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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Top Stage Shows to See in New York: LCD Soundsystem to Lucy Kirkwood by Mark Beech

New York is getting ready for a run of Christmas shows. But before we launch into full festive mood, here is a rundown of the top performing-arts events around the Big Apple for the next sev…

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Top Shows on London Stage This Week: Adam Ant to Pantos Galore by Mark Beech

Pantomimes and Christmas shows galore are opening on the London stage this week. For seasonal ballet, there’s “The Nutcracker” at both the Coliseum and Royal Opera House. Adam Ant, the…

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Blazing Epic “The Last Jedi” Takes “Star Wars” to New Level by Mark Beech

It’s “Star Wars,” but not quite as we know it. The franchise that refuses to die comes blazing back with the latest epic episode, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”The computer effects, e…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Paris Says Au Revoir to “French Elvis” Johnny Hallyday – Biggest Star You’ve Never Heard Of by Mark Beech

Thousands gathered in Paris to say “au revoir” to Johnny Hallyday in a ceremony that said everything about the man once called “the French Elvis.”The state-style funeral of France’…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Top Stage Shows to See in New York: Taylor Swift to Uma Thurman by Mark Beech

Taylor Swift sings, Uma Thurman is on stage. There are in just two of the best shows around New York for the next seven days – one-time events, theatrical openings, others at the end of th…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Top Shows on London Stage This Week: Marilyn Manson, Simon Rattle, Mother Courage by Mark Beech

Marilyn Manson, Simon Rattle, Mother Courage. They may seem strange bedfellows but they are all at the heart of London’s best performing arts this week.We are almost ready for Pantos too, …

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“Bat Out of Hell” Musical Stars on Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Motorbikes and Fans: Interview by Mark Beech

The two young stars of “Bat Out of Hell – The Musical” are celebrating. Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington have just picked up an award for Jim Steinman’s show in London. The rock…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Forget the Bono Pomp, U2 “Songs of Experience” Is Worth Hearing: Review by Mark Beech

“U2 is back.” The words are enough to strike fear into the heart of Bono-bashers worldwide, and delight fans of the long-running Irish quartet.As 2017 runs towards its close, it is time …

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Top Shows to See in New York: St Vincent, Steve Martin’s “Meteor Shower” by Mark Beech

We are over Thanksgiving and in this shopping period leading to the Christmas, New York theaters are trying to keep interest high. Rock fans have St. Vincent; classical lovers have the Orphe…

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Top Shows on London Stage This Week: Gorillaz, “Sylvia” and More by Mark Beech

The London stage this week has music from Orbital to Gorillaz. There are new ballet productions such as “Sylvia” and a new musical, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.” Plus quite a …

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Top Shows to See in New York: Arlo Guthrie’s Thanksgiving, Wall Street Shocks by Mark Beech

Happy Thanksgiving. Arlo Guthrie is preparing for his annual Thanksgiving Concert at Carnegie Hall. A female soccer team line up an exceptional show at Lincoln Center. These are some of the …

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Top Shows on London Stage This Week: Fleet Foxes, “Aida,” “Albion”, Cara Dillon by Mark Beech

The London stage this week has music from Fleet Foxes to “Aida”; new shows such as “The Secret Theatre” and many classics.Our format is to list newly opening and one-time shows; thos…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Top Shows on London Stage This Week: Blondie to “Network” Revival by Mark Beech

The London stage this week has music from Blondie to jazz and “Lucia di Lammermoor” opera; new shows such as “Network” and many classics.Our format is to list newly opening and one-t…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Top Shows to See in New York: Wall Street Drama to Hot Bands by Mark Beech

New York shows this week range from shows by veteran bands Slowdive and Pere Ubu to serious plays such as “Junk” with its Wall Street dramas.These are some of the best shows around in th…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Top Shows on London Stage This Week: Van Morrison to “Coriolanus” by Mark Beech

The London stage this week has music from jazz to Van Morrison and “Lucia di Lammermoor” opera; new shows such as “The Retreat” and many classics.Our format is to list newly opening …

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Top Shows to See in New York: John Cale, “Lonely Planet,” Grizzly Bear by Mark Beech

New York shows this week range from shows by band Grizzly Bear to a loveable waitress. Serious plays on offer look at AIDS (“Lonely Planet” and the apocalypse (“After the Blast”). Li…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Top 17 Shows on London Stage This Week: Mother Courage to Psychic TV by Mark Beech

The London stage offers plenty to intrigue and entertain this week. Visitors and residents of the British capital can try challenging openings such as the new play “Heather” and classic …

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Top Shows to See in New York This Week: Funkadelic, Trifonov, “After the Blast” by Mark Beech

People who want to dance until they drop have George Clinton on offer; indie fans can check out Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile or Grizzly Bear; classical followers can get to hear piano prod…

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Top 16 Shows on London Stage This Week: Little Dragon to “Coriolanus” by Mark Beech

More mid-season openings are on this week’s list of the best London stage shows. “The Lady From the Sea” relocates Ibsen’s Norway to the Caribbean at Donmar Warehouse while “Coriol…

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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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