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The show may have been at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, and members of the Spokane Symphony may have been on stage, but what transpired on Friday night was not an orchestral event. It was a rock concert dedicated to the music of Queen, complete with wailing guitars, audience sing-alongs, and a light show.
There’s a reason why Disney’s “The Lion King” is the highest grossing musical of all time. Why it’s been running for more than two decades on Broadway. Why it continues to sell out venues its played multiple times before. It’s good.
“My job is to entertain and I want to take people out of their pain, no matter where they come from or what they believe. I can’t look at it as ‘us against them.’ ... People go out and they spend their hard-earned money, and if they work for the government, they’re really taking from their savings right now, you want to give them a feeling of feeling good,” Saget said. “My shows are not meant to do anything other than bring people together to laugh.”
The 1963 musical “She Loves Me” is charming and quirky, sweet with just a hint of sour. Lake City Playhouse’s production, which wraps up this weekend, features some talented voices, clever bits of stagecraft, and warmth in abundance. Based on the 1937 play “Parfumerie” by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, “She Loves Me” tells the story of Georg (Daniel Bell) and Amalia (Amy D’Orazi), co-workers in a small Hungarian cosmetics and perfume shop who don’t like each other at all, only to discover they’ve been falling in love as anonymous pen pals.
After more than 21 years on Broadway, three U.S. national tours, long runs in London, Hamburg, Tokyo and Madrid, and an international touring company, there have been a lot of actors who have worked in “The Lion King.”
We all know the image: A smiling Bing Crosby, wearing a Santa hat and a bow tie of holly leaves, looking out at us from a snow-white background.
It’s the cover image from “Merry Christmas,” the 1955 re-release of an earlier Crosby compilation. The title was changed again, in 1986, to “White Christmas,” in honor of the record’s most famous song. Bing and Christmas go hand in hand; as Richard Corliss pointed out in a 2014 article in Time, “Bing pretty much invented the Christmas music industry. He’d been hosting Christmas specials on radio since 1936.”
Take flavors that are sweet and tart, like a good key lime. Mix it with characters well worn and comfortable. Stir in a dash of vinegar for some bite. Bake it into an entertaining and heartwarming confection. This is the recipe for “Waitress,” the touring Broadway show playing at the First Interstate Center for the Arts through Sunday.
Since 1989, the Library of Congress has been adding 25 films a year to the National Film Registry as a way to recognize and preserve movies that have a “cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage.” Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, on Wednesday added the following films to the list.
In its citation announcing the listing, the Library of Congress praised Alexie’s “witty and droll” script, and honored the film for its “funny and unpretentious look Native Americans in the nation’s cinema and culture.”
On its face, “Waitress” seems like a heavy show. After all, it involves domestic abuse, unplanned pregnancy and infidelity. But there’s pie. Lots of pie. Humor, too. The color palette is bright and cheery, and the charm is as Southern as a glass of sweet tea. There’s affection among friends, and the show is set to a terrific Tony-nominated pop score by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.
The Arena hosted 13,184 fans for Sunday’s show, the largest crowd ever gathered in the building for a single concert. Sunday’s performance bested the record that had stood since Aug. 17, 1999, when Neil Diamond drew 12,526 fans to the venue.
“Christmas Unwrapped,” Ellen Travolta’s latest holiday cabaret at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, opens Friday and will feature stories, music and dancing from the Travolta sisters and Ellen’s daughter, Molly Allen. A rotating crop of guest performers will round out the program, which is being directed by Troy Nickerson.
Inspired by a true life story, and based on a 2004 Johnny Depp-Kate Winslet film, the musical “Finding Neverland” tells how J.M. Barrie came to create his most famous play, “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.”
Many Americans this past summer discovered the Utah couple on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where they advanced to the finals. And now Spokane audiences will get to see them in person when Duo Transcend takes the stage as part of the “A Magical Cirque Christmas” show at the First Interstate Center for the Arts on Tuesday.
The film “Finding Neverland” told the based-on-fact story of how J.M. Barrie befriended the Llewelyn Davies family, and how they inspired the creation of Peter, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and the Lost Boys of Neverland. That story is now a musical, and it’s coming to Spokane Thursday night.