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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Foo Fighters to Tracy Letts by Mark Beech

Topping New York performing arts this week, the award-winning writer Tracy Letts is back with an experimental play, “Mary Page Marlowe,” off Broadway.The Foo Fighters, Billy Joel and Bec…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Top London Stage This Week: Bruno Mars; Paul Simon; Ian McKellen’s Lear by Mark Beech

Many stars lead London performing arts this week. Van Morrison, Bruno Mars, Paul Simon and James Taylor play in Hyde Park. Sir Bryn Terfel sings at the Royal Opera. Two theater veterans are …

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Radiohead to Ice Factory Festival by Mark Beech

New York has many short summer drama festivals starting up soon, led by the Ice Factory. Music on offer in the Big Apple this week runs from Radiohead through to Michael Tilson Thomas. There…

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Top London Stage This Week: Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, “The King and I” by Mark Beech

London’s credentials as a major performing arts capital, if not the world’s best (sorry New York) are clear this coming week. Roger Waters, The Cure, Eric Clapton and Santana all have co…

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hot “Poldark” Star Aidan Turner Lights Up “Lieutenant of Inishmore”: Review by Mark Beech

Aidan Turner is right up there in the field of acting hot property. He is especially known as Ross Poldark in the BBC series “Poldark,” where steamy scenes of him shirtless somewhat ecli…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

RSC’s Six-Hour Roman Epic “Imperium” Has Soaring Speeches, Bloodshed: 5-Star Review by Mark Beech

The lengthy “Imperium” at London’s Gielgud Theatre can be summed up in a few short sentences: It’s in two parts, with three one-act plays in each. It fully justifies its total r…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: “Iceman,” Go-Go's and U2 by Mark Beech

It’s your last chance to see two acclaimed works on the New York stage. First there is Denzel Washington in “The Iceman Cometh” Then there is “Dance Nation”: Clare Barron’s excel…

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Top London Stage This Week: Wireless Festival to Epic “Imperium” by Mark Beech

London is getting ready for its big run of summer concerts. The Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park kicks things off with Stormzy and J Cole. We are also only a week away from BST Hyde Park i…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Goodbye “Three Tall Women”; Hello U2 by Mark Beech

New York says goodbye to one of the most garlanded Broadway shows this week. The Tony-winning “Three Tall Women” comes to an end. Meanwhile, Manhattan welcomes U2 for a run of shows at M…

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Top London Stage This Week: UB40, “Miss Brodie,” “Sea Wall,” More by Mark Beech

Many star-vehicle shows are opening over the next week in London. Watch out for a lot of reviews hailing young and acclaimed performers. Lia Williams is in the title role for an adaptation o…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Soprano Danielle de Niese’s New Film Aims to Inspire Female Musicians by Mark Beech

Danielle de Niese is hoping to inspire female musicians with a new documentary film. “Unsung Heroines: Danielle de Niese on Forgotten Female Composers,” made for BBC4, will be shown firs…

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Soprano Danielle de Niese’s New Film Aims to Inspire Female Musicians by Mark Beech

Danielle de Niese is hoping to inspire female musicians with a new documentary film. “Unsung Heroines: Danielle de Niese on Forgotten Female Composers,” made for BBC4, will be shown firs…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Beyoncé, Jay-Z Weigh in With Best Album of 2018 So Far: Review by Mark Beech

What is life without surprises? One of the most famous musical power couples has just sprung another big surprise upon us. They have given us a new record out of nowhere with plenty of shock…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Tony Awards Aftermath, “Band’s Visit” to Harry Potter by Mark Beech

The days after the Tony Awards always see a rush of tickets for the prize-winning shows. Those at the forefront of the acclaimed Broadway ceremony this year were “The Band’s Visit,” …

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Top London Stage This Week: Robert Smith’s Meltdown, Last-Chance “Quiz” by Mark Beech

London’s busy schedule for performing arts is led by the opening of this year’s Meltdown Festival curated by Robert Smith of The Cure and including The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Northside Festival to “Iceman Cometh” by Mark Beech

This week the Northside festival has joined a run of summertime shows in New York, such as the Central Park Summerstage and the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! festival. Off-Broadway shows include …

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Top London Stage This Week: “Killer Joe” to Paloma Faith by Mark Beech

Orlando Bloom completes the transformation from movie elf to stage baddie in “Killer Joe.” Circolombia brings sexy circus to the Southbank.Summer music festivals continue with Lionel Rit…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Forget Nudity, Orlando Bloom’s Killer Joe Is Darkly Disturbing: Review by Mark Beech

The headlines are out: The nudity in the London stage production of “Killer Joe” includes a scene where movie star Orlando Bloom, with his back to the audience, proudly shows off his bar…

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Circolombia Mixes Daredevil Circus With Sexy Latin Music in London: Review by Mark Beech

Circolombia is in London to prove that the old idea of circus is dead in 2018. Forget other antiquated shows with frightened elephants and lion tamers, unskilled jugglers, phony fire-eaters …

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Governors Ball, BRIC, More by Mark Beech

This is the week that New York explodes with music. Jack White and Eminem headline the Governors Ball. There are some weekend tickets left at about $300. Common opens the BRIC Celebrates Bro…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Top London Stage This Week: “Translations,” Nick Cave, Patti Smith by Mark Beech

Nick Cave and Patti Smith move the London summer rock-festival season into top gear. Opera Holland Park starts its season with its first “La Traviata” in a decade. Brian Friel’s “Tra…

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Brian Friel’s “Translations” Has Subtle Charms in London Revival: Review by Mark Beech

The revival of “Translations” by Brian Friel at London’s National Theatre comes with a lot of positive signs:* The late Friel’s admirers rate him highly, even putting him in the same…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Tokio Myers Interview: Classic Brits, Next Album, Amy Winehouse, BGT by Mark Beech

Tokio Myers has had a wild 10 months of success after being catapulted to fame by winning the “Britain’s Got Talent” contest.The 34-year-old pianist, drummer, composer and producer def…

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Tokio Myers Interview: Classic Brits, Next Album, What I Learned From Amy Winehouse by Mark Beech

Tokio Myers has had a wild 10 months of success after being catapulted to fame by winning the “Britain’s Got Talent” contest.The 34-year-old pianist, drummer, composer and producer def…

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Tokio Myers Interview: Classical Brits, Second Album, What I Learned From Amy Winehouse by Mark Beech

Tokio Myers has had a wild 10 months of success after being catapulted to fame by winning the “Britain’s Got Talent” contest.The 34-year-old pianist, drummer, composter and producer de…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Top London Stage This Week: Rolling Stones; Michelle Terry Plays Hamlet by Mark Beech

 The Rolling Stones return to the London stage after five years away. The new boss of the Globe Theatre, Michelle Terry, plays Hamlet.Among theatrical previews starting up, Orlando Bloo…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Kendrick Lamar, Jeremy Irons, “Summer and Smoke” by Mark Beech

Among the highlights of New York performing arts this week, there are new theatrical openings of note. “Paradise Blue” is one. Another is “Long Day’s Journey into Night” starring J…

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Top London Stage This Week: Orlando Bloom, LCD Soundsystem, LIFT Festival by Mark Beech

 Two major festivals lead performing-arts events in London this coming week. There is the return of LIFT, also known as the London International Festival of Theatre. The new All Points …

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: “Dance Nation” to Jackson Browne by Mark Beech

Catch up with radical drama such as the newly-opened “Dance Nation” or “Summer and Smoke.” Check out music from classical (Maria Farantouri) to rock (Jackson Browne) and rap (the Pul…

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Top London Stage This Week: “Red,” “Mood Music,” Fairport Convention, Ladysmith Black Mambazo by Mark Beech

One of the greatest new plays on the London stage is about to end. “The Ferryman” will be much missed. It is also your last chance to see “Harold and Maude,” “The Inheritance” an…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: “Summer and Smoke,” Netrebko’s “Tosca” by Mark Beech

It’s your last chance to see Anna Netrebko in “Tosca” this week. Stars are everywhere on the New York stage: Denzel Washington in “The Iceman Cometh,” Renee Fleming in “Carousel,…

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