Posts Tagged Performing arts

‘The Fantasticks’ breaks a color barrier

This image released by DDPR Public Relations shows Kevin R. Free as Bellomy in "The Fantasticks."  Free has taken over the role of Bellomy in "The Fantasticks," the first time a black man has played the role in the New York show's more than 20,000 performances over 54 years. (AP Photo/DDPR Public Relations, Graham Dougherty)

NEW YORK (AP) — Not long ago, Kevin R. Free went to an audition for a part in the longest running musical in history. He immediately felt weird.

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Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

Actor James Garner, left, smiles as he holds up the Purple Heart medal presented to him in a ceremony in this Monday, Jan. 24, 1983 file photo taken Los Angeles, Calif. Garner was wounded in April 1951 while with U.S. Forces in Korea, but his medal was never presented to him. Actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV's "Maverick" who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, died Saturday July 19, 2014 according to Los angeles police. He was 86. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

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Broadway lights will be dimmed in Stritch’s memory

This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo shows actress Elaine Stritch posing for a photograph during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (Stritch died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway marquees will be dimmed in memory of a Tony- and Emmy-winning actress who epitomized New York and the theater world.

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A full-circle moment for Bolshoi’s American star

This July 15, 2014 photo released by Lincoln Center Festival shows David Hallberg as Prince Siegfried in a scene from The Bolshoi Ballet's "Swan Lake" presented by Lincoln Center Festival 2014 at The David H. Koch Theater in New York. (AP Photo/Lincoln Center Festival, Stephanie Berger)

NEW YORK (AP) — “Spasiba, Katya,” David Hallberg calls out, thanking a colleague in what sounds like a pretty convincing Russian accent. We’re on our way upstairs to his dressing room at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where his name is emblazoned on the door — in Cyrillic letters.

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Elaine Stritch, brash stage performer, dies at 89

This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo shows actress Elaine Stritch posing for a photograph during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (Stritch died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Elaine Stritch was more than a Broadway actress. She was a New York institution, strolling around in a fur coat, pork pie hat or oversized sunglasses. She often wore shorts and ties, or just black stockings and a white flowing shirt. Her weapon of choice was the zinger.

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