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Met Opera Opens Monday - Season Highlights Here

ZEALnyc | Posted 09.23.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Soprano Nina Stemme in Met Opera's 'Tristan und Isolde;' photo: Kristian Schuller Mark McLaren, ZEALnyc Editor in Chief, September 23, 2016 Fall is ...

First Nighter: "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" Revived With Mixed Results This Weekend

David Finkle | Posted 07.29.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

The truth is that Vonnegut's tale is dealing with some mighty sober subjects -- the marginalization of the impoverished, the narrow concerns of the corporate class, the dismissal as surely demented of those concerned with the less well-off.

Encores! Off-Center Celebrates with a 'Jamboree' at City Center

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff in Jamboree! Photo: Paula Lobo By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, July 20, 2016 I looked up the word "j...

First Nighter: London Currently Serving Multi-Star Takes on "The Threepenny Opera," "Funny Girl," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Hobson's Choice"

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

London--Bertolt Brecht would likely approve of The Threepenny Opera as Rufus Norris directs it, Imogen Knight choreographs it, Vicki Mortimer designs ...

American Psycho: Chatting with Duncan Sheik, Plus Exclusives from diNMachine, Charlie Oxford, Janey Street and Holy Sheboygan!

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.22.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A Conversation with Duncan Sheik Mike Ragogna: Duncan, you have so many chainsaws in the air including the US launch of the previously-British musical...

First Nighter: Michael Mayer's Casually Histrionic Take on Verdi's Rigoletto Back at the Met

David Finkle | Posted 10.23.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Michael Mayer's updating Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto in a more or less contemporary Las Vegas setting of Christine Jones's devising lends the histrionic drama an alluring air of 21st-century off-handedness.

First Nighter: Sherie René Scott's "Whorl Inside a Loop," Ken Regan's "Sense of an Ending," Anna Ziegler's "A Delicate Ship"

David Finkle | Posted 08.27.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Actors Silverman and Dellapina, who plays guitar and sings nicely along the way, perform well together, and Westrate has some effective stretches. If on arrival he were to play Nate as less immediately psychotic, Ziegler's script might have a more insinuating dramatic arc.

Hedwig's Lena Hall On Being Neil Patrick Harris' 'Punching Bag,' Her Legendary Audition, and Real Rock-n-Roll

Suzy Evans | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

Lena Hall as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (Photo by Joan Marcus) Neil Patrick Harris isn't the only one with fans in the audience at Hedwig...

First Nighter: Neil Patrick Harris Ratchets Up 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

David Finkle | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

By fadeout, the actor has given an indelible portrayal of someone mustering the courage not only to drop his gaudy garments but to drop his guard as well.

Trying to Put a Ring on It

George Heymont | Posted 04.17.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A gay film from Israel presents a hair-raising depiction of the obstacles faced by two gay men who quickly fall in love despite the fact that they are surrounded by the kind of tribal hatred as old as the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues.

Artist Clifford Ross Has Taken the Road Less Traveled: Stained Glass (Part 2)

Elizabeth Sobieski | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Sobieski

The Austin Wall as seen from the main lobby of the Austin Federal Courthouse. Copyright: Clifford Ross All Rights Reserved This is the second half ...

Broadway Idiot -- Behind the Scenes With Billie Joe Armstrong

Melissa Webster | Posted 12.17.2013 | Arts
Melissa Webster

Often heartbreaking, Armstrong and director Michael Mayer approached this unlikely collaboration with an honesty so extensive, it's impossible not to root for their success, for no other reason than because it is so inspiring.

MET OPERA: A 'Rigoletto' In Las Vegas

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.31.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

If the fleshpots of Las Vegas remind you of the ducal palace in Mantua, or vice versa, then the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Rigoletto was m...

Culture Zohn: American Idiot: Does It Speak Across Generations?

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2010-04-30-zohnpull.jpg I had worn my short, black, pointy booties, tight black pants and a semi see-through black sweater, but from the moment I entered the theater I was worrying, "Am I too old for American Idiot?"

Green Day's American Idiot Underscores Broadway's Current Non-Star Practices

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Box-office magnets like American Idiot will keep coming alongside shows with someone like Nathan Lane and whatever gobsmacking star salary he gets.

Give My Regards to Dookie: American Idiot Rocks Broadway

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The Broadway musical adaptation of Green Day's American Idiot had the potential to be this generation's Hair, a musical that truly reflects the times in which we live in.