Three legit offerings are included in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s spring season. Director Peter Hall makes his BAM debut with the Theater Royal, Bath, production of “As You Like It,” featuring his daughter Rebecca Hall.
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New Yorkers often swap stories about how the search for the perfect upstate haven breeds exasperating encounters with renovators, landscapers, organic coop farmers and local hippies, all deeply suspicious of weekend countrysiders but eager enough to accept their money. If Julia Greenberg and Robin Goldwasser had stuck to that scenario, they might have tapped a winning vein of satirical comedy in “People Are Wrong!” Instead, their overburdened, shapeless musical veers off onto less engaging turf, focusing on a green-thumbed, allegedly alien leader of a healing-through-vegetation cult who not only sports an offensive ponytail but actually sings about it.
Lower costs helped XM Satellite Radio cut its net losses in the third quarter, but subscriber growth flattened compared with the previous quarter.
Unlike most bare-bones stage versions of great literary classics, Martin Sherman’s adaptation of E.M. Forster’s 1924 “A Passage to India” provides auds enough substance to chew on.
CBS has renewed the contract of Sean McManus, president of CBS Sports, for three years. McManus is the network’s point man on negotiations over a new contract with the NFL.
The Film Sales Co. has sealed a pact to rep rights to feature docu “The Big Question” in all English-language territories.
The reigning Emmy comedy champ debuts its second season with an episode that may well be its funniest. The Bluth family mayhem continues unabated into a black hole of misunderstood intentions, complete with one fabulous double-entendre line involving self-loathing, the Blue Man Group and depression. TV bar’s for comedy has been raised again.
The November toon stakes are on. Walt Disney bows Pixar’s “The Incredibles” in a super-saturated 3,933-theater release today, and Warner Bros. opens “The Polar Express” on Wednesday.
More viewers found ABC’s hot drama “Lost” on the eve of the November sweep, while NBC got some encouraging returns for “The West Wing” one night after the presidential election.