Latest Christopher Blank Stories
By Christopher Blank Lovers of Shakespeare's plays know that there is a big difference between productions put on by well-intentioned people and those put on by trained experts. Ambition is one thing, aptitude another.
By Christopher Blank One might say that the musical "Avenue Q" has a cult following, except that with three Tony Awards, a theater in Las Vegas devoted to its production and a five-year Broadway run , the title isn't exactly under the radar.
By Christopher Blank Endesha Ida Mae Holland's eventful life is no doubt an impressive, inspirational story. Not in the saccharine, Hallmark movie-of-the-week kind of way, but in the harrowing, honest style of Maya Angelou or Toni Morrison. She grew up in the Deep South, a child of Greenwood, Miss.
By Christopher Blank The last time comedienne and self-proclaimed "D-list" celebrity Kathy Griffin came to Memphis, she was thrown off by how friendly the locals were. "I thought it might be a big put-on," she said during a recent phone interview.
By Christopher Blank Rodgers and Hammerstein's prairie fantasy "Oklahoma!" is a show that divides even the most ardent musical theater fans into lovers and haters. The haters tend to come from the many lost thespians who were forced to don chaps and hoop skirts in high school.
By Christopher Blank It was Theatre Memphis' winning night at the 25th annual Ostrander Awards on Sunday. The community theater racked up 14 of the 24 Ossies given for excellence in local theater at the ceremony held at the Memphis Botanic Garden.
By Christopher Blank Old-school rocker Buddy Holly was the subject of one of the first highly successful jukebox musicals, back in 1989. Perhaps surprisingly, it debuted on London's West End, where it played for years , went on tour, and was even revived last year.
By Christopher Blank The annual Ostrander Awards, given out for excellence in Memphis theater much like the Broadway Tonys, always generate a spirited discussion over why awards were given to one person or show and not another.
By Christopher Blank In the 2007 reality television show "Grease: You're the One that I Want!", contestant Austin Miller was on the verge of getting knocked out of the competition when the spirit of Elvis intervened. Er, maybe....
By Christopher Blank Like many drama critics, my theatrical pretensions were born in high school, the day I asked to try out for a school play and the teacher bared her teeth at me. "Actors do not try out !" She held up her hand and waited for the pain to subside.
- A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.