Going forward with a famous musical is generally a matter of copying. After all, if you are putting on “Annie” or “Nunsense” you aren’t going to change things—just try to do a crowd-pleasing show as well as you can.
But that’s not the case with Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “Three Penny Opera.”
Hollywood actor Richard Jenkins and his wife will return to Trinity Rep next year to co-direct the musical Oliver.
Richard Jenkins is best known for his role in HBO’s Six Feet Under and the 2008 film “The Visitor.” But before he hit it big in Hollywood Jenkins and his wife Sharon were part of Trinity Rep – she was a choreographer and he was an actor and later the artistic director.
The couple will return next season to co-direct the musical “Oliver.” Trinity Rep’s artistic director Curt Columbus said audiences can expect to see a smart production.
Back in the late 1940s and early ‘50s the talk along the New York Rialto was about whether Tennessee Williams could broaden his approach. Sure, the critics and others said, he’s written great plays such as the ever-so-human “Glass Menagerie” and the stinging “A Streetcar Named Desire.” But can he go in other directions, take us to new places?
Watching the Gamm’s splendid, perfectly sharp, gloriously acted production of “Beauty Queen” was, for me at least, a trip down two very different roads. On one hand, I kept thinking of the legions of travel advertisements we’ve all seen. Ahh, the green of Ireland, the rolling hills, the charming little towns, the friendly pubs. Where have you gone Rick Steves?
This Saturday the Rhode Island Philharmonic tackles Mahler’s massive second symphony. Around 200 musicians will assemble at Veterans Memorial Auditorium Saturday, May 8th, to perform this gigantic work.
This is Gustav Mahler’s second symphony. The Resurrection. It’s a powerful piece of work, that requires a huge number of performers. And it has impact. It was recently performed by the New York Philharmonic for the tenth anniversary of September 11th. As Rhode Island Philharmonic conductor Larry Rachleff says, it’s a symphony about life.
Local baseball fans are accustomed to watching Sunday afternoon games and getting a beer at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket or Fenway Park in Boston. But it wasn’t always this way. A new book by the Providence Journal’s deputy editorial page editor, Edward Achorn, describes how Sunday games and beer sales were once controversial. His book, “The Summer of Beer and Whiskey,” describes 1883 as the groundbreaking season that remade baseball as the national pastime.
The humble list is the focus of a new exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum. The lists provide added insight into the artists who kept them.
The RISD Museum has on display a collection of 80 lists, most of them written by artists. The collection is on loan from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. The most prominent artist featured is Pablo Picasso. A yellowed four-by six-inch piece of paper contains his recommendations of artists for a 1913 exhibition.