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Kelli O'Hara Found a Life in Music, Now Gives it Back

Steve Schonberg | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

Five-time TONY nominee, Kelli O'Hara has had a busy year and it's not going to calm down any time soon.

Transgression: Turn-Kick-Turn/One-Two-Kick-Turn

Barry Singer | Posted 09.26.2014 | Arts
Barry Singer

As bad as things can seem these days for musicals on Broadway -- as vacuous, as child-centric or adult-nostalgic as most Broadway musicals distressingly are at the moment -- the good news is that there are Broadway ticket buyers also paying to see Hedwig. Which is extraordinary.

Elaine Stritch, Carlo Bergonzi, Mary Rodgers and Lorin Maazel (Part 1)

John Mauceri | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Within the past month we have read with sadness of the deaths of four important artists who seemingly have little in common: composer and author Mary Rodgers Guettel, internationally famous American conductor Lorin Maazel, Broadway and cabaret star Elaine Stritch, and the legendary operatic tenor Carlo Bergonzi. They do actually have one thing in common: me.

'Sound of Music' Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane...

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 12.01.2013 | TV

NEW YORK (AP) — The 1965 film version of "The Sound of Music," with Julie Andrews in the starring role, won five Oscars, including best picture. Ev...

About NBC's 'Daunting' Sound Of Music'...

Posted 11.15.2013 | TV

Julie Andrews, the star of the 1965 classic "The Sound of Music," isn't fazed by NBC's new live production of the classic musical starring Carrie Unde...

WATCH: A Broadway Proposal Fit For Prince Charming

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Impossible things are certainly happening everyday -- Broadway's "Cinderella" helped one gay man's dream come true last week! After the Sept. 4 per...

Memories of Wartime

George Heymont | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

For many baby boomers, the first images of war they remember did not come from the news. Instead, they were from an extremely popular documentary television series that aired on NBC in 1952 and 1953 and was subsequently made into a feature film.

The Fine Art of Pleasuring a Big Black Giant

George Heymont | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Earlier this year, I attended the opening nights of two Bay area productions that could not have been more dissimilar. In each case, the audience's final response was telling.

'Cinderella' Heads To The Recording Studio

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 05.07.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Cinderella wasn't sure where her prince was. She could hear her stepmother, but they couldn't see each other. And her fairy godmother? Wai...

Oklahoma!@70!

John Mauceri | Posted 06.01.2013 | Arts
John Mauceri

Oklahoma! told a story of victory and it promised a world of flowers and hard work, with room for everyone and yes, with plenty of heart and plenty of hope. That is what I learned.

Cinder-Ella: Are You New or a Revival?

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It was not surprising Cinderella got categorized a "revival" -- after all, as Michael Riedel wrote a couple of weeks ago, that means it is a shoo-in for a nomination. But was that the right call?

Theater: Cinderella Magical Enough as it Hits Broadway

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

This Cinderella has a pleasingly old-fashioned touch, a strong cast and a score that may not be the absolute peak of R&H but which is more tuneful and enjoyable than most shows could hope for.

Theater: Gem-like Passion, Charming Carousel and Vanessa Redgrave in The Revisionist

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Revisit a classic and you're sure to discover new facets. That's certainly the case with this gem-like production by Classic Stage Company. Its intimate space is ideal for shining a light on Stephen Sondheim's 1994 masterpiece Passion.

Mercury Theater's A Grand Night for Singing Is 'Something Wonderful'

Robert Bullen | Posted 03.31.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

It's a very rare thing to come across a show that embraces its simplicity with virtually zero pretense. A Grand Night for Singing at Mercury Theater is such a show.

Merry Christmas, Walt!

John Mauceri | Posted 02.20.2013 | Arts
John Mauceri

During this Christmas Season, I could not help but notice that The New York Times' default metaphor for anything a critic finds objectionable in the arts is none other than Walt Disney. It is as if Uncle Walt was the anti-Christ of Art. When his name appeared once again the other day, I stopped to think about what that might mean.

Curtis M. Wong

Broadway's Cinderella On Becoming A Princess

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.27.2012 | Arts

It’s easy to see why Laura Osnes was plucked to star in Broadway’s forthcoming “Cinderella,” given that her own story seems to parallel that o...

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.

NBC Alive With 'The Sound Of Music' Live Broadcast

Posted 06.30.2012 | TV

"The Sound of Music" is coming to NBC. The network will partner with "Smash" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to air a live broadcast of the class...

I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say NO

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 06.20.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Why is it that we can't give ourselves permission to ever respectfully decline?

Eliot Nelson

Mitt Romney's Favorite Things (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Eliot Nelson | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens/Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens/Brown paper packages tied up with strings/These are a few of...

At A.C.T., The Family That Plays Together Doesn't Always Stay Together

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

"Home" is a loaded word. For many people it evokes memories of warmth, nostalgia, safety, and security. For others, the home in which they grew up may...

Creative Cultural Cross Referencing (How to Link Stephen Sondheim to the Original Siamese Twins)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Let's look at two recent events, play a little cultural mashup, and examine the results.

First Nighter: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Stage Fair Much More than Merely Fair

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Rodgers and Hammerstein thought they wrote nine Broadway musicals. But there is a tenth that neither of them ever knew about it.

Broadway Miracle Sighted on PBS -- South Pacific Permitted Full Use of Real Instruments

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

South Pacific, based on a collection of stories by James Michener, is a multifaceted piece. The plot is the thing in this play, although it is loaded with the requisite number of hit tunes.

You've Got to Be Carefully Taught

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

As citizens of the nation continue through the summer, distracting themselves by howling at the moon and one another, I spent this past weekend in Manhattan seeing revivals of two classic period pieces of American theater.