- 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
- 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
- Dec 19 20161 minute
A CHECKUP ON THE LATEST CELEBRITY ROMANCES
- Jul 4 20161 minute
Sutton Foster’s Vibrant N.Y.C. Penthouse
PEEK INSIDE THE CHEERFUL MANHATTAN CONDO, WHICH THE YOUNGER STAR CALLS ‘A SOPHISTICATED PLAYROOM’
- 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
- Dec 25 20162 minutes
The Ten Best Pop Albums Of The Year
Despite losses (RIP, Bowie, Prince, et al.), music reasserted its power as both a vehicle for political activism and a respite from current events.
- 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
- 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.
- Jan 2 20172 minutes
The entertainer dishes on next year’s Hello, Dolly! revival, reissuing her first album and being a mentor
- 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 11 20162 minutes
Hidden Figures composers Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer on what they learned from each other.
- 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 30 20163 minutes
It Has Momentum and a New Location
Heisenberg makes the leap to Broadway.
- Dec 11 201615 minutes
Let’s See How Alive We Can Be
Elizabeth Gilbert’s brand of magical thinking.
- 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
- 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.
- Jun 13 20161 minute
Pop’s Coolest Sister Act Taps Into a John Hughes Refrain
SAM LANSKY AS A PITCH, TEGAN AND SARA SOUNDS LIKE AN ACT FATED for mainstream stardom: photogenic identical twin sisters from Canada who write scratchy, infectious songs about heartbreak. Yet since the duo’s formation in 1995, the sisters—that’s Teg
- Oct 30 20162 minutes
The First “Best Bets”
An analog recommendation engine.
- 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 28 201611 minutes
How The Justice System Pushes Kids Out Of Classrooms And Into Prisons
The playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith explored the link between schools and incarceration in her one-woman show Notes From the Field.
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
The Hamilton Mixtape, A Love Letter To A Love Story
Turning the hit musical into a pop album highlights the romance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s songs.
- Aug 1 20161 minute
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
THE MODERN FAMILY STAR, 40, VOICES SHANGRI LLAMA IN ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
- Oct 17 20162 minutes
Daveed Diggs, Actor and Rapper
Best known for his Tony-winning dual role as an ebullient Marquis de Lafayette and a swaggering Thomas Jefferson in the musical Hamilton, Diggs is getting political in his music with hip-hop group clipping. and onscreen with a role on the ABC sitcom black-ish
- Jun 13 20162 minutes
Paul Simon is Still Hooked on Mystery for Essential New Set
PAUL SIMON IS PLEASED THAT HIS NEW ALBUM, STRANGER to Stranger, kicks off with a string of wry takes on our new gilded age. In “The Werewolf,” a wealthy Milwaukee man has been murdered by his “fairly decent wife,” and now they’re both out shopping fo
- Oct 17 20161 minute
Solange Takes a Seat but Stands on Her Own
S.L. SOLANGE KNOWLES HAS LONG BEEN ONE OF the more interesting figures working on the fringes of mainstream music, with each of her albums reflecting a discrete creative phase. Her Top 40–leaning 2003 debut, Solo Star, fell in the sizable shadow of
- Oct 2 20164 minutes
America’s Top 240
Taylor Mac’s annotation of hits and obscurities, ditties and anthems, from this theatrical, musicological, ontological history of pop.
- Aug 22 20161 minute
‘Mrs. Jenkins Went Bravely On’
From a 1934 TIME review of Florence Foster Jenkins in concert: MRS. JENKINS APPEARED IN flame-colored velvet, with yellow ringlets piled high on her head. For a starter she picked Brahms’ Die Mainacht, subtitled on her gilt program as “O singer, if
- Aug 22 20163 minutes
Even With Baz Luhrmann Behind It, the Get Down Misses Too Many Beats
THE GET DOWN, NETFLIX’S NEW series about the birth of hip-hop, has an unlikely lead character, one who feels things too deeply to speak up. Besieged by the decay of 1977 New York City as envisioned by co-creators Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis
- 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.
- Jul 18 20163 minutes
193. Woody Guthrie Is in Good Hands
THE NATIONAL TREASURE that is American folk and country music came over on boats from the British Isles in the 17th century, especially the Scots-Irish borderlands. It traveled down the Appalachian—via fiddle, banjo and guitar—in ballads and hymns, t