‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

Broadway Cast Presents ‘Easter Mysteries’ For One Night Only

"Easter Mysteries" will be presented in 300 movie theaters on Tuesday, March 22, 21016.
Easter Mysteries will be shown  in 300 movie theaters. (SimonSays)
Just like the Last Supper, the new musical production of Easter Mysteries will be presented one night only (in this case, March 22, 2016) in select theaters across the country. It is a partnership with SimonSays Entertainment and Fathom Events, this performance is sort of an experiment. Presented by the producers of the Broadway show, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Easter Mysteries is a unique passion play with a multi-ethnic cast, a minimal set and modern music.

“Seeing this thought-provoking musical in cinemas is the perfect way to celebrate Easter with family and friends,” said Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh. “With a highly acclaimed cast and crew, Easter Mysteries is sure be both an uplifting and entertaining experience.”

SimonSays Entertainment's CEO Ron Simons commented, "We're particularly proud to be presenting this beautifully composed work featuring, and created for, audiences of all beliefs, races and genders. Because such a diverse mix of people fill our outstanding cast this production fits squarely within SimonSays' mission to Tell Every Story®.”

Easter Mysteries is a different type of musical theatre than what you might be used to. It features veteran Broadway actors and singers, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll sporting a chorus line. Think more Les Miserables than Godspell. It may be the first passion play to feature an African American playing the role of Jesus and one gives a lot more attention to the events that happened after the crucifixion than the actual crucifixion.

Easter Mysteries is directed by Danny Goldstein with music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner John O’Boyle with music direction by Milton Granger. After the production, there will be an interfaith discussion between Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and what this story means to each of them. 

Easter Mysteries will be presented on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in 300 theaters across the country. Tickets can be purchased though Fathom Event’s website.


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