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Lost and Found

Lost and Found

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The illustrious John Kander has never been one to shy away from outré material. For “The Scottsboro Boys,” the final musical score he composed with the late Fred Ebb, he infused minstrelsy into a harrowing story of racial discrimination in the Deep South. Although the bold musical was well received at […]

What Ever Became of “Love Life”?

What Ever Became of “Love Life”?

BY NORMAN WEIL | It would seem inconceivable that there would be no recording, complete or with extended excerpts, of a seminal theater score by a major composer. Yet, that is precisely what has befallen Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s 1948 “Love Life.” In a recording era when it seems that virtually every unknown piece […]

Dishes Served Hot And Cold  

Dishes Served Hot And Cold  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Magic in the theater isn’t always made by a soaring Peter Pan or a falling chandelier. It can also happen when audiences experience how illuminating darkness can be, when the spectacle is created not by stage mechanics but through human machinations. Such is the power of “The Visit,” the fascinating and thrilling […]

Wonderful Wanamaker  

Wonderful Wanamaker  

BY DAVID NOH | One of the greatest, most versatile actresses alive, Zoë Wanamaker, just graced our city with her appearance in the Encores! revival of “Zorba!” Having long admired her on stage and screen, I dashed to interview her and found her to be wonderfully warm, with a wicked wit and terrific recall. “The last […]

Best of Gay City: Show

Best of Gay City: Show

BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | The final round of the Best of Gay City Readers’ Choice Contest is complete and the winners are in.   CABARET New York theater audiences have enjoyed plenty of opportunities to see “Cabaret” since it first debuted on Broadway in 1966. With music by John Kander, lyrics by […]

Uneasy “Landing”

Uneasy “Landing”

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | In 2004, the world lost a cherished musical theater icon with the passing of lyricist Fred Ebb, who teamed with John Kander on such Broadway hits as “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” and “Curtains.” Not to mention rousing movie anthems like “New York, New York.” After a 42-year alliance, one […]