May 6, 2010 |
Let's just be honest here: A review of Xanadu, the 2007 musical based on the epically incompetent 1980 film, is kind of beside the point. Even Douglas Carter Beane, who wrote the show's book, cited the movie as Exhibit A for "what happens when you let straight men near the musical. " But its national tour stops at Wilmington's DuPont Theatre this week, and even though - much like its cinematic predecessor - the worse the show gets, the better it is, theater tickets are a lot more expensive than streaming video at your desk, so here goes.
March 14, 1989 |
There is no more fascinating figure than the explorer Marco Polo, or more delightful story-teller than the Italian novelist Italo Calvino. By making a dance about Polo, using a text by Calvino, Mark Taylor would seem to have it made. Xanadu/The Millions, which Taylor presented last night at the Painted Bride as part of the Next Move dance series, only tantalizes the audience with story and text, however. What does his dance have to do with Polo, travel, cities, or Calvino's comments on these subjects?
January 30, 2012
Dimitra Arliss, 79, who played a hired killer alongside Robert Redford and Paul Newman in the caper comedy The Sting , has died in Los Angeles. Jaime Larkin, a spokesperson for the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital, says Arliss died Thursday at the Woodland Hills facility of complications from a stroke. The Ohio native began her acting career at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. On Broadway, Arliss starred opposite Stacy Keach in Indians and with Kevin Kline and John Malkovich in Arms and the Man . After appearing as a "hit lady" in the 1973 hit The Sting , she was seen in Xanadu , starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, and in Clint Eastwood's Firefox . Her numerous television credits include Dallas , Quincy M.E. , and Rich Man, Poor Man . - AP
July 11, 2007 |
Xanadu is the most outrageous thing on 14 feet. The tootsies belong to the seven Muses (I know, there are supposed to be nine Muses; don't ask) who turn the stage of the Helen Hayes Theatre into a chaotic madness that only their dad, Zeus, could engineer. In this case, the king of the mythical Greek gods must be channeling through the playwright Douglas Carter Beane, responsible for last season's hilarious The Little Dog Laughed. Beane was hounded by Xanadu's neophyte producers to take a miserably conceived 1980 movie musical of the same name and turn it into a stage version.
February 29, 1996 |
Simon Callow is the first to concede that the subject of his huge and hugely fascinating new biography, Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu, was an actor-writer-director "immeasurably more gifted than I am. " Still, there is something unmistakably Wellesian in Callow's personality - a protean, obsessive energy. Over the six years he spent researching and writing this first installment in a planned two-volume investigation of Welles' life and legacy, Callow managed to appear in a half-dozen films, most prominently as the kilt-wearing bon vivant and titular dead guy of Four Weddings and a Funeral.
April 10, 1992 |
For whatever obscure reason, the combination of orphans and music sings box-office gold on Broadway. They may be parentless, but what lineage! First there was Oliver!, who dared to ask for more. Then along came Annie, who warbled hopefully about "Tomorrow. " But not even that moppet-princess of this melodic, if ragtag, tradition could have imagined the contrived yesterday of Newsies, Disney's musical about New York newsboys who strike against Joseph Pulitzer in 1899. Set in a studio New York that appears to be confected from gingerbread, this offbeat mix of Oliver!
August 6, 2005 |
Less than a week into the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp in Latrobe, Pa., Steelers running back Duce Staley is hurting again, missing a third consecutive day of practice yesterday with right knee irritation. Staley needed fluid drained from his right knee after only 1 full day of practice, a condition that sometimes can require arthroscopic surgery. Coach Bill Cowher said Staley could return next week. But the Steelers similarly downplayed a midseason hamstring injury a year ago that resulted in Staley's carrying only 41 times the rest of the season after he averaged 101 yards through seven games.
May 4, 2011 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Standing in another half-built development that will get hundreds of millions of dollars in tax incentives, Gov. Christie ushered in the arrival of the "American Dream" in North Jersey on Tuesday. The much-maligned and long-delayed Xanadu development at the Meadowlands, which Christie called the "the ugliest damn building in New Jersey, and maybe America," will get a makeover by the Canadian developer who built Mall of America in Minnesota. Next to the Jets and Giants stadium, with a dead-on view of the Manhattan skyline, the newly minted complex, called American Dream at Meadowlands, will feature high-end shopping, a 26-screen movie theater, nightclubs, a performing arts theater, restaurants, an indoor ice-skating rink, and an indoor ski slope (with moguls and a snowboard half-pipe)
May 3, 2011 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Standing in another half-built development that will get hundreds of millions of dollars in tax incentives, Gov. Christie today ushered in the "American Dream" to northern New Jersey. The much-maligned and long-delayed Xanadu development at the Meadowlands, which Christie himself has called the "the ugliest damn building in New Jersey, and maybe America," will get a makeover by the Canadian developer who built Mall of America in Minnesota. Next to the Jets' and Giants' stadium, with a dead-on view of the Manhattan skyline, the complex to be called American Dream at Meadowlands will feature high-end shopping, a 26-screen movie theater, nightclubs, a performing arts theater, world-class restaurants, an indoor ice skating rink, and an indoor ski slope (with moguls and a snowboard half-pipe)
February 4, 2010 |
Saying that some of New Jersey's biggest assets have turned into liabilities, Gov. Christie yesterday created a commission that will look for ways to make the most of the Meadowlands and the state's casinos and horse tracks. The panel is charged with recommending solutions to long-standing problems that have created a cannibalistic fight over policy and entertainment dollars within the state. Atlantic City casinos have battled horse racing establishments for gambling money.