• Unlike 'Dragon,' most animated sequels are weak retreads

    Jim Bennett, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    The principles of good storytelling aren’t some great secret, but most animated sequels can’t be bothered to pay any attention to them.

  • Broadway prize on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — This season's winner of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" will be crowned "America's Favorite Dancer," get a cash prize and something else — a possible Broadway role. The show announced Wednesday night that among the prizes on Season 11 will be a shot at a small role in this fall's revival of "On the Town." "On the Town," which was made into a 1949 film starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, features the songs "New York, New York" and "Lonely Town." In it, three sailors jump around the city looking for love. The show's Broadway tie-in also will include "On the Town" choreographer Joshua Bergasse planning a performance of "New York, New York" featuring the Top 20 finalists on July 9. ___

  • Salvaged Stage Center furnishings, equipment to be donated to arts groups

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Furnishings and equipment valued at more than $100,000 is being salvaged from Stage Center in Oklahoma City and will be donated to local arts groups as demolition crews begin preparations to clear the site to make way for a new OGE Energy Corp. headquarters.

  • SummerWind Youth Ballet concludes with performance in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Thirty-five students in the two-week SummerWind Youth Ballet program at the University of Oklahoma demonstrated what they learned in a free, public performance in Norman.

  • Oklahoma City-area community news in brief

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Oklahoma City-area community news in brief

  • Graceland may remove Presley's old airplanes

    Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his family. By April of next year, the planes named Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II could be gone. Elvis Presley Enterprises, which operates the Graceland tourist attraction, has written to the planes' owners saying they should prepare to remove the jets from Graceland by next spring. The planes have been a tourist attraction since the mid-1980s.

  • Thousands expected at Utah counterculture fest

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thousands of young people and some more weathered hikers are trekking up a path that cuts through aspen and pine to a summit of a Utah mountain about 60 miles east of Salt Lake City. The group includes train hoppers, students, lawyers, architects and others, members say. But each belongs to the Rainbow Family, which has convened every year since 1972, sometimes in two states at once, to join in prayers for peace, sing-a-longs in the travelling Granola Funk theater and unkempt free-spiritedness that has irked some residents in neighboring Heber City. "People call us misfits, drug addicts, homeless, useless. That's not true," said Red Carlin, a retired carpenter and unofficial ambassador for the group. "

  • 'Glee'-type music contest crowns winners in NYC

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager from suburban Chicago who sang an aching Jason Robert Brown song and another from Georgia who chose to sing "Raise the Roof" — and almost did so — have won top honors at the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Atlanta resident Jai'Len Josey was named best actress and Jonah Rawitz, from the Chicago suburb of Buffalo Grove, got the best-actor crown Monday night at the sixth annual "Glee"-like competition, nicknamed the Jimmy Awards after theater owner James Nederlander. "I can't emphasize enough how humbled I am to be within this crowd of such amazing actors and individuals. I've made so many amazing friends. I feel like I'm part of a family," said Rawitz.

  • Indy art museum gets monumental Lichtenstein work

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Museum of Art says it will unveil for the first time ever in August a monumental sculpture by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein It announced Monday the piece called Five Brushstrokes will be installed on the mall in front of the museum's main building. Five Brushstrokes was commissioned in the early 1980s but has never been assembled. It consists of five separate elements ranging between 19 and 40 feet tall with a striking collection of forms and colors. The museum says the sculpture is considered Lichtenstein's most ambitious work in his Brushstroke series. Museum Director and CEO Charles Venable said it has been working with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in New York for over a year t

  • Birthday celebration in Norman honors artist Allan Houser

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of sculptor Allan Houser.

  • Celebrity Attractions' diverse Oklahoma City lineup will be one big party

    BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Celebrity Attractions’ five scheduled productions for the Oklahoma City lineup won 20 Tony Awards during original Broadway runs.

  • Play of 'The War of the Roses' coming to Broadway

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — One of the darkest views of a marriage is coming to Broadway from a producing couple who are enjoying a long, sunny marriage. Producers Jay and Cindy Gutterman said Monday they plan to stage an adaptation of Warren Adler's book "The War of the Roses" during the 2015-2016 season. The story, about an exceptionally ugly divorce, was made into a dark comedy film starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. The stars, dates and theater will be announced later. The Guttermans have been married for 37 years.

  • Bryan Cranston leaves 'All the Way' on a new high

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bryan Cranston left Broadway with a Tony Award and a new record. The former "Breaking Bad" star ended the run of "All the Way" on Sunday with a huge weekly haul at the box office of $1,623,495, a new milestone for a play during an eight-performance week in the history of Broadway. The average ticket price was $141 and the top premium went for $225. Robert Schenkkan's play focuses on President Lyndon B. Johnson's first year in office and explores both his fight for re-election and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It earned back its $3.9 million costs, just days after celebrating its 100th performance. It won the best play Tony in June and Cranston as L.B.J. won the best actor in a play statu

  • 'The King and I' slated for Broadway in March

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway is about to get another king — a revival of the musical "The King and I" starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe will join "The Lion King" and "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical." Lincoln Center Theater said Monday that the classic romance by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II — with songs like "Getting To Know You" and "Shall We Dance" — will begin performances March 12 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. O'Hara, a five time Tony-nominated soprano whose show "The Bridges of Madison County" closed in May, will play the starchy English schoolmistress sent to Siam to educate the children of the king. Watanabe, whose films include "Inception" and "Letters from Iwo Jima," will make his U.S. stag

  • Musical of 'First Wives Club' heads to Broadway

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Revenge will be in the air in a few years when a musical version of "The First Wives Club" comes calling on Broadway. The comedy about a trio of vengeful ex-spouses has been revamped and rewritten for the stage by Emmy Award-nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason, the writer and producer of such TV shows as "Designing Women" and "Evening Shade." The musical will make its debut at Chicago's Oriental Theater next spring, with hopes it can come to Broadway in the 2015-2016 season. The 1996 film "The First Wives Club," starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, was based on Olivia Goldsmith's novel about three women who are dumped by their powerful husbands for slim, young trophy wives.

  • OKC Museum of Art launches “Gods and Heroes” photography contest

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Inspired by the contests used to teach students at France’s famed École des Beaux-Arts, the museum’s contest is searching for Oklahoma’s most beautiful male torso and most expressive female face.

  • 'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies at 67

    Updated: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. Taylor died Saturday at his home near Los Angeles, according to agent Dede Binder. Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on "Designing Women" from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on another successful comedy, "Dave's World," as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series' star, Harry Anderson. Other series included the cult favorite "Buffalo Bill" and the popular Nickelodeon comedy "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

  • Oklahoma features briefs

    Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Features briefs

  • Oklahoma high school students gather for intense, two-week Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain

    By Jessica Allison, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    The first summer Arts Institute was in 1977. Since then, the best high school artists in Oklahoma have gathered for two weeks each summer to create and learn at Quartz Mountain.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park revisits 'Antony and Cleopatra'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Although not nearly as well-known as that other star-crossed Shakespearean tragedy, modern times seem right to revisit the passion, politics and catastrophe of The Bard’s history-based love story, “Antony and Cleopatra.” Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is presenting the play at Oklahoma City’s Myriad Gardens.