Is there a better setting for a bleak, gritty flick than Western Pennsylvania? Set in Braddock, a steel mill town just east of Pittsburgh where 35 percent of the population is under the poverty line, the setting is one of the few things that Out of the Furnace gets right.
Emmy-nominated daytime actor and stage star Kyle Lowder shows he’s more than just a handsome face as he brings his vocal talents and acting skills to The Media Theatre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Lowder appears in the title role through Jan. 5.
“Growing up in Langhorne, I wanted to be many things, from a pilot to an astronaut to a baseball player and everything in between. And that’s the nice thing about growing up to be an actor. So far, I’ve played a knight, a cowboy, a baseball player and now even a rock star.”
I imagine that if Cinderella were in 3D and made with CGI, it’d look a lot like Frozen. New technology aside, Frozen is a throwback to classic Disney. It’s more of the story and the ample amount of singing that make Frozen feel like the old Disney movies that are near and dear to many people’s hearts.
In a career that spans six decades, singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka has gone from fame to obscurity, then back to fame again. A teen idol of the 1950s and early ’60s, Sedaka will perform in the Arena at Trump Taj Mahal on Nov. 30. Following in the footsteps of his grandmother, a concert pianist, Sedaka showed such musical promise that at age 9 he was accepted as a scholarship student to the Juilliard School of Music, studying to be a classical pianist.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins burst out onto the scene in 2008 and was a huge success among young readers (and, eventually adults). The movie last year also was a big hit, and the sequel has understandably been one of the most anticipated films of the year.
Justin Willman has one sweet job.
The Book Thief removes all the horrors from the Holocaust and Nazi Germany to tell the story of a little girl who loves to read. It all seems a little too superficial, like a sanitized, simplistic version of the Holocaust. There are German children wearing swastikas and singing Hitler Youth songs, and Jews are marched through the street assumedly being taken to concentration camps (though the words are never uttered). But, the brutal war is mostly a backdrop to the story.
The first installment of a superhero series always has it quite easy. It’s usually a fish-out-of-water tale with a regular guy getting some superhero powers, figuring out how to use those powers and saving the world from some raving lunatic.
Elf, the perennial favorite based on the charming tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, brightens the holiday season at the Walnut Street Theatre through Jan. 5.