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Ben Toth

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Last Dance: Dirty Dancing's Final Shake

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 3:41 PM

"Bottom line: come Monday, none of us are coming in." Those were the words of director/choreographer Kenny Ortega a few weeks ago, as he faced 20 bright-eyed dancers, explaining that what was undoubtedly their dream job -- dancing in the movie-musical remake of Dirty Dancing -- was no longer happening....

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The Etymology of Riffing, or, Why 'American Idol' Is Missing the Point

(26) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 2:08 PM

When I was a 19-year-old theater intern in New York City, I befriended an old-school music director named Frank Zuback. To this day -- a great many years later -- I'll never forget a point Frank made about vocal riffing. (Riffing, as you most likely know, is when a singer...

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