Monthly Archives: June 2007

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Lord of the Rings’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — A transatlantic trip appears to have done wonders for the epic stage version of “The Lord of the Rings” that has just opened in the West End following a dire opening run in Toronto. What … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Orson Welles’s ‘Around the World’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The concert presentation of the musical “Around the World,” created in 1946 by Orson Welles and Cole Porter (below left) from the Jules Verne novel about Phileas Fogg traversing the globe in 80 days, has … Continue reading

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Werner Herzog’s ‘The Wild Blue Yonder’ opens in the UK

By Ray Bennett Werner Herzog’s rhapsodic documentary “The Wild Blue Yonder,” which just opened at London’s ICA and in other key U.K. cities, is a hugely entertaining exploration of inner and outer space. A breathtaking musical score by Dutch composer … Continue reading

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TV REVIEW: David Morrissey in ‘Viva Blackpool!’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The BBC has taken the U.S. title of its flamboyant musical crime miniseries “Viva Blackpool!” for a 90-minute special follow-up to a show it originally called just “Blackpool.” David Morrissey returns as the charismatic if … Continue reading

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