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.
July 5, 1998 |
Monday "FANatic" / 11 p.m. MTV Ever dream about being the next Larry King ... Oprah Winfrey ... Kurt Loder? You know, the inquisitive one who poses all the personal questions everyone says they would ask of famous people. Well, that time has arrived for the lucky individuals chosen to interview their favorite celebrities on this new weeknight show. The first week features Wesley Snipes, Van Halen, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Boyz II Men, Bruce Willis and Everclear. Tuesday All-Star Game / 5 p.m.
March 12, 1998 |
Frank Sinatra has been such a primal force in virtually every area of the entertainment world for so long, as well as a perpetual object of gossip column scrutiny, that his importance as a musical genius is sometimes overlooked. "Frank Sinatra: The Very Good Years" on PBS' "Great Performances" doesn't quite provide a complete picture of the length and breadth of his extraordinary abilities--it would take a series of specials to do that.
December 12, 1996 |
"Loosely Mozart: The New Innovators of Classical Music" sounds like the name of an undergraduate course aimed at attracting young listeners away from pop. In fact, it's the title of a PBS "Great Performances" special featuring singer-conductor Bobby McFerrin, pianists Chick Corea and Marcus Roberts, and a string trio consisting of Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O'Connor and Edgar Meyer. And it's a title obviously designed to counter New York City's long-running "Mostly Mozart" concert series.
November 11, 1995 |
Mikhail Pletnev is one of those conductors who, when the violins are sawing furiously, the woodwinds whirring dizzily and the brass blazing away, likes to stand there rapt and still, the calm at the center of a howling storm, basking in the fury. In a quiet, cuter moment, he will turn to the violins, give a little smirk, raise an eyebrow, bob his head and flip his wrist--a mime to the music. He's not exactly a showboater (he's too controlled for that), but he's a bit of a ham.
August 10, 1995 |
There's a surprise at the Theatre District's funky barn-style space, adjacent to the Anti-Mall here. While the neighboring cluster of shops for Gen-Xers and Pre-Xers preens with studied post-industrial style (the Anti-Mall is a kind of "Waterworld" to shop in), the theater's current show is out of another world entirely. William Inge's "Bus Stop" is back, and it's good to hear it again. Especially when it's this well done, as if the 40-year-old play were new. Nobody writes like Inge anymore.
May 3, 1995 |
Theater lovers may sometimes look down their noses at television, but the first installment of "Act One '95," the Met Theatre series funded by several TV production companies, should make that stage snobbery fade like so many summer reruns. It's true that this one-act festival, now in its second year, has been made with more in mind than just the thrill of hearing live applause. The sponsors--led by Showtime Networks Inc.