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It's that time again - but not for Arizona.
The 1940s was the last time in the 20th century the entire country shared a common popular music. On radio, in theaters and ballrooms, the Big Bands were drawing record crowds while sustaining national morale during World War II.
Instead of stepping into someone’s shoes for the day, slide on the face of an ancient Aztec, traditional Japanese samurai or a mischievous-looking demon.
Actor and Mesa native Charlie LeSueur recently left his footprints in cement at the Superstition Mountain Museum for his work preserving a part of television history. Now, LeSueur is working to make a new footprint by developing the theatrical talents of students at Sequoia Star Academy in his role as its performing arts director.
LOS ANGELES — With Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" and Ridley Scott's "Exodus" preparing to duke it out for Old Testament auteur supremacy, Hollywood's religious renaissance gets off to a none-too-spectacular start with a chewed-over New Testament appetizer called "Son of God." A clumsily edited feature-length version of five episodes from History's hugely popular 10-hour miniseries "The Bible," this stiff, earnest production plays like a half-hearted throwback to the British-accented biblical dramas of yesteryear, its small-screen genesis all too apparent in its Swiss-cheese construction and subpar production values. Yet while Jesus' teachings have been reduced to a muddle of kindly gestures and mangled Scriptures, the scenes of his betrayal, death and resurrection crucially retain their emotional and dramatic power, which the charitable viewer may deem atonement enough for what feels, in all other respects, like a cynical cash grab.
The classic “South Pacific,” opening Friday at The Palms Theatre in Mesa, is considered by many as one of the finest musicals ever written, thanks in part to one of the most romantic scores of all time and the fact that it won all ten of the Tony Awards it was nominated for. See it March 6, and a portion of your ticket cost will benefit Mesa United Way.
Catch the first two minutes of the Veronica Mars movie. Get caught up on the characters, Neptune, and everything you need to join the fun on March 14, when Veronica Mars is released in theaters.
Forest Whitaker isn't much bothered by being one of the season's biggest Oscar snubs.
At this point in the season - the end of the postseason - it's both inevitable and undesirable the bigger-sized schools will meet each other for at least a second and often a third time.
It’s hard to believe that almost 55 years has elapsed since The Osmonds started as a barbershop quartet in Ogden, Utah. More than a half-century and 100 million records later, they are one of the most legendary families of the entertainment industry.
This Feb 12, 2014 photo shows the Old Town Pasadena section of Pasadena, Calif. Located on the city's main drag, Old Town is a walkable 22-block historic district, with boutiques, cafes, bars,and movie theaters. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Did you know that only one of the actors in Childsplay’s current production of “The Cat in the Hat” has a cat? Debra Stevens, who plays Thing One, has a naughty cat. I found this out when I got to go backstage and interview the actors.
“Revitalization” has become a buzzword for cities plagued with malnourished downtowns, a classification that fit Chandler more than a decade ago. Now, a little more than three years after it finished several construction projects and recruited businesses, the city is starting to see its efforts come to fruition.
Harkins Theatres and the Town of Queen Creek Arizona will hold an official ground breaking celebration 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at the site of the new Harkins Queen Creek 14 theatre. The new 14-screen megaplex, expected to open spring of 2015 on the southwest corner of Rittenhouse and Ellsworth roads, will include signature Harkins’ amenities such as the Harkins Ultimate Lounger reclining seats, wall-to-wall screens, pristine digital projection, crisp digital sound, stadium seating and a gourmet concession stand.
Williams Field High School showcases work from its fine arts department, accompanied by musical performances from the high school bands, orchestra, theater and dance troupes, and choirs. Food trucks will also be on hand.
George Clooney, movie director, started out with so much promise.
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival returns Feb. 9-23 for its 18th year of giving movie lovers throughout the Valley the opportunity to experience firsthand the richness of Jewish culture and tradition.
The new film, The Monuments Men, depicts the efforts a little known team of soldiers whose mission it was to save and protect historically important cultural artifacts and buildings in the European theater during World War II. It’s a very interesting prospect for a movie, but unfortunately the end result is more sleep inducing than a high-school history class.
Over the years there have been countless interpretations of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” including the 1939 Oscar-winning film starring Judy Garland. The latest stage adaptation, featuring original music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, plays Feb. 4-9 at ASU Gammage and includes all the beloved characters along with a few new songs and some high-tech theater magic.
When you think of the 1980s movie “Top Gun,” it’s easy to picture Tom Cruise wearing aviators and looking ever so handsome in his uniform. This image won’t be completely fulfilled in the All Puppet Players’ adaptation of the film, “Top Gun: Live, Abridged & Completely Underfunded.” It premieres Feb. 7 at Mesa Encore Theatre’s Block Box On Brown.