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February 06 2014


Dan Rebellato – Theatre, Sex and Zombies: The Strange Case of the Naturalist Stage | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Event Date: 4 February 2014 The Caryl Churchill Theatre Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX The Department of Drama and http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2014/02/dan-rebellato-theatre-sex-and-zombies-the-strange-case-of-the-naturalist-stage/

November 14 2013


Bob Fosse: Troubled, Turbulent Icon

A big new biography of Broadway dance king Bob Fosse – of “Chicago,” the film “Cabaret,” “All That Jazz” – opens up a turbulent life.


Sam Wasson, author of “Fosse” and “Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman.” (@SamWasson)

From Tom’s Reading List

Wall Street Journal: Book Review: ‘Fosse’ by Sam Wasson — “He was blond and slim, with a disarmingly boyish smile and the belief that everything interesting was about sex. And he had perfect timing, becoming one of Broadway’s outstanding choreographers in the mid-1950s, just as the power in the making of musicals had begun shifting from directors to dance masters. Then, too, the musical, an at times bawdy affair, was now turning openly erotic; this gave him the opportunity to experiment with taboo, creating the signature style that would make him famous.”

Vanity Fair: Q&A: Bob Fosse’s Biography: Sex, Death, and Jazz Hands — “I think everyone admires his style. No matter what you say about his movies’ content, you can’t say anything against the style. So anyone who is interested in the medium is going to go crazy for Fosse. I know that George Clooney is a huge fan of ‘All That Jazz.’ What can you say against Fosse as a stylist?”

NPR: Biography Of Director Bob Fosse Razzles, Dazzles And Delights – “‘Fosse’ is filled with the kind of inside detail that comes of substantial research, and vivid descriptions that turn the research into a sort of movie in your head. All the way from little Bobby Fosse’s elementary school disappointment when the spotlight faded on him, right through to the moment when Gwen Verdon, the love of his life, cradled Fosse’s head on her lap on a D.C. sidewalk, just blocks from an audience he was at that very moment razzle-dazzling to beat the band.”

Read An Excerpt Of “Fosse” By Sam Wasson


August 08 2012


The War of the Worlds (October 30, 1938)

This seems somehow appropriate, after Curiosity's flawless landing on Mars. Huffduffed from http://www.mercurytheatre.info/

November 11 2011


Guardian Children's Books podcast: Michael Morpurgo on War Horse | Children's books | guardian.co.uk

Michael Morpurgo explains where the idea for writing War Horse came from and why it's so important to remember the suffering of the first world war http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/audio/2011/nov/11/war-horse-michael-moprpurgo-podcast?CMP=twt_gu

July 13 2010


The Treatment: John C. Reilly

Elvis Mitchell hosts actor John C. Reilly (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Criminal) to talk about his latest feature, Cyrus, directed by Mark and Jay Duplass, in which he plays the lead role, along side Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei and Catherine Keener. Reilly discusses improvising as part of the storytelling element, his difficulty in making things funny and ease at being truthful since working on film exposes one’s heart to the camera. He also reveals that he does not want to direct – yet!
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