Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Theater News: Broadway's Original Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown, Leads Goodspeed Workshop of Queen Mother

The new musical examines the life of silent film star Charlie Chaplin's mother, Hannah Hill.

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Charlie Ward review affecting and constantly surprising by Lyn Gardner

Cinema Museum, LondonSound&Fury's innovative installation movingly brings to life the role of Charlie Chaplin films in healing injured troops Continue reading...

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Ashley Brown, Katie Klaus & More to Lead QUEEN MOTHER Readings in NYC this Week by BroadwayWorld

In recent weeks the cast and creative team of the new musical Queen Mother, which chronicles the life of Hannah Hill, Charlie Chaplin's troubled mother, have been in residence on the Goodspe…

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Amazing Grace Musical to Have World Premiere in Chicago Before Heading to Broadway by Lauren Yarger

Josh Young performs "Testimony" from Amazing Grace on June 23 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. in Chicago.  Photo: Amy Boyle Photography.Casting is complete for the world…

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Friday, July 18, 2014

City of dance: San Francisco Ballet's feverish summer in Paris by Judith Mackrell

From Charlie Chaplin to Bauhaus, SFB goes for variety with 16 one-act ballets for its Paris summer seasonIn London, we've got used to the summer diary being taken over by visiting Russians, …

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Charlie Chaplin is “A Woman” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Charlie Chaplin short A Woman (1915). In this Essanay comedy, Chaplin plays his usual park masher, who ends up coming home with Edna Pur…

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “The Vagabond” by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the release date of Charlie Chaplin’s The Vagabond (1916). The Vagabond was a great leap forward in terms of Chaplin’s story telling artistry, yet…

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Free Chaplin Shorts Tonight at Abrons Arts Center by Trav S.D.

Tonight at sunset at the Abrons Arts Center’s Amphitheatre, the Urban Drive-In will be presenting a free bill of Charlie Chaplin shorts, accompanied by live original piano and string …

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Century of Slapstick #42: Laughing Gas by Trav S.D.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the release date of the Charlie Chaplin comedy Laughing Gas.  Chaplin directed this film all on his own; from this point on he would direct every one of h…

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tomorrow A.M. on TCM: A King in New York by Trav S.D.

Set your DVRs, chillun! Tomorrow morning at 4:30 E.S.T., Turner Classic Movies will be presenting Charlie Chaplin’s penultimate film A King in New York (1957). If you’ve not ye…

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Arbuckle, Keaton & St. John in “Good Night, Nurse!” by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle comedy Good Night, Nurse (1918), featuring Buster Keaton, Al St. John and Alice Lake.  This short seems at least par…

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Midnight on TCM: A Woman of Paris by Trav S.D.

Tonight at midnight on TCM, Charlie Chaplin’s 1923 melodrama masterpiece A Woman of Paris. (He wanted us to call him “Charles” at this stage. You’ll never find a gre…

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “The Gold Rush” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Charlie Chaplin masterpiece The Gold Rush (1925). I first saw this film in a school assembly at around the time of its 50th anniversary. …

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Close the Coalhouse Door , Coliseum Theatre, Oldham by Roger Foss

Coliseum Theatre, Oldham: After Lee Hall's additional new opening scene, set in the present day when the door has practically slammed shut on mining coal in Britain, Alan Plater's …

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Laurel and Hardy in “County Hospital” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the release date of the classic Laurel and Hardy comedy County Hospital (1932), directed by James Parrott. I think of this movie as the archetypical “guy …

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “Work” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the release date of the 1915 Charlie Chaplin comedy Work.  This is an interesting example of Charlie the low comedian: in his early years there were many times w…

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Century of Slapstick #41: Mabel’s Married Life by Trav S.D.

  Today is the 100th anniversary of the release date of Mabel’s Married Life, directed by Mack Sennett and starring Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand.  In this film Charlie plays a …

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Honeymoon in Vegas Confirms Broadway Dates & Theater; Tony Danza, Rob McClure & Brynn O'Malley Will Star by Ryan McPhee

What happens on Broadway...well, you know. As previously speculated, the musical comedy Honeymoon in Vegas will move into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Based on the 1992 film of the same name…

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “The Immigrant” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the release date of the classic Charlie Chaplin short The Immigrant (1917). Nowadays the film is almost always talked about in terms of its social commentary: s…

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “Sunnyside” by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Charlie Chaplin film Sunnyside (1919). Sunnyside is a sort of bucolic idyll, or a parody of one, with a rural setting we associate mo…

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

This Weekend at Anthology: Chaplin! by Trav S.D.

As you’ve heard me crow for months, we are in the centennial year of Charlie Chaplin’s motion picture debut. New York’s Anthology Film Archives is acknowledging that benchm…

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Century of Slapstick #40: Mabel’s Busy Day by Trav S.D.

  Today is the 100th anniversary of the release of the all-star Keystone comedy Mabel’s Busy Day. This is one of those shorts that, rather annoyingly, nowadays gets marketed and writ…

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in “The Fireman” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Charlie Chaplin comedy The Fireman (1916). Sometimes even a brilliant comedian will get an otherwise great idea that just somehow isn…

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Century of Slapstick #39: The Knockout by Trav S.D.

 Today is the anniversary of the release date of the all-star Keystone comedy The Knockout (1914), directed by Mack Sennett.   The Knockout is one of the premiere boxing comedies. Toda…

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

AFTER MIDNIGHT's Warren Carlyle Wins Tony for Best Choreography by BroadwayWorld

AFTER MIDNIGHT's Warren Carlyle has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Choreography. Mr. Carlyle was the choreographer of Chaplin, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Finian's Rainbow 2 Drama Desk …

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ACT ONE's Beowulf Boritt Wins Tony for Best Scenic Design of a Play by BroadwayWorld

ACT ONE's Beowulf Boritt has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play. Act One marks Boritt's LCT debut. His Broadway credits include The Scottsboro Boys Tony nomination, Son…

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Century of Slapstick #38: Her Friend the Bandit by Trav S.D.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the release date of the Charlie Chaplin-Mabel Normand short Her Friend the Bandit. It is a testament to the popularity of Chaplin that this is the only one…

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What You Missed at the 2014 Theatre World Awards by Linda

For me, the highlight of theater award season is the Theatre World Awards ceremony. It recognizes twelve actors making a significant, reviewable Broadway or Off-Broadway debut. The recipient…

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Spotlight On...Jason Wise by Michael Block

Name: Jason WiseHometown: Outer SpaceEducation: Here & unfortunately there.Select Credits: Director/Choreographer: 50th Anniversary Concert of Fiddler on the Roof honoring Sheldon Harnic…

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Century of Slapstick #37: The Fatal Mallet by Trav S.D.

  Today is the 100th anniversary of the release date of the Keystone short The Fatal Mallet.  In this outdoor comedy, no less than three self-styled suitors vie for Mabel Normand’s …

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

“The Sea Gull” a.k.a. “A Woman of the Sea” by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of Josef Von Sternberg (1894-1969). In light of the current book I’m hawking with all its incipient Chaplin-mania, we have the perfect angle on Von Sternberg to t…

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