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with a book by veteran
playwright Joseph Robinette and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin
Paul. The world premiere recording of the delightful, family
friendly musical will be released on CD on October 22, 2012 by Masterworks
All it takes is listening to just the first four bars to know A
Christmas Story: The Musical is going to be a rousing wonderful score
which leaves the listener in a good mood.
Seemingly everybody knows the story line of this iconic work.
Even if you are the one person on the planet who isn't familiar with A
Christmas Story, the tunes and the included dialogue effectively
convey the plot.
Set in 1940s Indiana, a bespectacled boy named
Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas a Red Ryder BB
Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department
store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a
few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream.
Christmas Story, The Musical is holiday entertainment that captures a
simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold.
The upcoming Broadway opening of the stage musical is co-produced by the film's original
Ralphie, Peter Billingsley.
With the exception of the loving - What a Mother Does -
all numbers are effervascent, toe-tapping, high-kicking, jazzy, marvelously
The 1983 MGM film
Story, starring Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, and Melinda Dillon is now seen on television because the MGM film library was purchased in 1986 by Ted Turner.
For those who can only manage to see the television movie version
which has no
music, listening to this CD will add tremendous enjoyment to that small screen offering.
Or, for that matter, reading the book upon which this
is based. That was called In God We Trust, All Others Pay
John Bolton as The Old Man performs A Major Award. Photo: Carol Rosegg.
Holiday offerings can be tricky.
Many Christmas themed productions and especially seasonal music -
unintentionally - induce depression. The lyrics are longing, mourning
days, people or situations past.
While A Christmas Story is centered around Christmas, the story is
really one of a family and how they cope with a variety of
Although set in 1940s, the events are timeless and the music does an exemplary job
bringing that era, the famous plot, and this family to life.
An excellent recording in which every word of the lyrics and accompanying
dialogue can be understood.
That is a significant accomplishment considering that many of the lines
are delivered by children. Many times child speak can only be understood
by their respective parents. In the case of A Christmas Story, this
show has demographics which include everyone.
The one poignant song concerns the scene where Ralphie has been in a
fight. His mother covers for him at the dinner table after The Old Man
asks about the black eye.
That number - What a Mother Does is loving and tender.
This is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone. Put it on your
gift giving list and buy one for yourself. One listen will leave no doubt
that you'll enjoy playing the CD any time of the year. This isn't a CD
that's thrown into a pile to - perhaps - be played once a year.
This CD also infuses an interest in watching the show which arrives on
Broadway at the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre from November 3-December 30, 2012.
The 18-track recording features John Bolton as The Old Man, plus cast
members from Seattle's The 5th Avenue Theatre production and the 2011
National Tour. They're joined by Broadway stars Liz Callaway as Mother
and Tom Wopat as Jean Shepherd. The remarkable young Clarke Hallum stars
Conductor: Ian Eisendrath. Associate Musical Director/Associate
Conductor Faith Seetoo.
Orchestra: Dane Andersen, Michael Edwards, Martin Kuuskman, Dave Long,
Dewey Marler, Francine Peterson, reeds. Brad Allison, Paul Baron,
trumpets. Nelson Bell, Dan Marcus, David Marriott, trombones. Dwight
Beckmeyer, Matt Goodrich, keyboards. Catherine Barrett, harp. Paul Hansen,
percussion. Chris Monroe, drums. Jon Hamar, bass.
Recorded and mixed by Todd Whitlock. Edited by David Lai. Assistant
Engineers: Sam Hofstedt, Ian Kagey, John Kilgore, Brian Valentino, Derik
Lee, Brett Mayer.
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studio, NYC. Additional recording and
mixing by Isaiah Abolin. Recorded on December 10-14, 2010 and April 17 and
August 10, 2011 at Studio X (Seattle), MSR Studios NYC and JK Sound and
Recording, NYC. Mixed at MSR Studio, Studio B.
Music Preparation: Don Oliver and Paul Holderbaum, Chelsea Music.
Keyboard programming, Jim Harp. Music Librarian Dane Anderson.
Music Direction & Supervision by Ian Eisendrath.
Orchestrations by Larry Blank.
2. Counting Down to Christmas
3. At Higbee's
4. Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun
5. Counting Down to Christmas (Reprise)
6. The Genius on Cleveland Street
7. When You're a Wimp
8. Ralphie to the Rescue
9. What A Mother Does
10. Sticky Situation
11. A Major Award
12. Act One - Finale
13. A Kid At Christmas
14. Just Like That
15. Up On Santa's Lap
16. Before the Old Man Comes Home
17. Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana
18. A Christmas Story
The 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle has premiered 14 new musicals over the past decade. Seven of them have gone on to Broadway and two - Hairspray and Memphis - earned Tony awards for best musical.
This season The 5th Avenue has two musicals opening on Broadway within one week of each other.
A Christmas Story, The Musical! arrives at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City
with the show's opening night set for November 19. The show ran in Seattle from Nov. 26 to Dec. 30 in
2010. Kathy Lee Gifford's Saving Aimee, produced at The 5th Avenue Theatre in 2011, opens
November 13 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
JEKYLL & HYDE 2012 CONCEPT RECORDING
conceived for the stage by Tony and Grammy nominee Frank
Steve Cuden, the four-time Tony-nominated musical Jekyll & Hyde
book and lyrics by two-time Oscar winner, Emmy winner and four-time Tony
Award nominee Leslie Bricusse and music by Wildhorn.
This concept CD is released by Broadway Records to coincide with the
current national Jekyll and Hyde Tour.
The accompanying booklet contains an explanation by Wilhorn:
"This present new offering, which is the fifth US version since l990,
illustrates more clearly than ever how the evolution of the score of a
musical play can continue to expand with the passage of time, especially
if the style of its presentation adapts to the musical times in which
each new version is offer.(sic)"
If we're talking eons ago and re-imagining can breathe
life into something that deserves a modern re-birth, then bravo.
If we're talking current, a "reimage"
can be a cover word indicating the person doesn't have the ability to compose
production, thus attempts to "reimage" the work of somebody else.
Jekyll & Hyde is different.
case Frank Wildhorn not only permitted, but requested
his Jekyll & Hyde score to be
reimaged and orchestrated. Why?
There was nothing the matter with the original, which I saw and thoroughly
enjoyed on Broadway.
In the Broadway To Vegas column of June 8, 1998 reviewed the Broadway production.
In part that review stated: "In Jekyll & Hyde their composition of This Is The Moment
is showstopping. Joining that incredible song in deserving classic longevity are Once Upon A Dream
and Someone Like You. This is a musical production where, despite the
dark theme of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella, you leave the theatre humming the songs.
A week later you'll still remember the music and lyrics. That's what a musical
production is suppose to do and Jekyll & Hyde lives up to the
highest expectations. If you haven't seen the production, go see it. If you have,
go see it again. The second time isn't a second hand let down. Rather,
it's an opportunity to again be engulfed in creative perfection."
What this 2012 Concept Recording sounds like is an attempt not so much
to "adapts to the musical times" but to adapt to the financial
times and/or to permit performances by instrumentalists still honing their skills.
If this CD is intended to be heard under the mind set of staying under
eliminating live or experienced musicians, then it is effective and
This CD doesn't do justice to the ability of the expert and capable
musicians heard on this CD.
Nor are these comments meant to in any way imply that the
arrangers and orchestrator are amateurs.
They ably carried out their instructions. The puzzlement is why Wildhorn
went in this direction.
Mediocre orchestrations result in
If this new re-imagined score is intended to convey what Wildhorn wishes he
had done in the first place, then the composer needs to re-listen to his
original creation - which was excellent.
Again, if "re-imagining"
this to show how music has changed is a code for
cutting live musicians, relying on a synthesizer
- then okay - just like
being able to rewrite a major musical into a high-school version, a full
blown musical can be rewritten to throw the performance burden on the
singers and more or less eliminate the orchestra.
The results are comparable to
a school version production.
Highly successful musicals such as Les Mizerables are re-written
into a "school version," making sure the spoken words don't offend and
that middle school or high school students can perform the
Middle school music students should delight in playing
This 2012 Concept Album has
uncomplicated orchestrations which are not nearly as ambitious or
entertaining as the
original. That means more responsibility is heaped upon the singers to
meaning of the lyrics, because the instruments utilized are
merely being played. The instruments don't interpretate meaning or
If played as an instrumental, these new song versions
would mostly blend into one long song.
Lost in the Darkness is wishful, longing, while I Need to
Know is anguish filled desperation. Take Me As I Am is mellow.
However, the score relies heavily on the drums and violins, but the drum
has little more than three set note patterns.
Bring on the Men has been drastically changed from the
original. It is now orchestrated as a hora. Without having the
benefit of having seen the new 2012 version of Jekyll & Hyde, and
thus having no memory pictures of the new performance, listening to Bring on
the Men conjured up visions of Jewish men with long beards and coats
dancing with bottles on their heads.
However, this isn't some dreadful CD which ought to be used as a Frisbee. There are parts of it which
interesting. The duets such as Someone
Like You are ear pleasing.
The arrangements on Alive do have sinister undertones, which is one
of the few arrangements which permits a musical instrument to deliver a
Then there is This is the Moment.
This is the song which needs
the male lead to send the lyrics to the back of the house. In the original
production - which played on Broadway for 1,543 performances, from 1997
2001 - this was the showstopping number that ended the first act. This
was the show's defining number. This was the song that brought the
audience to its feet and guaranteed that the
crowd returned after the intermission.
"reimagined version," castrates This is the Moment, which
begins too mellow and stays underwhelming. Instead of permitting the singer to make the song his defining moment, he is frequently drowned out by the drum and there are too many
repetitive violin bars.
The "moment" is destroyed.
The singers have clear, beautiful voices - which saves the
Heard on this CD are Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis heads the cast in the dual title
role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde with Grammy-nominated R&B star
Deborah Cox as Lucy, Teal Wicks as Emma Carew, Laird Mackintosh as John
Utterson, Richard White as Sir Danvers Carew, Tom Hewitt as Sir Danvers, Shannon Magrane as Nellie, Corey Brunish as Utterson and Carly Robin Green also as Lucy.
Newly imagined arrangements and tracks by Jason Howland and Billy Jay Stein
Orchestrations are by Kim Scharnberg.
Mixed by Billy Jay Stein.
Recording engineer Billy Jay Stein.
Assistant engineer and MIDI programming Hiri Iida.
Synthesizer Programmer Billy Jay Stein.
Mastered by Dave McNair.
Recorded & mixed at Strange Cranium Studios, NYC.
Piano and keyboards: Jason Howland.
Keyboards: Billy Jay Stein.
Guitar: Mark Copely, Ben Butler, Alex Skolnick.
Bass: Richard Hammond.
Drums: John Clancy.
French horn: RJ Kelley.
Trumpet: Don Downs.
Trombone: Jeff Nelson.
Violin/Contractor: Antoine Silverman.
Violin: Emily Yarbrough, Entcho Todorov.
Cello: Anja Wood.
Following a preview engagement at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing
Arts, Jekyll & Hyde officially launched its national tour October
San Diego's Civic Theatre. The production runs at the Civic Theatre in
Houston, TX October
After a February 12-March 3 staging in Los Angeles at
the Pantages Theater, the production is set for a Broadway return in
As for the original Broadway production, following a 30-city tour, the
original Broadway production opened at The
Plymouth Theatre April 28, 1997, and earned four Tony Award nominations.
Directed by Robin Phillips and choreographed by Joey Pizzi, the production
featured Robert Cuccioli as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, Linda Eder
as Lucy, and Christiane Noll as Emma Carew. Rob Evan played matinees as
Dr. Henry Jekyll. Brad Oscar and Emily Skinner made their Broadway debuts
in this musical.
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ART AND ABOUT
RUDOLF NUREYEV: A LIFE IN DANCE
Costume by Nicholas Giorgiadis for Rudolf Nureyev in the role of Prince Florimond in Sleeping Beauty,
Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1966 (left) and costume by Ezio Frigerio and Mauro Pagaono for Rudolf Nureyev in the role of
Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, London Ballet Festival, 1977 (right). Collection CNCS/Rudolf Nureyev Foundation.
Photographs by Pascal François/CNCS
This special exhibition is dedicated to the life and work of the legendary
dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev (1938–1993). It showcases more than
80 costumes and 50 photographs from the dancer’s personal collection,
entrusted to the Centre national du costume de scène, France, by
the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, and incorporates key loans
from active ballet companies.
“You live as long as you dance,” was Nureyev’s
mantra throughout his meteoric rise as an internationally
acclaimed dancer, choreographer, ballet master, and company director.
“The objects in the exhibition are the witnesses to his real life—they make up the daily
luggage of this eternal traveler, of this rootless soul who found his identity in dance
studios, rehearsal rooms, and on stages around the world,” says Delphine Pinasa,
the director of the Centre national du costume de scène.
Reflecting Nureyev’s lifelong obsession with the details of fabric, decoration,
and stylistic line, the costumes in this exhibition represent every period
of his long career. As a meticulous performer, Nureyev demanded costumes
that were not only beautiful, but precisely engineered to suit the
physical demands of his dance. He also loved sumptuous
decoration, and these costumes reflect his highly-refined aesthetic;
fantasias of embroidery, jewels, and braid.
“Rudolf worked very closely with designers and no detail was too small. Lengthy
discussions encompassing world history and the history of art, design, and
performance were part of creating his ballets,” says Jill D’Alessandro,
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s curator of costume and textile arts.
Nureyev’s dramatic escape from the Soviet Union in 1961,
combined with his dashing good looks, sexual energy,
and the triumphant success of his ballets, made him an international
sensation by the age of 23. This exhibition highlights
how he was part of the intense new celebrity culture taking hold in the early 1960s.
“Nureyev was considered ballet’s first pop star,” says D’Alessandro. “From his very first appearances on stage at Covent Garden, ‘Rudimania’ set London ablaze.” Like Mick Jagger and John Lennon, Nureyev drew adoring crowds and was constantly photographed, and he was an enthusiastic participant in the ‘70s nightclub scene and international jet set.
On the 20th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s death, Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance opened yesterday and
is on display through February 17, 2013 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s
Golden Gate Park.
Organized in collaboration with the Centre national du costume de scène
in Moulins, France and the Fine
Arts Museums of San Francisco, the de Young is the exhibition’s exclusive US venue.
THE ANIMOTION SHOW
an evening of music and painting which brings together Scotland and
Russia to reflect the creative spirit of the court of Catherine the Great.
Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie joins cellist Philip Sheppard
and vocal consort Canty in a world premiere performance, while Russian
visual artist Maria Rud creates a new work of art in the Grand Gallery.
The program reflects the creative spirit of Catherine's court,
incorporating early Russian sacred music and work by Bortniansky, who
composed for Catherine herself, as well as contemporary pieces.
AniMotion is a concept developed by acclaimed Russian artist Maria Rud in
collaboration with a host of musicians across a range of genres. The
musicians perform, whilst Rud paints a narrative piece that reflects the
symbiosis between art and music in Russian culture.
Thursday, October 11, at The National Museum of Scotland in
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM the Academy Award winner will receive the Will Award at The Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala on
Monday, October 15, in Washington, DC.
The Harman Center for the Arts Gala provides indispensable funds for the Theatre’s education and outreach programs including the annual Free For All.
The evening begins with cocktails and a special multidisciplinary performance in Sidney Harman Hall including the presentation of the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre. Michael Kahn describes this year’s recipient, F. Murray Abraham, as “the embodiment of what every classical actor strives for: a model representative of the arts who has garnered critical acclaim on stage, film and television.”
After the performance, guests will finish the evening at the National Building Museum with dinner,
dessert and dancing with the evening’s performers.
A BENEFIT PERFORMANCE FOR THE SOUTH STREET
An immersive evening of readings and films, starring Matthew Broderick as
Ishmael, Edward Herrmann as Ahab, and John Douglas Thompson as Father
Mapple, with historian and author Nathaniel Philbrick as narrator and
Monday, October 15 at the Hosack Hall, New York Academy of Medicine in
New York City.
Reception to follow for ticket buyers at the $250 level and above.
CAR AND WATCH TAKE TOP BIDS IN
JAMES BOND AUCTION
2008 Aston Martin 2-Door Coupe used by Daniel Craig as James Bond in
Quantum of Solace topped the auction. Photo: Christie's
Never mind those estimates. Bidders at the James Bond memorabilia gavel
down held last Friday at Christie's in London surpassed even the most
Dame Judi Dench, who plays M, and Samantha Bond, known for her role as
Miss Moneypenny, attended the by invitation only auction and fueled
The auction contained exclusive Bond items direct from the
archives of EON Productions plus donations from Bond cast members.
The October 5th auction coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Bond
The first Bond
film, Dr. No was released Oct. 5, 1962.
Shortly before the live bidding began Christie's and EON Productions
announced that a special, last minute donation had been made: the
orchestral score for the theme song Skyfall, signed on the cover
and co-writer Paul Epworth. The movie is due for release on October 26.
Sung by Adele, Skyfall, topped the iTunes chart
within 10 hours of being released.
As for the auction, while it was no surprise that the 2008 Aston Martin 2-Door Coupe used by
Daniel Craig as James Bond in
Quantum of Solace brought in the most money - the amount was a
shock. With a gavel down estimated of
$161,400-$242,100, the car sold for $389,280.
The luxury car was reportedly bought by an unidentified bidder over the
From then on, the bidding went over the top.
Coming in second was the Automatic Seamaster Professional "Planet Ocean"
wristwatch by Omega worn
by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall.
Estimated to be auctioned for
$9,684-$12,912 the timepiece sold for over $250,000.
Other items under the hammer:
the complete works
- 18 total - of Ian Fleming, Bond's creator. That fetched $147,197,
surpassing the meager estimate of $16,140-$24,210.
A Clapperboard and Pierce Brosnan's director's
chair used during the filming of Golden Eye. had an original
$1,288-$1,932; It sold for triple that amount.
A navy, wool Tom Ford suit worn by Daniel Craig in the new
Skyfall sold for $75,715. It was
estimated to sell for between $3,500 and $5,000.
Daniel Craig's power blue swimming
trunks were a hot number.
He wore the famous size "L"
trunks by La Perla, labeled GrigioPerla and made in Italy, as he
emerged from the sea in the movie Casino Royale.
Estimated to fetch $4,842-$8,070 the swim wear went for $71,725.
A pair of enamel cuff links worn by Chaim Topol as Milos Columbo in For
Your Eyes Only, and a poster board from the movie also tripled their
Bringing in four times their estimate - a set of prop suction pads and a
fiberglass shotgun from Sean Connery's
You Only Live Twice.
An Octopussy circus sign and program from the Roger Moore James Bond
film also went up for grabs.
Proceeds of the auction will go toward benefiting a group
of charities including UNICEF, Art Fund, ORBIS, and ChildLine.
SEATTLE OPERA ENCOURAGES PATRONS TO
STORM THE STAGE
Usually operas are considered high tone events, attended by well dressed,
polite people who know how to politely applaud.
For their upcoming production of Fidelio which opens October 13,
the Seattle Opera is taking a different approach.
Storm the stage.
Beethoven's only opera is notable both for its stunning music and its
timeless message of hope and love in the face of tyranny and oppression.
To help drive home the universality of Fidelio, Stage Director
Chris Alexander is making use of a modern-day setting that features the
every day citizens of Seattle.
Seattle Opera recently put out a call to
the community, asking for volunteers to serve as supernumeraries ("extras")
- non-singing, non-speaking roles -
joining the large group who swarm the stage and break down the prison
walls in the opera's triumphant final scene.
Fidelio tells the story of a devoted wife who rescues her husband,
wrongly imprisoned for his political beliefs. Seattle Opera is
using "dozens of extras to crowd the stage for the opera's conclusion, a
scene in which prisoners and townspeople celebrate the downfall of a
tyrant, the establishment of justice, and the strength of a humble person
empowered by love."
To honor Beethoven's timeless message, Seattle Opera encouraged people of
all ages and walks of life to audition. Because the production takes place
in the present day, supernumeraries will wear their own clothing, not
Seattle Opera wasn't fooling
around and stressed that "supernumeraries
must be able to commit fully to Seattle Opera's rehearsal and performance
schedule. Photos and video will be taken at the auditions; by
participating you are allowing Seattle Opera to use your image for
marketing and publicity purposes."
The human scenery will be storming the stage through October 27.
SPREADING THE WORD
CONVERSATION WITH AMERICAN LEGEND CAROL
Carol Channing will be on stage October 20th.
live and onstage
of The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on the Campus of Sacred Heart
University in Fairfield, Connecticut on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
Miss Channing will take the stage to candidly reminisce about her stage,
television careers in an Actors Studio-style presentation hosted by Jerry
Goehring, Executive Director of The Edgerton Center.
The evening will include
selected clips from her film, television and stage productions and she
participate in a Q&A with members of the audience.
made her debut on the Broadway stage in 1941's Never Take No for an
her megawatt wide-eyed grin and raspy voice, Channing made a name for
1949 when she starred as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
It was this
role in which she immortalized the anthem Diamonds Are a Girl's Best
Channing's next Broadway hit did not arrive until 1963, when she landed
of Dolly Levi in the blockbuster stage musical Hello, Dolly! She
won a Tony
Award for her performance.
Channing returned to Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly! in 1978
again in 1995 in her Farewell Revival.
In 1966, Channing was awarded an Emmy for the 1966 TV special An
Carol Channing and received an Oscar nod for her supporting
performance in the
film Thoroughly Modern Millie in 1967.
In 1981, Channing was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and in
1995 she was honored at the Tony Awards with a lifetime achievement
Live and onstage
of The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on the Campus of Sacred Heart
University in Fairfield, Connecticut on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
UPDATE - OCTOBER 9, 2012 Due to complications from a recent injury, Ms. Carol Channing's doctors have advised against air travel from the west coast to Connecticut. Carol appreciates everyone's concern and understanding and is looking forward to fulfilling her commitment at a later date.
JOHN TRESCH IN CONVERSATION WITH SIMON CRITCHLEY former
Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers feller discusses his new book The Romantic Machine, with philosopher Simon Critchley.
In his vivid study of Romanticism and industrialization in Paris after Napoleon, Tresch explores the connections between these seemingly disparate movements by drawing on examples from art, literature, opera, scientific discoveries, and technological advancements.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at the New York Public Library.
LOVE STORY THE MUSICAL
Piano shaped, signed Liberace soap. He also put his name on the piano at
the Walnut Street Theatre.
currently having its world premiere at the Walnut Street
Theatre in Philadelphia has a beautiful white Baldwin piano that is
being played by Douglass G. Lutz.
The piano has a history.
Under the lid, there's an undeniable mark of a memorable pianist.
piano is signed by Liberace, who used the Baldwin while playing a concert
in Atlantic City in 1985.
It has also been played by rock star Cyndi
Lauper for a House of Blues concert.
Love Story: The Musical with music and lyrics by Howard Goodall
and Steven Clark
has performances through October 21.
ICE SKATING AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER in The Big Apple officially opens on Tuesday, October 16. You might even be able to partner with Rob McClure who took roller-skating, violin and tightrope-walking lessons for his star turn in the new musical Chaplin about Charlie Chaplin. McClure will
demonstrating whether or not he can stay upright on ice skates.
A BLUE-ARCHED FLY! an expression used by
Prince Philip in
1970, will now be officially attributed to him in the Oxford English
Dictionary, unless anyone else can provide evidence that another person
used that particular expression in public before him.
The expression came about when the husband of Queen Elizabeth was
expressing annoyance at a photographer.
The Duke became irritated when a group of photographers took too long. He
asked a photographer who was rushing around taking pictures of him
whether he was getting enough shots.
When the photographer responded that he "hoped so," Prince Philip snapped
back: 'You should do. You have been running around like a blue-arsed fly.'
The Times reported the phrase - which describes someone in a
constant flurry of activity - on April 22, 1970, and since then it has
become a common phrase in England.
THE ACADEMY AWARD WINNING AND TONY AWARD NOMINATED DIRECTOR
Call The Midwife is a very adult, gritty, riveting BBC 1950's period drama. Photo: BBC
is responsible for the BBC television series titled Call The Midwife.
Tony Award winner Vanessa Redgrave
of the storied Redgrave clan is part of the series,
which made it's American debut on PBS last week.
Eagerly looking forward to it, I thought it was going to be another fluffy British comedy.
Instead, Call The Midwife is a period drama which
follows newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee and the work of midwives and the nuns of
Nonnatus House, an Anglican
nursing convent, coping with the medical problems in a deprived
area of East London in the late 1950s.
Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe,
the series also features Jessica Raine, Pam Ferris, Helen George, Miranda Hart,
Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt, Bryony Hannah, Laura Main, Cliff Parisi,
Stephen McGann,Ben Caplan,Lorraine Stanley, Hayley Squires, Carolina Valdes, Tim Faraday, Lacey Bond,
Benjamin Wilkin, Sarah Ridgeway, and David Annen.
Narrated by Vanessa Redgrave as the voice of the mature Jenny.
Compelling, riveting, enthralling,
this not to be missed series will go down in England as a hit on the level of
Downton Abbey. Hopefully, the result will be the same across the pond.
Actress Miranda Hart and Costume Designer Amy Roberts were both nominated for BAFTA awards in 2012.
Call The Midwife was created by Heidi Thomas based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. The first series of six episodes premiered in the UK on January 15, 2012. A second series of eight episodes of the show has been commissioned and is expected to air in mid-2013 with a 2012 Christmas Special. The series is produced by Neal Street Productions, a film, television and theatre production founded and owned by Mendes.
IN THE COURTS
TONY SPECIALE HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST STAN
over authorship of a play about a secret Harvard tribunal conducted in
1920 to rid the campus of gays. That event was exposed in 2002 by the
university's Crimson newspaper.
The two playwrights, who were once friends,
both authored dramas about the incident.
Tony Speciale's Unnatural Acts received a Drama Desk nominee last
Stan Richardson's play Veritas was staged at the 2010 New York
International Fringe Festival.
Speciale, 33, filed in lawsuit in Manhattan federal court. He asked for a
court order declaring his play doesn't infringe on Richardson's copyright
for Veritas, and also which to be listed as a
co-author of its script.
According to the suit, Speciale and Richardson collaborated on the
development of Veritas until April 2008 when they had a "personal
and professional falling out."
Speciale contends that he and 14 of his Plastic
Theatre colleagues then started writing a new play that approached the
same subject "through a different lens, emphasizing different aspects of
the historical plot than Veritas."
When Unnatural Acts was selected as a "main stage production" of
the Classic Stage Company in 2010, Richardson accused Speciale of stealing his
script, which Speciale says has since kept his play from appearing "in a
variety of venues (including a Broadway option)."
Last August Speciale, a Louisville native, returned to
Louisville to direct a production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
which opened Actors Theatre of Louisville's current season.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO . . .
CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS BARBARA COOK 85th BIRTHDAY CONCERT
Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage in New York City.
Barbara Cook gained fame in musicals like The Music Man for which she won a Tony Award and Candide.
Over the course of her illustrious career, she has played on the biggest stages all across the globe. She was named an honoree at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors.
This living Broadway legend made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1975 and returns to kick off her 85th birthday week-long celebration. The vivacious lady
turns the magic number on
Paul Rudd as Steve who prays for a chain of gospel hotel and Ed Asner as the exterminator Karl
who has a different view on life. Photo: Joan Marcus
by Craig Wright.
Directed by Dexter Bullard.
Starring stage and screen star Paul-Rudd,
Academy Award nominee Michael-Shannon,
and seven-time Emmy winner Edward Asner.
Set in Florida, the dark comic drama examines the meaning of religion
Have faith. And a back up plan.
The 100-minute intermissionless play is explained as: "In alternating
scenes of hilarity and poignancy, life turns surreal for an eclectic foursome
whose destinies collide in the Sunshine State. A wide-eyed young couple (Rudd
& Arrington) head south with big plans to open a chain of Gospel-themed
motels. When an agitated rocket scientist (Shannon) and a prickly
man (Asner) enter the picture, the couple's ordered world is thrown into
The creative team includes scenic designer Beowulf Boritt , Darron L. West
lighting designer David Weiner, costume designer Tif Bullard, J. David
Brimmer, fight director and Nan Zabriskie makeup designer.
Grace premiered to critical acclaim at The Woolly Mammoth
Theatre in Washington, DC, in 2004, and was subsequently seen in a celebrated
production at Northlight Theater in Chicago, and at the Pasadena Playhouse in
A series of special events celebrating the Broadway premiere of
Grace are taking place.
Tomorrow, October 8, the entire cast will appear at the intimate theatre
inside the Apple Store Soho for a
conversation about the play. CNN's Shanon Cook will moderate the event, which
will be recorded for future podcast. The conversation is open to the
will include an opportunity for audience questions.
A Talkback Series will also be held following three Wednesday evening
On October 10 Los Angeles Times journalist Patrick Pacheco
will be joined by the entire cast for a post-show
conversation about the play. On October 17 best-selling Eat Pray
Love author Elizabeth Gilbert
and the Rev. Stephen Phelps of the Riverside Church of New
York will engage in a discussion of faith as it relates to the themes of the
play. On October 24 Dr. Michael Brown of the Marble Collegiate Church NYC,
consulted on Grace during the rehearsal process, will similarly
the issues of faith and religion that are explored in the play.
will take place directly after the evening performances.
The limited run production is at The Cort Theatre in New York City.
I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES written by Neil Simon. Directed by Gregg W. Brevoort.
Starring Kelly Hare, Genevieve Joy and Robert Wuhl.
It's 1980 and struggling screenwriter Herbert Tucker suddenly finds his
estranged 19-year-old daughter Libby has hitchhiked to Hollywood and
landed on his doorstep. After sixteen years of disconnection, Libby sweeps
into Herb's home, convinced that he can give her the silver screen acting
career she desires, and demands the love and fatherly guidance he owes
her. With the isolation of his California bungalow disturbed, Herb is
forced to deal with the realities of fatherhood, and a renewed sense of
direction that may affect his relationship with his on-again-off-again
girlfriend Steffy. This funny and heartwarming story from one of America's
most renowned playwrights proves that even the most dysfunctional families
can undergo astounding transformations.
October 10 - November 11 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA.
ZELDA: AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY
Composed by Frank Wildhorn.
Book and Lyrics by Jack Murphy.
Story by Jack Murphy and Vincent Marini.
Directed by Vincent Marini.
"Anybody can be anything they want to be. you've just gotta first believe
it yourself." - Zelda
"A brand new jazz age musical loosely based on the lives of Scott and
Zelda Fitzgerald.This new musical tells the story of a beautiful southern
belle who meets handsome author F. Scott Fitzgerald at a dance on July 4,
1917. what follows is a love affair for the ages and a couple that comes
to define a new cult of American celebrity. with a score that nods to
Porter and Gershwin, Zelda is an old-fashioned musical told in a
completely new, contemporary way."
The cast is headed by Lauren Kennedy as Zelda Fitzgerald and Tony winner
Jarrod Emick as F. Scott Fitzgerald.
They are joined on stage by Nova Bergeron, Barbara Bradshaw, Charles
Brady, Scott Cote, Ben Dibble, Preston Dyar, Roderick Kennedy, Lauren
Linville, Erin Mosher, Kristin Piro, Elizabeth Racanelli, Robbie Roby,
Julius Rubio, Eric Stretch, Jena Lindsay VanElslander, Todd A. Walker,
Nikol Wolf and Brenna Yeary.
Original choreography by Andy
Blankenbuehler and additional choreography by Jennifer Jancuska and
Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, NC has partnered in the production of this new musical.
Performances at Flat Rock Playhouse, The State Theatre
of North Carolina through October 28, 2012.
with a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by
Martin Charnin. Directed by James Lapine and choreographed by Andy
Annie stars Katie Finneran as Miss Hannigan, Anthony Warlow making
his Broadway debut as Daddy Warbucks and 11-year-old Lilla Crawford as
Annie, with Brynn O'Malley as Grace Farrell, Clarke Thorell as Rooster
Hannigan, and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily St. Regis.
The Orphans are Madi Rae DiPietro as July, Georgi James as Pepper, Junah
Jang as Tessie, Tyrah Skye Odoms as Kate, Taylor Richardson as Duffy,
Emily Rosenfeld as Molly and Jaidyn Young as standby for the roles of
Annie, Pepper, Duffy and July.
The production also features Ashley Blanchet, Jane Blass, Jeremy Davis,
Fred Inkley, Merwin Foard, Joel Hatch, Amanda Lea LaVergne, Gavin Lodge,
Liz McCartney, Desi Oakley, Keven Quillon, David Rossetti, Sarah Solie,
Dennis Stowe and Ryan VanDenBoom.
Starring as Sandy is Sunny, a two-year-old terrier mix who was
discovered by animal trainer William Berloni at the BARC Municipal Animal Shelter
in Houston, TX, only 24 hours before she was scheduled to be put to sleep (killed)
as an unwanted shelter dog. Casey, a one-year-old terrier mix, is the
Sandy understudy. She was discovered at the Maury County Animal Shelter in
Nashville, TN. She was also scheduled to be euthanized (killed) before a
The creative team includes scenic design by David Korins, costume design
by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by
Brian Ronan. Projection design is by Wendall K. Harrington. Music director
is Todd Ellison. Orchestrations are by Michael Starobin. Dance music
arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire. Musical coordinator is Patrick
Vaccariello. Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson. Casting is by Telsey +
Company. Animal training is by William Berloni who was also the trainer of the original
The production of Annie began previews on October 3 and will officially open
November 8 at the Palace Theatre in NYC.
performs Wednesday, October 10 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City. On
Friday she's center stage at the Events Center in Reno, NV. Saturday finds
her at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, CA. Next Sunday, October
14, the show is at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
ESPERANZA SPALDING is
on stage Tuesday, October 9, at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City. On
Friday she'll appear at
Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX and on Saturday she can be
found at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio.
PINK MARTINI is in
Japan this week. On Monday, October 8 they are at the Civic Hall in
Fukuoka. Saturday's performance takes place at the PAC in Hyogo, and
next Sunday the show is at the
Alpha Anabuki Hall in Kagawa, Japan.
BILL COSBY will be
making people laugh Saturday, October 13 at the America Theatre in
Branson, MO. Sunday's laugh fest takes place at the River Center in Baton
MADONNA has a two
night stand Wednesday and Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
On Saturday she begins another two night gig at the MGM Grand in Las
JOSS STONE is in the
spotlight Tuesday, October 9 at the Sound Academy in Toronto, ON.
Wednesday's show is at the Metropolis in
Montreal, QC. On Friday the tour stops at the Casino Ball at Hampton
Beach, NH and on Saturday the performances takes place at the Shubert
New Haven, CT.
JUSTIN BIEBER will be
getting screams Monday, October 8, at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland,
OR. On Tuesday the screams will be coming from the Dome in Tacoma, WA.
Wednesday's performance is at the Rogers Arena in
Vancouver, BC. On Friday he'll be performing
at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB.
HEBE MARIA MONTEIRO DE CAMARGO recipient
of the prestigious 2010 Trustees Award presented by the Board of Trustees of the Latin Recording Academy (Latin Grammy Awards), died September 29, 2012. She was 83. On January 8, 2010, Camargo was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paula for surgery to remove cancer from the peritoneum, followed by
Married twice, her first marriage ended in divorce and produced one child. Her second husband, whom she married in 1973, died in 2000.
Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
The Latin Recording Academy issued the following statement:
A 2010 Latin Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient, Brazilian Hebe Camargo was a singer, actress and radio personality who ultimately blossomed in the field of television. She captured the heart of her country with her top-rated TV show "Hebe," and entertained a nation for more than six decades. Brazil has not only lost its most beloved television icon, 'A Madrinha da Televisão Brasileira' ('the Godmother of Brazilian television'), but one of its most gifted personalities. Her exuberance, talent and smile will be missed, and our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends, colleagues, fans, and to the people of Brazil.
BIG JIM SULLIVAN the
British session guitarist who played on over 1,000 chart recordings,
including 55 No 1 singles,
died October 2, 2012 at home in West Sussex, England. He was 71 and had
long suffered from
heart disease and diabetes.
In 1969 he joined Tom Jones' band and spent time in Las Vegas, where he
Among the numerous talents he worked with were Eddie Cochran,
George Harrison,Marianne Faithfull, David Bowie, Gerry and the Pacemakers,
Frank Zappa and the Who.
He is survived by his wife Norma, their children and grandchildren.
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