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Stage Tube: On This Day for 3/15/16- Starlight Express

Today in 1987, Starlight Express opened at the Gershwin Theatre, where it ran for 761 performances. Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber music, Richard Stilgoe lyrics and Arlene Phillips choreography, with later revisions by Don Black lyrics and David Yazbek music and lyrics for the 2nd Us tour. The story follows a child's dream in which his toy train set comes to life famously the actors perform wearing roller skates.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 3/15/15- Starlight Express

Today in 1987, Starlight Express opened at the Gershwin Theatre, where it ran for 761 performances. Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber music, Richard Stilgoe lyrics and Arlene Phillips choreography, with later revisions by Don Black lyrics and David Yazbek music and lyrics for the 2nd Us tour. The story follows a child's dream in which his toy train set comes to life famously the actors perform wearing roller skates.
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Stage Tube: On This Day 3/15- Starlight Express

Today in 1987, Starlight Express opened at the Gershwin Theatre, where it ran for 761 performances. Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber music, Richard Stilgoe lyrics and Arlene Phillips choreography, with later revisions by Don Black lyrics and David Yazbek music and lyrics for the 2nd Us tour. The story follows a child's dream in which his toy train set comes to life famously the actors perform wearing roller skates.
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David Frost: that was the wake that was

Host of stars and 2,000 wellwishers pay respects at memorial for Stakhanovite broadcaster, who died last August

Sir David Frost pulled off his last big showbusiness coup on Thursday, albeit posthumously, when a memorial plaque to the broadcaster's 50-year career in television was unveiled in the floor of Westminster Abbey in the presence of the Prince of Wales and 2,000 other members of the Frostie fan club.

Not bad for a Methodist minister's son from Kent who never slept a night away from home or touched alcohol until he went to Cambridge. As Greg Dyke, Frost's old boss at both TV-am and the BBC, observed in his address from the pulpit, he made up for it afterwards. "White wine is a non-alcoholic drink," was a Frost saying.

Frost's career always had an improbable aspect to it, no more so than on Thursday when the dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, led a
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Pippa Middleton Looks Hot While Honoring Late Journalist David Frost

She’s quite the looker, regardless of her context, and Pippa Middleton couldn’t help but add some eye candy to the unveiling of Blue Sandstone Memorial at Westminster Abbey today (March 13).

The beautiful brunette donned a navy blue dress with matching shoes and long flowing brunette locks as she joined her family in honoring the late broadcaster and journalist David Frost who passed away last year.

Given that Frost was quite the comedian, Joanna Lumley and Sir Richard Stilgoe put together a lighthearted poem called “A Sonnet of Sorts of a Star” which was read during the ceremony.

It stated, "Shall I compare thee to Sir Robin Day? Thou wert more lovely and more temperate. Earth has not anything to show more fair, Hello, good evening, welcome, Frosty's there."

They continued, “No more TV-am, no Al Jazeera - We end not a career, but end an era; For now he's gone,
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Stars turn out to honour Sir David Frost

Memorial service at Westminster Abbey attended by more than 2,000 people including Prince Charles and Sir Michael Parkinson

The Prince of Wales was among more than 2,000 people paying tribute to late broadcaster Sir David Frost at a service in Westminster Abbey.

They were joined by famous faces from the worlds of politics and showbusiness including Sir Michael Parkinson, Lord Owen and Joanna Lumley.

Other royal guests invited to the memorial service included the Countess of Wessex, the Duke of York and his daughter Princess Beatrice.

Charles was joined by Frost's widow, Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, to lay flowers on a memorial stone dedicated to the broadcaster who died last August aged 74.

Among the great and the good who spoke to honour him were BBC director-general Tony Hall and Parkinson, who delivered readings.

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr John Hall, said Frost was "amongst our greatest communicators".

He said: "Surely
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Farewell, BBC TV Centre. You were Britain's very own Disneyland | Stewart Lee

Having been home to everyone from Roy Castle to Richard Stilgoe, the closure of the BBC TV's old magical headquarters is a sad day for British culture

Last week I attended the ceremonial destruction of BBC TV Centre, which was enthusiastically blown to pieces in a controlled nuclear explosion by a delighted David Cameron. With one hand on the detonator and the other jiggling in his pocket, David Cameron was flanked by representatives of the principal faith groups, as well as leading commercial broadcasters, free-market economists, wealthy pornographers, and a child who had won a hopping competition. The prime minister triumphantly flobbed a final Green Ernie into the crater, before it was filled with a celebratory cocktail of toxic waste, liquid concrete and dogs' messes.

A Red Arrows flypast drowned out the band of the Coldstream Guards, playing a rousing rendition of Phyllis Dillon's Don't Touch Me Tomato, a personal
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Stage Tube: On This Day 3/15- Starlight Express

Today in 1987, Starlight Express opened at the Gershwin Theatre, where it ran for 761 performances. Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber music, Richard Stilgoe lyrics and Arlene Phillips choreography, with later revisions by Don Black lyrics and David Yazbek music and lyrics for the 2nd Us tour. The story follows a child's dream in which his toy train set comes to life famously the actors perform wearing roller skates.
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Kate Winslet's Royal Honor

Kate Winslet's Royal Honor
London -- Kate Winslet has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for her titanic contribution to the arts.

The actress, who won a best actress Academy Award in 2009 for "The Reader" and made her breakthrough as the feisty Rose in 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or Cbe, in the queen's Birthday Honors List, published Saturday.

Winslet said the honor made her "very proud to be a Brit."

"I am both surprised and honored to stand alongside so many men and woman who have achieved great things for our country," the 36-year-old star said.

Actor and director Kenneth Branagh was made a knight and will be known as Sir Kenneth. A respected Shakespearean actor whose films as a director range from "Henry V" and "Hamlet" to the comic-book fantasy "Thor," Branagh said he felt "humble, elated, and incredibly lucky" to get the honor.
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Kenneth Branagh and Kate Winslet lead Queen's birthday honours list

Actors pick up knighthood and Cbe while Pm revives British Empire Medal as reward for 'big society' volunteers

David Cameron's "big society" gong, the anachronistically named British Empire Medal, makes its first appearance for 20 years in the Queen's birthday honours today, rewarding "hands-on" service to local communities.

As actors Kenneth Branagh and Kate Winslet collect a knighthood and Cbe respectively, 293 BEMs, known as the "working-class gong" and scrapped by John Major in 1991 in his efforts to make the honours system "classless", are also awarded.

Revived by Cameron to encourage the "big society" and reward volunteering, Bem recipients include waitress Patricia Carter, for services to the hospitality industry, apiarist Geoffrey Hopkinson, for services to beekeeping, and many others involved with local community work, charities, and sports.

Sir Bob Kerslake, head of the civil service who chairs the main honours committee, said the re-introduction of the Bem for the Diamond Jubilee extended
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Stage Tube: On This Day 3/15- Starlight Express

Today in 1987, Starlight Express opened at the Gershwin Theatre, where it ran for 761 performances. Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber music, Richard Stilgoe lyrics and Arlene Phillips choreography, with later revisions by Don Black lyrics and David Yazbek music and lyrics for the 2nd Us tour. The story follows a child's dream in which his toy train set comes to life famously the actors perform wearing roller skates.
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Ask the Flying Monkey! (October 5, 2009)

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Send it to aftereltonflyingmonkey@yahoo.com! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: I´ve been reading the Kathy Griffin book and while it was much less fun than I was hoping for, there was something that really annoyed me -- besides the fact that in her world "the gays" is a synonym for hair dresser or shopping buddy. Kinda makes me wish she´d actually let me at her hair to change that attitude. Anyway, in the book she says that Andy Dick got punched in the face by Wesley Snipes for using (and I quote) "the n-word" in a club. Later there is another Dick story about one of his stand-up appearances where he called the audience repeatedly (and I quote again) "faggots.” So why isn´t it "the n-word" and "the f-word" Or "nigger" and "faggot"? -- Thomas,
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Review: Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera Opens at the Fox Theatre for Extended Run

The Phantom Of The Opera is really a triumph of staging with Harold Prince's direction presenting and coordinating these spectacular set pieces with cinematic precision. The constant movement of actors and curtains and backdrops provides a dazzling display of theatrical technique and technical virtuosity. Maria Bjornsson's amazing production design and Andrew Bridge's moody concert lighting scheme also contribute immensely. And, of course, there's Webber's full-bodied orchestral score (with lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe) to contend with as well.
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Stilgoe: 'Strictly is awful and ageist'

Musician Richard Stilgoe has blasted the BBC for axing Arlene Phillips from Strictly Come Dancing. The corporation announced that it had dropped 66-year-old choreographer Phillips in favour of popstar Alesha Dixon, 30, last week following weeks of speculation about her future. Songwriter Stilgoe, believed to be a close friend of Phillips, has now branded the decision "awful and ageist" in an interview with the Daily Mail. He added: "Arlene knows stuff, is brilliant. I can't believe any viewers think she ought to go. It's an older person being replaced (more)
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