November 8, 2010 |
Stately and rumpled, Stephen Sondheim descended from an upper floor of his elegant East Side townhouse and submitted to the interview as though it were a necessary barber shop shave. He's used to these intrusions ? the artist obliged to natter on about his work was one of the themes of "Sunday in the Park With George" ? but this year the distractions have gone to a harrying new extreme. Sondheim turned 80 in March, and he's been blowing out the candles ever since. There was an all-star birthday concert at Lincoln Center (scheduled to air on PBS on Nov. 24)
May 10, 2008 |
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. said "Pirates of the Caribbean" director Gore Verbinski will make a movie version of "BioShock," its hit video game about an underwater utopia gone disastrously wrong. The movie will be made by Universal Pictures, a unit of NBC Universal owned by General Electric Co. John Logan, writer of "Gladiator" and "Sweeney Todd," was in talks to pen the screenplay, New York-based Take-Two said.
March 23, 2008 |
During her career, 41-year-old food stylist Katharine Tidy has roasted pigeons with their feet intact, served up swan, and even baked the worst pies in London. This is not to say that she doesn't have some serious culinary credentials, however. "I had gone to a cooking school, so I knew how to cook," says Tidy, who enrolled in her first class at age 18 to learn how to make sushi and other Japanese favorites. "But food styling's a whole different proposition because it doesn't really matter what it tastes like.
March 14, 2008 |
Theater buffs are always waxing nostalgic about the golden age of the Broadway musical, but few have bothered to notice that we're living in a golden age of Sondheim revivals. For proof, check out the minimalist "Sweeney Todd" that opened Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre. Directed and designed by the British theatrical alchemist John Doyle, this Tony-winning chamber version distills the essence of what makes Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's macabre love child an un-categorizable masterpiece.
March 11, 2008 |
Performing a principal role in a major musical is challenging under ordinary conditions. But imagine having to master not one part but four. Then picture each role tied to a particular instrument or instruments. For Edwin Cahill, that's his daily task. The actor covers Anthony, Tobias, Beadle and Jonas Fogg in the touring production of director John Doyle's actors-as-orchestra staging of "Sweeney Todd."
March 2, 2008 |
Attention, Johnny Depp watchers: He has not yet moved into the downtown loft he purchased last year in the Eastern Columbia building on Broadway at 9th, but his lawyer was spotted there the other day, and sources say Depp may have bought an adjoining loft for more privacy. Keep your eye on the 12th-floor apartment thats right under hisits listed at only $1.8 million, and it has incredible views to the south and east, a stunning bronze entry gate, really high ceilings and black toilets.