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2008-08-03 15:00:15

By Patti Conley, Beaver County Times, Pa. Aug. 3--PITTSBURGH -- Ali Ewoldt is a just-in-case kind of a girl. Because talent, passion and a spectacular singing voice aren't assurances for a successful performing career, the 1999 valedictorian of Pleasantville High School in Westchester County, New York opted for academics. Smart girl. She went to Yale and majored in psychology. Smart move. Yale's plentiful resources offered students with theatrical yearnings the opportunity to put...

2008-08-03 03:00:17

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--For Van Kaplan, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera executive producer, putting "West Side Story" on this season's schedule had a particular urgency. Each year, when the company asks its audiences which musicals it would most like to see "West Side Story" consistently places among the top four or five, says Kaplan. Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera first performed the musical in 1965, eight years after its Broadway debut. It has been...

2008-07-30 09:00:56

By Matt Wolf Can one ever say too much about love or cease to marvel at the dramatic possibilities afforded by that most profound of emotions? Not on the evidence of a London theater given over of late to meditations, by turns beautiful and brutal, on the often unexpected course traveled by any and all amours. David Eldridge's gorgeous "Under the Blue Sky," at the Duke of York's Theatre, looks at the outset, for instance, as if it is going to chart romance come unstuck, in at least one...

2008-07-27 00:00:29

By Clifford Bishop The street violence in Bernstein's version of 'Romeo and Juliet' gives added power to its high-energy mix of danger and romance Dance West Side Story Sadler's Wells LONDON Spartacus Coliseum LONDON Some things are timeless. In the 1950s, when oily quiffs were a grow-your-own kind of hoodie, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote a song called "Gee, Officer Krupke" that brilliantly anatomised the next half century's circular thinking on the topic of juvenile...

2008-07-25 00:00:32

By Rhoda Koenig First Night WEST SIDE STORY Sadler's Wells LONDON **** You can see why they were terrified. Gang fights, race hatred, flick knives - you call this a musical? It's no wonder the Tony judges, with - in the language of Arthur Laurents' book - the spit scared out of them, gave the award for the best show of 1957 to The Music Man (now enjoying a dazzling revival at Chichester, for those who want to make their own comparisons). But, though the initial Broadway run was also...

2008-07-22 00:00:28

A plymouth musical youth theatre company is looking for male performers to swell the 'gangs' in a city production. Directors also need a Tony, the leader of the Jets, in their version of West Side Story. Despite a good response to a series of earlier auditions, directors at the Wranglers Youth Theatre Company are still looking for performers for the show, to be performed in the Athenaeum Theatre next February. Any aspiring actors in their late teens or early twenties will be...

2008-07-19 06:00:23

By Claudia Sullivan, Kerrville Daily Times, Texas Jul. 19--In 2006, television viewers were swept away by an event from which we still feel the aftershock. It wasn't an earthquake. It wasn't a hurricane. It was the Disney Channel television movie original, "High School Musical," and we (especially if you are younger than 25 years of age) have never been the same. "High School Musical" has evolved into numerous television competitive shows, has sparked a new fashion tradition, and has...

2008-07-18 18:00:27

By Marta Hepler Drahos, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 18--NORTHPORT -- It may be a presidential election year, but the yard signs and bumper stickers cropping up in Northport these days are for an even more rancorous contest: the Jets vs. the Sharks. The rival gangs of "West Side Story" will face off July 24-Aug. 3 as part of the Northport Community Arts Center's performance series. The Oscar-winning musical is one of several the arts center has presented over the years....

2008-07-13 09:00:25

By WORDS BY DAVID BENEDICT This month, 'West Side Story' returns to the London stage in a form unchanged since 1957. Time for a 21st-century makeover? Certainly not, says its original lyricist, Stephen Sondheim... Two woodwind players sneak in fast with an insistent cross rhythm, expectation shimmers on the air... "Could it be? Yes it could/ Something's coming, some-thing good/If I can wait!/ Something's coming, I don't know what it is/But it is/Gonna be great!" That's not just Tony's...

2008-07-10 09:00:56

By Amanda Deprospero, The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va. Jul. 10--"WEST SIDE STORY" showtimes are 8 p.m. today and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre stage at the WVU Creative Arts Center. Info and tickets: 291-4117 or wvpublictheatre.com. In the midst of the most tragic moment of "West Side Story," the singing in the performance is able to lift the audience back up, promising the start of a new day and, possibly even a fresh start. "West Side...


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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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