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This is a very good year for the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol." And I speak as one who has imbibed many different vintages — more than a dozen, just counting the Goodman Theatre version — of this particular seasonal grape. That's...
By all means enjoy her hapless attempts to shampoo a man out of her hair. But if you fall totally in love with Ensign Nellie Forbush, then you're not watching the right "South Pacific." As Oscar Hammerstein II wrote, in that disarmingly simple lyric,...
The TV Guy - Orlando SentinelWill you accept a Maria von Trapp who's a little bit country? When NBC offers its live telecast of “The Sound of Music,” Carrie Underwood will play Maria. If that sounds like a stretch, well, remember that Mary Martin first played Maria on...
The TV Guy - Orlando Sentinel“‘You make Machiavelli look like Mother Teresa.” The speaker was a paramour of J.R. Ewing, the time was 1996, and the backdrop was a shoddy TV movie called “Dallas: J.R. Returns.” Of course, J.R. never really left. He looms...
The TV Guy - Orlando SentinelThanks to the readers for their prayers and kind comments about the passing of my mother, Marie Boedeker. Mother on Friday received the funeral she had designed. Mother, a longtime music teacher and church organist, wanted group singing one more time. The...
The TV Guy - Orlando SentinelYou know the Rodgers and Hammerstein songs from “My Favorite Things” to “Climb Ev'ry Mountain.” You know the Julie Andrews movie. But how would you like a live version of “The Sound of Music”? NBC plans to present the...
Culture MonsterCirque du Peter Pan? Well, kinda. Wednesday morning in Costa Mesa saw the raising of a 100-foot-high white performance tent that later this month will house the traveling multimedia production of a new âPeter Pan,â making its Southern California...
Culture MonsterThe temporary pavilion behind Orange County Performing Arts Center resembles a Cirque du Soleil big top circus tent. Inside, a multimedia, immersive âPeter Panâ provides enough spectacle and aerial acrobatics to compete with any Cirque show. It is the...
Culture MonsterThe character of Peter Pan is a singularly strange theatrical role that knows no boundaries of gender or age. But will the 57-year-old Cathy Rigby be straining the limits of credulity by once again taking on the role of the......
This week: âSouth Pacificâ offers some enchanted evening; âThe Big Câ arrives; âWeedsâ returns; TCM salutes Paul NewmanThe TV Guy - Orlando SentinelWant a fantastic deal this week? Look to PBS. The Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's “South Pacific” will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday. TheÂ celebrated 1949 musical, chroniclingÂ a couple of World War II love stories, gained wide p...
Tuesdays with MitchI saw the new Wizard of Oz movie. I went last Thursday, the night before "Oz the Great and Powerful" was officially released, to a "preview" that was open to the public. I got there five minutes before it began. There were nine people in the theater. I...
Los Angeles TimesFervor for the television show “Dallas” was intense in 1980, when the Queen Mother met actor Larry Hagman and joined the worldwide chorus asking: “Who shot J.R.?” “Not even for you, ma’am,” replied Hagman, who...
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