A Wishful toast to Fisher’s Drinking

Dec 08

A <i>Wishful</i> toast to Fisher’s <i>Drinking</i>

The force is strong with this one. Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking, her one-woman stage autobiography, continues its wild ride. The Bay Area saw the show twice at Berkeley Repertory Theatre before it landed on Broadway. The book with the same name was a New York Times bestseller. And now Wishful Drinking is an HBO documentary. The show has its broadcast debut at 9pm Sunday, Dec. 12 and repeats through Dec. 28 (on HBO) and Dec. 29 (on HBO 2).

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Watch it: `In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams’

May 26

Everything wonderful about the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights is captured in the new PBS documentary “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams.” (The show airs at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 27 on KQED Channel 9) The program, part of the “Great Performances” showcase, is only an hour, but in exploring why the musical is so...

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Bea Arthur, Rock Hudson: On a high

May 06

This is just too much fun not to share. With the passing of Bea Arthur, it’s good to remember her musical roots. Oh, for the heyday of ’70s variety shows! What producer these days would have the guts to pair such diverse performers as Rock Hudson and Bea Arthur? Cheesy...

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Video heaven! [title of show], Beautiful People, Legally Brown

Oct 20

Oh, so many things to watch in this YouTube world of ours. Let’s get started with a tribute to the now-closed Broadway show [title of show], which had an incredibly devoted and active fan base, as you’ll see in this version of “Nine People’s Favorite Thing.” Now here’s a taste of the BBC series “Beautiful People,”...

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Disney hatches a `High School Musical’ flop

Aug 18

The Walt Disney Company never has handled success very well. Surprisingly, abundance of imagination can lead to a hit, then absence of imagination can kill it dead. Look no further than the “High School Musical” franchise. What started out as a cheap little TV movie one-off has turned into a pop culture behemoth, spawning a hugely popular made-for-TV...

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What the Elle? Bailey conquers `Blonde’

Jul 22

The three remaining girls (from left), Bailey, Autumn, Rhiannon, face the judges one last time. B’bye Rhiannon. Photos courtesy of MTV. Well let’s just be thankful it’s over. MTV’s reality show “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods” began seven weeks ago with 50 girls and, as the voiceover told us, “the...

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