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Barbra Streisand Remembers FUNNY GIRL Co-Star Omar Sharif: 'He Was My First Leading Man'Barbra Streisand Remembers FUNNY GIRL Co-Star Omar Sharif: 'He Was My First Leading Man'
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 10, 2015

Today, Barbra Streisand remembered her FUNNY GIRL costar in the following statement: (more...)

Sheridan Smith-Led FUNNY GIRL Heading to West End and Broadway?Sheridan Smith-Led FUNNY GIRL Heading to West End and Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

As BroadwayWorld reported last week, Sheridan Smith has been in negotiations to star as 'Fanny Brice' in FUNNY GIRL at the Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Michael Mayer. An official announcement has not been made, and according to the Daily Mail, the team is still working out if the show might transfer after its run in Southwark. Baz Bamigboye writes that the production could be heading to the West End, or even New York in the future. (more...)

Sheridan Smith in Talks to Lead FUNNY GIRL at Menier Chocolate FactorySheridan Smith in Talks to Lead FUNNY GIRL at Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

According to the Daily Mail, Sheridan Smith is in negotiations to star as 'Fanny Brice' in FUNNY GIRL at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark. She met with director Michael Mayer today. No word yet on the final decision, but it seems if Smith is out, the musical will go back in storage for now. (more...)

GREASE SING-A-LONG Among TCM Presents Series Heading to Theaters This SummerGREASE SING-A-LONG Among TCM Presents Series Heading to Theaters This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

After successful runs of The Wizard of Oz, Rear Window and The Sound of Music earlier this year, Fathom Events will partner with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) again to bring the "TCM Presents" series to cinemas with eight unforgettable titles (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/22/15- Laurence OlivierSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/22/15- Laurence Olivier
by Stage Tube - May 22, 2015

Happy Birthday, Laurence Olivier! Born in 1907, Olivier remains one of the most revered actors of the 20th century. He was the first artistic director of the National Theatre of Great Britain and its main stage is named in his honour. Olivier's career as a stage and film actor spanned more than six decades and included a wide variety of roles, from the title role in Shakespeare's Othello and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night to the sadistic Nazi dentist Christian Szell in Marathon Man and the kindly but determined Nazi-hunter in The Boys from Brazil. Olivier played more than 120 stage roles: Richard III, Macbeth, Romeo, Hamlet, Othello, Uncle Vanya, and Archie Rice in The Entertainer. He appeared in nearly sixty films, including William Wyler's Wuthering Heights, Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, Richard Attenborough's Oh! What a Lovely War, and A Bridge Too Far, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth, John Schlesinger's Marathon Man, Daniel Petrie's The Betsy, Desmond Davis' Clash of the Titans, and his own Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III. (more...)

Steve Martin to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award on TBS, 6/13Steve Martin to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award on TBS, 6/13
by TV News Desk - May 18, 2015

The Emmy(R)-winning television event, which this year will celebrate the career of actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician Steve Martin, will continue premiering on TNT or TBS through 2018, with encores each year on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). (more...)

Frist Center Expands Public Programs for 'ITALIAN STYLE' Fashion ExhibitionFrist Center Expands Public Programs for 'ITALIAN STYLE' Fashion Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

This summer, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will offer a lineup of exciting public programs in conjunction with the presentation of Italian Style: Fashion since 1945, an exhibition that chronicles the birth and growth of the Italian fashion industry from the post-World War II recovery years to the present day. (more...)

Kelly Clarkson Wants to Star in Broadway Revival of FUNNY GIRLKelly Clarkson Wants to Star in Broadway Revival of FUNNY GIRL
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 27, 2015

In a new interview featured in this week's print edition of Entertainment Weekly, multi-Grammy Award winning singer Kelly Clarkson shared her wish to come to the Great White Way. (more...)

Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Lineup for 2015 Film Comment SelectsFilm Society of Lincoln Center Announces Lineup for 2015 Film Comment Selects
by Movies News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the lineup for the 15th edition of Film Comment magazine's essential, eclectic festival, taking place February 20 - March 5, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis Spit-Polishes THE HEIRESSBWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis Spit-Polishes THE HEIRESS
by Joseph Baker - Oct 24, 2014

THE HEIRESS, Ruth and Augustus Goetz's 1947 adaptation of Henry James' WASHINGTON SQUARE and currently occupying the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis, has had a long and steady run on stages throughout the world - and why not? Tightly corseted, polite to a fault, and observing proprieties, this intelligently written script captures the essence of the James source material without the convoluted, complex sentences that, alas, repel many readers. As tautly drawn as the material on one of the samplers for which its heroine is noted, when one of the characters punctuates the prevailing politeness with a barbed or telling line of dialogue, it's as if a sharp and jagged blade suddenly ripped through the fabric of the needlework itself. All this play needs for a successful run is a handsome set, period costumes - and four or five gifted players. (more...)

THE CHILDREN'S HOUR Now Available On Blu-rayTHE CHILDREN'S HOUR Now Available On Blu-ray
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 15, 2014

Classic Broadway to Hollywood adaptation THE CHILDREN'S HOUR is now available for the first time on Blu-ray. (more...)

Steve Martin to Receive 43rd AFI Life Achievement AwardSteve Martin to Receive 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award
by TV News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees, announced today the Board's decision to honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. (more...)

12 Days of Barbra Streisand - FLASH FRIDAY: Barbra On Broadway12 Days of Barbra Streisand - FLASH FRIDAY: Barbra On Broadway
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 5, 2014

Today we are focusing our attention on the early rise to fame of iconic stage and screen superstar Barbra Streisand on Broadway. (more...)

THE LITTLE FOXES Now Available On DVDTHE LITTLE FOXES Now Available On DVD
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 7, 2014

Classic cinematic adaptation of hit Lillian Hellman drama THE LITTLE FOXES starring screen icon Bette Davis is now available on DVD. (more...)

Museum of the Moving Image Releases Overview of Programs & Exhibitions for Summer 2014Museum of the Moving Image Releases Overview of Programs & Exhibitions for Summer 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

Astoria, New York, June 18, 2014—Museum of the Moving Image announces its major film series and exhibitions for the summer. Highlights include a new exhibition and accompanying film series exploring the work of the legendary animation director Chuck Jones(opening July 19), films by Gustav Deutsch (July 25–27), See It Big! Hollywood Melodrama (August 2–31), films by Hong Kong producer, director, and actor Patrick Lung Kong, with Lung Kong and Tsui Hark in person (August 15–24), and a complete retrospective of Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (beginning September 12). Additional programs and exhibitions will be announced as they are confirmed. See below for schedule and descriptions. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 5/22- Laurence OlivierSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 5/22- Laurence Olivier
by Stage Tube - May 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, Laurence Olivier! Born in 1907, Olivier remains one of the most revered actors of the 20th century. He was the first artistic director of the National Theatre of Great Britain and its main stage is named in his honour. Olivier's career as a stage and film actor spanned more than six decades and included a wide variety of roles, from the title role in Shakespeare's Othello and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night to the sadistic Nazi dentist Christian Szell in Marathon Man and the kindly but determined Nazi-hunter in The Boys from Brazil. Olivier played more than 120 stage roles: Richard III, Macbeth, Romeo, Hamlet, Othello, Uncle Vanya, and Archie Rice in The Entertainer. He appeared in nearly sixty films, including William Wyler's Wuthering Heights, Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, Richard Attenborough's Oh! What a Lovely War, and A Bridge Too Far, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth, John Schlesinger's Marathon Man, Daniel Petrie's The Betsy, Desmond Davis' Clash of the Titans, and his own Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III. (more...)

New-York Historical Society Announces June 2014 Talks and FilmsNew-York Historical Society Announces June 2014 Talks and Films
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

New-York Historical Society has announced its June 2014 public programs, lectures, films and concerts. Details below! (more...)

Oscar-Winner PLATOON Among Films Featured in April's Reel 13 Classic LineupOscar-Winner PLATOON Among Films Featured in April's Reel 13 Classic Lineup
by TV News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

The Reel 13 April schedule opens on April 5 with The Big Country, William Wyler's tale of two feuding ranching families in the American West, for which Burl Ives won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. (more...)

Raul Esparza Performs 'My Man' From FUNNY GIRL At MISCAST 2014Raul Esparza Performs 'My Man' From FUNNY GIRL At MISCAST 2014
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 3, 2014

In addition to a showstopping performance of a legendary duet from iconic musical theatre masterpiece WEST SIDE STORY given by Broadway headliners Raul Esparza and Lin-Manuel Miranda at the recent star-studded MISCAST 2014 gala, Esparza also treated attendees to a spirited rendition of iconic FUNNY GIRL film showstopper 'My Man' and a new clip of the performance is now available to view. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FIVE CAME BACK Tells a Remarkable TaleBWW Reviews: FIVE CAME BACK Tells a Remarkable Tale
by John Walker Ross - Mar 14, 2014

“But few of them would enter the war as these directors did, with the sense that, in impending middle age, they had found themselves with a new world to conquer, a task that would test their abilities to help win the hearts and minds of the American people under the hardest imaginable circumstances, with the greatest possible stakes.” Mark Harris. (more...)

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