Setting is fin-de-siecle Paris--the Paris of Art Nouveau, Toulouse-Lautrec and libertinism--and the ostensible premise is a conflict between free expression and censorship as personified by nitery
owner Pistache (Michelle Dully), a live-live-live Auntie Marne type, and priggish judge Aristide (Kevin Earley), determined to enforce indecency laws against the notorious can-can.
The basic setup--pregnant with comic potential, naturally--is simplicity itself: Ben Stone (Seth Rogen), a contentedly underemployed slacker, meets ambitious Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) at a trendy Los Angeles nitery
. She's feeling celebratory because of her promotion to on-camera correspondent for E!
The first performance that paired the tall, suave, Italo-American crooner and the squat, wacky goofball took place apparently in spring 1946 when they played the Havana-Madrid Latin nitery
in Gotham and then again that summer when they teamed at the Copacabana in Atlantic City.
* At a classy nitery
, women talked margin, collateral and ticker tape until the men grew "delirious," asking a return to the chatter of normal times--gowns, shows, parties and Hollywood.
Pic stars Ralph Fiennes as a disillusioned, blind former American diplomat who builds a nitery
for the young White Russian noblewoman of the title, played by Natasha Richardson.
owners go out of their way to court celebs through VIP treatment and powerhouse promoters who can lure the famous and about-to-be famous into owners' clubs.
Partners Steve Adelman and John Lyons concocted a heady recipe for nitery
success in Beantown, and now they're trying it out in Gotham and Los Angeles.
The Nicole Kidman/Ewan McGregor starrer, a musical set in the world of the infamous Paris nitery
of its title, will be the first Cannes opener to compete for the Palme d'Or since Patrice Leconte's "Ridicule" in 1996.
By the time headliner Robert Earl Keen, the very model of the timeless Texas troubadour, hit the stage, patrons had hung Lone Star State flags from just about every available surface in the nitery
. Keen wasted little time in concocting a soundtrack to match the decor, leading his fight-but-not-uptight combo through a passel of wistful rambles -- like "Amarillo Highway" and "Corpus Christi Bay" -- that left no doubt where he left his heart.
Liverpool's legendary nitery
Cream -- credited with causing a dramatic surge in the popularity of the city's colleges this decade -- also has a record label, sells merchandise and goes on international tours.
At the typically emotional and well-attended ceremony at the Park West nitery
, Franz used her eloquent acceptance speech to praise the quality of the Chi theater and lambaste the Tony committee for refusing to honor the best ensemble.
In 1999 the two teamed on a more personal endeavor: throwing an Oscar bash at West Hollywood nitery
Atlantic, co-hosted by Christopher Ciccone.