As the national touring production of "The Lion King" returns to Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre for the third time, puppet master Michael Reilly and Baltimore-born actor Keith Bennett talk about the musical's mechanics and enduring popularity.
James Rouse needed something big to attract attention to his vision in Howard County in the mid-1960s. His "new town" had garnered quite a bit of media attention, but he made sure there would be a lot of traffic to the site with the second public building — preceded only by the Exhibit Center — to open in Columbia: Merriweather Post Pavilion.
This week 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan sold the rights to his autobiography to Random House for a then-record $3 million; Bill Scott, the original voice of Bullwinkle and Mister Peabody, died; "Rocky IV" was released in theaters; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
This week 28 years ago, 93,173 people attended Wrestlemania III, Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sold for the equivalent of $39.7 million, Bruce Willis' "Blind Date" was No. 1 at the box office, and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
There will be music in the air and water in the background for the Columbia Lakefront Summer Concert Series' upcoming free programs: the Columbia Concert Band on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m., and the Columbia Jazz Band on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m.
But celebrating 50 years of The Beatles shows the band was more than a passing fad; it's a testimony to their enduring appeal. Current musical groups and figures such as Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips, Gnarls Barkley and Tori Amos credit The Beatles for their own creative directions. Go to a film revival showing "Yellow Submarine," and you will find 6 year olds joyfully jumping up and down in the seats and aisles.
A British coal mining strike in 1984 seems like a rather sooty setting for an inspirational story, but that gave audiences all the more reason to root for a miner's son who aspires to be a ballet dancer in the 2000 movie "Billy Elliot." Its theatrical adaptation won 10 Tony Awards in 2009, including best musical, and now that touring Broadway show has come to the Hippodome Theatre.
The biggest thing to hit NBC's "The Voice" tonight was Baltimore's Nelly's Echo, a Nigerian refugee who wowed the judges with his rendition of Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine," and who found a place on Christina Aguilera's team.