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First Nighter: The Merry Widow at the Met With New Cast Trying

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

If there's one thing Susan Stroman's new production of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera House isn't, it's merry. Sometimes frenetic, yes, but merry, no -- and in several ways that composer Franz Léhar might not have condoned.

Aisle View: Fish Are Jumpin'

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.10.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Intelligent, unconventional, non-cookie-cutter Broadway musicals are so rare that we try to go out of our way to encourage those that come along. Susan Stroman's Big Fish, at the Neil Simon, is such a one.