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Garry Marshall Theatre benefit

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Porter will join Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell for a one-night only fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit Garry Marshall Theatre on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Titled “Full Out! An Evening with Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell,” the show also features Marissa Jaret Winokur, Jackie Seiden and Sabrina Sloan. Garry Marshall Theatre producer Joseph Leo Bwarie will host the event, which also includes a reception in the theater courtyard. Tickets start at $150. 4252 W. Riverside Drive.
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‘Happy Days’: How Creator Garry Marshall Took Fonzie Actor Henry Winkler Under His Wing

For 11 seasons, the classic TV sitcom series Happy Days delighted audiences, turning some memorable characters – and actors – household names. Among these Happy Days stars who skyrocketed to fame while starring in the popular sitcom is longtime television and movie star, Henry Winkler. Winkler is the actor who portrays the iconic Arthur “The Fonz” – or Fonzie – Fonzarelli in the series. In fact, Winkler’s “The Fonz ” eventually grew into one of the most popular characters in television history. Even if you haven’t seen very many Happy Days episodes, you certainly recognize The Fonz as the iconic “greaser” character.
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Garry Marshall Theatre Reopens With “The Root Beer Bandits, A Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Musicale”

The ‘Bandits’ are back! The Root Beer Bandits – A Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Musicale, reopens the Garry Marshall Theatre with a limited engagement. Only 15 performances, October 2 – 31. The musical comedy for the whole family returns home to the Garry Marshall Theatre starring Kelly Brandeburg, Tiffany Daniels, Josey Montana McCoy, Clayton Snyder, and Cloie Wyatt Taylor. With more songs, more story, and more live music than ever before – this kid-approved, full-blown, musical production is bursting with big laughs for all ages.

‘Happy Days’ Creator Garry Marshall Acted in Ron Howard’s Film Directing Debut

When “Happy Days” star Ron Howard would make his directing debut in 1977, he asked some friends to join the cast. Garry Marshall signed up. Marshall was the creative genius behind the ABC sitcom. Yet Howard, who played Richie Cunningham, was seeing a childhood dream come true with “Grand Theft Auto.” The movie, which depicts a couple [Howard and Nancy Morgan] committing grand theft auto, found a place for Marshall.

‘Happy Days’: Garry Marshall Was Terrified of Fonzie’s Dog after Being Bitten by Another Dog

Garry Marshall could create a series like “Happy Days” and see it become a hit sitcom on ABC. Put a dog near him, though, and he froze up. Marshall, before finding success as a producer in the world of television and movies, was an actor. During his first acting job, according to an article from, Marshall was bitten by a dog. In his memoir, “My Happy Days in Hollywood,” which came out in 2012, he writes, “I acted in one movie about dogs and ended up being bitten by the dog. It left me with a fear of dogs for the rest of my life.”

It's safe to assume Garry Marshall was afraid of Spunky on Happy Days

Before any of Garry Marshall’s TV success came along, he was just like many young men in the mid-'50s: asking his dad for advice while enlisting in the Army. By that point, Garry already considered himself a writer and even had a writing partner, so when he went to list his profession on his Army forms, that's what he wanted to put — but his dad gave him a better idea.

Big Shot's Yvette Nicole Brown Discusses Working With John Stamos, Mutual Admiration of Garry Marshall

Community grad Yvette Nicole Brown is making the leap from student to dean in Disney+’s Big Shot. Premiering Friday and unspooling over 10 weeks, the David E. Kelley-produced dramedy centers on John Stamos’ Marvyn Korn, a disgraced coach who is sacked by the NCAA after he throws a chair at a referee. Korn eventually takes a coaching job at an all-girls high school, which is overseen by Brown’s no-nonsense administrator, Sherilyn Thomas.

Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival Submissions

Garry Marshall Theatre (GMT) is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual New Works Festival to be held virtually September 24-26, 2021. The 2021 GMT New Works Festival will present five finalist playwrights in livestream virtual readings. Each script will be paired with Los Angeles actors and directors collaborating with the playwrights in their development process. GMT producer, Joseph Leo Bwarie, welcomes back festival producers Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx and Kimberly Arnold.

‘Happy Days’ Creator Garry Marshall Described the Moment Fonzie’s ‘Magic’ Went the Furthest

Fonzie was more than just great hair, leather jackets, and famous catchphrases. The Happy Days icon also had a little magic in him. Henry Winkler’s Arthur Fonzarelli, The Fonz, or Fonzie, was originally written as a secondary character. However, he quickly surpassed the lead characters in popularity. So, he ended up as one of only two characters (along with Howard Cunningham) to appear in all 255 episodes of Happy Days. It takes some magic to make that happen. During an interview, Henry Winkler talked about some of his own magic that he sprinkled on his character. He wanted Fonzie to be original, not simply a replica of all the other television show cool guys.

‘Happy Days’ Creator Garry Marshall Revealed the Real-Life Person Fonzie Was Based On

There’s no separating ‘Happy Days’ and The Fonz, but according to the show’s creator Garry Marshall, this wasn’t always to be the case. Ask someone to name a classic sitcom character, and chances are Henry Winkler’s Fonzie is the first to spurt out. And if not – he’ll certainly be in the top three. Few personalities will ever reach the sort of cultural precipice this lovable greaseball – in many ways – is responsible for creating himself.