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Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:04:27 GMT2017-10-17T23:04:27Z


'Carousel' at the Media Theatre: Beautifully sung version of a puzzling classic

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:04:27 GMT2017-10-17T23:04:27Z

The Media Theatre gives us an exquisitely sung version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel." It's full of nostalgia laced with heartfelt yearning. But when you think about the plot and main characters, you have to wonder at the enduring popularity of this classic. Still, a well-performed production.

Philadelphia Orchestra adds John Williams concert

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:20:23 GMT2017-10-17T18:20:23Z

Tickets are on sale to subscribers now. Others will be able to buy later at an unspecified date. The April concert is a benefit for the Philadelphia Orchestra musicians' pension fund.

From cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan, opinions on a spectrum

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:54:22 GMT2017-10-17T16:54:22Z

The pair played Debussy, Chopin, and Falla, but soared in Mendelssohn.

Dulé Hill: What it's like to play Nat 'King' Cole in Malvern, 'The West Wing's' Charlie and 'Psych's' Gus

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:43:50 GMT2017-10-17T13:43:50Z

Dulé Hill, popular star of "The West Wing" and "Psych," takes the stage at People's Light in Malvern through Dec. 3, playing the title role in "Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole."

Renée Fleming premieres André Previn's first-rate new song cycle

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:24:08 GMT2017-10-17T12:24:08Z

Sunday at the Kimmel Center, the superstar soprano got away with things that younger singers would not. Why? She understands the overall intent of the music.

Failing to breathe new life into Wendy Wasserstein's weak satire 'An American Daughter'

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:53:53 GMT2017-10-15T23:53:53Z

Jenkintown's Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company mounts an ambitious if wrong-headed production of one of the weaker plays written by the late feminist playwright.

Baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare celebrates ever-present, ever-elusive Telemann

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:13:29 GMT2017-10-15T23:13:29Z

Georg Philipp Telemann wasn't easy on the Philadelphia baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare Saturday night amid an international conference of scholars. But the concert crackled.

André Previn says he keeps telling John Williams, 'John, stop it with the 'Star Wars"

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:44:03 GMT2017-10-14T23:44:03Z

In a sit-down with our critic at Previn's New York apartment, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer/conductor/pianist had a lot to say … about Williams, Tom Stoppard, Doris Day, and one ex-wife who's now a dear friend.

Wyclef Jean visits Temple hip-hop class: 'The new innovators are in this room'

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:53:12 GMT2017-10-14T00:53:12Z

He recently released his first album in eight years.

Dancers, what dancers? Our classical music critic weighs in on The Sleeping Beauty's music

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:17:33 GMT2017-10-13T23:17:33Z

All three Tchaikovsky works are on this season for the Pennsylvania Ballet - and its orchestra. Thursday's performance of "The Sleeping Beauty" was solid and polished, although a fuller sound would bring more emotion into the house.

Corella's three-hour 'Sleeping Beauty' enchants at the Academy of Music

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:14:24 GMT2017-10-13T23:14:24Z

Pennsylvania Ballet's new "Sleeping Beauty" is a glittering gem of crisp dancing, familiar music, and stunning tutus, tiaras, and singlets. But although it's a beloved fairy tale ballet, it might be too long an outing for small children.

Exclusive: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jen Bartel to partner on new comic book

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:26:37 GMT2017-10-13T18:26:37Z

The National Book Award and MacArthur "genius" grant winner has announced he will author a comic book with the Marvel Comics illustrator.

Philadelphia Orchestra 'West Side Story' has its limits - but it also has the best 'I Feel Pretty' ever

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:20:42 GMT2017-10-13T18:20:42Z

The Philadelphia Orchestra's presentation of "West Side Story" showed the Leonard Bernstein musical could survive and in some ways thrive in uptown circumstances, but not without compromise.

Katie Haegele's 'Cats I've Known': Felines as key to the world

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:20:01 GMT2017-10-13T15:20:01Z

The best thing about Cat's I've Known by Katie Haegele, a frequent reviewer in these pages, is that it sounds so much like Katie Haegele. It won me over - a feat because I'm allergic to cats, even more so to cat books. But these 43 vignettes featuring felines of various names - Honeybunch, Grayson, Snickerdoodle, Ophelia, Neil Young - is by turns charming, dreamy, gritty, dark, and diverting.

James McBride's 'Five-Carat Soul' crackles with the master's energy

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:18:11 GMT2017-10-13T15:18:11Z

The stories in James McBride's latest book often feel like parables. They're full of his signature energy, intellect, and moral vision.

'Star Wars Super Graphic': Charting a course across the Star Wars universe

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:17:50 GMT2017-10-13T15:17:50Z

The Force is with Tim Leong. In 2013, he published a hit called Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe. And now he's back with Star Wars Super Graphic, which beautifully illustrates the beloved space opera's quantifiable trivia.

Ron Chernow's 'Grant': New look at a misunderstood hero

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:14:16 GMT2017-10-13T15:14:16Z

Ron Chernow's new biography, a truly mammoth examination of the life of Ulysses S. Grant, gives us a hero with faults, but also a man of both frailty and incredible strength. Chernow, famed for his biography of Alexander Hamilton, argues Grant should join the pantheon of our great presidents.

Theater: New and Noteworthy

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:32:27 GMT2017-10-13T13:32:27Z

New This Week Ideation (Theatre Exile). Stressed-out consultants meet to plan their presentation of a mysterious and shady project. Through Nov. 5.

Lost in plain sight in N.J. town hall, Rodin Napoleon coming to Philly

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:52:09 GMT2017-10-12T21:52:09Z

Experts lost sight of the bust of Napoleon for decades, but it resurfaced in Madison, of all places.

Amy Tan explores the dark side of her Joy Luck Club in new memoir 'Where the Past Begins'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:45:40 GMT2017-10-12T20:45:40Z

Amy Tan has released a new memoir, "Where the Past Begins," that contains several new revelations about her relationship with her parents.