Entertainment Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/entertainment/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:37:03 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 'The Last Ship' Broadway Review: A Lusty Score and a Rusty Script http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/the-last-ship-broadway-review-a-lusty-score-and-a-rusty-script lastship102914_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Strangely enough, for all of its earnestness, the overall story for the new Broadway musical “The Last Ship” is curiously akin to “Kinky Boots.”

Only instead of it being about a bankrupt English shoe factory, here it’s a defunct English shipyard. Instead of a drag queen inspiring the cobblers to make fetish footwear, it’s a dying priest exhorting the shipwrights to build one final vessel.

Of course, other details of the plot differ greatly, and the tone is darker for this show that opened on Sunday at the Neil Simon Theater. What gives “The Last Ship” some more emotional heft and musical distinction than “Kinky Boots” is the ambitious score crafted by Sting.

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Movies Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:54:35 +0000
'The Fortress of Solitude' Off Broadway Review: People Change But the Songs Remain the Same http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/the-fortress-of-solitude-off-broadway-review-people-change-but-the-songs-remain-the-same canlerberat102414_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A melancholy musical about two boyhood friends who grow apart as they get older, “The Fortress of Solitude” is driven by a dynamic score vibrantly composed in an assortment of pop styles by Michael Friedman.

Soul, hip-hop, classic rock, rhythm & blues and punk are among the genres that Friedman’s music and lyrics encompass in the new show at the Public Theater.

Drawn by writer Itamar Moses from Jonathan Lethem’s novel, the changing times and circumstances of the story, which progresses from the 1970s to the late 1990s, are illustrated by Friedman’s tasty score.

The central figure, Dylan (Adam Chanler-Berat), a white boy in a scruffy Brooklyn neighborhood that gets worse before it gets better with time, forges a friendship with Mingus (Kyle Betran), a black youth, based on their love for superhero comics. The lonely Dylan, whose father (Ken Barnett) is a preoccupied artist, soon is intrigued by Mingus’s dad Junior (Kevin Mambo), a gifted if now has-been soul singer.

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Movies Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:27:59 +0000
'The Belle of Amherst' Off Broadway Review: Joely Richardson's Seance with Emily Dickinson http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/the-belle-of-amherst-off-broadway-review-joely-richardsons-seance-with-emily-dickinson richardson102314_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

It is hard to figure out what Joely Richardson is doing as Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst.” She does not appear to be acting the role so much as attempting to channel the reclusive New England poet.

Whatever, the resulting performance looks as wooden and seems as cryptic as a Ouija board.

This strangely wan séance with a legendary writer is currently on view at the Westside Theater and probably will be more satisfying to Richardson’s “Nip/Tuck” fans than lovers of Dickinson’s poetry.

William Luce’s 1976 monodrama, which originally served as a memorable solo vehicle for the late Julie Harris, pictures Dickinson in her final years as she candidly chats about her life, family, neighbors and writing.

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Movies Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:32:37 +0000
Teresa Giudice Joins List of Notable Inmates at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/teresa-giudice-joins-list-of-notable-inmates-at-danbury-federal-correctional-institution giudiceteresa102314_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Perhaps former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice can do crossover appearances on Netfliix show Orange is the New Black when she finishes her 15-month jail sentence.

That show came from the Danbury, Connecticut prison camp where Giudice is headed.

NorthJersey.com reports that Giudice has just learned that she will be serving her prison term at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution. The reality show star was sentenced to 15 months in jail on Oct. 2 for bankruptcy and mortgage fraud charges.

According to Radar Online, Giudice’s lawyer requested that her client serve much of her sentence in a halfway house. District Court Judge Esther Salas denied the request, saying, “The issue was never raised and it was never before the court.”

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Movies Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:30:31 +0000
'Billy & Ray' Off Broadway Review: The Duo Behind 'Double Indemnity' http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/billy-a-ray-off-broadway-review-the-duo-behind-double-indemnity BillyRay102214_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“Billy & Ray” is a new play about film director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandler making each other crazy as they thrash out their script for “Double Indemnity” in 1943.

Movie buffs who are fond of “Double Indemnity” may be entertained by this play by Mike Bencivenga that just opened at the Vineyard Theater. People who do not know the film noir classic have no business being there, unless they are big fans of Vincent Kartheiser of “Mad Men” repute, who portrays Wilder.

Set mostly in Wilder’s snazzy office on the Paramount lot, the story observes the mismatched men as they try to adapt a lurid novel about sex and murder into a script that the film censors would allow.

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Movies Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:40:22 +0000
'On the Town' Broadway Review: Sailors on a Fancy Free Musical Spree http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/on-the-town-broadway-review-sailors-on-a-fancy-free-musical-spree onthetown102014_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A dynamic, sometimes dreamy iteration of a lustrous musical from Broadway’s Golden Age, the new revival of “On the Town” currently bounding around at the Lyric Theater is everything that popular American culture today presumably detests.

Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy score is beautifully melodic. The lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green are clever. The lightly romantic comedy that they concocted in wartime 1944 about the adventures of three sailors on 24 hours of shore leave in New York City is sweet, funny and honestly sentimental.

This vintage musical comedy may represent grandma stuff to some folks (no friends of mine), but the bright new show’s personable cast, fancy-free dances, airy visuals and beguiling Bernstein music as rendered by a satiny 28-member orchestra will be hard for anyone to resist.

It is a must-see, of course, for people who claim to love musical theater. All of those “Glee” wanna-bes certainly need to catch “On the Town” to learn how classical Broadway style should be delivered.

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Movies Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:13:17 +0000
‘American Idol’ Alum Joanne Borgella Had Rare Cancer http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/american-idol-alum-joanne-borgella-had-rare-cancer borgellajoanne102014_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An American Idol alumni and former New Jersey resident has succumbed to a rare form of endometrial cancer.

Former Hoboken resident Joanne Borgella passed away on October 18.

NJ.com reports that Borgella competed on American Idol in 2008, and made it to the show’s top 24 finalists. Borgella was a plus-sized model with Wilhemina Models, and won the first season of "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance" nine years ago.

The New York Daily News reports that the 32-year old Borgella was diagnosed with cancer of the womb more than a year ago. The cancer later spread to her chest.

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Movies Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:23:03 +0000
'Lennon: Through a Glass Onion' Off Broadway Review: A Day in the Life http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/lennon-through-a-glass-onion-off-broadway-review-a-day-in-the-life lennon_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW 

Australian-based musician-singer John R. Waters delivers a heartfelt tribute to a much-missed legend in “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion,” a concert-bio-show currently at the Union Square Theater.

The lean, craggy Waters does not look at all like John Lennon, nor does he really sound much like him.

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Movies Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:10:21 +0000
"One Chance" Real Life Fairy Tale http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/qone-chanceq-real-life-fairy-tale ONE_optBY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Who doesn’t love to root for the underdog? And you don’t get much more underdog than the real-life hero of “One Chance.” Overweight, timid, and obsessed with opera in a gritty working-class community, Paul Potts is the stereotypical schlub. This time, however, the schlub turns into Prince Charming--literally.

As a result of his performance of the aria “Nessun Dorma” from the opera “Rigoletto,” Welshman Paul Potts was the first winner of the television reality show “Britain’s Got Talent,” and soon became a YouTube sensation. Now the better-than-fiction story of the opera-singing cellphone salesman is the subject of the comic drama “One Chance.” Directed by David Frankel, who has shown a light touch with similar inspirational material in “Marley & Me” and “Hope Springs,” and written by Justin Zackham (“The Bucket List”), “One Chance” is a sweet and satisfying comedy about a nice guy who actually gets what he deserves.

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Movies Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:08:36 +0000
'Found' Off Broadway Review: Staying Weird Or Maybe Not http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/found-off-broadway-review-staying-weird-or-maybe-not on_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Dozens of discarded real-life notes, lists, scrawls, memos, threats, confessions and other very personal messages on paper have been discovered (wherever) and incorporated into the new musical “Found.”

Premiering on Tuesday in a spiffy Atlantic Theater Company production, “Found” is an often droll, quirky musical that does not live up to its ambitions, yet offers quite an entertaining time. A personable 10-member cast scampers through the fast-moving show at the company’s Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea.

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Movies Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:53:45 +0000