Posts Tagged ‘Sheryl Crow’

Sheryl Crow, best known for soaking up the sun and marrying Lance Armstrong, is taking her song writing talents to a new arena–Broadway. Crow is scoring her first musical, a theatrical adaption of the 1982 film Diner. It’s set to premiere in the fall of 2012.

The film’s screenwriter, Barry Levinson, will pen the book. The film tells the story of a group of high school friends reunited for one of their weddings. In typical 80s movie fashion, it is about the men coming into adulthood and taking responsibility for themselves and their lives.

Usually, the thought of a country star attempting to do Broadway would make me want to gag, (think of someone attempting to make a Taylor Swift musical), and I’m oftentimes not in favor of turning movies in to musicals (not another “Legally Blonde.” There should be no Broadway songs called “Oh My God You Guys”), so I’m a little skeptical of this.

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He writes his own books—both landed on the New York Times Bestsellers List. He listens to music as mixed as he is—Howlin’ World to Yo-Yo Ma to Sheryl Crow to Jay-Z fills his ipod playlists. His chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was a ballet dancer turned politician. And Obama’s own grassroots presidential campaign inspired a political art movement without precedent (check out my November post “A Portrait of Hope”…).

Obama is a cultural giant. And big government is back. This could mean good things for the arts.

Obama’s campaign was sympathetic towards and strongly rooted in our nation’s cultural issues. The Obama-Biden ticket promised a new arts policy—fighting away the copyright-obsessed world of creative expression and fighting for a new kind of accessibility to America’s best cultural forms.

Some see the establishment of a secretary of culture/arts as the next obvious step. But I know (as much as you do) that a new secretary isn’t what we need. Even Quincy Jones commendable fight for such a secretary and his online petition (just shy of 250,000 signatures) isn’t enough for to think otherwise.

What we need is action. And I think the president’s swift and strong actions as lifeguard to a drowning Uncle Sam are an optimistic start. His new economic recovery plan is a beefy “yes we can” initiative that’s better than a Band-Aid for the bad fall of our big businesses. (more…)