The good people at VAI – Video Artists International – continue mining the gold of old kinescopes of early television shows much to the delight of musical theater lovers. Four new discs featuring performances by the likes of Alfred Drake, Celeste Holm, Barbara Cook, and Jo Sullivan document the genre of the “Spectaculars” that presented full musicals – some written for TV and some adapted for the medium. [Read more...]
Yesterday marked the one month anniversary of the massacre of 6 teachers and 20 school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Last night, on The Rachel Maddow Show, parents of 6 year old Ben Wheeler talked with Ms. Maddow about how they, and all the parents of the Sandy Hook victims, want the country to keep working through all the issues necessary so that we keep our promise to our children, to our future, that we will keep them safe. “Parent”, David Wheeler said, is defined as ‘point of origin.’” The resolution of the problem of gun violence which occurs in this country and in this city nearly every day, needs everyone to ‘parent’ it. [Read more...]
William Inge is one of those mid-20th century American playwrights who started late (he was 30 when his first play, Come Back, Little Sheba arrived on Broadway). It was a success, and ultimately was turned into a movie starring the same Shirley Booth who, after twenty years as a supporting player, became a genuine star in the role of Lola Delaney. [Read more...]