March 11, 2008 |
LONDON -- It took five years for the Broadway musical "Hairspray" to make its way to London, but the delay didn't hurt. Just as the original swept the Tonys, so did the British version lead the field at the Laurence Olivier theater awards, taking four major prizes including best musical. Newcomer Leanne Jones was named best actress in a musical for her performance as Tracy Turnblad, a teenager who dreams of dancing away the racial divide in 1960s Baltimore.
April 14, 2000 |
In the last two decades Om Puri has become one of India's major screen actors and now he's emerging as an international star as well. In the acclaimed British comedy "My Son the Fanatic" he was a nonreligious taxi driver whose life is turned upside down when his son becomes an Islamist. Now, in "East Is East," he's the traditionalist, the Pakistani proprietor of a Manchester fish and chips shop, married 25 years to an Englishwoman (Linda Bassett), who has borne him seven children.
September 10, 2000
Theater A harried reservations clerk at a four-star hotel, a high-strung maitre d', an egomaniacal chef, supermodels, Wall Street high-rollers, little old rich ladies, Hollywood producers, members of the Mafia: Mark Setlock, right, plays them all in the original New York production of "Fully Committed," Becky Mode's solo comedy directed by Nicholas Martin. Opens Friday at the Coronet Theatre. Also: Karen Morrow stars and John Bowab directs as Reprise!
May 22, 2010
The "Tonight Show" war between Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien could surface again in this year's Emmy Awards. Both versions are entered for consideration as outstanding variety, music or comedy series. O'Brien left the "The Tonight Show" in January after being pushed aside when NBC decided to bring Leno back to late night. O'Brien's production company submitted his "Tonight Show" for Emmy consideration to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, while NBC entered Leno's "Tonight Show" into the race.
October 30, 1987 |
After the freshness and subtlety of "My Beautiful Laundrette"--the assured manner in which Hanif Kureishi's screenplay folded together the subjects of race, sex, age, class and money in present-day London and the deft generosity with which Stephen Frears directed it--it is no fun to report that, by whatever name, "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" (advertised decorously in The Times and elsewhere as "Sammy and Rosie") is stunningly, ponderously bad. (It is at the Beverly Center Cineplex.