My country is placing me in a position where I become a hurricane blazing through everything in my path. Just one month passed by and dozens of people lost their jobs, were told off by their bosses, got reported on. Now they are all unemployed.
Can you recall the last time you took a moment to look up? What you'll see is an awe inspiring spectacle. The orb of a moon hanging low against a black mid-night backdrop, or the clouds softly spreading across the span of gorgeous blue.
Gem And Jam Festival,
Gem And Jam LA Preparty,
Downtown Los Angeles,
There are those rare conversations in life where time slows down and every sense is simultaneously awakened. A few weeks ago at the classic Belasco theater in downtown Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to get to know visionary artists, Alex and Allyson Grey.
As I stood outside of a completely nondescript door, I couldn't help but think back to how excited and unprepared I was for my first experience with immersive theatre. Now I stood outside of the door for The Grand Paradise as excited as I'd be if an old friend were on the other side.
Big: The Musical,
Cabin In The Sky,
City Center Encores! Series,
The Wild Party,
Women On The Verge Of a Nervous Breakdown,
City Of Angels,
Jekyll And Hyde,
Once On This Island,
Instead of getting depressed about how they don't write 'em like they used to, here's an even dozen shows from the era of Chicago up through the '00s that Encores! might consider in the future.
Following Your Dreams,
Live Your Dreams,
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
To be honest, I never felt like it was brave thing to do -- share my life story about physical and mental illness; it just felt right. My only outlet was theater, and it felt like the only way I could express the angst, anger and sadness I had been feeling about my life.
Bowie's giant footprint in pop music and pop culture often overshadows the fact that he was an incredibly gifted singer, who came of age in the era of the great song stylists of the jazz era and brought that approach into his music in a seamless manner.
The chance to invite my friends and fellow artists to join me in ensuring that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal crisis is deeply important to me for two reasons: it continues a long tradition of musicians giving back to help those in need, and it underscores the challenges faced by professionals who make music their lifelong focus, but who all too often do so at significant personal cost.
It's time for us to stop singing along to any song that has the n-word or celebrates blackness in a way we will never understand. Our ancestors signed away that right when they signed their names to contracts that said they owned human beings.
I created "Dance of Peace," a 21foot tall bronze sculpture just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. My inspiration was to create a sculpture symbolizing peace on earth.
Art schools and university art departments are where the next generation of professional artists receives its training.
An adventurous spirit who packed a revolver and often dressed like the locals when he traveled, Strasser explored China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, New Guinea, Japan and Tibet, covering some 30,000 miles in the proc
Adapting children's books into musicals can be tricky. It's a delicate balance between recreation and saccharine productions. But in a 60-minute show for toddlers that offers 75 puppets, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle's beloved books...
Backstreet Dogs It's estimated that 1.2 Million homeless animals are in Houston, Texas. "My love is all I have to give. Without you I don't think I could live. I wish...
Kristi York Wooten,
Ex's & Oh's,
Kennedy Center Honors,
"Algorithms can't make us feel," writes Kristi York Wooten in her recent piece about why we're all still watching that video of Aretha Franklin singing "Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center. But what modern day songwriter won't admit they've...
The triptych of Gaetano Donizetti's Tudor Queens is a famously challenging cycle for any diva. Most notably sung by Beverly Sills at New York City Opera, the three queens at the centerpieces of Donizetti's Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn), Maria Stuarda (Queen Elizabeth OR Mary Stuart, depending on what angle you...
Live theater is pretty special. Unlike movies and TV and books, when you experience this art you are actually in the room with many of the artists involved.
Lincoln Center At The Movies,
Jennifer Grey Dirty Dancing,
Girish Bhargava and Robert Joffrey. Photo courtesy of Girish Bhargava. "Look at that!" Girish Bhargava shouts, his voice booming with excitement. In a fraction of a second, Jennifer Grey goes from sneakered student to dirty dancer...
Jane Austen’s Emma,
Lee Ann Larkin,
Lianne Marie Dobbs,
National Alliance For Music Theater,
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley,
In 20 minutes of coming attractions (not to mention a James Bond-style commercial for beer), I saw more money poured into glamorizing explosives, weaponry and commercialized violence than I'd witnessed in quite some time.
Make Work Wonderful,
Turn sideways into the light as they say the old ones did and disappear into the originality of it all. Be impatient with easy explanations and teach that part of the mind that wants to know everything not to begin questions it cannot answer. David Whyte