Theatre Review: The Joffrey Ballet’s “Giselle”

photo by Cheryl Mann

“Giselle” is awe-inspiring.

On Wednesday, “Giselle” kicked off The Joffrey Ballet‘s 2017-2018 season. The production, which originated in a 1841 Parisian Opera, remains a delightful story that people of all ages can enjoy.

I was hesitant about attending the ballet intially, because I was worried it would be too dark and sinister. I was pleasantly surprised by how bright and jovial half of the production was. I felt like I was watching a Rodgers and Hammerstein play for the entire first hour. Giselle was happily falling in love with Albrecht and the love triangle between the pair and Hilarion was so much fun to witness. Her untimely death at the end of the Act One was just the beginning of her unexpected journey to unselfish love. The dancers were perfectly in sync with each other as they seamlessly executed their moves. Dancer Hansol Jeong is the one to watch this season, because his solo performance was simply superb.

The second half took a nightmarish turn with the maiden ghosts haunting the graveyard looking for their next victim. Giselle proved that she was brave even in the afterlife as she fought to save her former lovers’ life. This ballet has the right amount of darkness to be a Halloween treat, but it’s not too scary for the kids.

photo by Cheryl Mann

As always, each and every dancer did an incredible job with the choreography, and stars Victoria Jaiani, Temur Sulushvili, Rory Hoherstein were the stand out dancers of the night. Not to mention, the background design was gorgeous. It was the ideal enchanted forest.

I highly recommend “Giselle’ for diehard fans of supernatural and classic presentations.

photo by Cheryl Mann

A congratulations once again to Artistic Director Ashley Wheater on his 10th year anniversary with Joffrey.

* A Special Thanks to The Silverman Group for allowing BTSCelebs to review the ballet*

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Actor Justin Cornwell to Star in TNT Series

Justin Cornwell is planning his comeback.

According to news reports, the “Training Day” star has been cast in Chris Pine’s upcoming mini series “One Day She’ll Darken” (on TNT). The dark tale is inspired by the life of Fauna Hodel.

The great news is “Wonder Woman” director, Patty Jenkins, agreed to direct the first two episodes. Actors India Eisley, Jefferson Mays and Yul Vazquez are just a few of the many stars set to join Cornwell and Pine in the series.

This will be Justin Cornwell’s first TV show since CBS’ “Training Day” wrapped in May. Congratulations!

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SF9 Goes International with “O Sole Mio”

This week, popular South Korean boy group, Sf9, returned to the K-Pop scene with an Italian titled song that has Latin elements. “O Sole Mio” is the first single off their “Knights of the Sun” album, and the boys made sure to give global fans (aka Fantasy) the English lyrics.

Check out their music video and live stage performance of “O Sole Mio” below:

They did a wonderful job, as always. The catchy song comes a month before their mini tour in the USA.  All the best to them when they head to Dallas, Seattle and Boston next month!

All rights to the images and videos belong to FNC Entertainment and LOEN Entertainment.

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Arranged Marriage? Singer Explains The Upside of Surprise Matrimony

Today, an inspirational indie singer opened up about the possibility of her family choosing her mate. During a fun Monday episode of “The Jamie Grace Show”, Jamie got real about how useful arranged marriages can be in our modern society. The 25 year-old recording artist confirmed that she would accept her family’s husband choice under one condition……

If your family and friends got your back, who wouldn’t be for an arranged marriage? Props to Jamie for her honesty!

All rights to the screencap and video belongs to Jamie Grace and her agency.

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Kolby Koloff joins YouTube series + Megan Lee Releases New Collab Single

It’s girl talk time!

Yesterday, the Preacher’s Daughters star, Kolby Koloff, started an online show with her bestie/roommate, Maddy Newton. In the 1st fun-filled episode, the ladies gush about their current living arrangements and how they feel about it.

Click Here to see episode 1

The Make It Pop actress is staying active in the music world!

After releasing a series of original songs (with a few covers) online, Megan Lee decided to collaborate with No Riddim, who is famous for working with hit makers like Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez. What does her new music sound like? Classic Megan with a 2017 flair.

Click Here to view their artistic music video.

All the best to the ladies on their new projects!

All rights to the images and video belongs to Kolby Koloff and Megan Lee.

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Jamie Grace Shares Photos from Kim Field’s “A Question Of Faith” Film Premiere

Yesterday, Jamie Grace shared via Instagrammed: “last night* at the LA premiere of #AQuestionOfFaith. SO proud of my big bro TC Stallings. He’s so good in this film! *SWIPE!* Got to see @kimfieldsofficial for the first time in a while! I’ve missed her, y’all! And surprised my dear friend @ambernelonthompson and met Mr. RichardTJones who leads this cast in such an awesome way! Got to meet him @gracejcampbell….  Huge shout out to our fam friend @kelvis9 and one of my favorite singers, the homie @briancourtneywilson! Also… do you guys recognize John Marshall Jones? I’m talkin SMART GUY, y’all! Such a fun night, such an inspiring film. Get your tickets for the release TOMORROW!!! Let me know what you think!! 🙂 #LAPremiere” 

Click Here to see more photos from her red carpet album.

All rights to the images and quote belong to Jamie Grace, T. C. Stallings, Kim Fields and John Marshall Jones.

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“Get Christie Love” Remake in the Works

Actress Courtney Kemp © 2016 Starz Entertainment, LLC

Yesterday, The Lippin Group shared an official press release about an upcoming ABC/Lionsgate/Universal TV show based on the hit 1970s movie and series “Get Christie Love”. Actress Courtney Kemp plans to take on the CIA agent role of Christie in the new project.

The 2018 version of “Get Christie Love” reintroduces viewers to the 1974 show that made the late star Teresa Graves a trailblazer for African American actresses.

Debra Martin Chase, Shana C. Waterman and Vin Diesel all team up with Ms. Kemp to create this revamped show. Here is what the press release said about this version of the series: “Inspired by the revolutionary TV movie and subsequent series that aired on ABC in the ’70’s, GET CHRISTIE LOVE is an action-packed, music-driven drama that centers on Christie Love, an African American female CIA agent who leads an elite ops unit. She transforms into whomever she needs to be to get the job done, especially when it’s down to the wire and the stakes are life and death. The high-adrenaline missions of the series are anchored by an emotional mystery about Christie’s first love — unearthing the truth about this relationship will be the biggest mission impossible of her life. “

Martin Chase Productions, One Race Television and Courtney Kemp’s End of Episode production company join forces with the powerhouse names to bring a classic back to life. The pilot episode is currently in the works for this competitive project.

All the best to the cast and crew of “Get Christie Love”.

A Special Thanks to David Gardner at The Lippin Group for the press release.

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