First of all, Smash-ers, I’m assuming you’ve seen this. I’ll give it a minute to sink in. Not that it’s any surprise to anyone, of course. Smash has been tanking hardcore in the ratings for the entirety of season 2. It got so bad that it was airing first-run episodes on Saturday nights, for Pete’s sake. […]
Adi Stein’s day on the set of Veep
Staff in the Executive Office Building scramble over yet another incident involving the Vice President. This time, while the President and his advisors are photographed tensely following the release of hostages, the VP seems more interested in a cell phone. The embarrassing photo has gone viral. Later, the White House’s Dream Metric Team analyzes the […]
CD review for Tony nominated scores Bring It On and Christmas Story
The Tony Season has officially begun. Last week’s announcement of the nominees in twenty-six competitive categories set off an avalanche of opinion, prediction and bragging that will continue to cascade until the winners are announced on June 9.
Smash 2:14 The Phenomenon
My dear readers, I am so, so, so sorry. After my praise of last week’s episode, I have to imagine that a handful of you, or perhaps even one, responded along the lines of, “Oh, how exciting! John clearly knows what he’s talking about and I will hereby watch next week’s Smash with a renewed […]
Free viewing of the New York Philharmonic’s Carousel – ends Friday
Act quickly – you only have a few days to view one of the greatest concert presentations of a musical that I’ve ever seen … the New York Philharmonic’s staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.
Smash 2:13 The Producers
So, it turns out, Smash has been sly like a fox this whole dang time. Either there was a serious course-correction paying off here, or I watched tonight the climax of a carefully-laid story in which I was actually supposed to hate Jimmy the entire time and think Kyle was a sweet magical angel. I’m […]
The Library of Congress’ National Jukebox – free, fascinating listening
Last week I wrote about the coming revolution in access to music, including theater music, fostered by digital technology. It was a look toward the future when virtually all available recorded music will be accessed through streaming technology from digital libraries using the internet, or its successor. This week, let’s look at a different aspect […]
Smash 2:12 Opening Night was, well, a smash!
I’m verklempt! It’s what I’ve always wanted! Yes folks, as the goosebumps started emerging on my arms during the sweet strains of Megan Hilty’s “Don’t Forget Me”, I realized the show had turned a corner. My eyes stared at their widest as the camera panned around the gathering of Marilyn’s lovers, and then the sharp, […]
Smash 2:11 The Dress Rehearsal
Amazing what a little perspective shift can accomplish. Throughout this week’s installment, Karen and Jimmy behave at what I can only assume is their most petulant level ever. They both, at varying points, lash out, privately and publicly, at Derek Wills, as he makes changes to Hit List that are not necessarily in their favor. They […]
Next step in our digital music evolution
A look at the top on-demand streaming music libraries “Could it be? Yes it could. / Something’s coming, something good.” So Mr. Sondheim wrote over half a century ago.Then he was writing about young love. Now it is time to make that same prediction, but this time it is about all things music.
In the House, adaptation of Spanish play, comes to FilmfestDC
Movies arriving from overseas are the bread and butter of Filmfest DC, the annual tour of cinematic works Washingtonians would otherwise have little chance to see. The French drama “In the House,” one of the 80-plus features screening over the next ten days, is a prime example of the way this festival tries to stretch […]
Smash 2:10 The Birthday Party
“Ivy Lynn! Where are you going? Sit down!” “Ok…sorry…Liza Minnelli…” Let’s talk about “A Love Letter from the Times” for a second. First off…where the hell has THIS show been?