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Skillful Mix of High Art and Low Clowning Helped Make Aladdin the Surprise Hit of This Season

Jim Hill | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts
Jim Hill

There's a line from As You Like It carved into the ceiling of the New Amsterdam Room. It reads, "I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.'' I imagine that a good many people are going to be made merry once they get the chance to experience this new musical comedy.

On the Culture Front: Kids Entertainment That Doesn't Suck and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.03.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

If you have kids, I can't imagine a better place to take them on a Saturday morning.

First Nighter: Encores! Most Happy Fella Mostly Happy

David Finkle | Posted 04.04.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Frank Loesser disliked repeating himself. When he produced book, music and lyrics for The Most Happy Fella in 1956, he decided to go operatic. Not all the way, but more than he ever had before -- "My Time of Day" from Guys and Dolls, notwithstanding.

Aisle View: Brass Lamp Turns Gold

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.20.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Aladdin and Rocky have opened on Broadway back-to-back; the critics have seen them back-to-back; and, more crucially, early audiences who generate all-important word-of-mouth will see them back to back. While the subject matter seems to place the shows in different categories, they both appeal to the mass audience who grew up with the two films as cultural landmarks.

The Book of Mormon Takes San Francisco by Storm

George Heymont | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the blessings of having an unfettered imagination is a willingness to take greater risks than many other artists. When it was first announced t...

Nights On Earth: Conversations with Vince Mendoza and Elf's Matthew Sklar

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.25.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to Vince Mendoza, the idea of his latest record was partly to embrace the various musicians that he's met over the years and to invite his old friends to participate in his music.

'Book of Mormon' Cast Album Breaks Billboard Records

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.15.2011 | Arts

After winning Best Musical at the Tony Awards this past Sunday, the cast album for "The Book of Mormon," Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez's m...

First Nighter: South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone Cheerfully Commit The Book of Mormon to Broadway

David Finkle | Posted 05.26.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The production is hardly a surprise attack by the nose-thumbing partners. It could be said they're going after Christianity as a whole with the appearance of a slang-spouting Jesus in a lustrous blond wig.

First-Nighter: Anyone Can Whistle Those Great Stephen Sondheim Melodies

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In song-writing, where success is ideally a matter of fifty percent lyrics and fifty percent music, Stephen Sondheim almost always achieves the delicate balance.