LOS ANGELES – The Stu and Laurie Variety Hour has added a new member to its stellar production team for the program, which is coming soon to Pop TV.
“We are excited to announce that Barbara VanZandt is coming out of retirement to bring a touch of Radio City pizazz to our show,” said Stu Newmeyer, cohost and executive producer of the Stu and Laurie Variety Hour. “She is joining our executive production team as costume wardrobe supervisor.”
VanZandt was the wardrobe supervisor for the Rockettes and other Radio City Music Hall productions for more than 30 years. Her credits include wardrobe supervision for major Rockettes productions like the Christmas Spectacular, the Easter Spectacular, and the Summer Spectacular, which featured more than 100 performers and hundreds of performances. She also traveled with the Rockettes on tour across the U.S. and overseas.
In addition to working with the Rockettes, VanZandt served as wardrobe supervisor for more than 100 concert performers at Radio City Music Hall, including Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Elton John and Lady Gaga.
She also worked for Disney Theatrical Ventures as the production wardrobe supervisor for all of its Broadway stage shows, including Beauty and the Beast and Aida. From 1978-1982 she was personal dresser to Diana Ross.
“I retired in 2013, but I missed being part of the entertainment business,” said VanZandt. “Joining the Stu and Laurie Variety Hour was just too great an opportunity to pass up.”
Barbara VanZandt is the most recent entertainment pro to join the production team, but several other show biz luminaries are already on board:
Ron Dunn, Director
Ron Dunn has 30 years of experience in film and television production. He has won acclaim for his work in television music specials, variety shows, pageants, and award shows. Some of his credits include ABC-TV’s Make a Wish, The Night Stalker, The Onion Field, and the Miss Junior America Pageant. He has directed some of the biggest stars in Hollywood such as Meryl Streep, Jack Nicolson, Jodie Foster, Robert Redford, Goldie Hawn, and many others.
Walter Painter, Choreographer
Walter Painter is a three-time Emmy Award winner for his work on television, which includes the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the American Music Awards, and television specials for Nell Carter and Lili Tomlin. He has also staged Las Vegas shows for Ann-Margret, Julio Iglesias, Englebert Humperdink, and Sheena Easton.
Ed Scharlach, Head Writer
Ed Scharlach leads a team of eight award-winning television script writers, who have accrued Emmy, Mark Twain, Annie (for animation) awards and a Writer’s Guild Award nomination. The writing team has a long list of script credits for successful, long-running television shows like The Dean Martin Show, Mork and Mindy, Love, American Style, The Odd Couple, Happy Days, and many more.
Johnny Harris, Music Director
Johnny Harris is the director and arranger of the full studio orchestra for the Stu and Laurie Variety Hour. Over the course of his music career he has been a recording artist, composer, arranger, producer, orchestra leader and music director. He was music director for Tom Jones’ electrifying live performances in the 1970s. He has also worked with Paul Anka, Petula Clark, the Beatles, Shirley Bassey, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Barbara Streisand and many others.
George Johnsen, Visual Effects Director
George Johnsen is CEO of MammothVision, Inc. an audio/visual production company that specializes in unique video productions for live events, film special effects and themed entertainment. He brings 3D animation and award-winning stereoscopic technologies to the production of the show. He has done ground breaking video work for Disneyland, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, MGM, CBS, ABC, and many other clients seeking to create high-end visual experiences.
About the Stu and Laurie Variety Hour
The Stu and Laurie Variety Hour is a classic variety show updated for today. Its star-studded family entertainment is designed to bring the generations together. The program features big-name musical guests, sketch comedy, spectacular dancing numbers, stand-up, and games and giveaways that appeal to the Boomer and Millennial demographics. It is also the first television show to completely integrate branded entertainment into the programming to replace TV advertising. Brands can connect with TV viewers in more relevant, meaningful ways through sketches, songs, product placement, demos and other storytelling techniques. For more information on promoting your brand on the Stu and Laurie Variety Hour, contact John Gregory Olson at 888-328-3830.
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