Arts notes: ‘Chicago’ cast brings a familiar ‘Seinfeld’ face to Lexington

rcopley@herald-leader.comSeptember 29, 2013 

Chicago is a show known for casting celebrities in its leading roles, and the same can be said for the touring production’s upcoming engagement in Lexington.

And this one has an added Lexington twist.

John O’Hurley, who might be best known for playing real-life Lexington catalog businessman J. Peterman on Seinfeld, will be playing prototypical sleazy lawyer Billy Flynn when the show opens the Lexington Opera House’s Broadway Live series Nov. 8 to 10. He will reprise a role he played in the Broadway revival of the show, now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

O’Hurley is best known for acting roles, but he also is a classically trained singer and pianist, and the host of The Family Feud and NBC’s The National Dog Show. He also was a first-season finalist on Dancing With the Stars; he and partner Charlotte Jørgensen won a “grudge match” episode of the show against actress Kelly Monaco and her partner, Alec Mazo, after losing to them in the Season 1 finale. He definitely has the skills to be Billy and lead the song-and-dance numbers All I Care About and Razzle Dazzle.

After his role on Seinfeld, O’Hurley became an investor in the relaunch of the J. Peterman catalog.

For information on Chicago and the rest of the Broadway Live lineup, call (859) 233-3535 or go to Lexingtonoperahouse.com.

Nominees sought for second class of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

Who deserves to sit alongside Harriette Arnow, Robert Penn Warren, William Wells Brown, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, James Still and Harry Caudill?

That is essentially the question the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning is asking as it assembles the second class of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.

The hall, launched in January, recognizes writers with substantial Kentucky connections who have created work of enduring value and impact. In addition, nominees must be deceased.

“It is our goal to recognize Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of our commonwealth, and to educate Kentuckians about our state’s rich literary heritage,” Carnegie Center director Neil Chethik wrote in a letter.

As many as five nominees are allowed per person. The deadline is Oct. 10. Contact Chethik at neil@carnegiecenterlex.org   or call (859) 254-4175.

Oh, the horror: Kentucky Theatre will show frightful classics in October

Following up on the Summer Classics series and Rosa Goddard International Film Festival in September, The Kentucky Theatre is offering a series of horror classics in October. Themes in the series seem to be horror-comedy bookended by isolation tales.

Here’s the lineup:

Oct. 4 and 5: Alien, 1979. The original Ridley Scott version of the story about the ravenous monster that takes up residence on a spaceship and in John Hurt’s stomach.

Oct. 11 and 12: Army of Darkness, 1992. Bruce Campbell stars in the Sam Raimi film, the third in the Evil Dead franchise. In this one, a man gets tossed back to the 14th century and has to battle an army of the undead to return to the 20th.

Oct. 18 and 19: Shawn of the Dead, 2004. The first of the Edgar Wright-Simon Pegg trilogy that just wrapped up with The World’s End, this focuses on a guy who has to deal with girlfriend and family trouble, as well as a zombie apocalypse.

Oct. 25 and 26: The Thing, 1982. Bowling Green-raised and Western Kentucky University-educated John Carpenter offers his version of the paranoid tale of a parasitic life form at an Antarctic research station.

Shows will be at midnight Fridays and Saturday afternoons.

Also, The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown for Halloween at midnight Oct. 26 and 9:30 p.m. and midnight Oct. 31.

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