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Stephen Sondheim

Judy Collins at the Café Carlyle: A Master at Work

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.07.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Beginning with her first song, "Open the Door", Judy Collins had her audience at the Café Carlyle on the opening night of her two-week run in thrall. A performer for 56 years, her crystalline sound, whether she's accompanying herself on acoustic guitar or at piano, rang clear.

Send in the Clowns: A Theme Song for the Republican Party Primary

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The song, Send in the Clowns, written by Stephen Sondheim for the show A Little Night Music, is an appropriate theme for the Republican Party Primary. Surely many rational Republicans are thinking about it today as candidates keep tossing their hat into the ring to compete for their Party's nomination.

Send in the Clowns a theme song for the Republican Party primary

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The song, Send in the Clowns, written by Stephen Sondheim for the show A Little Night Music, is an appropriate theme for the Republican Party Primary....

Merrily He Rolls Along -- Northwestern's Gifted Young Director, Aaron Simon Gross, Is Opening Doors to Sondheim Musical

Josh Getlin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Chicago
Josh Getlin

Looking forward to "Merrily's" opening night, Gross feels more than the weight of a challenging musical on his shoulders. He wants to make his fascination contagious.

Q&A: Rob Marshall on Directing, Creative Influences and Finding His Own Editorial Perspective

Steve Schonberg | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

On Monday, the New York Pops will host its annual gala at Carnegie Hall, and in what's now a standing tradition they'll celebrate the contributions of...

Another Opening, Another Show

George Heymont | Posted 04.29.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Bloggers and social media can create quite a brouhaha over matters of cultural significance. What sounded like a deafening chorus of back-seat drivers analyzing Into The Woods for its inherent sexism, racism, and/or casting choices revealed high levels of personal umbrage combined with an inability to handle cruel but basic truths.

The Lagos Music Salon: Chats with Somi, Nir Felder and Cyrille Aimée, Plus Sachal, Mishka Shubaly and Isabel Rose Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

After speaking to her uncle Hugh Masekela, Somi decided that she wanted to go to Lagos, Nigeria, a trip that inspired her new album, The Lagos Music Salon.

Hard Work, Talent and Adventuresome Youth

Freddie Gershon | Posted 04.28.2015 | Arts
Freddie Gershon

In the '50s, the big hits on the radio were the songs that came from musical theatre. That's what drove the heyday of musical theatre. That stopped long ago... until now. Hamilton is a sea change and will reach a broader audience.

Another Moment in the Woods

Barry Singer | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Into the Woods is everywhere, it seems, but it has not always been so. A world pre-Woods came flooding back to me recently as I sat enthralled by the sorcery of the Fiasco Theater's ingeniously homespun production now running (through April 12) at Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre on West 46th Street.

Maxine Linehan Challenges Bono, Beach Boys, and Pride of Ireland in Interpretation of 'Beautiful Songs'

Steve Schonberg | Posted 04.26.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Linehan lets loose in "Beautiful Songs," showcasing her identity as a confident and powerful singer. These are not songs Linehan is singing in homage; they are songs she's hand selected to reinterpret through her personal, unique editorial lens.

Charmed, I'm Sure!

George Heymont | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

When people with widely disparate cultural beliefs meet up in real life, several outcomes are possible. One of the best examples of this phenomenon was depicted in Pacific Overtures (the 1976 Broadway musical which focused on the historical moment in which Japan opened its isolated island society to Western culture).

Snowbound in the Big Apple? Try a Bite of Your Favorite Warren Beatty Flicks

Lonna Saunders | Posted 04.20.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Snowbound in the Big Apple? Try a bite of your favorite Warren Beatty flicks. Get out your DVD collection or surf Netflix. Here are mine. Agree or disagree. What are yours?

Aisle View: Into the Woods, Back on Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.24.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Yes, this is obviously going to be another one of those actors-play-the-instruments affairs, which have become dime-a-dozen since John Doyle did it in 2004 with Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. In this Into the Woods, though, the device works well.

Billy Magnussen Goes 'Into The Woods' and Comes Out a Star

Chuck Mirarchi | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Chuck Mirarchi

Like the movie, you don't always get what you want and you don't always want what you get, but we're all the better for the occurrences that brought Billy to the project.

Music Lessons, Life Lessons

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Liane Kupferberg Carter

John Kuhn -- Teacher and Friend 1915-2015 "If you could be anything in the world and talent and money weren't an issue, would you still be doing w...

A Pope Without a Doctrine and the Media That Helps Make It Up

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

Pope Francis needs to do more than simply author apostolic exhortations and encyclicals, or replace Western Cardinals and Bishops with non-Western Cardinals and Bishops. Now the laity who are energized by Pope Francis' reform need him to use his pen.

Relationships More Fractured Than the Fairy Tales: Hour of the Wolf Movie Review of Into the Woods

Dan Persons | Posted 03.11.2015 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

There's a lot to be said for loyalty when it comes to adapting a film from another source, be it a novel, a play, or a musical. But it can be impediment as well, especially when loyalty to the original material gets in the way of letting a filmmaker do what the medium is best suited for.

Masterpiece Musical Theatre

George Heymont | Posted 03.06.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two well-established musical masterpieces returned to Bay area stages last fall in exceptional productions which proved, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the strength and vitality of each work's score and libretto. The fact that they were so beautifully performed only added to the audience's sense of artistic fulfillment.

'Into the Woods' and the Dumbing Down of the Movie Musical

David Toussaint | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
David Toussaint

As much as I love Meryl, I'm never going to buy her records, and I haven't been this uncomfortable watching her in a film since, what do you know, Mama Mia! If we're living in any sort of movie musical cinema revival, it's time to start asking ourselves what we sacrificed to get there.

Into the Woods Gets Lost in the Woods

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.02.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There is a lot to like in Into the Woods but there is also a lot more that should have been better. If the playfulness and emotions inherent in Sondheim's songs had been delivered, the movie would not have been just good -- it would have been great.

Into the Woods (Review)

Paul Katz | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
Paul Katz

Into the Woods has long been one of my favorite musicals. The first hour of the movie version is a near-perfect adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's work.

Movie Review: Into the Woods -- We All Die. The End.

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.25.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods arrives on the big screen 27 years after it opened on Broadway -- and with the same second-act problems that have plagued it through the years.

Out of the Psyche and 'Into the Woods'

Lindajoy Rose, Ph.D. | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Lindajoy Rose, Ph.D.

There are so many teachable moments in Into the Woods. I urge you to see the movie and look for the meanings underlying the entertainment.

Meryl Streep Casts a Spell: Into the Woods

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Missing from Monday's lunch at The Leopard, Meryl Streep, wicked as an ugly witch in Rob Marshall's movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Int...

A Not So Brisk-and-Bright Allegro

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.19.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Why can't they just do Broadway musicals the way the authors wrote them in the first place? is a not infrequent cry along the Rialto. If a show was a hit, if a show is a classic, why do modern producers, directors and book doctors insist on trying to make them better?