Category Archives: music

WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL

A number of years ago I was in a grocery store near Bennington, Vermont when I saw an ad near the store’s exit.  The ad told of a current production of Brecht’s Mother Courage at a Williamstown Theatre Festival.  I … Continue reading

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TOWARD A POLITICAL THEATRE

Theatre artists generally have mixed feelings when it comes to plays with political topics.  So much of political art is badly done.  Many writers and painters assume that their art will be compelling merely because it tackles political issues.  They … Continue reading

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WAGNER IN COOPERSTOWN

Before I saw Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at Glimmerglass, I saw the exhibit on the Hudson school of painting at Coopertown’s Fenimore Museum.   It had been advertised that sets in the opera production had been inspired by the Hudson school paintings.  … Continue reading

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A LOOK AT THE TONYS

This year’s Tony awards presentation started with a bang.  Neil Patrick Harris, the presenter, sang a big production number called “We’re Getting Bigger.”  Cast members from several shows were featured.  It would have been hard under any circumstances to top … Continue reading

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VILLAGE FOOD

For some reason, many of my blogs are about food, particularly baked goods.  In a recent trip to New York City, my wife and I took a walking food tour of the West Village.  We walked from place to place, … Continue reading

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ANNE HATHAWAY’S OSCAR

The common misperception is that musical theatre is low entertainment, an art form inferior to both  and straight theatre.  While too many musical theatre productions cater to this misperception, there is also a strong tradition of musical theatre as serious … Continue reading

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NEW FORMS OF MUSIC THEATRE

I was surprised to read in American Theatre that Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is to be one of the most performed plays in the U.S. during the 2012-2013 season.  This musical played on Broadway three years ago, but did not … Continue reading

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