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Choreographer Lorin Latarro, rock's whisperer on Broadway, gives flight to the Who and Huey Lewis

Apr. 09, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The quintessential rock musical "The Who’s Tommy" is thrillingly alive again on Broadway. And just a few blocks away is a new rock show featuring music by Huey Lewis and the News. The connecting tissue between them is the in-demand choreographer Lorin Latarro,...

Alley Theatre in Texas puts on Thornton Wilder's last, unfinished play, 'The Emporium'

Apr. 03, 2024 11:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For Kirk Lynn, it was like a scene from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He was in a library at Yale, nervously opening three bankers boxes. Inside were hundreds of pages of an unknown and unfinished play by the great playwright Thornton Wilder. “My face just...

Take your daughter to work, Broadway edition: 'Hadestown' welcomes Jon Jon Briones and his daughter

Apr. 02, 2024 10:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Jon Briones had the best vantage point to watch his daughter, Isa, make her Broadway debut. He wasn't sitting in the front row or hovering backstage. He was beside her. Father and daughter stepped into the musical “Hadestown” last month, he playing Hermes...

The 'Aladdin' stage musical turns 10 this month. Here are the magical stories of three Genies

Mar. 21, 2024 09:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Monroe Iglehart’s mom took him to see the animated Disney movie “Aladdin” as a high-school graduation gift in 1992. He fell in love with the Genie, naturally. Fast-forward more than two decades and Iglehart found himself playing the first Genie on...

Descendant of judge who wrote infamous Dred Scott decision pens a play about where we are now

Mar. 18, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Writer and actor Kate Taney Billingsley has been thinking a lot about America's racial history and her family's part in it. One of her ancestors had an outsized role. Billingsley's great-great-great-great uncle was Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, who made arguably...

Theater Review: Without Gosling or geese, Broadway's 'The Notebook' goes for the guts, without guile

Mar. 14, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The romantic tearjerker “The Notebook” lands on Broadway in awkward musical theater form this spring having previously conquered books and movies. It is intent now on making a live audience openly weep by employing massive doses of schlocky sentimentality without the aid of...

A family is shaken in Peacock's 'Apples Never Fall,' starring Annette Bening

Mar. 13, 2024 12:28 PM EDT

There's a scene in the new Peacock drama “ Apples Never Fall ” in which Annette Bening 's character weeps after having too much to drink at a family party. “Nobody can break your heart like your own children," she laments. Bening, a mother of four with husband Warren Beatty,...

'The Zone of Interest' director condemns war in Gaza as he accepts Oscar for best international film

Mar. 11, 2024 12:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The harrowing Holocaust drama “ The Zone of Interest,” which explores questions of complicity while depicting the mundane lives of a Nazi family in their home adjacent to the Auschwitz death camp, won the Academy Award for best international film. “Our film...

Movie Review: John Cena gets the laughs in middling comedy ‘Ricky Stanicky’

Mar. 07, 2024 12:42 PM EST

Your tolerance for the new Peter Farrelly comedy “ Ricky Stanicky ” may come down to whether or not you think the idea of accidentally miming a certain sex act is funny. The concept is of little consequence to the plot. It's something that a few of the leads notice that the buttoned-up leader...

Edward Bond, a playwright who shocked the stage world with 'Saved,' dies at 89

Mar. 05, 2024 11:11 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Edward Bond, a playwright who shocked the British theater world with his explosive 1965 drama “Saved,” has died, his agent said Tuesday. He was 89. Bond’s literary agency, Casarotto Ramsay and Associates, said that he died on Sunday. No cause of death was given....