May 22, 1997 |
Forget the Three Tenors, ignore the Three Sopranos, this is the summer of the Three Big Openings. Each one contains its own holy trinity of the theater: Money, National Attention, Talent. In chronological order, they are: "Ragtime," June 15: Los Angeles will be the first U.S. city to experience this New American Musical, which wears its title proudly. Terrence McNally adapted the E.L.
July 24, 1997 |
TELEVISION Remembering Kuralt: Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley and Andy Rooney were among those who eulogized longtime CBS newsman Charles Kuralt as a television master at a memorial service Wednesday in New York. Kuralt--who died on July 4 at age 62--was remembered as a journalist who put ordinary people at ease and then wrote about them eloquently in TV essays that were carefully matched to video images.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.