Two important things we learned from this video: Number one, there's a thing called the Old Time Piano Contest. And two, even Beethoven's "Fur Elise" ...
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Let's look at two recent events, play a little cultural mashup, and examine the results.
The illustrious audience received I Dream in the spirit in which it was presented: as a fresh twist on an old story.
Of the 35 productions running or opening shortly -- including Hamlet and Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie -- at least 10 offerings have a rainbow-coalition hue.
It is much easier it is to sell a show when it is produced by a not-for-profit institution (like the Kennedy Center) than when it is a stand-alone, for-profit venture, as most Broadway shows are.
Ragtime's lack of celebrity is one of many reasons why the musical failed to set box office records. While that ultimately led to an early demise, it should wear that as a badge of honor.
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