Monthly Archive for December, 2008

: December, 2008

A live (and digital) New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Tomorrow night, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers are doing a special New Year’s Eve show at the Ridgefield Playhouse that will, no doubt, be a celebration of the special power and excitement of live

When Jackie met Mona

I can’t remember the last time a non-fiction book charmed and moved me as much as “Mona Lisa in Camelot” (DaCapo Press), Margaret Leslie Davis’s wonderful new book about the brief visit of Leonardo Da

Eartha Kitt, R.I.P.

The ageless Eartha Kitt exuded icy glamour in most of her stage, film and TV appearances, but offstage she was remarkably warm and down to earth. The star who died yesterday at the age of 81 told me

Jennifer Aniston faces 30 + 10

Have you seen the new January GQ? There on the cover is everybody’s favorite girl-next-door — Jennifer Aniston — stripped almost-naked, carrying on like she has always dreamed of being Barbi Benton,

The amazing Alexandre Desplat

Most movie music is so disposable that it barely registers on a viewer. In one of the big industrial Hollywood action films, the music is generally dwarfed by the ear-splitting sound effects —

Murder & old-time tourist kitsch cross paths in Florida

Cynthia Baxter is using the world of travel journalism as the background for a new mystery series that begins with “Murder Packs a Suitcase” (Bantam Books). Baxter is already responsible for a very

Disney + “Wicked” = “Shrek The Musical”

Can a big new mixed-bag Broadway show like “Shrek The Musical” survive the current economic downturn? Already the financial forecast for January and February is so grim that about a dozen Broadway

Thawed & abandoned

Last night, I screened a DVD version of the hard-to-classify comedy, “Freezer Burn,” that is receiving its local premiere tomorrow night at 8 at the Community Theatre in Fairfield. The movie is the

Broadway’s best go caroling again

Listening to each year’s new “Carols for a Cure” album has become one of my favorite holiday season traditions. For the past ten years, members of the casts of every musical on Broadway have recorded

John Frankenheimer’s 1964 paranoid classic

Two years after he made the great political thriller/satire, “The Manchurian Candidate,” director John Frankenheimer made another film in a similar vein, “Seven Days in May,” that isn’t nearly as well