| Nov 21, 2013
| 3:08 PM
With Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” set to hit theaters, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is again about to satisfy millions of moviegoers.
But what about the man who created it? Tolkien led a complicated and...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 9:51 AM
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Thursday night NBC staged a three-hour live performance of Rodgers and Hammserstein's "The Sound of Music," the world's most beloved musical, with Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, a role...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 10:30 AM
It's easy to imagine Disney Theatrical Prods. following a pretty simple checklist: 1) Take a well-known musical title, probably an animated one, from the Disney catalog. 2) Adapt it into a splashy Broadway musical, a la "The Lion King," "Beauty and the...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Cathy Rigby, the former Olympic gymnast turned stage actress, is being sued for millions of dollars by a composer who claims that he hasn't been properly paid for his work on a production of "Peter Pan" that her company presented at the La Mirada...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 2:30 PM
But I really want to direct, goes the common refrain in Hollywood. And these days on Broadway too.
Jeffrey Seller, one of the producers behind "Rent," "Avenue Q" and "In the Heights," stirred up a bit of surprise earlier this year when he branched out...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 1:14 PM
It was an assignment for my acting fundamentals class my freshman year in college.
I was to recite something from great Western literature.
Lucian Davis Scott, head of Orange Coast College's theater department from 1955 to 1969, taught the course....
| Aug 29, 2013
| 12:06 PM
June Foray, the woman whose voice can be heard coming from Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Cindy Lou Who and many grannies and witches in countless cartoons over the years will be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences next month with a Governors...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:08 PM
Disney princess-inspired gowns by Versace, Valentino, Missoni and Oscar de la Renta are now up for bid online in a Christie's benefit auction.
Online bidding for the 10 "princess dresses," which started Oct. 18, is in advance of a live auction scheduled...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 6:30 PM
After successfully adapting "Pride and Prejudice" and "Anna Karenina," Joe Wright looks ready to adapt another classic literary tale as he is in talks to direct an untitled "Peter Pan" origin tale for Warner Bros.
Plot details are vague but familiar...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 9:42 AM
"Try not to text," pleaded the unmistakable voice of Cathy Rigby at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on Thursday night. "Tinker Bell will think you're trying to flirt with her."
Ah yes, the flying grandmother likes to move with the times. And having played...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 7:24 AM
That actor you're watching onstage tonight? He or she might well have skin in the game. And I speak not just of art or hunger for applause. I talk of cold, hard cash.
One of the more interesting and perhaps lesser noticed changes in show business...
| Apr 7, 2013
Would the story of the Goodspeed Opera House make a good musical?
The thought occurred to me while I was interviewing Michael Price, who's been with the Victorian theater on the Connecticut River in East Haddam for 46 of its 50 years. During lunch at...