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2014-07-30 00:20:55

In New York at the David H. Koch Theater, August 20th, 23rd, and 24th NEW YORK, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of the 120th anniversary of the most famous Peking Opera performer of all time Mei Lanfang, Wu Promotion presents Mei Baojiu, son of Mei Lanfang, together with the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing, Mei Lanfang Jingju Troupe in performances of "Classic Plays of the Mei School" and "Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command" at Lincoln Center in New York and The John F....

2008-09-05 21:00:14

By Al Rudis Look out, old Mackie is back. Last seen in these parts in the summer of 2005, that notorious pimp, thief and killer Macheath, aka Mack the Knife, is coming back in February. This time, instead of at the Carpenter Center, where he appeared for the Long Beach Opera, the lead character of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's "The Threepenny Opera" will be in the more intimate Center Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, kicking off the 2009 season of International City...

2008-09-05 00:00:16

By Paul Taylor Peter Brook wrote the bible for 1960s theatre's revolutionaries with 'The Empty Space' and, at 83, is still relentlessly pushing boundaries. He tells Paul Taylor why he has to live in the moment Peter Brook is shouting at me. Loudly. And he's shouting at me about Shakespeare. Not that he's angry. It's just that the world's greatest theatre director is talking to me on his mobile from Heathrow Airport and the competition is cacophonous. He is on his way back home to his...

2008-08-08 06:00:40

By Kenneth Walton WHEN Scottish Opera performed Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny back in the 1980s, director David Alden placed the opening scene in Margaret Thatcher's 10 Downing Street kitchen. Such was the apparent extremism of right-wing Thatcherism at the time that the irony wasn't lost on an opera satirising a mythical American desert town where every man is out for himself; where lumberjack Jimmy Mahoney gets roasted on the electric chair for not being able...

2006-08-23 01:04:58

By Alexis Greene NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - In the summer of Meryl Streep, audiences have watched this extraordinary actress transform from stylish bitch ("The Devil Wears Prada") to blowsy radio singer ("A Prairie Home Companion"). Now, onstage in New York's Central Park, they can watch her wrestle fiercely, if not always successfully, with that demanding figure of both heroism and folly, the title character in Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage and Her Children." Written in...

2005-12-23 11:22:28

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop star Cyndi Lauper will make her Broadway debut next year in "The Threepenny Opera," playing the prostitute Jenny in the satirical musical about a highwayman and his sweetheart. The role of Jenny was originally slated to be played by "Sopranos" star Edie Falco, but she dropped out earlier this month and opened the way for Lauper -- best known for such 1980s hits as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time after Time." "The Threepenny Opera" was first seen on...

2005-11-25 09:57:00

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's "golden '20s," a decade of libertinage, artistic innovation and political ferment, is the focus of this year's Berlin Jewish festival which opens on Sunday. A Yiddish Tango show, silent film screenings, a recital of Balkan music and a production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's "Mahagonny-Songspiel" are among festival events celebrating both the "golden '20s" and contemporary Jewish culture. "Berlin was the biggest, most important and most erotic...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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