Performing Arts

Theater Review: ‘The Belle of Belfast’

(L–R) Anne Malloy (Kate Lydic) is having a rough time since her parents were innocent victims in war-torn Belfast, and her best friend Ciara (Arielle Hoffman) offers her little help, in “The Belle of Belfast.” (Carol Rosegg)
(L–R) Anne Malloy (Kate Lydic) is having a rough time since her parents were innocent victims in war-torn Belfast, and her best friend Ciara (Arielle Hoffman) offers her little help, in “The Belle of Belfast.” (Carol Rosegg)

NEW YORK—With dissonant music filling the theater prior to the start of the performance, John McDermott’s set featuring a strip of barbed wire, and Jeff...

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    Theater Review: ‘Something Rotten!’

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  • The Presidio Dance Theatre opened its annual event “Dancing Across Cultures” at the Opera House with an uplifting dance from the Ukraine. (SHERENE MELANIA/PRESIDIO DANCE THEATRE)

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  • (L–R) Sawyer Nunes, Alex Dreier, Laura Michelle Kelly, Aidan Gemme, Matthew Morrison, Christopher Paul Richards in “Finding Neverland.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘Finding Neverland’

    NEW YORK—”Finding Neverland” promises more than it delivers, in spite of a number of gifted folk who participate. Perhaps the style of the production is... Read more

  • The Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands treated Canadian World War II vets to a very special private concert at the Canadian War Museum on May 7, 2015. (JeugdOrkest Nederland)

    Dutch Youth Orchestra Plays for Canadian Vets

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    Shen Yun Performing Arts Begins ‘Journey to the West’ in Mexico

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  • Kurt Browning in the opening of Stars on Ice, May 8, 2015 in Toronto (Quincy Clark/DQC Photo)

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  • Rosie’s Theater Kids perform their annual Passing It On Spring Gala on April 28, 2014. (Rosalie O’Connor/RTKids)

    Rosie’s Theater Kids a Springboard to Opportunity

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  • Preparing for the wedding: the bride (Sierra Boggess), her mother (Tyne Daly), her older sister (Lisa Howard), her mother-in-law to be (Harriet Harris) and her maid of honor (Montego Glover) in “It Shoulda Been You.” (Joan Marcus)

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  • Pilot (Anne Hathaway) begins her journey flying missions. (Joan Marcus)

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  • (L–R) Armando Riesco, Keith David, F. Hill Harper, and Jonathan Peck in “ToasT,” appear in a Public Lab production written by Lemon Andersen and directed by Elise Thoron.  (Carol Rosegg)

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  • The Dallas Brass: (L–R) D.J. Barraclough, Michael Levine, Paul Carlson, Chris McWilliams, Juan Berrios, and Luis Migel Araya. (The Dallas Brass)

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  • Four-time World Champion and four-time Canadian Champion Kurt Browning is celebrating 25 years of "Stars on Ice" with nationwide tour.  (Stephan Potopnyk)

    Kurt Browning: A Passion for Skating

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  • Joe O’Grady, 9-year-old pianist studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Prof. John O’Conor and Prof. Réamonn Keary. O’Grady started playing the piano at age 3 and his first piano competition when was 5. He was selected as on of ten top talented artists to perform at the Royal Irish Academy of Music Higher Achiever Awards 2013 Gala Concerts. He has also been a first prizewinner in the Under-9 and -11 Piano Solo at the Irish national competition Feis Ceoil. He made his first public broadcast appearance on Irish national television’s “Kindspeak” and “Beo Show.”

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  • Jean Stilwell as Lady Bracknell in the TOT's production of "Earnest, The Importance of Being," 2015. (Gary Beecher)

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  • (L–R) Thomas Cromwell (Ben Miles), King Henry VIII (Nathaniel Parker) and Anne Boleyn (Lydia Leonard) are the three characters in the two-part theatrical staging of Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall.” (Johan Persson)

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  • Courtesy of The Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee of Northern California

    An Armenian Journey, 1915–2015

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