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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Top Shows to See in New York This Week: Billy Joel, Korean Pop, “Bronx Tale” by Mark Beech

Billy Joel’s tour is getting like Bob Dylan’s never-ending tour: it goes on forever. The Piano Man is back in New York and he always gives a value-for-money show. If he’s not your top …

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Top Shows on London Stage This Week: “Venus in Fur,” “Aida,” “Albion” by Mark Beech

Some mid-season openings come near the top of this week’s list of the best on the London stage. “Venus in Fur” has been generating plenty of headlines while “Albion” has been quiet…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Top Shows to See in New York This Week: American Girls, Chinese Classical, Korean Pop by Mark Beech

New York’s performing-arts venues are getting into their fall schedule with a raft of new shows. This week’s recommendations go from Chinese classical music to Guns N’ Roses with “Ch…

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Top Shows on London Stage This Week: “Prism,” Aida - and Gary Numan by Mark Beech

Gary Numan and Neil Diamond – two stars who have defied fashion to become musical legends – are among our bolder choices for London performing-arts shows to consider this week.For those …

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Lovers Raise Unanswered Questions in Perplexing "Victory Condition" at Royal Court by Mark Beech

If you were to watch “Victory Condition” with the sound turned down, Chris Thorpe’s new play at the Royal Court would be one of the uneventful and conventional of plays.The writer has …

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Top 15 Shows to See in New York This Week: Guns N’ Roses, NY Philharmonic, “Bronx Tale” by Mark Beech

It is a busy week for the performing-arts calendar in New York. Music fans of every kind have shows to look forward to. Katy Perry plays Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center. Carneg…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Top 15 Shows on London Stage This Week: Grizzly Bear, “Aida,” “Prism” and More by Mark Beech

Top 15 Shows on London Stage This Week: Grizzly Bear, “Aida,” “Prism” and More Those in town for Frieze (and London residents) are really spoiled for choice in the performing ar…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Rocker Tom Petty Dies Aged 66 by Mark Beech

Tom Petty, the American rock singer-songwriter who led Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, has died aged 66.Petty was found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest last night at his home. He was…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Bombs, Cecil Rhodes Haunt Impressive “B” and “The Fall” at Royal Court by Mark Beech

There are elephants in the room for both of the new hard-hitting plays at the Royal Court in London.In the case of “The Fall,” the unseen presence on stage is that of Cecil Rhodes. The w…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Top 15 Shows to See in New York This Week: Katy Perry, Lang Lang, “1984” by Mark Beech

It is a busy week for the performing-arts calendar in New York. Billy Joel and Katy Perry play Madison Square Garden (on different nights); Solange is at Radio City Music Hall. Carnegie Hall…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Top 15 Shows on London Stage This Week: Tori Amos, Nick Cave, Sienna Miller and More by Mark Beech

The diverse characters of Tori Amos, Nick Cave, Aida and Alice in Wonderland head musical performances of note in London this week. The intriguing “Graeme of Thrones” is a new openi…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Top Shows to See in Hong Kong This Week: Ariana Grande to Film Festival and More by Mark Beech

Ariana Grande “Dangerous Woman” TourAriana Grande’s tour was firmly back on track after a terrorist attack in the UK in May. The Hong Kong show is the last of a run of some 77 concerts…

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Top Must-See Shows on Berlin Stage This Week: Beth Ditto to Bartók by Mark Beech

After Berlin Art Week, there remain many fine concerts and shows on the city’s stages to enjoy. Beth DittoThe Gossip singer has been striking out on her own after winning comparisons …

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Top 15 Shows to See in New York This Week: Stevie Wonder to “Dolls’ House” by Mark Beech

Performing arts this week offer New York everything from Stevie Wonder to challenging new plays. Here is a choice of the very best – one-time concerts, theatrical openings, shows at the en…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Top 15 Shows on London Stage This Week: Julian Clary to “Labour of Love” by Mark Beech

The autumn season is shaping up on the London stage.A lot of promising new plays are hitting off-West-End – and one on the West End this week, with “Labour of Love.”Here are some shows…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Top Must-See Shows on Berlin Stage This Week: Jazz to Papa Roach by Mark Beech

As Berlin gets into the swing of its Art Week, there are some fine concerts and shows on the city’s stages to enjoy too. Jazz at Berlin PhilharmonicFlautist Magnus Lindgren leads a tr…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Top 15 Shows to See in New York This Week: McCartney to “Bandstand” by Mark Beech

Paul McCartney The former Beatle’s shows now range over his entire career with ease. We get everything from teenage compositions up to his collaborations with Kanye West.At Madison Square …

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Top 15 Shows on London Stage This Week: ‘Wings’ to ‘The Ferryman’ by Mark Beech

With a lot of promising new plays to hit the off West End, here are some shows to see over the coming week – starting with the openings, adding some last-chance-to-sees and a few not-to-be…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Top 15 Shows to See in New York This Week: “1984” to Clapton by Mark Beech

1 “Inanimate”The world premiere of “Inanimate,”’ written by Nick Robideau and directed by Courtney Ulrich, tells the story of Erica, played by Lacy Allen. She is a shy, socially aw…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Top Albums of 2017 So Far: Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Drake, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, More by Mark Beech

However 2017 goes down in history, it will be remembered as a year in which some fine albums emerged – often by artists already acclaimed trying to perfect their music further.It seemed wo…

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Top Plays to See Worldwide: From “Doll’s House” to Bob Dylan by Mark Beech

The tide of musicals continues to rise on New York’s Broadway, the West End of London in theaters worldwide. Alongside the long-established shows proven to be commercially safe bets, plays…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Top Picks From 2017 Edinburgh Fringe – From “B*easts” to “BRUCE” by Mark Beech

Top Picks From 2017 Edinburgh Fringe – From “B*easts” to “BRUCE” We are now well into events at the world’s largest arts festival. The clear critical favorites are emerging …

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Top 6 Picks From 2017 Edinburgh Fringe and Festival by Mark Beech

The world’s largest arts festival, starting this week in Edinburgh, is bigger and better than ever. The Edinburgh Fringe has more than 5,000 events scattered over 300 venues, alongside man…

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust for Life’ Adds Sunshine Pop to Sexy Doom by Mark Beech

Lana Del Rey’s new album “Lust for Life” is a surprise. We have the sound of summer, songs drenched in sunshine and even a smiling Lana on the cover.It’s not quite the end of her pou…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

U2’s Joshua Tree Tour Comes to Europe With Political Chops, Blazing Guitars by Mark Beech

U2 is coming out all guns blazing at the start of the European leg of its latest tour. Political themes, a common thread throughout the Irish band’s career, move slightly higher on the age…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jim Steinman Revs Up ‘Bat Out of Hell’ With Crazy Plot, Feelgood Hit Machine by Mark Beech

“Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell – The Musical” takes one of the most revved-up albums of all time to a new even-faster, over-the-top, feelgood, sexy, gasoline-infused high. The loud …

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Friday, June 9, 2017

‘Common’ Brings Revolution to Hellish London: Stage Review by Mark Beech

You say you want a revolution. With Britain’s General Election making it hard for the politically-engaged to concentrate, something is stirring at the National Theatre.“Common” is a pl…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

‘Common’ Brings Revolution to Hellish London: Stage Review by Mark Beech

You say you want a revolution. With Britain’s General Election tomorrow making it hard for the politically-engaged to concentrate, something is stirring at the National Theatre.“Common…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beatles Celebrate ‘Sgt Pepper’ at 50, A Splendid Time Guaranteed for All: Review by Mark Beech

The Beatles are celebrating “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with 50th-anniversary releases that shed invaluable light on the creation of popular music’s most acclaimed album.…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sexy Dance and Spectacle Fight Ritual of “Salomé” at National Theatre by Mark Beech

“Salomé” at the National Theatre is certainly spectacular. We have come to expect nothing less from South African writer-director Yaël Farber, as shown by her “Les Blancs” at the O…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Must-See Butterworth’s ‘The Ferryman’ Is 5-Star Best New Play of 2017 by Mark Beech

Jez Butterworth’s play “The Ferryman” is an extraordinarily powerful work: a new modern classic, easily the best of 2017 so far.Many playgoers will go into it with high expectations, g…

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