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2009-03-10 10:00:00

'Ugly Betty' Creator Sylvio Horta to Receive Point Courage Award, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to Receive Point Inspiration Award and 'West Side Story' Director Arthur Laurents to Receive Inaugural Point Legend Award at Organization's Annual New York Benefit NEW YORK, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Point Foundation (Point), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit, today announced the recipients of its Courage,...

2009-02-21 14:08:16

Engineers have confirmed New York's No. 2 subway train plays the opening notes of a ballad from the musical West Side Story when the cars start moving. The electronic whine sounds like the beginning of the song Somewhere, The New York Times reported Saturday. Careful listeners have been hearing the sound beneath Broadway since 2000 when new cars began using an innovative propulsion system, said Gene Sansone, the chief mechanical officer for the subway. The newer trains run on alternating...

2008-10-09 06:00:27

By Elysa Gardner It wasn't Stephen Sondheim's idea to name the new box set commemorating his career The Story So Far ... "I didn't really think about it," says Sondheim, who at 78 has been writing words and music for more than a half-century. "But now that you mention it, it makes me extremely self-conscious. I guess people expect me to write more." And musical theater's greatest living artist is accommodating them. Preview performances of his new musical, Road Show, begin Oct. 28...

2008-09-22 18:00:22

By ROGER BULL West Side Story is kind of stuck in between. It isn't old enough to be historic, and it's not new enough anymore to be modern. And, yes, the 1950s retelling of Romeo and Juliet on the streets of New York has its dated elements. Street gangs hesitating to go all the way with knives has a bit of quaintness to it. But it's still one of America's great musicals, and Leonard Bernstein's music holds up just fine, thank you. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra opened its 2008-09...

2008-08-24 03:00:17

By Tanner, Michael West Side Story Sadler's Wells Tete a Tete Riverside Studios, Hammersmith West Side Story is just over half a century old, and unlike most famous musicals of its period, or any other, it doesn't just get 'revived' every now and then, it is very much in the repertory -- but of what? There's hardly such a thing as a repertory of musicals, or if there is then this is almost the only plausible member. And it seems not to suit opera companies, though that may be...

2008-08-22 09:00:43

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The legacy of Leonard Bernstein -- as a conductor, composer, and music advocate -- in the history and trajectory of twentieth-century America music can hardly be overstated. In this anniversary year for the composer, Sony BMG Masterworks is releasing The Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein -- specially created to celebrate the 90th anniversary of his birth on August 25, 2008 and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as Music Director...

2008-08-11 09:01:01

By Mark Tallentire PLAYING the lovestruck heroine Maria in Bernstein, Sondheim and Laurent?s musical would be a challenge for an experienced stage star. For a 16-year-old from Middlesbrough, the challenge is of Everest proportions. But Jessica Robinson is surely a star of the future. She stole the show in this production with a stunning performance. Robinson has a voice with sublime depth and texture. I found myself closing my eyes, to enjoy it without distraction. One might...

2008-08-08 21:00:13

ARCADIA - The music of Bernstein's most popular works, "Candide" and "West Side Story," will be featured at the California Philharmonic's "Beethoven, Bernstein and Bolero," which takes place at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at the The Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave. Also featured will be the final movement - "Ode to Joy" - from Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9," and Ravel's "Bolero." Soprano Khori Dastoor, mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzm n, tenor Kalil Wilson and bass baritone Cedric Berry will join the orchestra...

2008-08-07 18:01:05

YOUNG stars are set to shine tonight as they take centre stage. A cast of 160 budding actors, dancers and singers from across the North East has taken over the Sunderland Empire this week. The theatre is once again running its summer school project, called Stage Experience. Back in May, hundreds of talented nine to 25-year-olds took part in reality show-style auditions in front of a panel of judges. The successful performers have spent part of the their summer holidays working...

2008-08-07 03:00:21

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 7--Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera saved the best for last. "West Side Story," the final production of its 2008 summer season, took the company out on a soaring and emotional high. The well-polished and stylish production owes much to its ensemble of youthful performers portraying the Jets, Sharks and -- pardon the dated expression -- their girls. It's their show as they glide, leap and tumble through Mark Esposito's choreography,...


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