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Review: ‘Twelve Angry Men’ remains powerful in flawed Toronto production Special

Toronto - A stinging, gripping defence of presumption of innocence, “Twelve Angry Men” hasn’t lost any of its guts after nearly 60 years. It’s a credit to Reginald Rose’s sharp writing that the play overcomes the flaws of Soulpepper’s production.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 1 comment

Review: Thompson exposes prison brutality in new show's Toronto debut Special

Toronto - Judith Thompson's new solo show “Watching Glory Die” is a brutal, unsentimental tragedy of a teenage girl's mental and psychological decline in juvenile-detention centres. What it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in honest, righteous passion.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

'The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' nabs 10 Tony nods

New York - Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff announced the Tony nominations this morning and "The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" led the way with 10.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

Actor Hugh Jackman returning as Tony Awards host for fourth time

Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will return to host the 68th annual Tony Awards, which honors the best of Broadway, organizers said on Tuesday.
In the Media by Reuters

Review: Flesh and Other Fragments of Love is a slow burn worth seeing Special

Toronto - Evelyne de la Chenelière's Flesh and Other Fragments of Love begins with a discovered corpse but the emotional core of this Toronto production is very much alive as a married couple explore their own fears and frailties.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg

Review: Stage adaptation of The Tin Drum captures book's magic realism

Toronto - One of the most popular books to come out of Germany has been adapted to the English stage for the first time. Toronto's UnSpun Theatre wonderfully brings The Tin Drum to life using creative set design, pitch-perfect acting and lively dialogue.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 2 comments

Angela Lansbury returns to theatre

Veteran actress Angela Lansbury is to appear on the London stage for the first time in almost 40 years. Lansbury will appear in a new production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Angela Lansbury to return to London stage after 40-year absence

Tony award-winning actress Angela Lansbury is going to return to the West End stage in London for the first time in almost four decades.
In the Media by Markos Papadatos - 2 comments

Review: 'Venus in Fur' sizzles with humour, tension on the Toronto stage Special

Toronto - Gender politics are rarely as funny, or as thought-provoking, as they are in “Venus in Fur.” Making its Canadian debut in Toronto, David Ives' Tony-winning one-act play cleverly twists satire and eroticism into an exciting, sexy stage winner.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

Review: Winning MacIvor comedy about brothers in mourning hits Toronto Special

Toronto - Daniel MacIvor has long established himself as a Canadian theatre icon, but he’s never been as accessible, funny or true as he is in his newest play, “The Best Brothers”, which was a hit at last year’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

Review: Smaller space gives 'next to normal' intimate feel in Toronto Special

Toronto - Many contemporary stage musicals, especially big ones, can't help reminding you of the old “Futurama” line: “You can't just have your characters announce how they feel. That makes me feel angry!” That advice could have helped “next to normal”.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

Review: Frothy summer fun with a Cole Porter classic Special

Toronto - "Anything Goes" is a fun, lively time at the theater. For jazz lovers especially, it's a heavenly ride. The touring production of the music, on now in Toronto, offers great singing, glamorous costumes, and dazzling dance numbers.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

Review: Toronto High Park production attempts to tame Shrew's misogyny Special

Toronto - “The Taming of the Shrew” remains one of Shakespeare's most problematic and debated comedies, in its endorsement of male-dominated gender politics from four centuries ago. Is it possible to adapt the text in a way that's acceptable in 2013?
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

Review: Soulpepper's Dickens adaptation in Toronto meets expectations Special

Toronto - Sometimes you have to approach a new adaptation of a familiar classic with an open mind. Nothing could ever match how you see it in your head or how you've seen it staged or filmed before; letting that go is the only way to be objective.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

Review: 'Cats' remains a crowd-pleaser, in a smaller Toronto revival Special

Toronto - Say what you want about Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Cats”, but it's a show that knows how to captivate and move an audience. The current Toronto reboot, which opened last night, is lots of fun all the way through.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 2 comments

Singer Ciara served with lawsuit papers while on stage

The singer Ciara was performing at LA Pride when she was served with legal papers. The papers were served to her while she was on stage.
In the Media by Owen Weldon

U.K. West End theatre turns 350

London - The London West End, home of much of British and International theater, turns 350 years-old this month. Special events are being held to mark this historical milestone.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Canadian Stage director Daniel Brooks takes on racy Mamet play Special

Toronto - “I'm a good liberal, and I've always made a lot of assumptions about my own liberal purity,” says director Daniel Brooks. “I haven't thought a lot about race, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to enter a discussion about it.”
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 1 comment

Rocker Marilyn Manson collapses on stage

Rocker Marilyn Manson was performing at the Saskatoon's Arts and Convention Centre in Canada last night; he was halfway through a song when he collapsed on the stage.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 3 comments

No surprise that Ted will present at the Oscars; Bond promo out

Beverly Hills - Now is the time when presenters for this year's Oscar telecast get announced. Of course, a story could be done for every name that gets announced.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

Lady Gaga vomits on stage in Barcelona, keeps on dancing

Barcelona - Lady Gaga has become the latest performer to join an exclusive group after vomiting on stage during a performance in Barcelona on the weekend.
In the Media by Darren Weir

Video: 10-year old girl sings duet with the Boss on Toronto stage

Toronto - It would be the thrill of a lifetime for any Bruce Springsteen fan but 10-year old Halle Tator is taking her on-stage debut, singing with the Boss, all in stride.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 1 comment

British comedian Eric Sykes dead at 89

Beloved British comedy actor and writer, Eric Sykes, has died at the age of 89, BBC News reports. "Eric Sykes, 89, star of TV, stage, and films, died peacefully after a short illness," said his manager, Norma Farnes. "His family were with him."
In the Media by Layne Weiss

Jimmy Lloyd Rea & The Bluesmen raise money for new pavilion Special

Baker City - On July 1, the blues rocked Baker City, Oregon during a special concert at Geiser-Pollman Park featuring world-renowned Jimmy Lloyd Rea & The Bluesmen.
Digital Journal Report by Scott Ungerecht

Op-Ed: Melodrama filled with laughter & fun in Baker City, Oregon Special

Baker City - Theater is a language most of us can easily understand, whether it is a popular Hollywood action movie or a live stage production in your hometown.
Digital Journal Report by Scott Ungerecht

Toronto's Mirvish Theatre announces 2012/2013 season with a bang Special

Toronto - On Monday David Mirvish took to the stage at The Ed Mirvish Theatre to announce the upcoming season, one that may delight Toronto will a variety of musicals, including a few that will make their worldwide debuts.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins - 1 comment

Rihanna gives journalist lap dance

London - Rihanna helped make one of London's newspaper journalist's year on Thursday night when she picked her out of a crowd and treated her to a very public lap dance.
In the Media by Forstine Carter - 2 comments

5 killed, 40 injured after stage collapsed at Indiana State Fair

Indianapolis - In a tragic accident at Indiana State Fair late last night, five people have been confirmed dead after strong winds caused the stage to collapse.
In the Media by Christopher Bates - 2 comments

Pink falls off stage at Nuremberg Concert

Nuremberg - At the beginning of the last song of her concert, the pop singer Pink was thrown off stage just as she was about to sing her finale "So What." The crowd was in shock as you could hear Pink and her two dancers mumbling expletives and moaning in pain.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 3 comments

Singer Leonard Cohen collapses on stage in Spain

Canadian-born singer Leonard Cohen is recovering after collapsing on stage last night while performing in a concert in Valencia, Spain.
In the Media by Gemma Fox - 1 comment
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Photo taken from printed program of Asia on Stage show 2010 at Herbst Theater San Francisco
Program photo from Asia on Stage show 2010
Photo taken from printed program of Asia on Stage show 2010 at Herbst Theater San Francisco
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Armin van Buuren commanding the stage at Madison Square Garden
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Armin van Buuren commanding the stage at Madison Square Garden
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The stage for the live country bands set up in the beer garden area  kept for 19 plus only.
The stage for the live country bands set up in the beer garden area, kept for 19 plus only.
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BBB Main Stage with the Nace Brothers performing.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Oct. 2  2010.
BBB Main Stage with the Nace Brothers performing. Fayetteville, Ark. Oct. 2, 2010.
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Lights  camera  action!  On the set of  The Dirty and Dirty with Frank Fontana   Faux  show.  Chicag...
Lights, camera, action! On the set of "The Dirty and Dirty with Frank Fontana" "Faux" show. Chicago, IL
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Soulpepper Ensemble Creation members Ins Choi (L) and Mike Ross (R) in a scene from the stage adapta...
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Soulpepper Ensemble Creation members Ins Choi (L) and Mike Ross (R) in a scene from the stage adaptation of Alligator Pie, on now at the Young Centre.
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(l-r) Robert Gleadow as Guglielmo  Paul Appleby as Ferrando  Wallis Giunta as Dorabella and Layla Cl...
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(l-r) Robert Gleadow as Guglielmo, Paul Appleby as Ferrando, Wallis Giunta as Dorabella and Layla Claire as Fiordiligi in the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of "Così fan tutte", 2014.
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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of  Dialogues des Carmélites   2013.
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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of "Dialogues des Carmélites", 2013.
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The cast of Sister Act offer a high-energy  joy-filled performance  and are assisted by great design...
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The cast of Sister Act offer a high-energy, joy-filled performance, and are assisted by great design, along with disco-inspired choreography by Anthony Van Laast.
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The main stage for the  Born Frees .
The main stage for the "Born Frees".
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Legendary performer talks with her audience.
Rialto Theater
Legendary performer talks with her audience.
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Alex Finke  Erich Bergen and Company.
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Alex Finke, Erich Bergen and Company.
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The Black Crowes perform at the Arkansas Music Pavillion.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Oct. 2  2010.
The Black Crowes perform at the Arkansas Music Pavillion. Fayetteville, Ark. Oct. 2, 2010.
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The band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark performing
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The title character in Act I of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Nose.  The first revival of South Afr...
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The title character in Act I of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Nose." The first revival of South African artist William Kentridge's acclaimed production opens September 28. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
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Christopher Sieber (L) and George Hamilton (R) star in the touring production of La Cage Aux Folles ...
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Christopher Sieber (L) and George Hamilton (R) star in the touring production of La Cage Aux Folles, currently running at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre through mid-November.
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Ryan Steer  Bobby Pestka  Rachel York  Jerem...
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Ryan Steer, Bobby Pestka, Rachel York, Jeremy Benton, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden.
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The PS22 Chorus performing at the 2011 Academy Awards.  I made this film because I was mesmerized by...
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The PS22 Chorus performing at the 2011 Academy Awards. "I made this film because I was mesmerized by the chorus," notes Kalafer, "Mr. B's teaching style, the kids personalities, and of course all that amazing music. It was such a splendid subject to work with."
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