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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Top 5 New Movies: From Eastwood and Redford to Young Guns by Mark Beech

Movies to watch this month range from stunning late-career films from the veteran stars Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford to assured debuts by young guns like Boots Riley.Both Eastwood, 88, …

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Kendrick Lamar, Drake Top Grammy Nods; Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande Snubbed by Mark Beech

Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the list of nominations for the next Grammy Awards. Lamar has eight and Drake seven, putting rap in top place.Boi-1da, Brandi Carlile and Mike Bozzi both have s…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Top London Stage This Week: “Hadestown,” Florence + the Machine by Mark Beech

Two very different couples are the star characters in London stage openings this week: Orpheus the songwriter and his muse Eurydice enliven Anais Mitchell’s impressive musical “Hadestown…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Top London Stage This Week: “White Teeth” to Culture Club by Mark Beech

New openings on the London stage this week include a bold attempt to stage Zadie Smith’s epic novel “White Teeth,” with mixed results, and a theatrical version of the comic novel “Do…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Cher Musical, Elton John, Ferryman by Mark Beech

New York has another musical biography in town. “The Cher Show” is starting previews. Three actresses portray the star in a sequined spectacular that follows jukebox tributes to the like…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: “Ferryman” Opens to Raves; Cher Musical on Way by Mark Beech

“The Ferryman” has just opened on Broadway to rave reviews. The Jez Butterworth play is the biggest highlight of New York’s performing-arts scene this week. It won unanimous five-star …

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Top London Performing Arts This Week: Van Morrison to “Wise Children” by Mark Beech

London has an embarrassment of riches opening on its stages this week, including “Wise Children,” the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Macbeth” and “A Very Very Very Dark Matter.”T…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Rising Star Nia Wyn on Paul Weller, New Music: Interview by Mark Beech

Nia Wyn has done tour dates with Paloma Faith and Paul Weller, recorded her single “Aeroplane Mode” with the rapper Jords and been described by “BBC Music Introducing” as “one of t…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Daniel Radcliffe, Justin Timberlake, Fringe Festival by Mark Beech

Daniel Radcliffe stars in “The Lifespan of a Fact,” which has just opened. It is one of the highlights of performing arts in New York this week. Justin Timberlake is at Madison Square Ga…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Top London Performing Arts This Week: U2, Robert Plant to “Macbeth” by Mark Beech

London is welcoming a gender-revised version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company” this week and it is saying farewell to the impressive “Lehman Trilogy.”Two other revived plays …

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Sondheim Musical “Company” Swaps Gender, Cannot Go Back: Review by Mark Beech

Most people have heard the news by now. Stephen Sondheim’s eternal bachelor Bobby has had a sex change and is all the better for it. The 35-year-old birthday boy of the 1970 musical “Com…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Aled Jones and Russell Watson Get in Harmony for Tour, Single, Album: Interview by Mark Beech

Aled Jones and Russell Watson have been speaking about how they have embarked on a joint career with a new single, album and tour. The classical-crossover stars have just announced that “W…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Elton John to “American Son” by Mark Beech

As debate continues on the slogan “Make America Great Again” – with plenty of people on both sides of the debate saying the U.S. is already great and could be greater – a raft of new…

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Top London Performing Arts This Week: “Twelfth Night” to Acclaimed Returns by Mark Beech

Two acclaimed forces in theater are back in London this week. The performance artist Bryony Kimmings returns with a new hard-hitting autobiographical show, while the director Emma Rice showc…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

“Twelfth Night” Brings Joyous Carnival Spirit to Young Vic: Review by Mark Beech

Arrive at your seat in the Young Vic auditorium for “Twelfth Night” and you may well be greeted by an enthusiastic cast or chorus member in carnival garb who happily asks if you are pump…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Lady Gaga Dazzles, Bradley Cooper Shines in “A Star Is Born”: Review by Mark Beech

It’s easy to be dismissive of the concept of yet another “A Star Is Born” remake. Lady Gaga, a dance-pop star for years, gets chosen for the role with little movie experience. The film…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Eagles, “Girl From the North Country” by Mark Beech

From The Eagles and Eric Clapton to the New York International Fringe Festival, there is plenty of choice among performing-arts shows in the Big Apple this week.New Yorkers can also catch pr…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Top London Performing Arts This Week: Revolutionary Plays to Pinter by Mark Beech

The London stage gets a lot of revolutionary new shows over the next few weeks.Martin McDonagh moves on from “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with a new play; Charles Dickens…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Fringe Festival, King Kong, Eric Clapton by Mark Beech

The New York International Fringe Festival is back. North America’s largest event of its kind is a highlight of performing arts in the Big Apple this week.Other shows include concerts by C…

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Top London Performing Arts This Week: Shakespearean Stars and Gender Swaps by Mark Beech

Gender-swapping is everywhere on the London stage. This week Stephen Sondheim’s bachelor Bobby becomes a female Bobbi in “Company.” Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden alternate in the lead …

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Ralph Fiennes Smooches Sparky Cleopatra at National Theatre: Review by Mark Beech

Ralph Fiennes, always a crowd draw, plays a prowling General Mark Antony; Sophie Okonedo is the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. Fiennes lurks and sulks like a wounded tiger. Okonedo regally flounc…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Daniel Radcliffe to Last of the SummerStage by Mark Beech

Music still leads New York performing arts this week. Paul Simon follows his Madison Square Garden shows with one last big tour gig, at Corona Park, Flushing Meadows. Central Park SummerStag…

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Top London Performing Arts This Week: Ralph Fiennes to Kylie Minogue by Mark Beech

It is a week of stellar returns for the London stage this week. Ralph Fiennes is back at the National Theatre, this time playing Antony in “Antony and Cleopatra.” Kylie Minogue takes ove…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

America, Get Ready as Magic Numbers Head for West Coast: Interview by Mark Beech

America, get ready. The Magic Numbers are heading back. If you don’t know this UK-based, Mercury Prize nominated band, now is a great time to catch up. They have returned with their first …

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Top London Performing Arts This Week: 50 Cent, “Foxfinder” by Mark Beech

A string of new plays opened this week in London, led by “Foxfinder,” starring Olivier Award-winner Iwan Rheon. Off West End, “The Village,” “Distance” and “An Adventure” are…

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Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Paul Simon Bows Out, David Byrne, “Heartbreak House” by Mark Beech

Music leads our choice of New York performing arts this week. Paul Simon is playing his last big shows in New York before retiring from touring, while David Byrne is returning to the Forest …

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Hard-Hitting “Distance” Is a Powerful Exploration of Suicide: Review by Mark Beech

“Distance” is powerful, hard-hitting, shocking, challenging, thought-proving, bleak, and important, all in one. Alex McSweeney’s play has just premiered at Park Theatre in London.On ev…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Top New York Performing Arts This Week: Ringo Starr to Last-Chance “Carousel” by Mark Beech

New York’s autumn theater season adds another two shows this week: “Girl From the North Country,” Conor McPherson’s play with Bob Dylan music, and pool-room saga “The Nap.” They …

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Top London Stage This Week: Pinter at the Pinter, Last Night of Proms, Arctic Monkeys by Mark Beech

London is saying farewell to the Proms for another year with the Last Night and looking forward to a lively autumn season for performing arts.The “Pinter at the Pinter” season is now sta…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

“Dance Nation” Takes on American Dreams, Adolescent Nightmares: Review by Mark Beech

“Dance Nation” starts with a wild, tightly-choreographed group dance. Don’t be fooled by this scene, the show’s title and its posters into thinking that this is all about dance, and …

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Top New York Stage This Week: Major Play Debuts, Laura Pausini, Sun Ra, Hamilton by Mark Beech

This week, New York has two significant plays making their debuts: Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy “Bernhardt/Hamlet” and “The True,” Sharr White’s political satire.Meanwhile, music …

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