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La Dulcet Musto

La Dulcet Musto

BY TRAV S. D. | There may have been more powerful columnists in the history of American journalism than Michael Musto, but none was ever more adored, for he radiates a personality and humor as great as — and often greater than — the celebrities he covers. For nearly 30 years (1984-2013), his Village Voice column […]

Performance Provocateur and Rooted Married Man

Performance Provocateur and Rooted Married Man

BY WILLIAM J. MANN | “Rooted,” the new performance by internationally acclaimed solo performer Tim Miller, digs deep as it explores New York history, his family trees that grow here, and what happens when we actually manage to achieve one kind of social change — like marriage equality — after a long effort only to […]

Just Do Art: The Awkward Adolescence Edition

Just Do Art: The Awkward Adolescence Edition

BY SCOTT STIFFLER |  AUTHOR READING: “LORDS OF THE SCHOOLYARD” | Set in 1970s southern suburbia, long before kids would be driven to suicide by cutting remarks hurled into cyberspace, the merciless tormentors in Ed Hamilton’s debut novel get their results the old-fashioned way — through face-to-face intimidation, made all the easier by adults who […]

Celebrating Editta Sherman

Celebrating Editta Sherman

BY DAVID NOH | At the New-York Historical Society right now, you can meet the best unknown portrait photographer of the last century, Editta Sherman. Although she died four years ago, her presence is very much alive here in the huge, vintage 8×10 camera with which she plied her trade (the same one the great […]

Poetic Painter

Poetic Painter

BY DAVID NOH | nce upon a time, on the magical island of Manhattan, there lived three princesses named Stettheimer. Born to a wealthy, elite German Jewish family, their father, a banker, deserted them in childhood, but their mother, Rosetta, had enough money of her own to enable her daughters to create their own special kingdom, […]

Just Do Art: As of Aug. 24, 2017

Just Do Art: As of Aug. 24, 2017

BY SCOTT STIFFLER |  “THE PLANTATION” — AN IMMERSIVE ADAPTATION OF “THE CHERRY ORCHARD” | First presented in 2015 — when pivotal anniversary dates in Civil War and Civil Rights history coincided — Brave New World Repertory Theatre’s post-emancipation, southern plantation adaptation of “The Cherry Orchard” calls Charlottesville to mind as it immerses the audience […]

At Monday Night Jam, a Firm ‘Foundation’ for Jazz

At Monday Night Jam, a Firm ‘Foundation’ for Jazz

BY NICOLE JAVORSKY | Billy Kaye climbed the stairs, made his way to center stage, and stood at the mic. “We are waiting,” he said, pausing to great effect, “for the host.” An audience member quipped, “You’re the host!” Without skipping a beat, some others took up the refrain. The chant, though a joke, expressed […]

The Entertainment is as Free as the Air

The Entertainment is as Free as the Air

BY TRAV S.D. | A few weeks ago, one might have been forgiven for predicting that free outdoor productions in New York, in particular those of Shakespeare plays, would soon be heading for the hills. The Public Theater’s controversial Trump-themed production of “Julius Caesar” inflamed passions throughout the entire country. Many theaters received angry letters […]

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 […]

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