| Feb 25, 2013
| 10:53 AM
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — When Chris Tucker and Jon Voight are grooving side by side to Rick James' "Give It To Me, Baby," you know the surreal dream that is the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party is playing out again.
For many of the nominees and...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 1:25 PM
NEW YORK — A man in a Manhattan rehearsal room asks a young boy a question: "No soccer game this week?" A look crosses the kid's face. You can read love, loneliness, contempt. "It's not soccer season anymore, Dad."
Chastened, the man talks of...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 11:43 AM
"Big Fish," the Broadway musical (book by John August and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa) based on the fantastical Tim Burton movie, has announced the dates for its pre-New York engagement in Chicago. The show, directed and choreographed by Susan...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 11:00 AM
NEW YORK — Recently, writer John August watched a DVD of "Big Fish," the 2003 film directed by Tim Burton for which he wrote the screenplay.
He says it was an enjoyable but odd experience.
"I kept wondering, 'Why aren't they singing?'" recalls...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 10:21 AM
"Big Fish," the new musical based on the 2003 Tim Burton movie -- as well as the original novel by Daniel Wallace -- made its big splash on Broadway over the weekend, opening at the Neil Simon Theatre.
With an A-list Broadway team, including actor...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 2:27 PM
Stephen Anthony, the baby-faced star of Troika Entertainment's production of "Catch Me If You Can," will not be spending his whole career on the non-Equity touring circuit. This charming young performer has one of those light Broadway voices that offer...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 5:16 PM
With British and Irish yarns so dominant at the higher end of Broadway, time surely is ripe for an American family musical, at once fantastical and emotional, with its heart in family reconciliation and its roots in the florid storytelling culture of...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 7:27 AM
A group of influential screenwriters will converge on Chicago this weekend, including Lucy Alibar (whose script for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was nominated for an Oscar this year) and Bob Gale (who wrote all three "Back to the Future" films).
| Apr 23, 2013
| 3:18 PM
One of the producers of the musical "Big Fish" is none other than Mr. Fins himself, singer Jimmy Buffett. And he's catching the show tonight (Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.) at the Oriental Theatre in the Loop, where it's having its pre-Broadway premiere...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 9:16 AM
April can be the cruelest or the kindest month for a critic, but it most certainly is the busiest month in the Chicago theater. Over the last 30 days, I've seen about 30 shows in Chicago and New York. I'm gonna get right to the point here; there are...
| May 2, 2013
On Saturday night, the Lyric Opera of Chicago officially gets into the business of Broadway musicals.
The Lyric's production of "Oklahoma," as directed by Gary Griffin, is certainly not the venerable opera company's first foray into the Broadway...