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First Nighter: London Boasts a Great "Ragtime," David Hare's "The Red Barn," Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser," Tom Stoppard's Surpassing "Travesties," Stephen Jeffreys's "The Libertine"

David Finkle | Posted 11.02.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

London--Ragtime, the musical billowed by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens from E. L. Doctorow's 1975 novel, is the great American mu...

Sean Hayes Ineligible and Other Tony Awards Takeaways

Cara Joy David | Posted 10.19.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Last week the Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the first time this season and we received a release saying that the eligibility of Paramou...

Jazz at Lincoln Center Performs Night of Gershwin

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 01.31.2017 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

The rhythm was absolutely fascinating at the Rose Theater over this past weekend as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by its virtuoso artistic...

The Globally Personal Depth Of E.L. Doctorow

Steven Petite | Posted 07.25.2016 | Home
Steven Petite

America has lost one of its finest writers, a man who published 12 novels over the course of 45 years, a three-time National Book Critics Circle Award recipient, National Book Award winner, a National Book Foundation distinguished writer, among numerous other accolades.

Moving Side Show to Broadway

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.18.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Whenever a show makes this big move it is a cause for celebration. It suggests that the producing theaters created something of value, something that for-profit producers believe will be of interest to a far wider audience than any single regional theater can reach.

This Guy Knows What's Up

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 11.19.2013 | Comedy

Two important things we learned from this video: Number one, there's a thing called the Old Time Piano Contest. And two, even Beethoven's "Fur Elise" ...

Creative Cultural Cross Referencing (How to Link Stephen Sondheim to the Original Siamese Twins)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Let's look at two recent events, play a little cultural mashup, and examine the results.

I Dream: Lowery & Young Join King Family at World Premiere of New MLK opera

Cedric Perrier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cedric Perrier

The illustrious audience received I Dream in the spirit in which it was presented: as a fresh twist on an old story.

Broadway Looks at Racism in the Obama Era

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

Of the 35 productions running or opening shortly -- including Hamlet and Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie -- at least 10 offerings have a rainbow-coalition hue.

What I Learned From Ragtime

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

It is much easier it is to sell a show when it is produced by a not-for-profit institution (like the Kennedy Center) than when it is a stand-alone, for-profit venture, as most Broadway shows are.

Ragtime Battles Celebrity Factor on Broadway, Closes Proudly

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James Sims

Ragtime's lack of celebrity is one of many reasons why the musical failed to set box office records. While that ultimately led to an early demise, it should wear that as a badge of honor.