A conference on how to make the Broadway experience better for theatergoers has come up with some prescriptions: Be brave in the stories that are told onstage and embrace youth and technology.
“Broadway, I don’t think, has boldly gone where it needs to,” said openly gay “Star Trek” actor George Takei, riffing off his old TV show’s motto. “I have a sense that Broadway hasn’t entered into the 21st century.”
Do Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren need affirmative action to snare one of Hollywood’s favorite accessories, an Oscar, Emmy or Screen Actors Guild trophy?
In a society tilting steadily toward gender neutrality, the separate-but-equal awards that divide actors into one camp and actresses into another have the whiff of a moldy anachronism.
The Blu-ray “A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand” should have been monumental, but it’s uneven, dull and disappointing. As the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year, Streisand was feted at a gala affair in Los Angeles. This Blu-ray captures more than a dozen of that evening’s performances.
An exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum will look at the evolution of color photography in the 20th century.
It will explore the historical developments from 1907 to 1981 that led to color photography becoming the norm in popular culture and fine art.
The American Library Association’s LGBT roundtable – the Rainbow Project – has published its annual Rainbow List of 150 books for youth.
The jury included Francesca Burgess, Jane L. Cothron, Christie L. R. Gibrich (incoming chair, 2014), Christine Jenkins, Adela Peskorz, Victor Lynn Schill and Anna C. White.
Before long plane flights, Thomas Schumacher likes to download talks from some of the world’s brightest and creative minds speaking at TED conferences, watching them on his iPad while thousands of feet in the air.
“I marvel at the range of stuff. I like the passion of the speakers and love the content,” says the president of the Disney Theatrical Group about the various conferences dedicated to technology, entertainment and design. “I am a giant TED freak.”
Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome – to middle age.
The landmark film “Cabaret” – starring Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York – has turned 41, but that’s not going to stop a party: All three actors will be attending an anniversary celebration screening planned Thursday at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where the movie premiered in 1972.
Whitney Houston's mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, told Oprah Winfrey that she would not have accepted her daughter if she had come out to her as a lesbian.
Cissy Houston made the statement during an interview on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that aired Jan. 28. Her appearance was timed to coincide with the release of her new memoir “Remembering Whitney,” which arrives close to the anniversary of the fabled singer’s death.
The Beatles’ 1967 made-for-television “Magical Mystery Tour,” now on DVD, takes the camp and silliness of the group’s previous feature films to a vivid new level. Directed by all four Beatles along with Bernard Knowles, “Magical Mystery Tour” plays out like a series of scenes woven together as an excuse to have a goofy, good time – and, of course, to hear Beatles’ songs, including “Fool On the Hill,” “I Am the Walrus” and “Your Mother Should Know.”
Milwaukee actor and singer Leslie Fitzwater did not know who Edith Piaf was when she was asked to perform one of the French chanteuse’s songs during the Bastille Days celebration in 1987. Twenty-five years later, no area performer has a stronger connection to “The Waif Sparrow” than Fitzwater.