| Jan 25, 2012
| 1:43 PM
The director, Phyllida Lloyd, has moved on to a movie about Margaret Thatcher, but the song stylings of ABBA will surely outlast the Iron Lady. And "Mamma Mia!", the story of a girl with three potential dads on a Greek island where they have no Facebook,...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 1:30 PM
As they prepare for their Chicago opening Wednesday, the cast of the touring cheerleader musical "Bring It On" is sitting, cheerfully, in Des Moines, Iowa, working on major changes to its Broadway-bound show.
In essence, the producers (Mike Isaacson and...
| Oct 18, 2011
| 5:46 PM
"Charles Dickens at Home"
Published in time for the bicentennial of Charles Dickens' birth next year, this handsome and richly illustrated book is a must for Dickens aficionados. Author Hilary Macaskill captures the details of Dickens' remarkable life...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 7:33 AM
Onstage the ABBA love letter "Mamma Mia!"made the jukebox-musical trick look easy and enjoyable. On screen, less enjoyment, more strain — but people love their ABBA, their Meryl Streep and their Greek islands. And the movie did the trick for those...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 12:14 PM
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" will be at the top of the box office food chain for the second consecutive weekend, beating out two new star-studded arrivals.
DreamWorks Animation's 3-D sequel is expected to gross at least $30 million this...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 6:14 PM
“Rock of Ages” is adapted from a stage musical that — in the manner of “Mamma Mia” and “Jersey Boys” — uses a story as an excuse to resurrect bygone hits with emotional resonance for an aging demographic....
| Mar 11, 2012
| 7:40 AM
All you had to do was hear the phrase "Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher" to know the performance would be Oscar-worthy, and indeed, it ended up earning the actress her third Academy Award.
In reteaming with "Mamma Mia!" director Phyllida Lloyd, the...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 7:17 AM
It's been a good week for "Les Miserables," which was nominated this morning for the Academy Award for best picture.
Its songs are more than 25 years old, but that isn't stopping the movie's fans from rushing out to buy (and presumably download) the...
| Jan 17, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
First Jennifer Lawrence had “House at the End of the Street.” Now her fellow best actress Oscar nominee, Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), has her own PG-13-rated horror nonsense with “Mama,”...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 9:58 AM
Actress Lesley Nicol was in Chicago for a few days minus the white apron and cap she wears in the kitchen of PBS-TV’s “Downton Abbey.” She was here to bring the story of legendary English pianist Myra Hess to a sold-out crowd at the...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 1:49 PM
"The Book of Mormon" will be in good company when the 2013-14 series of touring Broadway shows opens in Orlando in the fall.
"War Horse," the 2011 best-play Tony winner, and "Once," the Tonys' best musical of 2012, will join "The Book of Mormon" when...