Actor Roy Scheider’s connection to Little Rock is a sad one. He visited the City quite frequently for the last years of his life as he was getting treated at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Despite UAMS’s best efforts, Scheider died in Little Rock on February 10, 2008.
In the 1970s, Scheider received two Oscar nominations. His first, for Best Supporting Actor, was in The French Connection. While Scheider did not pick up the Oscar, the film itself was named Best Picture. It won four other Oscars that night. (As a side note: it was the first R-rated movie to win Best Picture. Though Midnight Cowboy was re-released as an R-Rated movie after winning the Best Picture Oscar, it was initially released as an X-rated movie.)
Scheider’s second Oscar nomination came for playing Bob Fosse’s stand-in in the movie All That Jazz. It, too, won four Oscars, though Scheider’s nomination would not result in a win.
Among Scheiders other films, Jaws would win three Oscars, while 2010 would receive five nominations.
The Weekend Theatre’s production of Pippin continues this weekend and runs through October 23 (which is the 39th anniversary of the show’s official opening on Broadway). Shows start at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday nights and 2:30 on Sunday afternoons.
Tonight, (October 13), there is a special “Magic to Do” performance. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with food and a chance to mingle with the cast, followed by a magic show at 7 p.m. featuring David Weatherly, assisted by other cast members. The performance of “Pippin” begins at 7:30 p.m.
Pippin is a fanciful musical by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz. It tells the tale of a young man searching for his place in the world and his corner of the sky. The cast is led by Malcolm Glover, Craig Wilson, Julie Atkins, Byron Taylor, Charlie Askew, Evan Tanner, Pamela Crane and Patti German. John C. Thompson directed the production, which was first directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.