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CRAZY ron rou is the biggest show for grown-ups in your area . during Christmas and New Year. . . 1;: ..'. Written by American master , ; ;.-;j§ §~: songwriters George and Ira 55;}. :35 Gershwin, it includes such . . - - - ‘ ‘ delicious melodies as ‘Someone ' - - ’ - to Watch Over Me’ and ‘Embraceable You’, which are hitched to a rip-roaring plot about a theatrical impresario, Bela langler, (based on Ziegfeld, producer of the famous Follies) and his adventures in showbiz. Starring arch-smoothie Patrick Mower, the show is about as lull of glamour, colour and gran as you can get. A stonner. See .;~:-:- review, page 60. Crazy For You is at the Edinburgh ’~ Playhouse, Tue I7 Dec-Sat 25
. ax -> s SLEEPEBS — the ﬁlm — has rekindled the controversy surrounding writer Lorenzo Carcaterra‘s claim that the events in his source novel really happened. The story follows four friends from Hell‘s Kitchen. New York who are put in a brutal reform school when a childhood prank goes disastrously wrong. Years later. two of the boys shoot dead the warden who abused them. so the other two hatch a complex plan to have them found not guilty while exposing the horrors of the juvenile detention system. This gripping story enticed an all-star cast to sign up. Robert De N iro. Dustin Hoffman. Brad Pitt and Kevin Bacon all deliver brilliant performances. Regardless of the truth of the original material. director Barry Levinson reckons the ﬁlm has important points to make. "This movre is not an indictment of the prison system.’ he stresses. ‘but it does question the unchecked power that is given to people who may abuse it. whether it’s in juvenile detention centres. mental hospitals or old age homes.‘
Sleepers goes on general release on Fri 3 Jan. See review, page 28.
The list’s at-a-glance guide to the highlights of the month ahead.
I Party: Edinburgh’s llogmanay It's back and it's enormous. For six days. Edinburgh will be the most happening place on the globe as hundreds of thousands converge on the capital for an orgy of music. carnivals. processions. clubbing and food. all in honour ofthe New Year. There will be nothing like it. anywhere else at any time. except maybe next year which will be even bigger and better still. if your brain can believe that. Be there or regret it bitterly for the rest of your life. See separate supplement. Edinburgh. Sat 28 l)(’('-~Tlllll‘.\‘ 2 Jan. I Cinema: Shine The story of Australian pianist David Helfgott provides the basis for this remarkable ﬁlm about a child virtuoso forced to retire due to illness before making a triumphant return. It‘s an outside bet for Oscar success. See preview and review. Glasgrm' l’ilm Theatre; Edinburgh Cameo. Fri 3 Jan.
I Art: Ray’s A Laugh Richard Billingham‘s raw and revealing photograph’s of his alcoholic father (Ray) and Elizabeth. his overweight mother. give an ironic twist to the idea of the happy family snap. Portfolio Gal/er): Edinburgh. anti/$1112] Der. I Sport: llew Year llerbies The Old Firm clash at lbrox in the match which could see Rangers take a decisive step towards the nine in a row Holy Grail. Edinburgh's derby takes place at Easter Road while the top clash in the First Division occurs in Perth where high ﬂying St Johnstone face Dundee. Nothing better than a hearty burst of partisan screaming to clear the hangover. See Sport listings for full details.
I Music: llel Mlttl Taking a break from recording their new. as yet untitled. album which is due out in April, Justin and his Merry Men head back home for a spot of festive cheer raising. Disproving the fact that nothing ever happens around here. a good time is assured for all. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Thurs 26; Barrowland. Glasgow. Fri 27 Dec.
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