May 1, 2011 |
And now, Broadway, coming to a movie theater near you. Wait a minute. Broadway - in a movie theater? Isn't one of the main properties of live theater that it's not a movie? Well, these days, yes and no. This weekend through Tuesday, Broadway's current Tony-winning best musical - Memphis - is playing in about 530 cinemas throughout America, including 10 screens here, and it's not some Hollywood version. It's the actual show, taped in high definition with six cameras over a series of performances from the Shubert Theatre stage, where it's in its 670th performance Sunday.
April 1, 1988 |
Those who think that there are no female war movies obviously have never seen Stage Door (1937), in which aspiring actresses plot their Broadway campaigns. Adapted from the Edna Ferber-George S. Kaufman play, Gregory La Cava's boardinghouse comedy stars Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn, who are tartly supported by the wisecracking Lucille Ball, Eve Arden and Ann Miller. Those who think that Hepburn would naturally rise to command this Broadway battle obviously have never seen Rogers give orders.
September 14, 1988 |
The most exciting dance events looming on the horizon outside of Philadelphia will break on New York's Great White Way rather than in one of its many theaters devoted to dance. The producers who brought tango and flamenco to national attention a few years back will likely do the same for American black dance when Black and Blue opens at the Minskoff Theater Dec. 4. Conceived by Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzoli, Black and Blue features an all-star lineup of dancers, singers and musicians from the world of jazz and popular dance.
April 23, 1992 |
After experiencing the song, rap and dance extravaganza that is the Hammer "Too Legit" show, it's tempting to suggest the "legit" that Hammer can't quit wishing for is the legitimate Broadway stage. Witnessed last night at the Spectrum, the Hammer spectacle has pretentions closer to "A Chorus Line" than to your average Public Enemy or L.L. Cool J concert. It's an ensemble effort, and one that swallows up the Hammer man on more than a few occasions. Still, I suspect Hammer likes it that way. As a self-styled patron of the arts, he can assume the role of producer/band leader (a la Quincy Jones)
January 30, 2011 |
The second half of the region's bustling theater season comes alive with plays fresh from Broadway and Off-Broadway - mixed in, as always, with world premieres, American premieres, and, this year, a series of Irish plays on different professional stages. In April, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts brings some new stage work with a French twist. - Howard Shapiro Inquirer theater critic Spring Arts - Theater: Spring theater Lidless A new play by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig concerns a retired Guantanamo Bay interrogator - a woman who is confronted by a former detainee with an extreme demand for a part of her liver.
November 9, 1989 |
It's an off week in the video world, offering only three moderately interesting titles: a lukewarm adaptation of a Broadway play, a disappointing retelling of A Christmas Carol and a predictable teen comedy. MISS FIRECRACKER (1989) (HBO) $89.99. 102 minutes. 1/2 Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins, Alfre Woodard, Scott Glenn. Hunter reprises her Off-Broadway turn as a backwater beauty-queen aspirant in the screen adaptation of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest.
July 11, 1993 |
The U.S. Postal Service, riding a crest of spectacular sales with its Legends of American Music Series of commemoratives, will issue Wednesday a booklet of 29-cent stamps recalling four famous Broadway musicals. The commemoratives, 20 to a booklet, will depict scenes from My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess, Show Boat and Oklahoma! The stamp for Oklahoma! was issued earlier this year as a separate sheet of 40 stamps. The issuance will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Broadway.
June 12, 2011 |
The Tony Awards, Broadway's highest accolades, will be televised Sunday - the night each year when Broadway is most clearly on the nation's radar. But in cities big and small, Broadway means more than a Manhattan street or the 40 stages that represent the pinnacle of American commercial theater. Broadway, because of a vibrant schedule of popular national tours, is no longer confined to Broadway. Consider: The national tour of Billy Elliot , a Tony winner still running on Broadway, is playing in Dallas.
March 2, 1986 |
The latest definition of a "veteran" theatergoer is someone who can remember when the advertisements for Broadway shows always included the price of tickets. Today, the folks who write the ads apparently assume that if you have to ask the ticket price beforehand, you probably can't afford it. The top price for a hit musical like Cats is now $45, up from $30 five years ago. The average ticket price - total ticket revenue divided by total attendance - is about $29, almost three times what it was 10 years ago. Some in the industry have cast these high prices as the villain in the harsh economic drama now playing on Broadway.
April 7, 1989 |
The people on the line that started at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on W. 46th Street and swung around onto Broadway weren't your typical opening-night crowd. Leather and denim replaced mink and Armani, and some theatergoers quickly abandoned their plush seats in the low-ceilinged hall for a spot in front of the stage. Ushers tried to persuade them to return to their seats but, exasperated, quickly gave up. Outside, the brightly lit marquee said it all: "Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: On Broadway March 1-5. " Rock 'n' roll and Broadway are hardly strangers, although they may seem like an odd combination.