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An American in Paris

Applauding Broadway's Dancing Stars

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.31.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

A couple of weeks ago I went to see An American in Paris with a friend who was only in town for a few days. During the curtain call, instead of applau...

The Joy of Theater & the Joy of 'Bright Star'

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I feel compelled to write about the amazing theatrical experience I had watching Bright Star at the Cort this Tuesday. But first a little introduction...

Ballet Has A Sexism Problem, And Even Its Brightest Stars Don't Know How To Solve It

The Huffington Post | Chloe Angyal | Posted 06.01.2016 | Arts

There’s one truly goosebump-inducing moment in "Strictly Bolshoi," the 2007 documentary about British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s efforts...

Where Would You Go On a Bucket List Trip? Celebrities Share Their Dream Destinations

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.25.2016 | Travel
Jeryl Brunner

When Edward Norton thinks about a trip of a lifetime, visiting Campi ya Kanzi, the Maasai community-owned eco-lodge in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya holds a top spot on his bucket list.

American In Paris: A Horror Story

Kiki Von Glinow | Posted 11.19.2016 | World
Kiki Von Glinow

It's well past 2 a.m. now and our eyes are glued to the news. We've closed the curtains and I shake every time we hear a car go by, thinking about the Mumbai hotel attacks in 2008 that killed more than 160 and wounded hundreds.

The Bessie's: The Dance Community Awards Excellence Among Its Members

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.23.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

It's especially lovely when the dance community can gather together and applaud each other's efforts. Such is the environment at the Bessie's, dance's version of the Academy Awards or the Tony's. This year, the 31st-annual ceremony took place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, with its iconic neon-red sign.

"Jeux:" New York City Ballet Plays the Game of Love

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.21.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

It is this simplicity that feels too safe in Kim Brandstrup's premiere for New York City Ballet. Jeux reminds you of Kurt Vonnegut's iconic line: "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."

New York City Ballet Fall Gala 2015: An Evening of Fashion and Dance

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.05.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The New York City Ballet has returned with all its relevance, strong and modern. The dancers are not "stingy." They are not "holding back." They exist in the "now," "right now." Balanchine would be proud.

Saying Goodbye to Gigi and Realizing the Limits of Social Media

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.18.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

What makes a show fail? Many in the industry have pondered that question. If we knew the answer, shows wouldn't fail. Even veteran producers with a string of hits sometimes stumble. For there is really no magic key.

The Theater Community Parties Post-Tonys: The Carlyle

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.08.2016 | New York
Cara Joy David

After the telecast (discussed in my post here), Broadway is all about the after-parties. There is the official Tony Gala at the Plaza. Then each show or each lead producer usually hosts their own party.

Welcome the 69th Annual TONY Awards Winners (PHOTOS)

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.08.2016 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

It was a evening of stars at the 69th Annual TONY Awards last night, with some surprise wins -- rather, vindication for dedicated fans who were excited to see favorites win across categories. The little musical that could, which began at the Public Theater in SoHo and has now swept the TONY Awards just a year later.

The Tonys, 'Fun Home' and Kids

Barry Singer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

This year, however, two things intrigue me: My kids' first-time stake in the proceedings, and Fun Home. Lea and Sara have seen a lot of Broadway theater this season. As a result, they feel personally invested in their Tony connection to You Can't Take It With You, On the Town, An American in Paris, Something Rotten!, The King and I. Each show is real to them.

Anticipating the Tony Awards, With Alan Cumming at the Café Carlyle, the Astaire Awards, and Stars in the Alley

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.05.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Facing a crowd that included his mother and brother as well as Tony Danza, next up for a run at the Café Carlyle, Alan Cumming reminded everyone that he would be hosting the Tony Awards with Kristen Chenoweth on Sunday night, admitting that he was "freaking out."

The Fabulous Broadway Season That Was

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.29.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If you ask me, On The Town, which is currently slightly trailing both other contenders in my Tony polling, deserves the win. I, like most, was worried when the show was announced for that barn of a theater, but director John Rando proved the doubters wrong.

Women on Top: On the Town, New York City Ballet Classic I and American Ballet Theatre's Giselle

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.27.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Broadway and ballet stages are not the usual first stop for those seeking images of female empowerment. But Friday and Saturday at Lincoln Center and ...

Quick Questions With American in Paris Tony Noms Brandon Uranowitz & Max von Essen

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.27.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

An American in Paris is about many things: Paris after the war, the joy of new experiences, romance, love, dance and the relationship between three friends.

Thank Heaven for Grownup Ladies

Barry Singer | Posted 05.15.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

I've been away -- I mean psychically, mourning a friend; an employee at my bookstore who died very tragically two weeks ago. Her name was Cindi DiMarzo.

Your Tony Picks: Who Will Win It All on Broadway's Biggest Night?

Culturalist | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
Culturalist

Make your list now! Culturalist.com is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. Want to jo...

I Have Nothing to Wear!!

Mara Menachem | Posted 05.01.2016 | Style
Mara Menachem

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a charity lunch and in typical Mara fashion I started getting ready 30 minutes prior to the event. Panic ensued when I realized I had not one appropriate item of clothing to wear.

Review: An American in Paris

Isa Freeling | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Christopher Wheeldon's elegant new stage production at the Palace Theater of George and Ira Gershwin's An American in Paris is a must-see, however altered from the original 1951 movie version.

Theater: City of Lights Musical Smackdown: 'Gigi' vs. 'An American in Paris'

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Two musicals set in Paris opened on Broadway within four days of each other. Both are shows that began as musicals created for the movies, something almost unheard of today unless you're an animated princess.

'An American in Paris': Who Got 'Rhythm'?

Barry Singer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

These wildly over-existential ponderings were triggered by, of all things, the recently opened, widely celebrated, extravagantly beautiful, production of An American in Paris, which, as so many have been saying, really is great to look at.

Stage Door: An American In Paris

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The revamped An American in Paris, the Broadway musical at the Palace, is sui generis. There is no other musical on The Great White Way to equal it. The dance-driven production, ending with a stunning, 14-minute ballet that closes the show, is a triumph.

'An American in Paris': Not the Same Old Song and Dance

Danny Groner | Posted 06.16.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

There's nothing revolutionary about the plot to the show, but it stands apart from others like it thanks to a heightened sense of importance. That's due to the fact that the show is set in Paris after World War II, where there's a spring in people's step for the first time in a long time.

Want to Go to Paris? Take a Shortcut Through Broadway

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Don't get me wrong, there's no problem with being a sex worker, or a wife, or a ballerina, or a heiress if you so choose. But what the female protagonists and antagonists in Gigi and An American in Paris lack is agency in their happily ever afters.