Sunday, September 25, 2016 Elul 22, 5776

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It's always an adventure to open a book dealing with someone of supreme talent about whom you know little or -- better still -- nothing at all. Each time you do so, it makes you acutely aware of how many noteworthy writers and artists have fallen through the cracks during every period of history. And when you consider women artists...
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Ah, how soon they forget, murmurs with great regret a caller on the other end of the line feeling ratted out by "Ratatouille." But this is not just any run-of-the-rodent complaint. This is Feivel Mousekewitz kvetching! "It seems like only yesterday," says the mouse-out-of-kilter of what was then an immigrant infestation of Jewish vermin when "An American Tail" premiered in...
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Jonathan Hadary brings a class act to the detention-room disciples of 'Spamalot'
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Small world, isn't it? Within 17 years, Jonathan Hadary has gone from king of the squares in "Gypsy" to king of the roundtable in "Spamalot." Indeed, from haimish Herbie to courtly King Arthur just proves how artful Hadary the heartfelt really is. Evidence is right there every night on stage at the Shubert on Broadway as Hadary hightails it to...
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Winningham's winning roles a musical tuneful off-Broadway
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I'd walk a million miles for one of her smiles, sure -- but I'd walk "10 Million Miles" for one of her frowns -- those comical, upside-down, clown-caked put-upon pouts. And for those more serious sad and searing facial strains at the edge of happiness, where the lips serve as a tightrope of time and tears tugging for a time...
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There were a number of reasons why I purchased In Balanchine's Company -- mostly because I enjoy reading memoirs written by dancers of all stripes, especially those who were pioneers in famous companies and appeared in the premieres of classic ballets. But the true selling point in this case was that the book, a memoir by Barbara Milberg Fisher, published...
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