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Classical Music Sizzles this Season -- Read ZEALnyc's Picks for What's HOT!

ZEALnyc | Posted 09.07.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

By ZEALnyc's Contributing Writers: Christopher Johnson, Joshua Rosenblum, Brian Taylor and Jose Andrade, September 7, 2016 While there is hardly a cl...

Marni Nixon: The Best Film Diva You (Almost) Never Saw

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 07.27.2016 | Entertainment
Loretta Bolger Wish

Unless you were monitoring the credits, you didn't know who you were seeing when the Sound of Music nuns were trying to solve a problem like Maria. Bu...

Interview: George C. Wolfe Makes a Musical, Part 2

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

I was obsessed with New York, early on. I was watching sitcoms that were set in or around New York, like The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Theater Sings Louder Than Screams of Hate; Somewhere Project's 'West Side Story'

Steve Schonberg | Posted 03.09.2016 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Production Photos / Credit: Richard Termine Theater can sing louder than hate can scream, and by doing so it speaks volumes. If theater is a reflecti...

Artistry in Dance: 'American Dance Machine' & 'Noises Off'

Barry Singer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

We struck gold twice in a matter of weeks -- my daughters, Lea and Sara, and I -- intoxicating artistry in dance at a pair of performances spanning the old and new year.

Hamilton: Changing The Narrative

Robert Rios III | Posted 12.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Robert Rios III

Hamilton does what no other show has ever had the gall to do, re-tell history with a Black and Brown narrative through hip-hop. In an industry that often casts African Kings and Queens in Egypt with white actors, there were many who thought the reverse was unfathomable.

Keeping America Safe By Altering Our Favorite Films

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

To make America safer, here are some of the Republican suggestions for alternative endings to America's favorite films.

Eating the Heart of Darkness: Written on Skin and Hamilton

John Mauceri | Posted 08.18.2016 | Arts
John Mauceri

And the performance deserved the standing ovation and the cheers. It would be hard to imagine a better performance by its astounding cast, the brilliant Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and its conductor, Alan Gilbert. The direction of Katie Mitchell and the design work of Vicki Mortimer and Jon Clark were all serving the same dramatic master--the story.

A Conversation With Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet -- This Week With San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.06.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony this week in four performances of Leonard Bernstein's "Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety."

Ballet Hispanico: Are You Down for a Discourse?

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Ballet Hispanico's troupe is diverse to reflect "who we are as hybrids in the world." Pieces like Mancillas' are about what it means to be mortal and flawed, not what it's like to come from a specific race or ethnicity. The world isn't cookie cutter, and neither is Vilaro's company.

Marni Nixon: The Voice of Beloved Movie Musicals Reflects on 'The Sound of Music'

Steve Schonberg | Posted 05.31.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

I gave Nixon (85) a call to chat and reflect, now more than 50 years later, on the magic that created some of the most cherished movies of all time.

Field Notes From a Music Biz Life (Part 3)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

My father, the songwriter Carl Sigman, was a rational man and his anti-rock screeds had their own internal logic: "It's noise," therefore "it's not music." Ipso facto, "they should call it something else." QED.

It's About the Music, Stupid!

George Heymont | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

With so many people listening to music through earbuds, I frequently wonder if any of them have a library of music resting within their memory that they can access without the help of an electronic device.

George Chakiris Remembers Company Co-Star Elaine Stritch

Debra Levine | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
Debra Levine

The still handsome, still-fit Chakiris, who now designs jewelry, enjoys reminiscing. But two weeks after Stritch's death in Michigan at 89, he wants to set the record straight.

Aisle View: Holler and (Hip) Hop

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There was only moderate hollerin' from the audience at the Monday night preview of Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Tupac Shakur jukebox musical at the drastically altered Palace. We could hear them, yes, and loudly; but we couldn't make out much of what they were singing or saying.

Movie Review: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Elaine Stritch is one of those pop-culture figures who you either know too much about or have never heard of. A star of the Broadway stage for 70 years, she landed in New York at 18, took the town by storm and never looked back.

A Conversation With Soprano Alexandra Silber -- This week at Feinstein's, 10/11-12

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.07.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

When I talked to Alexandra last June, she was preparing for her debut with San Francisco Symphony. The occasion was a series of five performances of West Side Story.

Brush Up Your (Adapted) Shakespeare

Jake Perlman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Entertainment
Jake Perlman

Shakespeare's work and legacy have lasted hundreds of years and across the entire world because of its universal themes that every generation and culture can connect to. The legacy is still evolving every year with the countless Shakespeare adaptations that are produced every year for film, stage and beyond.

Aisle View: Lenny's New York in the Berkshires

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

On the Town with youthful high spirits from the music, empathy from the actors, and comedy firing on all cylinders. "New York, New York" in Pittsfield, well worth the trip up the Taconic.

Introducing Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber as San Francisco Symphony's Tony & Maria in West Side Story

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

"it's a timeless story. Different classes, different backgrounds all of that stuff rings true and always will. And the fact that I'm going to be representing Tony for a lot of folks is not lost on me."

A Conversation With Betty Buckley

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

For Buckley playing a female impersonator in Drood was pivotal. Not only did she earn a tony award, the part would lead to a longstanding fascination with singing classic standards that were written for men.

WATCH: The Celebrity That Got Rita Moreno Her Start

Posted 03.01.2013 | Fifty

Hardscrabble doesn't begin to describe the childhood award-winning actress Rita Moreno (neé Rosita Alverio) experienced growing up in the Bronx. Her ...

There's a Place for Us

George Heymont | Posted 04.19.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

I found Matthew Lopez's Somewhere to be a deeply touching breath of fresh air. Hats off to a tightly knit ensemble (especially Michael Rosen and Eddie Gutierrez) and an extremely promising young playwright.

Would Betty Friedan Be Celebrating?

Gabrielle Burton | Posted 04.06.2013 | Women
Gabrielle Burton

Sooner than I ever imagined. The something that comes cannonballin' out of the sky when you get older is that you wake up one day and things that were just your experiences, your memories, your life, have become history. It's a surreal feeling.

Happy Birthday, Chita Rivera!

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

We all know she seems ageless, but the legendary Broadway diva Chita Rivera turns 80 years old today (Jan. 23). The "Queen of the Gypsies" made h...