Ed Rampell: At a time when many Americans declare “Black Lives Matter!” the 1949 anti-apartheid Broadway musical created by composer Kurt Weill and playwright Maxwell Anderson is having a rare revival.
Ed Rampell: The Last Five Years is sort of La La Land set in Manhattan, instead of Hollywood, although this musical by multi-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown actually opened Off-Broadway about 15 years before Damien Chazelle’s movie was released.
Patrick O’Heffernan: Athena is a magical musical angel whose songs release emotion like endorphins.
Mark Will: I always cast the I Ching in early January to get a feel for where I am and what’s to come. This year, according to the oracle, there is CONFLICT in the present, and the future will demand ADAPTATION. I’m still not sure what that means exactly.
Ed Rampell: LA Opera’s breezy production of Wonderful Town, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is a highly enjoyable, ideal holiday season treat for the eyes and ears.