Daily Archive: December 7, 2017

Michael Luwoye: Once a theater outsider, now he’s Alexander Hamilton — in L.A., and soon on Broadway

Michael Luwoye: Once a theater outsider, now he’s Alexander Hamilton — in L.A., and soon on Broadway

Click. Click. Click.

The sound comes from deep inside Michael Luwoye’s mouth, near the back of his tongue. It’s not intentional. The “Hamilton” star clicks when he’s trying to order his thoughts, place objects spatially or respond to somebody who says something profound.

“It’s like a period or…

Rory O’Malley’s comic road to King George in ‘Hamilton’ started in Burbank

Rory O’Malley’s comic road to King George in ‘Hamilton’ started in Burbank

Rory O’Malley’s husband says O’Malley’s head has gotten bigger since it’s been wearing a crown. O’Malley doesn’t argue. Playing King George III in the national tour of “Hamilton,” after ruling the role for nine months on Broadway, has done wonders for his self-confidence.

“It’s definitely a high…

Motorcycle rider dies in road mishap in Tagbilaran

Motorcycle rider dies in road mishap in Tagbilaran

Motorcycle rider dies in road mishap in Tagbilaran

A man was killed while a backrider was severely injured after the motorcycle they were riding slammed into an electric post along J.A. Clarin Street in this city on Thursday.

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The gamble of ‘Coco’ and its strong cultural ties to Mexico pays off for creative team

The gamble of ‘Coco’ and its strong cultural ties to Mexico pays off for creative team

Perhaps Disney/Pixar is playing with the house’s money, with billions in grosses and a boatload of Oscars. But for the animated gamble “Coco” to work, it had to hit a parlay.

Sure, the film had Oscar winner Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) writing and directing, but it was also betting on young and…

The Roots mixed past and present for an impassioned message of injustice

The Roots mixed past and present for an impassioned message of injustice

Questlove is everywhere, seemingly doing everything, and with aplomb. But when it came to crafting a song to adequately accompany Kathryn Bigelow’s explosive “Detroit,” the affable multi-instrumentalist/producer/bandleader/composer says, “This is a heavy ball to carry.”

Bigelow called him “out…

Jordan Peele used unknown composer Michael Abels for ‘Get Out’ — and got a thumbs up from Steven Spielberg

Jordan Peele used unknown composer Michael Abels for ‘Get Out’ — and got a thumbs up from Steven Spielberg

No one expected Jordan Peele’s low-budget horror/comedy “Get Out” to make $253 million worldwide, while charming practically every film critic. And no one had heard of its composer, Michael Abels.

Peele specifically wanted a composer of color for his “Twilight Zone”-esque tale of a young black…

Composer Carter Burwell left his comfort zone for ‘Wonderstruck’ and felt at home with ‘Three Billboards’

Composer Carter Burwell left his comfort zone for ‘Wonderstruck’ and felt at home with ‘Three Billboards’

Carter Burwell is comfortable with irony. The New Yorker is best known for his work with Joel and Ethan Coen (beginning with 1984’s “Blood Simple”), where he has accompanied the duo’s black humor and self-deluded characters.

So when another regular collaborator, Todd Haynes, asked him to score…

‘Coco,’ ‘Greatest Showman’ argue for the Oscars to revive the long-dormant song score category

‘Coco,’ ‘Greatest Showman’ argue for the Oscars to revive the long-dormant song score category

So there are awards for original score and original song. But whither the category to honor musicals and their “song scores”? No such award has been given since Prince won for “Purple Rain” more than 30 years ago.

EGOT winner Robert Lopez, co-composer of a key song used several times in this year’s…

‘Coco,’ ‘Greatest Showman’ argue for the Oscars to revive the long-dormant song score category

‘Coco,’ ‘Greatest Showman’ argue for the Oscars to revive the long-dormant song score category

So there are awards for original score and original song. But whither the category to honor musicals and their “song scores”? No such award has been given since Prince won for “Purple Rain” more than 30 years ago.

EGOT winner Robert Lopez, co-composer of a key song used several times in this year’s…

Earnest scores enhance tales of outcasts in love, loneliness and loss

Earnest scores enhance tales of outcasts in love, loneliness and loss

A common theme among the year’s best film scores is an almost old-fashioned earnestness. Perhaps in response to the darkness and trauma in the real world, many movies have abandoned cynicism and irony — and their scores have followed suit by being sincerely, even passionately heroic, romantic,…

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