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Kurt Weill

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.

The Inconvenient Music -- Invisible and Unhearable

John Mauceri | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

We might also encourage every orchestra to look into its past and how it dealt with issues like anti-Semitism (and this includes our American orchestras) and what music was played during the war years and after.

First Nighter: Mary Martin Let Down in Inventing Mary Martin

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Somehow it should seem appropriate that Inventing Mary Martin is as corny as Kansas in August. But the kind of corniness prevalent in conceiver-writer Stephen Cole's revue, at the York, tributing one of Broadway's great musical comedy leading ladies, is never welcome.

A Conversation With Maestro James Conlon

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.21.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Beginning Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26, San Francisco Symphony presents an extraordinary combination of masterworks conducted by James Conlon.

First Nighter: Martha Clarke's "Threepenny Opera" Short-Changes

David Finkle | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Not to put too fine a point on it, director-choreographer Martha Clarke's version of the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill Threepenny Opera, at the Atlantic's...

Lost and Found

Irene Tanner | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

Now that my definition of "home" has a whole new landscape and mindset, I will take some time to reflect on feelings about the events that have transp...

First Nighter: CSC's 'A Man's a Man' Somewhat Mouse-y

David Finkle | Posted 04.01.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Brian Kulick certainly attempts to get around the inherent problems with all manner of theatrical notions in a new translation by Gerhard Nellhaus, with Duncan Sheik's music carrying Brecht's customarily acerbic lyrics as Nellhaus frames them.

Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke: Unmasked at SF Symphony's Masquerade Ball

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I would run into people in my neighborhood, colleagues, singers who - when you mention Mary Magdalene - have a very strong reaction or an immediate idea.

First Nighter: Blitzstein's 1937 "Cradle Will Rock" Rocks 2013 Encores! Off-Center

David Finkle | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The cast of the Encores! Off-Center concert production of Marc Blitzstein's once highly controversial first musical The Cradle Will Rock are dressed i...

Neil LaBute and John Guare Off Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

New plays by the eminent American playwrights Neil LaBute and John Guare are an event. In Reasons to be Happy at the Lucille Lortel Theater, LaBute, w...

From Folk Song to Song Art

Donna Fish | Posted 07.07.2013 | New York
Donna Fish

The program designed by Ms. Azrieli is united by a Jewish theme. It includes works by Jewish composers, operatic arias that evoke Jewish subjects, as well as Jewish folksong arrangements.

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 07.03.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

On the corner of 57th and 7th Avenue sits the most famous concert hall in the world. No less a figure than when Tchaikovsky led the first performances in 1891.

Waiting for the Opera, I Read the Book: 'Cry, the Beloved Country'

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 10.16.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Cry, the Beloved Country is a tremendous book, a carefully structured and recklessly open (heart and soul) depiction of race relations in South Africa in the 1940s.

PHOTOS: Mark Twain Classic Reinterpreted

Posted 06.28.2011 | Arts

Tim Rollins and K.O.S portray a visual investigation of three important pieces of classic literature by bringing forward their contemporary message. F...

Stage Door: Ute Lemper -- The Music of Kurt Weill

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

If Kurt Weill were alive, he'd worship Ute Lemper. The songs of pre-war German composers, especially Weill, forged her musical identity -- and the se...

Stage Door: Knickerbocker Holiday

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Kurt Weill could mix European-style music with Broadway razzle-dazzle. But for music lovers, Weill is probably best known for numbers such as "The September Song," being performed this January.

Dog Ears Music: Born In March Playlist

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

This week's column features music by Elton John, Mississippi John Hurt, Lou Reed, Lykke Li, and others.

The Scottsboro Boys: New Kander-Ebb Musical, Old Kander-Ebb Formula

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

Time was, audiences went to musicals--more often called musical comedies then--to see famous entertainers sing great songs written by first-rate lyric...

Stage Door: Ute Lemper's Last Tango in Berlin

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

It's the voice -- a sexy contralto that can bring you to tears in a single note. If you've heard chanteuse Ute Lemper, you cannot forget her.