Arts and Humanities
1:44 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

REVIEW | Video and Effects Star in Broadway’s ‘Ghost: the Musical’

Steven Grant Douglas and Katie Postotnik in "Ghost: the Musical" American tour.
Credit Joan Marcus

Love it or hate it, the trend of adapting stage musicals from hit films isn’t leaving Broadway any time soon – a musical adaptation of "Pretty Woman" is in the works now. Sometimes it works beautifully – the smash hit comedy “Legally Blonde” is arguably an even better musical (thanks largely to incredibly catchy and heartfelt songs by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin) than film, and the wistful musical romance “Once” has taken a charming, small film and turned it to a powerful live experience (currently featuring Louisville native Adam Brown on Broadway, too!).

Both of those stories are transformed significantly by the addition of song and dance, which means there were artistic reasons (aside from business reasons) to adapt them for the stage.

Currently on its American tour, another film-to-stage adaptation, “Ghost: the Musical,” opened yesterday and runs through Sunday in the Broadway in Louisville series at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts’ Whitney Hall.

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Arts and Humanities
1:02 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

REVIEW | Jordan Harrison's 'The Grown-Up' A Charming Ode to the Imagination

Matthew Stadelmann and David Ryan Smith in The Grown-Up, Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Jordan Harrison likes a high concept – in his widely-favored 2011 Humana Festival entry “Maple and Vine,” which went on to high-profile productions at Playwrights Horizons and American Conservatory Theatre, urban achievers leave the contemporary über-connected rat race to live in a planned community of 1950s re-enactors, with all of the racial, gender, and sexual anachronisms that implies; in his sci-fi dystopian “Futura” (produced in Louisville by Theatre [502] in 2012), books and paper are outlawed in favor of the computing cloud. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:17 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

REVIEW | Theological Bombshells Land in Lucas Hnath's Humana Festival Play 'The Christians'

Emily Donahoe, Andrew Garman and Linda Powell in Lucas Hnath's "The Christians," Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014.
Credit Michael Brosilow / Actors Theatre of Louisville

One of playwright Lucas Hnath's many strengths is his ability to write ambiguous conflicts that elicit reactions that are anything but ambivalent. His new play "The Christians" is set squarely in the culture of the American evangelical Protestant church, but the questions it raises (and refuses to answer patly) resonate beyond — how do we know what we believe and why we believe it? And who are we, and what can we expect from others, if we change our minds? 

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Arts and Humanities
3:13 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Amplifying Voices in the Contemporary Art Park: Speed Museum Lecture Features Brazil's SuperUber

SuperUber's "Shadows," part of a cultural exploration of the connections between Brazil and Germany, on Sao Paulo's iconic FIESP building.
Credit SuperUber

  The Speed Art Museum’s $60 million renovation and expansion project, which has closed the main museum building for construction until 2016, will include the Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park and Piazza. Part of an ongoing effort to explore the possibilities of contemporary art parks is the Speed's spring lecture series. The latest talk in the series features Rio de Janeiro-based creative studio SuperUber, which mixes art with architecture and technology to create award-winning interactive art installations. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Humana Festival Playwright Jordan Harrison on 'The Grown-Up'

Actors Theatre of Louisville’s annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is underway.

Coming up this weekend is Jordan Harrison’s “The Grown-Up,” a play about the power of storytelling on stage. It opens Sunday and runs through April 7. 

This is Harrison’s fifth Humana Festival play. His last to open in the festival was “Maple and Vine” in 2011. Harrison says this play is a bit less linear than "Maple and Vine," and in some ways is what he calls a slant memoir.

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Arts and Humanities
9:55 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Louisville Visual Art Association's $100 Sale Expands

LVAA Art [Squared] piece, artist yet to be revealed.
Credit Louisville Visual Art Association

Last year, the Louisville Visual Art Association added a second, more affordable event to their annual high-end art auction, which serves as a scholarship fundraiser the art organization conducts in conjunction with the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute -- they put a selection of small paintings up for sale, all a uniform 8-inches-square, all selling for $100.

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Arts and Humanities
11:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Forecastle Festival: Beck, OutKast, Jack White, Replacements, Slint

Update: Forecastle Festival founder J.K. McKnight spoke to WFPL's Jonathan Bastian about the line-up. Listen below:

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Arts and Humanities
4:18 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Exhibit at Frazier Museum Explores American Flag In All Its (Old) Glory

This flag from Kit Hinricks' collection flew during the Civil War, after which it adorned a ship in the Asiatic fleet, and was captured by the Koreans during a skirmish. When the flag was re-captured, the marines who saved it emblazoned it with “By Land or By Sea.”
Credit Frazier History Museum

Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty and the bald eagle are all instantly recognizable icons of the United States, but the American flag is not only ubiquitous, it's changed over time, and is easily adapted for interpretation. Historical flags, folk art, ephemera and artifacts featuring versions of the flag design are on display in “Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag,” now showing at the Frazier History Museum.

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Arts and Humanities
10:23 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Humana Festival Playwright Lucas Hnath on 'The Christians'

Playwright Lucas Hnath returns to Actors Theatre with "The Christians," directed by Les Waters.

Playwright Lucas Hnath returns to the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville this month with a commissioned play. Directed by artistic director Les Waters, "The Christians" opens Thursday in the Pamela Brown Auditorium. 

"The Christians" features an American evangelical pastor as he prepares to deliver a sermon that will challenge the foundations of his congregation's beliefs. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Broadway Series Brings 'Lion King' Back to Louisville

Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as “Rafiki” in the opening number “The Circle of Life” from "The Lion King" National Tour.  
Credit  Joan Marcus / Disney

Broadway in Louisville is bringing "Disney's The Lion King" back next year. The organization announced its 2014-15 season today, which opens October 7 with "I Love Lucy Live On Stage," a live re-enactment of two episodes of the iconic 1950s sitcom. All shows play in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.

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