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CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF HILTON – JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO HELD ONE LEG OF THEIR “BED-IN” AT THE HILTON AMSTERDAM

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The Hilton hotels became notorious for throwing huge, celebrity-studded parties to celebrate their hotels.
The Beverly Hilton hotel’s ballroom hosts the Grammy and Golden Globe Awards, which means a reliable crowd of actors, musicians, directors, models and more regularly check in.

 

John Lennon and Yoko Ono held one leg of their famous “Bed-In” at the Hilton Amsterdam while on their honeymoon in 1969 (the other part was at the Fairmont in Montreal.)
Later, John Lennon wrote the lyrics to “Imagine” on a pad of paper at the Hilton New York.
Hilton has quite a few firsts in its history.

 

 

 

 

 

A STATUE OF JOHN LENNON IS HEADING TO ST GEORGE’S HALL THIS SUMMER TO ENCOURAGE PEACE

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A bronze statue of John Lennon is heading to Liverpool this summer all in the name of peace.

St George’s Hall will welcome the John Lennon Peace Statue on August 1 until the end of September following its time at Glastonbury Festival. The artwork, which is 180cm high, was created by artist Laura Lian and cast by the Castle Foundry.

Laura said: “I made the statue to help inspire a new generation to reinforce John and Yoko’s message of Peace. “We are really excited to have the statue at this beautiful historical Hall in Liverpool.”

Alan Smith, general manager of St George’s Hall, said: “We’re delighted to host this statue showcasing one of Liverpool’s most-loved sons. “In the month of August and September the city celebrates International Beatle Week and it’s fitting that we welcome this new addition.”It’s sure to be a hit and will become a must-visit selfie and Instagram spot”.

Along with the statue, the Postcard Exhibition also heads to St George’s Hall this summer, which invites the public to donate postcard-sized designs depicting the theme of peace. The postcards will be displayed at the hall throughout August before being put up for silent auctions in September ahead of International Peace Day.

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PAUL TO WRITE IT’s A WONDERFUL LIFE MUSICAL

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Paul is working on an adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic It’s A Wonderful Life, the story of a suicidal man saved by h is guardian angel. Paul, who was four when the film was released in 1946, called it “a universal story we can all relate to”.

The musical is set to debut in “late 2020″, according to producer Bill Kenwright, whose previous credits include the West End show Blood Brothers and the touring version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.Lee Hall, who wrote Billy Elliot and the recent Elton John biopic Rocketman, is penning the sc  ript and collaborating with Sir Paul on the lyrics.”It’s A Wonderful Life is my favourite film,” said the Tony Award-winner. “It has absolutely everything – comedy, pathos and a rare humanity which has touched generation after generation.”To give it a life on the stage is an immense privilege in itself, but to do with Paul McCartney is off the scale.”Paul’s wit, emotional honesty and melodic brilliance brings a whole new depth and breadth to the classic tale. I feel as if an angel must be looking after me.”

This is not the first time that Capra’s Oscar-nominated film has been turned into a musical.

An ill-fated adaptation was staged in the US in 1986, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler On The Roof) and music by Joe Raposo, a composer on the TV show Sesame Street, where he wrote C Is For Cookie and Sing – which was later covered by the Carpenters.

Initially performed at the University of Michigan, it suffered repeated delays arising from a dispute over the rights to the story upon which the film was based, Philip Van Doren Stern’s novella The Greatest Gift.

By the time the first professional production was staged, in 1991, Raposo had died of cancer. A 2006 off-Broadway revival received mixed reviews, with the New York Times criticising changes to the film’s plot, and the show’s lack of “emotional punch.”

A more recent adaptation, by Keith Ferguson and Bruce Greer, still tours churches and schools around the US.
‘Deceptively simple’

Bill Kenwright says he harboured ambitions to turn the film into a musical long before either of the US productions took shape, writing to director Frank Capra to seek permission at the very start of his career.Despite receiving a “lovely handwritten letter by reply,” his approach was turned down. Decades later, he was offered the rights “out of the blue” and approached Sir Paul to see if he’d be interested in writing the music.”Like many of these things this all started with an email,” said the former Beatle.”Writing a musical is not something that had ever really appealed to me but Bill and I met up with Lee Hall and had a chat and I found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun.”

Kenwright said the star’s initial demos “exceeded expectations”.

“The songs take you somewhere you don’t expect to go. They sound simple – but it’s deceptive. That’s Paul’s genius.” Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, It’s A Wonderful Life struggled at the box office upon release in 1946. However, it went on to become a beloved Christmas staple and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made.

Paul’s music has frequently been used on stage, notably in Cirque Du Soleil’s ambitious Beatles show, Love. Paul also wrote a movie musical, Give My Regards to Broad Street, which was savaged by critics upon its release in 1984.

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PAUL McCARTNEY, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN SPECIALS NOMINATED FOR EMMYS

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Specials from Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen have received multiple nominations for the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool and Springsteen on Broadway were both nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special.
The McCartney/Carpool Karaoke special received three additional nominations for Oustanding Writing for a Variety Special, Oustanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special.

The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on Fox.