Theatre

10 Memorable Moments From Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch’s Career

Elaine Stritch might be Broadway’s greatest living legend. At 89 years old, the star has appeared on international stages in classic productions of Company, Bus Stop, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Mame, as well as a popping up in acclaimed performances in Woody Allen’s September and as Jack Donaghy’s mother on 30 Rock (a role for which she won an Emmy). Today sees the release of a documentary about her long, storied career called Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. A loving and touching portrait of the actor as she looks back at her life’s work and prepares to retire to her hometown of Detroit, the film features interviews from frequent collaborators and friends such as Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, John Turturro, and the late James Gandolfini. To celebrate the release, here’s a look back at some of the best moments from her versatile career on stage and screen. … Read More

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ Opera’s Sexy Dress Rehearsal Photos Revealed

Today, Out released photos from dress rehearsals of the understandably buzzed-about Brokeback Mountain opera, an adaptation of Annie… Read More

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20 Great Stage-to-Screen Adaptations

August: Osage County, despite two Oscar nominations for its most famous actors, was kind of dead on arrival. It may offer some stellar performances, but the film as a whole is quite forgettable — which is often, sadly, the case when movies are based on heavy-hitting stage plays. Theater and film are two media that have as many differences as they do similarities; many theatrical moments do not translate well to the screen, simply because the ephemeral experiences of sitting in a theater to watch actors perform in real life cannot be replicated on film. Yet there have still been a lot of very good movies based on plays; here’s a roundup of some of the… Read More

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Top 10 Plays of 2013

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Sound of Music’ and the Real-Life Maria von Trapp

Tonight, NBC will broadcast The Sound of Music Live!, which is exactly what it sounds like: a live production of the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical. Starring Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, the nun who forsakes her religious calling to marry the man she loves so they can tour the world with their brood of singing children, the production is the first live television event of its kind in decades. The Sound of Music is a beloved family classic, but there’s quite a lot you may not know about the musical, the wildly popular film based upon it, and the real-life Maria von Trapp. … Read More

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When Will ‘The New York Times’ Stop Using Transphobic Language?

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the record-smashing Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! To celebrate the anniversary, the original production’s star Carol Channing (who went on to reprise her role in two Broadway revivals) is set to appear in a one-night engagement at New York City’s Town Hall on January 20. The event is hosted by Justin Vivian Bond, who interviewed Channing about her long career this summer at the Ice Palace on Fire Island. This is great news, but it’s unfortunate that many might have heard about it from The New York Times, which described “transgender artist” Bond as “Mr. Bond” rather than vs preferred title, “Mx.” … Read More

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