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Women Dominate in a Historic Night at the 2024 Grammys

Sunday, February 4th was the 2024 Grammy Awards. This past year has been coined by many as “the year of the girl,” with music being no exception: events such as Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, Beyonce’s RENAISSANCE tour, and Greta Gerwig’s Barbie dominated the cultural scene. This year’s Grammy Awards certainly reflected the “year of the girl” phenomenon, paying tribute to many of these blockbusting events.read more.

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The Ongoing Importance of Amy Adams’ Portrayal of Margaret Keane

On this day in 2015, Amy Adams won the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Margaret Keane in Big Eyes. This win was two-fold: it earned Amy much-deserved recognition for brilliantly telling Margaret’s story, and it brought Margaret’s story some much-deserved recognition in itself. 

Big Eyes is a biographical drama film which tells the story of American artist Margaret Keane, renowned for her distinctive paintings of subjects with large, expressive eyes.read more.

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YENTL at 40: No Wonder We Love Barbra Streisand!

Were you to walk the streets of Cullman (AL) on a night in 1975, you would find yourself in a very quiet place. Cullman is small, surrounded on all sides by farmland and clumps of sweetgum trees. On that 70s night, it would have been dark, and, save the radio of an occasional passing pickup, quiet. But if you followed the right street down into a flat residential area, a voice could eventually be made out, just over the din of the cicadas.… read more.

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Some Like It Hot: Amber Ruffin’s Broadway Triumph

On this day in 2022, the Broadway musical Some Like it Hot played its first preview. The award-winning show is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, with a book by Matthew López and Amber Ruffin, and music by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman. Today is a perfect day is celebrate its run on Broadway and the hilarious comedienne Amber Ruffin!read more.

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Jeanine Tesori Finds the Right Notes for Emotionally Complex Lives

If you’re a Broadway fan, there’s nothing quite so daunting as an original Broadway musical. Realistically, it could turn out to be a disappointment. On the other hand, it could be the next big thing. When it comes to Kimberly Akimbo, theatre goers can rejoice. This is due in part to the work of Jeanine Tesori, an icon of the musical theatre industry.read more.

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Memory Lane: Barbara Turner, Robert Altman, & Me

Today, I am celebrating a milestone intimately connected with my own life: The world premiere of The Company – twenty years ago today – at the Toronto International Film Festival

In 2003, I was in Chicago – in a period of transition from my old life as a health care computer consultant to my new life as a writer – when I learned that Indie Icon Robert Altman was also in Chicago making a new film with our world-renown Joffrey Ballet Company.… read more.

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