An American In Paris with Live Music by The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra May 12th and 13th

“Back home everyone said I didn’t have any talent. They might be saying the same thing over here but it sounds better in French.”

Winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture, and celebrated as one of the most popular musicals of all time, An American In Paris comes to life on the big screen May 12th and 13th at Powell Hall in St. Louis (718 N Grand Blvd). Join the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as they perform the film’s score live!

Performances are Saturday, May 12th, 2018 7:00Pm and Sunday May 13th at 3:00Pm. Tickets can be purchased Here

One of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time, An American In Paris, stars Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly and features the timeless original music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with the musical film on the big screen while the St.
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‘An American in Paris’ Stage Hit Set for Theatrical Release in 2018 (Exclusive)

‘An American in Paris’ Stage Hit Set for Theatrical Release in 2018 (Exclusive)
The London stage production of “An American in Paris” will light up the big screen around the world next year. Trafalgar Releasing has landed theatrical rights to the West End musical, which transferred from Broadway, where it scooped four Tony Awards.

Inspired by the classic 1951 MGM movie with Gene Kelly and set to music by George Gershwin, the stage version of “An American in Paris” opened at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2014. It transferred to Broadway in 2015-16 and came to London in March, garnering strong reviews. The Guardian newspaper gave it five stars and called it “a riot of color and movement.” The play’s London run ends in January.

Trafalgar, formerly known as Picturehouse Entertainment, specializes in bringing prestige live events to the big screen. “’An American in Paris’ is one of the biggest productions to hit the West End this decade with outstanding performances, memorable tunes, beautiful costumes
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Red Dwarf: creating the pop culture of the future

Andrew Moir Oct 26, 2017

Andrew takes a nerdy dive into the pop culture real and fictional that's made its way into the world of Red Dwarf...

Creating culture within science-fiction can be tricky. It’s potentially alienating, with the audience required to understand allusions without a reference point. Then again, if you throw in too many contemporary references, the future starts to look dated pretty quickly. Red Dwarf has walked that fine line, building its own stars and entertainment but chucking in the familiar, just to keep the world grounded. We take a look at humanity’s future culture as seen through the eyes of Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Kryten and Holly.

See related Gunpowder episode 1 review Amazon Prime UK: what’s new in October 2017? New on Netflix UK: what's added in October 2017? Music

Red Dwarf set out its fictional musical world early on with the opening scenes of the first episode
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Denee Benton Steps in for Phillipa Soo in MasterVoices' Of Thee I Sing at Carnegie Hall; More Cast Announced!

MasterVoices announces additional casting for its season opening presentation of George and Ira Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing on Thursday, November 2 at 700 p.m. in Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. Tony Award nominee Den e Benton Natasha, Pierre amp The Great Comet of 1812 joins the cast as Mary Turner, replacing Phillipa Soo, who regretfully can no longer participate due to scheduling conflicts.
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Jay Z Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame, Praised By Bono, Chance The Rapper, Quincy Jones And More

Jay Z has made history after his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, becoming the first hip hop star to ever to be so honoured. Joining the ranks of such past inductees as John Lennon, Ira Gershwin and Elton John, the rapper/impresario is once again blazing trails as he’s recognized for his […]
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Breaking: Susan Stroman Will Direct Broadway-Bound Crazy For You Revival in La!

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and Broadway producer Joey Parnes announced today that the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, 'Crazy for You,' with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig 'Lend Me a Tenor', will be produced by Center Theatre Group in an exclusive pre-Broadway engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre. Susan Stroman 'The Producers,' 'Show Boat,' 'Contact', who won the first of her five Tony Awards for choreographing the original 1992 Broadway production of the musical, will direct and choreograph this limited Los Angeles engagement which will begin performances February 7, 2018, and run through March 18, 2018.
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Scott’s TCM Fest Dispatch, Part Three: Psychology

It’s not exactly remarkable that cinema has been around long enough to chart the rise of modern psychology. The first century of film covers society’s entire 20th, a hundred-year span rife with innovation in a great many fields. But as art is keen on investigating the psyche, it’s little surprise that cinema would try to keep pace in some way with the study and expression of it. From the psychological thriller to the psychodrama to most horror films, the study of the mind onscreen sometimes unfolds perfectly naturally, and other times feels like a stiff lecture from somebody who read a really fascinating article in Time the month before. Look no further than Psycho for an example of both, but look to three films that played at the TCM Classic Film Festival for some pretty wild takes.

Based on a novel by a prominent psychologist (once president
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A Star Is Born Heads To Broadway With Director Bill Condon

Having played a significant role in the delivery of three of the most high profile musical feature films in recent years – namely Dreamgirls, Chicago, and the upcoming Beauty And The Beast – writer-director Bill Condon is now preparing to bring the big screen to Broadway, by signing on with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures to develop a stage production of A Star Is Born.

Condon’s pedigree brings a great deal of weight to this news. The Academy Award winner wrote the screenplays for Dreamgirls and Chicago – both of which were highly successful screen adaptations of hit Broadway musicals. He directed Dreamgirls himself, and returns to the feature film musical genre this year with Disney’s live-action re-make of Beauty And The Beast. In between, he sharpened his skill-set on a number of dramatic projects – such as The Twilight Saga and The Fifth Estate – before making his Braodway directorial debut in 2014 with Side Show.
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Strictly Come Dancing: the grand final – as it happened

The competition couldn’t have been closer, but did Danny, Louise or Ore waltz away with the glitterball trophy?

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So that’s another Strictly year over, and I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has read and shared this blog, but particularly those of you who have rocked up every week and been entirely hilarious and brilliant in the comment box. It makes this blog an absolutely joy to write, and I really can’t thank you enough.

My liveblogging duties aren’t quite finished for the year – I’ll be wrapping up The Apprentice tomorrow night at 9pm, so hopefully I’ll see some of you there. If not you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens, so do come and say hello.

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That said, I’m gutted for Danny and Louise. Both of them worked incredibly hard, and it was a brilliant final.
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La La Land Movie Review #EmmaStone

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La La Land Movie Review #EmmaStone
La La Land Summit Entertainment (A Division of Lionsgate Films) Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Damien Chazelle Written by: Damien Chazelle Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons Screened at: Park Avenue, NYC, 11/16/16 Opens: December 9, 2016 If you’re of a certain age or simply catch up on movies made before you were born, you are likely to say “They don’t write musicals the way they used to.” You’re thinking of the oeuvre of George M. Cohan, George and Ira Gershwin, Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Some of their traditional musicals are revived on Broadway, and deservedly so. [ Read More ]

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Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in An American In Paris - West End Production Announces Full Casting

Full casting is announced for Christopher Wheeldon's stunning reinvention of the Oscarwinningfilm that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. An American in Paris features the sublime music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a new book by Craig Lucas. Directly following celebrated engagements in Paris and New York, this critically acclaimed and multi award-winning new musical bursts into life in the West End from Saturday 4 March 2017 with the official opening night on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.
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Judy by the Numbers: "The Man That Got Away"

When Judy Garland and George Cukor made A Star Is Born for Warner Bros, both Judy and the industry were changing. The Paramount Case and The De Havilland ruling had weakened the paternalistic power of the studio system by forcing studios to sell their theaters and release their stars, while widescreen technology changed the shape of the movies. Similarly, Judy's previously squeaky-clean MGM image had transformed. In the early 1950s, she divorced Vincente Minnelli, married Sidney Luft, survived a suicide attempt and rehab and launched a successful concert series and an even more successful concert album. It was no coincidence that in the middle of this maelstrom Judy Garland's comeback vehicle was a remake of a 1937 Technicolor classic.

The Movie: A Star is Born (Warner Bros 1954)

The Songwriter: Harold Arlen (music), Ira Gershwin (lyrics)

The Players: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford, directed by George Cukor

I'm breaking with tradition slightly,
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Judy by the Numbers: "Embraceable You"

Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...

Throughout the 1930s, Mickey and Judy had been one of America's favorite musical duos. With Mickey in the lead and Judy providing musical support, the two young teenagers - with the help of the Freed Unit - dominated the box office, regularly grossing $1 million even during the Depression. However, by the beginning of the 1940s, both 21-year-old Judy and 23-year-old Mickey had grown past the simple comedies in which they'd made their names. While both continued to pull in the same amount at the box office, Mickey was moving into more serious roles - though he still had a few more Andy Hardy movies in his contract - and Judy was dropping her hems and trading in her hair ribbons for hats. So, at the end of 1943, Mickey and Judy starred in their last musical together.

The Movie: Girl Crazy
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Bww Flashback: Put on Your Dancing Shoes as An American In Paris Celebrates One Year on Broadway!

An American In Paris moved to Broadway following its world premiere in December, 2014 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. It is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, making his Broadway directing debut. Featuring music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig Lucas, the creative team also includes Tony Award winners Bob Crowley sets and costumes, Natasha Katz lighting and Jon Weston sound with a musical score adapted and supervised by Rob Fisher. Bartlett Sher is creative consultant. Based on the Academy Award winning film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin, An American in Paris brings this classic tale to Broadway for the first time.
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Judy by the Numbers: "Our Love Affair"

Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...

By 1940 it was undeniable: Mickey and Judy were a success. Even more, Mickey and Judy with the Freed Unit behind them were a bona fide hit machine. Babes in Arms, the first Freed Unit collaboration, earned over $2 million domestically and $1 million abroad. With the promise of another blockbuster and the rise of patriotic sentiment on the verge of WWII, Louis B. Mayer dusted off an old, patriotic-sounding title and set his hitmakers on a new project: Strike Up The Band. The Movie: Strike Up The Band (MGM, 1940)

The Songwriters: Arthur Freed & Roger Edens

The Players: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, directed by Busby Berkeley

The Story: The original Strike Up The Band was a George & Ira Gershwin political musical satire from the early half of the 1930s. However, the new patriotic musical produced by Arthur Freed & company bore no resemblance
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 2/19/16- Crazy For You

Today in 1992, Crazy for You opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 1622 performances. Crazy for You is a musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as 'The New Gershwin Musical Comedy', it is largely based on the songwriting team's 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but interpolates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production was directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman.The cast included Jodi Benson as Polly, Harry Groener as Bobby Child, Bruce Adler as Bela Zangler, John Hillner as Lank Hawkins, Michele Pawk as Irene Roth, Jane Connell as Mother, and Beth Leavel as Tess.
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Bww TV: An American In Paris Comes to Life in Brand-New TV Spot!

In the hit new Broadway musical An American in Paris, it'sa city suddenly filled with new possibilities, when one young GIdiscovers his passion for art, his desire for change and the love of his life. Named Outstanding Musical by both the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League and the winner of four Tony Awards, An American in Paris is inspired by the Academy Award-winning film and features the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, the Tony Award-winning choreography of director Christopher Wheeldon and a book by Craig Lucas.Below, check out a brand-new TV spot for the show
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 1/22/16- Porgy And Bess

Today in 1942, the first revival of Porgy and Bess opened at the Majestic Theatre, where it ran for 286 performances. First performed in 1935, with music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, it was based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and subsequent play of the same title, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s. Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an 'American folk opera', Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers-a daring artistic choice at the time.
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California Musical Theatre Announces Music Circus Lineup - Hello, Dolly!, Nice Work, Cabaret and More!

California Musical Theatre and BroadwayWorld bring you the 2016 lineup for Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 66th season for the venerable institution. The season includes four shows that have never been produced at Music Circus The smash hit musical comedy Legally Blonde, based on the hilarious film starring Reese Witherspoon the family favorite Seussical, a journey through the witty and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss Nice Work If You Can Get It, the song-and-dance spectacular filled with the music of George and Ira Gershwin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a brand new musical exploring the dark themes of the epic novel while featuring the beautiful music of the animated Disney film. The 2016 Music Circus season will also feature two shows that are all-time patron favorites, the irresistible musical theatre gem Hello, Dolly and the Tony-winning Kander and Ebb classic Cabaret.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 12/6/15- Ira Gershwin

Happy Birthday, Ira Gershwin A lyricist, Gershwin collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. With George he wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows, featuring songs such as 'I Got Rhythm', 'Embraceable You', 'The Man I Love' and 'Someone to Watch Over Me'. He was also responsible, along with DuBose Heyward, for the libretto to George's opera Porgy and Bess. The success the brothers had with their collaborative works has often overshadowed the creative role that Ira played. However, his mastery of songwriting continued after the early death of George. He wrote additional hit songs with composers Jerome Kern 'Long Ago and Far Away', Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen.
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