Diana Nollen

Arts and Entertainment writer at The Gazette



Review: ‘The King and I’ offers audience a royal treat

IOWA CITY - "The King and I" is something wonderful, from the orchestral overture to the bittersweet ending.

The Lincoln Center's 2015 Tony Award-winning revival breathes new life into the classic elegance of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein mu ... »

REVIEW: ‘Ben Butler’ an exquisite game of cat and mouse

HOMESTEAD - "Ben Butler" is one of the most thought-provoking, smart and surprising plays I've seen in a long time.

And in the hands of four seasoned pros and the marvelous talent of the Iowa Theatre Artists Company, it just sings in the intimat ... »

Play connects Wild West dots from Iowa to Arizona

The Earp lawmen and the McLaury outlaws who faced off in the Gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz., were a long way from their Iowa roots.

History aficionados in Belle Plaine and Pella don't want that home-state connection to get lost in ... »

NEWS TRACK: University of Iowa documentary ‘Mural’ wins regional Emmy Award

University of Iowa filmmakers traveled from Los Angeles to Venice, Italy, to document the journey of Jackson Pollock's landmark #x201c;Mural.#x201d; The massive 8-by-20 foot painting, commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim in 1943 and donated to the universit ... »

‘King and I’ revival tour coming to Hancher

Heather Botts has been whistling a happy tune ever since she saw the 2015 Broadway revival of "The King and I." And now she's living her dream.

The day after opening in "Dr. Zhivago" on Broadway, she scooted a mile or so up to Lincoln Center to ... »

Review: Leslie Odom Jr. shows off smooth voice, vast repertoire on Hancher lawn

IOWA CITY - With a voice as smooth as hot buttered rum, Leslie Odom Jr. warmed more than 4,000 people from the inside out on a perfect autumn evening on the Hancher Green.

Odom rose to fame with his 2016 Tony-winning portrayal of Aaron Burr in t ... »

Outta his dreams: Billy Ocean looks back and forth in carving out his career

In the U.K, where Billy Ocean lives, his new #x201c;Here You Are#x201d; album features his take on classics by artists he admires. In the United States, the collection also includes his own hit parade.

Ocean, 67, shot to fame in Great Britain in 1 ... »

Women ‘of a certain age’ launching dance performance tour in Iowa City

Charlotte Adams, a professor of dance at the University of Iowa since 1998, is reigniting her passion for performing via #x201c;Dancing on the Ceiling.#x201d;

Lying on the floor was more appealing to her when she went back in the studio in May, sh ... »

‘Inheritors’ opening Friday at Starlighters: 1920s play parallels today

Susan Glaspell isn't a household name in her home state, despite writing more than 50 short stories, nine novels, a biography and 14 plays, including the 1931 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, #x201c;Alison's House.#x201d;

Born in Davenport in 1876, s ... »

McCutcheon’s folk traditions coming to CSPS

As a teen, John McCutcheon had never heard of Woody Guthrie. Now he practically is Woody Guthrie.

Both folk music heroes are storytellers with a passion for social justice and political issues, from California to the New York Island.

McCutc ... »