• Theater Review: 'Spamalot' features bizarre characters, giddy score in Lyric Theatre's production in Oklahoma City

    By Rick Rogers, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    “Spamalot” is the first unqualified hit of Lyric Theatre’s 2014 summer season, a production that keeps the audience in a perpetual state of laughter. The Oklahoma City performances continue through Sunday.

  • NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the hottest tickets in town — to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game — were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday. Ten people around the world have been indicted or arrested in connection with the case, which involved more than 3,500 tickets and at least $1.6 million in unauthorized purchases of sought-after seats, some to sold-out shows or behind the Yankee Stadium dugout, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said.

  • Summer Gem: Cimarron Opera Company

    Anna Holloway | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Summer Gem: Cimarron Opera Company

  • 'Mamma Mia!' closing on Strip after just 3 months

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The hit Broadway musical "Mamma Mia!" is closing early next month after only three months on the Las Vegas Strip. The show, which features the music of Abba, will go dark after Aug. 3. The Tropicana casino had welcomed the musical into a newly remodeled, 1,100-seat theater in May. Tickets ranged in price from $49 to $135. "Mamma Mia!" has enjoyed success around the world, including a nearly six-year run at the Mandalay Bay casino that ended in 2008. It has grossed more than $600 million in the U.S. and is one of the longest-running shows on Broadway. David Kirvin of public relations firm Kirvin Doak said the decision to close was a difficult one and happened in spite of "the very best efforts" o

  • CBS event marks civil rights anniversary

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division. The live program, "CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights," moderated by Bob Schieffer features civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, actress Whoopi Goldberg and others. It will be shown at 8 p.m. EDT on the Smithsonian Channel and CBSNews.com, with Microsoft adding an interactive element allowing viewers to express opinions.

  • Holmes lawyers question firearms analysis

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shootings are attacking the reliability of firearms analysis, saying it's subjective and lacks statistics to measure its accuracy. The judge heard testimony Wednesday from a state crime scientist who said he matched bullets and shell casings found at the theater to three weapons, apparently the ones officers seized at the scene. The defense wants firearms testimony barred from the trial. James Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Defense lawyers have acknowledged Holmes was the shooter but continue to challenge any evidence pr

  • CBS says Colbert keeping CBS' 'Late Show' in NYC

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert will not only be following in David Letterman's footsteps, he'll be doing it on the same stage. CBS said Wednesday that Colbert, who is replacing Letterman as the "Late Show" host next year, will keep the show in New York City's Ed Sullivan Theatre. Colbert's debut date is still uncertain, dependent on when Letterman officially retires from late-night TV. "Tonight" show host Jimmy Fallon already tapes his show in New York, and fellow competitor Jimmy Kimmel at ABC is based in Los Angeles. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said CBS is eligible for up to $11 million in tax credits for keeping the show in New York. The state is also making up to $5 million in grant money available for renovating

  • Theater review: Poteet in Oklahoma City succeeds with 'How to Succeed …'

    By Anna Holloway, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at the Poteet Theatre in Oklahoma City is a beautifully performed, high-quality production of a classic musical.

  • 'Downton Abbey' back on Jan. 4 for season 5

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Downton Abbey" will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, "Sherlock," is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday. "We will have to wait to know when it's finished and available," Kerger said of the mystery starring Benedict Cumberbatch. "Whenever it comes, we'll put it in a wonderful place." PBS is making its shows available for flexible viewing, using both digital platforms and creative scheduling on public TV stations, she said. All episodes of Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts," for instance, will be available for streaming the day after the first episode airs on Sept. 14. Don't expect the same treatment for stately manor

  • Poteet Succeeds with 'How to Succeed…'

    Anna Holloway | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at the Poteet Theatre is a beautifully performed, high-quality production of a classic musical.

  • Oklahoma photographer promises visual journey

    By John Brandenburg, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Kim Baker’s exhibit of landscape photos, on display at Norman’s Depot Gallery, offers images found in remote locations and off the beaten paths in Oklahoma.

  • Second City's Chicago comedy school to expand

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The training center for Chicago's famous Second City comedy group is expanding. The Second City Training Center announced Tuesday that it will lease a former movie theater next to its location on the city's North Side. The expansion would double the comedy school's space to include new classrooms, student theaters, voice-over studios and on-camera training areas. Second City says the space should be finished and students can start using it by spring of 2015. The Second City improv comedy group has been in Chicago for more than 50 years. Its alumni include actors like John Belushi, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis.

  • 'The Fantasticks' breaks a color barrier

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Not long ago, Kevin R. Free went to an audition for a part in the longest running musical in history. He immediately felt weird. All the other actors vying for the same part were at least 10 years older and he was the only African-American. Looking around at his competition, Free was confused and getting increasingly angry. "I just felt like, 'Why am I here? I have to talk to my manager about this,'" he recalled, laughing. "I mean, 'Why am I even here?'" Free, a playwright, director and actor in New York's downtown theater scene, pulled himself together enough to do a monologue and sing a song when his name was called. It worked: He got both the job and a chance to make history.

  • Author brings a new adventure to Spirit Animals in 'Fire and Ice'

    Marilou Sorensen, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The four young Greencloaks and their Spirit Animals search for a blue talisman and the giant bear Saka as the Devourer attacks in Shannon Hale's "Fire and Ice."

  • 'Complete Scripts, Season 2' shares behind-the-scenes peek at 'Downton Abbey'

    Christine Rappleye, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    “The Complete Scripts, Season 2” includes notes from Julian Fellowes about the scenes and what they were trying to accomplish in just a few lines, along with some of the historical background and deleted lines from the script.

  • ‘Manor of Secrets’ is fun young adult fare

    Elizabeth Reid, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Two teenage girls, one who lives in opulence and the other a mere kitchen maid, find their lives interconnected in “Manor of Secrets,” a book that delves into the upstairs and downstairs drama of Edwardian England.

  • 'Netherwood' is a flawed story of romance, historical detail

    Margot Hovley, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    For those looking for a "Downton Abbey"-like romance to sink into while waiting for the next season, "Netherwood" is one choice — but writing flaws abound.

  • Fine arts briefs: Oklahoma fine arts notes

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Fine arts briefs: Oklahoma fine arts notes for July 20.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park sets sail with “Pericles”

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is staging the lesser-known and rarely performed “Pericles” on Thursday through July 27.

  • Oklahoma features news in brief

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Oklahoma features news in brief