August 1, 2010 |
It seems like the brainchild of a marketing genius. Take two of Broadway's most celebrated living actresses, bringing with them more than 100 years of combined New York stage experience, and cast them as mother and daughter in a show that mines both their glittering history as musical-theater performers and their indelible association with the composer. It was some casting coup to have Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch step into the Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music," particularly for a production that had been scheduled to close when original leads Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury finished their contracts.
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July 11, 2010 |
Dancers spin across a stage in flowing silk tunics under a bridge evoking Vietnam's imperial city. Quang Le, a popular young Vietnamese singer, serenades the audience with a song about falling in love. Suddenly, there's an explosion and the bridge collapses. A crying baby is heard as the dancers fall to the floor. Quang Le slowly rises, tears streaming down his face as he sings a new song, this one about the loss of innocence. The camera cuts to a montage of teary-eyed Vietnamese in the 3,000-member audience.
June 14, 2010 |
Reporting from New York The feel-good musical "Memphis" and the art world drama "Red" were among the biggest Tony Award winners on a night when both Hollywood and London cast long shadows over Broadway's 64th annual spring ritual. "Red," a two-character play starring Alfred Molina as mercurial Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko, won for best new play, one of six statuettes the show claimed at Sunday evening's ceremony. It was produced by London's acclaimed nonprofit Donmar Warehouse before opening this spring on Broadway.
June 14, 2010 |
Awards should be aspirational, validating excellence and originality even though each and every one of us knows that commercialism rules the day. But far be it from the ever-insecure Tonys — the geeky glee club representative of the major entertainment awards — to bite the hand that feeds it. For the third year in a row the best musical award went not to the work that deserved it but to the one with the greatest box-office potential on...
June 13, 2010 |
The recent parade of Hollywood stars on Broadway has allowed theater critics to indulge in their two favorite pastimes — grousing and fawning. The hypocrisy is perfectly natural: Standards need to be upheld while luminaries are there to be adored. Yet pity the poor conflicted reviewer — committed to "The Theatuh" on the one hand, swept up in the tidal surge of celebrity charisma on the other. I've always maintained that a good actor is a good actor. But famous novices and returning legends need to choose their theatrical ventures wisely.
June 8, 2010
Charlie Sheen gets to remain a free man for at least another month. A plea bargain under which the actor was expected to be sentenced to 30 days in an Aspen, Colo., jail for assaulting his wife hit a snag Monday, and the court hearing was postponed until July 12. Sheen, 44, the star of the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," had been expected to plead guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault, and to be sentenced to 30 days in jail. The reported deal would have allowed him to leave jail to coach actors at a local theater during the day, and he could have been freed after 17 days with credit for good behavior, according to legal sources.