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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Amar Ramasar Leaves City Ballet, but Plans to Keep Balanchine Close by Julia Jacobs and Rachel Sherman

The ballet star discusses what’s next in his first interview since he won his job with the company back after a nude photo sharing scandal.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 02:11PM
Monday, May 16, 2022

Revenge is sweet: the music, TV and theatre about getting your own back by Jason Okundaye, Jessica Kiang, Miriam Gillinson, Hugh Morris and Sam Jordison

From Shakespeare’s dithering Dane to Desperate Housewives’ steely-eyed Bree, our critics serve up the coldest revenge dishes In Desperate Housewives, when her gay son, Andrew, sleeps wit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

A Dancer’s Farewell, Not as Choreographed by Julia Jacobs and Zachary Small

Abi Stafford Lillo left City Ballet amid a family feud and a dispute over whether a choreographer had body-shamed her or she lacked the strength to dance her final role.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 09:00AM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Review: "Paradise Square" 4/3/22 by Ja

While the newest iteration gives proof to the old adage that bigger isn't necessarily better, Paradise Square, with its thrilling vocals, virtuosic choreography, and brash declaration of Ame…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:58PM
Thursday, December 30, 2021

13 Seattle-area arts-and-culture events to look forward to in 2022 by Brendan Kiley, Michael Rietmulder, Moira Macdonald and Janet I. Tu

Fingers crossed and fervent wishes sent for the end of the pandemic, here are some of the arts-and-culture events we're looking forward to in the new year, from a Billie Eilish concert to na…

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Praise for Stephen Sondheim at ‘Company’ and ‘Assassins' by Matt Stevens, Sadiba Hasan and Julia Jacobs

“I would ask you to sit back and luxuriate in his extraordinary words and music,” the director John Doyle said before Friday’s performance of the “Assassins” revival.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 12:32AM
Friday, November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim Tributes Pour In From Stars by Scott Heller and Julia Jacobs

Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others mourned and celebrated the essential composer and lyricist, who died at 91.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 10:06PM
Monday, September 27, 2021

For a Broadway Torn by a Pandemic, a Split-Personalities Tonys by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli and James Poniewozik

The streaming part of the ceremony actually did a better job conveying the electricity of being in a theater than the CBS special billed as “Broadway’s Back!”

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 02:18PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

A restaurant critic and a theater critic walk into a belly-dancing show by Soleil Ho and Lily Janiak

Berber, a North African restaurant in Russian Hill, hosts a weekend circus dinner show. Two Chronicle critics wrote a play about it.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Lend Us Your Ears, and Don’t Forget Your Farm Boots by Michelle V. Agins and Julia Jacobs

Theater and agriculture intersect at Willow Wisp Organic Farm, where an arts collective performs site-specific plays about climate change amid the greenhouses and flower beds.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 04:48PM
Friday, July 23, 2021

‘Dream Life of Malcolm X’ heightens the debate about who has the right to tell which story by Lily Janiak and Morayo Ogunbayo

Though playwright John Wilkins identifies as African American, he is light-skinned enough not to get followed at the grocery store.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

China’s Communist Party Turns 100. Cue the (State-Approved) Music. by Javier C. Hernández and Joy Dong

A wave of nationalistic music, theater and dance is sweeping China, part of Beijing’s efforts to improve the party’s image and strengthen political loyalty.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 10:18AM
Friday, May 21, 2021

Cultural Institutions Still Waiting for $16 Billion in Federal Aid by Julia Jacobs and Stacy Cowley

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program has been marred by delays, but officials say some applicants could learn next week if they have been approved for aid.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:54PM
Sunday, April 11, 2021

After Scott Rudin bullying exposé, there are mostly crickets by Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr and Mark Kennedy

How have Hollywood and Broadway responded to an exposé detailing routine abuse and bullying by producer Scott Rudin? Mostly, with crickets.

SOURCE: at 09:00AM
Sunday, April 4, 2021

Performing Arts Make a Cautious Return in New York by Matt Stevens and Julia Jacobs

More than a year after the pandemic abruptly shuttered theaters and concert halls across the city, limited audiences were welcomed back inside.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 02:24PM
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Coming to Broadway: Vaccinations for New York’s Theater Workers by Julia Jacobs and Michael Paulson

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city would create a vaccination site for theater workers to try to help Broadway shows reopen by the fall.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 12:06PM
Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Night New York's Theaters, Museums and Concert Halls Shut Down by Michael Paulson, Julia Jacobs and Jason Farago

Chocolate fountains, Debbie Harry and an artist’s swan song cut short. We gathered scenes from the New York City cultural landscape in the last moments before lockdown.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:42AM
Thursday, December 17, 2020

We Begin Again: a musical for 2020 – video by Noah Payne-Frank, Jess Gormley, Amy Hodge, James Graham, Jim Fortune, Emily Lim and Lara Taylor

Written by the Olivier award winner James Graham and produced by the Guardian in partnership with the National Theatre, this short musical film is a unifying song for the country to take …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Hudson imposes curfew to tamp down late-night rowdiness by James Walsh, Paul Walsh and Mary Lynn Smith

City hopes to makes crossing border less appealing to subset of Minnesotans causing trouble after 10 p.m.

SOURCE: StarTribune at 07:33AM
Monday, November 30, 2020

Barbra Streisand Is, as Ever, Firmly in Control by James B. Stewart, Collier Schorr and Mel Ottenberg

Since her breakout in the 1960s, she’s been able to convince the world around her to listen — not by chasing trends but by remaining always and fully herself.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:18AM
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Sarah Bryan Miller, longtime Post-Dispatch classical music critic, dies by Amy Bertrand and Jane Henderson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Miller, whose passion for classical music took her from performing on the opera stage to reviewing world-class orchestras, died Nov. 28.

SOURCE: St. Louis Today at 09:24PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

“Parts of Life Will Be Damaged Forever” — Arts Workers Describe the Pandemic’s Impact on Their Mental Health by Jacinthe Flore, Averyl Gaylor, and Natalie Hendry

The arts industry is among the most devastated by the pandemic. Artists and arts workers often rely on casual, project-based, or fixed-term contracts, and COVID-19 restrictions have left ma…

SOURCE: at 10:27PM
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Is British theatre about to go out of business? by Presented By Anushka Asthana With Elizabeth Newman and Llanre Bakare, Produced By Elizabeth Cassin and Axel Kacoutié, Executive Producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard

Every year, 34 million people go to the theatre, double the number that attend Premier League football. But lockdown and physical distancing rules mean the industry is on the edge of collaps…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03AM
Friday, May 22, 2020

The Circus Came to Town, Then It Couldn’t Leave by Jason Horowitz and Nadia Shira Cohen

One of Italy’s famed family-owned circuses has been sitting out the coronavirus pandemic in a field outside Rome.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 11:24AM
Friday, April 24, 2020

Track-By-Track Breakdown: Bobby Conte Thornton On His New Jazz Album Blame It On My Youth by Bobby Conte Thornton and James Sampliner

With album producer James Sampliner, Thornton shares the narrative trajectory of the cabaret act-turned-record.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:23AM

Track-By-Track Breakdown: Bobby Conte Thornton On His New Jazz Album Along the Way by Bobby Conte Thornton and James Sampliner

With album producer James Sampliner, Thornton shares the narrative trajectory of the cabaret act-turned-record.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:23AM
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

How ban on gatherings, to slow coronavirus spread, is affecting Seattle-area arts and music groups by Michael Rietmulder, Brendan Kiley, Moira Macdonald and Janet I. Tu

Gov. Jay Inslee has banned event gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. King and Snohomish counties went further, prohibiting events under 250 people, unl…

SOURCE: at 03:16PM
Friday, October 11, 2019

How a Prison Play Goes on Tour by Jack Healy and Trent Davis Bailey

Thirty Colorado inmates staged “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for nearby prisons. For some, it was the first time in years they were outside 20-foot walls and razor fences.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:18AM
Friday, September 6, 2019

Cracked actor: stage stars review Boris Johnson's debut as PM by Jon Culshaw, James Graham, Bridget Christie and Mark Lawson

Impressionist Jon Culshaw, playwright James Graham, comedian Bridget Christie and critic Mark Lawson on the prime minister’s opening week in Westminster I’ve been doing Boris impressions…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

An operetta about Julia Child, with servings of chocolate cake at the end? It’s happening at The Rendezvous | Art Outings by Tantri Wija and Gemma Alexander

Two writers for The Seattle Times attend “Bon Appétit!: The Julia Child Operetta," in which family stories about Julia Child combine with opera, and the result is a (literal) chocolate ca…

SOURCE: at 09:00AM
Monday, July 8, 2019

Work the room: can comedians teach you to boost your confidence? by Alexandra Haddow and Jamie Allerton

Standups Alexandra Haddow and Jamie Allerton offer their tips and tricks for speaking in public Almost every time we tell someone we perform standup comedy, we get the same response: “Oh …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:36AM