View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.Frozen Co-Creator Talks Adapting the Film for B’wayA little more information has come to light about the Broadway adaptation of the Disney megahit Frozen. Oscar winner Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, is working on the book of the stage version and told Buzzfeed: “there are so many great things that in the scope of a 90-minute [film] you can’t do, emotional parts of the story you can’t draw out. And a musical is perfect for that. Everyone’s very excited for the potential for what we could do.” So are we! And what about Frozen 2? “Until we find our way into what’s next, emotionally, it will feel too big,” she said. Good things come to those who wait!Patti LuPone & Bobby Cannavale Team-UpBroadway faves Patti LuPone and Bobby Cannavale will lead the cast of a benefit performance of Tennessee Williams’ Tony-winning play The Rose Tattoo. Directed by Doug Hughes, the one-night-only event will take place on April 27 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Why this project for LuPone? “This is a play of power, humanity and soaring emotion,” the two-time Tony winner said in a statement.All the Way Finds Its DirectorThe upcoming HBO screen adaptation of the Bryan Cranston-led All the Way will be helmed by Jay Roach (Game Change), writes The Hollywood Reporter. Cranston won a Tony for his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning All The Way; the production’s Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan will pen the screenplay. No word yet on timing.First Look at Jonathan Groff’s Return to GleeBroadway and Hamilton fave Jonathan Groff is returning to Glee for the Fox show’s final series and we finally have our first glimpse of his star turn. Check out the teaser trailer for the 11th episode below, where Rachel (Lea Michele) must choose between returning to NYADA and doing another Broadway show with her past love, Jesse St. James (Groff). “We Built This Glee Club” will air on March 13, so time to set your DVR! Star Files Jonathan Groff
Husband and wife David and Enion Pelta-Tiller, the driving force behind Taarka.Before I knew about Taarka, I had no idea what taarka was. As it turns out, taarka is a mixture of roasting spices integral to Indian cooking. It also proves to be a completely apropos name for the band being showcased in this week’s blog.Though Taarka boasts a traditional instrumentation – mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, and guitar – their sound is anything but. Like the spicy blendings from which the band takes its name, Taarka is the sonic equivalent to an Indian hot pot. Musical flavors subtly combine, and anything from bluegrass to klezmer to Eastern European folk music is fair game in a Taarka performance.At the heart of the group are the husband/wife duo of David and Enion Pelta-Tiller. David is a native Virginian and steeped in bluegrass, Celtic, and gypsy jazz, while Enion is a classically trained violinist. The two have been touring and blending genres together since 2001 to create the unique sound that is Taarka.Taarka’s next record, Making Tracks Home, releases next month, and we are happy to be featuring “Heart & Song” on this month’s Trail Mix. I recently caught up with Enion to chat about Lyons, Colo., the band’s stomping grounds and a locale most definitely familiar to our friends at Elevation Outdoors.BRO – Your favorite local band that we might not know about?EMPT – The Railsplitters are dear friends of ours who are just starting to get out there. I used to play fiddle with them. Our favorite local band you have heard of is Elephant Revival.BRO – Best place to catch some live music?EMPT – Oskar Blues. They have terrific local and national acts three nights a week and a world famous – really!!! – bluegrass jam on Tuesday nights.BRO – Must see spot that an out-of-towner must visit?EMPT – Planet Bluegrass. It’s the most amazing festival grounds, beautifully restored after the floods of 2013, that hosts Rockygrass and Rocky Mountain Folk Festival.BRO – Favorite local outdoor adventure?EMPT – We have great trails all around. You can hike or bike Hall Ranch, Heil Ranch, or Burton Rock trails that run through the open space all around Lyons. The terrain around here is rugged and beautiful. Hall Ranch is a definite favorite.BRO – Favorite organic restaurant?EMPT – Local is a wonderful restaurant run by chef Katie Baum. We’re so excited to have such a quality gastronomical experience here in our little town. They have great drinks featuring local producers like Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha and Spirit Hound Distillers.Our friends out west can catch Taarka in Colorado Springs on February 27th, and in New Mexico in early March. For more information on tour dates, the band in general, and where you can grab the new record, surf on over to the band’s website.