The Richard Burton DiariesEdited by Chris WilliamsYale University Press, 693 pages The cable channel Lifetime recently aired a made-for-TV movie called Liz & Dick about the stormy marriage of...

America has never produced a Schubert or a Schumann, but we do have the Great American Songbook, which has been called our classical music. The...

The musical score for Woody Allen’s unexpected 2011 hit, Midnight in Paris, features songs intended, like the film itself, to evoke the spirit of the...

In 1991, Neil Simon won a Pulitzer Prize for Lost in Yonkers, his 20th comedy to open on Broadway since 1961 and his 14th to...

The St. John Passion is Johann Sebastian Bach’s most controversial work. It is, indeed, his only controversial work. The sticking point is the fact that...

The one-person play is now so familiar a genre for theatergoers that many would be surprised to learn it is among the youngest of all...

Of the making of books about Lillian Hellman, there is no end. Since her death in 1984, she has been the subject of three full-scale...

To the Editor: While Terry Teachout is certainly correct in celebrating the unique qualities of Meredith Willson’s creative one-man Broadway musical miracle, The Music Man [“The...

In February, the New York Philharmonic announced its 2012–13 season, the orchestra’s fourth under the leadership of Alan Gilbert, whose appointment as music director was...

One of a bare handful of hit Broadway musicals to have been written in its entirety by a single person, The Music Man opened to...

In 1973, Ebony magazine ran a story titled “Whatever Happened to Louis Jordan?” Two decades earlier, the genial singer-saxophonist was one of America’s biggest pop...

To the Editor: In “Hard Szell” [November 2011], Terry Teachout generally admires George Szell despite the latter’s abrasive and bullying character. But in his clear preference...