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Culture Monster--Big premiere: Darren Aronofsky's ballet thriller "Black Swan," starring Natalie Portman as an on-the-rise dancer dealing with a new rival, played by Mila Kunis, will open the Venice Film Festival. (Huffington Post) --Speaking of Aronofsky: Takashi...
Gold Derby nuggets: Hugh Laurie sings the blues | 'Mad Men' all dolled up | Al Pacino back to BroadwayGold Derbyâ¢ If any actor has a right to sing the blues, it is Hugh Laurie, who hasn't had any luck with the Emmys despite four previous nominations for playing the cantankerous title character in "House, M.D." Although he's contending again this year in the...
Culture MonsterModern musical theater tends to be showy--think "Fela," "Billy Elliot," "Wicked"--if not sometimes a little bit over the top. But for every proposed budget-busting "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," there can be a new, intimate, even personal musical. And...
Fashion CriticHe may be best known as Elton John's other half, but David Furnish is also a filmmaker and the producer responsible for bringing the critically acclaimed musical "Billy Elliot" to Broadway this month. He also happens to have a wicked fashion sense that'...
In many ways, the first act of "9 to 5: The Musical" played out 35 years ago at a Catholic high school in a small Midwestern city better known for churning out screws than producing titans of stage and screen. Surrounded by cornfields, the middle-class...
The Virginia GazetteBroadway in Richmond concluded its season last weekend with the legendary musical "West Side Story." The play was at the Landmark Theater for a few performances and continued on its national tour which will find it in about 65 different cities by the...
Tags: Entertainment, Dance, Les Miserables (movie), Music, Theater
Since being mean to children is frowned upon these days — we've come a long way since Charles Dickens' gallery of cruel Victorian authority figures who love to bait an orphan — any critic wishing to note that the kids in a show are...
The Hartford CourantInternational Festival of Arts & Ideas: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" brings together the puppet masters (South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company) and director (Tom Morris) of the sensational "War Horse" which stunned audiences in London, Broadway and is...
It takes a brave woman to step in for the powerful pipes of Broadway's Linda Eder. But that's exactly what Emily Skinner had to do back in 1997. During previews of "Jekyll & Hyde," which showcased Eder, the actress lost her voice. At the last minute,...
You might recall the Elvis Costello lyric in "Tramp the Dirt Down," referencing Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died Monday: "I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down." Then there is the Morrissey lyric: "The kind people...
Tags: BBC, Barack Obama, Entertainment, Poetry, Boris Johnson
The art of the dance is enjoying a popularity not experienced since the 1950s when members of its royal family were Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Ann Miller. TV's "Dancing with the Stars" shares some of the credit — along with musical...
Tags: Entertainment, Dance, Margaret Thatcher, Music, Government
NEW YORK — Even as the U.S. Supreme Court debates what is marriage, the sentimental and hugely enjoyable new Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" is debating the nature of manhood, with a fabulous twist. But as timely as this show suddenly seems to be...
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