhouse.” Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham adds, “We are pleased and proud to have Ellen Richard, truly a rock-star in our field, join us as our interim Executive Director who will help guide the Playhouse during this transition.” Comments Ellen Richard, “I have quickly grown fond of Laguna Beach and the Playhouse. I embrace this extraordinary opportunity to join one of the country’s top regional theatres at this time in its remarkable 95-year history. I look forward to helping the Playhouse and working with their incredible Board of Trustees and Ann E. Wareham.”

ABOUT ELLEN RICHARD

Ellen Richard served as Executive Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2010 through 2015.  During her tenure, Ms. Richard negotiated a deal to buy the Strand Theater in tech corridor of Mid-Market San Francisco, helped raise the $34,000 million to renovate and operate it and steered the design and construction for the project which opened in May of 2015. The complex featured two performance spaces and has won multiple awards.  She opened the 50 seat Costume Shop Theater, a 49-seat “black box” venue used for the company’s Master of Fine Arts students and for shows by other local companies.  Ms. Richard was also credited with expanding the company’s educational efforts, coming up with programs like the San Francisco Semester, which brings undergraduate acting students to ACT from around the world, and Stage Coach, a community theater mobile unit that reaches into diverse neighborhoods

She was also Executive Director of The Second Stage Theatre in New York City. During her tenure at Second Stage, which began in 2006 (through 2009), she was responsible for the purchase contract of the Helen Hayes Theatre, growth in subscription income of 48 percent, and growth in individual giving of 75 percent, as well as conceptualization of a highly successful gala format and “Second Generation,” a giving program through which donors enable deserving New York City youth to experience live theater. Under Ms. Richard’s leadership, Second Stage provided the initial home for the Broadway productions Everyday Rapture, Next to Normal, and The Little Dog Laughed.

From 1983 to 2005, Ms. Richard enjoyed a rich and varied career with Roundabout Theatre Company. The Roundabout that Ms. Richard joined was a small nonprofit theater company in bankruptcy. By the time she departed as Managing Director, Roundabout had become one of the country’s largest and most successful theater companies of its kind, with net assets in excess of $67 million dollars. Ms. Richard is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer, for Roundabout productions of Cabaret (1998), A View from the Bridge (1998), Side Man (1999), Nine (2003), Assassins (2004), and Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). As producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, she had direct supervision of all management and marketing functions. She created Roundabout’s “Theatre-PLUS” programs, which include singles, teachers, family, gay and lesbian, wine tasting, and the 7 p.m. “Early Curtain” series, all of which grew to represent more than 10 percent of Roundabout’s 40,000 subscribers.

As director of design and construction at Roundabout, Ms. Richard was responsible for more than $50 million of theater construction for 11 projects. She conceptualized the three permanent Roundabout stages — The Broadway venues of Studio 54 and the American Airlines Theatre, and the Off-Broadway venue The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre She directed the location search for Cabaret and oversaw the creation of the production’s environmental Kit Kat Klub. Prior to her tenure at Roundabout, Ms. Richard served as business manager of Westport Country Playhouse, theater manager for Stamford Center for the Arts, and business manager for Atlas Scenic Studio. She began her career working as a stagehand, sound designer, and scenic artist assistant.