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Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The legendary actress Mary Martin (1913-1990) was a very private person at a time when it was still possible to be an internationally beloved star and live that way. That poses a unique challenge to a biographer. Happily, author David Kaufman proves himself more than up to the task, and his […]

The Trouble With Lenny

The Trouble With Lenny

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | The publication of “The Leonard Bernstein Letters” by Yale University Press is an event of considerable importance — providing insight into both an artistic original and broader cultural themes, as well. What editor Nigel Simeone has assembled in this volume — which includes missives from friends and collaborators, Aaron Copland, Jerome Robbins, […]

She’s Got Him Under Her Skin

She’s Got Him Under Her Skin

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | While many have declared that New York’s theater season is top-heavy with Shakespeare, I see a stealth invasion of the jukebox musical. Exuberant tuners featuring the likes of Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, Clive Davis, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, and Harlem’s Cotton Club have struck a chord with audiences longing to recapture the […]