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George Gershwin

'Fiorello!' Succeeds: Will It Move To Broadway?

David Finkle | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There may be two outstanding reasons why in 1960 Fiorello! was only the third musical to nab the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Both reasons are craftily on display in the sparkling Encores! revival at City Center.

Gershwin Heirs Sue Warner Music For Millions

Posted 01.15.2013 | Arts

George Gershwin's heirs recently sued Warner Music, alleging "numerous areas of underpayment, non-payment and non-compliance" from the media giant. ...

Easy Reader: Recommending Michael Feinstein on the Gershwins and Him, Gary Marmorstein on Lorenz Hart

David Finkle | Posted 03.01.2013 | Books
David Finkle

Ostensibly, what Feinstein is offering in his book is, as its title promises, a prolonged glimpse into his life as a devoted George and Ira Gershwin protegé.

Michael Feinstein on Life with Ira Gershwin, Performing the Classics, and the Future of Feinstein's

Vanity Fair | Posted 02.13.2013 | Entertainment
Vanity Fair

By Patrick Monahan, Vanity Fair George Gershwin in 1935; courtesy of the Conde Nast Archive In 1976, the 80-year-old Ira Gershwin and his wife, Leo...

Word Choice and the Debates

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 10.24.2012 | Books
Burke E. Strunsky

Not since Bill Clinton questioned the meaning of "is" has a single phrase been parsed as much as Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" uttered in the ...

'New York City, Just Like I Pictured It'

Nick Jefferson | Posted 12.06.2012 | New York
Nick Jefferson

I don't even know which movie this line comes from. But I do know that I hear it every time I come to this incredible metropolis. Inside my head. In w...

Marquita Lister Prepares to Sing Serena in the Boston Symphony's Porgy and Bess

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 11.24.2012 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

When Marquita Lister sings Serena in Boston Symphony Orchestra's Porgy and Bess this week, she will come full circle in a celebrated career whose seeds took root while she was an undergrad at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music.

Dog Ears Music: Born in September Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Bruce Springsteen, Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys, Billy Preston, Hank Williams and more.

Why I Hate Summer

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 08.20.2012 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Summer is anything but easy living for us.

Tony Awards: The (Next) Movie?

Mark Juddery | Posted 07.29.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

Though Hollywood doesn't make musicals as much as they used to, they still look to Broadway for possible hits. So what will be the next hit movie musical?

Theater: Matthew Broderick's New Musical Is Modestly 'Nice Work'

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The hardest part of creating a new musical is writing good songs. A good tune will let audiences forgive a host of ills in the book and sets and costumes. So if you begin by plundering the vaults of George and Ira Gershwin, your task should be much easier. Nice Work If You Can Get It proves that it's not.

Stage Door: Nice Work If You Can Get It, The City Club

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.24.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Nice Work If You Can Get It has a glorious Gershwin score, frothy, screwball plot, strong ensemble and Kelli O'Hara. What it doesn't have is a leading man. Matthew Broderick suffers through his dance routines, moving as little as possible, and frequently mopping his brow.

Gary Susman

25 Things You Didn't Know About 'Funny Face'

HuffingtonPost.com | Gary Susman | Posted 04.14.2012 | Entertainment

"Funny Face" shouldn't have worked. It was a musical with a borrowed score, based on a stage play its author had failed to sell, with a leading man pa...

On the Culture Front: Porgy and Bess, Rouge Tomate's New Winter Menu, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.26.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Suzan-Lori Parks' adaptation of Porgy and Bess, so I was surprised that there was nothing too radical about the production.

Theater: Glorious Porgy And Bess

Michael Giltz | Posted 03.21.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The title is the only clumsy thing about this smartly mounted, beautifully sung and movingly acted new production of the landmark musical theater work.

First Nighter: Mark Nadler's Outstanding, Outrageous 'Crazy 1961'

David Finkle | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
David Finkle

When the amazing Mark Nadler performs, I never fail to find myself thinking about the talent/luck equation. If x (talent) + y (luck) = Big Star, how are x and y measured?

First Nighter: Genius Jazz Violinist Aaron Weinstein Meets Brilliant Jazz Singer Christine Ebersole in Dual Birdland Triumph

David Finkle | Posted 01.29.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

It's high time someone employs several hundred words to sing the praises of jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein for the widest audience possible.

First Nighter: The Great Barbara Carroll Even Greater at the Algonquin's Oak Room

David Finkle | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In her mid-80s, Barbara Carroll's still doing what she does best and what few others even begin to do as well as. Nowadays she does it more regularly at the Oak Room, where management is wise enough to turn the paneled room over to her every Sunday brunch.

Rebecca Carroll

Questions For 'Chasing Heaven' Playwright And Director Leah Maddrie

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices

Next winter, the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., will stage a new version of the time-honored Gershwin classic "Porgy and Bess" writte...

Debt Crisis Sparks America's Global Moment

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Andrew Nagorski

There was a time when Americans were firmly convinced that European problems were ones that they did not have to worry about. Suddenly, Europe's problems don't look that remote or dissimilar.

First Nighter: Cy Coleman's Best is Yet to Come is Here Now at 59E59 Theaters

David Finkle | Posted 07.27.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

The best is yet to come? Not this time. It's already here as it deliciously unfolds by way of singers Sally Mayes, Lillias White and Rachel York.

Revisiting Manhattan

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Jones

I just saw Manhattan again for the first time in twenty years. It was magnificent. Not as much for the story, but for how the movie literally vibrates with the vitality of the city.

Michael Feinstein: Top-of-the-Heap Singer, Equally Important Music Archivist-Historian

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If Michael Feinstein's American Songbook accomplishes anything -- it indisputably does -- it's that his commitment to the task of perpetuating the music is at least equal to his devotion to performing.

Dog Ears Music: Born in September Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we feature music from Jerry Lee Lewis, Sonny Rollins, Memphis Slim, Patsy Cline, John Cage, and more.

My American Idol Chris Isaak, 'S'Wonderful' Brian Wilson & More Rock & Roll Conflicts of Interest

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

I listened to Chris Issak's latest album Live At The Fillmore and was reminded that he's one man who should never give up his day job, even if that day job usually happens at night.