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Family Forces Dweezil Zappa To Change ‘Zappa Plays Zappa’ Band Name

first_imgFor those who caught on to Frank Zappa’s music after his untimely death, few experiences rivaled that of the Zappa Plays Zappa project. Led by Frank’s son Dweezil Zappa, the band name said it all, one Zappa playing the music of another.Only, there seems to be some contention over the use of the Zappa family name for the project. The Zappa Family Trust recently informed Dweezil that he did not have the rights to tour under the name Zappa Plays Zappa, as the last name is a trademark owned by the trust. Instead, the band will hit the road as Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa.In an interview with the New York Times, Dweezil says, “It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue… but this is being done under duress.” He added, “My last name is Zappa; my father was Frank Zappa… but I am not allowed to use the name on its own. I’m not allowed to use a picture of him. I’m not allowed to use my own connection with him without some sort of deal to be struck.”When Frank Zappa’s window Gail Zappa passed away, control of the Family Trust went to two of Zappa’s four children, Ahmet Zappa and Diva Zappa. While the other two, Dweezil and Moon Unit, remained beneficiaries, the relationship between the siblings has been riddled with contention. Ahmet addressed the Zappa Plays Zappa situation as well, saying “I am not standing in the way of Dweezil playing the music… he would just have to be in accordance with the family trust.”Dweezil gets the final word in the article, saying “I just hope people will understand that the only thing I’m changing is the name.” The Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa tour kicks off in July.[H/t The New York Times]last_img read more

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Rebecca Luker Will Temporarily Join Fun Home on Broadway

first_imgRebecca Luker(Photo: Laura Marie Duncan) Related Shows Tony nominee Rebecca Luker will join the cast of Fun Home for a few days and days and days. She steps into the role of Helen Bechdel at the Circle in the Square Theatre, taking over temporarily for Tony nominee Judy Kuhn from April 5 through May 22. Kuhn will receive hip surgery during her scheduled leave.“This hip surgery is something I’ve needed to do for a long time,” Kuhn said in a statement. “I’m so thrilled that Rebecca is stepping in for me—she’s a dear friend, and I admire her work so much. And I can’t wait to return to the show pain-free and with a new hip!”Additionally, understudy Lauren Patten has temporarily assumed the role of Medium Alison, taking over for Tony nominee Emily Skeggs. Skeggs is on hiatus for TV work and is scheduled to return on May 24 as well.Luker received Tony nominations for her performances in The Music Man, Mary Poppins and Show Boat. Her additional Broadway credits include Cinderella, Nine, The Sound of Music, Something Wonderful, The Phantom of the Opera and The Secret Garden. She also recently starred in Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.The current cast of the Tony-winning musical also features Tony winner Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Steele Morrow, Joel Perez and Oscar Williams. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016center_img Fun Home Star Files Rebecca Lukerlast_img read more

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