March 18, 2007 |
IT'S a dark and crowded theater in New York. The curtain has only been up five minutes, and Steve Wynn, the billionaire owner of the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, leans in, grips my knee and whispers in my ear: "Eric," he says, "this will be great in Las Vegas." "Yes," I say, "it will." Then I realize, slightly disappointedly, he means "Spamalot." My future as a billionaire's date is still up for grabs. "Can I give you a ride home?" he asks nicely. I'm thinking 6th Avenue, but he means L.A. Well, OK.
October 24, 2006 |
Something strange happened to this critic's ears on the journey home from this weekend's Arthur Nights concerts at the Palace Theatre downtown: they pricked up. Every song flowing out of the car radio sounded fresh and full of potential. Forty acts sampled over three long evenings should have produced exhaustion, but instead the pageant was restorative, thanks to music that kept raising questions about what it means to make music at all.
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September 30, 2006 |
With all the patience of an archeologist excavating an ancient site, writer Norma Lorre Goodrich spent years unearthing the story of King Arthur. For centuries the story was thought to be a fable, with British roots and a powerful appeal to generations. But beneath the legend of Camelot and Queen Guinevere, the Knights of the Round Table and Lancelot, Goodrich discovered what she called the true story: King Arthur was not a myth but an actual person, born to a royal family.
August 29, 2006 |
DOWN through the centuries, the legend of those bygone days when knighthood was in flower has maintained an enduring hold on the imagination. King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have been the subjects of countless poems, stories and novels. Tennyson's exquisite "Idylls of the King" and William Morris' powerfully dramatic "The Defence of Guenevere" are among the greatest of the Victorian poetic re-envisionings of the story, while the 20th century gave us T.H.
August 16, 2005 |
Those big screens at the Hollywood Bowl have rarely felt so organic to the hillside amphitheater as they did Sunday night, when they blazed with a live feed of Jeremy Irons portraying a king given to soul-stirring speeches. The well-regarded movie actor headlined a one-night-only presentation of "Camelot" that also benefited from the reunion of key talents from the Bowl performance two years ago of another Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe musical, "My Fair Lady."
August 13, 2005 |
It might be an experience British actor Jeremy Irons would just as soon forget: bluffing his way through a mid-'80s performance in London as "My Fair Lady's" Henry Higgins, with conductor John Mauceri feeding him his lines onstage. Mauceri, conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, recounted this tale of theatrical woe the other day during a break from rehearsing the musical "Camelot," which will open and close Sunday night at the Bowl and star Irons as King Arthur.