Tony Shalhoub’s Tour de Force in Moss Hart’s Act One

If you’re a fan of Monk, or even if you’re not, you won’t want to miss Shalhoub in his star turn at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. The Beaumont’s new play, written and directed by James Lapine, but based heavily on Moss Hart’s celebrated autobiography, Act One, (Source: broadway.com)  is a delight and not least…

Ravel, Weill and Gershwin Bring a New Audience to the Philharmonic

We were surprised and delighted to see a full house at Avery Fisher last night that included a healthy mix of ages; I can only assume this is because of the program which was guaranteed to appeal to all.  After its recent renovation, the hall looks beautiful and sounds somewhat better, although it will never…

Three Penny Opera at the Atlantic Theater

Two solid hours of music sung by excellent singer-actors and a terrific seven-piece band playing the original Kurt Weill score and orchestration with book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. What could be better? Remember “Mack the Knife,” “Pirate Jenny” and, of course, the “Ballad of Sexual Dependency”?–they’re all there. F. Murray Abraham heads the singing…

Riot Among Ticket Holders as Tavernier’s The French Minister Closes Rendez-vous with French Cinema

Ok, so it wasn’t quite a riot, but it was a bit rough. We went early–very early–as this was the closing film of the series and Bernard Tavernier would be there to answer questions. The French Minister is known in France as Quai D’Orsay, well-known as the seat of government. We arrived at the Walter…