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Easy Listener: 5 You-Gotta-Have CDS From Five You-Must-Know Women

David Finkle | Posted 06.05.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If you like great songs -- not necessarily great songs you already know -- and you like women delivering them, here are CDs that you'd be extremely foolish to think you can live without:

First Nighter": A Feeble "Fable," A Lively "So, This Then is Life"

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When Chandra (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) slips happily through an upstage door to smell the trellis roses at the start of A Fable, David Van Asselt's new play at the Cherry Lane, it's the extremely naïve theater-goer who won't immediately guess that the young girl's innocent joy isn't going to last much longer.

New on CD: As Long As There Are Songs by Stephanie Blythe

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

As a fan of non-amplified solo recitals, the sound environment of this recording is like sitting in down-center Orchestra in a world class concert hall and having eye-to-eye contact with an artist whose big guns vocals penetrate clear to the soul.

First Nighter: 'After Midnight' Is a Revue You Absolutely Mustn't Miss

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Why go on about the spectacular After Midnight, other than to say that for pure entertainment it comes as near being worth every penny charged as anything does in this gold-plated ticket era of ours?

Naughty But Nice Rob

Judy Garland's Last U.S. Performance Paid Tribute To Harold Arlen

HuffingtonPost.com | Naughty But Nice Rob | Posted 01.25.2013 | Celebrity

On Nov. 17, 1968, Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall was paying tribute to Harold Arlen with a show. Judy Garland, who debuted Harold’s most famous ...

Inventing the Rainbow

David Galenson | Posted 03.24.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

That Judy Garland and "Over the Rainbow" were a classic combination was not an accident, but a product of the superb craftsmanship of the two men who wrote the song.

Accentuate the Positive

George Heymont | Posted 10.01.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

A collection of shorts from this year's San Francisco International Film Festival demonstrates what can happen when people steer their thoughts in a positive, rather than negative direction.

She Laughs Alone: 12 Things About Mom

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.14.2012 | Parents
Michael Sigman

A neighbor once came knocking with daughter it tow, asking mom if said daughter could come in and watch my dad write a song. Mom explained, "He does most of his writing on the john."

Jazz Review: Keith Jarrett At Walt Disney Concert Hall

Debra Levine | Posted 06.05.2012 | Home
Debra Levine

Keith Jarrett, the 66 year-old jazz legend, opened his solo concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall Tuesday night by plucking on his Steinway's strings, avant-garde style.

First Nighter: End of the Rainbow Disses Judy Garland Bigtime

David Finkle | Posted 06.02.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Does director Terry Johnson see to it that Bennett delivers a terrifyingly manic version of "Come Rain or Come Shine" supposed to mimic Garland at her hopped-up worst? What do you think?

First Nighter: NBC's Smash Is No Such Thing, Leading-Lady Katharine McPhee Is

David Finkle | Posted 04.04.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

She's landed a role in Smash, which is about -- if you haven't seen the boob-tube promos plugging its Feb. 6 kick-off the day after the Super Bowl XLVI kick-off -- a group of B'way vets and newbies readying a tuner based on Marilyn Monroe's life.

America's Talent Competition to Find the Next Dorothy (VIDEO)

Tom Gregory | Posted 10.29.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Gregory

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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.

Searching for the Next Dorothy (VIDEO)

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Gregory

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The Satin Sound of Johnny Mercer

Debra Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

While I was recovering from knee surgery, my pal S.V. brought me recuperation DVDs -- among them "The Dream's On Me," Bruce Ricker's film homage to lyricist/composer Johnny Mercer.

HuffPost Premiere: Zero 7's "Medicine Man"

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The Huffington Post is premiering an audio clip of Zero 7's new single, "Medicine Man." Tell a friend.