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The spectacle of “Miss Saigon” is still spectacular. The tragedy is still tragic. And a show that has been controversial since its debut 30 years ago remains problematic despite excellent staging and performances from a talented cast.
Set against the backdrop of the war in Vietnam, “Miss Saigon” tells the story of a doomed Vietnamese girl, Kim, a prostitute who falls in love with an American soldier as the war is accelerating to a close.
In keeping with past practice, the Travolta holiday show will features songs, stories and laughter. Some of the stories will comes from Travolta family lore. Others will be be provided by the people of the Inland Northwest.
Seattle writer Timothy Egan, the National Book Award-winning author of “The Worst Hard Times,” as well as “The Big Burn” about the Great Fire of 1910, is coming to his hometown of Spokane on Oct. 29 to celebrate the release of his latest book with the Northwest Passages Book Club. Egan’s new book strays from the historical journalism for which he has become known. “A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith” chronicles Egan’s travels along the Via Francigena, a 1,200-mile medieval route that runs from Canterbury to Rome, where he sought an audience with Pope Francis.
The oldies but goodies – “I Lost on Jeopardy,” “I Love Rocky Road” and “Like a Surgeon” – were relegated to a medley at the top of the show. “Eat It” made its only appearance via video during a costume change. And that was OK. Because when it comes to the catalog of “Weird Al” Yankovic, there’s plenty to love and laugh along with.
Giants in the Trees is certainly more low-key. They play small clubs – places like the Big Dipper, where they stopped in 2017, and the Bartlett, where they’ll play in support of their second album, the simply-titled “Volume 2.”
When it came to popular music in the 1950s, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were among the most successful writers around. The duo scored 70 chart hits in their long career but were prolific in the ’50s when they wrote or co-wrote hits for the Coasters, Elvis Presley, the Drifters, Ben E. King and Big Mama Thornton, among others. “Jailhouse Rock”? “Charlie Brown”? “On Broadway”? “Stand By Me”? All written or co-written by Lieber and Stoller.
“Les Misérables,” based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel, dives into big themes – crime and justice, love and forgiveness, life and death. The beloved musical, now playing in Spokane as part of STCU’s Best of Broadway series, gets at these themes through the story of one man, Jean Valjean.
Since 2014, theater fans have been able to see such theater luminaries as Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Gillian Anderson and others performing acclaimed works without having to board a single airplane through the Bing’s Stage to Screen series.
After the end credits of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” rolled, William Shatner strolled out on stage. The hourlong discussion that followed, which included some questions from the audience, was at times meandering. But it reinforced for those assembled that Shatner is at his core an entertainer.