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Review: A Towering ‘Three Tall Women’ on Broadway

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 3, 2018 The current Broadway season is all about the revivals. The new plays have been middling at best, and the new musicals — apart from the exquisite The Band’s Visit — have been a mixture of lackluster Hollywood tie-ins and desultory ...

Art Break: ‘1968: The Global Revolutions’ on Display at Columbia University

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 2, 2018 It’s sometimes said that the past is another country; they do things differently there. That may be true. When we look at earlier cultures and history, we observe behaviors and events that often surprise us with their biases and injustices. We ...

‘The Sting’ Is Back — Now As a Musical With Harry Connick, Jr. at Paper Mill Playhouse

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 30, 2018 If you remember the 1973 Academy Award-winning film, The Sting; if you loved seeing Paul Newman and Robert Redford together on screen as two lovable con men; if you still tap your toes to the ragtime tunes of Scott Joplin—then you’re in ...

Review: A 'Candide' That's The Life of the Party, But ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, April 20, 2018 Carnegie Hall’s “One-Night-Only Benefit Concert in Celebration of the Bernstein Centennial” took the form of selections from the concert version of Candide currently licensed by the Leonard Bernstein Office, performed by a top-of-the-line crew of singers, players, and ...

Grand Rapids Symphony Brings More Than Great Music to Carnegie

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 17, 2018 The Grand Rapids Symphony arrives in New York this week for its first Carnegie Hall appearance in thirteen years with 85 players, a 135-member chorus, the world-renowned pianist Nelson Freire and its dynamic conductor Marcelo Lehninger. But according to ...

Review: Martha Graham Dance Company Continues Its Legacy and Ensures ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 The Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest dance company in America, continued its 92nd season with performances of their Scared/Profane program at New York City Center this past weekend. On Saturday evening Janet Eilber, the artistic director of ...

Review: Basil Twist's Aquatic 'Symphonie Fantastique' Is Visually and Sonically ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 Twenty years ago, third-generation puppeteer, Basil Twist, decided to create a totally abstract work based on the music of Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. This year, HERE, the Off-Broadway theater, has revived the work as part of their 25th ...

Review: The Drama of Mozart's Music (and Life) Fills Geffen ...

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 The New York Philharmonic’s April 14 screening of Milos Forman’s Oscar-winning movie Amadeus, with the musical score performed live, was bittersweet; Forman died the day before, at eighty-six. Conductor Richard Kaufman dedicated the presentation to Forman, and ...

Jazz Notes: On April 20, Jazz Foundation of America Returns to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 16, 2018 Every year, New York’s nonprofit the Jazz Foundation of America—whose motto is “Saving jazz and blues…one musician at a time”—helps to be a key factor for helping musicians who have faced natural disasters and ...

Review: An Expurgated ‘Carousel’ Nonetheless Thrills

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Each year, when I cover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in my musical-theater history course at the Boston Conservatory, we have a lengthy discussion about what I call “The Elephant in the Room.” Carousel barker Billy Bigelow hits his ...

Art Break: Freud at the Center for Book Arts, Mixed ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Humans and their place within the community, landscape, and the planet in general, is a topic of fascination to artists throughout the centuries. Art Break is looking at several shows opening this week that examine and discuss how ...

From Rio With Love — Grand Rapids Symphony Returns To Carnegie ...

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 The Grand Rapids Symphony takes the stage at Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 20 for the second time in the orchestra’s 88-year history. Having celebrated its 75th anniversary there in 2005, the orchestra returns with the 140-member Grand Rapids ...

Ecstatic Music Festival Features Diverse Programming and Collaborative Performances

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 Kaufman Music Center’s Ecstatic Music Festival, now in its eighth year, presents collaborative performances from a broad, diverse range of musical groups. As Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos notes, “since Kaufman Music Center launched the pioneering ...

Review: ‘Lobby Hero’ — No Heroes Here, Just Human Beings

Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 29, 2018 First, let me report that the just renovated new Broadway home of Second Stage Theater, the Helen Hayes, is just grand. Intimate and grand, which is a hard act to master. And the contrast between the plush crushed velvet seats in the audience and the ...

Brooklyn Film Festival Turns 21 As It Prepares for the Next Decade of Excellence

ZEALnyc, March 28, 2018 The proliferation of film festivals has grown substantially over the years, with many being created to promote niche viewing or a specialized focus. The Brooklyn Film Festival, now celebrating its twenty-first year, has just closed its submission process after having ...

Review: A Sumptuous But Flawed ‘Grand Hotel’ at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2018 In 1989, the musical Grand Hotel held an out-of-town tryout in Boston before heading to Broadway. I saw that production, and can thereby attest that the show at that point was grim and flat, owing to mostly colorless score by Robert ...

Review: Russian-American Relations Are Revisited In a Timely Revival of ‘A Walk In the Woods’ by the Barrow Group

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2018 From Into the Woods on the Great White Way to Great Birnam wood in “The Scottish Play,” theatrical history is thick with forests. To this worthy cannon we can add A Walk in the Woods, Lee Blessing’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony ...

Review: Vietnam War-Inspired Programming Results In the Sublime to the Questionable

By Christopher Johnson, March 26, 2018 No one could have anticipated that the climactic event in Carnegie Hall’s months-long festival The ’60s: The Years that Changed America would coincide with the March for Our Lives, one of the biggest protests since the Vietnam War Moratoriums of 1969 and ...

Review: ‘Angels in America’ Soars in Stunning Broadway Revival

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 26, 2018 This spring, Broadway will host two different — extremely different, by all accounts — stage productions that will require visitors to attend two separate performances to witness their entire stories. One is the upcoming Harry Potter ...

Art Break: To The Power of Three — A Sixty Year Retrospective of Work By Influential Women at Pratt

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 26, 2018 This week Art Break is looking at the contributions of three women artist/designers to mid-20th century culture and graphic design. Anni Albers, Elaine Lustig Cohen, and Rosmarie Tissi all worked in an era when design was becoming important to ...

Pop-Up Concerts Return To The Miller Theatre — Just In Time for Cocktails

ZEALnyc, March 23, 2018 Planning ways to connect with friends and colleagues can often be challenging, but what if you could find a way to combine socializing while hearing a cutting-edge concert and also enjoying a drink? All for free? Impossible? No. The Miller Theater at Columbia University ...

Review: Anne Hathaway is the Woman Behind the Man in ‘Shakespeare’s Will’ at HERE

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2018 When discussing William Shakespeare, there’s a certain level of mystery surrounding the writer, since there is so much unknown about his personal life. So for the most part, it is left to loyal readers, fans, and scholars to draw ...

Review: Paul Taylor Continues To Be a Reigning Force in Modern Dance

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 20, 2018 As Paul Taylor has become an elder statesman of modern dance, he’s extended his reputation to provide a platform and an introduction to other dance companies and dancers. On Sunday the Paul Taylor Dance Company presented a program that included ...

Review: ‘Sorin, A Notre Dame Story’ — The Man Behind the Fighting Irish

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 19, 2018 Growing up in central North Carolina, we lived and breathed ACC sports. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC State, and Duke were hour and a half away, and Wake Forest University was within walking distance of my house. But in our ...

Art Break: A Rare Opportunity to View Ancient Jade at J. J. Lally & Co.

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 19, 2018 This time Art Break focuses on Asia Week, a ten-day celebration of the arts and cultural influences of the region. A multitude of countries and time periods are represented by local and international galleries, giving New Yorkers the opportunity ...

Review: Curtis Opera Theatre Brings a Newly Revised ‘A Quiet Place’ to Kaye Playhouse

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, March 16, 2018 Let’s not beat about the bush: A Quiet Place, Leonard Bernstein’s second opera, is a frustrating thing, brimming over with musical ideas of great interest and occasional beauty, but saddled with an unpleasant, implausible cast of ...

Jazz Notes: A Retrospective on Legendary Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim Prior to Upcoming Gig With the Jazz Epistles at BAM

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, March 15, 2018 When BAM and the World Music Institute present legendary pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, the show will focus on his return to the Jazz Epistles, the bebopping group he co-founded and co-led in the apartheid-strangled South Africa that recorded its ...

Review: The Road Not Taken Via Gurney In ‘Later Life’ at Keen Company

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2018 In Later Life, we are solidly in A.R. Gurney territory: waspy, and well-heeled. This 80 minute play without intermission takes place somewhere in the 1990s on a tony terrace overlooking Boston Harbor. The set (Steven Kemp) is very appealing, with ...

Review: ‘Admissions’ Tackles the Issue of Diversity Head-On

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 13, 2018 Let’s give playwright Joshua Harmon a whole lot of credit for taking on the hot-button issue of diversity without preaching or pulling any punches. The main characters, although underwritten, don’t always say and do what you expect them to, and ...

Review: The New York Pops Goes to the Movies (Popcorn Not Included)

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 12, 2018 When we think about great movies from the past or present, we invariably think of all the musical soundtracks that accompany them. Seizing on this connection, last Friday night The New York Pops presented their own tribute entitled: The Best of ...

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