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Leonard Bernstein Awkwardly Turns the Screws on Tenor Jose Carreras While Recording West Side Story (1984)

What have we here? Evidence that the Maestro is a monster? Or a behind the scenes reminder that Arrested Development’s wannabe actor Tobias Fünke is not too far off base when he says that to make it in “this business of show, you have to have the heart of an angel and the hide... of an elephant.” Both? Neither? Any way you slice it, the recording session above is not for your typical cast album. West Side Story, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics b...
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‘Come From Away,’ ‘Company’ lead race for UK Olivier Awards

LONDON (AP) — Musicals “Come From Away” and “Company” lead the race for Britain’s Olivier theater awards with nine nominations apiece. “Come From Away,” about a Newfoundland town that sheltered stranded air travelers on 9/11, is up for best new musical, while a gender-switched production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” is nominated for best musical revival. […]
Tags: UK, London, News, Entertainment, Ap, Britain, Nation, Stephen Sondheim, Newfoundland, Olivier

‘Come From Away,’ ‘Company’ Lead Olivier Nominations

The 9/11-related musical “Come From Away” and a revamped version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” lead London’s Olivier Award nominations, which were announced Tuesday. The two musicals garnered nine nods apiece. “The Inheritance,” by American playwright Matthew Lopez, received eight nominations. The two-part gay-themed work runs about seven hours and is loosely patterned after E.M. Forster’s […]
Tags: London, News, Global, Stephen Sondheim, Olivier awards, Company, Matthew Lopez, Forster, Come From Away, The Inheritance

The Show Tunes And Plaid Pants Of The 'Documentary Now!' Sondheim Send-up

The IFC series Documentary Now!, which has been in fine parody form for three seasons, plays around with Stephen Sondheim's Company and Broadway conventions in a new episode.(Image credit: Rhys Thomas/IFC)
Tags: News, Stephen Sondheim, Ifc, Broadway

Off Broadway Review: ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

Like the optimistic youths at the end — or is it the beginning? — of “Merrily We Roll Along,” creatives keep going back to this problematic Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical, re-imagining the show in the hope that the end results will be different this time around. They’re not. But disappointments are often off-set by new […]
Tags: Reviews, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Sondheim George Furth, Merrily We Roll Along

With Season 3, ‘Documentary Now’ Continues to be the Best (and Most Sorely Overlooked) Television Comedy for Cinephiles

A mysterious cult taking up roots in a small American town. A perceptive look at a daring and bold performance artist. A moment or two in the life of a prickly jazz musician in a foreign country. A warts-and-all behind-the-scenes look at the recording of a Broadway cast album. These topics have all made for insightful, attention-grabbing documentaries, but they’re all also the subjects of one of the most precise and sharp parodies on any television network. In fact, they’re all the focus of...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Comedy, Television, Movies, Nbc, Features, Fbi, Netflix, Stephen Sondheim, Ifc, Broadway, Evans, Seth Meyers, Portlandia, Owen Wilson

Amy Sherman-Palladino Eyeing Adaptation of Gypsy

Amy Sherman-Palladino eyeing adaptation of Gypsy Amy Sherman-Palladino, of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Gilmore Girls fame, is bring Gypsy back from the depths of development Hell. According to Deadline, the Award-winning producer/director is in negotiations to helm the feature adaptation of the classic musical with Joel Silver producing. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptSt...
Tags: Movies, Fox, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Melissa Mccarthy, Barry Levinson, Gypsy, Natalie Wood, Gilmore Girls, Ethel Merman, Rosalind Russell, Maisel, Barbara Streisand, Amy Sherman Palladino, Gypsy Rose Lee, Joel Silver

10 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Feb. 8-14

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ‘Anna Karenina’ This adaptation by Helen Edmundson is based on the classic novel by Leo Tolstoy. When: Opens 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Minimum age 13. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23. Where: Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood. Tickets: $35; $30 ages 60 and older; $25 students. Information: 323-462-8460. ‘Miss America’s Ugly Daughter’ A p...
Tags: Hollywood, London, New York City, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Fox, Soccer, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Patti Smith, Audrey Hepburn, Leo Tolstoy, Southern California, San Bernardino, Gaston Leroux

BAMIGBOYE: Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron explains how he created Roma

Film-maker Alfonso Cuaron – who made the colossal hits Gravity and Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban – has directed a new film – titled Roma – based on his childhood The film-maker Alfonso Cuaron starts talking about cracks in a wall, and wounds in a heart. He’s talking about himself — and about us, the audience for his new film Roma (which he wrote and directs). The title refers to the affluent district of Mexico City where Cuaron, who made the colossal hits Gravity and Harry...
Tags: Religion, Los Angeles, Stephen Sondheim, Mexico City, Alfonso Cuarón, Harry Potter, Roma, Celeb Gossip, St John, Cleo, Four Seasons Hotel, Rodriguez, Marianne Elliott, Patti LuPone, Cuaron, Prisoner of Azkaban

11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week (Feb. 1-7)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ After an accused railway station bomber “accidentally” falls out of a police station window, a man pushes for the truth. When: Through March 9. Where: The Actors’ Gang Theatre, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Tickets: $25-$50. Information:  310-838-4264, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ A staged reading of Shakespeare’s tragedy featuring Joely Fisher, Harry Hamlin, Tony Amendola, Jamison Jones and Michele Greene to benefit the Shakes...
Tags: London, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Stephen Sondheim, Shakespeare, Memphis, Martin Luther King Jr, Cleopatra, Venus, Leonard Nimoy, Pittsburgh, Valentine, Southern California, Wilson

11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Jan. 25-31

LOS ANGELES COUNTY A Walk in the Woods’ L.A. Theatre Works presents a staged reading of the play by Lee Blessing about American and Russian arms negotiators who discuss freedom and life issues at the end of the Cold War. When: 8 p.m. Jan. 25; 3 and 8 p.m. Jan. 26; 4 p.m. Jan. 27. Shows are recorded for later broadcast on radio and other options. Where: James Bridges Theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Westwood. Tickets: $15-$65. Information: 310-82...
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Beautiful! Carole King shows up as herself in Broadway bio

NEW YORK (AP) — Anything can happen in live theater, and audience members seeing “Beautiful,” the life story of Carole King, got a surprise when King appeared in the role of herself to celebrate the show’s fifth anniversary on Broadway. The packed house at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre erupted into thunderous cheers and applause as […]
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Happy Public Domain day: for real, for the first time in 20 years!

Every year, Jennifer Jenkins and Jamie Boyle from the Duke Center for the Public Domain compile a "Public Domain Day" list (previously) that highlights the works that are not entering the public domain in America, thanks to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which hit the pause button on Americans' ability to freely use their artistic treasures for two decades -- a list that also included the notable works entering the public domain in more sensible countries of the Anglophere, l...
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Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies to Watch After You’ve Seen ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

It has taken Mary Poppins a really long time to return. Like, “avoiding the statute of limitations” long. She flew off into the clouds over a half century ago, and now she’s returned with a new look, some new music, and several impossible leaps forward in animation technology. Mary Poppins Returns also enters our lives after the semi-true Saving Mr. Banks gave us some insight into why author P.L. Travers resisted selling the rights to Walt Disney for so long, as well as her disappointment at th...
Tags: London, Movies, Banks, Disney, Features, Stephen Sondheim, Bernadette Peters, James Lapine, Rob Marshall, Emma Thompson, Jennifer Garner, Peter Pan, Miranda, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Blunt, Baker

Tony Kushner: 'Trump has a sinkhole instead of a soul'

He has spent his life dramatising America’s angels and demons. As his civil rights musical returns to Britain, the playwright reveals all about revamping West Side Story for Spielberg – and writing a play about Trump‘I hate watching my plays,” Tony Kushner says. “They’re all so long and they take for ever and the only one that’s not true of is Caroline. It’s two hours with intermission and I could listen to that music for ever.”Caroline is Caroline, Or Change, Kushner’s only musical. Written wit...
Tags: Politics, London, Musicals, Film, Race, Theatre, America, World news, US news, Culture, Britain, US politics, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Manhattan, West End

Jeanine Tesori—Holding Center Stage

Video presentations and photography by Molly Sheridan Transcription by Julia Lu Having the opportunity to spend an hour talking with Jeanine Tesori is very hard to do these days. Having just finished working with Tazewell Thompson on Blue, an extremely timely opera about the aftermath of an African-American teenager being killed by the police which premieres next summer at Glimmerglass, she’s been on-call all week for Steven Spielberg’s new screen adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Stor...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, London, Obama, China, New York City, Religion, Angels, Disney, America, Los Angeles, David, Pennsylvania, United States, Arkansas, Stephen Sondheim

West Side Story Oscar winner Rita Moreno joins Steven Spielbergs remake

West Side Story star Rita Moreno once thought it’d be “strange” to appear in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming remake. Apparently, she changed her tune. The 86-year-old Oscar winner has officially joined the cast of the new film in both an acting and producing role, Fox confirmed on Tuesday. Moreno, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Anita in the original 1961 film, will play Valentina, described as “a reconceived and expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the co...
Tags: Ansel Elgort, Religion, Fox, Stephen Sondheim, Spielberg, Maria, Steven Spielberg, Celeb Gossip, Rita Moreno, Tony, Rita, Moreno, Anita, Doc, Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story

West End Review: ‘Company’

Here comes “Company,” remade for today. With Stephen Sondheim’s blessing, director Marianne Elliott has given the marital musical an incisive gender-flip. Bobby has become Bobbie; bachelor become bachelorette. It brings a 50-year-old show — and its sexual politics — bang up to date. Sondheim has described “Company” as “a product of its time.” Written in […]
Tags: Reviews, Stephen Sondheim, Bobby, Company, Sondheim, Bobbie, Marianne Elliott, Patti LuPone, West End Review

11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Oct. 12-18

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ‘Assassins’ Stephen Sondheim’s musical about people who assassinated or attempted to assassinate U.S. presidents comes to The Studio Theatre at the Long Beach Playhouse. When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 17 Where: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach Tickets: $20; $10 for preview on Oct. 12; $27 for champagne gala on Oct. 13. Information: 562-494-1014; ‘Chutzpah & Salsa’ The Jewish Women’s Theatre celebrates National Lati...
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Who will play Tony in Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story"?

Ansel Elgort!There will really be a new movie of "West Side Story"? Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner has written the adaptation of the musical originally penned by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein. Spielberg has spent the better part of the year looking for stars for his movie, with actors needing to be able to sing, dance, and, of course, act their hearts out for the story that transposes Romeo and Juliet into a 1950s New Yo...
Tags: New York, Ansel Elgort, Law, Stephen Sondheim, Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Romeo, Tony, Leonard Bernstein, Juliet, Arthur Laurents, Tony Kushner, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Leonard Bernstein Spielberg

Baby Driver Star Ansel Elgort Will Headline Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story

Next summer, Steven Spielberg’s is revisiting the battle between the Jets and the Sharks in his remake of West Side Story. Now, Ansel Elgort has been cast in the leading role. Via Variety, Elgort will play Tony, the co-founder of the Jets. The role was originated on screen by Richard Beymer in the classic 1961 adaptation of West Side Story. Elgort has previously starred in Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Divergent Series. Elgort’s next film will be a sci-fi project called Jonathan....
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Ansel Elgort, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, William Shakespeare, Sharks, Spielberg, Maria, Steven Spielberg, Tony, Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Tony Kushner

Ansel Elgort to Star in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’

Ansel Elgort has been cast as Tony in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Broadway musical “West Side Story.” Pulitzer prize winner and Oscar nominee Tony Kushner penned the revival of the 1957 musical, which was originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein. Spielberg, Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger […]
Tags: Ansel Elgort, News, Star, Stephen Sondheim, Oscar, Broadway, Steven Spielberg, Tony, West Side Story, Arthur Laurents, Tony Kushner, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Leonard Bernstein Spielberg Kevin McCollum

Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake Casts ‘Baby Driver’ Star Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort is leaping from a crime movie that might as well be a musical to a full-on musical set in a world of crime. The Baby Driver star has signed on to star in Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming remake of West Side Story, anchoring one half of the story’s star-crossed duo. The Hollywood Reporter has the news and they report that Elgort was selected after a lengthy casting process, one that dragged on for so long that insiders were concerned no one would be found. After all, West Side Story r...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Ansel Elgort, Munich, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Manhattan, William Shakespeare, Lincoln, Musical, Spielberg, Maria, Steven Spielberg, Romeo, Remakes, Tony

Anthony Roth Costanzo on Glass, Handel and “putting it together.”

Opera singers aren’t brought up to be as enterprising as Anthony Roth Costanzo. But few have his resume: He’s a child Broadway star-turned Princeton student-turned countertenor. Was Stephen Sondheim’s great networking song, “Putting it Together,” playing in the background when David Patrick Stearns met up with Costanzo a few weeks ago? No, but it should’ve been.
Tags: Art, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Princeton, Ajblogs, Handel, Costanzo, Anthony Roth Costanzo, David Patrick Stearns, 09.25.18

Remembering Broadway Star Marin Mazzie

Actress Marin Mazzie has died of ovarian cancer at age 57. Mazzie had a three-decade career, with her breakout role playing Clara in Stephen Sondheim's Passion in 1994. She was in Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate and The King and I, among other plays.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Queen America Sets Premiere Date

Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Queen America sets premiere date According to Deadline, Facebook Watch has announced that their upcoming dark comedy series Queen America which stars Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago, The Terminal, No Reservations) is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, November 21 at Facebook Watch. RELATED: Catherine Zeta-Jones to Star in Queen America at Facebook Watch The 10-episode series is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma and follows the story of Vicki Ellis, the most reno...
Tags: Facebook, TV, Movies, America, Chicago, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, TV News, Catherine Zeta Jones, Bruna Papandrea, Paul Lee, Tulsa Oklahoma, Judith, Vicki, Zeta Jones, Velma Kelly

Spielberg’s West Side Story is Looking to Cast Dancers

Spielberg’s West Side Story is looking to cast dancers Vital Thrills reports that Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic musical West Side Story is looking to cast dancers ages 15-25. The dancers will be part of both The Sharks and The Jets, the two rival gangs with a bitter rivalry. Learn more about the West Side Story casting call in New York below! West Side Story Casting Call Information: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Sign-in for men 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Sign-in...
Tags: New York, Movies, Los Angeles, Stephen Sondheim, Sharks, Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Puerto Rico, West Side, Jay Street Brooklyn NY, Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, Arthur Laurents, Tony Kushner, ComingSoon, Movie News

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley and LA area, Aug. 24-31

    Kazuo Kadonaga’s “Paper No. 1 BF” and “Bamboo No. 1 B” is part of his exhibit “Wood Paper Bamboo Glass” through Sept. 8 at Nonaka-Hill in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Nonaka-Hill)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week, and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS     DTLA Proud at Pershing Square: Celebration of LGBTQ+ community’s culture and diversit...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Events calendar, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN

Neil Meron on Craig Zadan: ‘He Had a Singular Passion for Producing’

Long before he was an Emmy- and Tony-nominated producer, Craig Zadan was a man who made things happen. Zadan, who died Monday at the age of 69, was a musical theater devotee in his early 20s in 1973 when he was recruited to help produce a tribute to famed composer Stephen Sondheim as a fundraiser […]
Tags: News, Stephen Sondheim, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Tony, Zadan

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley and LA area, Aug. 17-24

    “Curtains,” by Lucy Raven, is a 2014 anaglyphic film installation on display in the “3D: Double Vision” exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through March 31. (Photo courtesy of LACMA).   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week, and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Barris Kustom Garage Sale: Again LA Estate Sales facilitates the sale of ...
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