The Band’s Visit–the Music is Great

(mubi) As seems to be our fate, we completely missed the dates of Lincoln Center’s Rendezvous with French Cinema and everything was sold out, including the French films downtown. So we decided to go to the theater. We had been promising ourselves to see this anyway. (playbill.com) The score by David Yazbek consists of Arabic-Israeli…

MY FAIR LADY IS BACK and With a Great Henry Higgins

(lct) You will enjoy the current version of this wonderful show by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. True, the orchestra is largely under the stage a la Bayreuth and that’s too bad because the Robert Russell Bennet/Phil Lang orchestrations are so good. (timessquarechronicles) We saw the first preview…

Pericles and the Theatre for a New Audience

(printmag.com) Milton Glaser’s poster for TFANA. (downtownbrooklyn.com) What drew us to Brooklyn was the opportunity to see Trevor Nunn’s (americantheater.org) work on “Pericles” at Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA); what kept us there was a splendid production in a gorgeous house that looks like a modernized Globe Theater inside (cgarchitect.com) the Polonsky Shakespeare Center.…

NYCID–Your Passport to New York’s Wonders

First of all, it is free to all New York City residents. (nyc.gov/idnyc) Second, it will replace all those cards you can never keep track of, especially your library card.(nypl.org) Once you have your NYCID card, go to your local NYC library and register it. The library remembers your number and you’re home free. I’ve…

SHE LOVES ME –A PERFECT SHOW DONE PERFECTLY

The Roundabout has done it again. We have always liked this show better than “Fiddler,” Boch and Harnick’s bigger blockbuster, and last night’s performance confirmed that. This is now the fourth time I’ve seen it and the fifth for Rory, who saw the original with Barbara Cook. We have loved it every time but this…

Return to the Joyce for a Little Dance

(grandlifehotels.com) This time, we headed over to Eighth Avenue and 18th Street for Parsons Dance, an innovative group led by Artistic Director and choreographer David Parsons. It has often struck me that we adore the Met Opera, steward of great operas of the past, but rarely go to see new works mounted there–our limitation you…

School of Rock–Surprisingly Listenable and Watchable

Lots of talent here: Downton’s scribe, Julian Fellowes, did the book which is very funny, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs and Glenn Slater’s lyrics were tuneful and clever and the choreography took off the roof. I’m happy to say that the music almost never stopped. It’s the old story of a strict school run by the…