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The Party's Over: A Tribute to Polly Bergen

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

One thing the theater community does well is celebrate its own. And Polly Bergen was a member of the theater community. Now, as I previously wrote, the League of American Theaters and Producers opted not to dim the lights for her.

Remembering the Great Polly Bergen

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Polly Bergen was a real class act. She had a grace about her, an intangible quality that not many possess.

Charmed, I'm Sure!

George Heymont | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

When people with widely disparate cultural beliefs meet up in real life, several outcomes are possible. One of the best examples of this phenomenon was depicted in Pacific Overtures (the 1976 Broadway musical which focused on the historical moment in which Japan opened its isolated island society to Western culture).

Moving Side Show to Broadway

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.18.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Whenever a show makes this big move it is a cause for celebration. It suggests that the producing theaters created something of value, something that for-profit producers believe will be of interest to a far wider audience than any single regional theater can reach.

Employing Celebrities

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.27.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Summer is a good time to think through all the celebrities your board, staff and artists know or have worked with and think about ways to use one or two in the upcoming season.

A School for Strippers: The ABC's of Stripping (NSFW PHOTOS)

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

She taught them how to walk, when to take it off, how to bump it and "don't forget the grind, which preceded the bump." She ran a school for strippers and her name was Lillian Hunt.

Quick Questions: Matilda's Lauren Ward

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Now a mother of three -- her daughter is nine, one son is seven and another is almost five -- Lauren Ward is back on Broadway at least through the summer in a role she has been playing since the first Matilda workshop.

First Nighter: The Woefully Misunderstood Damsels in Distress of Passion and Cinderella

David Finkle | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The correct title for the Sondheim-Lapine opus would be Romantic Obsession, and it wouldn't try to ingratiate itself as a depiction of what genuine love is. Passion is anything but a love story.

Broadway's Terri White Brings Her Cabaret to L.A.

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

The Great White Way has captivated audiences from Feinstein's in New York to the San Carlos in Key West, and now it's L.A.'s turn.

Follies at the Ahmanson Is Musical Theatre at Its Finest

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.08.2012 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Los Angeles, you are in for a treat. Follies, the 1971 landmark musical that collected seven Tony Awards, takes Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre by storm -- direct from Broadway, and bigger and better than ever.

The Lesson of Follies

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.24.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When an arts organization has success with a high visibility project, more important artists are willing to collaborate on future projects. I am convinced that this will be one important legacy of Follies.

PHOTOS: Top Ten Chicago Plays Of 2011

The Huffington Post | Lauren Whalen and Scotty Zacher | Posted 12.29.2011 | Chicago

As 2011 draws to a close, we asked some of Chicago's experts in style, music, art and theater to share their favorite places, people and things of the...

What I Am Giving Thanks for This Year

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.21.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

This is the time of year when we give thanks for the wonderful gifts that we have been given, the experiences we have treasured, the people who have changed our lives.

3 For D.C. in NYC

Charlie Fink | Posted 01.07.2012 | DC
Charlie Fink

I saw fantastic musicals in NYC the other week that each has, coincidentally, a D.C. connection. First, there's Sondheim's Follies on Broadway.

Love Redux: Follies Extended Three Weeks at the Marquis Theater

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 01.04.2012 | Arts
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Both definitions of Follies -- a musical review and a foolish action -- fit this revival of the Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman musical about forme...

Another 'Follies'

Howard Kissel | Posted 12.21.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

This is not a lavish production, but the lack of splash only strengthens the final 20 minutes in which the marital follies of the two couples are presented in the manner of an old-fashioned "Follies."

Follies -- Never Look Back

Naughty But Nice Rob | Posted 11.27.2011 | Home
Naughty But Nice Rob

It wouldn't surprise me a bit if in a decade or so people will be looking back on this production of Follies with nearly as much reverence as those who look back upon the original.

Stiff Upper Lips

George Heymont | Posted 11.22.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Keeping up appearances is of paramount importance to control freaks. Two new productions reveal what happens when the ice starts to crack and terrible truths leak out.

Stage Door: Follies, Dally With The Devil

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.16.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The revival of Follies is perfection. One of Stephen Sondheim's most moving scores, it features two remarkable stars -- Bernadette Peters and Jan Maxwell -- and an extraordinary musical meditation on longing and regret.

Theater: Follies Grand and Beautiful But...

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.15.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

This is the best-acted, best-sung production of Follies I've seen and yet it's still not the Follies of my dreams.

First Nighter: "Follies" 2011 a Smash Hit

David Finkle | Posted 11.13.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

In a theater-going era when anything with assumed marquee value is trussed up for consumer consumption, it's a treat to recall something that -- for the abundance of high-quality theater craft it contains -- truly deserves enthusiastic applause.

James and The Giant Peach Meets Josephine Baker and Bernadette Peters...

Freddie Gershon | Posted 09.19.2011 | Education
Freddie Gershon

This past January at the Broadway JR. Festival in Atlanta, approximately 2,500 young people from grade schools with their teachers and adjudicators we...

So Much To Love, So Much To Regret

Martin Maidenberg | Posted 09.11.2011 | Arts
Martin Maidenberg

Stephen Sondheim's seminal and dazzling 1971 musical, Follies, having just finished its successful run at Washington's Kennedy Center, is now en route to Broadway.

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.

This Is Your Brain on Crosswords

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

"_____ comes but once a year. Var." Can you solve this devilish holiday-season crossword puzzle clue? Hint: The correct nine-letter answer starts with a "C" and ends with an "s" -- and it's not "Christmas".