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“Society’s Child” Returns to Manhattan

“Society’s Child” Returns to Manhattan

BY DAVID NOH | If for no other reason than the poignantly empathic song “At 17,” prolific singer-songwriter Janis Ian is assured a place in music immortality. The troubled youthful reminiscence, released in 1975, has touched a chord with generations of listeners and became a cultural reference point in TV and movies from “The Simpson” to […]

Orson’s Prince Hal Opens Up

Orson’s Prince Hal Opens Up

BY DAVID NOH | A beautiful new print of Orson Welles’ seldom seen “Chimes at Midnight” — his stitching together of Shakespeare’s various Henry IV plays, which just might be the greatest filmed Bard ever — in a recent revival at the essential Film Forum was an unquestioned cultural highlight of the new year. Key to […]

Aggie Awards for the Year Just Ended

Aggie Awards for the Year Just Ended

BY DAVID NOH | As we welcome 2016 and bid farewell to the tumult that was 2015 –– which for me and, I’m guessing, a lot of you out there comprised both the best and the worst of times –– it’s time for a cultural review of what’s just concluded with our annual Agnes Moorehead […]

The Wonder of Christmas Eve  

The Wonder of Christmas Eve  

BY DAVID NOH | At this time of year, I can’t think of anyone more appropriate to interview than Christmas Eve herself, aka actress Ann Harada, who put her indelible stamp on this role she originated in “Avenue Q.” We sat down the day after her sold-out annual holiday Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS benefit blow-out, […]

Southern Boys Dreams Come True in Manhattan  

Southern Boys Dreams Come True in Manhattan  

BY DAVID NOH | In my circle, the most hotly anticipated show of the holiday season is Transport Group’s “Once Upon a Mattress,” with a cast that includes Jackie Hoffman, John Epperson (aka Lypsinka), Jack Donahue, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Jay Rogers, David Greenspan, and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka. I traveled down to the historic Henry Street Settlement […]

It’s a Dog’s Life  

It’s a Dog’s Life  

BY DAVID NOH | There is no better demonstration of ace comic timing on the New York stage now than Annaleigh Ashford playing a dog, in the titular role of A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia.” It’s the kind of twee whimsy that rises or falls on the casting of this central role and one almost shudders to think […]

Emotional Rescue  

Emotional Rescue  

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Mary Lambert is not afraid to get real with you. Nor does she care if her show makes you uncomfortable — or even leaves you in tears. Fortunately, the singer-songwriter is also quick to follow up with a good fart joke. It might sound crass, but the effect is, in truth, more […]

A Scaredy Cat Climbs Higher  

A Scaredy Cat Climbs Higher  

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | There’s no good way to talk about normal. We’re all the same monkeys walking around in the same suits. Almost.” This comment arrived offhand from songwriter and performer Dane Terry, delivered in his singular Midwestern drawl, which manages to be both louche and wide-eyed at the same time. It could also serve […]

Gentle, Inside Look at Ingrid Bergman’s Life

Gentle, Inside Look at Ingrid Bergman’s Life

BY DAVID NOH | Ingrid Bergman was nothing less than the greatest English-speaking actress in sound films. Having received solid stage and film training and experience in her native Sweden, she came to Hollywood in 1939 and at first struck audiences with her luminously natural, fresh-scrubbed look and unplucked eyebrows, which seemed revolutionary in the […]

Melba Moore Fêted as a Hero

Melba Moore Fêted as a Hero

BY DAVID NOH | On October 26, Tony-winning, Grammy-nominated star Melba Moore was honored by the HIV Experience Resource Organization at the group’s second annual Broadway and Ballet HERO Awards. The honor recognized this versatile performer’s work over the years in the fight against HIV/ AIDS. Having caught Moore earlier this year in a spectacular […]

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