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…

TAKE CARE OF THIS HOUSE: A BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

Sometimes in my dreams, I imagine a musical heaven (something like the scene in Stairway to Heaven (powellandpressburger) where Rory and I are watching W. A. Mozart conduct his 42nd symphony and all our fellow music lovers are listening intently with us. That longing to hear more of a long-gone composer’s work came true at…

The Best Play in New York is Free

You just have to get there at 9 am to get tickets. I am talking, of course, about Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater–the joyous Midsummer Night’s Dream. The music is eclectic–from Beale Street blues to rock to tango to gospel, produced by a terrific band, sung by an electrifying singer and danced…

The Golden Apple Is Coming This Week to City Center’s Encores! THIS IS A HEADS-UP

Some of you have complained about not getting a heads-up in time to catch the great musicals in the Encores! series, so here it is. The Golden Apple by Jerome Moross and John Latouche, is a brilliant, funny and most of all beautiful musical from 1954. Still timely–it’s based (very very loosely) on Homer’s Iliad…

Best Show in Town – DON’T MISS IT!

You still have tonight, tomorrow and Sunday to see Cole Porter’s 1930 show, “The New Yorkers,” at City Center, part of the Encores presentations. You should not miss this show; beg, borrow or steal to get there. First, the songs. Some were already in there–some were added from other Porter shows, but you won’t complain.…