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Club News - 2011


This is the Fanfare news of 2011, newer to older.
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Merry Christmas, Michael!

Merry Christmas, Michael!

17 December, 2011 -  Michael's gifts have been sent! In the end, we gave him the following:
 

Book titled 'Montreal, then and now'
Mulled wine gift box
iTunes gift certificate for £50
iTunes Apps gift certificate for £25
iBooks gift certificate for £50

The book reached his agent last week. The rest is scheduled to arrive the first part of this week.

Many thanks to those who contributed. Your name is on the card we sent.

 

Donate to Michael's Christmas present this year!
Artwork © 2011 Ebe Kastein
   

Michael's 2011 Christmas present

4 December, 2011 -  We are collecting donations from fans for Michael's present and we are inviting you to donate what you feel comfortable contributing for his gift.  Since Michael may read this, we don't want to give this away, but if you attend Fanfare chat, you will probably hear what we plan to get Michael for his Christmas present!  If you miss chat, just email Celeste at one of the email addresses below and ask. (No Michael, not you!)

We'd like to get the money collected in time to give it to Michael for Christmas, so we are setting a deadline of Friday, 16 December.  This should give us time to order the present and get it to him.

Records will be kept so we have the names of contributors to give to Michael.  Please join us.

Michael's 2011 Christmas present

No longer accepting donations

 

Michael back in 'The Sound of Music'

11 October 2011 -  Michael is back onstage as the Captain opposite Verity Rushworth as Maria in 'The Sound of Music' at the New Wimbledon Theatre in Wimbledon. Michael is filling in for Jason Donovan from 11 to 22 October.

Maria, a vivacious novice in Salzburg's Nonnberg Abbey, isn't fitting into somber convent life.  To give her an opportunity to get away from the abbey to reconsider her future, the Mother Abbess sends her to the aristocratic household of Captain Georg Von Trapp, a widower with seven children.  Maria is to be the governess to his emotionally neglected children.  As Maria reconciles her growing love for the children's father with her desire to become a nun, the looming Nazi menace in nearby Germany threatens to overwhelm them all.

Please contact the New Wimbledon Theatre directly for tickets.

 

Ben Kane's 'Hannibal: Enemy of Rome' © 2011 narrated by Michael Praed

Michael narrates another Ben Kane novel

6 October 2011 -  Following the success of Michael's narration of Ben Kane's 'Hannibal: Enemy of Rome', Kane's 'The Forgotten Legion' was released on the 6th of October for download with Michael reading the unabridged novel.  You should be able to find it on various audio download sources. Click here for a link to our Merchandise page.

The lives of four characters are bound and interwoven in a story which begins in a Rome riddled by corruption, violence and political enmities, but ends far away, where Romulus, Brennus, and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds.

 

Michael back in 'The Sound of Music'

8 August 2011 -  Michael is back onstage as the Captain opposite Verity Rushworth as Maria in 'The Sound of Music' at the Theatre Royal in Norwich. Michael is filling in for Jason Donovan from August 9th to the 20th.

Maria, a vivacious novice in Salzburg's Nonnberg Abbey, isn't fitting into somber convent life.  To give her an opportunity to get away from the abbey to reconsider her future, the Mother Abbess sends her to the aristocratic household of Captain Georg Von Trapp, a widower with seven children.  Maria is to be the governess to his emotionally neglected children.  As Maria reconciles her growing love for the children's father with her desire to become a nun, the looming Nazi menace in nearby Germany threatens to overwhelm them all.

Please contact the Theatre Royal directly here for tickets.

 

Ben Kane's 'Hannibal: Enemy of Rome' © 2011 narrated by Michael Praed

New audiobook by Michael available

19 July 2011 -  Michael has a new audio download available. The unabridged version of Ben Kane's 'Hannibal: Enemy of Rome' was released June 2nd by Audible.uk.co and Audible.com.  You should also be able to find it on various audio download sources. Click here for a link to our Merchandise page.

The story follows the friendship of two young boys, one Roman and one Carthaginian, as their rulers head for brutal conflict.

 

Michael to return briefly to 'The Sound of Music'

11 July 2011 -  The producers have just confirmed that Michael Praed will be briefly rejoining the tour of 'The Sound of Music' at the Theatre Royal in Norwich from August 9th through the 20th.  Michael, who played Captain Von Trapp all of 2010, will be filling in for Jason Donovan, who has another commitment.  Maria will be portrayed by Emmerdale Farm veteran Verity Rushworth. 

Please contact the Theatre Royal directly for tickets.

 

Teniel Green' by Ebe Kastein, © 2011 Ebe Kastein
 'Teniel Green'
aka 'Robin of the Greenwood'
© 2011 Ebe Kastein    

SOLD!    Ebe Kastein art for sale    SOLD!

16 July 2011 -  We have a rare opportunity to offer one of Ebe Kastein's wonderful pieces for sale here at Fanfare!  This lovely study of Robin in green (evoking Robin deep in the protection of the Greenwood) is for sale for $110.  Payment is to be money order through through Western Union.

For more of artwork and contact information, please visit her fan art page here.

 

'Bow Drawn' © 2011 by Bo Baird

Introducing art by Bo Baird

27 May 2011 -  Recently we've seen a lot of great new art pieces by a number of people, some of whom are new to Fanfare.  Among them is artist Bo Baird, who, when not helping storm victims in the American south file their insurance claims, can be found creating drawing after drawing of Michael.  We hope to have a gallery up soon devoted to Bo's art, but in the meantime, check out a couple of offerings on the Singular Art page.

 

'Robin of Sherwood' on Blu-ray in the US

26 April 2011 -  Last fall, Network DVD released the Michael Praed episodes of the cult classic Robin of Sherwood on Blu-ray in the UK.  This June, Acorn Media will release it in America.  The series brought Michael to worldwide attention for what many consider the definitive interpretation of the Robin Hood legend.  The series has been digitally restored in High Definition from the best available film elements and is presented at a quality level never before seen.

To pre-order, please visit Amazon.  There will probably be a link to order from Acorn Media shortly.  A link to the Blu-ray will be available on our Merchandise page.  This is a limited edition, so get this version while you can!

The Jason Connery episodes will be coming at a later date.

 

Michael Praed and Catherine Oxenberg in 'Dynasty' © 1985 ABC/Paramount.
Michael Praed and Catherine Oxenberg in
'Dynasty' © 1985 ABC/Paramount.

'Dynasty Season 5' available in the US

26 April 2011 -  In June of 2010, 'Dynasty Season 5' became available in Europe, On July 5, 2011, the DVD will be released in America.

Michael Praed's character, Prince Michael of Moldavia, was introduced to the viewers of world's most popular television series 'Dynasty' in 1985. Capitalizing on interest in the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Michael portrayed a royal who falls in love with a commoner. A second cousin of the Prince of Wales, Catherine Oxenberg, starred as Prince Michael's love interest Amanda Carrington.  True to the nature of soap operas everywhere, squabbling, jealousy, and infidelity quickly ensued. Michael took part in seasons 5 (1985) and 6 (1986).

Watched by 60 million people worldwide, glamorous and decadent 'Dynasty' was the center of the world's fascinated attention. The deliberately campy acting style and absurd plots ultimately cost viewers.  The disappointing dénouement of the bloody Royal Wedding in 1985 (the "Moldavian Massacre") saw the series' ratings drop from first to seventh. In the writers' scramble to find their way again, Michael's character was abruptly cut from the storyline a year after he was introduced.  The drastic measure did not help.  A year later 'Dynasty' had dropped even further, to 24th position. After nine seasons, 'Dynasty' was canceled in 1989.

'Dynasty Season 5' follows the action from Prince Michael's first entrance and ends in the dramatic 'Royal Wedding', giving fans the chance to see one of the most (in)famous cliffhangers in television history.

Check out the Fanfare Merchandise section for ordering information.

 

Michael's episode on 'The Gentle Touch' offered

26 April 2011 -  Last year, Network DVD released 'The Gentle Touch - Series 4 on DVD.  Somehow, in the 50th birthday/chat hoopla, we missed it at Fanfare!  Although the baby-faced Michael Praed only appeared briefly in one episode (the second episode of the fourth series, 'Be Lucky Uncle') as a youthful cop, this is a rare glimpse of Michael before Robin changed his life forever. 

Note: This DVD is currently available in Region 2 only , and therefore may not be viewable outside Europe without a multi-region DVD player. Check out the Fanfare Merchandise section for ordering information.

 

Teniel Blue 2' by Ebe Kastein, © 2011 Ebe Kastein
 Teniel Blue 2
© 2011 Ebe Kastein    

Last of Ebe's recent works posted

20 April 2011 -  Here is the last collaboration between Michael Praed fan Tanya Clegg and artist Ebe Kastein.  This monochromatic piece was done on commission by Ebe for Tanya in a in shades of blue.  It features a character created by Ebe for 'Lord of the Rings' (Teniel) with a face inspired by Michael Praed.  It is a companion piece to an earlier work.  Thanks go to both for providing the scans. 

This will be the last of Ebe's Michael-inspired artwork for a while... unless one of you would like to commission Ebe to create something for you!  For more of Ebe's artwork and contact information, please visit her fan art page here.

 

Music from 'The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne'

Music of SAJV in limited release

8 April 2011 -  On 8 April, Perseverance Records released a limited edition double CD set of Nick Glennie-Smith's music from the 2000 steampunk television show 'The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne'.  Michael Praed was among the regular cast members.

Nick Glennie-Smith, a long-time Hans Zimmer associate who worked with him on various 'Pirates of the Caribbean' scores, is responsible for composing the music of 'The Rock', 'The Man in the Iron Mask', 'We Were Soldiers', 'Ella Enchanted', 'Angels and Demons', 'Children of Glory', and 'Secretariat', among others. 

Working closely with the composer and the creator of the series, Gavin Scott, Perseverance presents nearly 140 minutes of music from this great show, priced at $19.95. CDs can be purchased at The Forty-Two Trading Company.  Orders will ship the last week of April 2011. This is a Limited Edition of 1200 units with the first 75 CDs are signed by the composer. To read a brief interview regarding the compilation and hear samples of the tracks, please see the Hans Zimmer official fan site here.

Hopefully, this is the start of SAJV releases and we'll eventually see DVDs of this innovative series!

Thanks go to Michael Praed fan Geraline James and SAJV fan Davros72 for bringing our attention to this news.

 

Michael's 2011 birthday gifts

Michael is sent his birthday presents

1 April 2011 -  Fanfare recently sent Michael his 2011 birthday presents via his agent, courtesy of his generous fans.  The names of those donating were included on a card with every gift.

We sent Michael 'The Complete Far Side Collection', a book by Gary Larson, since Michael is a fan of the satirical cartoonist's work.  We also sent a Starbucks gift card worth £100 because coffee-addict Michael knows the location of every Starbucks near a UK theatre.  Lastly, we sent an adventure gift voucher for 'Spy Academy' as an homage to Michael's role as a CIA agent in the comedy 'Killing Castro' because we thought he'd enjoy it.

'Spy Academy' is a unique adventure holiday where they will show Michael the tools of the trade for operating a covert operation. It is done for fun, but the expert teachers are ex-Special Forces officers in the UK. He can pretend to be a secret agent for a short while.  (Sean Connery, beware!)  You'll find more information here.
 

Note from Celeste: This was a group effort. Fans came together to give Michael gifts that we could not have done by ourselves. I like to thank you each and every one of those who took part for your donations of money, time and effort. I'm grateful to you all.

 

Teniel Blue' by Ebe Kastein, © 2011 Michael Praed's Fanfare and Ebe Kastein   Robin with Tatty' by Ebe Kastein, © 2011 Michael Praed's Fanfare and Ebe Kastein

 Teniel Blue
Ebe Kastein
© 2011 Fanfare and Ebe Kastein
 

 

Robin with Tatty
Ebe Kastein
© 2011 Fanfare and Ebe Kastein
 

More Ebe Kastein pieces

25 March 2011 -  As promised earlier, we are displaying two new collaborations between Michael Praed fan Tanya Clegg and artist Ebe Kastein.  This month, we are showing a commission Ebe did for Tanya featuring Robin and Tanya's dog Tatty (you may remember a companion piece done of Robin and Tanya's dog Joey displayed in January). The other is a monochromatic piece done in shades of blue.  It features a character created by Ebe for 'Lord of the Rings' (Teniel) with a face inspired by Michael Praed.  Thanks go to both for providing the scans.  For more of Ebe's artwork, please visit her fan art page here.

 

Olivier Awards 2011 presented by MasterCard

 Josefina and Michael attend Olivier Awards

13 March 2011 -  Josefina Gabrielle and Michael Praed were two of the many luminaries attending the Lawrence Olivier Awards of 2011 at the Royal Drury Lane on 13 March 2011. Josefina was nominated for 'Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical' for her dual performances as Nickie and Ursula in 'Sweet Charity' at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Haymarket Theatres. As with the Whatsonstage Awards, the award went to Jill Halfpenny in 'Legally Blonde' at the Savoy.

We wish to express our heartfelt congratulations to Ms Gabrielle for this recognition of her dynamic portrayals.

For a wonderful photograph of the two arriving on the red carpet on the night of the ceremony, please check out this link on the official Olivier Awards website!

The prestigious awards were sponsored by MasterCard.

 

Birthday cake

Donations accepted for Michael's birthday present

2 March 2011 -  We're in the process of collecting money from fans for Michael's birthday present on April Fools Day.  Once again, we are inviting you to donate what you feel comfortable contributing for his gift.  Since Michael may read this we don't want to give it away, but, if you email Celeste at one of the email addresses below and ask, she'll tell you what it is (unless you are Michael). 

We'd like to get the money collected in time to get it to Michael for his birthday, so we are setting a deadline of Friday, 25 March. 

Records will be kept so we have the names of contributors to give to Michael.  Please join us.

Michael's birthday present.

No longer accepting donations

 

'Michael' by Sue R. Sorel, © 2011 Michael Praed's Fanfare and Sue R. Sorel

Sue R. Sorel added to artists

2 March 2011 -  Sue R. Sorel joins the list of artists to have their work displayed here at Michael Praed's Fanfare.  Sue clearly enjoys self-expression and her many fantasy-inspired art pieces are exhibited on her Facebook page.  We are honored she allowed us to post this one of Michael as Robin. 

By the way, she's hinting she'd be willing to do a current depiction of the man if there was any interest in it. 

Stop teasing, Sue!  You know we want to see it!  :D

 

Whatsonstage.com

Michael attends the Whatsonstage Awards

20 February 2011 -  Michael Praed and Josefina Gabrielle were two of the many stage celebrities attending the Whatsonstage Awards of 2011.  Josefina was nominated for 'Best Supporting Actress in a Musical' for her performance in 'Sweet Charity' at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Haymarket Theatres.  The award went to Jill Halfpenny in 'Legally Blonde' at the Savoy.

You may remember Josefina from 2009 King's Head production of 'The Murder Game' with Michael as her co-star.

Theatregoers in the UK voted for their favorites across 26 different award categories between 3 December, when the nominations were announced, and 31 January. Over 45,000 people logged on to vote in the only prize-giving event for the theatre industry selected by the ticket-buying public.

For photos (including one of Michael and Josefina) and more details on the event, please visit the Whatsonstage website here.

 

http://www.richardpoole.net/kewhaven/SHADES_OF_GREYE.html

'Shades of Greye' rumors

15 February 2011 -  You may have noticed a website announcing Michael's participation in a film called 'Shades of Greye' with Sir Derek Jacobi and Edward Hardwicke recently. His blurb and photo are featured amongst the cast.  The producer says it is in pre-production. When questioned, Michael told us he talked to the director a few years ago and indicated his interest, but hadn't heard if the financing went through. Although it could be in pre-production as reported on the website, neither he nor his agent had been contacted. He'll let us know if he hears anything definite. Keep your fingers crossed!.

Facebook logo © 2011 Facebook

Fanfare has a Facebook presence

22 January 2011 -  For those interested, Fanfare now has a presence on Facebook to make it easier to keep up with all things related to Michael and his fans.  If you are already a Facebooker, contact ' Celeste At Fanfare' and ask for 'Friend' status.  She will give you group membership once you connect  Also, all Facebook Fanfare group (hereafter known as 'FB Fanfare') members can add THEIR Friends from the group page.  We hope to add a link directly to FB Fanfare from Fanfare shortly.

For those wondering, although he'd be very welcome, Michael is NOT likely to join us there!

 

'September Tide' © 1994

Former co-star Susannah York passes away

15 January 2011 -  Susannah York, who starred opposite Michael Praed in the Daphne du Maurier play 'September Tide' in 1994 has passed away.  Bone marrow cancer claimed the life of the actress less than a week after her 72nd birthday.

A multiple award winner and nominee, York gained fame for her roles in 'Tunes of Glory', 'Tom Jones', 'The Killing of Sister George', 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?', 'Images', 'Jane Eyre' and as Superman's mother in the movies of the same name, The outspoken actress also wrote and directed. 

In 'September Tide' Susannah York portrayed Stella Martyn, a widow living on the coast of Cornwall.  Michael played artist Evan Davies, who is married to her self-centered daughter Cherry, The newlyweds visit to introduce Evan to his mother-in-law.  Stella and Evan gradually discover they are in love. Painfully, they struggle to find a way to live with the situation.  The 1994 production was directed by Celia Bannerman (who acted with Michael in a 2007 Hindenburg docudrama) and was produced jointly by Dan Crawford of the King's Head Theatre and Bill Kenwright.

 

'Robin with Joey' by Ebe Kastein, © 2011 Michael Praed's Fanfare and Ebe Kastein

New Ebe Kastein work on display

2 January 2011 -  Estonian artist Ebe Kastein has added to her considerable body of work featuring the face of Michael Praed.  Back in 2005 we did an interview with Ebe on her various portraits.  This month, we are showing a commission Ebe did for fan Tanya Clegg, featuring Robin and Tanya's dog Joey. The two new friends have more collaborations in the planning stages and are very grateful that Michael brought them together. Thanks go to both for providing the scan.  For more on Ebe Kastein, please visit her fan art page.

 

Michael climbs the mountain one last time

2 January 2011 -  Michael Praed's term as the famous father and ship's captain Georg von Trapp is over.  His final performance was on 2 January in Oxford.  Michael joined the cast when 'The Sound of Music' left London's West End to tour in July 2009.  The musical has broken several box office records in numerous cities where it has appeared, garnering glowing reviews in the process.  Michael's poignant performance of 'Edelweiss', accompanied by himself on the guitar, has been cited amongst the show's highlights for the last year. 

Michael said he will let us know when his next project is all set.  Stay tuned!

 

Michael receives his Christmas presents

1 January 2011 -  Michael received his Christmas presents on the first day of the New Year. 

Those who contacted us asking what we were getting for him know we originally planned to get him something else, but due to unavailability, we went with our Plan B.   Knowing his enthusiasm for the shop, we got him assorted fragrances and shower gels from Penhaligon's -  and champagne to celebrate the end of his 1½ year commitment to 'The Sound of Music'.

Michael was very appreciative of his gifts from Fanfare and let our messenger know it.  (Thanks, "messenger".  You know who you are!)
 

Note from Celeste: This was a group effort. Fans came together to give Michael gifts that we could not have done by ourselves. I like to thank you each and every one of those who took part for your donations of money, time and effort. I'm grateful to you all.

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