Performing Arts

By Michael Hartley CFP® | Curated by the Venice Institute for Performing Arts

English National Opera send in the clowns to overcome hated fake 'theatre laugh'

Anyone who has spent the night at the theatre will be familiar with that laugh: the very particular loud guffaw to show the someone has got the joke, whether it is truly funny or not.<p>But the “theatre laugh” is to be a thing of the past at English National Opera, it appears, under plans to send in …


Watch a Conversation With Roger Waters

Roger Waters, the songwriter behind Pink Floyd’s monumental concept albums and the master of the arena and stadium spectacle, is about to release his first studio album in 25 years, “Is This the Life We Really Want?”<p>I spoke with him this week in a Times Talks conversation. We talked about his new …

Visually Impaired Musicians Ready for Major Met Concert

By Stephanie Simon<br>Friday, April 28, 2017 at 08:54 AM EDT<p><b>NY1 VIDEO:</b> Friday night a group of visually impaired singers and musicians will perform a big …

New York City

Final 2017 Tony Awards Eligibility Rulings: Hello, Dolly! Star David Hyde Pierce as Leading Actor & More

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met on April 28 for the fourth and final time this season to decide the eligibility of Broadway productions …

Tony Awards

Karen Pittman to Star in Pipeline at Lincoln Center Theater

Lincoln Center Theater has announced casting for its upcoming production of Dominique Morisseau's new play <i>Pipeline</i>, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. …


Sufjan Stevens' New Dance Score Set To Premiere At New York City Ballet

Sufjan Stevens is already an icon among indie rock fans. Justin Peck of the New York City Ballet (NYCB) has had a meteoric rise from dancer into one of the world's most sought-after choreographers. They've already done several collaborations together — and they're hoping for another hit with their …


A Look Back at the Musicals of the 2016–17 Broadway Season

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Rare satiric Rameau-Voltaire opera beautifully staged

BERKELEY — With its luminous score and frequent flights into choreographed dance sequences, “Le Temple de la Gloire” (The Temple of Glory) is a rare …

UC Berkeley

Opera North's Turandot review: a complete triumph

High drama offstage at Opera North as its Serbian music director Aleksandar Markovic, in post for only a matter of months, quit last week out of the blue, without a word on either side of regret or thanks. Whatever the explanation, everyone is keeping mum, the only clue being the announcement that …

Performing Arts

These L.A. dancers are changing the way people protest

“We’re going to go right, left, right right,” Shamell Bell called out to a group of people learning to do “the Dougie,” a street dance created in Dallas. But they weren’t in a dance studio or at a party, they were dancing directly in front of Los Angeles Police Department headquarters.<p>She called it …

Black Lives Matter

Cate Blanchett to star on London stage in All About Eve

<b>Cate Blanchett is to return to the London stage in a new adaptation of the classic 1950 film All About Eve.</b><p>The Oscar-winning actress will take the role of Broadway star Margo Channing, originally played by Bette Davis.<p>The production will open in Spring 2018, with further details to be announced.<p>Ivo …

Emma Town, Milwaukee Ballet II

A convincing vortex of lust and insanity – Mayerling, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, review

Prior to the Royal Ballet’s 1978 premiere of the narratively extravagant vortex of lust and insanity that is Mayerling (on St Valentine’s Day, no less) the company nervously sent out synopses to the critics. This was a remarkable step, but also understandable. For if, as George Balanchine once …

Royal Ballet

Watch These Young Black Ballerinas' Emotional Response To Meeting Misty Copeland

“It’s not common and it should see beautiful brown women do ballet.”<p>What happens when a group of black young ballerinas meet their idol, who …


Katy Perry at the Met Gala: See the Singer's Outrageous Gowns on the Red Carpet (Including the One Covered in LED Lights)

Katy Perry has never been one to shy away from outrageous outfits on the red carpet. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that the singer's debut at the 2009 Met Gala, which is an opportunity for celebrities to really go all out, was a demure Tommy Hilfiger gown topped off with a blunt black bob. The …


NSO’s From Schubert to Shostakovich

featuring Gábor Boldoczki, trumpet; Oleg Caetani, guest conductor<p><b>or</b> <i>The Concert Formerly Known as ‘Who Is Afraid of Shostakovich?’</i><p>It’s a goal of some …


‘The MoMA for Classical Music’: How PONY is Using Tech to Change the Concert Experience

The modern concert is a multisensory experience. But while elaborate props and trippy visuals are expected at rock, hip-hop or pop concerts, do they …


Dance Theater of Harlem: Where Swag Meets Louis XIV

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'Marry Me a Little' digs deeper into Sondheim — just the thing for spring

Spring has sprung in Chicago. High time, then, for a Stephen Sondheim revue.<p>Porchlight Music Theatre is obliging, not with a revival of "Putting it Together," nor "Side by Side by Sondheim," nor even "Sondheim on Sondheim," all worthy compilations of the compositions of the great one.<p>Instead, the …

Stephen Sondheim

At City Ballet’s Season Opener, Dancers Like Greyhounds Unleashed

George Balanchine’s choreography advertises dancers, glorifies dancers, gives dancers both their toughest assignments and their ultimate release. Balanchine (1904-83) was New York City Ballet’s founding ballet master, in 1948; when it dances his ballets, the most irresistible response is to talk …


Best Apps for Theater Stage Production

It seems like there are a hundred enticing new apps out there popping up every day – which is especially good news for those in theatre tech, who …


The Roadie 2 can tune your guitar automatically

The Roadie Tuner is one of those feel-good Kickstarter success stories that makes the whole experiment worth it. It's a quirky solution to a common problem, and it actually shipped to its backers! The tuner works by pairing with a smartphone to listen to the string you're plucking, and then …


Bells, whistles and lights: Rejuvenating contemporary classical music

Bells, whistles and lightsRejuvenating contemporary classical music<p>Different concert formats may help to attract new fans<p>Prospero<p>Apr 17th 2017<p>by …


Top Choral Directors Share Their Favorite Easter Music

Choral music uses human voices to tell human stories. From the sacred to the secular, the sorrowful to the celebratory, there is something profoundly …

Classical Music

Rumors of opera's demise greatly exaggerated as D-FW takes place on national stage | Opera

Opera may be, as Dr. Johnson opined, "an exotic and irrational entertainment," but rumors of its imminent demise are defied by a lot of activity …


With Politics as Backdrop, Hamburg’s New Hall Looks to America

HAMBURG, Germany — The stage of the Elbphilharmonie here on Wednesday was filled with an assembly of instruments so diverse that it looked more like a social experiment than a musical ensemble.<p>In the back row, Baroque recorders nestled up to an Afro-Brazilian percussion section. In front of them, a …


Mozart, Made New: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

<i>In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story.</i><p><i>Read the rest of our classical music coverage</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>METROPOLITAN …