Mondo Moore: Looking Back on The Black Dossier
In the penultimate part of our discussion with Alan Moore on Century: 1910, the latest installment of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Moore discusses the reception to the last installment of the League’s adventures, the sourcebook The Black Dossier, and just how that work pays off in the League’s world.
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Alumni Achiever Profile: Loren Harrell
All in the Family; NC State Experience Drives Entrepreneurial Spirit
Loren Harrell graduated as part of one of the Computer Science Department’s first classes in 1972. Since then, he’s had a successful career with various companies, but he may be best known for his entrepreneurial efforts starting several companies including SoftPro, the leading provider of real estate closing and title insurance software. Now, more than 35 years after his graduation from NC State, he’s working on a new entrepreneurial venture with a fellow CSC alum – his son.
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Alumni Achiever Profile: Brad Abrams
Building the Framework: Alum Helps Microsoft Develop Applications for Developers
Every time you use a new application for Microsoft Windows, you might want to thank Brad Abrams. A Product Unit Manager for Microsoft, Abrams is part of the engineering team that designs the .NET Framework, the tools that help build new applications. “This is important to Microsoft, as it helps build our tools business as well as our platform services,” says Abrams, who regularly blogs at http://blogs.msdn.com/brada/.
Full profile here.
Pug, T. Runt!, and More: A Derek McCulloch Primer
By Zack Smith
Derek McCulloch is a name you’ll be hearing a lot from in the near future. The writer, who made a splash with the acclaimed Stagger Lee, has two new projects coming out from Image this June – Pug, a tale a boxer on the ropes, and the kid-oriented T. Runt!. He’s also got a number of gestating projects gathering buzz, including the long-awaited Displaced Persons with Rantz Hoseley and Gone to Amerikay with Colleen Doran at Vertigo. We chatted with McCulloch about his two vastly different books, and what we can expect from him in the future.
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Reprinted from The Independent Weekly
It’s rare thing to say this, but the musical of Happy Days is a stage production that could have actually benefited from jukebox tunes. For a show that helped put “Rock Around the Clock” back on the charts, the only nostalgic song to be found in the stage show is, yes, the theme song to Happy Days. The remaining songs are by Oscar-winner Paul Williams, and not one of them makes an impression. The same can be said for the show.
This is surprising, because series creator Garry Marshall wrote the book for the musical. Despite helming a number of hit films and stage shows since the series, Marshall’s book for the stage show barely contains enough plot for a single episode.
Basically, Arnold’s malt shop is in danger of being bulldozed by a developer, so the Fonz (Joey Sorge) agrees to a televised wrestling match to help save it; only Richie (Steven Booth) knows a reason why he shouldn’t wrestle; so the Fonz must risk losing his reputation and the heart of his longtime flame Pinky Tuscadero (Felicia Finley). Meanwhile, Mrs. Cunningham (Cynthia Ferrer) wants to be more than a housewife. Also: Joanie (Whitney Bashor) loves Chachi (Chris Fore).
To use a phrase that may be Happy Days‘ most enduring contribution to the American pop culture lexicon, this show might be where 1950s-nostalgia musicals jump the shark. The jokes are corny, there’s very little drama to drive the plot and the bland, forgettable songs do no justice to an era that’s defined by its music.
What is memorable is Sorge’s work as the Fonz; even with thin material, he does a remarkable job of aping the body language and mannerisms that Henry Winkler brought to the part.
On TV, Happy Days was about an idealized, unironic look at the late 1950s, but the musical doesn’t recapture the energy of the show, nor offer any fresh perspective on the material. In fact, it’s much weaker than an average rerun (well, maybe not the one where Potsie sang at the rodeo). Perhaps this musical is for baby boomers, such as the crowd that gave a standing ovation on opening night.
But those looking for a first-rate night of nostalgic theater may be better off waiting for Jersey Boys in June. Ayyyyyy!