February 20, 1987 |
A show like Stardust deals necessarily in nostalgia. It's one of those musical revues in which a number of singers (six in this case) trot through an anthology of songs that have something in common, namely the composer. With Stardust, which opened last night at the Biltmore Theater, it's not a composer but a lyricist, Mitchell Parish, who wrote the words to more pop tunes than most of us realized, from Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" to Domenico Modugno's "Volare," for which he supplied the English lyrics.
February 19, 1987 |
"Stardust: The Mitchell Parish Musical," a musical revue conceived and directed by Albert Harris, based on an idea by Burton L. Litwin and Harris. Lyrics by Parish, music by Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and others. Set by David Jenkins, costumes by Mardi Philips, lighting by Ken Billington, sound by Gary Harris, musical supervision and direction by James Raitt, musical staging by Patrice Soriero. Presented at the Biltmore Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., New York. Let's out with the important information first.
July 19, 1990 |
Tee hee. Robert B. Parker, seeking revenge, finds it in "Stardust. " Parker didn't much care for television executives as he came to know them when ABC based a series, "Spenser For Hire," on his books. So "Stardust" sets Spenser loose on the set of a TV series being shot in Boston - where the now-defunct "Spenser For Hire" was filmed - ostensibly to prevent a murder, and he manages to kill off the egos of not a few TV types along the way. "So many dorks, so little time," is how Spenser bottom-lines show biz. Jill Joyce is the star of "50 Minutes," the aforementioned series, and she claims someone is trying to kill her, or at least hurt her badly.
March 25, 2011
NASA probe set to shut down DENVER - NASA's comet-hunting Stardust probe will perform one last experiment before it shuts down and ends its 12-year career. Engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp., where Stardust was built, planned to command the spacecraft to burn its remaining fuel, which will help them calculate the design for future probes. When its tank is empty and its batteries dead, Stardust will be left in an orbit around the sun. Since launching in 1999, Stardust has traveled 3.5 billion miles.
August 10, 2007 |
"Are we humble because we gaze at the stars, or do the stars gaze at us because we are humble?" narrator Ian McKellen asks at the beginning of Stardust. It's a question that doesn't really get answered in director Matthew Vaughn's doggedly whimsical romantic fantasy, because everybody's too busy with crazy witches, gay buccaneers, miniature elephants and magical unicorns to care. A mash-up of Tolkien, the Grimms and Monty Python, with a young, lovestruck hero (Charlie Cox) and an otherworldly beauty (Claire Danes)
January 4, 2002 |
John Cameron Mitchell's gender-bending, neo-Ziggy Stardust creation Hedwig and the Angry Inch will get a much-deserved encore performance as part of the "Movie Monday" series on Monday night at the Balcony at the Troc. Created as a one-man Off-Broadway performance piece, Hedwig blossomed from there to become a hit show and a film - directed by Mitchell himself and released in theaters in 2001. With some smart songs and a melancholy, absurdist humor, the pic - about a would-be rock star's botched sex-change operation and his/her struggle to win over chain-restaurant patrons on a U.S. "tour" - landed on a goodly number of year-end best-of lists.
February 3, 2004 |
Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden has agreed to a two-year contract extension, according to ESPN.com, which yesterday cited several NFL sources. Gruden, the former Eagles offensive coordinator, coached the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl championship in 2002, but the team went 7-9 this season. With the extension, the 40-year-old Gruden has a contract through the 2008 season that amounts to a seven-year deal worth about $27 million. He does not get more say in personnel matters, the Web site report said.
January 20, 2003 |
Oddsmakers like the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl just about as much as bettors do. Even before the Raiders were finished beating Tennessee last night, they were made a 3 1/2-point favorite over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in two of the city's largest sports books. The line quickly moved to four points in some books and five points in others as the early money was bet on the favored Raiders. The Daily News' Vegas Vic has the Raiders favored by 3 1/2. Stardust sports book director Bob Scucci said he posted a 3 1/2-point line with a little more than 2 minutes left in the Oakland-Tennessee game, and quickly found out the Raiders were going to get a lot of action.
February 16, 1987 |
A strange thing is happening on Broadway. At least four legit attractions that are either already in previews or soon to begin them, plus one long- running musical hit and a solo comedy show, have shaved the prices of all or some of their balcony seats to as low as $6 for selected performances. Stranger still, the bargain seats have not necessarily been jumping out of the racks. According to one theater manager quoted by Variety, "the orchestra always sells first - there is no doubt that for any show, anything but the orchestra is a tough sell.