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Alan Jay Lerner

Bits and Snatches

George Heymont | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Most of us, upon hearing the term amuse-bouche, instantly think of food. But in some situations I often think of programs which offer a collection of short plays as a long string of amuse-bouches. Some are tastier and have more heft than others; some have an almost ethereal appeal.

First Nighter: Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon Sparks the Gershwins' 'An American in Paris'

David Finkle | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Christopher Wheeldon's choreography for An American in Paris, at the Palace, is so spectacular that you have to forgive anything else wrong with the production--and believe you me, there's plenty to forgive--and I mean plenty.

First Nighter: Little Girl "Gigi" Does Not Grow Up on Broadway in a Most Delightful Way

David Finkle | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The reference to the release from Arthur Freed's incomparable MGM unit is recorded here as preamble to the unhappy news that a woefully cheap travesty of the gloriously romantic film has now opened at the Neil Simon.

First Nighter: "Paint Your Wagon" Revival Paints Town Red-Hot

David Finkle | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

When Paint Your Wagon was first done and record companies still actively scoured upcoming scores for chart-topping possibilities, the ones selected were "I Talk to the Trees" and "They Call the Wind Maria."

The Business of The Band Wagon at Encores!

Barry Singer | Posted 01.04.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

News that Encores! here in New York is mounting a "new stage adaptation" of The Band Wagon as a "Special Event" beginning Thursday filled my girls with wonder, and not a little moral outrage. "Why?" they cried! All I could think to reply was: Why not?

Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke: Unmasked at SF Symphony's Masquerade Ball

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I would run into people in my neighborhood, colleagues, singers who - when you mention Mary Magdalene - have a very strong reaction or an immediate idea.

Impossible Dreams

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

While it's possible that those who aspire to less enjoy life more, I have no doubt that every generation of humanity has had its ass kicked by reality.

The Faerie Month of May: Faerie Festivals and May Celebrations

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Today's Maytime Faerie Festivals, including Spoutwood Farm's May Day Fairie Festival, the Maryland Faerie Festival, and the New York Faerie Festival, are outgrowths of this vibrant May tradition. They feature kings and queens, Maypole dances, flower garlands and beautiful costumes.

The Power of Singing: A CD Celebrating the American Spirit

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 12.23.2012 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

In the election season hoopla, we can sometimes lose sight of why we care. It's good that we have music to remind us.

Does Enchantment Pour out of Every Door?

George Heymont | Posted 10.22.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

If one were to look for unlikely social climbers in literature, one of the most obvious examples is Eliza Doolittle. The character created by George Bernard Shaw for 1912's Pygmalion was further immortalized in the 1956 hit musical, My Fair Lady.

Stage Door: Kissing Sid James, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.16.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

As is, aside from the tuneful Lerner/Lane score, there is little to recommend this theatrical therapy. Connick is wooden, and despite good efforts by supporting players, the show is disjointed.

Revisiting The Best Of Broadway

George Heymont | Posted 09.29.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Dedicated oenologists take great pride in identifying a vintage year. Fans of the American musical theatre, similarly often look to Ethan Mordden for ...

Sondheim's Lyrics: Rhymes, Reasons and Religion

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Sigman

Though I grew up in an agnostic household, I was rarely in doubt that a spiritual force was afoot. Music, specifically what's come to be called "The Great American Songbook," was our religion.

Stone Widney Recalls the Magic of Camelot as the Musical Turns Fifty

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Now at the half-century mark, Camelot is usually playing somewhere.

Hilary Kole Deserves to Be Your Valentine

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

Everyone should want to listen to and look at Hilary Kole in an understated black cocktail dress and high-heeled gold-strap shoes and tresses flowing past her shoulders.

Leslie Caron to Publish Memoirs, Star in English-Language Sondheim Revival in Paris

Jane Levere | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jane Levere

At a recent event in New York honoring the composers Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Caron revealed it was actually her idea to turn the Colette novel, Gigi, into a film.