May 25, 2012 Critic Mark Blankenship says that February House, a musical about a band of artists who lived together in Brooklyn, is a musical that whispers rather than shouting with exuberance.
May 23, 2012 Mike Nichols has won every major entertainment award over a decades-long career that included theater, comedy, television and film. He returned to Broadway directing a revival of Death of a Salesman, which picked up seven Tony nominations. Nichols has warned that the production may be his last.
May 22, 2012 The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. "I think the character of Sporting Life is a salesman so he has to be flamboyant, the life of the party," he says.
May 16, 2012 "It was written for the masses," says the director of a New York organization raising money to bring Shakespeare's work to new audiences.
May 15, 2012 The actress is nominated for her fifth Tony Award for the Broadway musical Porgy and Bess. "There's very few quiet moments for Bess," she says. "They're all very big, very emotional. ... And to commit to that night after night after night is very difficult."
May 8, 2012 The 1997 documentary Hands on a Hard Body followed the contestants in a Texas car dealership competition: Hopefuls had to keep one hand on a brand-new fully loaded truck, and the last person standing kept it. As Neda Ulaby reports, that surprisingly dramatic story is now being made into a musical.
May 4, 2012 In his "reality opera" The News, Dutch composer JacobTV weaves videos of politicos and celebrities into fugues that try to get inside the heads of his subjects — and cast a questioning eye on the process of delivering the news.