May 29, 1996 |
How to get from here to there? "Away We Go," a zippy children's musical, has the answer, if you happen to be in New York. Written by the late Jonathan Larson--whose hot pop opera "Rent," now playing on Broadway, received the Pulitzer Prize for drama--and by songwriting veteran Bob Golden ("Sesame Street" and "Lamb Chop's Play-Along"), the fast-paced, live-action film follows two children, with notable simplicity, on their homeward-bound journey through New York.
December 24, 2000
Movies The 1962 Cuban missile crisis unfolds through the eyes of Kennedy confidant Kenny O'Donnell in "13 Days." Roger Donaldson directs Steven Culp, above, as Robert F. Kennedy, Bruce Greenwood as John F. Kennedy and Kevin Costner as their trusted advisor. Opens Christmas Day in selected theaters. * Steven Soderbergh directs a large ensemble cast in "Traffic," a multilayered exploration of the U.S. war on drugs.
June 2, 1996 |
'Mary Poppins Hoppin' Mad!" cried the New York Post. Julie Andrews spurned the Tony nomination when she felt that the nominators spurned her show, the depressingly mediocre "Victor/Victoria." Because the Tonys are both an award and a national commercial, a sense of entitlement seems to cling to the annual event. Both Jackie Mason and David Merrick have tried to sue the folks who administer the Tony Awards. I can't remember anyone suing the Pulitzer committee.
March 18, 1997 |
Touring productions of two of Broadway's biggest current hits, "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk" and "Chicago," have been added to the Ahmanson Theatre's 1997-98 season, artistic director-producer Gordon Davidson announced Monday. Together with the previously announced "Rent," the three make up a chain of hot Broadway musicals. The fourth show in the season, yet to be named and scheduled for the summer of 1998, will be a non-musical play, Davidson said.
April 14, 2008 |
When it comes to stage shows, why are some things sung, not spoken? 24th Street Theatre investigates that question in its 10th annual Saturday Explorer Series, a festival of quirky family works.
April 12, 1996 |
For a while, Hans Zimmer's circle of life didn't seemed destined to end up in Hollywood. In 1988, the German-born, British-educated film composer arrived in Los Angeles deep in debt to work on the musical score for what would become director Barry Levinson's Oscar-winning film "Rain Man." Zimmer hoped to wrap up the job in a couple of weeks, then return to his London home, far away from the town that intimidated him with its reputation for eating alive young talent.
August 7, 1998 |
It's human nature that the more something is hyped, the more people tend to sit back, fold their arms and skeptically await it to live up to the hoopla. So it's no surprise that by the time "Rent" reached Southern California last summer, nearly 1 1/2 years after its dramatic emergence off-Broadway, got mixed reactions.
April 21, 1997 |
"Rent" and the latest revival of "Chicago," two hit musicals going on tour for the first time, have been scheduled for the 1997-98 Broadway Series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Rounding out the subscription series of six musicals, to be announced today, will be revivals of two very different chestnuts--"The King and I" and "Annie"--as well as a road version of "Big," which earned the dubious reputation last year as one of the biggest flops in Broadway history.
May 7, 1996 |
"Rent" and "Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk" top the list of shows nominated for Broadway's Tony Awards announced Monday, with 10 nods for "Rent" and nine for "Noise." "Seven Guitars," a Center Theatre Group co-production that played the Ahmanson Theatre earlier this year, garnered eight Tony nominations--more than any other nonmusical play. Also snagging eight was the recent revival of "The King and I."
January 25, 1999 |
Loud, defiant and deliberately shocking, the rock musical "Rent" will do whatever it takes to jolt its audiences into the realization that life is rented for just a little while. Don't waste time, it all but begs; get out there and live to the fullest. To put this across, the show needs a company unafraid to perform with emotional abandon.