NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) – Singer Audra McDonald, a
five-time Tony winner, channels legendary American jazz singer
Billie Holiday in the Broadway musical “Lady Day at Emerson’s
Bar & Grill” in a performance critics described as a
“spellbinding tour de force” and “intoxicating.”
McDonald, 43, is a classically trained soprano who won her
last best actress Tony for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” in
2012. But in “Lady Day” she becomes Holiday, who is considered
one of the greatest jazz singers ever.
NEW YORK, April 11 (Reuters) – More than a decade after it
was launched to revitalize lower Manhattan following the Sept.
11 attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival has become a showcase for
documentaries and independent films as well as a testing ground
for new talent and digital innovations in cinema.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday with “Time Is Illmatic,”
a documentary about the American rapper Nas and the making of
his groundbreaking 1994 debut album “Illmatic,” from which he
will perform after the screening.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shortly before wrapping up filming for “The Railway Man,” a World War Two drama about a former British Army officer and victim of torture, actor Colin Firth dreamt he was drawing a map of a railway but was bluffing and didn’t know how to do it.
The English Oscar-winner saw the dream as a metaphor for the film, based on a true story and best-selling autobiography, and the responsibility he felt in portraying a man who had suffered in silence for decades before finding the power of forgiveness.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – An emblem that traveled with U.S. astronauts on the 1969 Apollo moon flight and a check list from that historic mission were the top-selling items in a sale of space memorabilia, Bonhams auction house said on Wednesday.
Nearly 300 space enthusiasts and collectors, ranging in age from their late 20s upwards, from 17 countries on four continents bid by telephone, Internet or in person in New York on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Denzel Washington may be best known for his film roles, but the award-winning actor is dazzling theater critics in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed 1959 play “A Raisin in the Sun.”
“Heart-stopping,” “a Broadway bulls-eye” and “nothing short of revelatory” are just a few of the accolades used to describe director Kenny Leon’s production, which opened on Thursday at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – With an extra 20 pounds, an impressive paunch and bad teeth, actor Jude Law, best known for his golden boy roles, transforms himself into a sleazy, ranting southeast London safecracker in the film “Dom Hemingway.”
It is Law, Oscar nominated for “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain,” as he hasn’t been seen before – unfit, unkempt and with a penchant for delivering expletive-filled speeches.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A rare Stradivari viola, considered to be one of the finest in existence, is expected to fetch more than $45 million in a sealed bids sale this spring, which would set a world record for the most expensive musical instrument ever sold.
The ‘MacDonald’ Viola, made by the famed Italian artisan Antonio Stradivari in 1719, is the first to be on the market in 50 years, according to Sotheby’s auction house.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Award-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle brings a few of his earliest characters back in his latest book, “The Guts”, an achingly funny novel about some of life’s more serious issues.
Doyle is on his familiar Dublin turf in the book about Jimmy Rabbitte, the former manager of an Irish soul band who appeared in his first book “The Commitments” in 1987.
NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) – It has a flying carpet, a
cave full of treasures and show-stopping songs, but critics said
on Friday the Broadway debut of Disney’s “Aladdin” lacks
the magic of the original Oscar-winning animated film.
The tale of the street urchin Aladdin, who wins the heart of
Princess Jasmine, unleashes the Genie from the lamp and battles
the evil Jafar, was the top-grossing film of 1992, and picked up
Academy Awards for best original score and song for “A Whole New
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci leaves the feuding, scheming and sexual intrigues of 15th century Florence behind as he sets off for the mysterious New World in the second season of TV’s “Da Vinci’s Demons” that begins on Saturday.
Da Vinci, depicted as an old, bearded man in a widely accepted self-portrait, is a 25-year-old swashbuckling inventor and artist in the historical fantasy series that tells the “untold” story before he painted the “Mona Lisa” and the “Last Supper.”