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James Levine won't return to Metropolitan Opera until at least 2013

December 10, 2011 |  5:05 pm


James Levine, the music director for the Metropolitan Opera, will not be back to conduct the orchestra for performances until at least 2013.

The opera's general manager, Peter Gelb, made the announcement on Friday that Levine was canceling the rest of his performances as conductor for this season and next season, the Associated Press reports.

In August, the 67-year-old conductor suffered a spinal injury in a fall, underwent emergency surgery and has been hospitalized ever since. He's expected to return home next week to continue his recovery. Doctors expect he will eventually make a full recovery.

Though Levine's future as a conductor remains unclear, he clarified in a statement what his association with the Met would entail until his return: "I look forward to resuming my other responsibilities as music director. I will continue to collaborate with Peter Gelb on long-term artistic plans, work with the artistic administration on future planning, coach singers and work with the participants in the Lindemann Young Artist Development program."

 Levine's temporary fill-in, Fabio Luisi, was named principal conductor in September and will conduct all but two of Levine's previously planned appearances. Guest conductors will be found for those dates.


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--Patrick Kevin Day

Photo:  PBS

Daniel Radcliffe: Entertainment Weekly's entertainer of the year

December 7, 2011 |  1:47 pm

Daniel Radcliffe is Entertainment Weekly's entertainer of the year
Daniel Radcliffe is Entertainment Weekly's 2011 entertainer of the year. But he didn't land the honor just for appearing in the final installment of the bajillion-dollar-grossing "Harry Potter" films. It took a crossover into musical theater to push him to the top.

Radcliffe is starring in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" with John Larroquette. The Tony Award-winning production recently celebrated its 250th show on Broadway.

The stretch into musical theater has paid off well for Radcliffe. Though he didn't earn any Tony nominations himself, he received (mostly) positive reviews and was also named MTV's "Actor We're Most Thankful For" in 2011.

Times theater critic Charles McNulty wasn't a fan of the production, but he had nothing but praise for the star's efforts, writing, "Radcliffe gets an A for effort, but he doesn’t have the theatrical stature to pull together this choppy production."

But the time to see the entertainer of the year live is drawing short. Radcliffe will be leaving the production on Jan. 1. He'll be replaced for three weeks by "Glee's" Darren Criss, and then Nick Jonas will take over the role for six months, beginning Jan. 24. Michael Urie from "Ugly Betty" and Beau Bridges will also be joining the production next year.

But Radcliffe isn't leaving his connection to live theater at "How to Succeed." Next up for the actor is a big-screen adaptation of "The Woman in Black," which is the second-longest-running play in London's West End.


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-- Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Daniel Radcliffe celebrates "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying's" 250th show. Cindy Ord / Getty Images

Live chat with Jenna Fischer on Friday

August 20, 2010 | 12:01 pm


You probably know Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly on NBC's long-running comedy, "The Office." But now the 2007 Emmy-nominated actress is stepping behind the scenes to serve as producer of the absurdist comedy "Sad Happy Sucker," written by her husband, Lee Kirk.

The play, about an alienated young man stuck -- physically and metaphorically -- in his backyard, opens Friday at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre in Los Angeles and runs through Oct. 10.

Fischer will be joining us for a live chat at 11 a.m. PDT on Friday (You can sign up below for a reminder note). She'll be here to answer all your questions about the play and her role as producer (and maybe some about "The Office," if you're nice).

-- Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Jenna Fischer at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2009. Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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