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If anyone loves the theater...it’s theater folks! Over the years creatives have written some incredible musicals and melodies about what it’s like to be in this business. Here are 10 (in no particular order) that you should add to your Broadway playlist! “Applause” from “Applause”Believe it or not, this Betty Comden/Adolph Green musical has yet to be revived on the Great White Way—but its grandiose number “Applause” lives on! What performer doesn’t thrive from the sweet, sweet sound of audience cheer? Notable LyricsWhen I was 8I was in a school playI’ll never forget itI had one line to sayMy big moment came, I said, “What ho, the prince!”My sister applaudedI’ve been hooked ever since “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from “Sunset Boulevard”A show-stopping number from this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, “As If We Never Said Goodbye” is just one »
Fred Astaire ca. 1935. Fred Astaire movies: Dancing in the dark, on the ceiling on TCM Aug. 5, '15, is Fred Astaire Day on Turner Classic Movies, as TCM continues with its “Summer Under the Stars” series. Just don't expect any rare Astaire movies, as the actor-singer-dancer's star vehicles – mostly Rko or MGM productions – have been TCM staples since the early days of the cable channel in the mid-'90s. True, Fred Astaire was also featured in smaller, lesser-known fare like Byron Chudnow's The Amazing Dobermans (1976) and Yves Boisset's The Purple Taxi / Un taxi mauve (1977), but neither one can be found on the TCM schedule. (See TCM's Fred Astaire movie schedule further below.) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals Some fans never tire of watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing together. With these particular fans in mind, TCM is showing – for the nth time – nine Astaire-Rogers musicals of the '30s, »
- Andre Soares
Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-aftra’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.
- Michelle McCue
Stage vet Tony Yazbeck scored the first Tony nomination of his career for his rousing portrayal of a sailor on leave in the revival of "On the Town." This triple threat handled the songs of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green with aplomb, mixed athleticism and grace in the dances and acted his socks off. -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums Yazbeck led the cast in spirited renditions of “Lucky to Be Me,” “New York, New York” and “Times Square Ballet.” He lost his Best Actor (Musical) bid as the show went 0 for 4 at the Tony Awards. »
On the Tony Awards broadcast (which CBS will beam from Radio City Music Hall this Sunday from 8-11 pm), it's all about the musical numbers, from "The King and I" and "Something Rotten" (starring two stars of the late lamented TV musical "Smash") to "An American in Paris." That's why I watch--to see choice bits of the Broadway shows I haven't been able to see--especially these days, as Hollywood and Broadway have fallen back in love, there's plenty of reasons to tune in. Will Carey Mulligan ("The Audience") beat Helen Mirren ("The Audience") and Ruth Wilson ("Constellations") for Best Actress in A Drama? Will Bradley Cooper score for "The Elephant Man"? Will the show pay some kind of tribute to the legendary songwriting team Betty Comden & Adolph Green, who wrote lyrics for "On The Town," "On The Twentieth Century" and on the TV side, "Peter Pan," which was...
- Anne Thompson
On the Tony Awards broadcast (which CBS will beam from Radio City Music Hall this Sunday from 8-11 pm), it's all about the musical numbers, from "The King and I" and "Something Rotten" (starring two stars of the late lamented TV musical "Smash") to "An American in Paris." That's why I watch--to see choice bits of the Broadway shows I haven't been able to see--especially these days, as Hollywood and Broadway have fallen back in love, there's plenty of reasons to tune in. Will Carey Mulligan ("The Audience") beat Helen Mirren ("The Audience") and Ruth Wilson ("Constellations") for Best Actress in A Drama? Will Bradley Cooper score for "The Elephant Man"? Will the show pay some kind of tribute to the legendary songwriting team Betty Comden & Adolph Green, who wrote lyrics for "On The Town," "On The Twentieth Century" and on the TV side, "Peter Pan," which was »
- Anne Thompson
The Musicals Collection Blu-ray set from Warner Home Video contains four Hollywood classics of the genre, at least two of them among the greatest of all time: Kiss Me Kate, Calamity Jane, The Band Wagon, and Singin’ in the Rain. And all except for Singin’ in the Rain are making their Blu-ray debut. While the films may not rank equal in terms of quality—those latter two titles are the all-time greats—each of the transfers are outstanding, the movies themselves are still nevertheless enjoyable, and the set is a terrific bargain.
Kiss Me, Kate
Written by Dorothy Kingsley
Directed by George Sidney
Kiss Me, Kate is offered in 2-D and 3-D versions. Though the 3-D is certainly not the best to grace a Blu-ray, it’s still the version to watch, even with the clichéd, though occasionally amusing gimmick of characters throwing things at the camera. However, it »
- Jeremy Carr
Whether you’re a student of the Broadway musical or just a sailor looking for a darned good time, you could do worse than spend a matinee and evening in Times Square with Betty Comden and Adolph Green. You’d begin at the Lyric Theatre, where a <a title="Sexed-Up 'On The Town's A Helluva Show; Carol Burnett Burnishes 'Love Letters': Broadway"… »
“On the Twentieth Century” isn’t a great musical, but it does offer great opportunities for actors to prove why they’re stars – or not stars. The 1976 Broadway musical by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green needs stars to reach full locomotion speed. And the current Broadway revival, which opened Sunday at the American Airlines Theatre, has at least one in tip-top form, Kristin Chenoweth. In her last Broadway outing, a 2010 revival of “Promises, “Promises” in which she was miscast as a lowly elevator operator, Chenoweth offered up a pipsqueak Marlene Dietrich. In “On the Twentieth Century,” her high. »
- Robert Hofler
9 items from 2015
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