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'Cabin in the Sky:' A Ring Shout of Well-Intentioned Condescension

Barry Singer | Posted 02.16.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

I am fond of the 1943 movie, but it does have its problems. The opportunity to finally see the show at City Center's Encores! series last week, ostensibly as it was originally performed in 1940 on Broadway, filled me with anticipation. And trepidation.

Aisle View: 'Honey in the Honeycomb'

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.12.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Michael Potts and LaChanze in the Encores! presentation of Cabin in the Sky. Photo: Joan Marcus There's "honey in the honeycomb"--and "jelly in the...

Lyricist Yip Harburg's Son Ernie: How My Dad Inspired Me To Become a Scientist (Part 2)

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

My friend Ernie Harburg and I are both sons of songwriters -- in his case, that songwriter was the transcendent genius Yip Harburg, who wrote the lyri...

Lyricist Yip Harburg's Son Ernie: How My Dad Inspired Me to Become a Scientist

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

When I was very young Yip once said to me that I was the "bone of his bone and the flesh of his flesh." Naturally, I didn't know then what that meant. Looking back, I think I can now understand it.

'Misia': A New Musical At Last

Barry Singer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

I never knew Vernon Duke but I have been working with him for fifteen years now and I'm delighted to report that we are finally, finally, getting someplace.

Steve Tyrell's Nod to "Beautiful" at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Now in his tenth year performing at the Café Carlyle, Steve Tyrell started his set this week wondering why audiences rarely ask for songs by the song...

First Nighter: Mary Martin Let Down in Inventing Mary Martin

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Somehow it should seem appropriate that Inventing Mary Martin is as corny as Kansas in August. But the kind of corniness prevalent in conceiver-writer Stephen Cole's revue, at the York, tributing one of Broadway's great musical comedy leading ladies, is never welcome.

First Nighter: The Great Barbara Carroll Even Greater at the Algonquin's Oak Room

David Finkle | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In her mid-80s, Barbara Carroll's still doing what she does best and what few others even begin to do as well as. Nowadays she does it more regularly at the Oak Room, where management is wise enough to turn the paneled room over to her every Sunday brunch.