All stories by Tom Vitale on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

85-year-old bassist Ron Carter has no plans on slowing down by Tom Vitale

The roster of musicians Carter has worked with ranges from Ornette Coleman to Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and A Tribe Called Quest.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:42AM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

How the late jazz great Charles Mingus is being remembered 100 years later by Tom Vitale

Regarded as one of the most important figures in jazz, tributes are planned across the world to honor the legacy of bassist, bandleader and pioneer Charles Mingus.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:03PM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

How the late jazz great Chick Corea is being remembered — in concert by Tom Vitale

Chick Corea loved to collaborate. His former bandmates are honoring his memory with two star-studded concerts.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:03AM
Monday, September 27, 2021

Terence Blanchard Makes History At The Metropolitan Opera by Tom Vitale

Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on the Charles M. Blow memoir of the same title, is the first work by a Black composer to be staged by the Metropolitan Opera.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:32PM
Friday, June 4, 2021

Hear Bach's Music Like You've Never Heard It Before: Upside Down by Tom Vitale

For most artists, 2020 was a year of forced isolation and few opportunities. But Dan Tepfer, a jazz pianist and composer, had a busy year, partly thanks to his technological acumen.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:24PM
Friday, December 18, 2020

'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Shines A Light On August Wilson's Vision by Tom Vitale

The late August Wilson's first Broadway hit, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," has been adapted for the screen, starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in his final film role.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:06AM
Saturday, January 19, 2019

On Broadway, 'Network' Goes From Satire To Tragedy by Tom Vitale

The 1976 movie Network struck a nerve with its darkly comic predictions about celebrity news anchors and the rise of infotainment. Now, a stage adaptaion is one of the hottest tickets on Bro…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:32AM
Saturday, October 17, 2015

After Decades On Stage, Arthur Miller's Works Defy The Final Curtain by Tom Vitale

The great American playwright was born a century ago Saturday. An activist as much as he was a writer, Miller challenged social ills in playscripts — and set a new standard for the citizen…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:34PM
Monday, April 13, 2015

Günter Grass, Who Confronted Germany's Past As Well As His Own, Dies At 87 by Tom Vitale

In 2006, the Nobel prize-winning author of The Tin Drum admitted that as a teen during World War II, he had served with the Waffen-SS — the combat unit of the Nazi Party's elite military p…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:30AM
Sunday, March 18, 2012

'A Salesman' Lives On In Philip Seymour Hoffman by Tom Vitale

When Philip Seymour Hoffman took the stage on March 15 in the new revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, he became the fifth actor in 63 years to walk the boards of Broadway in the …