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Broadway will welcome a new musical, “Come From Away,” in 2017 with unlikely subject matter: the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein wrote the book, music and lyrics of the show, which is set in the tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland — whose population doubled on Sept. 11, 2001 when 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were re-routed there. The production will begin performances at a Shubert Organization-owned theater in February, following runs at Washington, D.C.’s Ford Theatre and and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre last fall, Junkyard Dog Productions announced Thursday. Also Read: Jake Gyllenhaal to Return to Broadway in 'Burn. »
- Thom Geier
Kwon Ho-young's Parallel LifeSTORY60%DIRECTING75%ACTING65%VISUALS75%POSITIVESGreat directionGreat cinematographyAdditional depthNEGATIVESHyperbolic script2016-04-1269%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (1 Vote)61%
The script of the film is based on the titular theory, which indulges the idea of repeating lives of different individuals through the years. One of the theory’s most famous examples is the lives of U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Both presidents had seven letters in their last names, were elected to the senate 100 years apart (Lincoln in 1846 & Kennedy in 1946), became presidents 100 years apart (Lincoln in 1860 & Kennedy in 1960) and both were assassinated on Fridays, with Lincoln killed in Ford Theatre & Kennedy killed in a Ford vehicle. Both presidents were succeeded by presidents named Johnson that were born a 100 years apart (Andrew Johnson born in 1808 and Lyndon B. Johnson born in 1908).
Kim Seok-hyeon’s life is ideal. He has a gorgeous wife, a wonderful daughter and he is »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
For the first time, Maker Studios will be distributing its content on cable television with Crossroads of History, a scripted short that is part of the History channel’s just-announced late-night comedy block.
Crossroads will explore little-known historical anecdotes, according to a press release, including “how President Lincoln’s alcoholic bodyguard, John Parker, chose the wrong night to leave his post at the Ford Theatre and how rejection from art school set a young artist, Adolf Hitler, on a very different career path.” The series is being produced by Maker alongside Trium Entertainment.
In addition to representing untread territory for the Disney-owned digital network, Crossroads is also being used to test a new distribution model, according to VideoInk. Each of the series’ eight episodes will debut on the History channel exclusively for 48 hours, before syndicating to Maker’s and History’s digital destinations. As the deal is intended to be highly experimental, »
- Geoff Weiss
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