Karen Akers takes theater songs to cabaret

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) -- Karen Akers, the elegant cabaret artist with a voice like a cello and crystal diction, is performing a program of theater songs at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room as a tribute to "Nine," the 1982 Broadway show that touched off her stellar career as an actr


The Brothers Hanson, though not the mega-stars they once were, still are slugging it out in the trenches of popular music.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, March 22, the 81st day of 2003 with 284 to follow.
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Al Pacino's new CIA thriller, "The Recruit," has commandeered the No. 1 spot at the box office from last weekend's top film, "Darkness Falls."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

2002 Yearend: U.S. theater's challenges

The American theater faces the New Year in flux as Broadway continues to surrender its leadership role to Off Broadway, and regional theater and the theater community strive to build a younger audience to keep the stage alive and lively. Part of UPI's Spe

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The National Board of Review has named the Virginia Woolf drama, "The Hours," the Best Film of 2002.
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The New York Daily News says investigators in the Run-DMC homicide case are backing off the theory Jason Mizell's death was part of an East Coast-West Coast rap war.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Michel Legrand's Amour is Broadway bonbon

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A delectable musical confection such as French pop composer Michel Legrand's "Amour" is always welcome on Broadway, especially when a show has such winning stars as Melissa Errico and Malcolm Gets.

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"Sopranos" star James Gandolfini is confirming rumors he spent time in rehab to battle drug and alcohol abuse. The New York Daily News says the tough-guy actor admits as true the allegations his wife has leveled against him during their bitter divorce.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late country singer Marty Robbins, who was born in 1925; George Chambers of the Chambers Brothers in 1931 (age 71); Youngbloods drummer Joseph Bauer in 1941 (age 61); Brian Ferry of Roxy Music in 1945 (age 57); country singer
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Thinking about life: In Candide's Garden

SYDNEY, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The celebrated French writer Voltaire (1694-1778) is probably best remembered for his cynical witticisms. For example: "If God did not exist, it would be necess

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly package of Today in Music for Sept. 21-27.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly Today in Music package for Sept. 21-27.
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'Forbidden Broadway' spoofs the hit shows

NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- The 20th anniversary "Forbidden Broadway" revue spoofs hit theater shows with lambasting wit and uproarious satire that its creator and author, Gerard Alessandrini, finds more difficult to sustain with each production.
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Stephen Sondheim
Composer Stephen Sondheim arrives for the world premiere of his film based on his broadway musical "Sweeney Todd" at the Ziegfeld theatre in New York on December 3, 2007. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Stephen Joshua Sondheim (born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist for stage and film. He is the winner of an Academy Award, multiple Tony Awards (eight, more than any other composer) including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, multiple Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. Described by Frank Rich of the New York Times as "the greatest, and perhaps best-known artist working in musical theatre", his most famous scores include (as composer/lyricist) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Assassins, as well as the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.

In addition to theatre, he has contributed to the silver screen as well, including the 1981 Warren Beatty film Reds, contributing the song "Goodbye For Now". He also wrote five songs for the 1990 movie Dick Tracy, including Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man), which won the Academy Award for Best Song.

He was also president of the Dramatists Guild from 1973 to 1981. On September 15, 2010, in honor of his 80th birthday, the Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in his honor. He is also the only living composer with a quarterly journal published in his name.

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