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Perhaps the biggest saving grace is a barely recognizable Nicole Kidman as Queen Boadicea, a punk-rock impresario-slash-guru who helps Zan unleash her inner (and intergalactic) rebel in a climactic concert scene.
Recall that in the film heroine Vicki Lester is driven by impresario Boris Lermontov to sacrifice everything but her art.
The cabaret impresario Michael Feinstein asked her to bring it to San Francisco, and then some London producers called.
Even if the 1970s and ’80s marked the creative pinnacle for Lloyd Webber (and early collaborator, lyricist Tim Rice), the British composer/musical impresario has been enjoying a recent revival.
Closer to home, Levine found a champion in John Gidwitz, a young impresario who ran Cleveland Concert Associates.
The wrestling impresario unveiled his plans Thursday in a video news conference with scant details beyond plans to have an eight team league that plays a 10-game regular season.
First the right-wing media impresario lost the backing of his financial patrons, hedge-fund mogul Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah.
As Le Pen can attest, what happens to those who dare to cross the aging impresario is never an enviable fate.
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Did You Know?
English borrowed "impresario" directly from Italian, whose noun impresa means "undertaking." A close relative is the English word emprise ("an adventurous, daring, or chivalric enterprise"), which, like "impresario," traces back to the Latin verb prehendere, meaning "to seize." (That verb is also the source of our "apprehend," "comprehend," and "prehensile.") English speakers were impressed enough with "impresario" to borrow it in the 1740s, at first using it, as the Italians did, especially of opera company managers. (By the way, despite their apparent similarities, "impress" and "impresario" are not related. "Impress" is a descendant of a Latin verb that means "to press.")
IMPRESARIO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impresario for English Language Learners
: a person who manages a performance (such as a concert or play)
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