July 25, 2013 |
It's the musical that refuses to go away. "Rebecca," based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel, has died multiple deaths on Broadway before ever opening and it now looks like producers are trying one more time to bring the show to New York. A report in Playbill this week quoted producer Ben Sprecher on his intention to bring "Rebecca" to Broadway in 2014. A separate report in the Austrian press this week stated that the owner of the show's rights - Vereinigten Bühnen Wien - had extended its license agreement with the American producers until 2014.
June 29, 2013 |
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Available on VOD beginning Thursday Drew DeNicola's documentary tries to explain how a Memphis rock 'n' roll band that toiled in obscurity in the early 1970s went on to become so beloved and influential. DeNicola has a tough time wrangling all the pieces of the Big Star story, which includes personal turmoil, substance abuse, music industry corruption, the Southern fine-arts scene and more, and it doesn't help that many of the Big Star principals are dead, including co-founders and creative forces Alex Chilton and Chris Bell.
June 25, 2013 |
The recent reactivation of Stax Records has brought organist-producer Booker T. Jones back to the label that featured his sound on so many great recordings of the 1960s and '70s, including those by Otis Redding and Sam & Dave as well as his own albums, fronting Booker T. & the MG's. This album, produced chiefly by Jones and/or the Avila Brothers, has the hallmarks of those great Memphis sessions of yore - sultry organ work, a lithe rhythm section and lots of meaty horn accents - with touches that bring it comfortably into the 21st century.
June 21, 2013 |
Walk around the original Legoland in the tiny Danish town of Billund, and it is easy to believe one is in a child's idea of heaven. Miniature replicas of Copenhagen's waterfront and the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo's spaceship in "Star Wars," compete with all manner of rides to keep Lego's target group, boys ages 5 to 9, happy. This Legoland draws about 1.5 million visitors a year, all attracted by the seemingly simple idea of interlocking tiny plastic bricks. Little wonder that the family-owned company is the world's most profitable toy maker and the second-largest by sales.
May 16, 2013 |
President Obama may be engaging in political damage control in proposing that Congress resurrect legislation to protect the confidentiality of journalists' sources. But his call for action on a federal shield law is welcome even if it is inspired by a desire to deflect criticism of the Justice Department's seizure of the phone records of the Associated Press. Although described as a "reporter's privilege," protection for confidential news sources actually benefits the public by making it easier for journalists to obtain information about wrongdoing in government and elsewhere.
March 20, 2013 |
Detroit Electric, the most resilient and longest-lived brand of the nation's first electric car companies, has been resurrected and plans to introduce a new sports car in the Motor City on April 3. The company's first offering has been described by company officials as a high-end, two-seat sports car collectible that may retail for around $135,000. The final visual design of the car has been a tightly kept secret, but spokespersons for the new Detroit Electric have said that the external sheet metal will resemble the Lotus Elise sports car. The Detroit Electric power train will be manufactured at a yet to be released location in Wayne County, outside of Detroit, the company said.