Merrily We Roll Along
Sondheim's Checkered Musical Rises AgainBy: - Mar 28th, 2023
Those familiar with 42nd Street Moon will see how this offering fits the company’s modus operandi. Obviously, it is a musical, and one that calls for a large ensemble, but with limited orchestration and minimal staging, all of which suit the company. But for that, you get Sondheim – witty, and sometimes searing lyrics, creative rhythms, often delivered in patter style, and great music. The music, however, is a little off the composer’s beaten path – a bit more conventional Broadway and a bit less dissonance.
Elvis Costello at Tanglewood
Added to Popular Artists SeriesBy: - Mar 28th, 2023
The Boston Symphony Orchestra announces that Elvis Costello and The Imposters with Charlie Sexton as special guest have joined the lineup for the Popular Artists Series at Tanglewood. This will be the 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s first appearance at Tanglewood.
Art Bath Overflows in New York
Wildly Original Programming DelightsBy: - Mar 28th, 2023
The producers of Art Bath, who dance together at the Metropolitan Opera, are warm individuals who make inspired selections for programs that range from conventional songs accompanied by live, drawn art to wild Moroccan sintir music which inspires accompanying clapping and ululation in joy.
Pixies at MASS MoCA
Joe's Field on August 26By: - Mar 28th, 2023
Pixies’ concerts are well-known for being “one-of-a-kind,” as the band has no pre-determined set lists, the “next song” is the one that “feels right," so you’ll never see the same show twice. And the song choices go deep.
Ruthless! The Musical
A Delightful Spoof of Mame, Gypsy, and The Bad SeedBy: - Mar 27th, 2023
Send-ups can be tricky, since pastiche, and particularly farce, can wear thin. But “Ruthless! The Musical” pushes all the right buttons, offering a bright script and bouncy music with clever and provocative lyrics. Altarena Playhouse gives it a rousing rendition that is enjoyable from start to finish. The casting and acting are superb, and the creative elements sparkle.
Endgame at Irish Rep
John Douglas Thompson and Bill IrwinBy: - Mar 24th, 2023
The Irish Rep has mounted a superb production of Samuel Beckett's difficult and riveting Endgame. It features Bill Irwin, know for his Beckett interpretations, and renowned Shakespearean actor John Douglas Thompson. The hit show will be live streamed for its final performances,
Working Based on Studs Terkel
Modern Theatre BostonBy: - Mar 22nd, 2023
WORKING celebrates the everyday laborers who create purpose in their lives by doing their life’s work. Ever wonder what your teacher is really thinking? Does your waiter really want you to, “enjoy your meal”? Witness these often unsung employees take center stage and tell their side of the story.
Lawrence Brownlee at Carnegie Hall
Amplifying a Peoples' VoiceBy: - Mar 24th, 2023
Lawrence Brownlee came to Carnegie Hall to present a program he has developed called Rising. In the second part of his show, Jasmine Barnes, Branson Spencer, Damien Sneed, Shawn Okpebholo, and Joel Thompson, young up-and-coming composers, set poems to their music. Carlos Simon offered vocalese
August: Osage County
Palm Beach Dramaworks in South FloridaBy: - Mar 22nd, 2023
Palm Beach Dramaworks is poised to perform August: Osage County. The production runs from March 31 thru April 16. Playwright Tracey Letts won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County. The director and a cast member say that despite its three-plus hours, the play flies by.
FreshGrass at MASS MoCA
2023 LineupBy: - Mar 21st, 2023
FreshGrass, MASS MoCA’s annual three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music, announces the initial 2023 lineup, featuring Dropkick Murphys Acoustic—playing songs from their two albums with the lyrics of Woody Guthrie - plus acoustic arrangements of all your DKM favorites—Lukas Nelson + POTR, Sierra Ferrell, Rhiannon Giddens...
The Art of Burning
Riff on Medea At Hartford StageBy: - Mar 21st, 2023
Though The Art of Burning is described as a comedy, it is really a drama centering on Patricia (Patti) who is about to be divorced from Jason, after a many year marriage (they have a 16-year-old daughter).
Maltz Jupiter Theatre in South FloridaBy: - Mar 18th, 2023
Maltz Jupiter Theatre triumphs with its production of the infrequently produced musical, "Oliver!" This production is the company's largest yet. Maltz's production runs through April 2.
Lawrence Brownlee Comes to Carnegie
Rising, Poems by Harlem Renaissance Poets Set to MusicBy: - Mar 17th, 2023
Larence Brownlee tours with Rising, a program of songs based on poems of the Harlem Renaissance and music by composers of color. He is at Carnegie Hall on March 23rd.
Creative Alloys: The Boston Metal Scene
Fuller Craft MuseumBy: - Mar 16th, 2023
Like Sutton Hoo, King Tut’s Tomb, and Scythian Gold, the most exhilarating archeological finds are often the discoveries of beautifully crafted metal objects. A gorgeous shiny object suggests riches of untold value, something precious with which to feather our nests. Viewing the Fuller Craft Museum’s compelling show Creative Alloys is a bit like peeking at an elegantly revealed excavation filled with treasures.
Livermore Valley Opera's Fine Production of Puccini's Searing Verismo OperaBy: - Mar 15th, 2023
In its essence, the opera is an intimate triangle of love, predation, betrayal, and murder. Yet the intimacy of “Tosca” plays against a grand canvas of three unrelated settings, which LVO executes deftly.
The Horse at Long Beach Opera
James Darrah, a Most Modern Opera Artist, Makes His MarkBy: - Mar 14th, 2023
Long Beach Opera presented an intriguing new music and dance performance, The Horse. Created and performed by Chris Emile, Cody Perkins wrote the music and vocals are by Alexis Vaughn. When you arrive, you are impelled to look around Rancho Los Cerritos. The area is wooded, a lone rabbit makes its way to a tree, looks around and across the road. It bounds off into the woods.
Bottoming Out on the GlobeBy: - Mar 13th, 2023
Friends have asked for reports about our Antarctic cruise. I have broken it into categories for picking and choosing. It was a 9-day journey on Atlas Ocean Voyages, a new luxury brand, on the World Navigator. We had previously decided to give the Antarctic a miss because of the potential misery of four days on the Drake Passage. Then we learned of "Fly the Drake" (i.e., launching the cruise from South Georgia Island rather than Argentina or Chile) and became interested.
Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
An Homage to a Civil Rights HeroineBy: - Mar 13th, 2023
Greta Oglesby gloriously reprises the role of Fannie Lou Hamer that she performed at Oregon Shakes’ vast outdoor Elizabethan Theatre. She brings a speaking voice brimming with passion and conviction, as well as a strong and melodious singing voice. She stalks the stage with a slight hobble as a wounded warrior who is too busy planning the next demonstration to let her nagging injuries slow her down.
Stephanie Boyd and Jane Hudson
Double Header at Spring Street in WilliamstownBy: - Mar 12th, 2023
Welcome spring with a double header exhibition by Stephanie Boyd and Jane Hudson at Spring Street Market and Cafe in Williamstown. It will be on view from April 1 through June 17.
Strindberg's Totentanz at Berliner Ensemble
August Strindberg's Play of 1900By: - Mar 11th, 2023
August Strindberg's "Totentanz" had its opening in Berlin at Bertolt Brecht's famed theater, the Berliner Ensemble. Written in 1900 it is one of those plays that lets one shudder about the senselessness and cruel relationship some couples endure and call it a marriage.
A Renewed Boston Skyline
A Love of GeometryBy: - Mar 10th, 2023
There are three examples of a new look to Boston’s skyline: Boston University’s Center for Computing and Data Sciences or “Jenga Building” near Kenmore Square; Harvard’s John A. Paulson Science and Applied Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Building in Allston; and the One Congress Street Building at the Bulfinch Triangle next to Government Center.
Pictures from Home by Sharr White
At NY's Studio 54By: - Mar 11th, 2023
Let’s admit that the play has some resemblances to Death of a Salesman. Irving is a traveling salesman gone weeks at time, just as Willie Loman was. He is also a flawed man. His relationship with his son is contentious. Like Linda in the Miller play, his wife is loyal to him but aware of the realities he can’t quite admit and tries to keep the peace between him and Larry.
John Proctor Is the Villain” by Kimberly Belflower
Scheduled for HUntington's 23/24 SeasonBy: - Mar 09th, 2023
Broadway Licensing is pleased to announce its acquisition of the highly-anticipated play, “John Proctor Is the Villain” by playwright Kimberly Belflower for live stage performance rights. In conjunction, The Huntington, Boston’s leading professional theatre, is thrilled to publicize that it will include the thought-provoking, funny new play in its 23/24 season.
Outlandish Cockup on Amazon PrimeBy: - Mar 05th, 2023
British media star Jeremy Carson is best known for hit shows like Top Gear and Grand Tour. He is also a best selling author. He has sunk a ton of loot and life savings into a thousand acre Diddly Squat Farm in Britain's bucolic Cotswold. His pratfalls, bone headed decisions, and mishegoss are the plot line for the hit series Carson's Farm now in its second season on Amazon Prime.
The Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall
A Prelude to Carnegie's WeimarBy: - Mar 08th, 2023
The Vienna Philharmonic arrived at Carnegie Hall, a highly anticipated occasion that enticed the cast of Lohengrin at the Metropolitan Opera to come over for a busman’s holiday. Richard Strauss, who was featured in the first program, loved Lohengrin. His last tone poem, The Alpine Symphony was performed in a program with Arnold Schoenberg's Vertlarke Nacht.