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London Aisle View: A Rose By Any Name

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.12.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Ethel Merman. Angela Lansbury. Bernadette Peters. Patti LuPone. Imelda Staunton. One name, pretty clearly, doesn't belong on that list of larger-than-life musical comedy stars--and, thus, seems an unlikely candidate for the larger-than-life role of Rose in Gypsy. But that distinction is the key to what makes the current West End Gypsy, at the Savoy, so indomitable.

First Nighter: London's Latest Private Lives Comes Cheerfully to Movie Screens

David Finkle | Posted 02.09.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Some plays need to look as if they're being performed with absolutely no effort whatsoever. They must seem merely tossed off. That's the fun of them. Perhaps the most famous example is Private Lives, the jazzy romantic comedy Noel Coward wrote in 1930.

Turn of the Screw Gets a Stunning New Turn at LA Opera

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Turn of the Screw's LA Opera production is a game-changer. Its musical realization is first rate, allowing the work to shine as a towering masterpiece.