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George Gershwin

'New York City, Just Like I Pictured It'

Nick Jefferson | Posted 12.06.2012 | New York
Nick Jefferson

I don't even know which movie this line comes from. But I do know that I hear it every time I come to this incredible metropolis. Inside my head. In w...

Marquita Lister Prepares to Sing Serena in the Boston Symphony's Porgy and Bess

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 11.24.2012 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

When Marquita Lister sings Serena in Boston Symphony Orchestra's Porgy and Bess this week, she will come full circle in a celebrated career whose seeds took root while she was an undergrad at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music.

Dog Ears Music: Born in September Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Bruce Springsteen, Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys, Billy Preston, Hank Williams and more.

Why I Hate Summer

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 08.20.2012 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Summer is anything but easy living for us.

Tony Awards: The (Next) Movie?

Mark Juddery | Posted 07.29.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

Though Hollywood doesn't make musicals as much as they used to, they still look to Broadway for possible hits. So what will be the next hit movie musical?

Theater: Matthew Broderick's New Musical Is Modestly 'Nice Work'

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The hardest part of creating a new musical is writing good songs. A good tune will let audiences forgive a host of ills in the book and sets and costumes. So if you begin by plundering the vaults of George and Ira Gershwin, your task should be much easier. Nice Work If You Can Get It proves that it's not.

Stage Door: Nice Work If You Can Get It, The City Club

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.24.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Nice Work If You Can Get It has a glorious Gershwin score, frothy, screwball plot, strong ensemble and Kelli O'Hara. What it doesn't have is a leading man. Matthew Broderick suffers through his dance routines, moving as little as possible, and frequently mopping his brow.

Gary Susman

25 Things You Didn't Know About 'Funny Face'

HuffingtonPost.com | Gary Susman | Posted 04.14.2012 | Entertainment

"Funny Face" shouldn't have worked. It was a musical with a borrowed score, based on a stage play its author had failed to sell, with a leading man pa...

On the Culture Front: Porgy and Bess, Rouge Tomate's New Winter Menu, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.26.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Suzan-Lori Parks' adaptation of Porgy and Bess, so I was surprised that there was nothing too radical about the production.

Theater: Glorious Porgy And Bess

Michael Giltz | Posted 03.21.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The title is the only clumsy thing about this smartly mounted, beautifully sung and movingly acted new production of the landmark musical theater work.

First Nighter: Mark Nadler's Outstanding, Outrageous 'Crazy 1961'

David Finkle | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
David Finkle

When the amazing Mark Nadler performs, I never fail to find myself thinking about the talent/luck equation. If x (talent) + y (luck) = Big Star, how are x and y measured?

First Nighter: Genius Jazz Violinist Aaron Weinstein Meets Brilliant Jazz Singer Christine Ebersole in Dual Birdland Triumph

David Finkle | Posted 01.29.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

It's high time someone employs several hundred words to sing the praises of jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein for the widest audience possible.

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.

Rebecca Carroll

Questions For 'Chasing Heaven' Playwright And Director Leah Maddrie

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices

Next winter, the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., will stage a new version of the time-honored Gershwin classic "Porgy and Bess" writte...

Debt Crisis Sparks America's Global Moment

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Andrew Nagorski

There was a time when Americans were firmly convinced that European problems were ones that they did not have to worry about. Suddenly, Europe's problems don't look that remote or dissimilar.

First Nighter: Cy Coleman's Best is Yet to Come is Here Now at 59E59 Theaters

David Finkle | Posted 07.27.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

The best is yet to come? Not this time. It's already here as it deliciously unfolds by way of singers Sally Mayes, Lillias White and Rachel York.

Revisiting Manhattan

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Jones

I just saw Manhattan again for the first time in twenty years. It was magnificent. Not as much for the story, but for how the movie literally vibrates with the vitality of the city.

Michael Feinstein: Top-of-the-Heap Singer, Equally Important Music Archivist-Historian

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If Michael Feinstein's American Songbook accomplishes anything -- it indisputably does -- it's that his commitment to the task of perpetuating the music is at least equal to his devotion to performing.

Dog Ears Music: Born in September Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we feature music from Jerry Lee Lewis, Sonny Rollins, Memphis Slim, Patsy Cline, John Cage, and more.

My American Idol Chris Isaak, 'S'Wonderful' Brian Wilson & More Rock & Roll Conflicts of Interest

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

I listened to Chris Issak's latest album Live At The Fillmore and was reminded that he's one man who should never give up his day job, even if that day job usually happens at night.

Cameron Carpenter -- Taking His Organ on the Road

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

It was the first time he played jazz in public, but the playing was so musical and full of spontaneity that it was clear the musical boundaries that hem in other classical performers aren't an issue for him.

Music Videos Can Save Broadway

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

As traditional marketing methods prove incapable of creating enough buzz to sell out a new Broadway musical, now is the time for producers and marketing executives to get creative. Whether it's big budget reality shows or viral music videos, there are options for any budget.

Stage Door: Geniuses of the American Musical Theatre, Linda Eder

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Linda Eder, a veteran of the concert stage, returns to Town Hall Oct. 17 as part of the Broadway Cabaret Festival, running Oct. 16-18.

A Night at the Orchestra

Jennifer Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jennifer Schneider

I didn't feel obliged to get something out of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra -- I actually got something out of it: beauty, laughter, awe.

Jack Jones At The Algonquin: The Younger Elder Statesman Of Song

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

In the '90s, Jones finally embraced his younger-elder statesman status, turning, for the most part (although not completely), away from Sting and Steve Perry back to Gershwin, Cy Coleman and the like.