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Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout, Commentary’s critic-at-large and the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, recently directed Satchmo at the Waldorf, his first play, at Houston’s Alley Theatre.

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...

Not long ago I was introduced to an audience as an “intellectual.” This was a well-meaning choice of word, and a flattering one, but it...

Tennessee Wlliams is, with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, one of the three most highly regarded and best-known American playwrights. Throughout the first part of...

Ten new musicals opened on Broadway in the 2013–14 season. Four of them—Aladdin, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway, and Rocky—were directly adapted from familiar American...

Even as the Bible is America’s bestselling book, year in and year out, so is William Shakespeare, 450 years after his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon, this...

The American film industry released hundreds of war-themed pictures between 1941 and 1945. A few, like Air Force (1943) and Objective: Burma! (1945), were passably...