Tuesday (7/5) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Mike Boehm writes, “Anthony Hopkins typically doesn’t play roles he can just waltz through. But now, much to his satisfaction, Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra have done just that with a waltz the noted actor composed for them. Hopkins was in attendance as Rieu premiered ‘And the Waltz Goes On’ on July 3 in Vienna. … Rieu issued a press release Tuesday announcing his plans to record ‘And the Waltz Goes On’ for his next album, and to perform it on a fall tour of the United States, Canada and Mexico scheduled to begin Sept. 10 (there are no West Coast dates). … This isn’t Hopkins’ first composing gig. In 1996, while making his film-directing debut with ‘August,’ an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’ set in Wales, Hopkins also composed the score; a Times reviewer praised his music as ‘quite effective and affecting.’ ”

Posted July 8, 2011