Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Jonathan Edmondson

‘Pippin’ musical continues to dazzle audiences

Broadway’s recent production of “Pippin,” which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2013, continues to be a smashing success.

The Awards Forecast: Who will win Best Actor?

2014 Oscar Nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale, “American Hustle” Bruce Dern, “Nebraska” Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street” Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years...

Star-studded film ‘Osage County’ delivers

At one point during “August: Osage County,” the two-hour comedy-drama set in Osage County, Okla., the external temperature reaches an excruciating 108 degrees. This blast of heat, however, has nothing on the familial drama sizzling within the four walls of the Weston home.

Oscar ‘Best Picture’ surprise nominations

In recent years, the Oscars have become far more than just an award show. The race to claim one of the infamous golden statues has become an obsession for not only those involved in the entertainment industry, but also for those keeping score at home.

Acting proves to ignite ‘Catching Fire’

From the very first shot of the film, it is evident that “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is about far more than a survival competition between unfortunate kids from 12 distinct districts.

‘The Voice’ wins over viewers

On last Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice,” NBC’s reality singing competition, the Twitter instant save was introduced. When the bottom three were revealed, America had five minutes to take to Twitter and tweet to save its favorite artist using a hashtag. This type of audience power was met with excellent feedback.

Arts are in need of support after recent closings

Last week, the Broadway musical “First Date,” which I reviewed for The Signal a few weeks ago, announced that it would end its short run in January. On Sunday night, “Big Fish,” starring Norbert Leo Butz, announced that it would end its run at the end of the December. The revival of “Annie” will also close its doors early next year.

Opera’s fight for survival in the 21st century

Opera companies may be struggling financially, but the art form still thrives among students and music enthusiasts.

Mirror can be menace for men, as well as girls

When I was a little boy I would wander into my living room and find my family, eyes glued to the television screen. My mother, father, sister and grandmother were all intensely watching whatever athletic event was happening on screen. I would feign interest for a few moments before I was utterly confused and simply bored by what was happening, then plod over to my action figures and play silently in a corner.

Not so blown away by Windy City’s musical

'Chicago' has been Broadway's longest running musical, but based on recent showings, it has not aged well.

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