There are only two and half months left in 2019, but still a lot of movies to see. Many Oscar contenders have yet to release, but there has been a lot of buzz around films coming out of the Toronto, New York, and Cannes Film Festivals. To no surprise, industry heavyweights like Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Willem Dafoe have films releasing this year.
For this list, I have chosen to include October releases that you must see. I will be making separate lists for November and December. Only time will tell which films rise to the top, but here are some can’t miss movies for the month of October.
The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has encouraged her students to explore their differences and heal rifts, especially following a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in the city. Madeline Michel from Monticello High School will receive the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award on June 9 at the Tony Awards in New York City.
Daniel Radcliffe is returning to the London stage in a Samuel Beckett double bill. The Old Vic Theatre says the former "Harry Potter" star will appear alongside Alan Cumming in a production of Beckett's bleak comedy "Endgame."
The campy "Beach Blanket Babylon" musical revue that has been a must-see for San Francisco tourists for 45 years is coming to an end. The show spoofs political and pop culture and has characters in colorful costumes with massive hats, including one with San Francisco's skyline.
A man frightened theatre-goers in Baltimore Wednesday night when he began shouting "Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!" during intermission of a classic play set in a Jewish village in czarist Russia. The patron's pro-Nazi and pro-Trump outburst during a production of "Fiddler on the Roof" sent panicked people running for the exits. Some said they also heard the man shouting, "MAGA," President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.
As a young dancer compared with ballet legends such as Nijinsky and Baryshnikov, Rolando Sarabia made headlines around the world when he abandoned Cuba in 2005 for a career in the United States. He didn't dance in his homeland again for 13 years, banned as part of a wider Cuban punishment of citizens who illegally left the country. Last month, at the age of 36, he danced the lead role in "Gisselle" at Cuba's National Theater.
A beloved 19-year-old Nutcracker dog is retiring from the stage after more than 125 performances. The ballet's artistic director and Archie's owner says Archie is "settling down to a life of luxury and long naps on pillows."
"For us, the opera singers, it is just like Frank Sinatra said: New York, New York, if you made it, you made it everywhere," the teary-eyed, 77-year-old singer from Spain, Placido Domingo, said Friday night when he was honored on stage for the 50th anniversary of his Met debut.