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Ed Kleban

Ed Kleban: A Weird and Wonderful Class Act, Well Worth Remebering

Myra Chanin | Posted 05.31.2016 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

Ed Kleban was an American musical theater songwriter who initially found, as Stephen Sondheim had, that Broadway producers were more enthusiastic abou...

Marvin Hamlisch Loved Sweets

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The entertaining PBS portrait of composer Marvin Hamlisch, aptly titled, "What He Did For Love," provides the music, his method for creating it, and t...

First Nighter: London Chorus Line Yay! London Dear World Nay!

David Finkle | Posted 02.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

If there's any evidence that A Chorus Line doesn't remain one of the great musicals, it's nowhere in view at the Palladium. Meanwhile, Jerry Herman's musical Dear World begs the question: Why?

First Nighter: Maria Stuarda at the Met, Donna McKechnie at 54 Below

David Finkle | Posted 01.03.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

In setting Maria Stuarda to music, Gaetano Donizetti did some of his most beautiful writing, not just for the title character and her prevailing adversary Elizabeth I. Throughout, Donizetti also imagined any number of ensembles