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Club News - 2005


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Welcome!
Welcome!

MPNN?
What about MPNN?

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How does Fanfare fit in?

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A personal thank you
from Celeste Moore

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In Memoriam
Featuring a photo tribute to those in Michael's world who are no longer with us: 
Colleagues Robert Addie, John Abineri, Terry Walsh, Fan Loralee Thompson

 


Question for you

     What is the name of that aristocratic, handsome male who (occasionally) answers to the name "Phileas" – once renown for his long dark hair and green eyes?
     Click the link above to discover the answer.

 

Click here to go to 'Michael Praed Online'

New website!

     Well, er, no, actually this is a renewed website.
     Chimera has had a website for exclusively for Michael Praed for a while now, but it has been recently revamped and renamed.
     She has a lot of Michael-goodies you'll enjoy.  Click here and take a look or type http://chimerasrealm.com/michaelpraed/ in the address bar of your browser.

 

Two of Caroline Lawrence's books
  A Note to Fanfare from Caroline Lawrence 
      Michael Praed narrates the Roman Mysteries, the children's series written by Caroline Lawrence.  He's recorded volumes 1 and 2, skipped the next 4, and done the last 3 volumes.
     Recently, Orion informed Caroline that many of their audiobooks are not selling as well as they'd hoped, including hers. 
     "Orion aren't planning any more Roman Mysteries audiobooks in the immediate future due to sluggish sales" she told me.
     Alexa Dalby, Orion audiobooks publicist, agreed.  "I'm afraid we don't have any plans for this one at the moment."
     It's a shame because it is a exciting series of books read with great expression by Michael in that velvet voice you know and love.
     Need a suggestion for holiday and birthday presents this year for the older children in your life?   Would you like to find something to keep the kids entertained while driving?  For your rush-hour commute?  While you work out?   Hint!  Hint!
     If we increase the demand, maybe we can change Orion's mind. 
     Check on the audiobooks available here on our Merchandise page.

 

'Beyond the Deepwoods' by Paul Stewart ©2005 Random House Audiobooks, read by Michael Praed

'Beyond the Deepwoods' Audiobook Released

'In the Deepwoods', the initial installment of Paul Stewart's The Edge Chronicles for children, recorded by Michael, is now available on CD.  It is the story of Twig, a youngster who leaves home to find his place in the world. 
Note: The US version of this audiobook will not have Michael Praed as the narrator, so make sure you get the UK edition if you order without following the links on the 'Merchandise' page of this website.  

 

'Misery' © Popular Productions Limited 2005 / Photo New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

  © 2005 Popular Productions Limited / Photo New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

  Michael to star onstage in 'Misery' 

Michael will be starring in the Simon Moore adaptation of Stephen King's 'Misery' at the King's Head Theatre, Islington.  'Misery' also stars Susan Penhaligon and is directed by Alan Cohen.  The play will be running for a limited time only.  Booking dates are September 28 - October 30. Call the King's Head Theatre for tickets (020 7226 1916) or order tickets online at www.ticketweb.co.uk.  Visit the website at www.miserytheplay.com for more details, or click here for collected information gathered by Fanfare.

One of best stories by the master of horror Stephen King, 'Misery' is a taut claustrophobic thriller which probes the disturbing elements of fame.   The author of an extremely popular romance series called "Misery", Paul Sheldon is seriously injured when he has a car accident in the wilds of Colorado.  Along comes Annie Wilkes, a local nurse who is also a fan of the "Misery" series.  Annie takes Paul home to give him loving care.  All is well... until she discovers that Paul has killed off Misery in his latest book.  In a rage, the fanatical Annie demands that the bedridden Paul rewrite the story to her liking.  If he doesn't, he'll suffer heavy "editing" to himself, via Annie's axe.

'Misery' was adapted for the stage by Simon Moore, who wrote the screenplays 'Under Suspicion' (which he also directed) and 'The Quick and the Dead', as well as several plays, including the musical 'Up on the Roof'. Television miniseries written by Moore include 'The 10th Kingdom', 'Dinotopia', and the acclaimed BBC miniseries 'Traffik'.  The latter was later made into an Oscar-winning movie directed by Steven Soderbergh.

 

'Son of Darkness: To Die For 2' with Rosalind Allen ©1991 Vidmark Entertainment
'Son of Darkness: To Die For 2' with Rosalind Allen
©1991 Vidmark Entertainment

 'Son of Darkness: To Die For 2' to air  

The Horror Channel on Sky Digital will be showing 'Son of Darkness: To Die For 2', a 1991 film with Michael Praed. It will be broadcast twice, first on the 26th October at 23:00 and again on 28th October at 21:30.  New fans will enjoy the chance to catch a glimpse of this picture while old fans reminisce.

This was a rare sequel was considered better than its predecessor.  Max Schreck (Count Dracula in disguise) has moved to a small town in the hills, working as an emergency room physician on the night shift. He is sustaining himself (and some of his extended vampire "family") on plasma from the hospital while he tries to locate his half-human infant son.  One night, Nina Black, a single mother who has an adopted baby with peculiar problems, drops in. Max realizes this child is his son who is in need of fresh blood.  Nina and Max are attracted to one another and Max decides they should become a family.  However, Max's vicious brother Tom is out to take control of the vampire colony by eliminating Nina and little Tyler.  Meanwhile, the baby's human uncle is out to destroy Max for seducing and unhinging his sister. 

 

'Susan Penhaligon and Michael Praed in 'Misery'' © 2005 Popular Productions Limited and Fanfare
Susan Penhaligon and Michael Praed in 'Misery'
© 2005 Popular Productions Limited
 
'Misery' Underway  

Michael Praed (Paul Sheldon) and Susan Penhaligon (Annie Wilkes) rehearse a scene in the upcoming Popular Productions drama 'Misery'.  Funny, suspenseful and horrifying by turns, 'Misery' is shaping up to become another hit for the highly-regarded King's Head Theatre, Islington, this October.  

Paul Sheldon, world famous author of the "Misery Chastain" romance novels, is crippled in a car wreck. Instead of waking up in hospital, he comes to in a filthy, dilapidated farmhouse, isolated from the outside world and occupied by the schizophrenic Annie, his "Number One Fan". When Annie reads his new novel where her beloved Misery is killed during childbirth, she forces him to destroy the manuscript and write another. Paul realizes she isn't the angel of mercy she first appeared to be and finds that he has entered a new kind of hell beyond anything he might have dreamt up for his fictional heroine.

Susan Penhaligon was one of the most notable British television actresses of the 1970s and continues to make an impact on the British stage and screen today. Her most notable television appearances have been the controversial 'Bouquet of Barbed Wire', 'Teenage Health Freak', 'A Kind of Living', 'A Fine Romance' and as Bianca in a 1980 TV adaptation of 'The Taming of the Shrew'. Other television appearances include 'Doctors', 'Casualty', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Bergerac', 'Remington Steele', 'Tales of the Unexpected', 'Return of the Saint', 'Doctor Who' and 'Upstairs, Downstairs'. Susan is a prolific stage actress, having starred most recently as Lady Windermere in the UK tour of Oscar Wilde’s 'Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime'.  'Deathtrap' (UK Tour), 'Dangerous Corner' (West End), 'Mysterious Mr Love' (West End); 'The Three Sisters' (West End), 'Of Mice and Men' (West End); 'The Real Thing' (West End) and many more.

Apart from her many appearances onstage and on screen Susan Penhaligon's name should sound familiar to Michael Praed fans.  The two toured the UK together in 'The Constant Wife' in 2003.  This Simon Moore adaptation of Stephen King's thriller looks like another winner for the pair.  Get tickets while you can.

 

'Rick meets Sandra's ex, PC Valentine' © 2005 FremantleMedia

Michael Praed with Julianne White and John Bowler
© 2005 FremantleMedia

 Michael to appear in 'The Bill'

Michael Praed will be appearing on British television in 'The Bill'.  He plays a character named Rick who is assaulted in his pub.  Rick is the new boyfriend and business partner of PC Roger Valentine's estranged wife, Sandra.  Is there more to Rick than meets the eye, or is PC Valentine letting his feelings get the better of him?  Discover the answer on Thursday, 15th September at 8pm on ITV1.  

 

Stethodscope

 Setting hearts aflutter in 'Doctors'  

Michael surprised many fans by showing up in an episode of the BBC1 soap 'Doctors' on 26 September 2005.  He portrayed a well-known illusionist named James French.  In an effort to pay off his debts, French tried to charm one of the female doctors, Helen (Corrinne Wicks), into signing his fraudulent insurance claim.  

 

'Crazy Hot' by Tara Janzen © 2005 Dell Books
'Crazy Hot' by Tara Janzen
© 2005 Dell Books

 Michael-inspired book released

September 27, 2005 marks the release date for 'Crazy Hot', a suspenseful thriller which is the first of a new series by Tara Janzen (a.k.a. Glenna McReynolds).

Some reviewers have asserted Janzen's non-stop action story resembles the breathless pacing of an Indiana Jones movie. Adventure and high-octane romance keep the pages turning. 

Paleontologist Regan McKinney's grandfather is missing and the Boulder police are ignoring her pleas to look for him. She sets off to a Colorado ghost town, seeking an acquaintance from her youth (special defense force agent Quinn Younger) whom Regan believes knows what happened to her grandfather. Diamonds, priceless dinosaur fossils, avaricious thugs, and passion keep the characters leaping from one escapade to another.

If the man's profile on the cover rings a bell, there is a good reason.  Writer Janzen based several of her male characters on Michael Praed, including the protagonist, agent Quinn Younger.

You can read the first chapter at Tara's website.

Also of special note to many Michael Praed fans:  This book is dedicated to the creator of Chest Hair Moments, Loralee Thompson, a friend of the author who passed away in 2003.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0553586106/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553586106/
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553586106/
 

Click here to go to ordering information for the second in the series, 'Crazy Cool'.

 

'Michael Praed as Paul Sheldon, Susan Penhaligon as Annie Wilkes' © 2005 Popular Productions Limited

Michael Praed as Paul Sheldon, Susan Penhaligon as Annie Wilkes 

 'Misery' performances in progress  

Michael Praed and Susan Penhaligon star in the Simon Moore adaptation of Stephen King's 'Misery' at the King's Head Theatre, Islington (London).  The play will be running for a limited time only.  Performance dates are September 28 - October 30. Call the King's Head Theatre for tickets (020 7226 1916) or order tickets online at www.ticketweb.co.uk.  Visit the website at www.miserytheplay.com for more details, or click here for collected information gathered by Fanfare on area transportation, restaurants, and hotels.   

 

'Misery' © Popular Productions Limited 2005 / Photo New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

  © 2005 Popular Productions Limited / Photo New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

 Win an autographed 'Misery' poster!  

Did you attend 'Misery'?  What worked?  What didn't?  If you can answer these questions, write up a review of the play.  The person who writes the best critique will have their evaluation posted on Fanfare.  As a very special prize, the winner will also receive a 'Misery' poster signed by both Michael Praed and Susan Penhaligon, courtesy of Popular Productions.  The contest will end Saturday, 5 November 2005, giving everyone who attends a chance to participate.  Since the account will be posted after the play closes, spoilers are not a problem.  The winner will be announced Saturday, 12 November 2005.  Briefly explain the plot, name the main characters, then explain how well the story was presented and what the actors did to convey their characters. Feel free to use scene examples to make your point on what you found good and bad about the performance. Criteria is objectivity, thoroughness and expression.  Give it a try and win!  To enter, send your review by email to submissions (submissions@michael-praed.com).

 

'Michael Praed as Paul Sheldon' © 2005 Popular Productions Limited

Michael Praed as Paul Sheldon 
© 2005 Popular Productions Limited

 'Misery' extended  

The run of Michael's most recent venture, Simon Moore's adaptation of Stephen King's 'Misery', has recently been extended by a week.  Closing date has been moved from 30 October to 6 November.  Call the King's Head Theatre for tickets (020 7226 1916) or order tickets online at www.ticketweb.co.uk.  Visit the website at www.miserytheplay.com for more details, or click here for collected information gathered by Fanfare on area transportation, restaurants, and hotels.   

 

'Misery' © Popular Productions Limited 2005 / Photo New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

  © 2005 Popular Productions Limited / Photo New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

'Misery' Poster Contest extended

The 'Misery' Poster Contest has been extended by a week to allow people who saw the play during the last week to participate.  The contest now closes Saturday, 12 November with the winner to be announced Monday, 14 November.

The final performance of the Popular Productions play was changed from 30 October to 6 November after the contest started.   The winner of the contest will receive a 'Misery' poster autographed by Michael Praed and Susan Penhaligon, courtesy of Popular Productions, and have their critique posted in the Review section of Fanfare.

If you would like to take part, simply tell us the plot, explain how well the story was presented, and what the actors did to convey their characters. Feel free to use scene examples to make your point on what you found good and bad about the performance.  To enter, send your review by email to submissions (submissions@michael-praed.com).

 

Images from 'Jilly Cooper's Riders' ©1993 Anglia Television Films and Drama Ltd

 'Jilly Cooper's Riders' to air  

On Thursday 17 November BBC AMERICA will be running 'Jilly Cooper's Riders' with Michael Praed as Jake Lovell 9 pm EST - 6 pm PST .  'Riders' tells the story of two rival showjumpers who compete for prizes, horses, prestige and the same woman.  Marcus Gilbert plays the cynical aristocrat Rupert Campbell-Black while Michael plays the gypsy who has a way with horses.

 

Eve attends 'Misery' © 2005 Photo by Geraline James

  Eve attends 'Misery' © 2005 Photo by Geraline James

Winner of the 'Misery' Poster Contest announced

Eve Pelletier traveled eastward across the Atlantic Ocean to see Michael Praed in 'Misery'.   She saw the play several times during her weekend stay in London and wrote up a wonderful review.  Please take a look at it (either go to Reviews or click here).  I'm sure you'll agree she did an outstanding job.

Eve is the winner of the 'Misery' Poster Contest and will receive an poster autographed by Michael and Susan Penhaligon, courtesy of Popular Productions, and have her critique posted in the Review section of Fanfare.

Congratulations, Evie!

Many thanks to those who sent in their reviews.  Please accept my gratitude for sharing a special event.

 

'Crazy Cool' by Tara Janzen © 2005 Dell Books
'Crazy Cool' by Tara Janzen
© 2005 Dell Books

 Another Michael-inspired book released  

'Crazy Cool', the second in a thrilling new suspense series by Tara Janzen (a.k.a. Glenna McReynolds) was released 25 October 2005.  Janzen's non-stop action story resembles the breathless pacing of an Indiana Jones movie. Adventure and high-octane romance keep the pages turning. 

Socialite Katya Dekker has never forgotten her sizzling summer nights with Christian Hawkins, an intense youth operating on the wrong side of the law.  He saved her from a handful of rowdy spoiled brats on her prom night before being framed for the murder of one of them.  The daughter of a powerful senator, Kat is the target of the real killer a decade later.  Her appointed bodyguard is none other than the exonerated Hawkins, now an agent with an elite US task force. Will luck change for "Bad Luck" Dekker and her paramour, or will their unknown enemy succeed in putting them both away for good?

Sexy, forceful Christian Hawkins is based on none other than Michael Praed.  You can read the first chapter at Tara's website: http://www.tarajanzen.com.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553586114/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553586114/
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553586114/
  

Click here to go to ordering information for the first in the series, 'Crazy Hot'.

 

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 Launch party for the Theatregoers Choice Awards

Michael Praed attended a party on 30 November 2005 at Planet Hollywood.  The purpose of the celebration was to announce the nominations for the 2005/6 Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice Awards. The awards are decided by poll amongst theatregoers in the UK and sponsored by Whatsonstage.com held December through January. Winners will be announced at noon 31 January 2006.

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