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

David Finkle | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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...

Who Says They Don't Write Broadway Musicals Like They Used To?

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.25.2012 | Home
Wilborn Hampton

Who says they don't write Broadway musicals like they used to? With a reshuffled Gershwin playlist, Kelli O'Hara as a bootlegger and Matt Broderick as a Roarin' Twenties playboy, one can only say bring back Prohibition!

Theater: Matthew Broderick's New Musical Is Modestly 'Nice Work'

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The hardest part of creating a new musical is writing good songs. A good tune will let audiences forgive a host of ills in the book and sets and costumes. So if you begin by plundering the vaults of George and Ira Gershwin, your task should be much easier. Nice Work If You Can Get It proves that it's not.

Stage Door: Nice Work If You Can Get It, The City Club

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.24.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Nice Work If You Can Get It has a glorious Gershwin score, frothy, screwball plot, strong ensemble and Kelli O'Hara. What it doesn't have is a leading man. Matthew Broderick suffers through his dance routines, moving as little as possible, and frequently mopping his brow.

The Battling Gershwin Plays

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — There's a musical war brewing on 46th Street and things may turn nasty if Matthew Broderick has his way. He and Kelli O'Hara are at ...

'The Bridges Of Madison County' Is Getting The Musical Treatment

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 12.02.2011 | Home

For all of you diligent fans who have been waiting with bated breath for "The Bridges Of Madison County" to become a musical, your time has come. T...

An Evening With Kelli O'Hara -- A Little Bit Country, a Lot of Broadway, and a Dash of Everything Else

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 08.07.2011 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Kelli O'Hara's voice is clean, light and delicate, or so I thought until she started digging deep -- catching on fire. O'Hara is a first rate Broadway "diva" doing exactly what she wants to do without much peer.

Stage Door: An Evening With Kelli O'Hara

Fern Siegel | Posted 07.26.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

For New York musical theater fans, Kelli O'Hara needs no introduction. A three-time Tony nominee her performances have garnered raves. O'Hara took time out from rehearsal to consider her career to date.