The Royal Ballet brings two classic romances set to sparkle afresh

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In the competitive melee of world-class dance, the Royal Ballet keeps on its toes. Since 2011, when Christopher Wheeldon’s groundbreaking “Alice in Wonderland” became its first new, full-length work in 16 years, the company based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, has been continually pushing new boundaries ...

'Tell Me' lays bare one woman's quest

May 24, 2016

'Tell Me' lays bare one woman's quest

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The first thing Yojiro Ichikawa said when we sat down for our recent interview in a Tokyo rehearsal studio was, “Shall I speak in English?” For the director of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Tell Me on a Sunday,” which has its Japan premiere ...

Secrets of early Shakespeare theater dug up in London

May 20, 2016

Secrets of early Shakespeare theater dug up in London

British archaeologists raised the curtain Thursday on a 16th century theater that staged William Shakespeare plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and where the bard himself acted in “London’s first theater land.” The Curtain theater put on productions between 1577 and 1625 as one of ...

Japan-born ballerina O'Neill wins prestigious Benois prize

May 18, 2016

Japan-born ballerina O'Neill wins prestigious Benois prize

Dancer Hannah O’Neill on Tuesday won the prestigious award for the ballerina category in the Benois de la Danse competition, becoming only the second recipient from Japan to do so. The 23-year-old O’Neill, of New Zealand and Japanese parents, is a premier dancer with ...

Exploring the funny side of familial angst

May 16, 2016

Exploring the funny side of familial angst

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After it opened on Broadway in 2007, “August: Osage County” scooped a Tony for best play and earned a Pulitzer Prize for U.S. playwright Tracy Letts. Then in 2013’s film of the play, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts were nominated for Academy Awards for ...

'Hamilton' sets a new record with 16 Tony Award nominations

May 4, 2016

'Hamilton' sets a new record with 16 Tony Award nominations

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The megahit musical “Hamilton” has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another step in the show’s march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record ...

Theater festival's roots dig deep into Shizuoka

Apr 28, 2016

Theater festival's roots dig deep into Shizuoka

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In recent years, theater fans and artists here and abroad have increasingly been wakening up to the fact that cherry blossoms aren’t the only spring bounty in Japan. That’s because, thanks to the annual World Theatre Festival Shizuoka under Mt. Fuji, the coastal city ...

The double delight of 'Grand Hotel'

Apr 26, 2016

The double delight of 'Grand Hotel'

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It started life in 1929 as “Menschen im Hotel” (“People in the Hotel”), the first novel by Austrian writer Vicki Baum, but its storyline — set in the Grand Hotel in Berlin in 1928 — first became widely known through 1932’s Oscar-winning film “Grand ...

Young dramatists mark the Bard's anniversary in style

Apr 26, 2016

Young dramatists mark the Bard's anniversary in style

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Hot on the heels of Hideki Noda’s radical adaptation of “Richard III” being staged by Singaporean director Ong Ken Seng at Shizuoka Performing Arts Center from April 29 to May 1, another intriguing transformation of Shakespeare’s Machiavellian king will follow at Theatre Fuusikaden in ...

Dance icon sets a challenge

Mar 22, 2016

Dance icon sets a challenge

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Running with the bulls during the annual San Fermin fiesta in the Spanish city of Pamplona, or joining a traditional Ainu festival on Lake Akan in Hokkaido, may seem unusual ways for a choreographer to research — but not if the artist in question ...