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age 10-The Michigan Daily-Friday, December 4, 1987

Coming Attractions

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Texas Twister
Texas blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland will be at Rick's Friday and Saturday night. Copeland's
fiery guitar attack and soulful vocals are in tune with the Lone Star state instead of the more recognized
style of Chicago blues.

Arts Chorale Doily Photo by SCOTT LTUCHY
Jonathan Hirsh directs Arts Chorale at St. Andrew's Church in Ann Arbor during a rehearsal for their
performance there on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. This is their 40th season, and they'll perform a 350th birthday
celebration for Dietrich Buxtehude as well as 'The Christmas Story' with music by Heinrich Schutz.

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'Three Men and a

Baby'

bounces with

charm

By Mark Shaiman
What happens when a baby turns
up at the front door of an apartment
inhabited by three bachelors? Lots of
laughs. There are so many laughs
that you are better off seeing Three
Men and a Baby at a weekday mati-
nee showing so that the roar of the
crowd does not drown out half the
lines.
This film is based on the French
farce Tres Hommes et un Couffin
("Three Men and a Cradle"), which
was nominated for Best Foreign

Film of 1985. Fortunately this ver-
sion follows closely to the original,
just Americanized.
Peter (Tom Selleck), Michael
(Steve Guttenberg), and Jack (Ted
Danson) are three yuppies who share
a penthouse in New York City.
While Jackis awaywfilming a TV
movie, he gets two packages; the
first is a baby. After that Peter and
Michael don't care what the other
one is.
So when two men arrive to pick
up the "package," they are first given
the baby. The other package leads to
an encounter with some seedy char-

acters and puts them in some danger.
But this problem is solved halfway
through the film, making it seem
simple compared to caring for a
baby.
Three Men and a Baby is a
simple comedy, but a very funny
one. And it has a load of charm. But
how could it not? There is a six
month old baby that is, of course,
extremely cute. And there are three
grown men reduced to making silly
faces and boiling bottles.
What really carries the film are
the performances because there is a
certain chemistry that works between

Selleck, Danson, and Guttenberg -
they look like they are having a ton
of fun doing this film, and it is
contagious.
. Guttenberg is known primarily
from films, but the other two have
established themselves with TV
roles: Selleck is known for Magnum
P.1., and Danson heads the Cheers
cast as Sam. But when these three
guys sing "Goodnight Sweetheart"
in harmony to put the baby to sleep,
you forget the other roles they play
and accept them as "the three men."
Part of this strong relationship
must be credited to the director, and

he should also be given a slap on the
back for his successful transition to
comedy. Leonard Nimoy, the Dr.
Spock of Star Trek fame (and now
maybe competition for Dr. Spock
the baby specialist) has previously
directed only Star Trek III and IV.
With this film he shows his
adaptability and skill, capitalizing on
every possible opportunity for
humor. Unlike the original French
film, where characters are content to
be done with their underworld ac-

quaintances, the Americans see to it
that justice is served. But Nimoy has
sense enough to make this scene a
bit of suspense rather than a bunch
of morality.
The French version was
nominated for an Oscar as Best
Film, but I would be truly surprised
if this American one will be.
Comedies just don't do well with the
Academy. Still, Three Men and a
Baby is definitely worth seeing -
it's as cute as the baby that's in it.

'Messiah'

tradition lives

By Cherie Curry
For many people, the Christmas
season begins after Thanksgiving.
For others, it doesn't commence
until they have seen at least one
performance of Handel's Messiah.
George Frederic Handel's compo-
sition has become an annual tradi-
tion in many areas, and t h e
University is no exception. Starting
this weekend, the Messiah will be
performed at Hill Auditorium by the
University Musical Society.
The University Musical Society
consists of a 250-voice University
Choral Union, a chorus which dates
back to 1879 when a group of local

church singers united to sing cho-
ruses from Messiah. Donald Bryant
will conduct the Choral Union along
with the members of the University
Symphony Orchestra, and four
soloists who have outstanding
credits. Three have sung with
Leonard Bernstein and each soloist
has been individually involved in
either music festivals, operas, sym-
phonies, or in performances with the
New York, Buffalo, or Los Angeles
Philharmonic.
If this doesn't seem like enough
music, there will be a carillon
concert preceding the Messiah. This
special concert, performed by
Carillonneur Margo Halstead and
nine other carillon students, will be
honoring the 51st anniversary of the

dedication of the Baird Carillon in
the Burton Memorial Tower.
However busy it gets, don't let
the season pass without bringing
some holiday music to your ears.
There will be three performances
of Handel's MESSIAH this month,

starting tonight and tomorrow at 8
p.m, with a 2 p.m performance on
Sunday. The Carillon concert will be
tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3-$8.
Contact the Musical Societys'
Burton Tower office at 764-2538 for
more information.

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