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It would not ordinarily be newsworthy that a performer named Gordon Sumner took over a secondary role in a struggling Broadway musical. You do not hear much about cast changes at On the Town, for instance. But the circumstances under which Mr. Sumner, better known as Sting, joined The Last Ship last week are far from ordinary. For one thing, Sting wrote the show’s songs and conceived its story, which concerns the decimated shipbuilding industry in his own hometown of Wallsend, England. The musical is thus, for him, a labor of love, which is not to say it isn’t also a commercial venture. (His longtime manager is one of the lead producers.) After ten weeks of middling box office, with some theater mavens saying audiences were disappointed to find that the new Sting musical did not feature Sting, the unusual though perhaps inevitable idea of his stepping in »
- Jesse Green
Growing Up And Other Lies screens as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival on Saturday, November 22 at 5:30 Pm at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre.
Get ticket information here.
Once again, a group of twnty-something best buds must face an uncertain future and enter adulthood in this comedy/drama from co-writers and directors Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs. Struggling artist Jake (Josh Larson) is going to throw in the towel (and his painting apron) on his NYC gallery dreams and move back to Ohio to help his ailing pop run the family factory. So what does he want to do on his last day in the Big Apple? Why he wants to walk all 260 blocks of Manhattan, from the farthest North point all the way to Lady Liberty. It’ll be a great, final bonding adventure for him and his three old room mates. Skipping a »
- Jim Batts
If your favorite part of NBC’s dearly departed Smash was the dynamite dancing in the Broadway-style musical numbers, you can thank Joshua Bergasse, the award-winning choreographer behind them. Bergasse, who’s also choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance, is now the dancemaster behind the new Broadway revival of On the Town, the ballet-tinged musical that opened to rave reviews in New York this October. While choreography for live theater has its differences than the dances you see on film, Bergasse grew up watching the same movie-musicals that are beloved among fans of the genre—films which have »
- Marc Snetiker
Weylin B. Seymour’s in Brooklyn was buzzing Nov. 10 as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Media & Entertainment Commissioner Cynthia López honored some of the city’s most influential artists and entertainment industry professionals at the Made in NY Awards. The 2014 honorees included Steve Buscemi, Louis C.K., Neil Patrick Harris, Albert Maysles (who was awarded the lifetime achievement award), Stanley Nelson, Rosie Perez, the Producers Guild of America, Jane Raab, and Huge, the Brooklyn-based digital agency. The event began with some familiar faces, as “On the Town” (and former Backstage cover) stars Clyde Alves, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Tony Yazbeck performed “New York, New York” from the iconic musical currently running on Broadway. After remarks from the first lady of the city, Mayor de Blasio began the awards ceremony with statistics that prove New York is a giant in the industry, with 230 films and 39 primetime series shot in »
New York, New York, a helluva town.
The Bronx is up, but the Battery's down.
The people ride in a hole in the groun'.
New York, New York, it's a helluva town! ♪ ♫
On the Town, the 1944 stage musical by Betty Comden & Adolph Green, most famous in its 1949 big screen incarnation with Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra, is back on the boards. (Just in time for Green's centennial this December. What a songwriting pair those two were.)
I always thought the '49 film was somewhat forgotten, at least in comparison to Anchors Aweigh (1945) the first Kelly/Sinatra sailors musical but maybe that's because I'm an Oscar freak and the first pairing was a much bigger Oscar deal in its day with 5 nominations and a win. So I was surprised some years ago that On the Town made the AFI's 25 greatest musicals list at #19 . I always thought of it as very stage bound »
- NATHANIEL R
It's a tale of two A-list replacements: Dexter star Michael C. Hall put on some makeup for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and kicked up $544,166 for his first six performances, according to figures from the Broadway League for the week ending Oct. 19. That's down just 4 percent per-show from what Andrew Rannells took in during his final seven shows the previous week—but it still represents an impressive 85 percent of the potential gross for the Belasco Theatre. But another high-profile substitution proved less successful: Carol Burnett, returning to Broadway for the first time in a decade, failed to lift ticket sales »
- Thom Geier
The randy sailors of On the Town are back in the Big Apple, and taking up permanent residence at the newly-renamed Lyric Theatre (where the beleaguered Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was the previous tenant), with lots of dancing boys and girls courtesy of Smash's acclaimed choreographer Joshua Bergasse (keep your eyes peeled to EW.com for a future feature on him, by the way). In other news, "Big" Al Pacino is coming back to Broadway next fall in a brand-new play written expressly for him by master wordsmith David Mamet, about a billionaire taking a fateful phone call before semi-retirement. »
- Jason Clark
From “Urinetown” to “On the Town,” director John Rando has finally returned to Broadway with another big hit. There's a nice symmetry to the bookends of those two Gotham “town” tuners, the Leonard Bernstein revival having opened Thursday at the Lyric Theatre. Rando brings a whimsical irreverence to everything he directs, often with a healthy dollop of vulgarity, and for “On the Town” he doesn't stint on emphasizing the randiness of the New York City streets during World War II. And that's just the broads, as they say in the Navy! In comparison, the show's three sailors act almost demur. »
- Robert Hofler
On the Town is a heartbreakingly youthful work: both about youth and by youth. Watching its three sailors pursue a lifetime of adventure while on 24-hour shore leave in New York, New York, you can’t help sensing the shadows of the three giddy pals who knocked the show together in 1944. The whole project took just six months from idea to opening. How, in that time, did Betty Comden and Adolph Green manage to fashion a feasible Broadway libretto from the ballet Fancy Free, which had premiered (with music by Leonard Bernstein and choreography by Jerome Robbins) just that spring? How did Bernstein manage, between conducting gigs, to provide the entirely new score he insisted upon? These are the kinds of challenges only fledglings take on; at opening night that December, Green was barely 30, Comden and Bernstein (and Robbins) not even. Who could imagine that their freshman lark would »
- Jesse Green
A glorious 28-piece orchestra playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of a giant American flag safety curtain has the audience on its feet before On the Town gets started. But it’s the jagged blasts of brass, the languorously bluesy romantic ballads and the exuberant comedy numbers of Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy score that make this vibrant Broadway revival such transporting entertainment. Then there’s the dancing, with ballet interludes that mark the groundbreaking 1944 show as a distinctive hybrid. If the humor in Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s book veers into cornball, who’s complaining when the production packs so much
- David Rooney
So thats it for Week 3! Thank you for all your comments and for being generally amazing. Ill be back next Saturday in the meantime youll find Stus X Factor results show liveblog starts in 15 minutes, and the splendid Julia Raeside will be liveblogging The Apprentice from 9pm on Wednesday. Ill be back next Saturday for Strictly Week 4, and you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens in the meantime. Have a fabulous week, and keeeeeep dancing! Hx
So leaving this week is Jennifer and Tristan! They have both been lovely, but such is the way of Strictly. Theyre being forced to do their final dance to My Heart Will Go On from Titanic, as bellowed by a wounded bear. »
- Heidi Stephens
By Anjelica Oswald
Films have captured the passage of time in a variety of unique ways throughout the years. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which premiered at Sundance this year, presents the movement of time in an unprecedented manner. By filming the same cast three to four days per year for 12 years, Linklater was able to capture the real changes the cast went through instead of relying on CGI, makeup or different actors to show the aging process. The seamless way in which the passage of time is presented could garner a best editing nomination at the 87th Academy Awards. Here are 10 other films portraying the passage of time that have been nominated for best editing (in chronological order):
Gone With the Wind (1939)
The film follows the O’Hara family and how they are affected before, during and after the Civil War, particularly through the eyes of Scarlett O »
- Anjelica Oswald
Will Jake continue his impressive streak, or will he begin to falter? Can Jennifer bounce back from being in the dance off last week? It remains to be seen, but why not try to guess from the Movie Week songs and dances - we have all the details below...
Song: 'Footloose' from, erm, Footloose
Song: 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' from Armageddon
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: 'America' from West Side Story
Song: 'The Godfather Waltz' from, you guessed it, The Godfather
Song: 'Mamma Mia' from, yep, Mamma Mia
The people ride in a hole in the ground," sing the three horny, hopped-up sailors as they ecstatically catalog the city's many marvels in "New York, New York," the opening number of Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's On the Town (1949).
That hole, now 110 years old, receives a more expansive, warts-and-all tribute in BAMcinématek's "Retro Metro" series, a program of 13 features and three shorts that highlight the joys and terrors of subterranean travel. Spanning 1928 through 1992, these movies reveal wildly vacillating feelings about the sprawling transit system — what Randy Kennedy calls "an object of pride and fascination, fear and loathing" in the introduction to his excellent 2004 book, Subwayland, a collection of his New York Times co »
After an incredibly competitive season, So You Think You Can Dance crowned America's favorite dancer: Ricky Ubeda. Ricky beat out some fierce competition from Valerie Rockey, Jessica Richens, and Zack Everhart, Jr. So what does Ricky win? He wins $250,000, a part in the Broadway show "On the Town," and the cover of "Dance Spirit" magazine.
Why did Ricky take the title over these other talented dancers? Let's take a look at what factors may have affected the vote. »
With no surprise to fans or judges, 18-year-old Ricky Ubeda was named the winner of season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance Wednesday night. EW was the first to talk to Ricky and the judges about his win.
“I am in complete shock,” the Miami native said. “I knew this was possible, but for it to actually happen is unreal… I just graduated high school. I don’t know what my real life is yet. This is real life I guess, and it doesn’t feel like it.”
It may be unreal for him, but it was expected by just about everyone else. »
- Jake Perlman
So You Think You Can Dance crowns a winner tonight (Sept. 3, 2014) check out the finale results from tonight below. Who won this season's competition? The show is on live on Wednesday night, check back for the results. This year’s winner will receive $250,000, and be awarded the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine. Also included for the 2014 season 11 winner of Sytycd, a role in the upcoming Broadway revival of On The Town. The final four dancers (Zack Everhart, Jessica Richens, Ricky Ubeda and Valerie Rockey) are pictured above, they all danced a full night of performances last night. Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Debbie Allen, Tara Lipinski and Adam Shankman are the guest judges tonight. Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul are scheduled to perform during the two-hour live event tonight, too. The finale episode of season 11 airs tonight at 8 pm Edt (7 pm Cdt) and the So You Think You Can Dance finale live recap »
The Bronx is up, the Battery’s down—and smack-dab in the middle, there’s the latest revival of a classic 1944 Comden/Green/Bernstein musical, coming to the newly-renamed Lyric Theatre this fall. (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark played there previously when it was dubbed the Foxwoods Theatre).
This production of On the Town—a transfer from the acclaimed Barrington Stage Company mounting—has already turned a few heads with its handsome leading trio (Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Clyde Alves). John Rando (Urinetown) assumes directing duties here; expect plenty of fancy footwork, thanks to choreography by Smash’s Joshua Bergasse. »
- Jason Clark
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Somehow, despite including two different clip shows, Day 3 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon leads us deep into the show's Golden Years, as we finish Season 4, go through Season 5 and most of Season 6, spanning from "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" through "The PTA Disbands." For the second straight day, we had no trouble picking two favorites apiece and we left out a slew of great episodes including Krusty's Kancellation, Bart's rise to "I Didn't Do It!" fame, James Woods' stint at the Kwik-e-Mart, Homer's trip into space and Lisa's attempts to design a new Malibu Stacy. [The image accompanying this story is from "Marge in Chains" which, if I'm being honest, didn't come close to making our list, but it's the only official image Fxx was able to provide for the episodes airing on Saturday.] My own greatest regret is that I couldn't pick "Treehouse of Horror V," which features "The Shinning" and "Time and Punishment," which are two of my five "Treehouse" segments. However, I stand by the two episodes I chose. And guess what? Day 4 was even Harder, choosing-wise. But that's tomorrow. »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the idea of Lifetime’s The Lottery. At least, I’ve been trying to imagine how a drama about a dark future for humanity would work on Lifetime. Here’s the first trailer for the series:
- Lyle Masaki
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