July 22, 2013
Coming This Week By Steven Rea Crystal Fairy Crystal Fairy They may have killed him off in This Is the End , but Michael Cera is back in this psychotropic road movie, about the quest for some storied hallucinogens. Set in Chile, with Gaby Hoffman as the title character, the film was a big hit at Sundance. No MPAA rating The To Do List Wilmington's Aubrey Plaza embarks on a crash sex-ed course - she's a high school senior matriculating to college and worried about her skill sets - in this raunchy coming-of-age comedy from writer/director Maggie Carey.
June 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Two 11-year-old actresses who have played orphans and been understudies in the Broadway revival of Annie have been picked to permanently take over from Lilla Crawford in the title role, a step up that has left them beaming. Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink, both natural redheads, will share the role of the stage's most famous redhead beginning July 30. Crawford's last performance will be July 28. "It's very exciting," said Sadie, who has played Annie before but not on Broadway.
June 11, 2013
Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , Christopher Durang Best Revival of a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Best Revival of a Musical Pippin Best Book of a Musical Matilda The Musical , Dennis Kelly Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Kinky Boots, music and lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Actor in a Leading Role/Play Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
March 6, 2013 |
Don Quichotte is an opera that one longs to love. Composed by Jules Massenet in 1909, when he'd already racked up a lot of operatic mileage, it could've been his King Lear counterpart - the classic tale of an aging, delusional knight lending itself to the composer's innate lyricism and, in a refreshing reversal, giving the baritone the big death scene that usually goes to sopranos. Yet in a rare outing at the Academy of Vocal Arts on Saturday, Don Quichotte was sometimes a case of unrequited love.
May 5, 2011
Sidney Michaels, 83, a playwright who was nominated for Tony Awards in three consecutive seasons in the 1960s, died April 22 in Westport, Conn. His daughter-in-law, Jennifer Jennings, confirmed his death. Mr. Michaels had Alzheimer's disease. He made a splash on Broadway in 1962 with his play Tchin-Tchin , an Americanized version of a farcical, bittersweet French comedy about a pair of betrayed spouses attempting, ineptly, to gain their revenge by having an affair of their own. It was nominated for a Tony for best play in the spring of 1963, though it lost to Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
October 31, 2010 |
TORONTO - "Life sure comes easy for the beautiful," quips one rueful soul in Tamara Drewe , gazing at the title character - played by the unarguably beautiful Gemma Arterton - as she bobs around the English countryside, turning heads, and turning a peaceful writers' retreat into a cauldron of lust. And here, at the Toronto Film Festival in September, Arterton and her director, Stephen Frears , were on hand to premiere their larky farce. Adapted from Posy Simmonds' British comic strip, which, in turn, was inspired by Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd , the movie follows Tamara as she returns to her Dorset village a changed young woman.
October 17, 2010
Simon MacCorkindale, 58, who starred on British television in Casualty and in the United States in Falcon Crest , died Thursday of bowel cancer in a London clinic. Once talked up as a potential James Bond, Mr. MacCorkindale had a more modest career. He won the starring role in Manimal as a crime-fighting college professor capable of metamorphosing into any animal, but it survived for just eight episodes on NBC in 1983. Mr. MacCorkindale had better luck on CBS's Falcon Crest , appearing in 59 episodes from 1984 to 1986 as womanizing lawyer Greg Reardon.
July 8, 2010
Singer Cesare Siepi, 87, who performed hundreds of times at the Metropolitan Opera and was well-known for the role of Don Giovanni, died Monday at an Atlanta hospital after suffering a stroke more than a week earlier. His distinctive bass helped make him a favorite in such roles as Mephistopheles in Faust as well as the title role in Don Giovanni . His Met career began in 1950 and ran until the early 1970s. Mr. Siepi was a native of Milan, Italy. He had lived in the United States for many years and performed in two Broadway musicals, Bravo Giovanni and Carmelina . - AP
January 13, 2010 |
Verdi's Stiffelio is an infrequent visitor to the Metropolitan Opera - or any company - and couldn't be a more unlikely vehicle for an important vocal debut. Yet Philadelphia-based tenor Michael Fabiano, one of the Academy of Vocal Arts' most promising graduates, made it work for his Met debut on Monday amid the building critical mass of his career. Fabiano, 25, is also a big and not-always-sympathetic presence in The Audition, the excellent documentary film about the Met's National Council Auditions, to be broadcast nationally on PBS (at 3 p.m. Jan. 31 on WHYY and at 2, 6 and 8 p.m. Jan. 25 on the Y Arts channel)