Ovation TV to begin 2-week long Broadway Festival with Hal Prince documentary

Starting June 6th, Ovation TV begins a two week, on air, Broadway Festival, where viewers can catch: “Mr. Prince,” the new documentary about the legendary Hal Prince in addition to performances of “Cabaret”, “Victor/Victoria”, “New York, New York” to name a few. They will also air other great programs in the Broadway series, including ‘Making of Phantom of the Opera’ and the documentary, ‘Annie” Life After Tomorrow’, which features Sarah Jessica Parker.  Here’s a trailer for this exciting documentary:

For a complete list of all the stage shows that Hal Prince has been involved in, starting with the 1950 “Ticket Please!”, where Mr. Prince served as assistant stage manager, click on “Read More”.

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Will Ferrell not wearing speedos in the tundra?

I came across this on YouTube and thought it was amusing – especially remembering all the times we’ve unfortunately seen Will Ferrell running around in his speedos, sitting on people’s laps, etc.  Well, certainly not this time.  But even if he’s out of his (warm) comfort zone, he’s still as funny as ever!

Men vs. Wild premieres Tuesday, June 2, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  This video is described thus: In the harsh arctic tundra of Sweden, Bear Grylls and Will Ferrell from the Land of the Lost set out to conquer the wilderness … together. See if they make it out alive……

A moving dance performance…

This YouTube vid of ballet pair Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei, she without an arm and he without a leg, is one of the most moving dances I have ever seen.

Something this ironic only happens on the internet…

Web advertising uses software that matches ads with the content on the user’s page.  Unfortunately, sometimes this method isn’t a panacea.  Here’s a screenshot of an ignorant interesting anti-gay op-ed from the Wasilla Frontiersman (Ms. Palin’s hometown newspaper) that features an inserted ad for a gay networking site in the body of the text!!  How rich is that!!??

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I spotted this on Andrew Sullivan’s uber-popular blog, with Sullivan adding:

Which just goes to prove, after all, that the Anti-Christ is almost certainly on Manhunt.

To paraphrase this for my blog:

If the Anti-Christ is gay, then the theatre is full of devils.

Lifeline Theatre’s new MARQUEE

Pretty cool, huh?  Lifeline Theatre, which recently was awarded more Jeff Award nominations – a total of 14 – added this great marquee to their theatre edifice.  My theory of theater is that it’s the ultimate live experience (okay, along with opera), and thus all parts of the experience must be taken into account when developing your outer persona.  I always connect marquees to those theaters I went to when I was a kid, so seeing this brings back those joyous memories.  And this priceless memory is added (usually subconsciously) into the ticket price, especially when  person is assessing whether the ticket price is worth it.  Way to go Lifeline Theatre!!

Lifeline Theatre marquee

Lifeline Theatre marquee

 

 

 

 

Lifeline Theatre marquee during the day

   

 

 

 

The Obamas are Broadway-bound

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According to Politico.com:

The Obamas will fly to New York City Saturday to take in a performance of the August Wilson play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone [NY Times review], which chronicles African Americans’ search for identity after the end slavery. Details weren’t provided on the weekend public schedule, which said only that the Obamas would pay a “personal visit to New York City.

 

Chad L. Coleman, Roger Robinson, and company

Productions info after the fold.

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“Mary Poppins” cast to perform at Petterino’s

Cast members from Broadway in Chicago’s Mary Poppins will be participating in Petterino’s “Monday Night Live” on Monday, June 8 at 7:30 PM.

 

Cast members from Broadway in Chicago’s Mary Poppins will be participating in Petterino’s “Monday Night Live” on Monday, June 8 at 7:30 PM.  From the press release:

 

The place will be “hoppin” when Petterino’s (150 N. Dearborn St.), located in the heart of the Theater District, presents guests singers from the cast of  Mary Poppins, currently playing at the neighboring Cadillac Palace Theatre, at its “Monday Night Live” on Monday, June 8 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The popular “open mic” weekly evening of talent is co-hosted by Denise McGowan and Beckie Menzie. Guests can enjoy the performance while sipping cocktails and enjoying Petterino’s lighter menu of appetizers, sandwiches and salads, as well as the full menu.

A $15 per person dining minimum is required for a table at “Monday Night Live.” Reservations are recommended but not required and can be made by calling Petterino’s at  312-422-0150