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'Shuffle Along:' An Achievement And A Shame

Barry Singer | Posted 06.17.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

Shuffle Along gives us a stageful of black artists finally seizing control of their own work from the maw of racism. That is the story. The subtext, unfortunately, is a bit more complicated.

Interview: George C. Wolfe Makes a Musical, Part 1

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

"My absolutely favorite time of working on a project is the time I spend not knowing what it is. Because the longer you live inside that period, the likelier you are to discover something new."

Aisle View: Broadway Musical Magic

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.28.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Audra McDonald in Shuffle Along. Photo: Julieta Cervantes The 2015-2016 Broadway season started with a musical bang, from Lin-Manuel Miranda; thirt...

'Cabin in the Sky:' A Ring Shout of Well-Intentioned Condescension

Barry Singer | Posted 02.16.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

I am fond of the 1943 movie, but it does have its problems. The opportunity to finally see the show at City Center's Encores! series last week, ostensibly as it was originally performed in 1940 on Broadway, filled me with anticipation. And trepidation.

Spring Broadway Entry Shuffle Along -- a Revival?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The new release does indeed make the show sound more like a revival with some bonus extras. There are three possible explanations I can think of for this change in slant.

Rhiannon Solo (and Then Some)

Barry Singer | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Today -- after the amicable departure of Flemons and Robinson for their own solo projects -- the band, more than ever, is a shifting troupe of young African-American folk musicians who revolve around Rhiannon Giddens. I had long wanted to speak with this lady.

Kenny Barron's Piano, Sharon Clark's Vocals and James Carter's Horn at the 22ndAnnual Jazz Foundation of America's Loft Party

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The Jazz Foundation of America's loft party, an annual concert to benefit a vital organization that helps players with medical expenses, housing, reco...

Dog Ears Music: Born in February Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 04.04.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review albums by Jackie Gleason (with his orchestra), George Harrison, Dexter Gordon, Shakira and other artists.