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Apr 20, 2015

Coming-out musical ‘Fun Home’ gets rousing welcome on Broadway

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.

Apr 17, 2015

‘The Wannabe’ searches for identity in mobster world

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.

Apr 17, 2015

James Franco examines self in life and art in ‘The Adderall Diaries’

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.

Apr 17, 2015

‘King and I’ gets royal treatment in new Broadway revival

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.

Apr 16, 2015

‘Finding Neverland’ gets its hook into Broadway

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.

Apr 14, 2015

Percy Sledge, singer of ‘When a Man Loves a Woman,’ dies at 74

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.

Apr 13, 2015

Manuscript by Nazi code breaker Alan Turing sells for $1 million

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.

Apr 10, 2015

‘Wolf Hall’ brings deceit, betrayal of Tudor England to Broadway

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.

Apr 10, 2015

At Tribeca Film Festival, movies make room for live performances

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From a crime thriller based on a memoir to a zombie drama set in small-town America or peeks into the lives of a ballerina and a singer, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival is showcasing a varied mix of movies along with live dance, music and comedy.

Since it started more than a decade ago, the festival has become a showcase for independent and documentary works, as well as a launching pad for new talent and a testing ground for innovative filmmaking.

Apr 9, 2015

Mais oui! Vanessa Hudgens makes debut on Broadway as ‘Gigi’

NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) – Nearly 50 years after Leslie
Caron captured hearts in the film “Gigi,” actress Vanessa
Hudgens is tackling the role in her Broadway debut in a more
modern musical version of the French story.

The revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical
based on the character in French writer Colette’s 1944 novella
of the same name opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on Wednesday

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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