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Nov 10, 2014

NY Deaf Theatre brings duality of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ to stage

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Instead of applauding, a sea of waving hands rose up from the audience to show their approval as the cast returned to the stage to bow at the end of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” the newest production by the New York Deaf Theatre.

The play, which opens Tuesday for a limited run at the June Havoc Theater in Manhattan, is performed by a cast of deaf and hearing actors who use American Sign Language (ASL) and speak the lines simultaneously.

Nov 8, 2014

‘Everything I Never Told You’ is Amazon’s book of the year

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Everything I Never Told You,” the debut novel by author Celeste Ng about a teenage girl growing up in a mixed race family in the American Midwest in the 1970s, was named Amazon’s best book of 2014 on Saturday.

It topped the list of 100 good reads, which included fiction and non-fiction works, selected by editors at the online retailer.

Nov 4, 2014

Redmayne grabs ‘glint’ of Stephen Hawking in ‘Theory of Everything’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Every day before filming began on “The Theory of Everything” Eddie Redmayne would gaze at three photos to help him convey the essence of Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British scientist he portrays in the film.

The 32-year-old actor had spent months working on portraying the near total physical paralysis of the astrophysicist and author of “A Brief History of Time,” who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Oct 31, 2014

Ewan McGregor leads all-star cast in Broadway revival of ‘The Real Thing’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thirty years after its initial Broadway run, Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is heading an all-star cast in the latest revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony winning play, “The Real Thing,” about love, truth, marriage and infidelity.

The Roundabout Theatre Company production, which opened on Thursday, marks the Broadway debut of McGregor, known for his film roles in “The Impossible” and “Moulin Rouge” and his co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal (“White House Down”).

Oct 30, 2014

In quest for cool Halloween, adults go to town on costumes

NEW YORK, Oct 30 (Reuters) – After dressing as a pregnant
nun last year, U.S. Army member Sheldon Gayle thought he might
want a different type of costume for his battalion’s annual
Halloween costume run and something a bit sexier for the club

“I am trying to find something unique for the race,” the
29-year-old said as he eyed a superhero Wolverine costume in a
New York City store.

Oct 27, 2014

Rock star Sting’s musical ‘The Last Ship’ docks on Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “The Last Ship,” a musical by Grammy-winning rock star Sting based on his childhood in a shipbuilding town in northeastern England, landed on Broadway with a star-studded opening.

Actors Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Bill Pullman and Alan Cumming, along with singers Billy Joel and Debbie Harry of Blondie were on hand on Sunday night for Sting’s Broadway debut as a composer at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Oct 24, 2014

Pulitzer-winning play ‘Disgraced’ probes identity, prejudice

NEW YORK, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A dinner party in an elegant
New York apartment goes terribly wrong in “Disgraced,” the
Pulitzer Prize-winning play about ambition, race, religion and
identity that opened on Broadway.

The five-character drama by writer Ayad Akhtar that began
its run on Thursday night at the Lyceum Theatre after an earlier
staging in New York in 2012 examines prejudices and
relationships in post-Sept. 11 America.

Oct 23, 2014

Actor Keanu Reeves returns to the dark side in ‘John Wick’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Keanu Reeves travels to a murky underworld in the action thriller, “John Wick,” playing a grieving husband and retired assassin, who reverts to being a killing machine to avenge the wrongs done to him by Russian mobsters.

The film, jam-packed with car chases, gun fights, mayhem and murder, is the directorial debut of Reeves’ former stuntman Chad Stahelski and producer David Leitch.

Oct 21, 2014

Madonna memorabilia takes center stage in celebrity auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Costumes, gowns and jewelry worn by Madonna in films such as “Evita” and “A League of Their Own” and in the “Material Girl” music video will be the highlights of a celebrity auction next month in Beverly Hills, Julien’s Auctions said on Tuesday.

They are among the more than 140 items from Madonna’s life and career that could fetch a combined total of up to $500,000 in the two-day in-house and online auction beginning Nov. 7.

Oct 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta remembered for his elegant designs, generosity

NEW YORK, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Oscar de la Renta, the
legendary fashion designer who dressed first ladies and
Hollywood stars during a career that spanned five decades, was
remembered on Tuesday for his exquisite style, generous heart
and tireless philanthropy.

Tributes poured in for the tall, Dominican-born designer who
died late on Monday at the age of 82, surrounded by family at
his Connecticut home after a battle with cancer.

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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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