A gorgeous version of the American stage classic opened in New York on Thursday for the first time in more than three decades with plenty of hand-wringing that this updated version, led by director Diane Paulus and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks,was messing with a Gershwin masterpiece.
Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis lead this reconception of life in Depression-era Catfish Row. The lovely Nikki Renee Daniels and the always-welcomed Joshua Henry play the doomed couple Clara and Jake, and leave us wanting to see and hear more.
Archuleta excited to shoot Philippine series
"American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta said he's excited about working on a Philippine TV series.
The singer's Filipino co-stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Eula Caballero welcomed him with flower garlands at Manila's airport Friday.
Archuleta, 20, said in a video blog before leaving the U.S. that he has taken acting lessons to prepare. "I'm excited about it. This is a new experience for me."
TV5 Vice President Perci Intalan said "it's a dream come true" for the network to have Archuleta in a Filipino show.
Eddie Van Halen gives guitars to L.A. schools
Rocker Eddie Van Halen has donated 75 electric guitars to Los Angeles-area high schools as a way to inspire music in kids.
Tricia Steel of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation said Van Halen came with the new guitars this week, saying he wanted them used in schools.
The non-profit Los Angeles foundation has distributed the guitars to seven schools serving mostly low-income students that needed them to replace broken instruments or build music enrollment.