Q&A When and why did you start singing? When I was a kid… I come from a musical family, and so music has always been a part of who I am. But I got serious about singing in high school when people told me girls would think I was cute. So my love for singing began there, really. Which singer inspired you most when you were young and which singer do you most admire? Oh gosh … [Read more...] about Lawrence Brownlee answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… singers’ edition!
OPERA SEASON 2018 - 2019 La Scala announced its 2018-2019 Opera season today with 15 titles, nine of which are new productions, and two are La Scala premieres. At the heart of the season remains the Italian repertoire, continuing with the cycle of works of Verdi, Puccini, Verismo (which will return in 2020 with Giordano’s Fedora and Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re), and the … [Read more...] about La Scala, Milan: Opera and Recital Season 2018 – 2019
Woody Allen's 1994 film "Bullets Over Broadway" explored the travails of an aspiring playwright struggling to bring his creation to the Great White Way. And now, in a possible case of art imitating, um, art, Allen is working on a musical adaptation of the film, with a Broadway premiere tentatively slated for 2013, reported Reuters. Allen will write the book for the musical, … [Read more...] about Woody Allen adapts Bullets Over Broadway for a new Broadway musical
Diane Keaton's new memoir, Then Again, digs into the origin of her romance with Woody Allen all those many years ago. "He had a great body," she writes. "I was in love with him before I knew him. He was Woody Allen ... He was so hip, with his thick glasses and cool suits." The two became friends during the 1968 production of Play It Again, Sam, when "Woody got used to me," … [Read more...] about Diane Keaton on Woody Allen: He had a great body!
After much anticipation, gossip and hearsay, Woody Allen is poised to launch production on his new Rome feature, receiving an official send-off from the mayor of Rome who gave the filmmaker the city's token of appreciation yesterday. To the delight of onlookers, Mayor Gianni Alemanno presented Allen with a statuette of the Eternal City's Capitoline Wolf, wishing him well in … [Read more...] about Woody Allen in Rome to start his latest movie
The Internet is abuzz today with rumours Roberto Benigni could be climbing on board Woody Allen's new Rome-based film. Film pundits were busy speculating how the madcap Tuscan comic and director might fit into a line-up featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page and Alec Baldwin. The talk was started by deadline.com's Mike Fleming, who said "I'm hearing that … [Read more...] about Benigni rumoured to join the cast of Woody Allen’s Rome film
Woody Allen Definitely the quintessential New York film-maker. I'm constantly amazed at how many films of his prodigious output were wonderful and how many actors and actresses had their best work under his direction. Knowing Sidney, he will have more energy dead than most live people." Martin Scorsese A New York film-maker at heart, and our vision of the city has been … [Read more...] about Fellow New York directors salute Sidney Lumet
In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica Woody Allen announced that he would be filming in Rome soon. It’s fantastic to have the possibility to work there, like when I shot ‘Manhattan’ in New York, ‘Match Point’ in London and ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ in Barcelona. Each time, it’s like a declaration of love for certain places. I project onto the big screen my … [Read more...] about Woody Allen chooses Rome for his next film
Kenneth Mars, a Mel Brooks collaborator who played a Hitler-worshipping playwright in "The Producers" and an earnest police inspector with a malfunctioning artificial arm in "Young Frankenstein", has died at 75. Mars had been on Broadway and appeared in several hit TV shows ("Get Smart", "Gunsmoke") when he was cast as the Hitler-worshiping playwright in Brooks’ 1968 comedy, … [Read more...] about Mel Brooks actor Kenneth Mars dies at 75