ARTSBEAT by Stas Kmiec 3-5-14
THE BIBLE BACK ON FILM
Son of God
The epic biblical drama film Son of God is a motion picture event experience created to be shared among families and communities across the United States. Through compelling cinematic storytelling, it brings the story of Jesus’ life to audiences – that is both powerful and inspirational. Based on Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ten-hour miniseries The Bible, the film will feature sections of the miniseries, as well as deleted scenes not shown during the telecast. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, visual effects and a rich orchestral score. The film spans from Jesus’ humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Now playing in theaters and special screenings nationwide.
In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. Directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, and Jennifer Connelly, the film is based on the story of Noah’s Ark and will be released in theaters on March 28.
Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale, Ben Kingsley, and Sigourney Weaver, this Biblical epic film is an interpretation of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt as led by Moses and related in the Bible book of Exodus. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. The film will be released on December 12, 2014.
Bullets Over Broadway
A playwright who needs someone to back his next show. A mobster who needs some way to please his showgirl girlfriend. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship or a brand new musical comedy! Based on the screenplay of the Woody Allen’s Academy Award-nominated film, Bullets Over Broadway brings the talents of Allen and Tony Award winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman together for the first time. Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters, and the songs that made the 20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway is ready to bring musical comedy back with a bang. Zach Braff will make his Broadway debut in Bullets. Braff is known to audiences for his long-running TV show Scrubs. Performances begin on March 11 with the official opening on April 10; St. James Theatre 246 W. 44th St., New York, NY.
Idina Menzel – a star in the original Rent and Wicked is now an enormous success in the Disney movie Frozen. Her new Broadway show, If/Then, is by the musical team behind the Tony-winning Next to Normal. The musical features parallel stories involving the same woman, balancing life and work, choosing different paths. In previews; opens March 30 – Richard Rodgers Theater, 226 West 46th St; www.ifthenthemusical.com.
Bridges of Madison County
Francesca, a passionate Italian transplanted to a farm in Madison County, Iowa, meets Robert, a globe-trotting photographer on assignment to capture the area’s covered bridges. The new Broadway musical based on a best-selling novel and starring acclaimed musical theater performer, Kelli O’Hara, Bridges of Madison County, opened recently to favorable and rave reviews. The show has a score by Jason Robert Brown, a book by Marsha Norman, and direction by Bartlett Sher – all Tony Award winners. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre – 236 West 45th Street, New York, NY
• Tales From Red Vienna opens on March 18; Tony Award winner Nina Arianda plays a World War I widow who grudgingly turns to prostitution. Manhattan Theater Club at City Center Stage I – 131 West 55th Street, Manhattan, 212-581-1212, www.nycitycenter.org.
• Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna — an acrobatic tribute to the work and voice of women will begin performances March 20 through April 13 at Citi Field in Queens. For the first time in Cirque du Soleil’s history, the cast will be 70 percent female. Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. For more information: www.CirqueDuSoleil.com/Amaluna.
Wałęsa Film in Pittsburgh
On March 20 – April 5, 2014, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. will host the “Faces of Work” International Film Festival. The festival will feature the Polish film, Wałęsa: Man of Hope. Polish Falcons of America is serving as a sponsor of the showing – the Pittsburgh premiere of the film directed by Andrzej Wajda. For additional information: www.cmu.edu/faces.
Polish Films in DC
With the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, the 24th Washington Jewish Film Festival will present A Spotlight on Polish Cinema and Poland-themed films through March 9. Films will comprise a presentation of contemporary narratives, documentaries and shorts as well as a new restorations from 1918 and 1938 including: The Yellow Ticket, The Man Who Made Angels Fly, The Jewish Cardinal, Ida, Mamele, Binding, Aftermath, and Auschwitz on My Mind – www.wjff.org.
Peridance in Concert
The Peridance Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Igal Perry will present their New York Spring Season with performances spanning two weekends at the Salvatore Capezio Theater beginning March 15 through March 23. www.peridance.com
Galleria Jubilee Milestone
Galleria on Third will mark their 15th year anniversary in New York City with a benefit art show featuring art work by friends of the gallery including painter/illustrator Rafal Olbinski , world renowned artist Romero Britto, TV personality Carson Kressley, ABC’s Sandy Kenyon, celebrated abstract artist James C. Leonard, photographer DeGroom, and owner-turned-artist, Shadin Hossain. Exhibit begins on March 17 – opening Match 20 through April 13 – 529 3rd Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets), New York, NY (www.galleriaonthird.com).