Performing Arts

Most recent Performing Arts blogs and columns

  • (L–R) New neighbors John Jones (Michael C. Hall) and Bob Jones (Tracy Letts) stare at the sky in a scene from Will Eno’s “The Realistic Joneses.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘The Realistic Joneses’

    NEW YORK—The first thing you should know about “The Realistic Joneses” is that none of the four characters in Will Eno’s play have much more... Read more

  • Robert C. Waggoner, with his wife Mary Ellen, and their daughter at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 12, 2014. (Wei Yong/Epoch Times)

    Founder of New Jersey Performing Arts Center Calls Shen Yun ‘Superb’

    NEWARK, N.J.—Founding member and current director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Robert C. Waggoner, came to see Shen Yun at the venue he... Read more

  • Violinist Cecelia Stinton plays a beechback Stradivarius violin on show at the exhibition "Stradivarius" at the Ashmolean Museum on June 12, 2013, in Oxford, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    Stradivarius Strung Out

    WASHINGTON—Ten world-class soloists put prized Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper instruments to a blind scientific test to determine which has the better sound. The results... Read more

  • “Jarmila Novotná: Opera Recital” (Courtesy of Supraphon)

    CD Review: ‘Jarmila Novotná: Opera Recital’

    Jarmila Novotná (1907–1994) was an opera star for 30 years, but she may be best known today for her non-singing roles in two Hollywood films... Read more

  • Theater Review: ‘Broadway by the Year’

    NEW YORK—Now in its 14th season, Scott Siegel’s Broadway by the Year series continues to click on all cylinders, with their latest production offering a... Read more

  • FILE - This Dec. 13, 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain of the Seattle band Nirvana performing in Seattle, Wash. (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, File)

    Nirvana, Kiss, Gabriel, Springsteen in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    NEW YORK— Nirvana, which changed music and fashion in the 1990s with the punk rock-inspired grunge sound, is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of... Read more

  • The cast in a number from “The Heathers: A Musical.” (Chad Batka)

    Theater Review: ‘Heathers: The Musical’

    NEW YORK—Take any John Hughes teenage angst movie, toss in the raunchiness of the stage musical “Grease”—the original version—sprinkle in a liberal helping of black... Read more

  • From left, musicians Ben McKee, Dan Reynolds, Daniel Platzman and Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons perform onstage at The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

    Lorde, Imagine Dragons Lead as Top Contenders for Billboard Music Awards

    NEW YORK— Newcomers Lorde and Imagine Dragons are the top contenders at next month’s Billboard Music Awards. The breakthrough acts are finalists in 12 categories,... Read more

  • (L–R) New neighbors John Jones (Michael C. Hall) and Bob Jones (Tracy Letts) stare at the sky in a scene from Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘The Realistic Joneses’

    NEW YORK—The first thing you should know about The Realistic Joneses is that none of the four characters in Will Eno’s play have much more... Read more

  • FILE - In this May 8, 2008 file photo, members of Kiss, from left, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer, poses for a photograph during a news conference to promote the start of their KISS Alive/35 European Tour  in Oberhausen, Germany. (AP Photo/Volker Wiciok, file)

    Kiss Not the First to Tell Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Kiss Off

    Graciousness is not always high on the list of attributes you find in successful rock ‘n’ roll stars. Because of this, the Rock and Roll... Read more

  • Michael C. Hall  and Marisa Tomei in a scene from "The Realistic Joneses" at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre, in New York. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates, Joan Marcus)

    ‘The Realistic Joneses’ is Quirky, Too Odd

    NEW YORK—You know when people first meet and it can be instantly awkward? They talk over each other, make inane comments and sometimes completely miss... Read more

  • Album review: Jennifer Pike and the Bergen Philharmonic – ‘Sibelius Violin Concerto’

    The young British violinist, Jennifer Pike, gives an outstanding performance of the concerto sympathetically supported by Andrew Davis and the orchestra. She makes light of... Read more

  • Album Review: Alban Gerhardt – ‘Pfitzner Romantic Cello Concerto’

    Pfitzner is an unusual choice for this record. Though his music is not inferior his Nazi leanings (despite Jewish friends) have tainted him badly during... Read more

  • Album Review: Gerald Finley and Julius Drake – ‘Schubert Winterreise’

    Arguably one of the best song-cycles ever written, Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’ is an epic undertaking to record by anyone’s standards. On the whole Finley does well,... Read more

  • Album Review: Judith Owen – ‘Ebb and Flow’

    As with recent work by Rumer, the eighth album from this US-based Welsh singer-songwriter conjures up a mood that goes right back to the West... Read more

  • Michael Volle as Mandryka and Malin Byström in "Arabella.” (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

    ‘Arabella’ Returns With Six Bright New Voices

    Only Strauss could pack quite so much Sturm und Drang into a romantic comedy as he did in Arabella. But the Met’s lovely period production,... Read more

  • Idina Menzel during a performance of “If/Then,” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Polk and Co., Joan Marcus)

    Idina Menzel Shines, But ‘If/Then’ Too Sloppy

    NEW YORK—The new musical “If/Then” is all about imagining different scenarios, so let’s get straight to it: If you love Idina Menzel, then go see... Read more

  • Marcelo Álvarez as Andrea Chénier in an opera set during the French Revolution. (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

    Opera Review: ‘Andrea Chénier’

    NEW YORK—Umberto Giordano’s verismo opera “Andrea Chénier” still has the power to excite audiences when the right singers are cast. While the current revival at... Read more

  • Phyllis Somerville and Barbara Andres in a scene from “I Remember Mama.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘I Remember Mama’

    NEW YORK—One enters the vast Gym at Judson where John Van Druten’s “I Remember Mama” is to take place. The space is filled with about... Read more

  • Ikhertsetseg Bayarsaikhan balancing her body on a metal pole perpendicular to the stage while suspended over a tank of water.

    Theater Review: ‘Amaluna’

    NEW YORK—Using the plot from William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” as a starting point and adding some spectacular athletic elements to the mix, Cirque du Soleil’s... Read more