Performing arts - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Performing arts With catcalls and applause, Cannes debates rise of Netflix CANNES, France (AP) — This year's Cannes Film Festival has been a sprawling, international referendum on Netflix, with votes registered in catcalls and applause, and some of the biggest names in cinema staking out their positions. As the world's largest and most prestigious film festival, Cannes has often been a kind of glitzy, French Riviera town hall th... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:26:00Z Dick Van Dyke on the new 'Mary Poppins' Dick Van Dyke gives the low down on Emily Blunt playing Mary Poppins and reveals his role in the new version, 'Mary Poppins Returns.' (May 18) Thu, 18 May 2017 19:21:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:21:00Z AP Exclusive: The final days of the Ringling Bros. circus PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An elephant stretches its trunk through a window to soothe a sick child. A woman gives birth and three months later is back performing on the high wire. A handler of big cats weeps as the beasts lope out of the ring for the last time. These stories could come only from circus performers, and in particular one famous circus, the one... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:47:00Z 'The Philanthropist' stars on their perfect audience The stars of 'The Philanthropist' say their perfect audience members are loud and responsive - and newcomers to the theater (May 17). Wed, 17 May 2017 16:03:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:03:00Z Jeff Koons unveils 'Seated Ballerina' in Rockefeller Center While introducing his 45-foot tall inflated 'Seated Ballerina' in Rockefeller Center, artist Jeff Koons honors missing and exploited children. Koons is... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:48:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:48:00Z Latvia grants citizenship to dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Latvia on Thursday paid tribute to Mikhail Baryshnikov by granting citizenship to the ballet dancer, choreographer and actor who was born in the Baltic nation when it was part of the Soviet Union and later became a U.S. citizen. The unanimous decision by lawmakers was made in recognition of Baryshnikov's civic involvement and his "... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:39:00 GMT 2017-04-27T15:39:00Z Croatian police prevent nationalists from disrupting play SPLIT, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police have intervened to stop a group of extreme nationalists from disrupting a controversial play that contains scenes of nudity and rape. Oliver Frljic's "Our violence and Your Violence" deals with Europe's refugee crisis and has been denounced by the Catholic church and previously also by Muslims. Carr... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:13:00 GMT 2017-04-24T20:13:00Z Trump's Cabinet picks fuel stage drama in London and NY LONDON (AP) — Coming soon to the West End and Broadway stage: Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt. Four key players in President Donald Trump's new administration are central characters in a "verbatim play," boiled down from combative U.S. Senate confirmation hearings, that looks to Trump's Cabinet picks for clues to his government's direction. ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:13:00 GMT 2017-04-24T14:13:00Z Berlin opera to reopen Oct 3, then close until December BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's Staatsoper opera house will reopen on Oct. 3 after years of delay-plagued renovations — but then close again for two months following what city officials are calling a "prelude." The opera's 19th-century home on the Unter den Linden boulevard in former East Berlin has been a construction site since 2010. Work was originally supposed... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:12:00 GMT 2017-04-24T14:12:00Z UK actor leaves behind TV version of acclaimed stage role LOS ANGELES (AP) — British actor Tim Pigott-Smith left behind a TV adaptation of one of his most acclaimed stage performances, the title role in "King Charles III." The drama starring Pigott-Smith, who died earlier this month at age 70, airs May 14 on PBS (check local listings for time and station). The actor received Olivier and Tony a... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:21:00 GMT 2017-04-15T23:21:00Z Winners of London's 2017 Olivier stage awards LONDON (AP) — The winners of the 2017 Olivier Awards, honoring achievement in London theater, opera and dance: New Play: "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" New Musical: "Groundhog Day" New Comedy: "Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour" Entertainment and Family Show: "The Red Shoes" Revival: "Yerma" Musi... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:51:00 GMT 2017-04-09T20:51:00Z Harry Potter play works magic with 9 wins at Olivier awards LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling's boy wizard bewitched the page and the screen, and stage sequel "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" cast its spell at British theater's Olivier Awards on Sunday. "Cursed Child" won a record nine prizes, including best new play, at Britain's equivalent of Broadway's Tonys. Hilariously repetitive comedy "Ground... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:28:00 GMT 2017-04-09T20:28:00Z The Latest: 'Harry Potter' playwright: Us vs. PlayStations LONDON (AP) — The Latest on British theater's Olivier Awards (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Playwright Jack Thorne says he hopes "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" can be "a gateway drug" to draw new audiences to theater. The stage sequel to J.K. Rowling's magical saga has won nine trophies so far at London's Olivier A... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 19:41:00 GMT 2017-04-09T19:41:00Z 'Jewel in the Crown' actor Tim Pigott-Smith dies at 70 LONDON (AP) — Tim Pigott-Smith, a versatile British actor who recently played Prince Charles on stage and screen, has died at the age of 70. The actor's agent, John Grant, says Pigott-Smith died Friday. Grant called him "one of the great actors of his generation ... a gentleman and a true friend." Pigott-Smith was already a veteran of s... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 21:32:00 GMT 2017-04-08T21:32:00Z Sour note: Brexit forces orchestra move from UK to Belgium LONDON (AP) — It's a resonant moment of European cultural harmony: a Swedish soprano and a pan-European orchestra rehearsing a Bach cantata in a medieval English church. With Britain about to leave the European Union, it's also a poignant one. The ensemble rehearsing in a York church is the European Union Baroque Orchestra, founded 32 y... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:11:00 GMT 2017-03-28T07:11:00Z Toscanini's musical and anti-Fascist legacy remembered MILAN (AP) — Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini's legacies included abolishing encores at La Scala. So it was a playful touch when one of the maestro's musical heirs included a Verdi encore during a tribute at the Milan opera house marking the 150th anniversary of Toscanini's birth. The Saturday night concert was part of a series of celebrations and comme... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:28:00 GMT 2017-03-26T19:28:00Z Potential French first lady holds American-style campaign PARIS (AP) — In a break with French tradition, centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has created an inseparable team with his wife Brigitte, who is fierily campaigning by his side, a move more often seen on American political stages than in France. The 39-year-old independent maverick is increasingly considered the front-runner in France's two-r... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:21:00 GMT 2017-03-21T15:21:00Z Holten's Covent Garden tenure has controversial ending LONDON (AP) — Kasper Holten concluded 5 1/2 years as director of opera at Covent Garden with a shocker: Instead of a happy ending to Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg," Eva runs offstage in tears, horrified that her beloved Walther has accepted the male-dominated society of her father. Holten shook up The Royal Opera with several controversial sta... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:35:00 GMT 2017-03-20T14:35:00Z Mythic creatures dance through Dublin on St. Patrick's Day DUBLIN (AP) — Performers dressed as colorful creatures from Irish myth and legend danced Friday down the chilly streets of Dublin as Ireland commemorated its national saint in a St. Patrick's Day parade witnessed by hundreds of thousands. Throngs of tourists and Dubliners, many of them donning leprechaun costumes, braved gusty winds to pack the route for ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:19:00 GMT 2017-03-17T18:19:00Z With British farce, J.J. Abrams makes his Broadway debut NEW YORK (AP) — Seeking a break from green screens and lightsabers while shooting "The Force Awakens" outside London, J.J. Abrams decided to catch a play. "I had a free night and looked to see what was playing," Abrams recalled in a recent interview over a plate of pasta in Manhattan. "I saw something that was called 'The Play That Goes Wrong' that sounded amusing. I bought ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:03:00 GMT 2017-03-16T18:03:00Z Baby opera, New Order on Manchester Festival slate LONDON (AP) — Music, drama, an exhibition about post-punk icons Joy Division and opera for babies are all on the agenda for the Manchester International Festival . The eclectic biannual arts festival runs June 29 to July 16 in the northwest England city renowned for its industrial heritage and rich creative scene. The lineup, announced ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:12:00 GMT 2017-03-09T17:12:00Z Mozart manuscript fails to sell; $200,000 bid was expected BOSTON (AP) — A fragment from a Mozart manuscript for the third movement of his Serenade in D Major has failed to sell at a Boston auction. It had been expected to sell Wednesday for more than $200,000. The one-page handwritten "Allegro" musical manuscript is unsigned and has no date but is from around 1773. Auction house RR Auction say... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 02:55:00 GMT 2017-03-09T02:55:00Z Harry Potter play gets 11 Olivier Awards nominations LONDON (AP) — Magical adventure "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" leads the race for British theater's Olivier Awards , with nominations in 11 categories including best new play. Jamie Parker, who plays a grown-up Harry in the two-part, five-hour sequel to J.K. Rowling's wizarding saga, is nominated for best actor. The show's other nominations include director John Tiffany... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:03:00 GMT 2017-03-06T15:03:00Z Syrian army retakes town of Palmyra as IS defenses crumble BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military announced on Thursday it has fully recaptured the historic town of Palmyra from the Islamic State group as the militants' defenses crumbled and IS fighters fled in the face of artillery fire and intense Russia-backed airstrikes. The development marks the third time that the town — famed for its priceless Roman ruins and arch... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:39:00 GMT 2017-03-03T00:39:00Z Maverick dancer Polunin seeks to be David Beckham of ballet LONDON (AP) — Sergei Polunin wants to shake up the ballet world by becoming the David Beckham of dance. The 27-year-old Ukrainian star, who has been in the headlines for rebellious tweets, tattoos and leaving the Royal Ballet, wants to challenge the dance world's established system to provide more creative freedom for its artists. Citin... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:20:00 GMT 2017-03-01T13:20:00Z Transition in Milan fashion scene as new creatives break out MILAN (AP) — A transition is underway in the Milan fashion scene, with new designers taking over traditional brands and younger creatives breaking out with their own labels. The changes are invigorating the runways with fresh ideas as the fashion world posts the perennial question: What will be remembered of this era's fashion in decades to come? ... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:26:00 GMT 2017-02-26T23:26:00Z AP PHOTOS: Talented young dancers compete in Chicago. CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of ballet dancers between the ages of nine and 19 auditioned in Chicago at the Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals this weekend. Chicago is one of 12 cities around North America selecting finalists who will compete at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and at Hunter College's Danny Kaye Playhouse in April. ... Sun, 05 Feb 2017 03:03:00 GMT 2017-02-05T03:03:00Z Mozart meets his match: Stage hit 'Amadeus' comes to screen LONDON (AP) — For a play that makes audience members contemplate their own mediocrity, "Amadeus" is quite the crowd-pleaser. Britain's National Theatre has a sold-out hit with a revival of Peter Shaffer's play about bad-boy genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his jealous rival Antonio Salieri, composer to the 18th-century Viennese court. ... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:35:00 GMT 2017-02-02T12:35:00Z Test your knowledge of the Dow Jones industrial average As the Dow Jones industrial average reaches its latest milestone, see how well you know the oldest and best-known barometer of the U.S. stock market. 1. When was the Dow Jones industrial average first published? 2. What's the lowest recorded closing level for the Dow? 3. Has the Dow always had 30 stocks in it? ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:59:00 GMT 2017-01-25T19:59:00Z IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday. It was the extremist group's latest attack on world heritage, an act that the U.N. cultural agency called a "war crime." A Syrian gov... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:04:00 GMT 2017-01-20T23:04:00Z