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A Christmas Story Live! Airs Tonight

Chris Diamantopoulos, Maya Rudolph, Andy Walken, and Tyler Wladis in a promotional image for A Christmas Story Live! (© Tommy Garcia/FOX)Fox's A Christmas Story Live! hits the airwaves tonight, December 17, beginning at 7pm. The three-hour live television event is inspired by the holiday classic feature A Christmas Story and Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Joseph Robinette's Tony Award-nominated Broadway production A Christmas Story: The Musical. It is directed and executive-produced by Scott Ellis and Alex Rudzinski. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary serving as coexecutive producers and writers. The company includes Andy Walken as Ralphie, Maya Rudolph as Ralphie's mother, Matthew Broderick as the narrator, Jane Krakowski as Miss Shields, Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Schwartz, Chris Diamantopoulos as the Old Man, Ken Jeong as both a Christmas tree salesman and a restaurant owner, and David Alan Grier as Santa Claus. The band P..

Wisconsin theater: Best productions of 2017

Show ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideMelisa Pereyra and Jim DeVita perform in American Players Theatre's production of "A View From the Bridge." Reviewer Mike Fischer deems this his favorite Wisconsin theater production of 2017.(Photo: Liz Lauren) Among the nearly 250 shows I’ve seen in 2017, here are the 10 from Wisconsin I liked most, ordered by preference. 1. “A View From the Bridge”: I loved Ivo van Hove’s recent Tony-winning revival of Miller’s great play. But the American Players Theatre production, directed by Tim Ocel and featuring an unforgettable performance by Jim DeVita, was even better. 2. “Silent Sky”: David Cecsarini directed a Next Act cast led by Deborah Staples that gave Milwaukee its first look at one of the best plays by Lauren Gunderson, a playwright receiving more U.S. productions this year than anyone not named Shakespeare. 3. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: APT unveiled its new stage by turning to the first play it ever performed, through director ..

2017 Kennedy Center Honors Airs Tonight on CBS

Gloria Estefan is one of five 2017 Kennedy Center honorees, appearing tonight in a two-hour special on CBS. (© David Gordon)The 2017 Kennedy Center Honors, held on December 3 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will air tonight at 9pm on CBS. This year's honorees are American dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, Cuban-American singer-songwriter and actor Gloria Estefan, American hip-hop artist and entertainment icon LL Cool J, American television writer and producer Norman Lear, and American musician and record producer Lionel Richie. Estefan was part of the 2015-16 Broadway season, lending her music to the biomusical On Your Feet!, now touring the United States. Lavallade, a dancer and choreographer, also has several Broadway credits, including House of Flowers, Hot Spot, Josephine Baker, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Tonight's broadcast marks the Kennedy Center's 40th annual awards ceremony, which honors lifetime artist..

Dan Talbot, In Memoriam: Exploring His Incalculable Legacy

Daniel Talbot, a distributor and exhibitor of enormous influence over specialized exhibition and distribution as well as the international film world, died Friday in Manhattan. He was 91. A memorial was held Sunday, December 31 at the Riverside Memorial Chapel with a capacity audience including many leading New York specialized players. Talbot’s wife and business partner, Toby Talbot, as well as daughters Nina, Emily and Sara attended the memorial, where the family spoke fondly about Talbot’s love for the comedian W.C. Fields. W.C. Fields in “Old Fashioned Way” Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock Another more public post-holiday event marking the closing of the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas is scheduled on January 28 in New York. The last few weeks have seen Talbot’s legacy celebrated with reaction to the unexpected announcement that the six-screen Upper West Side theater would close at the end of January, at the expiration of its lease. Milstein Properties, who have been the Talbots’ co-partners in t..

Theater: Dragon founder Meredith Hagedorn to step away

A big challenge lies ahead for Dragon Productions Theatre Company, after founder and artistic director Meredith Hagedorn announced that she is leaving the organization by the end of this year. “I know that the odds for small theater companies after the founder steps away are kind of low,” said Hagedorn in an interview on Tuesday. “But I’m truly hoping that people can see what we accomplished, I hope that people see we are an asset in Redwood City, and step up to keep it going.” Hagedorn, an actor and director, started the company from scratch 17 years ago, with help from husband James Kasyan, producing plays at in San Francisco, MACLA San Jose, the Palo Alto Art Center, the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre. Her goal was to provide more opportunities for local actors — including herself — and to stage rarely seen plays and provide “more juicy roles for women.” After six nomadic years, she found a storefront in Palo Alto and put a 40-se..

Nicholas Christopher To Star In Hamilton Tour

Bermudian actor Nicholas Christopher continues his impressive career, with his next role to see him starring in the national tour of the hit musical Hamilton, playing the role of Aaron Burr. Christopher currently plays John in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon and played George Washington in Hamilton on Broadway. The musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation’s first treasury secretary, according to Theatermania. The musical won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography, and Orchestrations. The tour gets underway in San Diego, California, and will visit a number of cities including Seattle, Denver, Portland, St Louis, Salt Lake City, Houston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Boston, Charlotte and more. Related StoriesRead More About#GoodNews#NicholasChristopher#Theatre Category: All, Entertai..

2017: A year of turmoil on local arts scene

A community theater that attracts more attention for what's happening off-stage than on-stage is a community theater in turmoil. For most of the spring and summer, the Civic, as a rebranding effort now labels the venerable theater, dealt with sexual harassment allegations against the theater's artistic director and was embroiled in a dispute with a group of volunteers. Along the way, the theater's popular artistic director, Greg Miller, was let go, adding another layer of unrest. The summer show was canceled and ticket sales for initial shows in the season have lagged. Then, the Civic had to go to the City Council and ask for an $80,000 funding advance to meet expenses. The show must go on, however, and somehow the Civic righted the ship enough to launch the season with the musical "Urinetown" in September. Since then, the Civic has carried a normal main stage schedule, thanks to guest directors, fresh talent, a dedicated staff and a cohort of returning and new volunteer..

Art Around the County 01.04.18

VENTURE GALLERY 260 Alvarado St., Monterey. 372-6279, venturegallery.com +2 “Klimt Symbols” by William Eatmon. Tribute to Gustav Klimt is now viewable 10am-6pm daily, until Jan. 30. A reception happens Jan. 19 from 6-8pm. MUNDO’S SANDWICH & BURGER HOUSE, 170 Webster St., Monterey. 905-0461. +2 Martha Hogan“Cobra” by Martha Hogan. The 2017 photo exhibition of the Batista Moon Studio photographers is viewable 10am-5pm daily until Jan. 27. SWEET ELENA’S, 465 Olympia Ave., Sand City. 393-2063, sweetelenas.com +2 “Adrift in Connie’s Room,” by Jim Casteel, who passed away in 2016. Several of Casteel’s works are still viewable and for sale ($100-$600) from 8am-5pm Thu-Fri and 9am-3pm Sat. Riddle 1.04.18: Did you hear about the new corduroy pillows?• • • (scroll for answer) • • • (scroll for answer) • • • ANSWER: …Apparently, they’re making headlines. Let's block ads! (Why?)

BANDOLIER PROJECT Preserving Native American history

There’s a white sheet covering a large object front and center in the education gallery at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art. The room filled with people Mary Settle Cooney, Tennessee Valley Art Association executive director, assembled to witness the unveiling of a historic addition that is key to the museum's educational mission. There was conversation and laughter as Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, and his wife, Martha, mingled with Tuscumbia Mayor Kerry Underwood and Ken Blackstock of the Colbert County Community Development Commission, as well as representatives from the Junior League of the Shoals, current and past TVAA board members and staff. The lights flickered to indicate the start of the program, which focused on the importance of preserving the area’s Native American heritage and culminated with the unveiling of a replica of a bandolier strap once owned by local Chickasaw Chief George Colbert. Buddy Whitlock, a member of the TVAA board of directors, took the podi..

Is Victoria Theater on the way to the $3.2 million funding needed?

By JANE MCCLURE Rehabilitation of the historic Victoria Theater has again stepped into the spotlight. The St. Paul City Council, acting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Board, approved two key pieces of project funding Dec. 13. A $200,000 grant was awarded to Land Bank Twin Cities for immediate building rehabilitation work. And, a $412,000 forgivable HRA loan was given to the nonprofit Victoria Theater Arts Center for acquisition and rehabilitation of the old building for use as a community arts center. About $250,000 is earmarked for the purchase price, and the rest would cover some building rehabilitation and holding costs. HRA approval was greeted with cheers by a group of theater supporters at the meeting. The city funds are seen as opening the curtain to additional grant dollars. The group last week got a $150,000 grant from the Hardenbergh Foundation, which supports projects in the east metro. Director of Planning and Economic Development Jonathan Sage-Martinson s..

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