This is a heartwarming video for your Wednesday morning. A random audience member got pulled up on stage with Kristin Chenoweth to sing “For Good,” which is a great song from Wicked anyway, at a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Random audience member turned out to be a voice teacher, so it’s extra awesome.
Tonight, you can see Helen Mirren in a play at the Modern Museum in Fort Worth. Sorta. Much like last night’s opera at the Angelika, this is a high-definition recording of National Theatre Live’s production of The Audience. It’s actually a bit of a reprisal of her role as HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. You remember how fantastic she was in that, obviously. The play imagines the weekly conversations, or audience, between the Queen and the revolving door of prime ministers she’s known over the course of her reign, from Churchill to Cameron. This is also a great opportunity to drop by my favorite Fort Worth bar, The Usual.
More significantly, today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Martin Luther King III and Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headed up a commemoration in DC last Saturday, but there’s also a good number of anniversary events happening today. Locally, the Texas Theatre screens King: A Filmed Record From Montgomery to Memphis. The 1970 documentary biography is compiled of newsreel footage and other primary sources and traces the steps of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organizers of the march who made a pretty famous speech, from the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 to his assassination in 1968. Powerful stuff. Also, if you’re not following NPR’s Twitter feed, @todayin1963, you’re missing out. If you get hungry, there plenty of options nearby in our restaurant directory.
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