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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Top London Stage This Month: Ian McKellen, Cher, Ariana Grande, Adrian Mole by Mark Beech

The London stage this month has a range of different performing artists of every age and type. Among them: Ian McKellen, 80; Cher, 73; Ariana Grande, 26; Little Simz, 25; and even Adrian Mol…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Meet The World’s Most Unlikely Rock Stars, Mongolian Internet Sensation The Hu by Mark Beech

Meet the world’s most unlikely rock stars. They hail from Mongolia and they stick to their native tongue rather than English. They are collectively called The Hu. (Not The Who, though it i…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Top Shows in Edinburgh: Barbed Brexit, Hitler’s Girls and Scottish Musical by Mark Beech

With the world’s largest arts festival in full swing, more of the top shows are emerging among 5,000 productions at 300 Edinburgh venues. They include barbed looks at the troubles in North…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

“The Time of Our Lies” Adds New Drama to Wartime Saga: Review by Mark Beech

“The Time of Our Lies” at the Park Theatre in London is a bold revival of a play that got an award nomination after debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe back in 2014. The story profiles Howa…

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“The Time of Our Lies” Adds New Drama to Wartime Saga: Review by Mark Beech

Review of “The Time of Our Lies” at the Park Theatre in London by author and critic Mark Beech “The Time of Our Lies” at the Park Theatre in London is a bold revival of a play that …

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Top London Stage This Week: Mumford & Sons to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Mark Beech

London’s music festivals are kicking into gear for the summer. This week’s line-up of stars includes Nas, Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons.Also new for June, the Bridge Theatre follows it…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

“White Pearl” Beautifully Explores Ugly Racism, Brutal Business: Review by Mark Beech

The cosmetics industry aims for beauty without cruelty, happiness and harmony. “White Pearl” at the Royal Court, London, shows that it can also be ugly, heart-breaking, cut-throat, insul…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Grammer, De Niese Struggle to Enliven Creaky “Man of La Mancha”: Review by Mark Beech

The plus points about the London revival of “Man of La Mancha” are plain to see and hear. Kelsey Grammer manfully moves from “Frasier” sitcom to musical. Danielle de Niese effortless…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Michael Jackson: How Music Is Tainted by “Leaving Neverland” Abuse Controversy by Mark Beech

Michael Jackson has long been a figure that you either love or hate. There seems to be very little middle ground. Nearly every article published in the mainstream media over the last few wee…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Top New York Stage This Week: Philip Glass’s Cool School, Chill Pills by Mark Beech

This week in New York performing arts, the composer Philip Glass brings Laurie Anderson and Bernard Sumner of the band New Order to Carnegie Hall, while Sharon Van Etten plays the Beacon The…

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Top London Stage This Week: Pinter and Miller to The Streets by Mark Beech

In London performing arts this week, “Leave to Remain” and “Cost of Living” have both opened to some strong reviews. The revival of the acclaimed “Home, I’m Darling” and the fi…

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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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