One vocal treatment of a Styne score that has been laying under the wraps of near obscurity for 45 years has just re-emerged in a digital re-release of note:”Diana Ross and the Supremes Sing & Perform Funny Girl.” In 1968, when Motown’s Berry Gordy was beginning to groom Ms. Ross for single stardom, he brought her into a studio in New York City for a two day recording session to lay down the lead vocals for a ten-track album of songs from the score that belongs so demonstrably to Barbra Streisand.
Archives for May 13, 2014
Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s spirited, quirky The Vaclav Havel Project offers delightful commentary on the perennial question of the artist’s role in society. When that artist is former Czech president and Communist-era dissident Vaclav Havel – or a representation of him – the question takes on greater geo-political significance.
It isn’t hard to find live theater in Washington, DC. The nation’s capital is a theater town, after all – and if that’s news to you, then I might suggest a quick visit to the Internet to see what you uncover (start with DC Theater Scene, of course). What’s harder is finding great theater, and […]
The stomping ground for Capital Fringe fanatics does not lie dormant this spring: Through June 1, WSC Avant Bard is rocking the Shop at Fort Fringe with an adventurous offering that exemplifies the company’s signature blend of high- and low-brow theatre inspired by the classics.
H.L. Mencken famously observed that the role of a journalist is to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Sometimes a playwright can fill a similar role. Cecilia Copeland’s fantastical domestic drama Light of Night at Venus Theatre at times is genuinely uncomfortable for the audience in the best senses of the word, but overall […]
There’s an old adage, “What goes around comes around,” that’s apt for Argentine playwright Rafael Bruza’s play. But you have to give yourself up and really believe in what you are seeing enacted before you.