Monthly Archives: January 2015

Spare Parts – Film Review

Just west of downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt sits Carl Hayden Community High School.   It’s named after U.S. Senator Carl Hayden who represented Arizona for fifty-seven years, from 1912 to 1969.   Currently over ninety percent of its enrolled students are Hispanic.   According to the Arizona Department of Education, Carl Hayden is a Performing School, meaning the […]

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Paddington – Film Review

It was in 1958 when BBC TV cameraman Michael Bond moonlighted as a writer and wrote his first Paddington the Bear book.   The story goes that on Christmas Eve, 1956, a teddy bear was sitting alone on a shelf in a store not far from London’s Paddington station.   Michael Bond bought the stuffed teddy as […]

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Interview with Brian Golub: National Tour – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at ASU Gammage

The hugely successful Broadway musical comedy Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to the stage at ASU Gammage January 13 – 18.   The show is Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s non-stop, musical spectacle and it stars singer/songwriter and actress Diana DeGarno as the narrator and Broadway star Ace Young as Joseph.   Also […]

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The King and I – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

Even though the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I is a fictionalized account of a real event, the story is surprisingly close to what actually happened. In 1862, educator and, by all accounts, stubborn social activist Anna Leonowens received an offer to give the wives, concubines and many, many children of King […]

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Taken 3 – Film Review

In this third and potentially conclusive installment of the successful Taken franchise no one’s taken; there’s no abduction.   And there’s no Continental European setting, either.   This one has its feet firmly planted on American soil.   In fact, other than the casting, there’s little in Taken 3 that resembles what it was that made the first […]

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Selma – Film Review

“This voting thing is just gonna have to wait,” President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) tells Dr. King (David Oyelowo) in a private meeting at the White House.   It’s a scene that comes early in the new, powerful drama, Selma, and it immediately highlights the differences between the two men.   It also sets the tone of […]

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