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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Singing nuns have always proved irresistible. There was the Belgian sensation who made "Dominique" a chart-topper in the 1960s, Today, there's Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Sicilian star of Italian TV and YouTube who belts out Alicia Keys songs, and the sweet-voiced, Missouri-based Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, whose CDs of Gregorian chant are best-sellers. And coming to Baltimore this week are some very vocal nuns who get into the habit of shaking up church services at Queen of Angels Cathedral in Philadelphia with the help of high-voltage songs.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Singing nuns have always proved irresistible. There was the Belgian sensation who made "Dominique" a chart-topper in the 1960s, Today, there's Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Sicilian star of Italian TV and YouTube who belts out Alicia Keys songs, and the sweet-voiced, Missouri-based Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, whose CDs of Gregorian chant are best-sellers. And coming to Baltimore this week are some very vocal nuns who get into the habit of shaking up church services at Queen of Angels Cathedral in Philadelphia with the help of high-voltage songs.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | October 15, 1998
'If you like your Halloween terrors mixed with a little singing, dancing and laughter, then you can catch some pre-holiday fun at Dundalk Community Theatre's revival of the off-Broadway hit musical "Little Shop of Horrors." The hilarious musical horror story - book and lyrics by late Baltimorean Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken - opens a two-weekend run tomorrow.Based on the 1960 Roger Corman movie, "Little Shop" is a Faust-like saga set in a Skid Row flower shop. Chuck Graham and Holly Pasciullo head Dundalk's cast; direction and choreography are by Tom Wyatt.
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By From Sun news sources | November 14, 2008
Phelps makes Walters' list of most fascinating people Baltimore's Michael Phelps is one of the most fascinating people of 2008. Just ask Barbara Walters. She has put together her annual list, and the swimmer, who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, is on the list along with Tom Cruise, Tina Fey, Will Smith, R ush Limbaugh and Miley Cyrus. To find out the other four - as well as the person Walters names as No. 1 - you'll have to tune in to 10 Most Fascinating People on Dec. 4, ABC announced yesterday.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 15, 1995
Unusual musicals at Fell's Point Corner Theatre"Weird Romance," two one-act musicals with a score by Alan Menken and David Spencer, opens Jan. 27, at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. (The opening was originally scheduled for Jan. 20.) The first musical, "The Girl Who Was Plugged In," is a futuristic satire of advertising. The second, "Her Pilgrim Soul," is a time-travel story about a husband who strengthens his marriage through revelations about a previous life.Theatrical direction is by Terry J. Long; musical direction is by Robert Gee. Alan Menken was the longtime collaborator of the late Howard Ashman, a Baltimore native, with whom he wrote "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid" and "Little Shop of Horrors."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | April 10, 1992
"Newsies" is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it "Snoozies."How good an idea was this, anyhow? "Hey, kids, let's put on a musical about a strike." What is it, "Pajama Game" for the Li'l Rascals? Actually it is based on an authentic event, the strike by newspaper boys against New York press lords Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst back in 1899. But the "1899" of "Newsies" is that old familiar place, the quaint and gentrified past so beloved of the Disney sensibility, where everything has been artificially aged until it has that tasty theme-park look, as if it's set in the fabled New York borough of Orlando.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 25, 1992
Yes, it's lonely without Howard."I can't help but wonder where we'd be now," says four-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, the surviving member of the legendary Howard Ashman/Alan Menken songwriting team that produced "Little Shop of Horrors" off-Broadway and the songs and music for the brilliant Disney animated features "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and substantial portions of the new "Aladdin."Ashman, the lyricist, died in March of last year of AIDS, leaving behind a devastated Baltimore family, a devastated New York theater community, a devastated Hollywood film world and a devastated partner.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | November 22, 1991
The new Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast" becomes still more poignant when one realizes it contains the final completed score of Baltimore-born playwright and lyricist Howard Ashman, who died in March of AIDS at age 40.Both Alan Menken, his collaborator on several scores, and Linda Woolverton, with whom he shaped the "Beauty and the Beast" screenplay, found it difficult to put into words their intense sorrow at his early death. "He was one of my closest, dearest friends," Mr. Menken said at a recent press conference.
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By From Sun news sources | November 14, 2008
Phelps makes Walters' list of most fascinating people Baltimore's Michael Phelps is one of the most fascinating people of 2008. Just ask Barbara Walters. She has put together her annual list, and the swimmer, who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, is on the list along with Tom Cruise, Tina Fey, Will Smith, R ush Limbaugh and Miley Cyrus. To find out the other four - as well as the person Walters names as No. 1 - you'll have to tune in to 10 Most Fascinating People on Dec. 4, ABC announced yesterday.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | April 10, 1992
"Newsies" is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it "Snoozies."How good an idea was this, anyhow? "Hey, kids, let's put on a musical about a strike." What is it, "Pajama Game" for the Li'l Rascals? Actually it is based on an authentic event, the strike by newspaper boys against New York press lords Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst back in 1899. But the "1899" of "Newsies" is that old familiar place, the quaint and gentrified past so beloved of the Disney sensibility, where everything has been artificially aged until it has that tasty theme-park look, as if it's set in the fabled New York borough of Orlando.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | April 21, 2005
It's back in Baltimore - where it belongs. "It" is Audrey II, the carnivorous plant at the center of the fun-with-Faust musical Little Shop of Horrors, and it's in residence at the Hippodrome Theatre for two weeks. The reasons it belongs here are twofold: 1. The lyrics describe Audrey II as "something out of Edgar Allan Poe," and, in case Baltimoreans need to be reminded, the Hippodrome is only a couple blocks from Poe's grave; and 2. the late Howard Ashman, who penned the show's clever lyrics and book, was a native Baltimorean.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | October 15, 1998
'If you like your Halloween terrors mixed with a little singing, dancing and laughter, then you can catch some pre-holiday fun at Dundalk Community Theatre's revival of the off-Broadway hit musical "Little Shop of Horrors." The hilarious musical horror story - book and lyrics by late Baltimorean Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken - opens a two-weekend run tomorrow.Based on the 1960 Roger Corman movie, "Little Shop" is a Faust-like saga set in a Skid Row flower shop. Chuck Graham and Holly Pasciullo head Dundalk's cast; direction and choreography are by Tom Wyatt.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | February 3, 1995
"Weird Romance" is the joint title of two one-act musicals, and one of the weirder things about them is that, judging from Fell's Point Corner Theatre's production, the second is far better than the first.The difference isn't in the scores -- both have music by Alan Menken -- or in the genre -- both have science-fiction plots. This is a familiar combination for Menken, who started his career collaborating with the late Baltimorean Howard Ashman on two science-fiction musicals, "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" and "Little Shop of Horrors."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 15, 1995
Unusual musicals at Fell's Point Corner Theatre"Weird Romance," two one-act musicals with a score by Alan Menken and David Spencer, opens Jan. 27, at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. (The opening was originally scheduled for Jan. 20.) The first musical, "The Girl Who Was Plugged In," is a futuristic satire of advertising. The second, "Her Pilgrim Soul," is a time-travel story about a husband who strengthens his marriage through revelations about a previous life.Theatrical direction is by Terry J. Long; musical direction is by Robert Gee. Alan Menken was the longtime collaborator of the late Howard Ashman, a Baltimore native, with whom he wrote "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid" and "Little Shop of Horrors."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 25, 1992
Yes, it's lonely without Howard."I can't help but wonder where we'd be now," says four-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, the surviving member of the legendary Howard Ashman/Alan Menken songwriting team that produced "Little Shop of Horrors" off-Broadway and the songs and music for the brilliant Disney animated features "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and substantial portions of the new "Aladdin."Ashman, the lyricist, died in March of last year of AIDS, leaving behind a devastated Baltimore family, a devastated New York theater community, a devastated Hollywood film world and a devastated partner.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Staff Writer | August 13, 1992
The camp musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," is getting to be as much of a cult classic as the low-budget 1960 Roger Corman movie thriller on which it is based.The show about a man-eating Venus' flytrap bent on universal conquest is making the rounds in the Baltimore-Metropolitan area. The work, with lyrics and book by the late Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken (creators of lyrics and music for "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast"), is running at the Burn Brae Dinner Theatre through Sept.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | March 31, 1992
An article on the Academy Awards in yesterday's Today section incorrectly attributed a quote from an Oscar acceptance speech to Alan Menken, Howard Ashman's collaborator. In fact, the quote was from William Lauch, the longtime companion of the late Mr. Ashman.The Sun regrets the error."The Silence of the Lambs" and its beauty and its beast dominated last night's 64th Annual Academy Awards, winning five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Director."Silence's" Jonathan Demme won Best Director for the job he did in shepherding to the screen Thomas Harris's spooky novel of a young FBI agent's hunt for a brutal psychotic killer, as guided by still another, and more frightening, psychotic killer.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Staff Writer | August 13, 1992
The camp musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," is getting to be as much of a cult classic as the low-budget 1960 Roger Corman movie thriller on which it is based.The show about a man-eating Venus' flytrap bent on universal conquest is making the rounds in the Baltimore-Metropolitan area. The work, with lyrics and book by the late Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken (creators of lyrics and music for "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast"), is running at the Burn Brae Dinner Theatre through Sept.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | April 10, 1992
"Newsies" is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it "Snoozies."How good an idea was this, anyhow? "Hey, kids, let's put on a musical about a strike." What is it, "Pajama Game" for the Li'l Rascals? Actually it is based on an authentic event, the strike by newspaper boys against New York press lords Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst back in 1899. But the "1899" of "Newsies" is that old familiar place, the quaint and gentrified past so beloved of the Disney sensibility, where everything has been artificially aged until it has that tasty theme-park look, as if it's set in the fabled New York borough of Orlando.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | April 10, 1992
"Newsies" is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it "Snoozies."How good an idea was this, anyhow? "Hey, kids, let's put on a musical about a strike." What is it, "Pajama Game" for the Li'l Rascals? Actually it is based on an authentic event, the strike by newspaper boys against New York press lords Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst back in 1899. But the "1899" of "Newsies" is that old familiar place, the quaint and gentrified past so beloved of the Disney sensibility, where everything has been artificially aged until it has that tasty theme-park look, as if it's set in the fabled New York borough of Orlando.
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