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|Monday Night at the Theater: John Oliver on YT: must-see
Who doesn't love stand-up comedy? Oliver first appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2001 as part of The Comedy Zone, a late-night showcase of newer acts, where he played the character of ...
|Monday Night at the Theater
Do you recognize how extraordinary this paean to feminism is? Sung by Audra McDonald: And b/c this one always gets me: Audra's version is the sine qua non of versions: I had an idea for a ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Britten's Albert Herring
Albert Herring , Op. 39, is a chamber opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten. Composed in the winter of 1946 and the spring of 1947, this comic opera was a successor to his serious opera _The Rape ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Sondheim Teaches
A Sondheim spectacular! Sondheim master classes. Let's start with "My Friends" from Sweeney Todd:
|Tuesday Night at the Theater: Kathy Griffin
Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin (born November 4, 1960) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she moved in 1978 to Los Angeles, where ...
|Monday Night at the Theater
I'm watching old Robin Williams YouTubes. See you tomorrow night, with new material. I promise.
|Just For Fun...
and because I feel a bit like Bernadette Peters when she steps out of her confining dress in this clip from Sunday in the Park with George:
|Monday Night at the Theater: Forbidden Broadway
Be afraid: be very afwaid. (hehehe) Forbidden Broadway is an Off-Broadway revue parodying musical theatre, particularly Broadway musicals. It was conceived, written and directed by Gerard ...
When did "gifted" as a verb become a Thing? I mean, really, *WTF*? When did "gifted" replace "gave," that good old English word? It had to be some RW Conspiracy Nutjob. Probably Hannity or some ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Robin Williams
I should write something. But I don't know what to write. You all know him; you all love him; and anything I can say would be superfluous. So enjoy these clips for what they are: an indication of ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: The Notorious [Margaret] C.H.O.
Wow. She's terrific. Margaret Moran Cho (born December 5, 1968) is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho, of Korean ancestry, is best known for her ...
|Theatricals: Spring Preview Edition
So, for those of you in the Greater Metropolitan Area or lucky enough to travel to NYC frequently, the Sunday Times published its preview of upcoming shows. And for theater lovers, there's a LOT to ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Les Miserables
A tenth-anniversary staged concert: you will probably want to watch it in full-screen mode. Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Lewis Black, Stark Raving Black
OMG. His stand-up in Detroit. Lewis Niles Black (born August 30, 1948) is an American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor. He is known for his angry face, comedy and style, which ...
|Tuesday Night at the Theater: Georg Solti conducts The Marriage of Figaro
This one really does have subtitles! The Marriage of Figaro (Italian: Le nozze di Figaro, pronounced [le ˈnɔttse di ˈfiːɡaro]), K. 492, is an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed in ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Ricardo Muti directs The Magic Flute (with subtitles)
What's with the ladies in the green hats? That is just...odd. They are clearly cougars before the term was even introduced. Oh, well, on to the background: The opera was the culmination of a period ...
|Wednesday Night at the Theater: The Rite of Spring, Nijinski version
I can't speak to the choreography; indeed I don't know from choreography. But the music is as beautiful as it was when Igor Stravinsky wrote it. Stravinsky was a young, virtually unknown composer ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Stand-Up by Suzanne Westenhoefer
I first saw her when she was hosting an amateur stand-up night at a little bar in the West Village, NYC, besides appearing in much larger venues. Turns out we're both from the same county in PA. I'...
|Monday Night at the Theater: NYC blizzard edition
I've lived through 'em. It's not there yet, but NYers are going to have fun scaling piles of snow at every intersection. (Wishing you all the best! I know how rough it is.) Let's begin with Elaine ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Great Moments in Musicals (with poll)
I've been watching a staged concert of Sweeney Todd; but you've all seen that one already. So, a miscellany tonight. Please vote in the poll for your favorite musical meltdown or high point. To ...
|Theatricals: Stephen Sondheim Master Class Edition
What more need be said?
|Tuesday Night at the Theater: Leonard Bernstein's Candide
This is a concert version with Bernstein conducting, and English subtitles (although it was sung mostly in English, the subtitles do help). And it is *just gorgeous:* the music, the vocals, the ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Hugh Jackman in Oklahoma
full and uncut: I was searching back through past diaries and found the poll from last summer wherein I asked whether people wanted me to post on Monday, even if I had to work, or whatever day I ...
|Tuesday Night at the Movies: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Here's one I wanted to watch first-run but never got around to until tonight. It is astonishing. It reminds me slightly of Closely Watched Trains. And if you act quickly, you can watch it for free ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: The Merry Widow
A snippet, from YT, of the current Metropolitan Opera version (final dress rehearsal) featuring Kelli O'Hara in her Met debut: Oh, the gorgeous score by Lehar, in English, by the New York City ...
|New Year's Eve at the Theater: Die Fledermaus
With Kiri Te Kanawa:
|Monday Night at the Theater: Sondheim's Pacific Overtures
Pacific Overtures is a musical written by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. The show is set in 1853 Japan and follows the difficult Westernization of Japan, told from the point of view of the ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: On the Town
This makes me so homesick:
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|Monday Night at the Theater: Rent
I haven't seen this one live, but it's terrific. I hope you will all enjoy it. Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème.
|Monday Night at the Theater: Pygmalion by G. B. Shaw
Last week, we looked at My Fair Lady. I thought that this week, it would be fun to take a look at the play on which that musical was based: George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Shaw's socialism comes ...
|Theatricals: Nichols and May
Before he was the acclaimed director of such films as The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Mike Nichols was a comedian who did sketches with Elaine May. Here are some of them.
|Monday Night at the Theater: My Fair Lady
Wouldn't it be loverly? Kelli O'Hara: In the mid-1930s, film producer Gabriel Pascal acquired the rights to produce film versions of several of George Bernard Shaw's plays, Pygmalion among them. ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: It's Cold Out There
and I want to be somewhere tropical. So, please forgive, but I wish to revisit my favorite musical in its most exquisite version. A Broadway revival of South Pacific opened on April 3, 2008 at ...
|Tuesday Night Comedy: Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro couldn’t possibly deliver a stand-up act as bold as her last one, right? How can you get more startling than walking onstage and saying: “Thank you, thanks, I have cancer. Thank ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Bernadette Peters
All these clips are from her solo show. All are songs written by Stephen Sondheim...and all showcase why Peters is considered the foremost interpreter of Sondheim's most recent works. (She's much ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Kinky Boots for Halloween
All blockquotes from Wikipedia, unless otherwise mentioned. Cyndi Lauper's first musical; Harvey Fierstein wrote the book. It won 6 Tony Awards: The musical Kinky Boots led the Tonys with six ...
|Wednesday Night at the Theater: Fiddler on the Roof
The classic musical based on Sholem Aleichem's stories, and dedicated to kishik. From the Tony Awards, a sampling: and Zero Mostel, from a much earlier Tony Awards:
|Monday Night at the Theater: Nathan Lane
As the best cowardly lion since Bert Lahr:
|Monday Night at the Theater: A classic farce: Lend Me a Tenor
A few words about comedy, which most especially apply to farce: The actors can NEVER play it for laughs. They have to play it as if it were real, and the most important thing ever: something their ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: William Inge's Picnic
If you haven't ever seen it, I think you'll really enjoy Picnic by William Inge. This particular production, from Showtime in 1986, might not be THE definitive production, but it's quite good. This ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: La Boheme
Oh, this is fun: Puccini's La Boheme ("The Bohemians" seems the likeliest translation b/c the opera is based on a novel about "the Bohemian life"). This production is set in Paris in the early 20th ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Sweeney Todd
OMG. Found the whole thing. Follow me below the fleur-de-kos for it. But first: Sweeney Todd is a fictional character who first appeared as the murderer of the Victorian penny dreadful The ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: You must watch this
It's a rather long show about the history of Broadway, especially Broadway musicals. Narrated by Julie Andrews:
|Monday Night at the Theater: Victor/Victoria
I found it at YouTube. I wrote it up. My mouse died, and dKos isn't letting me publish it. Honestly, I think software is the worst thing that ever happened to computers, EVER. Here ya go. Enjoy. I'...
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|Saturday Night Funnies: Chuck Jones and Bugs Bunny
Jump below the fleur-de-kos for a wonderful interview with Chuck Jones:
|Monday Night at the Theater: The Threepenny Opera
Donmar Warehouse version. The Donmar Warehouse is a 251 seat, not-for-profit theatre in Covent Garden, London, England. It first opened on 18 July 1977. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Lauren Bacall
She won two Tony Awards. Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauren_Bacall Here she is as ...
|Theatricals: Robin Williams~An Appreciation
I came home Monday to the terrible news that Robin Williams had died, an apparent suicide, at age 63. Tonight, I wish to celebrate his career, focusing particularly on his stage career, b/c he was ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Noel Coward's Present Laughter
I couldn't find any great clips of Angela Lansbury in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit (although if YOU can, I would very much appreciate it) but YouTube provided me with one of his classic plays: ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Angela Lansbury
I like the bio they put together when she received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000: Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE (born 16 October 1925) is a British-American actress and singer who has ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Elaine Stritch~An Appreciation
She first came to prominence in the 1952 revival of Pal Joey, in which she sang "Zip": Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show ...
|Sunday Night Comedy
|Tuesday Night at the Theater: Elaine Stritch at Liberty
Elaine Stritch (born February 2, 1925) is an American actress and singer, best known for her work on Broadway. She has appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films, and many ...
|For MugWumpBlues: A Tribute to the Late, Great Molly Ivins
An oldie but goodie, in which she says of Dan Quayle, "I honestly think if you put that man's brain in a bumblebee it would fly backwards": Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins (August 30, 1944 – January 31,
|Wednesday Night at the Theater: At The Ballet
Cinderella! By Rudolf Nureyev and the Paris National Opera and Ballet: Cinderella (Russian: Золушка, Zolushka) is a ballet, Op. 87, composed by Sergei Prokofiev to a scenario by Nikolai ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Carol Burnett
OK, a bit of departure this week: it's TV (but she filmed it live on stage, so that counts, right?).
|Wednesday Night at the Theater: Maria Callas
Me? I like the one from the Royal Opera: Sheer carnality. However, before her, there was a true diva: Maria Callas.
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|Monday Night at the Theater: Fun Stuff
I'm at work again tonight. Will be back ASAP after Midnight Eastern. Meanwhile: Madeleine Kahn is not getting married today: Neither is this Amy, who goes full throttle into complete meltdown (...
|OK, I am desperately in need of IT help!
As of yesterday and the day before, Firefox let me click on "edit" after which I could paste stuff...like videos, y'know? Since I do Monday Night at the Theater, which is ALL about videos, this is ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Wagner's Ring Cycle in a funny 30 minutes
Oh, you're going to enjoy this one. It's musical comedy all right, but not in the sense that I usually present them. Nope, this is Anna Russell and her take on Wagner's Ring Cycle. She does all 20 ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Cats
And to think it was all inspired by T. S. Eliot:
|Monday Night at the Theater: Carousel starring Kelli O'Hara
The promo, with some background on the story:
|Theatricals: Carol Burnett on a Saturday Night
Paranoid jealousy (bwahahahahaha):
|Monday Night at the Theater: Standup Comedy
Oh, this one's going to be fun, although a bit late for me. First off, Amy Schumer:
|Theatricals: I want to tell you about the South Pacific. About what it was like.
About the old Tonkinese woman who sold shrunken heads. To tourists. As souvenirs. (Yeah, I know I blogged about South Pacific before. But the overture has been haunting me for two days now.) So, ...
|Thursday Night at the Theater: Please help my dear friend (with musical numbers)
My dear friend and fellow kossack newpioneer is facing a very difficult time. He has sold the beautiful lop-eared goats he loved, and is doing whatever is needed to try to hang onto his farm until ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Apologies to both my fans -- ran into a friend yesterday and completely spaced about Theatricals. This is a follow-up, in a way, to Friday's Audra McDonald diary. HT to weck, in the comments: ...
|Friday Night at the Theater: Porgy and Bess reprise w/Audra McDonald
For everyone who missed it on a Monday. Audra is about the most Tony-winningest singer on the Broadway stage. One more and she breaks the record...I am betting on her for this season (hint: no one ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: The Lady's Not For Burning
Christopher Fry's brilliant play. Have you seen it? I've only seen it on the small screen: from PBS in the 70s, and the BBC just now, with Kenneth Branagh, from the 80s. The Lady's Not for ...
|Health Food Store Haul: Please Offer Recipes
So, I finally found a health food store! (Tried the Google thing & nothing came up except one I've already been to that specializes in vitamins, not food.) This one was featured in a story in the ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Dreamgirls w/Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald is currently on Broadway playing Billie Holiday. I'll get there soon. But first, I'm going to a much older show: Dreamgirls. Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, with music by Henry ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Total Lunar Eclipse edition
The disappointment is visceral. We are almost entirely overcast already, and there's more cloud cover moving in. I am highly unlikely to be able to witness tonight's total lunar eclipse. I hope y'...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Guys and Dolls
There was a fundraiser for Carnegie Hall recently, and a staged production (one time only) of Guys and Dolls, with Nathan Lane as Nathan Detroit. It must have been fabulous: The evening, a benefit ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Cabaret
A real treat tonight: the Donmar Warehouse revival of Cabaret. The second Broadway revival was based on the 1993 Mendes-Donmar Warehouse production. For the Broadway transfer, Rob Marshall was ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: London Does Broadway (BBC Proms featuring Sierra Boggess)
Boggess begins to sing at the 2:57 mark: The Proms, more formally known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily ...
|Tuesday Night at the Theater: Mandy Patinkin
Mandel Bruce "Mandy" Patinkin (/pəˈtɪŋkɨn/; born November 30, 1952) is an American actor and tenor singer. Patinkin is well known for his portrayal of Íñigo Montoya in The Princess ...
|Monday Night at the Theater...
will be postponed until Tuesday Night at the Theater b/c I will be at work & I'm too exhausted to think about putting anything together right now ("right now" being Monday at 1:34 a.m. Eastern). ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Neil Patrick Harris
Stage Harris has worked on Broadway in both musical and dramatic roles. He played Tobias Ragg in the 2001 concert performances of Sweeney Todd. In 2002, he performed beside Anne Heche in Proof. ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Ethel Merman
This is the diary that almost wasn't...Saturday night after work I accidentally hit two keys (alt N, I think) that turned on a program on Win8 to talk to me, and turned OFF my keyboard. ("You cannot ...
|Tuesday Night at the Theater: Patti Lupone
|Monday Night at the Theater: A Chorus Line
I've never actually seen this one, but I feel as though I know it intimately: a college roommate had the original cast recording, and we listened to it a LOT. You all know the basic plot, right? A ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Annie Get Your Gun
Oh, too much fun: Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Bernadette Peters
When I first saw Bernadette on the Carol Burnett Show, I was not impressed. Flash forward many years: I was wrong, Carol was correct. Bernadette Peters (born Bernadette Lazzara; February 28, 1948)
|Curried cauliflower soup
My new invention. It's not vegan, b/c I used some smoked turkey to add flavor to the broth. But it *could* be vegan if you omit the turkey -- however, in that case you will need to add salt. ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Renee Fleming
Our premier diva. Some of you may have seen her perform the national anthem at last night's Super Bowl: Renée Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American soprano whose repertoire encompasses ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Lost It
I had a good draft going about Guys and Dolls. Somehow, it went away. So for tonight, I'm watching an old Jack Lemmon movie called How to Murder Your Wife. Yes, it's a comedy. Maybe I can find ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Broadway; or, why I love NYC
Anika Noni Rose on living in NYC: From the 2011 revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Company, with the NY Philharmonic. It's also one of the best descriptions of NY life I've ever seen, ...
|Tuesday Night at the Theater: H.M.S. Pinafore
Heh: I don't know much more about Gilbert & Sullivan than I did yesterday. So, Wiki to the rescue yet again: H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor is a comic opera in two acts, with ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: The Pirates of Penzance
What do I know about Gilbert & Sullivan? _nada_ Wiki to the rescue!: The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S.
|Monday Night at the Theater: Happy New Die Fledermaus!
IS there another show so completely identified with New Year's Eve? Die Fledermaus is the only one. Well, this year, New York's Metropolitan Opera is premiering a new translation of the classic ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Comedy Gold: PDQ Bach
And now for some REAL musical comedy. PDQ Bach was, of course, a scion of Johann Sebastian Bach: P. D. Q. Bach was born in Leipzig on March 31, 1742, the son of Johann Sebastian Bach and ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Audra McDonald
Multiple Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald has an incredible voice, and apparently an incredible sense of humor. Serious biographical info and clips below the fleur-de-kos, but first, this ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Verdi's Falstaff
Let me begin by saying I have NO (ZERO, ZIP, NIL) clue what this opera is about. I just like the music. Musicologist Roger Parker notes that, unlike in Verdi's previous compositions (and except ...
|Jazz Overnight: Patti Austin
I just heard her sing the most amazing medley of songs from Porgy and Bess, courtesy of WRTI, the Temple University public radio station. (My go-to station for both classical and jazz, on air or ...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Maria Callas' Master Class
Brilliant. Callas talks about how to sing, and how great directors direct great divas. Wow. Embedding disabled by request. Watch it anyway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
|Monday Night at the Theater: Sondheim's "Follies"
This one'll take ya back: Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. The story concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre, scheduled for ...
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