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Things to Celebrate from 2016

Things to Celebrate from 2016

BY DAVID NOH | And so, 2016 ends with both a bang (of the most unsettling proportion with the incoming POTUS’ myriad threats) and a whimper (all of us, in reaction), yet Manhattanites who have been out on the town this year had plenty to treasure in live performances that blessed this city. Here are the […]

Star Broadway Composer David Yazbek Takes the Stage

Star Broadway Composer David Yazbek Takes the Stage

  BY DAVID NOH | When I met my favorite living musical composer, David Yazbek, at the June 21 press preview at 54 Below for its upcoming shows, I reminded him that once upon a time — really, not so very long ago — crossover hits from Broadway could often be found at the top of […]

Trek to the Intrepid And You’re a Starfleet Cadet

Trek to the Intrepid And You’re a Starfleet Cadet

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | What began on September 8, 1966 as a five-year mission to seek out new worlds and ways of being, “Star Trek” didn’t even make it past season three as a network television series. By then, though, creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a culturally diverse 23rd century starship crew united in the […]

For This Tony-Winner, It’s a Dog’s Life

For This Tony-Winner, It’s a Dog’s Life

BY DAVID NOH | There is no better demonstration of ace comic timing on the New York stage now than Annaleigh Ashford playing a dog, in the titular role of A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia.” It’s the kind of twee whimsy that rises or falls on the casting of this central role and one almost shudders to think […]

Columbia University Honors Dance Pioneer Arthur Mitchell, Accepts His Archive

Columbia University Honors Dance Pioneer Arthur Mitchell, Accepts His Archive

BY ZITA ALLEN | Arthur Mitchell, the pioneering ballet dancer, artistic director, and choreographer who, in the 1950s, became the first African-American principal dancer with the New York City Ballet (NYCB) was celebrated at Columbia University October 27 and 28. The occasion marked Mitchell’s donation to Columbia of his archive — a treasure trove of photographs, […]

Cooper-Hewitt Examines the Art of Poster Making

Cooper-Hewitt Examines the Art of Poster Making

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Going back more than 100 years, the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, examines the variety of ways in which poster artists have employed basic principles of composition, visual perception, and storytelling to create their work. The exhibit, which runs through January 24 and includes more than 125 pieces from the museum’s […]