December 27, 2012 |
The new movie version of "Les Misérables," which opened on Christmas, has given fans of the original stage musical a reason to revisit their old cast albums and reminisce about the Broadway show. Songwriters Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil hit the jackpot with the musical -- and they are likely to continue raking in the dough with the new film. Audiences who have seen the movie may be curious to know what the writers did before "Les Misérables," which wasn't their first stab at a big, showy production.
October 15, 2012 |
Who Am I A Memoir Pete Townshend Harper: 544 pp., $32.50 Pete Townshend has always been rock 'n' roll's reluctant warrior. The driving force behind the legendary band the Who, Townshend revolutionized rock with his guitar and pen. He wrote numerous anthems, including "My Generation," "See Me, Feel Me," "Baba O' Reilly" and "Won't Get Fooled Again," and, when he wasn't smashing guitars, embraced his role as the thinking man's...
September 4, 2012
Cirque du Soleil has taken a turn for the weird: The entertainment behemoth's latest spectacular, “Zarkana,” follows a magician through a Dali-esque landscape as he attempts to regain his lover and powers. The acrobatic rock opera features 75 surreal circus performers, as well as Cirque's trademark high-flying trapeze and balancing acts. “Zarkana” opens Nov. 9 at Aria Resort & Casino with performances Friday through Tuesday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $69. - Jamie Wetherbe, Custom Publishing Writer “Zarkana” Cirque du Soleil Aria Resort & Casino 866.359.7111 www.arialasvegas.com
August 25, 2012 |
Mary, the mother of Jesus, needs no introduction to much of humankind. But the "other Mary" of the New Testament - or "Marys," as the case may be - is a more elusive figure. So when composer John Adams' new oratorio-opera "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" had its world premiere in May at Walt Disney Concert Hall, it touched off a lively discussion among a handful of religious scholars and bloggers . At issue is a matter that has divided biblical students for centuries and once prompted a ruling by Pope St. Gregory I the Great.
March 18, 2012
UNDERRATED 'Borgen' on LinkTV : Viewers drawn into AMC's "The Killing" (adapted from the taut Danish import, "Forbrydelsen") should seek out the similar aesthetics of this political drama, a Denmark-born twist on "The West Wing" covering European politics, the media and a cunning prime minister, played by Sidse Babett Knudsen. Plus, with NBC reportedly working on an adaptation, you can get onboard before the series (with English subtitles) shoots itself in the foot in the States.
October 6, 2009 |
The San Francisco powerhouse agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners takes as its corporate mantra "art serving capitalism." But I wonder if it shouldn't be the other way around? I give you -- with a plate of chocolate chip cookies -- "Battle for Milkquarious," a 20-minute Web-only "rock opera" by GSP featuring the exploits of White Gold, the doofus-y guitar-strutter/pitchman for the California Milk Processor Board (the "Got Milk?" people). We met White Gold in previous commercials.