Performing Arts

Most recent Performing Arts blogs and columns

  • (L-R) Actors Ingrid Craigie, Sarah Greene, Daniel Radcliffe and Pat Shortt during the Broadway opening night of 'The Cripple Of Inishmaan' at the Cort Theatre on April 20, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

    ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan:’ Daniel Radcliffe Stares at Cows

    Life is full of surprises. Little surprises. And not so little surprises. Even on Inishmaan, where Cripple Billy spends his days staring at cows and... Read more

  • Comedians perform an adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' play by William Shakespeare, directed by Nicolas Briançon and starring Lorant Deutsch and Melanie Doutey, on June 9, 2011 at the Chateau du Plessis-Macé, near the French western city of Angers, as part of the opening of the Festival d'Anjou, running from June 8 to July 3, 2011.(Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images)

    St. Louis Shakespeare Festival Offers 38 Free Performances

    ST. LOUIS— A five-day celebration of English playwright William Shakespeare begins Wednesday in St. Louis with the first of 38 free performances at 38 different... Read more

  • Sondra Radvanovsky has starred at every major opera house in the world. It will be a rare experience for those who get to see her in the intimate setting of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. (Nigel Dickson)

    Ottawa Chamberfest Turns 20

    OTTAWA—The elegant revolving summit room was packed with music lovers on April 15th, eager to learn what the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival had in... Read more

  • This image released by Polk & Co. shows Sutton Foster during a performance of "Violet" in New York. (AP Photo/Polk & Co., Joan Marcus)

    Sutton Foster and Jeanine Tesori Bond Backstage

    NEW YORK—There were two visitors to Sutton Foster’s Broadway dressing room the other day. One was a new friend, the other an old one. One... Read more

  • (L–R) Mr. Lindner (David Cromer) visits the Younger family: Travis (Bryce Clyde Jenkins), Lena (LaTanya Richardson Jackson), Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose), Walter Lee (Denzel Washington), and Ruth (Sophie Okonedo). (Brigitte Lacombe)

    Theater Review: ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

    NEW YORK—Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” was the first play by an African-American woman to appear on Broadway, where it played more than... Read more

  • (L–R) Megan Mullally, Nathan Lane, Sierra Boggess, and Patrick Wilson played the leads in the Carnegie Hall benefit performance of “Guys and Dolls” on April 3, 2014. (Richard Termine)

    Theater Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’

    NEW YORK—If one could take the entire cast and technical elements from the recent one-night-only Carnegie Hall benefit performance of “Guys and Dolls” (music and... Read more

  • (L–R) Rich Uncle Geronte (Paxton Whitehead) is being kept alive by his servants Lisette and Crispin (Claire Karpen and Carson Elrod) so that he will sign a will leaving his fortune to Eraste (Dave Quay), who is in love the with Isabelle (Amelia Pedlow). (Richard Termine)

    Theater Review: ‘The Heir Apparent’

    NEW YORK—Yes, money can buy happiness, but only if one understands its true value in the grand scheme of things. This is the ultimate moral... Read more

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    Pianist Teens Earn Maximum Rating From Music Teachers Association

    A few weeks ago, we followed 14-year-olds Michael Wierenga and Jeffrey Qiu as they won second place for piano duos and duets at the U.S... Read more

  • Caitlin Gabriel (Chloë Grace Moretz) and cast in the world premiere of “The Library.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘The Library’

    NEW YORK—Memory and perception can be very selective—a point brought home in the absolutely gut-wrenching “The Library” by Scott Z. Burns, now at The Public... Read more

  • (L–R) Dimwitted Lennie (Chris O’Dowd) and George (James Franco) have big plans for their future. (Richard Phibbs)

    Theater Review: ‘Of Mice and Men’

    NEW YORK–John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” is suffused with longing and an undercurrent of melancholy. The group of men depicted—farm hands in the Depression... Read more

  • Cast members of Opera Lyra's 'Madama Butterfly': (L-R) Antoine Bélanger as Lt. Pinkerton, James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Li as Madama Butterfly, and Arminè Kassabian as Suzuki. (Courtesy Opera Lyra)

    Madama Butterfly’s Magic Comes to Ottawa

    Ottawa is lucky to be the site of four performances of Opera Lyra’s take on Puccini’s masterpiece “Madama Butterfly,” one of the world’s most beloved... 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

  • 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