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Planes, Trains and Musicals

George Heymont | Posted 10.11.2015 | 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.

New on CD: As Long As There Are Songs by Stephanie Blythe

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

As a fan of non-amplified solo recitals, the sound environment of this recording is like sitting in down-center Orchestra in a world class concert hall and having eye-to-eye contact with an artist whose big guns vocals penetrate clear to the soul.

Whose God Bless America Is It, Anyway?

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.23.2013 | Media
Michael Sigman

News that George Zimmerman (a "white Latino") got away with shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, a black teenager armed with nothing more than a bag o...

Complacency in AIDS Fundraising?

Mike Smith | Posted 04.01.2013 | Arts
Mike Smith

Dancers Find their Voice at DRA Broadway Cares Event The "Dance from the Heart" event in New York this week, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fight...

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Liz Smith | Posted 02.24.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

If you think of the beloved song "White Christmas," you might like to remember that it was written by a Jewish man who all but dominated the American music milieu from the '20s through the '50s.

What's The Greatest Holiday Song Of All Time?

Posted 12.05.2011 | Fifty

Try as you might to delay the stresses of holiday shopping and planning, the season is upon us, and that means holiday music -- everywhere. In shoppin...

Theater: "White Christmas" Early Present For Holidays

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS *** out of **** PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE Almost any Christmas-themed property you can name is being turned into a musical...

Father's Day at Citi Field

Alan Singer | Posted 08.22.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

I spent Father's Day afternoon with a friend at Citi Field in Queens catching the Mets versus the Angels in inter-league play. It was a beautiful day;...

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.

Dog Ears Music: Born in May Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 07.13.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, we feature music by Sid Vicious, Randy Travis, Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire, and more.

The Music and Its Message: Songs of Protest and Cultural Identity

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

2011-03-22-ochs.jpg Two thrilling new musical documentaries place great emphasis on the importance of a song's lyrics while paying homage to their creators.

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.