March 25, 2009 |
The Royal Shakespeare Company's "King Lear," directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Ian McKellen, which played here at UCLA's Royce Hall in October 2007 -- without me in the audience, unfortunately -- becomes available to all Americans tonight via the PBS "Great Performances" series. It's not a straight live filming of the stage production but has been redesigned for television, though with the same players wearing, as far as I can tell, the same clothes.
January 7, 2009 |
There may be prohibitive reasons, doubtless having to do with money, but in my perfect world every noteworthy or even more than halfway interesting theatrical production would be committed to film or tape or a digital hard drive and make its way to the wider world, by which I mean television. In my telescoped memory, it seems that this happened quite often when I was small, and at its best delivered an electric charge particular to live performance.
October 11, 2004 |
New York City Ballet closed its two-venue Southland visit over the weekend with performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion that balanced the familiar mastery of early and late works by George Balanchine with the novelty of a recent, splashy kiddie-ballet by resident company choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
August 8, 2003 |
The recent deaths of Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Bob Hope should have reminded us again how perishable movie legends can be -- at least in the flesh. They seemed to have been with us forever: Hepburn, the indomitable star actress from Bryn Mawr, Peck the handsome leading man from La Jolla, and the wise-cracking, indefatigable Hope, a sharp-tongued comedian born in England but raised in Cleveland. Then, suddenly, within the span of several weeks, they were all gone.
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May 5, 2002 |
Edna Mae Robinson, 86, the ex-wife of boxing great "Sugar Ray" Robinson and a one-time performer at Harlem's famous Cotton Club, died Thursday at her home in New York. The cause of death was not announced. Edna Mae Holly was the daughter of a clergyman when she met Robinson, a Detroit native who had moved to New York. They were married in July 1943, and she was with Robinson for the most important years of his career. The couple divorced in 1960 after having one child.
August 26, 2000 |
Andrea Andermann's "La Traviata From Paris" combines lush and colorful indoor/outdoor locations from the French capital with Verdi's familiar tragic opera. Actual Parisian sites--the Hotel Boisgelin in Act I, the park in Versailles called Hameau de la Reine for Act II, the Petit Palais and the Ile St.-Louis, subsequently--are used for the scenery and sets.
March 28, 2000 |
"There are people who take tap class, do a tap dance," says Savion Glover. "And then there are people who know the dance, who know why they take tap classes. Who know why they do 20 shuffles, or 50 shuffles, before they go on." Sitting in a chair at the side of a practice studio in Manhattan, he lifts his right foot and illustrates a shuffle as he talks. Tatut, tatut, tatut, say the metal taps, crisply.
July 11, 1999 |
It may have been the loneliest walk Chinese goalkeeper Gao Hong ever took. A few yards away, the U.S. Women's World Cup team was celebrating its victory over China in Saturday's final, gained when Gao was unable to stop any of the five penalty kicks taken by the U.S. in the tiebreaking procedure. Farther away, near midfield, Gao's teammates had gathered to commiserate over a loss in which they showed little of the flair or scoring prowess that previously had distinguished their game.
February 10, 1999 |
MOVIES 'Fantasia' Goes Imax: "Fantasia 2000"--Disney's long-awaited update of the popular 1940 film--will be released in 100 Imax theaters worldwide on Jan. 1 for an exclusive four-month run. That will follow orchestral premieres in five cities--beginning Dec.