Today I am in mourning. A beloved shoe has become ill. These shoes have lived a life of wealth, miracles, tragedy and discovery. When I needed them, they were there for me. And I need them today more than ever.
Okay. There's Fred & Ginger. Sonny & Cher. Beyonce & Jay-Z. And then there's Bennett & Gaga. A match made in jazz heaven. Let's face it. We're dragging and sagging under heavy headlines. We all need a quick escape from global gloom, and I don't mean Soul Cycle.
Even before Every Brilliant Thing began I realized the spunky, balding fellow racing about the in-the-round Barrow Street Theatre to hand out sheets of paper and chat with audience members was undoubtedly the solo show's performer, Jonny Donahoe.
Whenever performers -- such as Mary Bridget Davies in A Night With Janis Joplin, at the Lyceum -- impersonate iconic figures, they're going to be compared to the original, whether they like it or not. They certainly can't be surprised when they are.
With two albums, a string of hit singles and growing list of television and film credits, Paloma Faith is already a star in her native United Kingdom. Now the fiery-haired beauty is ready to make a splash in the United States.
Leela James' willingness to re-imagine the music of Etta James through many musical and historical contexts, speaks to the ways that the older James' music was a constant inspiration for the younger James.
The thing with Bruce, and any artist like Bruce, is that the most important thing is the song, getting across the meaning and the character of the song. Bruce is almost like an actor in that he creates a character for each of his songs.