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1/15/09 AM Clips - Tri-State

New York Times

City Opera Names Steel as General Manager
The tottering New York City Opera has appointed the impresario and conductor George R. Steel as its leader.

A Crooner Returns, With a Swing in His Heart
To watch the 96-year-old Tony Martin perform songs he recorded more than six decades ago is to witness how popular songs and memory can work together as a kind of Proustian madeleine.

Ricardo Montalbán, Star of ‘Fantasy Island,’ Dies at 88
Mr. Montalbán, one of Hollywood’s first Latino leading men, had a long career as a television and movie actor but is perhaps best remembered as the as the debonair concierge of “Fantasy Island.”

Virgin Megastore in Times Square to Be Replaced by Forever 21
The closing, which was announced to the store’s 200 employees this week, will leave the Virgin store on Union Square as the last Manhattan outpost of a large music chain.

Arts, Briefly: Footnotes
The Zipper Factory, a theater and tavern, has closed, its owner, Lee Z. Davis, said. ... “Altar Boyz,” the musical comedy about to begin its fifth year at New World Stages, will make tickets available on a “pay what you can” basis for the 8 p.m. performance on Wednesday.

New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

The Zipper Factory Closes

New York Daily News

'Fantasy Island' actor Montalban dies
Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's "Fantasy Island," has died.

amNY New York City Theater Blog

Original Hair Cast on Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Some Cole Porter Fun with Victoria Clark and David Hyde Pierce
Lincoln Center's annual American Songbook series kicked off its 11th season on Wednesday night at the gorgeous Allen Room with "Night and Day," a salute to Cole Porter with Rob Fisher on piano and singers David Hyde Pierce and Victoria Clark. This follows Fisher's celebration of Leonard Bernstein last year.

* Blithe Spirit to Hold Auditions for a Real Psychic
* New York City Opera Appoints George Steel as General Manager

New York Post

Monk business
Shaolin buddhists add (Wu) Tang to B'way

Just say 'no' to this tale of heroin addicts
Is it unfair to suggest that the Living Theatre is living a little too much in the past? While it's natural to want to celebrate a...

'Virgin' Sacrifice In Times Square
Come April, there'll be one less Virgin in Manhattan. The Virgin Megastore in Times Square - the nation's highest-volume music store - is shutting down in three months, it was learned...

Liz Smith: Warning good read
...The well-known Allison Janney, who played the press secretary to the president in the TV series, says it was just sent to her and got her all choked up. Ms. Janney is getting ready to move back to New York with her beloved dog. She'll be in Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" extravaganza happening in April in NYC. .... Also Barbra's new album...

Time Out New York

Preview: Will Ferrell
The comedian takes Bush to Broadway for a satirical farewell.

Review: The Shipment
Young Jean Lee plays the race card in this biting satire, and it's a royal flush.

Review: Becky Shaw
Love and sympathy get deliciously skewed in Gina Gionfriddo's hilarious comedy of bad manners.

Review: Under the Radar Festival: England
Art and love are the only things that can save us, in Tim Crouch's disarming new performance piece.

Review: Under the Radar Festival: Call Cutta in a Box
In this strikingly intimate theater experiment, it's just you on the phone to a call center somewhere in India.

Review: Wickets
Seven stewardesses go sky-high in Clove Galilee and Jenny Rogers's clever new piece, set on a 1970s jumbo jet.

Review: The Connection
Judith Malina and the Living Theatre revive their 1959 junkie drama for a new generation to get hooked on.

Gothamist

Extra, Extra
* Actor Patrick McGoohan, known for his roles in British TV (like The Prisoner) and film but was actually born in Queens, died today.
* A sad day for TV all around as Fantasy Island and Star Trek star Ricardo Montalban passed away as well.

SoHo's Fiamma, Times Square's Ruby Foo's, Abruptly Close

Hallelujah, the Beacon Reopens in February

New York Magazine Vulture Blog

Exclusive: George Steel to Be Named General Manager of New York City Opera

Village Voice La Daily Musto Blog

Baby June Can Still Entertain Us With Truths

Hartford Courant

Rizzo, Ticker: 'One Of The Damned Few" at Yale Rep
Not many actors can say they have been directed by Samuel Beckett in the playwright's own productions.

'Avenue Q' A Fun Show For Adults Only

Hartford Advocate

Stage: War and Mystery, One Apartment
Peter shows up unexpectedly at his sister-in-law Kelly's apartment one year after her husband — ...

The Valley Advocate

Frozen Follies
Two lighthearted musicals brighten winter's dark days.

Life in New York
In a country as big as the United States, the concept of nationalism can sometimes seem enormous, so...

Fairfield County Advocate

Stage Right
New artistic director Mark Lamos promises to bring the right balance to the Westport Country Playhouse

1/15/09 AM Clips - National, Industry

Reuters

New York City Opera names new chief
New York City Opera named theater director and conductor George Steel as its new general manager and artistic director on Wednesday, hoping he can carve a future for the United States' second most important opera house.

Video: Ricardo Montalban dies
Jan. 14 -Actor Ricardo Montalban has died at the age of 88 in Los Angeles.

Video: Talk of the Town: McGoohan dies

Variety

National Theater unveils new season
A new push into the growing market for closed-circuit screenings of stage productions in movie theaters and a new play reuniting "The History Boys" scribe Alan Bennett and director Nicholas Hytner are the highlights of the National Theater's 2009 season.

Mathis, Hanks join '33 Variations'
Jane Fonda headlining Broadway play

Zipper Factory closes suddenly
Real estate disagreement led to closure

George Steel joins NYC Opera
Manager was previously Miller Theater exec

Review: The War of the Roses -- Part 1
Cate Blanchett, who immortalized England's Elizabeth I for modern screen audiences, has returned in fine form to monarchical territory, switching genders to portray King Richard II in a sprawling, two-part epic amalgam of Shakespeare's history plays about the Plantagenet dynasty...

Roaring Trade, Soho Theatre, London
It's not just the financial downturn that makes Steve Thompson's satirical expose of the backstabbing antics of City bond traders feel dated and superfluous. It's the overfamiliarity of the material via countless previous depictions, from films ...

Back Stage

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet reviewed by Lisa Jo Sagolla [critic's pick]
The stylish Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet comprises 15 of today's most aesthetically interesting virtuoso dancers under the artistic direction of Benoit-Swan Pouffer.

Melvillapalooza: Voyage B reviewed by Karl Levett [critic's pick]
There's something heartwarming about a midwinter festival that salutes Herman Melville, an American literary hero if there ever was one

First Love reviewed by Gwen Orel [critic's pick]
Samuel Beckett's protagonists are oddballs. Highly intelligent, their speech is always haunting, lyrical, and hilarious, despite references to feces, filth, and death.

Back Stage - Blog Stage

Andrew Salomon: Good News on Economy (Really)
The economy continues to dominate the news, but today it's good. Crain's New York Business reports that construction spending on New York cultural institutions will have an economic impact of $2.2 billion and create 2,500 full-time jobs. The report is based on a study by Alliance for the Arts, a New York-based advocacy group.

David Sheward: National Theatre Goes to the Movies, Lotsa Other Stuff

Dan Lehman: Can Neil Patrick Harris Save Broadway?

Bloomberg.com

`West Side Story' Revival Thrills With Dream Maria, Espanol: Jeremy Gerard
Arthur Laurents’s revelatory revival of “West Side Story” wraps up its tryout run at Washington’s National Theatre this weekend before heading north to Broadway. It has plenty to recommend it, notably the Maria played by Josefina Scaglione, an unknown Argentina-born stunner.

Stiffing Dallas, George Steel Signs Up for New York's Decrepit City Opera
An exhausting search ended yesterday with the appointment of George Steel, chief of the Dallas Opera, as general manager and artistic director of the New York City Opera.

Wall Street Journal

How Jazz Helped Hasten Civil Rights
The Kennedy Center celebrates Martin Luther King's Birthday and Obama's inauguration with a concert that explores how "America's triumphant music" fought Jim Crow.