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- Dec 12 20164 minutes
La La Land, a Truly Modern Hollywood Musical, Strikes All the Best Chords
LOS ANGELES IS A CITY OF TRAFFIC. So it only makes sense that La La Land, in theaters Dec. 9, opens in the thick of it—a long, glittering caterpillar of cars stopped on an elevated freeway that stretches out to the horizon under an enamel-blue Califo
- Jan 23 20172 minutes
Why He’s The Toast Of New York
THE PITCH PERFECT ALUM BECOMES BROADWAY’S HOTTEST RISING STAR WITH THE HIT MUSICAL DEAR EVAN HANSEN
- Jan 22 20171 minute
Obama Lit 101: Further Reading
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P 2013 In the Brooklyn milieu of Ivy League and Oberlinish grads, the question is whether a durable relationship in a free romantic market can be made strictly on the basis of intellectual résumés. Adelle Waldman’s meri
- Dec 12 20161 minute
La La Land: Haters Shall Be Lovers
Stephanie Zacharek The world is full of people who announce loudly and often how much they hate musicals and how it’s unrealistic for performers to burst into song: “No one ever does that in real life!” Exactly. These people and their droning logic
- Jul 25 20161 minute
Javier Munoz Meet the New Hamilton!
A SCRAPPY (AND SEXY) NEW FOUNDING FATHER STEPS INTO THE BROADWAY SMASH—WITH AN INSPIRING SURVIVAL STORY
- Oct 1 20163 minutes
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, the 36-year-old creator of the hit musical, talks about trusting his instincts, the value of a vacation, and how he accidentally married the oldest form of entertainment with the newest form of social media.
- Feb 6 20171 minute
James Corden His Prime Time To Shine!
THE LATE LATE SHOW STAR, 38, WILL GO FROM THE CARPOOL LANE TO THE GRAMMYS STAGE
- Oct 1 20163 minutes
A Brief History Of Handwriting
Madison Pauly 3200 B.C.: With stylus and clay tablets, ancient Mesopotamians create abstract symbols to represent syllables of their spoken language. 600s: Quill pens and parchment paper take hold in Europe. Drippy ink discourages pen lifting, henc
- Nov 14 20163 minutes
The Real Elena Ferrante Surfaces—in Books
BIG-NAME BOOK RELEASES ARE typically greeted with fanfare and enthusiasm. Midnight Harry Potter release parties? Sure. International book tours that keep authors on the road for months? Yep. The dual publication of Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia, her
- Dec 20 20162 minutes
The Curious Case of Nile Rodgers's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award
The induction class is a buffet of various kinds of uncool, made more perplexing by the disco band Chic’s 11th snub.
- Aug 21 20164 minutes
The Persistence of “Memory”
JESSE GREEN CATS MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. LYRICS INSPIRED BY T. S. ELIOT. NEIL SIMON THEATRE. CATS WAS ALWAYS DIVINELY SNARKABLE, beginning with its provenance. How could anyone look at the morally knotty and verbally profound oeuvre of T. S
- Jun 1 20164 minutes
Lines Of Resistance
Will America see a rebirth of political verse?
- Aug 7 20162 minutes
Becoming a Cats Cat
With Andrew Lloyd Webber’s deathless crowd-pleaser returning to Broadway, seven former cast members recall the strange experience of learning to play a singing, dancing feline.
- Dec 19 20163 minutes
The 10 Best Albums
1. Frank Ocean, Blonde Frank Ocean has become pop music’s leading ascetic, a less-is-more devotee who’d rather let his melodies do all the talking. Released after four years of increasingly interminable when-will-it-drop hype, Blonde finds Ocean lea
- Dec 19 20161 minute
A CHECKUP ON THE LATEST CELEBRITY ROMANCES
- Jan 19 20171 minute
The Poetry-Free Inauguration Makes a Comeback
No modern Republican commander-in-chief has featured a poet at their swearing-in ceremony, and it appears neither will Trump.
- Dec 8 20163 minutes
Hairspray Live! Was Big, Bland, And Beautiful
NBC’s third televised musical event offered goofy charm, a nebulous message of inclusivity, and a handful of spectacular moments.
- Dec 25 20165 minutes
Why Walt Whitman Called America the 'Greatest Poem'
The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
- Jan 23 20171 minute
Downcast Brits Brew Up A Quiet Storm
Maura Johnston BRITISH GROUP THE XX WERE PEGGED as miserablists when they broke through in the late 2000s. Their beat-heavy mood music was clearly influenced by soul but was best heard on rainy afternoons behind closed doors. That blend worked remar
- Jan 2 20172 minutes
The entertainer dishes on next year’s Hello, Dolly! revival, reissuing her first album and being a mentor
- Jun 1 20161 minute
40 Chance The Rapper
Dan Solomon For generating music that’s priceless Rising hip-hop star Chance the Rapper (aka Chancelor Bennett) has a unique voice, three acclaimed releases, and a fast-growing fan base. One thing he doesn’t have? A record deal. Though any label wo
- Dec 28 20166 minutes
Has the Internet Killed Curly Quotes?
Web publications tend to favor straight quotation marks, a pragmatic approach to typography that old-school stylists can’t stand.
- Dec 11 20162 minutes
Hidden Figures composers Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer on what they learned from each other.
- Dec 19 20161 minute
Raising The Barre
THE BRONX-BORN SON OF AN IMMIGRANT DANCES HIS WAY TO CENTER STAGE WITH THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET
- Aug 1 20165 minutes
On The Record
The father of turntablism breaks down DJing, Drake, and Netflix’s new series The Get Down.
- Sep 26 20161 minute
Jerry Lewis Still Laughing at 90!
AFTER 85 YEARS IN SHOWBIZ, THE LEGENDARY COMIC IS IN NO MOOD TO RETIRE
- Dec 25 20162 minutes
The Ten Best Theater Events Of The Year
The most exciting work was largely Off Broadway, where intimate plays with big ideas are flourishing: new, necessary theater for an unstable time.
- Dec 12 20162 minutes
Hairspray Live! Promises Retro Fun With Little Risk
IN AN ERA OF DEEPLY DIVIDED ATTENTIONS, every formerly reliable ratings bonanza—from this year’s Oscars and Emmy broadcasts to the NFL— has lost luster. No wonder networks are leaning so heavily on retro staples. For the fourth consecutive year, NBC
- Sep 4 20162 minutes
M.I.A., One Last Time
The pop provocateur says good-bye.
- Oct 30 20163 minutes
It Has Momentum and a New Location
Heisenberg makes the leap to Broadway.