• Theater lovers thrive at Stage Door in Yukon

    By Sarah Lobban, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Yukon’s Stage Door Theatre is in an aging building and facing a move.

  • Schwarzenegger reveals portrait by Austrian artist

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted the curtain on his official portrait Monday, revealing a photograph-like giant image of the onetime bodybuilder standing in front of the official California seal. Schwarzenegger unveiled the portrait at a ceremony in the state Capitol in which he made a rare appearance in Sacramento nearly four years after he left office. The oversized portrait of a youthful Schwarzenegger, which will eventually hang on the third floor, was painted by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, a realist who previously illustrated Andy Warhol and John F. Kennedy.

  • A child's prayer gave Gwen Stefani a baby

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Gwen Stefani thought she was done having kids. And then her son started praying. Enter baby No. 3.

  • Michael C. Hall to be 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael C. Hall's next step is going to be a gender bending one — the former "Dexter" star will play the rock chanteuse at the center of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" on Broadway. Producers of the Tony Award-winning musical revival said Monday that Hall will pull on a miniskirt and play the German transsexual Hedwig at the Belasco Theatre starting Oct. 16, through Jan. 4. Hall will be taking over from Andrew Rannells, the Tony Award-nominated star of "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway and HBO's "Girls." Rannells, in turn, replaced Tony-winner and "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris. Rannells ends his run Oct. 12. Hall was one of an impressive quartet of actors on Broadway starring in Will E

  • No Broadway dimming of lights for Joan Rivers

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Despite being a long champion of New York theater, Joan Rivers will not be memorialized by the dimming of Broadway's lights. The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, has decided that Rivers did not meet the criteria for the honor. Rivers, who died Thursday at 81, was known primarily as a TV actress and comedian, though she often attended Broadway and off-Broadway shows and earned a Tony Award nomination. Some celebrities who have been recently granted the honor include Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfini, whose film careers often overshadowed their theater contributions.

  • Prosecutors: Don't televise theater shooting trial

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case joined defense lawyers in opposing television coverage inside the courtroom during the trial, saying it would inflict intense and hurtful attention on victims who testify. In a court filing dated Friday and made public Monday, prosecutors also argued that television coverage could change the way trial witnesses behave. Last week, attorneys for defendant James Holmes argued courtroom television would violate his right to a fair trial by making witnesses worry about public reaction if they gave testimony considered favorable to Holmes. They said it could also expose jurors and attorneys to death threats and cause other problems. Prosecutors also asked the j

  • Lancet imbues new novel with vivid sense of Japan

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    "Tokyo Kill" (Simon & Schuster), by Barry Lancet Art, social issues, culture and, yes, war — all the things that make or break a society — converge in Barry Lancet's exciting second novel about antiques dealer Jim Brodie, who inherited his father's Tokyo-based private investigation and personal protection firm. Lancet delves deep to illustrate the intricacies of Asian culture in "Tokyo Kill," while also delivering a believable, action-packed plot. The combination of Brodie's occupations might seem odd, but Lancet takes a realistic approach, showing how the hunt for antiques and work as a private detective often intersect. In Brodie's world, rare and invaluable antiques often come with secrets and can lead to greed, a powe

  • Tony Award organizers reveal date of show

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new theater season has only just begun but it's already time to think about Tony Awards. The American Theatre Wing announced Tuesday both the award-show date and the cutoff for eligibility to receive one of the statuettes. Productions must open before April 23 to be in the running. Nominations will be announced April 28. The awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be handed out June 7 starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. The telecast will broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. There was no announcement on who will be the show's host. ___ Online: http://www.TonyAwards.

  • Chicago actress dies after being struck by tree

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Molly Glynn, an accomplished Chicago theater actress who also played a recurring role as a doctor on the TV series "Chicago Fire," has died after a tree toppled by a powerful storm struck her as she rode her bike in a forest park. She was 46. Glynn was with her husband, Joe Foust, when the storm rolled quickly into the area, just north of Chicago, the executive director of First Folio Theatre and a close family friend, David Rice, said Sunday. "Molly was one of the most loving and generous people in the Chicago theater scene," he said. "She was incredibly talented — incredibly versatile. She could handle both comedy and the deepest darkest, dramas." Glynn's husband called 911 just before 4 p.m.

  • Joan Rivers remembered at star-studded funeral

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" and bagpipers played "New York, New York" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that — like the late comedian herself — brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, fashion and media. At a funeral befitting a superstar, the New York City Gay Men's Chorus sang Broadway hits including "Hey Big Spender" before six-time Tony Award-winner McDonald sang her tribute to Rivers, a champion of theater for decades.

  • Toronto fans sing 'Happy Birthday' to Roger Waters

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — Roger Waters celebrated his 71st birthday in style with a world premiere of his new documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival. When the former Pink Floyd front man walked out on stage to introduce the film, a fan in the packed Elgin Theater screamed out happy birthday. That began an impromptu chorus of "Happy Birthday," and Waters graciously acknowledged his age with an expletive. "Roger Waters: The Wall" chronicles his recent tour covering the seminal 1979 Pink Floyd album — as well as his inspiration for writing it. Waters told the audience he began working with co-director Sean Evans five years ago to update the show with a more ecumenical and anti-war approach.

  • Oklahoma art and nonprofits news in brief

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Oklahoma art and nonprofits news in brief

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park finishes lucky anniversary season with 'Macbeth'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    To cap a season of good fortune that included unexpectedly finding a new home in the Paseo Arts District, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is closing its main-stage season with The Bard’s perennially popular and supposedly cursed tragedy, which thespians often refer to as “The Scottish Play.”

  • Carpenter Square Theatre in Oklahoma City to hold auditions for 'Consider the Oyster'

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Carpenter Square Theatre to hold auditions for ‘Consider the Oyster.’

  • Oklahoma City's Carpenter Square goes for laughs with comedy-laden 2014-15 season

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Carpenter Square Theatre’s 2014-15 season features eight Oklahoma City premieres, including three award-winning plays and two plays adapted from the works of acclaimed authors. And most of them will bring lots of laughs to Carpenter Square’s intimate performance space near historic Film Row.

  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic kicks off 26th season with guest soloist

    By Rick Rogers, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma will add her name to the prestigious list of soloists who have appeared with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

  • Fine arts briefs: Oklahoma art and theater notes

    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Fine arts briefs: Oklahoma art and theater notes for Sept. 7.

  • In shapes of all kinds, Mark Ruffalo hits a stride

    Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — Mark Ruffalo is transforming. With a string of films, from the lauded AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" to the musical rebirth tale "Begin Again" to the upcoming wrestling drama "Foxcatcher," the man many know as the Hulk has muscled together a shape-shifting string of roles. "You push and you work hard, you stay positive and eventually all the stars sort of align," Ruffalo said in an interview. "I feel like I'm kind of in one of those moments where everything converges at one time. It's been an interesting few years for me and kind of tough, just my inner-life. I feel like I had kind of a midlife thing going on. People close to me died.

  • A farewell to art: NY eatery's big Picasso to move

    Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — For over half a century, the Four Seasons restaurant has been the place where Picasso meets the power lunch. But the pairing between one of the art legend's biggest paintings and one of New York's most illustrious eateries ends Sunday, when the unusual artwork — a painted stage curtain — is to be eased off its travertine wall and ultimately moved to a museum. The move follows a legal dispute that for a time split some of the city's most prominent preservationists. As the curtain falls on the long residency of "Le Tricorne," it's taken on a sense of farewell to an elite-yet-accessible New York tradition.

  • 2 Pippins, past and present, star in musical tour

    Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of the musical "Pippin" will get a special treat starting this weekend in Denver: They'll get to see two Pippins for the price of one. Matthew James Thomas, who originated the role in the Tony Award-winning revival on Broadway last year, will team up with John Rubinstein, who was the first Broadway Pippin in 1972 and now plays Pippin's father. "There's a whole new dimension here. It's like being in some crazy dream. I'm just the luckiest kid on earth," Thomas said by phone from Denver. Rubinstein agreed in a separate call: "To me, the idea of the old Pippin and the new Pippin being on the same stage — I love that.