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2008-09-12 18:00:21

By Vicky Anderson SALLY BOWLES is one of the most memorable characters, with some of the most legendary numbers, in the history of musicals. The unforgettable performance from Liza Minnelli, in the film version, and stage portrayals by such formidable talents as Dame Judi Dench and Jane Horrocks have cemented Sally as one of the top female roles in theatre. No pressure on newcomer, 17-year-old Samantha Barks then. The teenager from the Isle of Man became a household name earlier...

2008-08-28 12:01:02

By MAUREEN COLEMAN THE Ulster Bank Festival at Queen's is going for gold this year with a marathon arts and entertainment package of Olympian stature. Held over 16 days from October 17 to November 1, with more than 60 events and 500 participants, the festival promises the best of theatre, dance, opera, comedy, rock and the visual arts. Film legend Ennio Morricone will open this year's event on October 17 at the Waterfront Hall. The Italian maestro behind some of the most instantly...

2008-08-27 12:01:00

By MAUREEN COLEMAN THE Ulster Bank Festival at Queen's is going for gold this year with a marathon arts and entertainment package of Olympian stature. Held over 16 days from October 17 to November 1, with more than 60 events and 500 participants, the recently-saved festival promises the best of theatre, dance, opera, comedy, rock and the visual arts. Film legend Ennio Morricone will open this year's event on October 17 at the Waterfront Hall. The Italian maestro behind some of the most...

2008-08-15 06:00:27

Camille has her audiences purring THE KITTENISH Camille has clearly conquered new hearts in her move from the rowdy Spiegeltent, to the Georgian pews at the Queen's Hall, home to a more classical crowd with double the audience. The French-Irish singer miaows like a cat in her show, and is used to the same treatment on the streets of Edinburgh. "There were new people miaowing at me today. I heard a miaow behind me in a shop, and it was a woman around 70," she said. An architect in an...

2008-08-14 00:00:29

By Julian Hall Comedian Shazia Mirza was booked as a guest on MacAulay and Co this week. As the radio show is recorded early in the morning, Mirza (right) assumed it would be herself and Fred MacAulay in the studio. The comic thus opted to go to the Spiegeltent venue in a coat over her pyjama bottoms and vest top. As you might imagine, Mirza was completely unprepared for an audience of 250 people, for whom she had to perform a five-minute set. John Prescott was in bullish mood for his...

2008-08-07 00:00:20

A film director is seeking extras to appear in a scene that will be shot at Heinz Field and in the Strip District this weekend. The short film -- "Tommy and Me," directed by Ray Werner -- is part of a collection of small Pittsburgh-set stories that will be released as a feature film in the fall. The feature film is called "Greetings from Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives," and is part of the Pittsburgh 250 celebration. The Heinz Field scene will be shot Saturday afternoon, and the...

2008-08-06 18:00:21

By TAMARA McCLARAN The people who made magic come to life on stage last season at Players by the Sea gathered Saturday for the community theater's annual Volunteer Celebration and Pelican Awards. The evening included a slide show by Lee Hamby, capturing some of the season's show highlights and cameos as documented by photographers Anthony Hodge and Redgie Gutshall. Hamby, Josh Waller and Staci Cobb presented the awards, honoring the best performances by actors, directors, designers and...

2008-08-02 00:00:19

Seventy-plus bands, 30 or more cabaret acts and a plethora of side shows, stalls and workshops - all we need is a ray or two of sun to illuminate the Maker Sunshine Festival and we'll be sorted for another stonking weekend. The musical highlight of the local calendar kicked off yesterday and runs through to Sunday night. And actually, even if the weather is inclement, the massive marquees that house different stages will ensure everyone has plenty of space to enjoy the music and...

2008-07-23 12:00:54

By Misha Berson, Seattle Times Jul. 23--I was new in town when I first roamed around Rainier Square looking for the Crepe de Paris, back in 1991. When I found it, a gracious Frenchwoman warmly greeted and seated me, and took my drink order. Then the fun began. A crew of expert zanies, cut-ups who could also sing like a dream on the bistro's ministage, gave me a quick lesson in Pacific Northwest humor: droll, dry, impish and mercilessly mocking of local fads and foibles. I think the...

2008-07-08 09:00:42

A Broadway musical based on the British film Kinky Boots is in the works, the show's producers said. The 2006 movie featured Chiwetel Ejiofor in a Golden Globe-nominated performance as a drag queen who helps a traditional English shoe factory reinvent itself by creating a line of sexy footwear for men who dress as women. The Hollywood Reporter said veteran producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig have bought the rights to Julian Jarrold's film and are planning to make a stage musical out of...


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