CHICAGO – When faced with adversity, the best way around it is to somehow break into song. That is the feeling behind the Brown Paper Box Co.’s “Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret,” running April 7th and 8th at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The event features company member Kristi Szczepanek as host, and presents song stylings by other company members, including Anna Schutz, plus some special guests. For details and ticket information, click here.
Exclusive Portrait: A Bat Anniversary for Adam West & Burt Ward
CHICAGO – In the 1960s, the entertainment world was summed up by the three “B’s” – Bond, Beatles and…Batman. On January 12th, 1966, the pop culture TV phenomenon called “Batman” – starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin – made its debut on ABC-TV. Happy 50th Anniversary to the Dynamic Duo.
Holy Anniversary! Burt Ward (Robin) and Adam West (Batman) Celebrate Their 50th
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
With the episode entitled “Hi Diddle Riddle, Smack in the Middle” – with Frank Gorshin as the villain “The Riddler” – the show was beamed into American living rooms in living color, during an age when only three networks had programming. It immediately became a sensation, and aired twice-a-week in the first two seasons, “same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel.” It spawned a revival for the character of Batman, and actually helped to create the Dark Knight. The show’s silly humor so altered the heroic character, that DC Comics took him to the dark side later in the decade.
”Batman” Made Its Debut on January 12th, 1966 on ABC-TV
Photo credit: Warner Home Video
The two actors who portrayed Batman and Robin – Adam West and Burt Ward – have become cult phenomenons on their own, with many references to their heroics over the years from their fans in show business. HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce took this 50th Anniversary picture of the Dynamic Duo at the Hollywood Show in May of 2015. Batman and Robin LIVES!
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