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Wednesday, March 21,2012

'Memphis' Belle

Meet the two Felicias: the fiery 1950s heroine of 'Memphis' and the actress who plays her

by James Sanford
When she was cast in "Memphis," the Tony-winning musical about the dawn of rock 'n' roll and the Civil Rights movement, Felicia Boswell insists she didn’t have to do much in the way of research. It was literally in her blood.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Au revoir to 'Oklahoma' and so long 'Hello, Dolly!'

This season’s high school musicals include ‘Hairspray,’ ‘9 to 5,’ ‘Chicago’ — and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

by James Sanford
To some, the term "high school musical' calls to mind visions of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale. To others, it means wake-me-when-it’s-over productions of "H.M.S. Pinafore" or "Peter Pan."
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

The screening room

The humor is hard-hitting in Gleeson's 'Guard'

by James Sanford
"The Guard" teams dumpling-faced, plain-talking small-town police sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) with the considerably more polished and professional Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), an FBI agent assigned to track down international narcotics traffickers who are bringing a boat full of cocaine to the Emerald Isle.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Curtain Call

'Checking Out' checks in at LCP

by James Sanford
The Lansing Civic Players production unfolds inside The Lonely Pelican, located in fictitious Pepsicola, Fla., where manager George (Rick Wendorf) and his daughter, Karin (Brittney Benjamin), have to face their own reservations about life.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Something to talk about

In Riverwalk's 'Becky's New Car,' it's up to you to help out a chatty heroine who's juggling a husband and a new suitor

by James Sanford
“Audience members get invited to come up onstage and help Becky dress, she asks them to do some tasks — which they may or may not do — and she even asks them to vote at one point on whether she should do something or not.”
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

The screening room

Revealed: Eddie Murphy's secret to looking younger

by James Sanford
When this comedy about a sleazy literary agent who falls under a yogi’s curse was shot, Lehman Brothers was still open for business and Sarah Palin was talking about Joe Six-Pack and the hockey moms. Yes, all the way back in 2008.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

He shoots, he sings

Cameraman. Karaoke host. Rocker. Who says Jamie Rohda can't have it all?

by James Sanford
A few weeks ago, you might have seen Jamie Rohda performing with his band, Nothin 2 Lose, at the Colonial Bar. Or maybe you’ve caught one of the karaoke nights he regularly hosts on Wednesdays at Old Town’s Esquire Bar or Thursdays at Buddies Pub and Grill in Okemos.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

The screening room

Time for 'Celebrity Rehab: Academy Awards Edition'

by James Sanford
If last year’s Oscar ceremony — hosted by an all-too-eager-to-please Anne Hathaway and a nearly somnambulant James Franco — was a fascinatingly misguided mess, this year’s fiasco was almost as exciting as being served a TV dinner that had languished in the far recesses of the freezer since 1995.
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Wednesday, February 22,2012

Cast as an outcast

Edward O'Ryan spent years preparing for his role in the Irish black comedy 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

by James Sanford
It’s common to hear actors complaining that they don't get as much work as they'd like. That's not Edward O'Ryan's problem, however.
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Wednesday, February 22,2012

Screening room

Who gets the gold — and who gets the cold shoulder?

by James Sanford
Sure things? For sure. Shocks? Distinctly possible. In other words, this year´s Academy Awards should be business as usual..
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