New York, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2006
There’s an old saying that accidents happen in threes – and here’s more proof that it might just be true!
Rising entertainment industry stars Haley Joel Osment, Daniel Baldwin and Zeke Farrow are all three currently recovering from major medical emergencies that came on virtually simultaneously this past week.
Haley Joel Osment was hospitalized early Thursday after he apparently lost control of his car while heading to his Los Angeles area home. Osment, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a boy who could see dead people in Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense," was driving a 1995 Saturn about 1 a.m. when the car collided with a brick pillar and flipped. Osment had been alone in the car and was taken to Huntington Hospital in nearby Pasadena. Shyamalan has just released "The Lady in the Water" to mixed reviews.
Osment is set to appear in the upcoming "Home of the Giants." In the film, he plays a high school journalist covering a basketball team as it heads toward the state championship. La Canada Flintridge, a suburb of Los Angeles, is about 14 miles northeast of downtown.
Alec Baldwin's brother, the actor Daniel Baldwin, has been hospitalized after reportedly crashing his Ford Thunderbird into two cars parked on a Los Angeles street while driving at an estimated speed of 125km (80 miles) per hour. Daniel is under strict observation at UCLA Medical Centre and will remain there for a few more days. Daniel Baldwin is the second oldest of the "Baldwin brothers," with brothers William, Stephen and Alec. After starring in the highly acclaimed television series, "Homicide: Life on the Street," Daniel made a commitment to diversify his talents in film and television. He has since appeared on film in Steve Buscemi's "Trees Lounge" with Samuel L. Jackson, and Anthony La Paglia and Lee Tamahori's "Mulholland Falls" with Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith and John Malkovich. Baldwin will soon be seen starring in "The Treat," written and directed by "Mars Attacks" screenwriter Jonathon Gems, and "Phoenix" with Ray Liotta.
Simultaneously on the East Coast, Zeke Farrow, creator of the hot new teen musical “In Your Dreams,” the underdog competitor to Disney Channel’s hit “High School Musical,” began to experience sharp abdominal pains on Thursday and had to be taken to the New York University Medical Center for an emergency operation.
“The pain began to be almost psychedelic toward the end,” said Farrow from his hospital bed. “It was excruciating. To paraphrase Disney’s vivacious Ashley Tisdale, I felt like I was being pushed over the edgy edge.” Like Tisdale, Farrow is “not into the club scene” and will always be “wholesome.”
Farrow’s mother Rachi, who was visiting from Vermont at the time, summarized the emergency by paraphrasing the new Disney hit song “Bop to the Top,” from “High School Musical.”
“Zip zap zop, Zeke’s appendix popped like a mop,” recalls Rachi Farrow. “So we had to scoot around the corner to NYU Hospital for an emergency appendectomy. And that’s too hard of a word for me to try to rhyme.”
Zeke Farrow praised the quality of care at New York University Hospital, which is now known as the Tisch Medical Center as part of a massive renaming scheme currently going on in New York City. “Sometimes I think they ought to just rename the whole city New Tisch and be done with it all,” said Farrow from his hospital bed. Farrow adds that he hopes his fellow sufferers, Daniel and Haley, are receiving the same high quality of care that he has received at Tisch.
Meanwhile, momentum continues to build for Farrow’s hot new teen musical, “In Your Dreams.” “In addition to the hugely talented Jonathan Hung, the team behind this 'Hairspray'-meets-'High-School Musical' teen musical has expanded to include the highly respected Brad Rosenfeld, of Preferred Artists, who is widely known in the industry,” says Farrow. “As it currently stands, the musical will be presented to a list of highly select producers in early August – and you can bet that the Olsen Twins' Dualstar Entertainment Group and Sarah Jessica Parker's Pretty Matches Productions will both be included on that select list.”
One note: Fans, friends and well-wishers can call Mr. Farrow with their wishes at (917) 770-0495. “Emma Roberts should feel free to call, as we have much to discuss,” says Farrow. “And perhaps Amy Sedaris could stop by with some of her get-well-soon cupcakes. Additionally, I am always happy to talk with Joaquin Phoenix, with whom I share an interest in world peace.” http://youtube.com/watch?v=b26JyYRSG40&search=dept.%20of%20peace
“In Your Dreams” is a large-scale, splashy teen musical –- with just a dash of political satire. It centers around Helen, a seventeen-year-old girl who appears in three different incarnations: Black, Pink, and Blue.
What is helping to fuel the “In Your Dreams Express,” according to Farrow, are its 13 ingeniously lyrical songs, performed by a number of top Broadway singers, including “Trailer Park’s” Drama Desk-nominated Leslie Kritzer, “Wicked’s” Laura Bell Bundy, “Les Miserable’s” Jodie Langel, “Little Shop of Horror’s” Kerry Butler, “Thoroughly Modern Millie’s” Gavin Creel, “Hairspray’s” Jackie Hoffman, “The Full Monty’s” Sloan Just, and Anika Larsen, Danny Rocket and Anthony Rapp from “Rent.” Rhythm and blues artist Shayna Steele is also a contributor. http://myspace.com/inyourdreamsthemusical
The stage version of “In Your Dreams” will see a showcase production at Ars Nova, the famed Manhattan performance incubator, later this summer, says Farrow. http://broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=9263
Meanwhile, Farrow has released one of the minor characters from the musical, Congresswoman Sherri Davis, R-CA, into the world to raise the musical's profile in the entertainment industry. "She's the Ann Coulter of Anaheim," Farrow says. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ1GTXO0U14
Among those in the motion picture industry with a growing awareness of the significant market value that a theater-distributed rival to Disney’s cable-based “High School Musical” has to offer are Rosie O’Donnell; Garry Marshall, Bob Osher; Steve Bing; Jeff Skoll; Tom Jacobson; Nathan Lane; Philip Anshutz; Marc Platt; Penny Marshall, Margot Lyon; Elizabeth McCann; the Night Agency; Bette Midler; Gus Gustawes; Penny Marshall; and Sarah Jessica Parker and Vanessa Taylor at Pretty Matches Productions, which is currently producing “The Washingtonienne,” an HBO sit-com about an ingenious and ambitious Senatorial intern who discovers product placement opportunities right in her own workplace.
“It’s kind of an ‘Apprentice’ -- but horizontal,” notes Farrow.
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