Courtney Love’s Acting Renaissance

If you were a fan of Sons of Anarchy, you’ll have seen Courtney Love in her first TV role.

There’s more TV coming, too.  She has a role in Empire, the upcoming Fox series which tells the story of a hip hop music empire. (You see her for a split second in one of the promos running ahead of the show’s premiere on January 7. She’s seen, um, behaving badly.)

And that’s not all. She has a starring role in a stage production in Kansas City later this month. From the New York Times:

Singer, songwriter, punk-rocker, actress, fashionista, tabloid bonanza and … piano mover? That’s part of Courtney Love’s latest and thoroughly unexpected gig. The performer who made her name in the 1990s with her primal rasp and confrontational, straight-from-the-id songs will play the lead in “Kansas City Choir Boy,” a music-theater piece she’s performing with its songwriter, Todd Almond, in the 84-seat South Village performance space Here from Jan. 8-17.

It’s not “Mary Poppins,” but it’s not Grand Guignol either. Billed as a “theatricalized concept album,” “Kansas City Choir Boy” is a song cycle with very little dialogue: the story of a couple pulled apart by ambition. In Kansas City, he’s a nameless musician who composes on his laptop and his piano; she’s a singer, Athena, and they’re teenage sweethearts. He’s content in the Midwest, while she leaves him behind to make it in New York. He tries to follow her and reconnect, but she has been seduced by the siren call of fame.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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