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Culture MonsterThe wonders of 3-D---and Pina Bausch’s innovations---get all the attention in Wim Wenders’ interviews. But if it’s true that most Academy members will see "Pina" on the 2-D discs provided them rather than at any 3-D screenings, then,...
Culture MonsterTrue believers may be impressed by the feature-length documentary "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance." But the lack of sustained dance footage and the overload of gush may leave others disappointed....
Culture Monster"Seinfeld" actor Jason Alexander is to receive the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by the Actors Fund....
"West Side Story" was credited with changing the course of American musical theater when the Sharks and the Jets burst onto Broadway 55 years ago. A national touring revival of the Broadway hit is coming to Orange County from Tuesday through Sept. 18...
Tags: Tony Awards, Movies, Rita Moreno, Easter, Theater
To successfully revive a modern classic musical such as "West Side Story" for the 21st century, you need more than melodic voices and inspired choreography. You need the elusive ingredient of attitude — an "us vs. them" mentality that pervades the...
Tags: Dancing, Dance, Somewhere (movie), Theater, Leonard Bernstein
Among Stephen Sondheim fans, it's already being called "the other 'Follies.'" When Gary Griffin and Chicago Shakespeare Theater began making plans for a major Chicago revival of the 1971 musical (book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Sondheim)...
Hartford CourantThe show: “Fela!” The place: Shubert Theater in New Haven. Thoughts on leaving the parking lot?: I was going to write a standard blog-style review of "Fela" which I saw Friday night but since the run was so short -- it ended today -- I...
Connecticut Ballet Presents The Sleeping Beauty at Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in HartfordChoreographer Brett Raphael brings Tchaikovsky's classic love story of good and evil to Connecticut. Joining the cast will be Charles Askegard, principal dancer from the New York City Ballet, who has been featured in productions by big-name...
NEW YORK -- At the top of "Look, I Made a Hat," the second half of his exhaustively detailed two-volume set of collected lyrics to such incomparable musicals as "Gypsy" and "Follies," Stephen Sondheim addresses some of the complaints about the first book,...
The curtain rises on a bleak scene somewhere on the west side of the South Bronx. For the next 12 minutes, not a word is spoken. Instead, the finger-snapping hooligans emerge in a dance sequence. The mood is sinister, establishing the emotional climate...
Tags: Human Interest, Movies, Dance, Culture, Academy Awards
The 2009 Broadway revival of "West Side Story" was the last such revival to be directed by its author, Arthur Laurents, who died earlier this year. And while a classic title like this will always be open for re-creation and re-interpretation, and while...
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