Performing Arts

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Chris Botti. (Courtesy of Blue Note Jazz Club)
Chris Botti. (Courtesy of Blue Note Jazz Club)

NEW YORK—It’s hard to make news playing the national anthem, unless the performer messes up. But trumpeter Chris Botti performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at...

  • Silvano Spagnuolo as Young Buddy and Tony Award winner Alice Ripley as his cousin Sook, with Ashley Robinson as Adult Buddy (in the background). (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘A Christmas Memory,’ Nostalgia Set to Music

    NEW YORK—The Irish Repertory Theatre is filling the holiday season with a mix of memory and music based on Truman Capote’s short story “A Christmas... Read more

  • John Merrick (Bradley Cooper) lives out his days in the London, cared for by Dr. Fredrik Treves (Alessandro Nivola) and befriended by society’s elite, like actress Mrs. Kendal (Patricia Clarkson). (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘The Elephant Man,’ a Touching Tale

    NEW YORK—The need to make others happy and the importance of following society’s rules are at the heart of Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man.” Based... Read more

  • The cast of Shen Yun Performing Arts takes a curtain call at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre on Jan. 3, 2014. Shen Yun will begin the Canadian leg of its global tour on Dec. 27, playing in eight cities across the country. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

    Ancient Tenets Hone Modern Performers

    Many people want to be better than they are, to improve themselves, be more efficient, more capable, better able to resist temptations, and more determined... Read more

  • Theater Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’

    NEW YORK—Greg Mullavey does an enjoyable turn as Charles Dickens, offering A Christmas Carol in a site-specific recreation, courtesy of Origin Theatre Company and The... Read more

  • Eva (Annette Dasch) and her best friend Magdalene (Karen Cargill). (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

    Opera Review: ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,’ a Masterful Production’s Last Days

    NEW YORK—Richard Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” clocks in at almost six hours, which may be too much of a good thing. Or maybe not... Read more

  • Emma Hawes makes her debut this season as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The National Ballet of Canada’s “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by James Kudelka. (Sian Richards, courtesy National Ballet of Canada)

    The Magic of ‘The Nutcracker’

    TORONTO—Ballet dancer Emma Hawes still feels the magic she experienced as a child when seeing “The Nutcracker,” the beloved classical ballet that has become a... Read more

  • The cast of “Side Show.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Side Show,’ a Center Ring Spectacular

    NEW YORK—Operatic and grandiose, the Broadway musical “Side Show” (book and lyrics: Bill Russell, music: Henry Krieger, and additional book material: Bill Condon) returns to... Read more

  • The cast of Shen Yun Performing Arts takes a curtain call at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre on Jan. 3, 2014. Shen Yun will begin the Canadian leg of its global tour on Dec. 27, playing in eight cities across the country. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

    Shen Yun: A Modern Expression of an Ancient Tradition

    What is it that creates a magical theatrical experience—one that transcends mere audio-visual spectacle and leaves a deeper, transformative impression? What is it that makes... Read more

  • (L–R) The family of David (Ben Schnetzer), brother Rick (Raviv Ullman), father (Bill Pullman), and mother (Holly Hunter), tries to pretend everything is all right. (Monique Carboni)

    Theater Review: ‘Sticks and Bones,’ Memories Infused With Rage

    NEW YORK—When David Rabe’s “Sticks and Bones” first appeared in 1971 when producer Joseph Papp brought the play to the Public Theater downtown, it created... Read more

  • (L) John Douglas Thompson in a brilliant portrayal as Tamburlaine, a ruthless warrior king, and Keith Randolph Smith as one of his supporters, Techelles, in Christopher Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine, Parts I and II.” (Gerry Goodstein)

    Theater Review: ‘Tamburlaine, Parts I and II’

    NEW YORK—War is a bloody business. So shows playwright Christopher Marlowe in his 1587 dramas “Tamburlaine, Parts I and II,” where the works are presented... Read more

  • The stars of the Metropolitan Opera’s production “The Barber of Seville,” (L–R) Lawrence Brownlee as Count Almaviva, Christopher Maltman as Figaro, and Isabel Leonard as Rosina. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

    Opera Review: ‘The Barber of Seville’

    NEW YORK—Giuseppe Verdi once called Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (“The Barber of Seville”) “the finest opera buffa in existence.” The audience at... Read more

  • The Company of The Public’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, directed by Rob Melrose, running at The Public Theater through Nov. 30. (Richard Termine)

    Theater Review: ‘Pericles, Prince of Tyre’

    NEW YORK—The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit does an absolutely fantastic job with their production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Containing elements of drama, pathos,... Read more

  • Hugh Jackman in “The River,” now playing at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. (Richard Termine)

    Theater Review: ‘The River’

    NEW YORK—Playwright Jez Butterworth takes the audience through one man’s Möbius strip of a life in his involving story The River, now at Broadway’s Circle... Read more

  • he Ensemble Studio Competition winners. (L-R) Second prize winner baritone Dimitri Katotakis, first prize and Audience Choice Award winner tenor Charles Sy, and third prize winner tenor Aaron Sheppard, 2014. (Michael Cooper)

    Canadian Opera Company Competition Crowns Winners

    TORONTO—Tenor Charles Sy took home the first prize and the Audience Choice Award on Tuesday night at the Canadian Opera Company’s (COC) Ensemble Studio Competition... Read more

  • (L–R) Austin Pendleton, Gary Wilmes, Pete Simpson, and James Stanley as father and sons enjoying a dinner together. (Julieta Cervantes)

    Theater Review: ‘Straight White Men’

    NEW YORK—Playwright Young Jean Lee, born in Korea but brought to the United States at the age of 2, is noted for her dealing with... Read more

  • Creatures made of toilet paper. (Mummenschanz)

    Theater Review: ‘Mummenschanz’

    NEW YORK—There’s something comforting about a show that has no real objective other than to make you sit back, smile, maybe appreciate its aesthetic effort,... Read more