Lea Michele was 8 years old when she was cast as the young Cosette in Les Misérables. Then came more Broadway roles — in Ragtime, Fiddler On The Roof and Spring Awakening — before she became Rachel Berry on Glee.
Now, Michele has a new album that plays off her stage history. The title, Places, calls to mind the announcement that actors hear backstage just before the curtain goes up, and Michele tells NPR's Scott Simon that's not an accident.
What happens when you’re a Latino teenager assigned to write about one of your heroes, and you decide to choose someone from your own heritage? Not much, according to actor and comedian John Leguizamo, because history books and public school curricula don’t do enough to highlight Latino contributions to U.S. history.
When you think of Disney, "experimental" or "avant-garde" may not be the first words that spring to mind.
But when tasked with adapting the 1994 Disney animated film, TheLion King, for the Broadway stage, director Julie Taymor decided to take an unconventional tack.
Drawing on theater and puppetry traditions she'd studied from around the world, Taymor brought a bold, experimental approach to the show. And, when it opened in 1997, that fusion was met with wide critical acclaim and huge box office success.
The Athens Welcome Center and Classic City Tours are hosting Athens Music History Tours during AthFest. Local music historian, Paul Butchart is sharing first-hand stories from the beginning of the Athens music scene. The tour will explore the sights and sounds that cultivated that musical heritage. Butchart's band, The Side Effects, was the opening band for REM's very first show at the Old St. Mary's Church on Oconee Street.