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A live opus, twenty-five years in the making
The 1970s saw the heyday of the rock opera, with musical opuses by Genesis, Queen and Meat Loaf all vying to out-bombast The Who’s seminal Tommy and Quadrophenia and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. Lou Reed's contribution to the genre came in 1973 with Berlin, his psychodrama about a drug-addicted couple that mixed the titular German capital’s art-born-of-political-strife with an Les aesthetic—and nearly relegated Reed's post-Velvet Underground solo career to one-hit-wonder status.
Keith Carradine is still probably best known for his role as a womanizing folk singer in the 1975 Robert Altman film Nashville, for which he also wrote and sang the Oscar-winning song "I'm Easy." Now he's about to play the mercurial, menacing Dr. Alex Farquhar in an Off-Broadway production of Anthony Horowitz's Mindgame, a mystery-thriller with twists and turns galore and no shortage of black comedy. "There is an implicit level of violence — a capacity for violence — that lies beneath his character," says Carradine. "There's the changeability of his nature. I thought that would be challenging and fun to do, more out of the pocket for me." In fact, Carradine was initially offered another, meeker role to play. Born in San Mateo, Calif., the 59-year-old actor says he has grappled with typecasting throughout his career, usually playing the sensitive anti-hero: "But also there was this rural patina applied to me. »
- Simi Horwitz
It's rare that you'd ever hear about a Broadway musical based on a movie that made less than $10 million at the box office but it worked for Hairspray so why not try again? A trio of producers are working to bring Fox Searchlight's Oscar-winning romancer Once to Broadway fro the 2010-2011 season. John N. Hart Jr., Jeffrey Sine and Frederick Zollo, who between them have produced runs of "Angels in America," "Chicago" and "The Who's Tommy," have acquired the »
- Mike Sampson
Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and the Flaming Lips are to pay tribute to The Who at a fundraising VH1 Rock Honours gig this weekend. Frontman Roger Daltrey told Rolling Stone that the Lips are planning to cover a medley of songs from Tommy, while Pearl Jam are expected to play a version of 'Love Reign O’er Me'. The Who themselves will give a 40-minute finale performance at the Los Angeles event on Saturday night, possibly including the first rendition of their track 'Slip Kid' since (more) »
- By Dave West
Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and the Flaming Lips are to pay tribute to The Who at a fundraising VH1 Rock Honours gig this weekend. Frontman Roger Daltrey told Rolling Stone that the Lips are planning to cover a medley of songs from Tommy, while Pearl Jam are expected to play a version of Love Reign O’er Me. The Who themselves will give a 40-minute finale performance at the Los Angeles event on Saturday night, possibly including the first rendition of their track 'Slip Kid' (more) »
- By Dave West
The actress insists she can't say much about the project, but she simply can't keep quiet about the prospect of working with the Tommy star, who she has emulated for years.
The two redheads met up for a photoshoot in 2006 and Lohan declared Ann-Margret was her ultimate role model. The pair has become firm friends.
And now the Mean Girls star says, "I'm part of a film that Jack Black is involved in that is starting around April, hopefully. We're getting the cast together now.
"I can't say too much. It's a comedy. Ann-Margret is a part of it and I'm very excited (about that).
"One of my favourite movies is her movie Kitten With A Whip. It's a great movie. I just really respect her." »
6 items from 2008
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