‘Captain EO’ lands back at Disneyland
“Captain EO” and Michael Jackson are returning to Disneyland.
The park says it will show the 1986 Jackson musical beginning Tuesday and running indefinitely in the Tomorrowland theater, replacing the 3-D show “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.”
Jackson, who died of a drug overdose last year, plays the role of a spaceship captain who uses love and music to fight a witch queen played by Anjelica Huston. The original ran at Disneyland from 1986 to 1997.
-- associated press Domingo will have surgery
Plácido Domingo is scheduled to have surgery after experiencing physical discomfort and lower abdominal pain for more than a week during his recent appearances in Tokyo.
Domingo, 69, decided to fly to New York for a complete physical and was told there by doctors that the tenor needs to undergo “medically recommended preventive surgery,” according to his spokeswoman, Nancy Seltzer. She declined to be more specific about the nature of Domingo’s health problems.
Seltzer said Domingo would miss performances of “Tamerlano” in London that were scheduled to begin March 5. She said that it was hoped that the tenor would be able to return to his performance schedule in about six weeks. The general director of L.A. Opera is scheduled to perform in “Die Walküre” as part of the company’s “Ring” cycle starting May 30.
-- David Ng L.A. Phil drops Golijov piece
The Los Angeles Philharmonic has removed a new piece by composer Osvaldo Golijov from its scheduled Colburn Celebrity Series recital on March 23.
A spokeswoman for the orchestra said that the untitled new work won’t be completed in time for the performance. The orchestra did not name a replacement piece for the recital, which also features works by Chopin and Schumann.
A co-commission of the L.A. Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall, the Golijov piece was supposed to be performed in New York on March 17 and then in San Francisco on March 20.
-- David Ng Comic sells for $1 million
A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman sold Monday for $1 million, smashing the previous record price for a comic book.
A 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1, widely considered the Holy Grail of comic books, was sold from a private seller to a private buyer, neither of whom released their names. The issue features Superman lifting a car on its cover and originally cost 10 cents.
The transaction was conducted by the auction site ComicConnect.com. Stephen Fishler, co-owner of the site and its sister dealership, Metropolis Collectibles, orchestrated the sale.
“It’s considered by most people as the most important book,” said John Dolmayan, a comic book enthusiast and dealer best known as the drummer for System of a Down. “It kind of ushered in the age of the superheroes.”
There are only about 100 copies of Action Comics No. 1 believed to be in existence.
-- associated press One last one from Bad Blake
Jeff Bridges, T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham will make what may be their swan song appearance together in conjunction with the film “Crazy Heart” when they perform one of the movie’s songs at the 25th anniversary Spirit Awards ceremony on March 5 in Los Angeles.
Rather than singing the much-lauded theme “The Weary Kind,” the original song Oscar nominee that Bingham and Burnett wrote, the trio plans to offer up “Fallin’ and Flyin’,” written by late Texas singer and songwriter Stephen Bruton, who oversaw the film’s music with producer Burnett. Bruton died of cancer shortly after completing the work.
Bridges is now gearing up to start filming Joel and Ethan Coen’s new version of “True Grit,” and a spokeswoman for the actor said this may be the final public performance connected with his Academy Award-nominated role as down-and-out country singer Bad Blake.
-- Randy Lewis Finally
Get back: Paul McCartney will play the Hollywood Bowl on March 30, his first concert at the venue since 1993. Tickets go on sale Sunday.