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The Kennedy Center’s magical “Little Dancer”

The Kennedy Center’s magical “Little Dancer”

WASHINGTON, November 23, 2014 – Members of the media finally got their chance to see the Kennedy Center’s new musical, “Little Dancer,” this Thursday past. Set to close this coming weekend, this production actually opened to the public on October 25 at the KenCen’s Eisenhower Theater. But given that this world premiere Kennedy Center commission aspires

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson. (Credit: Pier Andrea Morolli)

NSO, Garrick Ohlsson in superb Busoni piano concerto

WASHINGTON, November 22, 2014 – After last weekend’s “Rite of Spring” tsunami, this week’s NSO concerts not only added Stravinsky’s popular “Firebird Suite” (1919 version) to the menu. Under the baton of guest conductor Rossen Milanov, the NSO also presented Ferruccio Busoni’s massive and rarely performed piano concerto. These Kennedy Center Concert Hall performances featured

Photo of Elaine May, Mike Nichols and Dorothy Loudon as panelists from the TV game show Laugh Line. (Via Wikipedia)

Iconic director Mike Nichols, 83, succumbs to heart attack

NEW YORK, November 20, 2014 – Legendary comic, actor and director of stage and film productions Mike Nichols (1931-2014) died at his Manhattan home Wednesday evening, succumbing to a heart attack at the age of 83. Meryl Streep was working with Nichols on an adaptation of Master Class, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play about Maria

Stars of Barber of Seville.

November 22: Met Live in HD presents ‘Barber of Seville’

WASHINGTON, November 20, 2014 – The latest in the New York Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-2015 season “Live in HD” movie theater simulcasts will feature one of the most popular operas of all time: Gioacchino Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” aka, “The Barber of Seville.” Yes indeed, that lovable working class hero Figaro is back again to

Stravinsky by Delauny.

NSO: ‘Beyond the Score®” of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2014 – As part of its “Rite of Spring” festivities this weekend past, the National Symphony orchestra presented a special educational concert highlighting the origins and the composition of Stravinsky’s pioneering modernist ballet music. Making use of an innovative multimedia package developed by the Chicago Symphony, the NSO’s “Beyond the Score®” concert

Christina and Michelle Naughton. (Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

Naughton sisters dazzle Washington in Terrace duo-piano recital

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2014 – The Naughton sisters, a bright, new pair of young duo-pianists, took the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater by storm last weekend in their initial Fortas Series recital. Not only did twins Christina and Michelle rock the room with the two-piano, four-hand version of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” kicking off the

Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof.

Arena’s surprising, deeply moving ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2014 – We’re running a bit behind on posting our review of Arena’s wonderful new production of that perennial Broadway hit, “Fiddler on the Roof.” But for good reason. We’ve always enjoyed this lively show on many levels. But director Molly Smith’s current production of “Fiddler” digs deep, tunneling beneath the memorable

Naughton Sisters.

Twin duo pianists to perform ‘Rite of Spring’ at the Terrace

WASHINGTON, November 11, 2014 – It’s an “Upstairs, Downstairs” week for Igor Stravinsky at the Kennedy Center. As we reported earlier this week, the NSO will be performing two concerts “Downstairs” in the Concert Hall Thursday and Saturday featuring Stravinsky’s pathbreaking “Rite of Spring,” plus a special “Beyond the Score”® educational concert Friday evening providing

Three amigos in "Carmen."

Met in HD: Met’s steamy ‘Carmen’ lights up the silver screen

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2014 – The New York Metropolitan Opera’s most recent HD simulcast, a reprise of its 2009 production of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” proved a great success this past week, if attendance at Tysons AMC in Virginia is any indication. Saturday’s live performance was close to sold out, and Wednesday evening’s recorded reprise made

The cast of the Folger Theatre's "Julius Caesar" (Photo: Jeff Malet)

The Folger’s haunting, evocative, timely “Julius Caesar”

WASHINGTON, November 7, 2014 – In art as well as politics, timing is everything. While the Folger Theatre’s new production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” opened not on the Ides of March in ancient Rome but on November 2 in Washington, D.C., the parallels between ancient and modern history could not have been more clear. “Julius