Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Entertainment News

  • The Broadway vampire musical Lestat sucks… and will close after a very short run, losing most of the $12(!) million it took to put it on, and tarnishing the reputation of creators Elton John, Bernie Taupin, and Ann Rice.

    Also closing are several plays with big-name headliners, including Three Days of Rain with Julia Roberts (in June) and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial with David Schwimmer (Friends). Proof again that big names don’t make a play a success; it’s all about the message, and the rest of the trappings — including stunning props and star power — can’t make up for a weak concept or poor direction.

  • John Lloyd Young won the Drama Desk award for best actor in a musical for his portrayal of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. Way to go, JLY. Could it be a precursor to the Tony Awards?
  • reviews An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary on global warming by Davis Guggenheim and starring Al Gore.

    OK, so no one’s going to be surprised that Al Gore is sincere and earnest, or that he’s well informed about the scientific mechanisms behind global warming. But viewers of “An Inconvenient Truth,” the new documentary about Gore’s personal crusade to educate the world about its warmer future — especially those of us who declined to vote for him in 2000 — may be surprised by the man’s soulfulness, sense of humor and professorial charisma.


    It’s difficult to imagine that “An Inconvenient Truth” will change many Americans’ views on global warming. Gore’s track record as an environmental advocate is well known, and the film is not likely to play widely or well among the Fox News demographic. It may rally those of us who already agree with him to push the issue closer to the top of the national debate, and certainly that’s a worthy goal.

  • I have no idea who’s going to win on American Idol. Try to imagine within your wildest dreams how much I care.