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On the Culture Front: The (RED) Supper, Forbidden Root, The Yes Men, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.19.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

On a soggy evening on the last night of May under two large white tents set up on pier 26, I sat down with throngs of people at one endless table for the ambitious (RED) Supper.

Kelli O'Hara Receives "Our Leading Lady" Award for 15 Years On Broadway (VIDEO)

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

On Sunday, June 7, famed Broadway actress and fan favorite, Kelli O'Hara (who I profiled here, last year) was finally recognized by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing for her remarkable contributions to the stage, taking home her very first TONY Award following a total of six nominations over several years.

The Theater Community Parties Post-Tonys: The Carlyle

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.09.2015 | New York
Cara Joy David

After the telecast (discussed in my post here), Broadway is all about the after-parties. There is the official Tony Gala at the Plaza. Then each show or each lead producer usually hosts their own party.

Welcome the 69th Annual TONY Awards Winners (PHOTOS)

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

It was a evening of stars at the 69th Annual TONY Awards last night, with some surprise wins -- rather, vindication for dedicated fans who were excited to see favorites win across categories. The little musical that could, which began at the Public Theater in SoHo and has now swept the TONY Awards just a year later.

First Nighter: The Tonys as Experienced in the Press Room

David Finkle | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

I notice this is a surprisingly short account of the year's Tony Awards as scoped from the press room. I can only suggest it's an indication of the excitement the event didn't create from start to finish.

The Fabulous Broadway Season That Was

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If you ask me, On The Town, which is currently slightly trailing both other contenders in my Tony polling, deserves the win. I, like most, was worried when the show was announced for that barn of a theater, but director John Rando proved the doubters wrong.

Something Wonderful: The King and I's Ruthie Ann Miles Talks Tonys

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If I had to choose the one featured performer in a play or musical, on or off-Broadway, who I thought was giving the best performance this season, it would be Ruthie Ann Miles in Lincoln Center Theater's revival of The King and I.

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: R&H Return to Lincoln Center

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In a day and age when producers, directors and author's executors think nothing of imposing their so-called artistic vision on Broadway masterworks that were pretty good to begin with, it is heartening to see producers, directors and executors just do the show as written.

The Party's Over: A Tribute to Polly Bergen

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

One thing the theater community does well is celebrate its own. And Polly Bergen was a member of the theater community. Now, as I previously wrote, the League of American Theaters and Producers opted not to dim the lights for her.

Remembering the Great Polly Bergen

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Polly Bergen was a real class act. She had a grace about her, an intangible quality that not many possess.

Curtis M. Wong

A Reunion On Stage, And In Song

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts

Given that Christmas is a time for faithful friends, the New York Pops' forthcoming "Kelli and Matthew: Home for the Holidays" concert, which reunites...

In Pop vs. Pops, an Orchestra Finds Balance to Maintain Its Relevance

Steve Schonberg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

The New York Pops, Photo Credit: Johanna Weber Today, orchestral, jazz, and traditional vocalists are relegated to the sidelines more than ever, and...

Kelli O'Hara Found a Life in Music, Now Gives it Back

Steve Schonberg | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

Five-time TONY nominee, Kelli O'Hara has had a busy year and it's not going to calm down any time soon.

Happy "Bridges" Birthday Kelli O'Hara!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 06.16.2014 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

When I saw The Bridges of Madison County musical on Broadway last night, never would I have imagined a family connection nor a birthday connection. Y...

On the Culture Front: 'Kung Fu,' 'Bridges of Madison County' and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

David Henry Hwang peers into the fleetingly short life of martial arts artist-turned-actor Bruce Lee in his rich new bio-play, Kung Fu.

Aisle View: Bridge Over Troubled Adaptation

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

A trip to Madison County is well worth while; Broadway rarely sees two such wonderful singing performances, and things are mighty incandescent when Mr. Brown's love songs are being sung. How discouraging that the rest of the enterprise dulls what might have been glorious.

The Jason Robert Brown Generation

Suzy Evans | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

This is not a dig to say that all of Brown's music sounds the same, but simply to say that right now, in this moment, Brown is doing what he does best.

The Stars Of 'Bridges Of Madison County'... The Musical

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The Broadway-bound musical "The Bridges of Madison County" has its new lovers – Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale. Producers sa...

Caricature and Beauty...

Ken Fallin | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Ken Fallin

When I first became aware of caricature, which was mostly from those wonderful Warner Brothers cartoons from the 1930s and '40s, I didn't always know who the caricature subjects were. I was fascinated by the fact that real live humans were being shown as cartoons.

Theater: Soggy "Little Mermaid," A Musical Very "Far From Heaven," A Blurry "Chalk Circle

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Turning a classic animated film into a stage musical isn't easy, especially when the setting is underwater and your stars include mermaids with fins, fish, crabs and seagulls. But The Little Mermaid is the movie that pushed the Disney creative and commercial revival into overdrive.

Stage Door: Far From Heaven

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

There is something both touching and jarring about the new musical Far From Heaven, now at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.

Kelli Is Bustin' Out...To Do 'Carousel'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Kelli O'Hara will be taking a break from singing Gershwin songs on Broadway early next year – to sing Rodgers & Hammerstein tun...

The Power of Singing: A CD Celebrating the American Spirit

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 12.23.2012 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

In the election season hoopla, we can sometimes lose sight of why we care. It's good that we have music to remind us.

Matthew Broderick, Olympic Athletes Join Forces

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 08.12.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Actor Matthew Broderick, country singer Josh Turner, composer John Williams and a dozen U.S. Olympic athletes will be among the headline...