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The Out 100 2015 Gala Celebration

Joel Grey - The Out 100 2015 Gala Celebration - Arrivals - New York, United States - Wednesday 11th November 2015

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Drama League Centennial Gala - Arrivals

Joel Grey - The Drama League's Centennial Gala honoring Bernadette Peters held at The Plaza Hotel - Arrivals. at The Plaza Hotel, - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 2nd November 2015

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'Old Times' Opening Night At The American Airlines Theatre - Arrivals

Joel Grey - 'Old Times' opening night at the American Airlines Theatre - Arrivals at American Airlines Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 7th October 2015

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After Party Celebrating Misty Copeland In Her Broadway Debut In 'On The Town'

Joel Grey - After party celebrating Misty Copeland in her Broadway debut in 'On The Town' at The Lamb's Club - Arrivals at The Lamb's Club, - New York, United States - Tuesday 25th August 2015

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John Opening Party Arrivals

Joel Grey - Opening night party for the play John at the Signature Theatre - Arrivals. at Signature Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 11th August 2015

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First Time In 40 Years: Liza Minnelli To Perform At Royal Festival Hall, London


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Liza Minnelli is returning to London's Royal Festival Hall next year and frankly we can't contain our excitement much more.

The stage, screen and studio star will be performing at the Royal Festival Hall to celebrate the hit musical Cabaret next year, forty years after she last performed at the famed venue. Her last performance there came during the hugely successful 'Liza With A Z' tour and come March 2013 it will be as if she never left, as Minnelli will be performing many of the songs that she took with her all those years ago.

After the announcement of her upcoming performance, which will take place in March 2013 (an exact date is yet to be given), she told the press in an official statement, "I'm always so excited to perform in London, I have so many friends and fans there I consider it my second home. And to be returning to the Royal Festival Hall after all this time is thrilling." Liza's performance is part of the Southbank Centre's 'Berlin in the '20s and '30s' weekend, which will also include a screening of Cabaret, for which Minnelli won the Best Actress Oscar in 1973.

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The Fantasticks Review


Unbearable
After 40 continuous years of off-Broadway performances, the musical sensation of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt comes inexplicably to the big screen. That's right, folks. All the dancing, singing, and mindbogglingly stupid antics of off-Broadway's longest-running embarrassment can now be experienced at a cinema near you.

Set deep in rural America, this is the story of two neighboring fathers who fake a feud in order to trick their children into courtship. Of course, the young man and woman (played by Joe McIntyre and Jean Louisa Kelly, respectively) are easily duped and everything is going as planned. That is, until the circus comes to town. And that's when the moronic singing starts.

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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Review


OK
It's a silly gag -- Sherlock Holmes is addicted to cocaine and Watson tricks him into a visit with Sigmund Freud. Mysteries real and imagined ensue, with Siggy analyzing our messed-up hero while he investigates a rather tame kidnapping involving a snoozy Vanessa Redgrave. Only Alan Arkin and Robert Duvall -- both bizarrely cast as Freud and Watson, respectively -- make much of an impression. Still, it's quirky enough to have found a cult audience.

The Music Of Chance Review


Good
Quirky doesn't even begin to describe The Music of Chance, based on a Paul Auster novel and directed by Philip Haas (Up at the Villa). It all starts simply enough: Two men (James Spader and Mandy Patinkin) lose a poker game and decide to sell themselves into indentured servitude, building a rock wall for Charles Durning, in order to settle the bets. Patinkin sings, Spader gets beaten up and sports a mustache, the two learn a bizarre lesson about, er, something. Strangely compelling, it's hard not to get sucked into this one, even if you can't figure out why.

Come September Review


OK
Is there irony in Rock Hudson zipping about on a scooter in an attempt to protect the virtue of a gaggle of American girls being pursued by four horny guys? (Of note: Sandra Dee is one of the girls, and Bobby Darin is one of the guys, and this is where they met.) The convoluted romantic comedy has Hudson as a wealthy American who spends his Septembers at his plush Italian villa. He arrives early this year, only to find his business partner has turned the place into a hotel from October to August. A romance (with the lovely Gina Lollobrigida) ensues, and the younger kids prove they can find a little love in the sun amongst all the good times. Silly and unfulfilling, it's nonetheless a reasonably good time.

Cabaret Review


OK
Liza Minnelli's most famous work has her star as American singer Sally Bowles in 1930s Germany, where she falls for two men (including one bisexual) while trying to make ends meet singing at the Kit Kat Club, all while the Nazi rise to power builds around them. Much-lauded, Fosse's look at pre-Nazi Germany is pretty uneven and uninspired -- his work is far better when we're inside the Kit Kat Club where there's singing and dancing to be had. Also of note, the sound on this film is wretchedly bad to the point of near unwatchability. Originally based on the book Berlin Stories.

Dancer In The Dark Review


Excellent
Early on in Dancer in the Dark, Peter Stormare confesses to Björk that he doesn't understand movie musicals, because all the characters suddenly start singing and dancing for no reason. He doesn't start singing and dancing for no reason, he says.

Selma, as played to perfection by the almost childlike Björk, does her share of singing and dancing, but she's got a reason: It's all in her head. And with that said, get ready for the creepiest, most depressing, and certainly the most unique movie musical ever put on film.

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The Empty Mirror Review


Unbearable

A surrealistic, detached from real time, what-if fantasy in which AdolfHitler madly dictates his memoirs while holed up in his infamous bunkerafter World War II, "The Empty Mirror" is one of those art housefilms so impressed with itself and brimming with pretension that it's difficultto sit through at all, let alone take it even half as seriously as it takesitself.

Veteran British actor Norman Rodway stars as the mad dictator,goose-stepping around a minimalist sound stage while Nazi propaganda filmsare projected in the background, devouring scenery with rabid pontificationsabout his philosophy and his legacy (sample dialogue: "The Jews taketheir disintegration so personally!")

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Dancer In The Dark Review


Good

For years filmmakers have been trying to reinvent the musical. "Evita" went big, "My Best Friend's Wedding" sneaked musical numbers into its semi-standard romantic comedy, the "South Park" movie mocked the cartoon musical while besting it with genuinely catchy tunes, "Love's Labour's Lost" was an homage to the Fred and Ginger sing-songs of the 1930s.

But no one has succeeded in making a truly modern movie musical, one that employs emerging filmmaking techniques instead of reaching back 50 years for inspiration. In fact, no one has ever even attempted something like "Dancer In the Dark."

Writer and director Lars von Trier -- the reclusive Dane behind the minimalist Dogme95 movement that espouses natural lighting, no props and handheld cameras -- discovers a way to marry his trademark sparseness with the unfettered showmanship of song and dance numbers in this daring retooling of the musical genre.

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