September 4, 2013 |
The acclaimed London revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" from the Menier Chocolate Factory will be broadcast to cinemas in the U.S. next month. The musical production will be screened starting Oct. 23 in cinemas across the country. "Merrily We Roll Along," by Sondheim and George Furth, opened at the Menier last fall and later transferred to the West End, where it ran through July. The production received enthusiastic reviews. There has been no announcement regarding a possible Broadway transfer.
August 22, 2013 |
The play is more than 400 years old and we all know how it ends, but suddenly William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is back in vogue. The Scottish tragedy is enticing a number of actors ranging from young to the far side of middle age to play the murderous Thane of Cawdor. On stage, Ethan Hawke is to headline a new production of the play scheduled to open Nov. 21 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Hawke follows Alan Cumming who brought his experimental "Macbeth" to Broadway last season.
August 14, 2013 |
Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" is getting a total musical makeover in the Public Theater's new staging at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. With director Alex Timbers and songwriter Michael Friedman on board, this version of the Bard's comedy relocates the action from the kingdom of Navarre to a modern-day resort populated by rowdy college graduates. Timbers and Friedman were the minds behind the musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," which ran at the Kirk Douglas Theatre before transferring to the Public and later to Broadway.
July 10, 2013 |
Kenneth Branagh is back in Bard territory with a new production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" that he stars in and co-directed with Rob Ashford at the Manchester International Festival in England. The production marks the first time Branagh has played the Scottish thane and is the actor's first Shakespearean stage role since he played "Richard III" in 2002. "Macbeth" is being performed in a deconsecrated church in the Manchester area. (Branagh-philes will recall that his 1995 comedy "A Midwinter's Tale" featured a production of "Hamlet" set in an old English church .)
June 17, 2013 |
For all of the attention lavished upon West Coast composers lately, one who has mostly escaped the net is Ernest Bloch. Though Swiss-born, Bloch lived a good deal of his life on the West Coast, directing the San Francisco Conservatory and teaching at UC Berkeley. He spent his last 18 years in the tiny town of Agate Beach on the Oregon coast -- and you can hardly get further West than that. So Long Beach Opera, champions of the new and/or neglected, stepped into the breach Saturday night, staging what was touted as the U.S. professional premiere of Bloch's sole opera, “Macbeth.” PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times One reason why Bloch has been in eclipse is that as a Romantic out of time, he doesn't fit in with the revival of 20th century West Coast mavericks, even though he was open-minded enough to have assimilated all kinds of styles -- a West Coast trait, if you think about it. If we hear any Bloch live these days, it is usually his magisterial cello concerto, “Schelomo.” “Macbeth” is an early work, written from 1904 to 1909 when Bloch was in his 20s. The musical language is actually right in sync with that time, teeming with Richard Strauss flourishes and echoes of Wagner.
June 14, 2013 |
Ethan Hawke has a taste for the macabre. More specifically: “Macbeth.” The actor will star as the king of Scotland in the Shakespeare tragedy at Lincoln Center this winter. Jack O'Brien, whom Hawke worked with on 2006/2007's "The Coast of Utopia" -- a role that earned him a Tony nomination -- will direct. The two also worked together on the 2003-04 Broadway staging of "Henry IV. " “Macbeth,” however, has long been on Hawke's wish list. “It's a part I've always wanted to play,” he said on the PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered.” PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage “When you think of violent murders, brutal crimes, nightmarish horrors, you might think of the big city, you might think of Manhattan.