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2008-08-20 00:00:00

A quartet of plays from the 1960s starts tonight at the New Theatre, Last year, the Creative Cow company had a big success with Peter Shaffer's one-act plays, The Private Ear and The Public Eye, and this spring with Harold Pinter's comedy The Lover. These three classics will be performed in repertory with a new production of the comedy The Knack, by local writer Ann Jellicoe, which was a big hit at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1962 and later an award-winning film with Michael Crawford...

2008-07-08 15:00:33

By ERIN CARLSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jerry Herman, eyes welling with tears, could hardly believe what he was hearing as he watched the new animated blockbuster "WALL-E." The composer of the Tony-winning musical "Hello, Dolly!" had licensed songs from the 1964 show to Pixar Walt Disney Co.'s computer animation arm but he had no idea that his music and lyrics would factor so prominently in the story of the sci-fi robot romance. "I'm still blown away by the fact that two songs of mine...

2008-07-06 00:00:15

By Erin Carlson NEW YORK -- Jerry Herman, eyes welling with tears, could hardly believe what he was hearing as he watched the new animated blockbuster "WALL-E." The composer of the Tony-winning musical "Hello, Dolly!" had licensed songs from the 1964 show to Pixar -- The Walt Disney Co.'s computer-animation arm -- but he had no idea that his music and lyrics would factor so prominently in the story line of the sci-fi robot romance. "I'm still blown away by the fact that two songs of mine...

2008-06-27 12:02:44

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 27--THE FIRST THING we see is a panorama of stars -- tiny pinpoints of light that suggest infinity, points of wonder even in a world in which so much has been explained. A bigger surprise is what we hear: Broadway star Michael Crawford ("The Phantom of the Opera") singing about how there is hope "out there." The song is "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" from the 1969 movie version of the Broadway musical "Hello, Dolly!" Who would have...

2006-01-10 01:59:31

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Phantom of the Opera" became the longest-running show in Broadway history on Monday night with a gala 7,486th performance of the hit musical, which included appearances by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and the original phantom, Michael Crawford. The British composer, who saw his creation break the previous Broadway record set by another of his shows, "Cats," said he was "totally overwhelmed" after the curtain call and an extended standing ovation...

2006-01-08 12:20:59

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Phantom of the Opera" strikes yet again. The romantic melodrama set to lush music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber captures the title of longest-running show in Broadway history when the curtain goes up for performance No. 7,486 on Monday night. "Phantom" surpasses another Webber extravaganza, "Cats," when it begins its reign as Broadway champion with a special showing at the Majestic Theater, where it has run for nearly 18 years since opening on...


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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