NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – Nearly 60 years after she won
fame in “West Side Story,” actress, dancer and singer Chita
Rivera is back on Broadway as a very wealthy widow seeking
revenge in “The Visit.”
The one-act musical about greed, love and retribution opened
on Thursday night at the Lyceum Theatre, following its debut in
Chicago in 2001 and a run last summer at the Williamstown
Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) – Action hero Arnold
Schwarzenegger reveals his dramatic, tender side and sheds a few
tears as a farmer struggling to care for his dying daughter in
“Maggie,” an unconventional zombie film.
The drama that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on
Thursday night spins a different take on the zombie genre,
concentrating more on the father-daughter relationship than
blood-soaked gore and cannibalism.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Broadway welcomed its first lesbian lead character in the musical “Fun Home” with open arms and glowing reviews, praising the groundbreaking show for its originality and sensitivity.
The musical, which opened at the Circle in the Square Theater on Sunday night, was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama and enjoyed a sold-out, extended run Off Broadway.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the waning days of the New York Mafia in the 1990s, a young man ill-suited for a life of crime decides he wants to be a gangster, a real-life quest that inspired the film “The Wannabe.”
Shot at 30 New York locations on a tight schedule, the film that premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday offers a different take on the gangster film.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – James Franco, actor, director, writer, teacher and the star of the new film, “The Adderall Diaries,” thrives on the variety of his multiple pursuits and has no plans to narrow his focus.
“The Adderall Diaries,” which is based on the 2009 true-crime memoir by author Stephen Elliott and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was the first book Franco optioned to make into a film.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1951 musical “The King and I” is getting the royal treatment on Broadway with a 29-piece orchestra and huge cast in a production critics say is breathtaking and beautiful.
The show that opened on Thursday night at the Vivian Beaumont Theater tells the story of the Welsh widow, Anna Leonowens, who travels to Bangkok in the 1860s to become a teacher to the King of Siam’s children.
NEW YORK, April 16 (Reuters) – “Finding Neverland,”
Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein’s musical about the
story behind the creation of “Peter Pan,” debuted on Broadway
but critics found the production “overstuffed” and said it
failed to take flight.
The show, which opened on Wednesday night at the
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, follows the friendship of Scottish
playwright J.M. Barrie and the British family that inspired his
story about a boy who could fly and who never wants to grow up.
NEW YORK/NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Soul singer Percy Sledge, best known for his recording of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died at his home in Louisiana at age 74 after battling liver cancer, his representatives said on Tuesday.
Sledge, dubbed “The King of Slow Soul,” recorded the song for Atlantic Records in 1966. It was his first single and is considered one of the greatest of all soul songs. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 56-page handwritten notebook that belonged to World War Two Nazi code breaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing, played by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the film “The Imitation Game,” sold for more than $1 million at an auction in New York, Bonhams said on Monday.
Turing, a British mathematical genius, led a team of cryptographers who cracked the wartime Enigma code, which the Germans had considered unbreakable. Their work is credited with hastening the end of the war and saving lives.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Tudor court of England’s King Henry VIII, with all its intrigue, greed and betrayal, comes alive on Broadway in “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two,” the theatrical adaptation of author Hilary Mantel’s award-winning historical novels.
The two-part production by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which runs for a total of more than five hours, opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York Thursday after sold-out engagements in Stratford-upon-Avon and London’s West End.