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Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and the Persistence of Experimental Popular Music

David Galenson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

The summer of 1961 was one of my favorites: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were hitting home runs, Whitey Ford was winning games, and "Who Put the Bomp" was a big hit on my transistor radio.

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...

Quick Questions: Beautiful's Anika Larsen is Back on Broadway

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Larsen is currently playing lyricist Cynthia Weil in Beautiful, which opened this past Sunday. The road here has not been easy. Emergency colon surgery almost forced her to withdraw from the production after just a few days of rehearsal.

Meet The 'Sensational' Star Of The Carole King Musical

Rex Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Rex Reed

Beautiful is the latest in a long string of jukebox musicals devoted to the pop and rock tunes of one person. Unlike the others, this one at least att...

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: Bright on Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Woody Allen sat aisle right next to his wife Soon Yi opening night of the new musical Beautiful, about fellow Brooklynite Carole King. Well, everybody...

First Nighter: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Is Beautiful Where It Counts

David Finkle | Posted 03.14.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Before we get to what's wrong with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim, let's establish what's so right that it instantly joins the ranks of irresistible jukebox tuners Jersey Boys, Motown The Musical and Mamma Mia.

A Star Is Torn

George Heymont | Posted 03.06.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new productions look at artists in the midst of their creative process as they work on honing their craft. In each case, the audience watches an individual follow an uncharted path.

Folk-Rock Heroes: Conversations with Steve Forbert, Livingston Taylor and Tom Chapin, Plus Terence P. Minogue & American Voices' 'Gaudete' Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Season of Joy is the latest offering of Christmas songs, old and new, from Terence P. Minogue. The album leads us through three special aspects of Christmas Part 1 -- The Season is for the weeks before Christmas, the busy time in anticipation of the upcoming festivities.

Beautiful, the Carole King Musical Opens in San Francisco

Erika Milvy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Erika Milvy

Premiering in San Francisco before its January New York opening, Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, is yet another Juke box musical. But unlike other recent musical biographies about musical careers, the Carole King story is really about music making.

Jazzin' Around: Conversations With David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour and Kurt Elling

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Soul & Inspiration: A Conversation With Songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Plus Milan's Calibro 35

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.07.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Milan's indie funk/jazz/rock band Calibro 35 return with their second album Any Resemblance to Real Persons or Actual Facts is Purely Coincidental.

Grammytech 2: A Conversation With Bob Clearmountain, Plus Chatting With Steve Tyrell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The thing with Bruce, and any artist like Bruce, is that the most important thing is the song, getting across the meaning and the character of the song. Bruce is almost like an actor in that he creates a character for each of his songs.

SHOF/PBS Chats: Billy Joel, Jimmy Jam, Jimmy Webb, Garth Brooks, Allan Toussaint, Dwight Yoakum, Hal David, Paul Williams...

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.29.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to exchange a few words with many terrific songwriters and artists ranging from Billy Joel and Garth Brooks to Jimmy Jam and Jimmy Webb and even an exec or two as they that walked the red carpet at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame awards show.

Sing It Loud: Chatting with k.d. lang, JD Souther and Bobby Long, Plus a Beginners Audio Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.24.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

One of my favorite tracks on k.d. lang's new album is the opener, "I Confess," which sounds like Brill Building meets country, meets...okay, I'll shut up now, k.d. lang has the rest.

Donnie Kirshner: Music, Basketball and the Manhattan Phone Book

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Success in the music business requires a certain self-promotional flair. But Don Kirshner, who died at 76 of heart failure on Martin Luther King Day, ...

'I'm a Believer': A Playlist for the Late, Great Don Kirshner

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

If you think Kirshner was just some guy who Paul Shaffer impersonated, you would be very wrong. He was a central figure in the Brill Building era that brought the world lots of the most sublime popular music of the 20th century.

Songwriting Legend Ellie Greenwich Gone at 68

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ellie Greenwich became one of the U.S.'s top songwriters in the sixties, and she is most famous for having co-penned classics such as "Be My Baby" and "Chapel Of Love."

Folkin' Around with Benjamin Taylor, His Dad James, Dar Williams and That Guy Mark Erelli

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Buzzer" is the album's most complex and surreal recording. It is an edgy piece crafted around her character's life choices and their results.