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'Cinderella', 'Phantom', 'Mama Mia!' alter Broadway schedules

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fans of some of Broadway's top musicals will be able to see their favorite shows on a different day and time as producers introduced Thursday matinees to meet audience demand. "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," "Mama Mia!" and "The Phantom of the Opera" have begun Thursday matinees in addition to, or instead of, the usual Wednesday afternoon performance.

Recession no laughing matter for clown industry

In a global recession, being a clown is no laughing matter. That was the sombre verdict as the World Clown Association wrapped up its annual convention on Saturday after a decade which has seen their numbers dwindle. More than 230 clowns from the around the world attended the event outside Chicago, gathering to share skills and hopefully encourage a new generation to don a red nose, make-up and a pair of oversized shoes. But it's an art pursued more as a labor of love of laughs these days than for a living.

Lloyd Webber, Rice lose their touch in London as musicals close early

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Two of the biggest names in British musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will close their latest shows early at the end of March, in a blow to the former partners' efforts to succeed separately in London's West End. Lyricist Rice and composer Lloyd Webber, who collaborated on such hits as "Evita", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat", have suffered mixed reviews for their latest productions.

LatAm circus stars look for opportunities in Europe

Figueres, Spain, Feb 24 (EFE).- Latin American circus stars like the Chilean clown "Pastelito," his compatriots Catalina and Camila Palma, and Mexico's Duo Marquez, are appearing at the International Circus Festival in Figueres, a city in northeastern Spain, in search of whatever opportunities Europe has to offer. One requirement of this prestigious big top event is that all the acts must be totally new to the European public, which in turn makes it a magnet for show programmers around the world.

LatAm circus stars look for opportunities in Europe

Figueres, Spain, Feb 24 (EFE).- Latin American circus stars like the Chilean clown "Pastelito," his compatriots Catalina and Camila Palma, and Mexico's Duo Marquez, are appearing at the International Circus Festival in Figueres, a city in northeastern Spain, in search of whatever opportunities Europe has to offer. One requirement of this prestigious big top event is that all the acts must be totally new to the European public, which in turn makes it a magnet for show programmers around the world.

Italian violinist strikes a chord with street kids

A leading Italian violinist has swapped gilded concert halls for audiences of street children around the world, using music therapy to help those less fortunate. Sara Michieletto has performed with top orchestras across Europe during an illustrious career and since 1998 has played in the first violins of the orchestra of the Fenice opera house in Venice. But more recently the 41-year-old has played for children across the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, in Indian slums and helping street kids and orphans in Indonesia.

Cirque du Soleil at 30: 'The show is the star'

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - A man whose female partner balances the nape of her neck on the nape of his neck with her body sticking straight into the air sums up the amazing human feats Cirque du Soleil presents in a London show kicking off the troupe's 30th year. Also on display during a month-long run of Cirque's evergreen 1996 production "Quidam" is a woman who drops herself from the heights of the Royal Albert Hall tangled up in a weave of scarlet silk that stops her just short of hitting the stage floor.

Cirque du Soleil at 30: 'The show is the star'

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - A man whose female partner balances the nape of her neck on the nape of his neck with her body sticking straight into the air sums up the amazing human feats Cirque du Soleil presents in a London show kicking off the troupe's 30th year. Also on display during a month-long run of Cirque's evergreen 1996 production "Quidam" is a woman who drops herself from the heights of the Royal Albert Hall tangled up in a weave of scarlet silk that stops her just short of hitting the stage floor.

Hollywood stars flock to Broadway for upcoming season

New York, Dec 16 (EFE).- Hollywood stars are warming up their voices and rehearsing their parts, with no camera tricks, retakes or computer-generated images to help them, for the upcoming Broadway season, raising great expectations among theatergoers about seeing Denzel Washington in "A Raisin in the Sun," James Franco in "Of Mice and Men" and Michelle Williams in "Cabaret."

Cirque du Soleil acrobat in hospital after fall at Las Vegas show

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A Cirque du Soleil acrobat was hospitalized after suffering injuries in a fall during a performance in Las Vegas on Friday night, just days after the Montreal-based company was fined in connection with a fatal accident in June. The unidentified male acrobat was performing in the "Wheel of Death" act during the show "Zarkana" when he slipped and fell off the wheel, Cirque du Soleil said in a Facebook posting on Saturday.
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