February 1, 2015 |
Writer Ted Swindley built his 1988 musical Always . . . Patsy Cline on the flimsiest foundation I've seen in a jukebox musical. Given the genre, that's saying a lot. Given that this production has sold the most advance ticket sales of any show in Bristol Riverside Theatre's history, I'm not sure it matters to any fan of Cline's music. Swindley based his two-act show on a true story, but even to call it a story is charitable. "Anecdote," maybe, or "single scene in a Cline biopic," or "footnote in music history that would interest no one . . . " The evening starts with Louise Seger (Jo Twiss)
November 11, 2014 |
SOMETIMES, even the master of horror, Stephen King, needs a little inspiration, a certain something to get the bones rolling in his head. That's where John Mellencamp came in, and that's how their project, the musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," took form - evolving from the standard cabin-in-the-woods idea into a supernatural yarn about brothers at odds, set in the South with a backdrop of Spanish moss and the blues. "I had never written a play, let alone a musical, but I figured we'll learn as we go along," King said in a recent interview with the Daily News . "I had done an outline, but once [Mellencamp]
September 14, 2014 |
THEATER season has kicked off, as always, with the Fringe Festival, now in its 18th year. Between now and the holidays, the region will see a slate of performances ranging from Broadway-blockbusters like "Newsies" to dramas like Arden Theatre's take on "Great Expectations" to one-person presentations on a dizzying array of topics - including a cheeky zoology lesson by Isabella Rossellini. If you blink you'll miss what figures to be the most talked-about one-night stand on the schedule - the musical horror story "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" by Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett.
June 24, 2013 |
Maybe the small screen just can't hold the colossal imagination of Stephen King. Some memorable films - The Shining , The Shawshank Redemption , Stand By Me - have been adapted from the work of the freakishly prolific author. But he hasn't generally translated as well to television, as evidenced by dreary miniseries like The Tommyknockers , The Langoliers, and Bag of Bones . Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has a similarly disappointing track record in the domestic medium ( Taken , Terra Nova , Smash )
November 27, 2012 |
Let's play a word association game: If I say "Mister Man," what image comes to mind? How about "hobbling?" "Dirty birdie?" For much of the moviegoing public, these associations end at the 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King's thriller Misery , with Kathy Bates' deranged nurse and "number-one fan" Annie Wilkes looming over James Caan as her bedbound prisoner, romance author Paul Sheldon. Bates' Oscar-winning performance also looms over Bucks County Playhouse's world premiere stage play Misery , also adapted from King's novel, and that's exactly the problem with this production.
February 3, 2012 |
WRITER-DIRECTOR Ti West goes where many - especially Stephen King - have gone before with "The Innkeepers," a handsome-looking but utterly flat-footed tale of a haunted hotel. The Yankee Pedlar, which looks to date from the early 19th century, is a money-losing operation about to close for good. But desk clerk Luke (Pat Healy) wants to find proof of the hotel's ghost - Madeline O'Malley, a bride who died there - before it closes its doors. And the nerdy, dullish Luke has enlisted Claire, played by Sara Paxton ("Last House on the Left")
December 11, 2011 |
For some inexplicable reason, TV continues to be enthralled with horror writer Stephen King, even though the guy almost single-handedly killed the miniseries format in the 1990s. A&E is the latest channel to bankroll a King-size adaptation. The result, Stephen King's Bag of Bones , is two nights of tedium that starts slowly and loses momentum. At least the project went for star power, enticing Pierce Brosnan (a four-time James Bond) to play Mike Noonan, the dashing author of best-selling novels.
October 30, 2011
For Halloween weekend, match the horror-fiction author with his or her work. Answers: Below. 1. L.A. Banks. 2. Stephen King. 3. Ira Levin. 4. Susie Moloney. 5. Edgar Allan Poe. 6. Horacio Quiroga. 7. Anne Rice. 8. Mary Shelley. 9. Bram Stoker. 10. Koji Suzuki a. The Dark Tower, The Gunslinger . b. Dracula . c. A Dry Spell . d. Frankenstein . e. Interview With the Vampire . f. Ring . g. Rosemary's Baby . h. Stories of Love, Madness, and Death . i. Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque . j. The Vampire Huntress Legend series.
September 11, 2011
You've done your beach reading; now it's time to brush off the sand, go inside, and curl up in a cozy chair with some of fall's best offerings. Do love and marriage really go together like a horse and carriage? Pulitzer-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides takes a mordant look at matrimony in The Marriage Plot . A slew of other notable novelists weigh in with new work, too, including Haruki Murakami, Russell Banks, Amitav Ghosh, Don DeLillo, and Stephen King. On the nonfiction side, Mark Bowden, who chronicled a shooting war in Black Hawk Down , turns to cyber-conflict in Worm: The First Digital World War . Best-selling author Joe McGinniss tells us all about Sarah Palin in The Rogue , Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. leads us on a tour of African American history, Life Upon These Shores , and historian Ian Kershaw recounts the last days of the Third Reich in The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945 . Autobiographies abound, with memoirs from luminaries including Riccardo Muti, Joan Didion, Carrie Fisher, Diane Keaton, Harry Belafonte, and Roger Ebert.
May 26, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Horror writer Stephen King's first play, The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County , featuring haunting melodies by rocker John Mellencamp, is finally ready for the stage. The musical was originally scheduled for its debut at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in 2009, but was postponed. It's now set to open next April at the Alliance. Mellencamp and the play's director weren't getting along, King said Tuesday at the Alliance's season preview presentation. The new director is Susan Booth, the company's artistic director.