Tribune News Service

Entertainment Budget for Monday, June 29, 2020

Updated at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 UTC).



^The show will not go on: Broadway extends its shutdown until January<

^STAGE-CORONAVIRUS-BROADWAY:LA—<The Broadway League announced Monday that performances in New York City would remain suspended at least through the end of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Returning productions are expected to resume over a string of rolling dates early next year, with ticket sales starting soon. Three shows, however, including Disney's musical "Frozen," have already announced that they will not return when Broadway reopens.

350 by Laura Zornosa. MOVED


^At BET Awards, racial upheaval and COVID-19 add potency and portent to Black music honors<

^MUS-BET-AWARDS:LA—<In a normal year, Sunday night's BET Awards would surely have made much of the fact that the show — an annual celebration of Black excellence in music and culture put on by the cable network founded in 1980 — was celebrating its 20th anniversary.

As it was, that milestone barely registered in a busy production that had more news to address than any awards telecast in recent memory.

Let's begin with COVID-19, which is the reason you can't actually remember a recent awards telecast to compare this one to: Unlike the numerous shows that have been postponed or called off over the last few months because of the pandemic, BET's flagship event elected to go the virtual route, with actor and comedian Amanda Seales hosting from in front of a green screen at her house and throwing to pre-taped performances and acceptance speeches by stars including Beyonc , Roddy Ricch, John Legend, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Jennifer Hudson, Lizzo, Lil Wayne and Alicia Keys.

700 by Mikael Wood. MOVED


^Appreciation: Chicago's Freddy Cole, Nat King Cole's gifted kid brother, created his own sound<

^MUS-COLE-APPRECIATION:TB—<It could not have been easy being the kid brother of Nat King Cole, an icon of American music.

But jazz singer-pianist Freddy Cole, who died June 27 in Atlanta at age 88 of complications from a cardiovascular ailment, carried that burden with remarkable grace and individuality.

True, his gauzy voice and speech-song delivery recalled his elder brother's velvet vocals and easygoing manner (he sang the role of his brother in the Oscar-nominated film "Chico & Rita"). Freddy Cole's fluidity at the piano similarly echoed Nat King Cole's seemingly nonchalant keyboard virtuosity.

Yet the younger Cole never sought to imitate his considerably more famous sibling, nor dwelled on it as others did.

800 by Howard Reich in Chicago. MOVED


^As COVID-19 surges, country star Chase Rice plays packed concert for a thousand mask-free fans<

^MUS-CORONAVIRUS-RICE:LA—<As COVID-19 surges throughout the South and West, country music singers Chase Rice and Chris Janson each played to packed concerts on Saturday, where many fans chose to ignore recommended safety measures against spreading and contracting the disease.

The two singers performed sets in Tennessee and Idaho, respectively, to crowds who, in video footage of the sets, are seen pressed tightly in front of the stages, singing along to songs, their faces not covered by masks.

600 by August Brown. MOVED


^What is the song of summer? Music insiders spin the soundtrack for a once-in-a-lifetime season<

^MUS-SONGOFSUMMER:LA—<Anointing the song of the summer was going to be a challenge even before once-in-a-generation protests roared to life last month in response to George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police.

By shutting down so many of the activities that make a song of the summer happen — concerts, sporting events, pool parties involving people beyond your immediate family — the COVID-19 pandemic had already interrupted the annual process that led tunes like Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" and Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" to warm-weather cultural ubiquity.

1950 by Mikael Wood. MOVED


^Gloria Steinem calls 'Mrs. America' 'hopelessly wrong.' This play gets her life's work right<

^STEINEM:LA—<Gloria Steinem has been in the public eye for more than 50 years, but the feminist leader, who turned 86 in March, is having an undeniable pop culture moment. In January, she visited the Sundance Film Festival to promote "The Glorias," a biographical film directed by Julie Taymor. And this Friday, she can be seen in "Great Performances — Gloria: A Life," a presentation of the off-Broadway play starring a longtime friend, Christine Lahti. (There was also "Mrs. America," but Steinem was not involved in the FX on Hulu limited series.)

1700 by Meredith Blake. MOVED


^Online movie groups keep fans engaged while they await a return to theaters<

^MOVIE-ONLINE-GROUPS:MS—<With most theaters closed since March, intrepid fans are finding ways to keep moviegoing alive, minus the "going."

The simplest way is a Netflix watch party. The streaming service supplies a link to start your chosen movie simultaneously on multiple computers and a chat function. (Note: When theaters are open again, let's remember not to chat.)

1000 by Chris Hewitt. MOVED


^Mark Hamill and George Takei push for mask awareness amid coronavirus surge<

^CORONAVIRUS-MASKS-HAMILL-TAKEI:NY—<Stars collided when Mark Hamill and George Takei both promoted the wearing of face masks to slow the spread of coronavirus Sunday.

Hamill, who established himself as a living sci-fi legend in 1977 when he first played Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars," posted a photo of his character donning a helmet while training to be a Jedi warrior.

"Real Men Wears Masks," the 68-year-old star captioned that photo.

350 (with trims) by Brian Niemietz. MOVED



^Review: A superb Nina Hoss lays bare a history of violins in the cunning German drama 'The Audition'<

^AUDITION-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<Anyone who has ever learned to play a musical instrument may experience a tingle of recognition — and a familiar queasiness — at certain moments in "The Audition." This is possible even if your teacher wasn't as (ahem) high-strung as Anna (Nina Hoss), a violin instructor at a music-focused German high school who decides to take on a promising new student, Alexander (Ilja Monti). The sight of Anna pausing mid-lesson to trim Alexander's fingernails was enough to summon memories of my own piano teacher frowning at my hands and fetching the clippers, reminding me that sloppy grooming would invariably produce sloppy technique.

750 by Justin Chang. MOVED



^A limited series based on Colin Kaepernick's high school years is coming to Netflix<

^VID-NETFLIX-KAEPERNICK:LA—<A scripted drama about Colin Kaepernick's formative years is in the works, Netflix announced Monday.

"Colin in Black & White," a six-episode scripted drama series, will explore the high school years of the former quarterback and activist, with the goal of providing insight into the experiences that led to his activism today.

250 by Sonaiya Kelley. MOVED


^John Oliver can't believe Trump missed a MAGA mask-branding opportunity<

^TV-CORONAVIRUS-OLIVER:NY—<Comedian and late-night talk show host John Oliver can't believe the branding opportunity President Trump missed out on by dismissing face masks.

The funnyman opened his Sunday night HBO show "Last Week Tonight" this week by mocking Vice President Pence for a recent press briefing where he spoke about measures being taken to limit the spread of coronavirus. Pence reportedly failed to mention during his speech that the medical community has concluded that wearing masks limits transmission.

250 by Brian Niemietz. MOVED


^Meet the New York doctor who fought coronavirus while pregnant — in a Netflix doc<

^VID-CORONAVIRUS-LENOXHILL:LA—<Early in a special episode of Netflix's medical docuseries "Lenox Hill," Dr. Mirtha Macri is beginning yet another shift in the emergency department at Lenox Health, a division of Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital, when she pauses hesitantly in a corridor. She asks a wandering co-worker whether the empty room she's about to enter has been cleaned so she can run in and get a surgical gown.

It's early March.

"The way I feel right now is that I trained my whole life for this," Macri tells the camera. "It's not very often that a pandemic happens during your career in emergency medicine. I feel like it's my duty, I feel a little obligated to be here. But at the same time, you know, I don't want to be exposed because of (my) pregnancy."

850 by Yvonne Villarreal. MOVED



^TV-TINSEL:MCT—<Not moving this week.


^Review: At $100 per car, was Garth Brooks' drive-in concert worth leaving the house for?<

^MUS-BROOKS-CONCERT-REVIEW:CH—<On the one hand, Garth Brooks' drive-in event could be considered a positive step in the right direction for those who crave a return to "normal" — with normal, in this case, being a time and a place for large numbers of people to come together to enjoy big-budget entertainment.

On the other: If this is what the future of "concert-going" looks like, go ahead and count me out.

Honestly, I don't know exactly what I was expecting to get out of the experience of seeing "Encore Live Presents Garth Brooks: A Drive-In Concert Experience," a prerecorded performance screened Saturday night at more than 300 outdoor theaters in the U.S. and Canada and billed as the 58-year-old country megastar's return to "live" performing.

1250 by Th oden Janes in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED


^Why 'Pop, Lock & Drop It' rapper Huey matters to St. Louis music history<

^MUS-HUEY:SL—<St. Louis' hit hip-hop wave of the 2000s wouldn't be complete without Huey and "Pop, Lock & Drop It."

The Kinloch native's 2006 Top 10 hit, which even included a dance, is as much a part of the city's rap pedigree as anything from bigger names such as Nelly and Chingy. Any conversation about local rap music's key hits must include "Pop, Lock & Drop It."

His song is nothing less than a bona fide St. Louis classic.

Huey, aka Baby Huey (Lawrence Franks Jr.), was killed late Thursday in a double shooting in the 8100 block of Martin Luther King Drive in Kinloch, outside his family's home. (He lived in a loft downtown.) St. Louis County Police identified Huey as being 32, though he's said elsewhere to have been 31 years old.

900 by Kevin C. Johnson. MOVED


^Shemekia Copeland addresses our troubled times with 'Uncivil War'<

^MUS-COPELAND:TB—<Can a song about peace, hope and love do some good in these troubled times?

The formidable Chicago blues singer Shemekia Copeland believes so, judging by the passion she pours into "Uncivil War," the new single from an upcoming album whose release has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

At a time when divisions in America seem to get wider, sharper and more bitter by the day, Copeland's message comes across as a balm from its opening lines:

1100 by Howard Reich. MOVED


^An entertaining podcast for those who may be discovering (or missing) opera<

^MUS-OPERA-PODCAST:MS—<What the 20 episodes of the podcast "Aria Code" boil down to is: Why should I care about opera?

Produced by the Metropolitan Opera and public radio's WNYC Studios, each engaging episode breaks down a single aria and works on a couple levels: Opera lovers can stay in touch with the art form, which won't be presented live for months. And folks who don't know a lot about opera (raises hand) can get a lively introduction.

1200 by Chris Hewitt. MOVED


^Prince's epic 'Sign o' the Times' to get super deluxe reissue on Sept. 25<

^MUS-PRINCE-SIGN-TIMES:MS—<The treasures continue from Prince's vault with the upcoming release of expanded editions of 1987's "Sign o' the Times," arguably his best album.

On Sept. 25, Warner Bros. and the Prince estate will issue three versions of "Sign o' the Times," which was a double album.

250 by Jon Bream. MOVED


MUS-ALBUMS:PH — Album reviews

750 by Dan DeLuca.



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