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First Nighter: Travis Russ's "Gorey," Drew Droege's "Bright Colors and Bold Patterns," The Simon Green-David Shrubsole "Life is for Living: Conversations With Noel Coward"

David Finkle | Posted 12.19.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

The temptation with Travis Russ's Gorey (The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey) is to call it "Phantasma-Gorey-cal--in direct line with the writer-illustra...

Quick Questions with Holiday Inn Standout Megan Sikora

Cara Joy David | Posted 10.17.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

One of the things about Holiday Inn, the "new" Irving Berlin musical currently running at Studio 54, is it is a big, obvious old-fashioned musical com...

Holiday Inn: Come In, Stay A While

Danny Groner | Posted 10.06.2016 | New York
Danny Groner

You might be confused to hear the words "new musical next to Irving Berlin's name, but that's what Holiday Inn boasts. This isn't your expected, routi...

Aisle View: Soggy Firecrackers

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.06.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer and Bryce Pinkham in Holiday Inn Photo: Joan Marcus Eight holiday seasons ago, an accomplished group of Broadway pros...

Gordon Greenberg Lives His Dream at the Holiday Inn

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.01.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I've known Gordon Greenberg for most of my career, so I feel a little like I know where he has been. And it's all leading up to tonight, when he makes...

The Golden Touch Behind My Golden Days

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 12.29.2016 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

We've had the Golden Age; the Golden Goose; Golden Oldies; Golden Books; the Golden Globes. And now we 've got My Golden Days.

Titans of Twentieth Century American Music

George Heymont | Posted 02.25.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

You don't have to be Cinderella to boast about your rags-to-riches story. With American Idol now in its final season, it's amazing to examine the list...

Western Europe's Best-Kept Secret

Nish Gera | Posted 02.25.2016 | Travel
Nish Gera

A city in the north of Belgium with a population of just over half a million is a place that you may likely not have heard of, since it does not appea...

Miles & the American Musical

Todd Klick | Posted 01.18.2017 | Arts
Todd Klick

During the past 50 years, Miles Kreuger has amassed the world's largest collection expressly dedicated to the histories of the American Musical theatre and film. I made the 4-minute doc below to introduce you to Miles, founder and president of the Institute of the American Musical.

Gay Men Share Their Favorite Holiday Movies, Books, Specials And More

Matt Baume | Posted 12.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

Look, let's be honest: Christmas is super-gay. All that tinsel, the frolicsome dancing, mulled wine and all its fruity spices -- and oh goodness, all those holiday specials!

A Song for the Alzheimer's Journey

Deborah Swiss | Posted 12.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Deborah Swiss

Alzheimer's caregiving is the toughest job I've ever known but it also vividly distills what's really important in life. For five and a half years, I cared for my mother, Peg Swiss, as advanced Alzheimer's tightened its grip on her brain.

Planes, Trains and Musicals

George Heymont | Posted 10.11.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

More than half a century after they were made (and in a style that might seem quite corny), these films demonstrate the changing demographics of those who have embraced new options in mass transit.

Start Your Own Easter Parade

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 06.03.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

Parades have various political and cultural significance, but one grand stroll carries solemn religious meaning mixed with ostentatious displays of fashion: The Easter Parade. Wouldn't you love to sashay down 5th Avenue in New York wearing a festive flower garden and a mile of ribbon on your bonnet? I would.

Don't Rain on Her Parade: Kimberly Faye Greenberg Brings Fanny Brice to Fabulous Life

Jaime Lubin | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

It seems Kimberly was destined to play bold, brassy, determined ladies of the twentieth century - -women who defied the odds of class, ethnicity and appearance to get exactly where they wanted to go.

The 20 Greatest Movie Songs Robbed of Oscar Nominations

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fifty years ago, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger, arguably the greatest James Bond theme of all, and one of the most explosive musical compositions in the history of cinema missed winning the Academy Award for Best Song -- in fact, it missed a nomination altogether.

Why Were So Many Beloved Christmas Songs Written By Jewish Musicians?

Religion News Service | LAUREN MARKOE | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Christians don’t seem to mind that so many beloved Christmas songs were written by Jews, and Jews tend to reel off the list with pride. Whi...

Fred Goodman: Songwriter, Singer, Parodist Extraordinaire

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

When caroling time arrived, Fred, the only Jew in a houseful of Catholics, sat at the piano and led the guests through classic after classic, including all the verses -- in Latin -- of "Adeste Fidelis" -- the song you and I more likely know as "O Come All Ye Faithful."

Monsieur Chopin, Alive and in Concert at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

You don't have to be a classical music lover to enjoy this show, though it's hard to see how you could depart inured to Chopin's glorious music.

Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and the Persistence of Experimental Popular Music

David Galenson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

The summer of 1961 was one of my favorites: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were hitting home runs, Whitey Ford was winning games, and "Who Put the Bomp" was a big hit on my transistor radio.

First Nighter: Mary Martin Let Down in Inventing Mary Martin

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Somehow it should seem appropriate that Inventing Mary Martin is as corny as Kansas in August. But the kind of corniness prevalent in conceiver-writer Stephen Cole's revue, at the York, tributing one of Broadway's great musical comedy leading ladies, is never welcome.

Show Them Your Assets

George Heymont | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The film also gives the strange impression that its creators are flaunting what they can do with new technology. Although this full-length feature took eight years to complete, it was hand-drawn using Flash animation.

First Nighter: Moss Hart's "Act One" in Two Great, Big Acts

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When theater veteran Moss Hart published his bestselling Act One in 1959, he packed a lot into it about his impoverished childhood and neophyte playwr...

Maude Maggart Answers Stephen Sondheim's Eternal Questions About Life in Her Cafe Carlyle Debut

Myra Chanin | Posted 04.30.2014 | New York
Myra Chanin

Club Carlyle, an elegant heritage room, provides Maude with a perfect setting.

Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke: Unmasked at SF Symphony's Masquerade Ball

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I would run into people in my neighborhood, colleagues, singers who - when you mention Mary Magdalene - have a very strong reaction or an immediate idea.

The Way We Are: A Conversation with Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Chatting with Artifact's Jared Leto, and an Angels Sing Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

When did Alan and Marilyn Bergman become such an establishment in the world of music? Find out here.