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Pop Stars on Broadway: Hits and Misses with Ricky Martin, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nick Jonas, Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles, Etc.

Apr 2014 13:01PM EDT

Pop stars from Ricky Martin to Carly Rae Jepsen have ventured onto Broadway and West End stages, with mixed results.READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE: Shakina Nayfack Takes Classicalite's Proust Questionnaire

Transgender Theater Star SHAKINA Takes Our Proust Questionnaire

Apr 2014 13:41PM EDT

The word shakina--lowercase--is a distinctly Hebraic one. Specifically, it refers to the feminine presence of the divine spirit. Washed in the blood of Jimmy Carter's Southern Baptist on my mother's side, myself, I'm wont to call it the most important side of Elohim (as per that old Gnostic notion of...READ MORE

Last Kind Words: Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley Unearthed via The New York Times, "Motherless Child Blues" Revived

Last Kind Words: Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley Unearthed via New York Times, "Motherless Child Blues" Revived

Apr 2014 13:22PM EDT

In the spring of 1930, in a damp and dimly lit studio, on a Wisconsin village off Lake Michigan, Thomas and Wiley recorded a session of songs that for over half a century had been named masterpieces of pre-war Americana.READ MORE

Johnny Depp in 'Dead Man,' scored by Neil Young

Seven Great Movie Scores by Rock Musicians

Apr 2014 13:00PM EDT

Since Hollywood always seems desperate to get people to go to the movies, it’s strange that they wouldn’t hire popular musicians to score their films more often, as that could draw in a completely different group of people that otherwise wouldn’t care about a particular film. I’m sure there are plenty of Nine Inch Nails fans who are anticipating David Fincher’s Gone Girl simply because Trent Reznor co-wrote the score. Here are seven other rock (and alternative) musicians who wrote excellent film scores.READ MORE

National Poetry Month: 'Lambda Literary Review' Excerpts James Baldwin's 'Jimmy's Blues' in Celebration

National Jazz Poetry Month: 'Lambda Literary Review' Excerpts James Baldwin's 'Jimmy's Blues' in Celebration

Apr 2014 08:24AM EDT

If you haven't already heard (and since we reported on it, you should have), April is not only Jazz Appreciation Month...it's also National Poetry Month. And to celebrate, the good people at The Lambda Literary Review are clearly excited to share an excerpt from the famous writer James Baldwin.READ MORE

United Kingdom

UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller Resigns, Industry Nervously Eyes Her Successor Sajid Javid

Apr 2014 17:50PM EDT

It's all change at the top of the UK arts scene as the government's Culture Secretary Maria Miller resigns after becoming embroiled in a scandal over her expenses (she was cleared of the major charges, but still has to pay several thousand pounds of claimed expenses back). Music pros on social...READ MORE

The Marx Brothers

'Lost' Marx Brothers Broadway Musical Back After 90 Years

Apr 2014 17:43PM EDT

'I'll Say She Is' established the Marx Brothers as the preeminent jesters of the Jazz Age. Never made into a movie, it hasn't been seen since its 1924-25 Broadway run--until now.READ MORE

Mad Men

10 Coolest TV Theme Songs

Apr 2014 14:04PM EDT

In celebration of the premiere of Mad Men's final season this weekend, we've come up with a list of ten of the coolest TV show theme songs of all time. Let's begin with the song that inspired this list...READ MORE

The Vijay Iyer Trio, Rock Stars of Jazz, to Perform at the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival on May 9 Alongside Aruan Ortiz and More

Vijay Iyer Trio, Rock Stars of Jazz, Perform at Harlem Shrines Festival on May 9 Alongside Aruan Ortiz

Apr 2014 14:03PM EDT

Continuing his lonstanding relationship with the fest, the Vijay Iyer Trio goes on May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Performing at Marian Anderson Theater at Aaron Davis Hall, consider it a highlight of Jazz Appreciation Month.READ MORE

Annapurna

LINKS: Annapurna, NY Phil Plays Game of Thrones, Sun Ra's Master Tapes, Saul Williams in Tupac Shakur Musical, David Grubbs Reading

Apr 2014 09:10AM EDT

A sitcom king and queen take up residence Off Broadway next month when Will and Grace's Megan Mullally and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman bring Sharr White's comic two-hander Annapurna to The New Group for a limited run beginning April 13.READ MORE

Google Hangout Extraordinaire: Sonny Rollins Takes to a Google Hangout Session on May 5 at Noon to Chat with His Fandom

Google Hangout Colossus: Saxophone's Sonny Rollins Takes to a G-Chat Session on May 5 at Noon EST

Apr 2014 02:13AM EDT

Well, Sonny Rollins couldn't get much cooler. The frizzy-haired tenor saxophonist will drop a line at Google for an interesting Google Hangout Session.READ MORE

Audra McDonald Contends Tony Legacy With a New Interpretation of the Late Billie Holiday in Price's 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill'

Audra McDonald Contends Tony Legacy With a New Interpretation of the Late Billie Holiday

Apr 2014 10:24AM EDT

Audra McDonald yearns to net a sixth for her portrayal of, none other, Billie Holiday. McDonald currently ties Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for winsREAD MORE

'East' by Nathan East

Back of The Billboards: 'East' by Nathan East

Apr 2014 15:29PM EDT

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of.READ MORE

PHOTOS: Alan Roth's Latest Doc 'The Breath Courses Through Us' Shows Off Primetime All-Stars The New York Art Quartet

STILLS: Alan Roth's Latest Doc 'The Breath Courses Through Us' Shows Off New York Art Quartet in Anthology Film Archives Premiere

Apr 2014 12:52PM EDT

As Roth explained to us via email: "One of the joys of working on projects like this is getting to know and become friends with all these musicians. I had a real nice connection with Baraka over the years, and I looked forward to the day when each or all could be at some of the screenings to speak after the film. It was a joy to listen to Workman at the Library of Congress screening."READ MORE

South African Pride: Paul Simon Joins Hugh Masekela's 75th Birthday Celebration at Rose Theater April 4

South African Pride: Paul Simon Joins Hugh Masekela's 75th Birthday Celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 4

Apr 2014 12:28PM EDT

In celebration of Hugh Masekela's 75th birthday, the South African icon will make an appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center joined by the famous Americana pioneer Paul Simon (April 4 only).READ MORE

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