Performing Arts

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

Elton John Plots Final Shows of Las Vegas Residency

Final 14 dates of singer's Caesars Palace stint will take place in April, May 2018<p>Elton John announced the final dates of "The Million Dollar Piano," …

Las Vegas

First Listen: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, 'Echo In The Valley'

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are two of the least complacent musicians around. With skill that can border on otherworldly, both push boundaries, stretching their sound beyond bluegrass, across continents and into everything from prog-rock to Eastern instrumentation. They're also a married …

National Parks

Music: A powerful performance of ‘Norma’ in Palo Alto

On opening night of Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma” at West Bay Opera, I found myself mesmerized by the music<p>The orchestra performed beautifully under the …

Palo Alto

Stephen Sondheim, Theater’s Greatest Lyricist

<i>This story is one of the seven covers of T Magazine’s Greats issue, on newsstands Oct. 22.</i><p><b>Sondheim</b>: I hope you don’t mind doing this upstairs, I’m feeling a bit under the weather.<p>It’s July 2017. We are on the second floor of Stephen Sondheim’s Midtown Manhattan townhouse, and he’s nestled on his …

Stephen Sondheim

La Scala’s Costumes Exhibition Bows in Milan

Designs by Gianni Versace and Karl Lagerfeld for the storied Milan theater are part of the exhibition running until Jan. 28.<p><b>MILAN —</b> Fashion designers …

The Arts

Take a Cultural Adventure Into the Art of Peking Opera

The celebrated China National Peking Opera Company will bring the elaborate, extravagant and truly intriguing art of Peking Opera to a European …


Playbill Will Live-Stream Tonight’s SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical Pop-Up Preview

Follow us on Facebook beginning at 7 PM ET for exclusive performances and interviews with the stars and creators of the new Nickelodeon musical …

Broadway Musical

Vancouver Opera's Turandot dazzles with bold sets, fresh insights, and powerful music

Janet Smith<b>By Giacomo Puccini. A Vancouver Opera production. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday, October 13. Continues on October 15, 19, and …


What the Hell Is Going On at the Pennsylvania Ballet?

Corella, right, and Ballet dancers Lillian DiPiazza and Sterling Baca. Corella courtesy of Vikki Sloviter; Le Corsaire courtesy of Alexander …


Les Vêpres Siciliennes review – an electrifying night at the Opéra

Royal Opera House, London Stefan Herheim’s take on Verdi is restless, lurid and saturated with the opulence of the 19th-century Parisian opera house to which the action is relocated<p>There is – to risk sounding obtuse – an awful lot of opera in Stefan Herheim’s take on Verdi’s Les Vêpres …

Royal Opera House

'Pretty Woman' to Return as Broadway Musical

Bryan Adams helped score adaptation of famous rom-com, debuting on Broadway in fall 2018<p>A musical adaptation of the film <i>Pretty Woman</i> is set to debut …

Broadway Musical

Asian-Americans Are Disrupting An Unwelcoming Music Industry

“It’s a different world now” — and one that’s leveling the playing field for Asian-American pop artists, who’ve traditionally been shut out of the American music industry.<p>For years, racist trolls on social media would tell Far East Movement to “go back to Asia” — even though everyone in the group …


How Blockchain Is Changing Concert Ticket Sales

Aventus allows more fans to purchase tickets securely for events they want to attend, without huge price increases


How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age | Jack Conte

‘Turandot,’ and Opera’s Terrifying Power

Embattled, perhaps, but opera delivers the raw, cathartic emotions at the centre of great art.


Meditation Can Change Your Audition Experience...and Your Life

Over the past two decades, I’ve had the opportunity to instruct, work with, and learn from some absolutely amazing human beings; from actors to …


Spitfire Fiddling: The Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube

<i>Our critics and reporters offer a glimpse of what’s moved and delighted them on YouTube. Read the rest of our classical music coverage</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>______<p>AT 26 MINUTES 24 SECONDS<p><b>Powering the Soundscape</b><p>Last Friday, just days before the MacArthur Foundation awarded one of its “genius” grants to the composer …


London’s Royal Opera and Ballet Will Kick Off International Screenings With The Magic Flute

Watch an exclusive clip of Sabine Devieilhe’s performance as the Queen of the Night.<p>A series of screenings from London’s Royal Opera House will bring …

Royal Opera House

Concert Industry Rethinks Security After Las Vegas

New strategies include higher-elevation perches and digitizing tickets<p>PASADENA, Calif.—Camped out under a tent with her husband hours before Coldplay’s recent show at the Rose Bowl, Christine Ortiz was glad to see police officers circling the premises.<p>Still, the 49-year-old automotive consultant, …

Las Vegas

Hiromi and Edmar Castañeda: Live in Montreal review – impish pianist and harp player bring the noise

<b>Telarc</b><p>A clip of the pianist Hiromi performing a solo version of Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm at this year’s Proms recently went viral and showcased an impish talent: a miniature Japanese hybrid of Oscar Peterson and Franz Liszt who can race through grand chromatic flourishes, negotiate dainty modal …


5 Awesome Videos of Musicians Using Cameras to Bring You Closer to the Music

GoPro cameras are an awesome tool to get you up close and personal with extreme sports, but what about music?


Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' with 'Musical Theater Today' Founders, Ben Van Buren and Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed

This Week Rob and Kevin sit down with Ben Van Buren and Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed, the co-founders and editors of Musical Theater Today, a new, yearly …


Celebrating Tony Award Winner Hugh Jackman on the Stage

The Two-Time Tony Award recipient was last seen on Broadway in The River.<p>Hugh Jackman, who started off his career starring in a series of stage …

Hugh Jackman

Classical Music in NYC This Week

<b>THOMAS ADÈS AND FRIENDS</b> at Zankel Hall (Oct. 15, 3 p.m.). Thomas Adès is in New York for the buildup to the Metropolitan Opera’s performances of “The Exterminating Angel,” but here we find him as an accompanist for an afternoon of songs. Sally Matthews, Alice Coote, Iestyn Davies and Joseph Kaiser …


Lindsay Mendez Joins Broadway’s ‘Carousel’ + More New York Theater News

<i>On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.”</i> …

Tony Awards

Review: ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ Reveals the Artist, Real and Intense

There came a moment the other night, near the end of Bruce Springsteen’s overwhelming and uncategorizable Broadway show, when it seemed possible to see straight through his many masks to some core truth of his being.<p>This was when the audience, which had mostly restrained itself through the first 13 …

Bruce Springsteen

She Was About to Quit Acting. Then She Got the Role of a Lifetime.

LONDON — Denise Gough has never been to New York: She swore to herself that she’d first visit as an actress. “I wanted to wait — I thought, one day I will do theater in New York, and that is how I will experience the city.”<p>Her dream is coming true, in quite spectacular fashion. This month, the …

West London

Carnegie Hall Season Opens With a Broadcast of Music by Gershwin and Bernstein

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in an evening of music by Gershwin and Bernstein. Lang Lang, Chick Corea are featured soloists.


Injured pianist Lang Lang 'borrows' teen's left hand for Carnegie Hall concert

Pianist plays Gershwin at the New York concert hall with a 14-year-old protege literally his left-hand man<p>Pianist Lang Lang, nursing an injured arm, found an innovative solution to avoid missing Carnegie Hall’s annual gala on Wednesday – a young protege literally lent a hand.<p>The Chinese-born …