is one of those Broadway shows that took forever—well, a
couple of decades, anyway—to get to the big screen. Part
of the explanation may be the modern Hollywood antipathy
to musicals. It’s equally likely, however, that the show’s
owners wanted to wait until the perfect combination of star
power and talent was available to get it right.
By most early accounts, Dreamworks and Paramount did “get
it right.” A fictionalized version of the Motown (and Supremes)
story, Dreamgirls was written and directed by Bill
Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), an unlikely
but inspired choice. It stars Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles
and Eddie Murphy; most of the early Oscar buzz, however,
centers around “supporting” actress and American Idol
loser Jennifer Hudson. (Take that, Simon, you smarmy Brit
will open at cinemas all over the region on Christmas Day
(Monday, Dec. 25). Check our movie listings for locations,
times and shows.
something you don’t see everyday: An acoustic string duo
of guitar and concert harp. Not one of those hand-held Irish
models; a taller-than-the-player, Harpo-Marx-style concert
harp. That’s what sisters Jessa and Beth Callen will bring
to Caffe Lena tomorrow (Friday) night.
Well, that and their acclaimed songs, which “speak with
the raw honesty of two young women tackling the tumultuous
path life has dealt them.” Speaking of “tumultuous,” the
Callen Sisters have earned comparisons to Fiona Apple and
Tori Amos. They’ve also just returned to the road, after
spending much of November recording tracks for their album
debut, which is scheduled for release early next year.
The Callen Sisters will perform tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 22)
at 8 PM at Caffe Lena (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs).
Admission is $10. For reservations and information, call
Holiday Readers’ Theater
is the time of year for nostalgia and the ghosts of Christmases
past; a time for music and stories. While there is no shortage
of opportunities to hear music—Handel’s Messiah,
anyone?—public readings of holiday stories aren’t as easy
we are happy to relay the news that the Theatre Company
at Hubbard Hall will present a program of holiday readings
for the whole family Saturday night. Stories by Dickens,
Ogden Nash, David Sedaris, Truman Capote and “other favorites”
will be read by the talented performers of the Hubbard Hall
The golden age of storytelling as mass entertainment—when
authors like Mark Twain would hit the road and get paid
like rock stars—was the 19th century. Even if a town wasn’t
big enough to snag someone like Twain, they would still
have an opera house where lectures and stories would be
presented regularly—a place like the groovy 1878 opera house
in Cambridge, Hubbard Hall. Believe us, it will add to the
nostalgic atmosphere of the evening.
The Theatre Com pany at Hubbard Hall will present A Holiday
Readers’ Theater on Saturday (Dec. 23) at 8 PM at, naturally,
Hubbard Hall (25 E. Main St., Cambridge). Tickets are $12,
$10 and $5 (stu dents). For more info, call 677-2495.