Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Snapshot: Tommy Dorsey plays “Well, Git It!” by Terry Teachout

Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra perform Sy Oliver’s “Well, Git It!” in Du Barry Was a Lady, directed by Roy Del Ruth and released in 1943. Buddy Rich is the drummer and the trumpet solo…

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Almanac: William Gerhardie on the making of a dictator by Terry Teachout

“‘How do men get to be dictators, that’s what I want to know?’ Aunt Flora looked round disgruntledly but with an air as if soliciting approbation for her dissatisfaction. ‘Oh, the …

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ten things I’ve never done by Terry Teachout

• Taken a selfie • Worn flip-flops • Seen the Grand Canyon • Successfully learned a foreign language (though I tried three times) • Changed a diaper • Cooked a full-scale meal wi…

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Lookback: my personal clichés by Terry Teachout

From 2006: One of the travails of writing a biography of a great artist is that you find yourself returning repeatedly to certain words and phrases–especially superlatives. The nice th…

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Almanac: Henry James on art and “accessibility” by Terry Teachout

“The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of ‘luxury,’ the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent…

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Five Notable Stories From Last Week’s ArtsJournal: Alternative Reality Edition by Douglas McLennan

What Does “Inclusive” Mean To A Performing Arts Center? The Kennedy Center held an event to talk about inclusiveness of its offerings. But no one seemed to be able to define exac…

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Further adventures in the rehearsal room by Terry Teachout

As of today, Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Satchmo at the Waldorf has seven rehearsals to go before our first public preview on May 11. I don’t want to tempt the dark gods of the …

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Just because: Nicanor Zabaleta plays Albéniz by Terry Teachout

Nicanor Zabaleta plays his own arrangement for solo harp of Albéniz’s “Malagueña” on a 1964 telecast: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space…

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Almanac: Henry James on biography by Terry Teachout

“The truth is that any retraced story of bourgeois lives (lives other than great lives of ‘action’—et encore!) throws a chill upon the scene, the time, the subject, the small mapped-…

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Half of perfection by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I review the last two Broadway openings of the 2015-16 season, Shuffle Along and Tuck Everlasting. Here’s an excerpt. * * * The first half of George C. Wo…

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Replay: Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert sing “Tonight” by Terry Teachout

Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert sing “Tonight” on The Ed Sullivan Show. The song, by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, is from the score of West Side Story. This performance, which d…

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Almanac: Gavin Creel on the anxieties of actors by Terry Teachout

“We’re all insecure. We’re all neurotic. We’re all trying so hard to figure our process out. And kindness behooves you, because you’ve got to come back the next day and do it again…

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Almanac: Robertson Davies on the limits of “sensibility” by Terry Teachout

“Don’t you read anything but novels, I hear you say. I wish I could say that I really read novels. There are libraries full of novelists who are thought great whose work I have n…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The room where it happened by Terry Teachout

I flew down to Florida last Friday morning and started rehearsing my Palm Beach Dramaworks production of Satchmo at the Waldorf that same afternoon. We put in two more full days of work on S…

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Snapshot: Frank Zappa plays music on a pair of bicycles in 1963 by Terry Teachout

Frank Zappa plays music on a pair of bicycles on The Steve Allen Show. This episode was originally telecast on March 4, 1963: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appe…

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Almanac: Dr. Johnson on trust by Terry Teachout

“As it is necessary not to invite robbery by supineness, so it is our duty not to suppress tenderness by suspicion; it is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes …

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lookback: on being out of touch with pop culture by Terry Teachout

From 2006: I took a look yesterday at a list of the twelve top-grossing movies in North America. I’d heard of four of them: I read the novel on which Thank You for Smoking is based whe…

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Almanac: Larry McMurtry on the meaning of life by Terry Teachout

“‘You don’t like buttermilk, or nothing else. You’re like a starving person whose stomach is shrunk up from not having any food. You’re shrunk up from not wanting nothing.’ “…

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Skimpy on the filling by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review two Broadway openings, Waitress and Fully Committed. Here’s an excerpt. * * * It’s long past time that Jessie Mueller got to appear…

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Just because: Jascha Heifetz plays Mozart by Terry Teachout

Jascha Heifetz and Brooks Smith perform Fritz Kreisler’s arrangement of the G Major Rondo from Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade, K. 250. This performance was originally telecast on NBC’…

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Almanac: Gerard Manley Hopkins on spring by Terry Teachout

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring—
 When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rins…

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Money, Diversity And Power: This Week’s Top AJ Stories (04.24.16) by Douglas McLennan

This week: Do the Met Museum’s financial woes say anything about today’s museum business? Who wants to see art in mobbed museums anyway? Prince’s career as a control freak.…

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Friday, April 22, 2016

The big day by Terry Teachout

I’m en route from New York to West Palm Beach, Florida, where I’ll start rehearsing Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Satchmo at the Waldorf at noon today. Not only is Satchmo my fi…

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Waving the bloody Armani shirt by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Broadway transfer of American Psycho: The Musical. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Twenty-five years ago, Bret Easton Ellis published a novel about a…

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Replay: Vladimir Nabokov on the covers of Lolita by Terry Teachout

Vladimir Nabokov talks about the covers of different editions of Lolita on USA: The Novel. This episode was originally telecast on WNET on February 3, 1965: (This is the latest in a series o…

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Almanac: Randall Jarrell on criticism by Terry Teachout

“Taking the chance of making a complete fool of himself—and, sometimes, doing so—is the first demand that is made upon any real critic: he must stick his neck out just as the artist do…

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rapping the legend by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column I discuss the growing progressive backlash against Hamilton. Here’s an excerpt. * * * The New York Times recently published a piece …

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Almanac: Mary McCarthy on bureaucracy by Terry Teachout

“Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.” Mary McCarthy, “The Vita Activa”

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Snapshot: Flatt and Scruggs perform “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down” by Terry Teachout

Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain Boys perform “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down,” originally telecast on The Flatt & Scruggs Grand Ole Opry Show in December of 1962: …

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Almanac: Mary McCarthy on damnation by Terry Teachout

“I do not mind if I lose my soul for all eternity. If the kind of God exists Who would damn me for not working out a deal with Him, then that is unfortunate. I should not care to spend ete…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Annals of postmodern journalism (cont’d) by Terry Teachout

Like everyone else who pays the slightest attention to theater in America, I was neither surprised nor displeased that this year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama went to Hamilton, about whose ov…

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