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Friday, June 28, 2024

Where Can Sondheim’s Operatic Musicals Find a Home? by Joshua Barone

Jonathan Tunick, Stephen Sondheim’s longtime collaborator, unveiled a grand orchestration of “A Little Night Music” that deserves more than a concert.

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Monday, June 24, 2024

Virginia Woolf, but Make It a Polyphonic, Sensory Ballet by Joshua Barone

American Ballet Theater brings Wayne McGregor’s “Woolf Works,” which evokes elements of three novels and the writer’s biography, to New York.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

‘Cats’ Returns, Ditching the Junkyard for Queer Ballroom by Joshua Barone

As part of a wave of reimagined Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, a new revival of “Cats” unfolds as a ballroom competition.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Zack Winokur Leads an Arts Reboot at Little Island by Joshua Barone

Zack Winokur, an ambitious dancer-turned-director, now has a New York stage to call his own as the park’s artistic leader.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Review: ‘Oh, Mary!’ Turns an Unhinged Bit Into Real Theater by Joshua Barone

Cole Escola’s play, which imagines Mary Todd Lincoln as a frustrated cabaret singer, surprisingly pulls off stretching a stupid joke to its extremes.

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

The Musical Force Behind the Communal, Queer ‘Bark of Millions’ by Joshua Barone

Matt Ray is a prolific songwriter and the musical nexus of New York’s alt-cabaret scene. His next project: Taylor Mac’s latest marathon performance.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

How Richard Nelson’s ‘Our Life in Art’ Was Translated, Twice by Joshua Barone

Richard Nelson’s “Our Life in Art” has been translated into Russian and French. Both times required, above all, preserving a specific sensibility.

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Thursday, December 14, 2023

Stephen Sondheim Belongs in the Pantheon of American Composers by Joshua Barone

Sondheim was a titan of musical theater. But four recent shows onstage in New York argue for his place among classical music luminaries, too.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Best Classical Music Performances of 2023 by Zachary Woolfe and Joshua Barone

Feats, farewells and musical treasures in a year of post-pandemic financial pressures.

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Philip Glass’s Piano Etudes: A Diary of an Influential Life by Joshua Barone

Begun to improve his own technique, piano exercises that Glass wrote over decades are the subject this month of a new book, a concert and dances.

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Sunday, June 25, 2023

Meredith Monk’s ‘Indra’s Net’ Takes the Stage in Amsterdam by Joshua Barone

The staged premiere of her new work “Indra’s Net” in Amsterdam comes as a set of recordings offers a retrospective of one of our most humane artists.

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

‘Carmen’ Review: We’re Not in Spain Anymore by Joshua Barone

The choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s directing debut is an of-the-moment but scattered take on a classic love story.

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Friday, April 14, 2023

‘The Phantom of the Opera’: Thinking of a Spectacle Fondly by Joshua Barone, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

As the longest-running musical in Broadway history closes, Times critics with a lasting affection for the show take stock of its legacy.

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Review: Philip Glass and the Meaning of Life by Joshua Barone

The director Phelim McDermott, who has acted like a visual translator of Glass’s music, pays tribute to the composer in their show “Tao of Glass.”

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Monday, March 13, 2023

A Conductor Arrives at Encores! With Jerry Herman’s ‘Dear World’ by Joshua Barone

Mary-Mitchell Campbell, the series’ new music director, will lead a restored performance of “Dear World,” starring Donna Murphy.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

What to See This Spring in NYC: Broadway Shows, Concerts and More by Steven McElroy, Joshua Barone, Siobhan Burke, Jon Pareles, Brian Seibert, Lindsay Zoladz and Roslyn Sulcas

“Life of Pi” and Laura Linney on Broadway, Lise Davidsen at the Met Opera, SZA on tour: Here’s what we’re looking forward to this season.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Justin Peck’s New Americana, ‘Copland Dance Episodes’ by Joshua Barone and Mark Sommerfeld

At New York City Ballet, Peck’s “Copland Dance Episodes” brings the composer’s three classic ballet scores under one roof, at last.

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Solange Enters New Territory: Ballet Composer by Joshua Barone

The multihyphenate pop star will compose her first ballet score for the Fall Fashion Gala at New York City Ballet in September.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Ivo van Hove on His Famously Short Rehearsal Times by Joshua Barone

Since his first production a quarter-century ago, the director has honed a process defined by tight schedules and bold, decisive changes.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Review: A Rescue Operation Salvages Leonard Bernstein’s Final Opera by Joshua Barone

In Paris, a new production of “A Quiet Place” makes a strong case for a work that has long struggled to join the repertory.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Teresa Reichlen Retires From New York City Ballet by Joshua Barone

A principal dancer since 2009, Reichlen will make her final appearance in George Balanchine’s one-act “Swan Lake” on Feb. 19.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

The Emails Behind the Opera ‘Eurydice’ by Joshua Barone

For several years, the composer Matthew Aucoin corresponded with Sarah Ruhl about how to adapt her play into the Met Opera’s latest premiere.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Ballet Theater Gives the Stage to This Pianist’s Drag Persona by Joshua Barone

Lypsinka, the alter ego of John Epperson, a longtime pianist for Ballet Theater, will perform as part of the company’s inaugural Pride Nights.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Brings the Music of the Night Back to ‘Phantom’ by Joshua Barone

After a long pandemic pause, “The Phantom of the Opera” is returning to Broadway with some help from its creator.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Glimmerglass Festival Unveils Its Leader’s Final Season by Joshua Barone

Francesca Zambello, who has overseen a dozen editions of the opera festival in upstate New York, will depart next summer.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A Climate Opera Arrives in New York, With 21 Tons of Sand by Joshua Barone

“Sun & Sea (Marina),” an operatic installation that won the top prize at the Venice Biennale, is being staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Friday, September 3, 2021

When Opera Livestreams Became Live Performances by Joshua Barone

This summer, three European productions, previously available to American audiences only online, were at last accessible in person.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Richard Nelson’s New Play Closes a Chapter of Theater History by Joshua Barone

“What Happened?: The Michaels Abroad” is the 12th and final installment in the quiet yet sweeping “Rhinebeck Panorama.”

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Review: ‘The Threepenny Opera’ Returns Home, Liberated by Joshua Barone

Barrie Kosky’s new production for the Berliner Ensemble, at the theater where the famous work premiered, knows where to break the rules.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

An Opera Screams for Human Dignity by Joshua Barone

Luigi Nono’s furiously political and prophetic “Intolleranza 1960” arrives at the Salzburg Festival.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

‘Myths and Hymns,’ a Theater Cult Favorite, Changes Shape Again by Joshua Barone

Adam Guettel’s genre-clashing song cycle has taken on many forms. The latest: a starry online mini-series.

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