Stephen Sondheim celebrated by Dench, Peters at London gala
Dozens of stars of musical theater gathered Tuesday night for a celebration titled "Old Friends" to raise money for the Stephen Sondheim Foundation, which will benefit young composers. “He always considered London his second home,” producer Cameron Mackintosh, who organized the event, told the sellout crowd of about 1,100 at a theater renamed the Sondheim from the Queen’s in 2019. There was a minimal set and some cast members were costumed during a flowing program that showcased Sondheim's Tony, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize-winning work. As young singers joined the full company for the concluding “Our Time,” Peters crossed the stage exchanging hugs as confetti fell and Dench appeared to be holding back tears. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
5 Grammy storylines to watch ahead of Sunday’s awards show
Music-Grammys Preview FILE - Olivia Rodrigo performs "Good 4 U" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Rodrigo is nominated for seven Grammy Awards. Pop darling Rodrigo’s debut album, “Sour,” has been nominated for seven awards, including best new artist, album of the year, song of the year and record of the year. Meanwhile, Ye has 22 Grammys and is nominated for five more, including album of the year for “Donda,” the network reported. >> Related: Grammy Awards: Ye, aka Kanye West, pulled from performer lineupBTS ready to extend its string of first with a win.wftv.com
New this week: 'Turning Red,' Ryan Reynolds and Mooski album
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Canadian rocker Bryan Adams and a Stephen Sondheim tribute from Betty Buckley, Ryan Reynolds starring as a time-traveling pilot in Netflix’s “The Adam Project” and a small-town murder case gets some big-star wattage in NBC’s “The Thing About Pam” with Renée Zellweger.
Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ and the Bizarre Role of Guns in American Culture
But Sondheim brilliantly deployed musical theater to explore America’s curious fascination with firearms and the pivotal role of assassinations in the republic’s history. To Sondheim, assassins, like everybody else, are in pursuit of the American dream. His score consists of uniquely American musical styles drawn from different periods of U.S. history, including ragtime, patriotic marches and folk ballads. The assassins, who saw themselves as the “good guys with guns,” are, in a perverse way, the epitome of American individualism. William Shakespeare used his more speculative plays to comment on oppression within his own society, at a time when the Protestant Queen Elizabeth was harshly persecuting Catholics.flaglerlive.com
Broadway honors Stephen Sondheim with ‘Sunday’ show in Times Square
NEW YORK — Broadway stars turned out to pay tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim with a special performance of “Sunday” in Times Square. “His music is what got me into music, his music is what got me into theater,” Groban told the television station. “This felt like church,” Bareilles told Variety. https://t.co/tKLRtMBYsU — Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) November 28, 2021The event was produced by Erich Bergen and co-presented by the Broadway League, the Times Square Alliance and Playbill, Variety reported. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 31 Stephen Sondheim through the years 1968: Singer/songwriter Laura Nyro relaxes at an apartment with fellow songwriter Stephen Sondheim on October 3, 1968 in New York City, New York.wftv.com
From 1995: Stephen Sondheim's ground-breaking work
Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim died on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at the age of 91. In this "Sunday Morning" report that originally aired October 22, 1995, host Charles Osgood interviews Sondheim about his body of work, from "West Side Story," "Gypsy," and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," to "Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods," "Passion," and "Company," a revival of which was playing to sold-out audiences. They also discuss his mentor, Oscar Hammerstein II, and the importance of teachers.news.yahoo.com
Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy! restaurant to open in Winter Park next week
Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy! restaurant to open in Winter Park next weekWINTER PARK, Fla. — Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is set to open a chicken restaurant in Winter Park next week. READ: Army father spends first Thanksgiving with family in two yearsAccording to its website, “Chicken Guy! READ: 9 things to do this weekend: FusionFest, EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays & moreIn addition to chicken tenders, Chicken Guy! offers variations of Chicken Guy Fries, Mac Daddy Mac ‘N’ Cheese, American Slaw and Flavortown Shakes.wftv.com
Bob Dylan artwork show opens in Florida, new cinema paintings
MIAMI — (AP) — Bob Dylan has been telling stories through songs for 60 years. The most comprehensive exhibition of the Nobel laureate’s visual art to be held in the U.S. goes on display on Tuesday in Miami at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. Previous paintings reflect images of America from the point of view of a road traveler. Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, said it will be its first ticketed event since the museum first opened in 2008. Florida International University will be holding a symposium on Dylan inviting scholars to discuss the songwriter’s entire body of work.wftv.com
Plenty of sunshine throughout Saturday, temps remain cool
ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s a cold start to Saturday. Throughout the day, we’ll have loads of sunshine and temperatures will stay cool. Highs will peak in the upper 60s and low 70s. The cold weather will stick around Saturday night and lows will be widespread in the 40s. Read: Body found in Lake Ivanhoe is missing person Brian Bone, family confirmsOn Sunday, we’ll have some extra clouds moving into the area, but it will remain cold, with highs in the 60s and low 70s.wftv.com
City of Winter Garden launches ‘Living Local’ campaign ahead of Small Business Saturday
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — In September, the City of Winter Garden launched a “Living Local” campaign, aimed at building awareness of the city’s attributes and promoting small businesses. READ: Towering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim dies at 91Winter Garden business owner Natalie Galligan says she’s hoping for a big boost this weekend. “As a small business owner, you realize there is never a given,” Galligan said. For Small Business Saturday, she hopes customers will shop local, and a lot. You won’t find this online”Conway traveled from North Carolina to see family in Winter garden, and do some local spending.wftv.com
Musical theater icon Stephen Sondheim dies at 91
Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim attends the "Remembering Lenny" A Gala Celebration Of Leonard Bernstein during the 2014 New York Festival of Song at Carnegie Hall on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images, File)Stephen Sondheim, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning songwriter who became one of the nation’s most influential musical theater composers, died Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, according to multiple reports. In a career spanning more than six decades, Sondheim earned praise for his evocative, adventurous lyrics, The Associated Press reported. He won eight Tony Awards – the most of any single composer – eight Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Thank you, Stephen Sondheim, for so much brilliance in the theatre and sharing your music with us all.wftv.com
Towering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim dies at 91
Stephen Sondheim FILE - Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim poses after being awarded the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony at the Guildhall in London, on Sept. 27, 2018. Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century, has died at age 91. Sondheim’s Texas-based attorney, Rick Pappas, told The New York Times the composer died Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. He was sometimes criticized as a composer of unhummable songs, a badge that didn’t bother Sondheim. He was sometimes criticized as a composer of unhummable songs, a badge that didn’t bother Sondheim.wftv.com
Joe Allen, whose bistro was a Broadway draw, dies at 87
FILE - Joe Allen, proprietor of Joe Allen's restaurant poses behind the bar in New York on Nov. 10, 2005. Allen died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Hampton, New Hampshire, according to Jason Woodruff, a former staffer for the Allen family of restaurants who spoke to the family. Allen died Sunday in Hampton, New Hampshire, according to Jason Woodruff, a former staffer for the Allen family of restaurants who spoke to the family. Many of the servers at Joe Allen were actors earning paychecks when not onstage. At its height, Joe Allen had an outpost in Paris.
Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian dies at 83
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2006 file photo, Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian poses in front of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, home of the revival of " A Chorus Line," in New York. Avian died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 of cardiac arrest at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, He was 83. (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada, File)NEW YORK – Bob Avian, a Tony Award-winning choreographer who had a role in some of the most beloved and influential shows on Broadway, including “Dreamgirls,” “A Chorus Line,” “Follies” and “Miss Saigon,” has died. Avian earned six Tony nominations and won twice, for choreographing “Ballroom” and co-choreographing “A Chorus Line.” He won an Oliver Award for choreographing Boublil and Schonberg's musical “Martin Guerre” in London. Avian's association with “A Chorus Line” continued when he directed the 2006 revival on Broadway and the London revival at the Palladium in 2013.
Tony-nominated Broadway star Rebecca Luker dies at 59
FILE - Rebecca Luker, left, and her husband Danny Burstein arrive at the 73rd annual Tony Awards in New York on June 9, 2019. Luker, 59, a three-time Tony nominated actor who starred in some of the biggest Broadway hits of the past three decades, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, said Sarah Fargo, her agent. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Soprano Rebecca Luker, a three-time Tony nominated actor who starred in some of the biggest Broadway hits of the past three decades, died Wednesday. She was 59Her death was announced by her husband, veteran Broadway actor Danny Burstein, who said in a statement “our family is devastated. Luker made her Broadway debut in 1988 in “The Phantom of the Opera” first as an understudy to Sarah Brightman and then playing Christine opposite the legendary Michael Crawford.
New this week: 'Soul,' a Tom Hanks film & 'Bridgerton' on TV
This image released by Disney-Pixar shows the character 22, voiced by Tina Fey, left, and Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx, in a scene from the animated film "Soul." But with more than half of U.S. theaters closed, two of the biggest movies of the year — “Soul” and “Wonder Woman 1984” — will be going straight to streaming. — Also arriving Christmas Day is “Wonder Woman 1984,” Patty Jenkins' sequel to her barrier-breaking 2017 film. With Gal Gadot returning, “Wonder Woman 1984” fast-forwards from 1918 to the “greed is good” decade. — AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy___Catch up on AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.
Rosanne Cash wins prestigious MacDowell arts medal
FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Rosanne Cash attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. The singer-songwriter is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal, presented by the MacDowell artist colony, which announced the prize Sunday, May 17, 2020. The singer-songwriter is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal, presented by the MacDowell artist colony, which announced the prize Sunday. In a statement issued through MacDowell, Cash said she was profoundly humbled to receive an award that Morrison and others had been given. Cash will be formally honored at the MacDowell colony, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Theater Review: 'Spamilton' parody musical entertains, but gets lost in its own cleverness
Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter. Do you openly despise Broadway musicals, especially the ones that are popular and profitable, yet still have an obsessive knowledge of their creators and songs? Then you and perhaps only you are the target audience for. Perhaps the best thing aboutis that, at just over 70 minutes long with no intermission, it could easily be pared down to an hour and turned into a Fringe Festival production. Outside of off-off-Broadway, thats probably the best home for this amusing but shallow show, where it could find the cynical choir it wants to preach to.orlandoweekly.com
Why "I Feel Pretty" is not in the "West Side Story" Revival
Stephen Sondheim cringes when he hears "I Feel Pretty," a fan favorite from his musical "West Side Story." Director Ivo van Hove and producer Scott Rudin decided to omit the tune to speed up the pace of their 2020 revival. "It's alarming how charming I feel," Sondheim remarked to correspondent Bill Whitaker in 2020. "Can you imagine a Puerto Rican girl who's just arrived in the country and she's singing it's alarming how charming I feel?" The lyricist and composer wanted to change the words to the song after the musical workshopped in Washington, D.C., but was overruled by its other creators.cbsnews.com
"West Side Story" lyrics still embarrass Sondheim
"West Side Story" returns to Broadway this week in a drastic new incarnation of the classic musical by Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim. Sixty-two years ago, "West Side Story" performed for 732 Broadway audiences and introduced the world to Stephen Sondheim. But Sondheim said he's actually embarrassed by the lyrics he wrote for the musical. "I've always been somewhat critical of my work on 'West Side Story,'" Sondheim told 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker, "There are moments in it that embarrass me-- I'll give you a poetic one. Sondheim is again involved in the Broadway production, collaborating with a pair of Tony Award winners in director Ivo van Hove and producer Scott Rudin.cbsnews.com