Celebrate Black History Month with Ntozake Shange’s historic play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, February 21 through 27, at the Orange Stage at 1050 N. Orange Drive in Hollywood. Whether you liked the film adaptation not, you will love this soulful, uplifting work returning to LA. professional stage for the first time in over 30 years. Experience all 22 poems with original music and an all-star cast including Carrie Cain Sparks (Rumble In the Bronx with Jackie Chan, The Man with Sam Jackson), Shauntay Hinton (iCarly, Miss USA 2002), ButtaCup Reese (Hype Underground, this year’s Miss America’s Ms. High Desert), Niketa Calame (young Nala in Disney’s The Lion King), with Constance Lopez, Monique Wilson, Ebony Perry and choreography by Tanya Alexander. Purchase your tickets to day and see why this powerful work has transformed millions. Don’t miss out – this one week engagement is selling out so get your tickets today. Get information and purchase tickets online at visartsociety.org or call 310-595-8696.
As this Spider-Man tale opens, the audience sees New York City “on fire and in ruins” as “a section of the Brooklyn Bridge ascends with Mary Jane bound and dangling helplessly from the bridge.” Soon thereafter, a new villainess called Arachne flies into the picture spinning her own deadly trap, and as Spider-Man battles all kinds of criminals he’s swinging right over the audience. It sounds like the 3-D opening for the next “Spider-Man” sequel, and even though this superhero story is filled with Hollywood-style special effects, it is instead a glimpse from a Continue reading
The new Manhattan Theatre Club revival of the 1927 George S. Kaufman-Edna Ferber comedy “The Royal Family” has the critics bowing down. “The Royal Family” is a sly satire of the fabled Barrymore acting clan. This acclaimed production is sure to be among the four nominees for best play revival at June’s Tony Awards. And many in the cast of veteran actors could contend for Tony Continue reading
Beginning October 30th, the world will have a front-row seat for Michael Jackson’s final concert, as Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment release Michael Jackson’s This Is It. This Is It is being produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and will be drawn from hundreds of hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage, captured in high definition with state of the art digital sound as the late singer was preparing for his concert series in London. The film, which will also offer select sequences in 3-D, will provide a unique career retrospective and feature interviews with some of Jackson’s closest friends and Continue reading
Larry the Cable Guy will step out of the big and little screens and onto the stage. The comedian has reached great success since coming to national attention with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Larry was featured in “Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie” along with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Ron White recorded of one the group’s performances individually and collectively. The movie premiered on Comedy Central in November 2003 and was released on DVD, which has sold more than four million copies. “Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again” also had success on the DVD shelves with three million copies sold. There was even a spin-off sketch show “Blue Collar TV,” which premiered on the WB network in 2004. Larry’s first individual comedy album “Lord, I Apologize” reached gold status was No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy charts for fifteen weeks in a row. His DVD special, “Git-R-Done,” — his most famous catchphrase — sold more than one million copies and has been certified platinum. Larry stayed busy in 2006 with his big screen flick, “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector,” in March followed by the Comedy Central world premiere of “Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road” in June. The soundtrack was nominated for a 2006 Grammy award. Fans were treated to another dose of Larry when he voiced the character of Tow Mater in Disney/Pixar’s 2006 summer hit “Cars,” which won a Golden Globe and grossed more than $200 million. Larry once again hit theaters as a bumbling U.S. Army reservist in the 2007 movie “Delta Farce” and was once again in uniform for 2008′s “Witless Protection.” His album, “The Right to Bare Arms,” also reached gold status, topped several charts and received a Grammy nomination. His first Christmas CD, “A Very Larry Christmas,” has also been certified gold. Larry won Billboard’s 2005 Comedy Artist of the Year and Comedy Album of the Year awards and the 2006 Billboard Top Comedy Tour award. His book 2005 book, “Git-R-Done,” debuted at No. 26 on the New York Times bestseller list. In 2007, he appeared in two of his own television comedy specials “Morning Constitutions” and “Larry The Cable Guy’s Christmas Spectacular,” with guest stars like Tony Orlando, Lisa Lampanelli, Jeffrey Ross, Vicki Lawrence, George Wallace and Flavor Flav. “Larry the Cable Guy’s Star Studded Christmas Extravaganza” aired in November 2008 on CMT, and he was the subject of a 2009 Comedy Central Roast.
Kerry Washington is ready to make her Broadway debut this fall. The ‘Lakeview Terrace’ star will star in David Mamet’s upcoming play ‘Race,’ set to start previews at New York City’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Nov. 17. Producers are keeping mum about the actual plot of the show, which also stars James Spader and Richard Thomas ,and will mark Mamet’s 50th year on Broadway. “I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say outside of it being a brand new play from David Mamet [but] it’s interesting,” Washington told BlackVoices.com during an interview this week. The Bronx native, who wowed mainstream movie audiences in the Academy Award winning 2005 Ray Charles biopic, said she is “thrilled” about this latest career move.
The only thing particularly green about this photo is the background, but I wanted to throw it up there anyways since Johnny Depp’s take on the Mad Hatter looks brilliant. As you’ve probably guessed, this one of the first promo shots for Tim Burton’s trippy take on Alice In Wonderland. After seeing what Depp looks like, would you want to take a fall down this rabbit hole? He is portrayed with dark eyes, pale face and bandaged left thumb. Though the fansite claims the image to be the first pic of the Mad Hatter, many doubt whether the image is real since the character will most likely be presented in motion capture. Cinematical, in particular, suggests that it may be a concept art for the character or a painting of the character ” that may or may not show up in the background of a scene”. In “Alice”, Depp will star opposite titular character’s depicter, Mia Wasikowska. He will also be joined by other co-stars that include Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Sheen and Alan Rickman. Based on the Lewis Carroll classic of the same name, “Alice in Wonderland” will be Tim Burton-directed project that will combine performance-capture imagery with live-action footage. The script is penned by Linda Woolverton, and the film itself is expected to hit U.S. theaters on March 5, 2010.
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Colonial Players is capping its 60th season with a sparkling comedy about a couple grappling with their version of the seven-year itch. A major bonus of CP’s excellent season was discovering American playwright David Lindsay-Abaire in October with Rabbit Hole and now being treated to another of his works, Wonder of the World, at the end of the season. Lindsay-Abaire, who was recently nominated for a Tony as author of the book for the musical Shrek, established his comedic gifts with Wonder, which premiered on Broadway in October 2003. In the opening scene, heroine Cass is packing her suitcase, determined to leave Kip, her husband of seven years. When Kip arrives with a plate of aspic for her lunch, he is shocked to discover her intentions. Describing herself as “a tall glass of sparkling cider,” Cass seems to fear a loss of effervescence. Their parting turns amusing, as does almost every scene that follows in this irresistible comedy filled with madcap humor, fast-paced, clever dialogue and lovable characters. We may recognize ourselves in those characters as they experience a ridiculous variety of tourist situations throughout the play. Director Ron Giddings maintains a frenzied comic pace while drawing brilliant performances from all the cast members, who seem at the top of their game. They display a clear affinity with playwright Lindsay-Abaire that elevates this production to a bright new level of entertainment. Laura Gayvert invests her astonishing energy into defining bubbly Cass, maintaining her effervescence through the performance. Cass is determined to break out of the confines of the apartment shared with Kip and discover herself in doing everything on her 200-item list, starting with a trip to Niagara Falls. Thurston Cobb delivers a multidimensional Kip, who gains sympathy as the spurned husband whose main flaw may be his blandness. When his dark secret involving Barbie doll heads is revealed, the audience might be more amused than repulsed. Embarking on her bus journey to Niagara Falls, Cass meets Lois, a suicidal alcoholic who holds on her lap a blanket-wrapped pickle barrel that she intends to travel in over the falls. CeCe McGee as Lois finds every comic nuance in her portrayal to become Cass’ sardonic sidekick, balancing the heroine’s bubbly, extroverted qualities with her depressed, abandoned-spouse reality. Zany comic action is revved up when strange couple Karla and Glen arrive in several hysterical guises. They are tourists, hired detectives tracking down Cass, bellhops and members of a bizarre marital therapy group. CP favorite Carol Cohen has graced such productions as Enchanted April, Jake’s Women and Broadway Bound, but has never been more riotously funny nor more perfectly cast than here as Karla. She uses her considerable gifts of comic timing and her dancer’s ability to assume naturally a number of awkward poses while playing off her partner with panache. Bob Brewer is Cohen’s equal as her stage husband, Glen, the bumbling loser who gets funnier with every outlandish caper. Greg Garcia plays Captain Mike, who pilots the Maid of the Mist tourist vessel and has a fling with Cass, which includes satisfying prodigious appetites for wholesale quantities of cheese crackers. Amazingly versatile Alicia Sweeney summons the comic essence of a number of diverse characters, including blond-wigged tourist Barbara, a helicopter pilot, a theme restaurant waitress and group therapist Janie, who chooses clown garb to counsel three couples in need of marriage therapy. The all-volunteer Colonial Players has reached new comic boundaries with Wonder of the World to end one of its best seasons ever on an uproariously humorous level.
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Performances of “Wonder of the World” run at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday, with an additional 7:30 p.m. performance tonight and June 28. General admission tickets are $20 with $15 for senior citizens 65 and older and full-time students. To order tickets, go to cplayers.com or call 410-268-7373.
Brand-new glam-rock musical Blok Busta has announced a full cast of live musicians for its West End run at London’s New Players Theatre. Blok Busta has a predominantly original score alongside some glam classics, all performed live on stage by a multitalented cast who not only act, sing and dance but play all the instruments. Ben Craig takes the role of Aladdin Pain. Ben previously toured with the National Youth Theatre, starring in Ma Vie en Rose and has acted alongside Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins in Oliver Stone’s Alexander. Ben has just been offered a role in Steven Berkoff’s new film Hunchback. Tiger Feet will be played by Susannah van den Berg, a classically trained soprano and musician who trained at Birmingham Conservatoire and Rose Bruford. Susannah’s credits include dozens of theatrical appearances, and a number of composing and directing roles. Mikey O’Connor will take the roles of Inspector Stone and Miss Fit. Mikey’s theatre accolades include playing Hipockets Duncan in Buddy: The Musical as well performing 37 Shakespeare plays in an hour and a half with The Reduced Shakespeare Company at the Criterion Theatre in London.
Clare Kinson will play the roles of Jean Jeanie, Delilah and Alice. Clare holds a postgraduate degree from the Royal Academy of Music and has performed with the NorrKoping Symphony Orchestra of Sweden and at the English Theatre of Frankfurt. Sarah Vezmar will take the role of Virginia Plain. Sarah recently graduated from Rose Bruford with a 1st class degree in Actor Musicianship. Sarah has a host of theatrical credits and is a highly skilled musician, playing drums, flute, percussion, guitar and double bass. The role of Hellraiser and Mr. Nice will be played by Alan Howell, who has toured Europe with several theatrical tours, as well as performing at the Glastonbury, Big Top and Ben and Jerry’s Festivals. Together, this multitalented cast bring a unique experience to the West End stage – original, live and very, very glam.
Dates 24 March – 18 April
Venue New Players Theatre, The Arches, Villiers St, London, WC2N 6NG
Times 7.30pm Tue –Sat. Matinee 3pm Saturdays.
Tickets £20 (Concessions £15)
Bookings 020 7478 0135 / www.newplayerstheatre.com
‘Moonshadow’ – which features classic songs from the artist, formerly known as Cat Stevens, including ‘Morning Has Broken’ and ‘Wild World’ – debuts in Northampton this July, and if successful it will have a run in London’s West End.
Original ‘Mamma Mia!’ cast member Siobhan McCarthy is singing previews from the show as part of the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Awards, hosted by comic actors James Cordon and Sheridan Smith, at the Prince of Wales Theatre on February 15.
Yusuf, 60, recently revealed he is recording a new studio album with his old label Island Records, which released his acclaimed albums ‘Teaser and The Firecat’ and ‘Tea For The Tillerman’.
Last month, the singer released cover version for charity of George Harrison’s ‘The Day The World Gets Round’ – with long-time Beatles associate Klaus Voorman.
Yusuf said: “George was also more responsible than any other artist for initiating pop music’s movement to aid people and countries stricken by war and calamities. His ‘Concert For Bangladesh’ was the first of its kind. I hope this song will help remind people of the immense legacy of love, peace and happiness we can share when we get round to looking at mankind’s futile wars and prejudices and start to change our foolish ways.”
David and Victoria Beckham have upset Buddhist monks in Thailand.
The monks are upset about a state-of-the-art mosquito exterminator installed at the couple’s recently renovated new home on the Thai island of Koh Samui.
Michel van der Aa’s newest music theatre piece, The Book of Disquiet was successfully performed as the official opening of the LINZ09 (Austria) European Capital of Culture year. The premiere in the Hafenhalle was the first in a series of three sold-out performances.
The Book of Disquiet is based on texts by Fernando Pessoa. This full-length work features the most essential entries from the Portuguese master’s fictitious diary The Book of Disquiet. We follow the protagonist, played by the acclaimed actor Klaus Maria Brandauer, on stage and in video projections, and witness a haunting mosaic of dreams, psychological notations, autobiographical vignettes and unsparing introspection.
Michel van der Aa (1970) is one of Europe’s most sought-after composers today. For Van der Aa, music is more than organized sound or a structuring of notes. His music has expressive power, combining sounds and scenic images in a play of changing perspectives. Van der Aa’s recent stage works show a successful involvement as a film and stage director as well as composer. “Van der Aa, stage director and mastermind as well as composer, pushes the boundaries of all of his media. This is the Gesamtkunst of the future.” (Financial Times)
Auditions will be at Reign Dance Productions, 7123 Saltsburg Road. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The show, with music by Elton John, is set against a British miners’ strike and follows Billy’s quest to become a dancer. The part of Billy requires a range of talents — ballet, tap, street dance, singing, acting and dialect — and plenty of stamina.
• Must be able to dance, sing and “act brilliantly!”
• Ages 9 through 12, and no taller than 4 feet, 10 inches.
• No broken voices.
• Bring: a recent photo, sneakers (and tap and ballet shoes if possible), plenty to drink, lots of energy and comfortable clothes (no leotards or tights).
No audition pieces needed. All ethnicities encouraged to attend. Boys should be prepared to stay all day, if needed. More information: www.bebilly.com.