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An 'entertaining' 45 years: Remembering the '90s

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The best movies of the ’90s included “My Left Foot” with Daniel Day Lewis, “Pretty Woman” with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” Martin Scorcese’s classic crime film “Goodfellas,” Kevin Costner’s “Dances With Wolves” and Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs,” along with huge hits like “Toy Story” and “Titanic.”

Rhode Island’s own Michael Corrente also gave us “Federal Hill,” while the Farrelly brothers gave us “There’s Something About Mary.” “Meet Joe Black,” with Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt, had many Rhode Island extras in a big scene shot at Warwick’s Aldrich Mansion.

I wrote about the traumatic experience of spending three weeks without the arts, as I went through major surgery. Little did I know that in 2020, I would be spending over four months without live arts and entertainment. And TV wasn’t any better, but at least now there is Netflix.

Richard Jenkins saved Trinity Rep by taking over as its interim director. Oscar Eustis became Trinity Rep’s new artistic director.

Salty Brine played Arvide Abernathy in “Guys and Dolls” at Theatre-by-the-Sea.

I wrote about my 2-year-old grandson, Alex Miller, playing a shepherd in his church Christmas pageant. The headline read: “A Star Is Born.” Alas, he chose to become a doctor instead of an actor and is currently saving lives in Boston.

Zuohuang Chen became the new director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, later succeeded by Larry Rachleff.

The Providence Convention Center opened in December of 1993. Alias Stage (Now Gamm) moved to an old garage in Providence’s Jewelry District with a stunning production of “The Swan.” Alias Stage changed its name to the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre because of a donation from Cranston’s Alan Shawn Feinstein.

PPAC expanded its stage to welcome future productions of “Phantom of the Opera” and other blockbuster Broadway musicals.

I celebrated 20 years of entertainment writing for these papers and started my “20 Years Ago” column.

Vince Gill sang his heart out until way after midnight as the final performance at the Warwick Musical Theatre brought tears to many eyes. You can still order “The Tent” online and bring back some of those wonderful memories.

Gill came back to Rhode Island a little over a year ago and we reminisced about that night and his friendship with the Bonoff family.

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