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Bww Interview: Alysha Umphress of Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure at Dallas Theater Center

With the challenges of putting a brand new musical on its feet, finding a moment where actress Alysha Umphress could steal away from rehearsal for this interview was a challenge of its own. And when we did connect, it was not without technical difficulties on my end, and a coffee spilling fiasco on her end as she prepared for her long day of rehearsal. Through it all, Alysha, who has appeared on Broadway in American Idiot, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Bring It On and On The Town starring opposite Dfw's Jay Armstrong Johnson, was upbeat, down-to-earth, excited to talk about her new big gig, and just as happy to humor me with stories from her early career.
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Finian’s Rainbow

As a musical it’s excellent — fine tunes and lyrics, great singing and dancing by the ever-youthful Fred Astaire, the glorious songbird Petula Clark, and the impishly weird Tommy Steele cast appropriately as a grimacing Leprechaun. The update of what was a politically acute Broadway hit in 1947 is awkward but the show is a melodious pleasure — great color, fine voices and peppy direction by Francis Ford Coppola on his first big studio feature.

Finian’s Rainbow

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 145 141 min. / Street Date March 7, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Hancock, Al Freeman Jr., Ronald Colby, Dolph Sweet, Wright King, Louis Silas.

Cinematography: Philip Lathrop

Film Editor: Melvin Shapiro

Original Music: Ray Heindorf

Written by E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy

Produced by Joseph Landon

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Finian’s Rainbow is a unique musical with a strange history.
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New to Streaming: ‘Don’t Think Twice,’ ‘Green Room,’ ‘Burn After Reading,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)

An ecstatically original work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling and often slyly comic work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical examination of a new era of freedom,
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 7/24/16- Kristin Chenoweth

Happy Birthday Kristin Chenoweth On Broadway, Chenoweth has appeared in Steel Pier, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Epic Proportions, Funny Girl, Wicked, The Apple Tree, and Promises, Promises. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Fantasticks, Box Office of the Damned, Scapin, Strike Up the Band, A New Brain, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Candide, The Apple Tree, Stairway to Paradise, Love, Loss and What I Wore and many more. She will soon return to Broadway in On the Twentieth Century.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 4/24/16- Barbra Streisand

Happy Birthday Barbra Streisand Streisand has appeared on Broadway in I Can Get It For You Wholesale and Funny Girl, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Streisand won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actress for the role in the film version of the musical. Her next two movies were also based on musicals, Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly, directed by Gene Kelly 1969, and Alan Jay Lerner's and Burton Lane's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vincente Minnelli 1970. Additionally, she has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, one special Tony Award, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, an American Film Institute award, a Peabody Award, and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 9/11/15- Harry Connick, Jr.

Happy Birthday, Harry Connick, Jr. A star in music, theater, film and television, Connick recently won his second Emmy for musical direction of his live concert television special, 'Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway.' In 1990 he appeared in a sold-out concert series at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and in 2006, received a Tony nomination for his performance in the Broadway revival of The Pajama Game. He most recently starred on Broadway in the musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 8/31/15- Alan Jay Lerner

Happy Birthday, Alan Jay Lerner Lerner was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical theatre for both the stage and on film. He won three Tony Awards and three Academy Awards, among other honors. Some of his best-know works include My Fair Lady, Briagadoon, Camelot, and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
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Arnold Scaasi (8 May 1930 – 3 August 2015)

When Arnold Scaasi opened his couture salon in 1964, he soon became a couturier to the stars. He was already a favoured designer for Barbra Streisand when he famously dressed her for the 1969 Oscars. Streisand was up for Best Actress for her movie debut in Funny Girl and was established as something of an ‘individual’; usually described as ‘kooky’, she was completely different from anyone else, an innovator of style, and challenging and changing the ideas of beauty. So it is no surprise that when it came to her clothing choice for the Oscars, Streisand resisted the usual protocol of an evening gown and instead opted for a most extraordinary Scaasi-designed pant suit. Made from black, sheer, sequined net fabric, the over-blouse had a white peter-pan collar with black pussy bow and over-sized white cuffs, while in Scaasi’s own words, the ‘bell-bottomed trousers were exaggerated and had many godets flaring
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 7/24/15- Kristin Chenoweth

Happy Birthday Kristin Chenoweth On Broadway, Chenoweth has appeared in Steel Pier, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Epic Proportions, Funny Girl, Wicked, The Apple Tree, and Promises, Promises. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Fantasticks, Box Office of the Damned, Scapin, Strike Up the Band, A New Brain, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Candide, The Apple Tree, Stairway to Paradise, Love, Loss and What I Wore and many more. She most recently starredin On the Twentieth Century.
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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The
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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 4/24/15- Barbra Streisand

Happy Birthday Barbra Streisand Streisand has appeared on Broadway in I Can Get It For You Wholesale and Funny Girl, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Streisand won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actress for the role in the film version of the musical. Her next two movies were also based on musicals, Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly, directed by Gene Kelly 1969, and Alan Jay Lerner's and Burton Lane's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vincente Minnelli 1970. Additionally, she has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, one special Tony Award, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, an American Film Institute award, a Peabody Award, and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.
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Photo Flash: First Look at David Turner in Buyer & Cellar at The Old Globe

The Old Globe presents the hilarious Buyer amp Cellar, which is currently in previews and opens tomorrow, April 9, running through Sunday, May 10. Broadway veteran David Turner On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Arcadia, Sunday in the Park with George stars in Jonathan Tolins's The Twilight of the Golds acclaimed Off Broadway hit, directed by Ron Lagomarsino The Last Night of Ballyhoo, My Favorite Year, 'Homefront,' 'Ravenswood'. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Turner onstage below
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David Turner to Lead Buyer & Cellar at The Old Globe

The Old Globe today announced that Broadway veteran David Turner On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Arcadia, Sunday in the Park with George will star in Jonathan Tolins's The Twilight of the Golds acclaimed Off Broadway hit Buyer amp Cellar, directed by Ron Lagomarsino The Last Night of Ballyhoo, My Favorite Year, 'Homefront,' 'Ravenswood'.
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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93
Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said,
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Barbra Streisand to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers

Award-winning actress-director-producer-writer-singer Barbra Streisand will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) 2015 Board of Governors Award. The Oscar®-winning filmmaker and entertainer will be honored during the 29th Annual Asc Outstanding Achievement Awards gala here on February 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. “Barbra Streisand’s accomplishments across the entertainment industry are unparalleled, and we look forward to celebrating her groundbreaking contributions to the art of filmmaking,” said Asc President Richard Crudo. “The three films that Ms. Streisand directed have earned 14 Academy Award® nominations, and her skill in working with cinematographers in achieving her vision is a hallmark of her directorial work.” She is the only artist to achieve Oscar, Tony®, Emmy®, Grammy®, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe®, and Peabody Awards, as well as a National Medal of Honor, France’s Légion d’honneur, the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. Streisand won a
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The Way She Was: New Photo Book Showcases Barbra Streisand's Early Years in Hollywood

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The Way She Was: New Photo Book Showcases Barbra Streisand's Early Years in Hollywood
When photojournalist Lawrence Schiller met Barbra Streisand on the set of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever in 1968, he felt like a new hire greeting the company CEO. "I didn't know if she liked me or not," he says, "but at the end of the week, I wasn't fired."Schiller and his colleague Steve Schapiro were hired by movie studio execs to shoot the star during the first decade of her movie career, capturing moments big and small for use in magazines around the world. Now they have collected their photos, many of which have never been published,
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Stage Tube: Ring the Bells! Watch Highlights from La Jolla Playhouse's The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

La Jolla Playhouse presents the U.S. premiere production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a score by the multiple Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning team of composer Alan Menken Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors and lyricist Stephen Schwartz Wicked, Pippin, book by Peter Parnell The West Wing, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and direction by Scott Schwartz Playhouse's Jane Eyre, Broadway's Golda's Balcony. Produced in association with Paper Mill Playhouse, by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, The Hunchback of Notre Dame runs through December 14, 2014 in the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. Check out highlights of the cast in action below
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Photo Flash: First Look at Michael Arden, Ciara Renee & Patrick Page in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse!

La Jolla Playhouse presents the U.S. premiere production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a score by the multiple Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning team of composer Alan Menken Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors and lyricist Stephen Schwartz Wicked, Pippin, book by Peter Parnell The West Wing, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and direction by Scott Schwartz Playhouse's Jane Eyre, Broadway's Golda's Balcony. Produced in association with Paper Mill Playhouse, by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, The Hunchback of Notre Dame runs through December 14, 2014 in the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. Check out a first look at the cast in action below
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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the Cast of La Jolla Playhouse's The Hunchback Of Notre Dame!

La Jolla Playhouse presents the U.S. premiere production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a score by the multiple Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning team of composer Alan Menken Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors and lyricist Stephen Schwartz Wicked, Pippin, book by Peter Parnell The West Wing, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and direction by Scott Schwartz Playhouse's Jane Eyre, Broadway's Golda's Balcony. Produced in association with Paper Mill Playhouse, by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, The Hunchback of Notre Dame runs through December 14, 2014 in the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. Below, check out photos from inside the sitzprobe
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