Carville joining Fox News
The ragin’ Cajun is back.
A year after his abrupt departure from CNN, Democratic strategist and cable-news fixture James Carville has landed a new gig as a contributor at Fox News, the network announced Thursday.
“James’ successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to Fox News,” said Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming at Fox News. “We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network.”
– Los Angeles Times
‘Motown’ is back in Detroit
The musical about the Motown sound is going home.
Producers of “Motown the Musical” said Thursday that the show’s national tour will play Detroit’s Fisher Theatre for four weeks between Oct. 21 and Nov. 16.
The show about Berry Gordy tells the story of how his Motown Records empire rose and fell and then rose again. It uses dozens of songs, including “War,” “What’s Going On?,” “My Girl,” “Dancing in the Streets” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.”
The show earned four Tony Award nominations. In addition to the show’s home on Broadway, the national tour will kick off in Chicago on April 22. Other stops in the next two years include Minneapolis, Kansas City, Mo., San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C
Camp David revisited
President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, plan to join the premiere of the new play “Camp David” by Lawrence Wright that opens in April in Washington.
The Arena Stage announced Thursday that the Carters will serve as honorary chairs of the red-carpet premiere of “Camp David.” It’s a fundraising event scheduled for April 3 to support programs at the theater.
“Camp David” follows the pursuit of peace in the Middle East for 13 days during Carter’s presidency, when he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. It will feature Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin as Begin and actor Richard Thomas as Carter. The production will run from March 21 to May 4.
‘Matilda’ hits the road
Those naughty kids from “Matilda the Musical” are hitting the road.
A national tour will begin in May 2015 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles before stops at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center. The full schedule and casting will be announced later.
The Broadway musical based on the Roald Dahl book centers on the precocious Matilda Wormwood, an English girl who loves to read despite the disdain of her sleazy parents. She is befriended by a kindly teacher but opposed by her fearsome school headmistress.
“Matilda” is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian-composer Tim Minchin. It’s directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus and was a hit first in London.