• Review: 'Murder, Margaret and Me' is witty stuff

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Knit one, bash two. Genteel ladies involved with violent murder makes a fine theme for drama, including one sold-out hit of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. Janet Prince gives a bravura solo performance in the polished, witty production, "Murder, Margaret and Me," presented by Gilded Balloon. Playwright Philip Meeks has humorously imagined a triple-threat encounter in which brash, comedic British actress Margaret Rutherford meets prolific mystery writer Agatha Christie on the set of the first Miss Marple film, with both women initially reluctant to have Rutherford portray Christie's elderly female detective of literary fame.

  • Who wants to play Gloria Estefan on Broadway?

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The musical about Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio is dancing to Broadway and you could earn a part in it — even playing Gloria. Producers of "On Your Feet!" said Monday they will offer performers around the world a chance to audition for all the roles in the Broadway-bound cast by submitting audition videos online. There also will be two open casting calls — at Pearl Studios in New York City on Sept. 9 and at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Sept. 21. The musical is due to begin previews in New York at the Marquis Theatre on October 2015 after a summer stop in Chicago. Jerry Mitchell, who directed "Kinky Boots," will helm the show, with Sergio Trujillo choreographing.

  • Book signings

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Weekly book signings for Aug. 17.

  • Features briefs, Aug. 17

    Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Features briefs, Aug. 17

  • Art and theater briefs

    Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Art and theater briefs.

  • Philharmonic has shown 25 years of growth

    BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    One-third of the ensemble’s current 84 members have performed with the orchestra since its inaugural season.

  • Pollard Theatre plans musical 2014-15 season

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    For its 28th season, simply titled “28,” the Guthrie theater company will perform four widely differing musicals, a new period play and a beloved local adaptation of a Christmas classic.

  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic 2014-15 season

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Philharmonic season includes classics, pops and its discovery series.

  • Candlelight vigil marks Elvis' death in Memphis

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Holding flickering candles, fans of Elvis Presley made a slow, nighttime walk past his gravesite at Graceland on Friday, marking the anniversary of his death 37 years ago. Fans strolled quietly through the Mediation Garden at Graceland, Presley's longtime Memphis, Tennessee, home. Presley's grave is in the garden, and his mother, father and grandmother are buried there. The home is now a museum and a centerpiece of the Graceland tourist attraction that draws about 500,000 fans each year from around the world. People began arriving early in the day to get a spot in line outside Graceland's gates. Tourists also watched Elvis tribute artists sing and dance, and visited gift shops and Elvis-related e

  • Performance explores alternative energy potential

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A dance, music and poetry performance planned this month in Muskegon explores the potential for alternative energy such as wind power to change the area. Titled "Into the Wind," the performance is scheduled for Aug. 22 and 23 at Grand Valley State University's Renewable Energy Center at Muskegon Lake. It's a collaboration involving the school, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the Muskegon community. "This project is ... a nice opportunity to link Grand Valley and the University of Michigan in a collaboration that will allow students, faculty and the community to engage and learn from each other," T. Arnold Boezaart, who has served as director of the Alternative and Renewable Energy Center,

  • Theater review: 'Glengarry Glen Ross' performed with savage grace by Oklahoma City Theatre Company

    By Anna Holloway, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s production of “Glengarry Glen Ross” serves up a gripping experience.

  • 9 of the top-selling young adult novels

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    What are the best young adult novels right now on Amazon? Take a look.

  • Museums team up to digitize Warhol films

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of films by Andy Warhol will be digitized and made available for public screening under a museum partnership. The project was announced Thursday by New York City's Museum of Modern Art, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and visual effects firm MPC. It covers some 500 films that Warhol created between 1963 and 1972. Nearly 1,000 rolls of 16mm film will be digitally scanned into high-resolution images. The process will begin this month and take several years to complete. The films themselves have been housed at MoMA since the early 1990s. The Pittsburgh-born Warhol died in 1987 at age 58. He was one of the most prominent American artists of the 20th century.

  • Christopher Fitzgerald does 'Chicago' double duty

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Christopher Fitzgerald liked being in "Chicago" so much that he's doing it again. The actor, who made his debut in the show last October as Roxie Hart's put-upon husband Amos, has just stepped into the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn, becoming the first actor in the show's 18-year history to be contracted to perform both starring male roles. "Chicago" is a scathing 1975 satire of how show business and the media make celebrities out of criminals. Fitzgerald has gone from singing "Mister Cellophane" as Amos to "All I Care About" as Flynn. Fitzgerald is a Broadway veteran whose credits include "Finian's Rainbow" and "Young Frankenstein," so jumping into a long-running musical was no big deal.

  • Chinese theaters won't hire drug-linked performers

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — Performing arts associations in Beijing have pledged not to hire any actors connected with drugs, state media reported Thursday, after an actor became the latest Chinese celebrity detained in one of China's sternest crackdowns on illegal drug use in two decades. Gao Hu, 40, who had a small part as a soldier in Zhang Yimou's 2011 movie "The Flowers of War," was detained by police for possession and use of marijuana and methamphetamine, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Beijing police also announced the Tuesday detention in a brief statement. Several celebrities have been detained on drug charges following a declaration in June by President Xi Jinping that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offender

  • Chinese theaters won't hire drug-related actors

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — Performing arts associations in Beijing have pledged not to hire any actors connected with drugs, state media reported Thursday, after an actor became the latest Chinese celebrity detained in one of China's sternest crackdowns on illegal drug use in two decades. Gao Hu, 40, who had a small part as a soldier in Zhang Yimou's 2011 movie "The Flowers of War," was detained by police for possession and use of marijuana and methamphetamine, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Beijing police also announced the Tuesday detention in a brief statement. Several celebrities have been detained on drug charges following a declaration in June by President Xi Jinping that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offender

  • You too can be a Broadway producer with just $10K

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The lead producers behind the 1940s song-and-dance Broadway revival of "On the Town" are offering a modern twist for its financing: accredited folk can buy a part of it for as little as $10,000. Producers Howard and Janet Kagan hope their creation of a new online investment site will attract people who want to invest in the $8.5 million show and maybe stick around to infuse the ranks of Broadway producers with new blood. "The idea is to identify people who we wouldn't otherwise know that want to invest in theater, and they might become a tradition kind of investor for the next show," Kagan said Wednesday. "This will allow us to reach out to a new universe of potential investors.

  • Robin Williams: Bay Area made him feel normal

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams was everywhere in San Francisco, it seemed, as he made a place for himself in the everyday fabric of a city where he once said he passed for normal. The comedian was there to usher a few fellow inhabitants of the Bay Area into life — visiting a pediatric ward, unheralded, each year on Christmas Day to welcome newborns to the world. He also ushered friends out of life— delivering a boisterous eulogy for an iconic local journalist known as Mr. San Francisco, musing on heaven as a nice bar in the city with a dry martini. In between, Williams had turned out to cheer everything from the Giants to the opening of a local public library.

  • Time to kill the exclamation point!

    Tiffany Gee Lewis, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    As we’ve morphed from the handwritten letter to the email to the text or “comment,” we’ve had to navigate how to convey our emotions in shorter bursts of thought. This can lead to overuse of punctuation and hyperbole.

  • Duran Duran coming to theaters (and your earbuds)

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Rhodes is on the phone to talk about Duran Duran's concert film collaboration with director David Lynch that's slated for a one-night-only theatrical engagement next month. As he talks of being inspired by Lynch's "The Elephant Man" as a teenager, he can hear another one of his inspirations nearby: Nile Rodgers on guitar. "I can actually hear him playing the guitar just down the corridor from where I am right now," Rhodes says gleefully. Next month will mark a period of high activity for Duran Duran. Along with work to finish a new album, the British rock band will appear at the Fashion Rocks concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept.