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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2013
An ambitious bookworm in my youth, I once started Victor Hugo's Les Miserables . It was on a recommended-reading list. I ground to a halt a few pages in and discarded the recommended-reading list. I have never seen the musical and have never consciously listened to any of the tunes. And now, as you are already surmising, I intend to give the movie a miss.  I've had a warning from TheMattWalshBlog : "  I cried tears of blissful joy when Russell Crowe threw himself off a bridge at the end because it meant he'd finally stop singing.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | November 23, 1990
"Motown 30: What's Going On" is much, much more than a celebration of the three-plus decades of this record label -- it is at once a variety show as old-fashioned as Ed Sullivan, and on the cutting edge as much as Keenan Ivory Wayans.But more importantly, producers Suzanne DePasse and Don Mischer have built this show around a theme -- the demonstration of how, during the last four decades, African-American contributions to the arts moved from the marginal to the mainstream, from the street corners of the do-wop singers to the Top 40 charts, from the 15-minute show Nat King Cole briefly had in 1957 to the hit that "In Living Color" has become in 1990.
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Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2010
Even some of the most devoted fans of musical theater may have trouble sorting out the history of "Chess," a work that brought together the talents of notable lyricist Tim Rice and the 'Bs' of the iconic pop group ABBA, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. The project picked up admirers and detractors as it moved from the initial concept album in 1984 to the London stage premiere two years later and the Broadway flop of '88. Assorted touring productions and concert versions around the world since then have added to the musical's mystique, while also confusing the little issue of plot - each new manifestation seems to come with another revision to the show's story line and song progression.
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By Mike Giuliano | March 16, 2012
Columbia Pro Cantare is marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of two composers who were born in 1862, Debussy and Delius, as well as the 100th anniversary of the death of Massenet in 1912, at its concert Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Ellicott City. Those long-dead European composers are worth commemorating, of course, but Howard County concert-goers can't be blamed for also showing interest in the local classical debut of a home-grown talent.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | January 27, 2005
When a lavish new production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I arrives at the Hippodrome next week -- its third stop on an 11-month national tour -- theater fans will have a chance to see the work of one of America's more prodigious actresses. Millions know Stefanie Powers as the glamorous, crime-stopping star of such TV series as The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. (1967-68) and Hart to Hart (1979-84), but in a five-decade career that began in Hollywood at the age of 15, she has also starred in multiple motion pictures (The Interns, McClintock!
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 24, 2000
Audra McDonald How Glory Goes (Nonesuch 79580) What a pathetic thing the musical theater has become. It isn't just that the shows themselves are lacking, replacing the luxuriant melodies of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers with the second-hand hooks of Andrew Lloyd Webber; the singers, too, seem scaled down, relying on amplification and inflection to achieve what real vocal power and tone used to accomplish. Thank God for Audra McDonald. Not since Barbara Cook and Barbra Streisand has there been a singer who so completely conveys what musical theater is about.
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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 and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 19, 2004
You can have great successes that go around the world, but in the musical theater, that hit needs to also be a hit on Broadway." It's indicative of the strength of the Broadway brand that these are the words of a British producer, who also happens to be one of the most successful musical theater producers of all time. Cameron Mackintosh makes this statement in Broadway: The American Musical, the monumental six-part PBS series that airs at 9 p.m. today through Thursday on MPT (Channels 22 and 67)
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By Katie V. Jones | September 3, 2011
This time of year, cast members and organizers of the September Song community theater group are usually bustling about, getting ready for the opening of the troupe's annual musical theater production. This year, that familiar cast of characters is bustling again. But this time, they're working on a one-night only fundraising performance aimed at keeping the lights from being dimmed on Carroll County's own touch of Broadway. "There's No Business Like Show Business," a musical revue highlighting songs from past September Song productions and popular Broadway shows, will be presented on Saturday, Sept.
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By Donna Weaver and Donna Weaver,Staff writer | July 31, 1991
As a child, Ron Bopst was the obnoxious kid who hogged all the attention.He couldn't get enough. The classic "ham" was always singing, always looking for the spotlight.At family get-togethers, the Glen Burnie resident would team up with a favorite cousin to sing tunes they heard on the radio, songs like "This Magic Moment" by the Drifters and "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver.His relatives delighted in having the duo singfor them. But Bopst wasn't just singing for the applause.
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