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The good, the not-so-good, and the departed
The good, the not-so-good, and the departed
| December 24, 2010
It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Blithe Spirit , that cocktail shaker full of dry martini and ectoplasmic mayhem, will amuse. Playwright Noël Coward diagnosed his own gift as a talent to do just that.
Blithe Spirit at the Lyric; Hot Mikado at New Rep; August: Osage County at the Colonial
| May 14, 2010
As fans of the film are aware, that precipitous crag atop which the castle of Young Frankenstein sits is a Catskill. But in The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein (at the Opera House through May 2), the mountain is shrouded less in 1930s-horro
Young Frankenstein at the Opera House; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead in Lowell
| April 30, 2010
All you need is love
Outpourings of love have been flooding the Boston musical scene.
Marylou Speaker Churchill memorial, Emmanuel Music’s Haydn/Schoenberg, and more
| April 23, 2010
Stuff at night
This week’s health headlines also included the announcement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra that music director James Levine has been sidelined again, from the “excruciating pain” he’s been suffering since his surgery for a herniated disc.
The BSO without Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, the Cantata Singers, American Classics, the Zarounian Ensemble
| April 02, 2010
Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
| March 12, 2010
Interview: Max Raabe
"It was so crazy in the '20s, in the Weimar Republic. Everything was so open-minded and wide, and that is why I love that period so much."
Killer cabaret: bringing Berlin to Boston
| March 05, 2010
Steampunk and Lima Beans
The hook for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society — who come to the Regattabar Thursday the 25th — is that they're a "steampunk big band."
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and the Bert Seager Trio
| February 12, 2010
It's a risky gamble, creating a stage version of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life .
Center Stage interprets Capra’s Life
| December 18, 2009
The Bang Group's performance at Concord Academy Thursday night wrapped the audience in rings of intimacy and surprise. Choreographer/director David Parker, acting as MC, paid loving tribute to Summer Stages Dance, where he and the company have appeared
David Parker at Summer Stages
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| July 31, 2009
Springer vs. Nero!
Two opera productions overlapping at the Calderwood Pavilion exploit exploitation.
Monteverdi's Poppea opens the Boston Early Music Festival, plus the Cantata Singers, the Discovery Ensemble, and Barbara Cook at the Pops
| June 12, 2009
Monika H. Band | Disguised As Umbrellas, We Slept
Monika’s taste for leaping vocal lines likewise pushes the art-rock envelope.
| October 28, 2008
Sarah, get your AK-47
Ever since John McCain selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate, she has been the focus of the campaign.
The Alaska governor is dominating the election as we head into the fall — Why that is bad news for the Obama campaign
| September 17, 2008
Walking the line
Duke Robillard comes out Swingin’.
Duke Robillard comes out Swingin’
| May 28, 2008
There was nothing campy or kitschy about Herb Alpert’s local appearance this week, and in a way that’s a shame.
Herb Alpert at Scullers
| May 19, 2008
Pas de divorce
It’s been a roller-coaster six weeks at Boston Ballet.
Opera House captures Boston Ballet’s heart
| April 02, 2008
Some weeks Boston has such musical riches, one wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Dutoit and Elder at the BSO, Collage’s Berio, Boston Conservatory’s Turn of the Screw, and Kurt Weill at the Gardner and the MFA
| February 21, 2008
One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
| January 07, 2008
From ma’am, with love
Nilaja Sun could have caved to expectation.
No Child . . . at the ART, plus This Wonderful Life and White Christmas
| December 09, 2007
For much of his life, no one played Thelonious Monk pieces except Thelonious Monk.
Julius Hemphill at the Gardner, Cyrus Plays Elvis
| October 23, 2007
The roar of the greasepaint precedes that of the autumn wind this year.
Fall on the Boston boards
| September 12, 2007
The BSO has been having terrible luck hanging on to its star soloists.
BSO cancellations, plus the Camerata, Jonathan Biss, Emmanuel Music, and more
| March 28, 2007
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