| Jun 19, 2010
Benjamin Rous has been selected as the new associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony. His first assignment here will be conducting the symphony's free outdoor pre-season concerts in August-September.
As associate conductor, he'll be responsible for...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 1:49 PM
Scurrying toward the exit of the Cadillac Palace Theatre on Tuesday night, I was atypically besieged by the delighted.
"I hope," said one striking, determined woman, affecting a tone between deep worry and a mild threat, "that you liked this show as...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 3:18 PM
About halfway through "The Last Act of Lilka Kadison," the final show of the 2010-11 season at the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre, I found myself reflecting on the deep perils of dramatizing the memories of older folk.
It's a tempting perennial,...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 1:22 PM
The combination of opera and mariachi is not as unlikely as one might think. Both art forms, in the view of Lyric Opera General Director Anthony Freud, tell human stories about love and loss, family and country. Beyond that, said Freud, "mariachi is a...
| May 23, 2012
| 1:38 PM
A potential superhero awaits the unleashing of his powers. Tracy Letts mourns over Moscow. A Chicago disaster is revisited. A young man misses his appointment with Goldman Sachs. Oedipus hits the streets of Los Angeles. Hats fly on the Goodman Theatre...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 8:26 AM
The first national tour of "Once," the Tony Award-winning musical based on the movie of the same name about an Irish street musican and his Czech angel, is headed to Chicago. "Once" will play the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St.) for three weeks,...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 3:19 PM
NEW YORK — What with "Ghost,""Lysistrata Jones" and other wearying disappointments, the 2012-13 Broadway season hardly will go down as a banner year for new American musicals. Indeed, should the best-musical Tony Award go, at Sunday night's...
| Jun 10, 2012
| 8:38 PM
Broadway fell fast for "Once," the melancholy but moving movie-to-musical about a lovelorn Irish street musician and his Czech guardian angel, which scooped Disney's chirpier "Newsies: The Musical" for the award for best musical at the 2012 Tony Awards....
| Jun 19, 2012
| 11:54 AM
No other play before Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park"has won the Tony Award for best play, the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony Awards) for best new play. So says Arvid S. Sponberg, a professor of English at...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 7:18 AM
Viola Davis has won two Tony Awards for her Juilliard-trained stage work in the August Wilson plays "King Hedley II" and "Fences." She has been Oscar-nominated twice, first for a supporting role in "Doubt," more recently for a much larger role, in "The...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 12:30 PM
You've heard of rock operas, tango operas, crossover operas.
Now, get ready for mariachi opera.
Two musical traditions with wide followings will come together April 7 when Lyric Opera will present the Midwest premiere of “Cruzar la Cara de la...