Jason Alexander joining the cast of "Fish in the Dark"

1. April 2015 07:15 by Julie Merar in Theater  //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

 

Actor Jason Alexander is known to many as the character of George Costanza from "Seinfeld," better recognized as the exaggerated interpretation of Larry David, who co-wrote and produced the show along with Jerry Seinfeld. Now art is imitating life once again, as Alexander has been tapped to perform in another Larry David production, this time on the  Broadway stage instead of the television set.

Larry David's debut into theater is called "Fish in the Dark," a play that revolves around more than a dozen characters dealing with the death of a family member on their own, often comedic, terms. "Fish in the Dark" taps into the iconic comedy David has made a name for himself on with both "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," blending outlandish observational humor that borders between eccentric and absurd.

While David is currently playing the lead character to his Broadway debut, recent reports have indicated that Jason Alexander is set to replace him as the leading role later on in the year. Performances running until June 7, 2015 will feature David as the main character, and on June 9, Alexander will step in with leading role duties.

"Fish in the Dark" centers around the character of Norman Drexel, who possesses the trademark peculiar and inquisitive characteristics of George Costanza and David's fictionalized version of himself on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Drexel's father has fallen seriously ill in the hospital, resulting in a gathering of his family, each portraying their own distinct personality flaws that translate into one humorous monologue after another.

Variety reports that "Fish in the Dark" has performed exceptionally well since its debut earlier this year, and as of March 5, 2015, the play had earned more than $13.5 million in sales, converting to more than $1 million generated per week. Reviews have continued to be positive for the play, indicating that fans of David's previous work will surely enjoy this outlandish and rip-roaring look into how humor helps this family come to terms with the mortality of a loved one.

While David has been noted to be a natural on stage, if there's anyone who can tap the eccentric outrageousness of the famous comedian, it's definitely Alexander. Alexander flourished as the role of George Costanza, who was created by David and Jerry Seinfeld as being a more exaggerated version of David himself.

Seether set to kick off 2015 US spring tour

31. March 2015 10:30 by Julie Merar in Tour News  //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

 

One of the few worldwide known rock bands that proudly call South Africa home, Seether has been energizing crowds with its ambitious branch of heavy metal for more than 15 years. With six studio albums in its catalog, Seether continues to build off its early 90s grunge influences and craft its own brawny blends of down-tuned power chords and undeniably catchy choruses into different sonic directions. Now, Seether is all set to hit the road again, after announcing a headlining 2015 spring tour that will see them traveling to major cities all across the country.

Catch them near you
Seether is all set to rock out 21 dates while on tour, with a show kicking off in Charlotte, N.C., on April 24, 2015 and concluding in Maryland Heights, MO., on May 23. Geographically speaking, the tour predominantly sticks to the East Coast and the Midwest, including multiple stops in states such as New York, New Jersey and Ohio. Even if Seether won't be stopping in your city, the band is planning on having their May 12 performance at the House of Blues in Cleveland being available to stream via Yahoo!

Before touring the world and selling millions of records, lead singer and guitarist Shaun Morgan wore his rock influences on his sleeve, performing in cover bands around his hometown of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. While he displayed his worship of rock gods like Kurt Cobain and Tom Petty on stage, deep down Morgan knew that he needed to get his own voice out to the crowds. In 1999, Morgan created Saron Gas, the foundation for what would eventually become Seether. With fellow South Africans Dale Stewart on bass and John Humphrey on drums, Saron Gas began drawing attention all over the country, until eventually peaking the interests of Wind Up Records in the U.S.

After signing with Wind Up Records, the band transformed into Seether, and launched themselves onto the alternative rock scene with their debut album Disclaimer. Since then, they've delivered dozens of powerful singles, such as the abrasive "Gasoline," the haunting "Fine Again" and No. 1 Billboard placing songs like "Fake It," "Remedy" and "Country Song." This is a perfect chance for Seether fans to see gems off its latest album Isolate and Medicate, which was met with much critical acclaim while being produced by legendary producer Brendan O'Brien, known for collaborating with legends such as Pearl Jam, Mastodon and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Marilyn Manson discusses his transition to the small screen

29. March 2015 11:04 by Julie Merar in Music   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

 

While he may be hard to recognize without the makeup and costumes that made him one of rock's ultimate symbols, Marilyn Manson certainly knows how to translate his intense performances on the stage to the television screen. In 2014, Manson made a noted appearance on the acclaimed drama series "Sons of Anarchy," where he played a menacing white supremacist named Ron Tully.

The character of Tully plays a pivotal piece in the puzzle of power for lead role Jax Teller (played by Charlie Hunnam), in which Teller visits Tully in prison to discuss a potential takeover. In the gripping scene, Manson is seen with none of his trademark makeup on, while being covered in prison and gang tattoos.

Manson spoke to Loudwire about how his performance made his father proud, as well as how he got in touch with the show's producers about acting.

"Initially it started with Kurt Sutter wanting to use one of my songs, 'Worship My Wreck,' a song on my record which he didn't end up using," Manson said in the interview. "I was really interested in being on the show because my father loved it as much as I did. And it made my dad smile, and that was the biggest deal for me that I made my dad happy about it."

2015 tour
Manson is currently touring the world, traveling all across the U.S., before ultimately ending overseas in countries like France, Denmark and Japan. He's performing in support of his latest album The Pale Emperor, which was released on January 15, 2015, and received some of his best reviews in recent years. His current tour is titled "The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour," and will conclude later on in the year in mid-August.

The Pale Emperor has been alluded to as a transition in Manson's famous industrial rock sound, instead pursuing new directions, ranging from more blues and traditional hard rock sounds. The album is a deeply personal record for Manson, as he dedicated it to his recently deceased mother, who died during the production of the album. The Pale Emperor was a commercial success as much as it was a hit with the critics, as Manson sold more than 50,000 physical copies in his first week, the most since his 2007 record Eat Me, Drink Me. Two singles were also spawned off the album, including "Deep Six" and "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge."

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