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First Nighter: Harold Prince Shows Off His "Candide" Again for New York City Opera

David Finkle | Posted 01.14.2017 | Arts
David Finkle

Harold Prince is certainly devoted to Candide as well as being loyal to New York City Opera, then and now. He directed the Leonard Bernstein-Richard ...

'Candide' Raises the Roof at the Rose

ZEALnyc | Posted 01.12.2017 | Arts
ZEALnyc

By Jil Picariello, ZEALnyc Theater Editor, January 12, 2017 I'm what you might call a Candide virgin. Or close, whatever that means (we've gone to th...

Screen View: Best Thing (That Ever Could Have Happened)

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.17.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Lonny Price, Ann Morrison and Jim Walton on the stage of the Alvin (now Neil Simon) Theatre Photo: "Best Worst Thing That Could Have Happened" "...

Aaron Tveit, Hamilton Stars and Wicked Creator Imagine Election 2016: The Musical

Carey Purcell | Posted 11.14.2016 | Arts
Carey Purcell

On the eve of the 2016 election, Broadway's brightest gathered at the Dramatists Guild Fund Gala at Gotham Hall in New York, NY for Great Writers Than...

Judy Collins at Café Carlyle: Leonard Cohen's Legacy

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.11.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Judy Collins ended her set at the Café Carlyle yesterday with Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," a bittersweet homage to the Canadian novelist, composer, and...

Two Winning Stars Propel PBS's London Revival of Gypsy

David Hinckley | Posted 11.09.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Imelda Staunton presses the pedal to the metal as the ultimate stage mother in the revival of Gypsy that airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on PBS. The reviva...

Choreographer Larry Fuller Discusses His Work with Robbins, Prince, Sondheim and More

ZEALnyc | Posted 11.30.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Larry Fuller rehearses with Patti Lupone in the original Broadway production of 'Evita.' Photo: Martha Swope. By Bob Rizzo, ZEALnyc Contributing Write...

Heidi Stober: A Break-Through Performance as 'Norina' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.11.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Soprano Heidi Stober springs to new heights as Norina in Don Pasquale at San Francisco Opera. With her opening night performance Stober marked a smashing entrance into bel canto opera and sparked what looks like a long-term association with composer Gaetano Donizetti and friends. Who around here knew she could sing like that?

First Nighter: Parodist Gerard Alessandrini Has His Happy "Spamilton" Go at Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton"

David Finkle | Posted 09.08.2016 | Entertainment
David Finkle

When Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton mutated from a groundbreaking musical into a full-fledged international phenomenon, all us Gerard Alessandrini fans...

Barbra Streisand's Magnificent 'Encore'

Paul Katz | Posted 08.25.2016 | Entertainment
Paul Katz

Barbra Streisand is considered one of the greatest female singers of all time not just because of the sound of her voice, but what is behind it: intelligence and depth of understanding.

Broadway Dynamos Emily Skinner And Alice Ripley On Their New Live CD And Best Life Lessons

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.22.2016 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

This month, they are back at the glamorous Feinstein's/54 Below supper club. They infuse humor, fierce passion and silliness as they perform an eclectic mix of knockout songs about sisterhood, love and, as Ripley says, "embracing radical self acceptance."

A Jersey 'West Side Story'

Barry Singer | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

Right now, a trip to New Jersey can take you to the farthest reaches of Hell's Kitchen, circa 1957. I just made that ride and I wouldn't have missed i...

Ed Kleban: A Weird and Wonderful Class Act, Well Worth Remebering

Myra Chanin | Posted 05.31.2016 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

Ed Kleban was an American musical theater songwriter who initially found, as Stephen Sondheim had, that Broadway producers were more enthusiastic abou...

Jay Armstrong Johnson - In Bernstein's 'On the Town' - This Week with SF Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.25.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

As a vocal performance major, Jay became very acquainted with the advantages of staged concerts. He performed the role of Fabrizio Naccarelli in Adam Guettel's Light in the Piazza and the title role in the composer's Floyd Collins.

'Do I Hear A Waltz?' Yes, Finally

Barry Singer | Posted 05.19.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

When Encores! clicks, it renders the imperfect to perfection. Do I Hear A Waltz? is a famously imperfect Broadway musical that very few ever got to see. (It ran for roughly six months, after opening in March 1965, and rarely gets revived.)

Adrian Lester: Best Robert in Stephen Sondheim's 'Company'

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 04.11.2016 | Arts
Courtney M. Soliday

Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Stephen Sondheim's Company! Please let me know in the comments your favorite Bobby.

Songs of a Winter Night in Brooklyn

David Browning | Posted 02.18.2017 | Arts
David Browning

I braved frigid temperatures Saturday night to see Theater 2020's new production of Mr. Sondheim's masterpiece A Little Night Music. The story is based largely on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night.

ASCAP Theater Workshop, Childhelp & Beyond: Conversations with Stephen Schwartz, Michael Kerker, Michael Bolton and The Tenors' Fraser Walters, Plus Music Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.16.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A Conversation with Stephen Schwartz Mike Ragogna: Hello, Stephen! So what is a day like for Stephen Schwartz when you're in your creative mode? Steph...

Miles & the American Musical

Todd Klick | Posted 01.18.2017 | Arts
Todd Klick

During the past 50 years, Miles Kreuger has amassed the world's largest collection expressly dedicated to the histories of the American Musical theatre and film. I made the 4-minute doc below to introduce you to Miles, founder and president of the Institute of the American Musical.

The Weird and Wonderful Ricky Ritzel, Off-Broadway's Whirling Dervish on Broadway

Myra Chanin | Posted 12.06.2016 | New York
Myra Chanin

Ricky Ritzel is the Manhattan club world's kinetic musical fixture, the creative whirlwind who chaperones the weekly reunifications of Judy Garland and not-so-ever-lovin' daughter Liza -- or reasonable facsimiles thereof -- at Don't Tell Mama.

Baritone Brian Mulligan - Bracing Up for 'The Fall of the House of Usher' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.02.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Opening Tuesday, December 8 at San Francisco Opera is the U.S. premiere of a double-bill of Gothic horror - two versions of Edgar Allan Poe's classic ...

Sing Out, Luisa!

George Heymont | Posted 11.29.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

For several decades, a debate has raged over whether the voices of opera singers should be used to sing the musical theatre repertory. San Francisco Opera's General Director, David Gockley, was at the forefront of including musical theatre when he was General Director of the Houston Grand Opera.

Stephanie Blythe on 'Mrs. Lovett' - Now at San Francisco Opera through 9/29

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.18.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Is Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd an opera -- or what? The work has been around for thirty-six years and known all around the world -- challenging labels, accommodating professional and academic venues, always a kaleidoscope of actors who sing and singers who act.

San Francisco Opera's Meaty and Delicious Sweeney Todd

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 09.22.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

So there's music for mind and ear here, as one would expect from Sondheim. Many consider Sweeney Todd his masterpiece. The songs certainly suit operatic voices, although not every opera singer could move so nimbly from ballad to music-hall bawdiness and back again.

Why You Should Start Over With Linda Lavin at 54 Below

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.11.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

This isn't Lavin's first visit to 54 Below, though it's the first time I've had the opportunity to enjoy it. Lavin's Starting Over is so named because she says "that's what I've been doing my whole life."