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First Nighter: Audra McDonald Dazzles as Billie Holiday

David Finkle | Posted 06.13.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps the most complimentary remark to be made about Audra McDonald in Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill is that in 90 minutes and under Lonny Price's fully empathetic direction, she nails that voice and she gets that whole life.

Release Me Frees Fascinating Music from Barbra Streisand's Vault

Paul Katz | Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment
Paul Katz

It's very clever that Barbra Streisand's "new" album, Release Me opens with a song called "Being Good Isn't Good Enough", as most of this collection is material that Streisand deemed "good, but not good enough" for placement on the respective albums they were recorded for.