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Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout is Commentary’s critic-at-large and the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal. Billy and Me, his latest play, will be premiered in December by Palm Beach Dramaworks.

Lincoln Center, the first major urban performing-arts center in America, was well on its way to completion a half-century ago. The New York City Ballet,...

It’s said that two things about war are insufficiently appreciated by those who, like me, have not known it first-hand: 1) It is, when not...

Most pop songs are about love. So are most classical art songs. So are most folk songs. What is more, most of us take all...

For all its manifold beauties, the classical music of the 20th century has yet to become popular in America. One sign of its failure to...

Few things in the world of popular art are more dismaying than the spectacle of a beloved performer who goes on too long. The singer...

There is hardly anyone under the age of 60 aware of how phenomenally successful Bob Hope once was. His heyday may have been long-lasting—he hosted...

Throughout much of the 1970s, Norman Lear was the most powerful TV producer in Hollywood. He created a string of situation comedies so successful that...

When MelTormé died in 1999, the obituaries were respectful but not effusive. The New York Times, whose front-page obituary of Frank Sinatra described him as...

Of the studio-era Hollywood directors whose best films have proved to be of lasting value, Billy Wilder was the one who brought off the least...