More than 16 million people tuned in to the Country Music Association’s 2011 awards show on ABC in November—the fourth most watched program of the...

Throughout much of his career, Spencer Tracy was one of America’s most successful and beloved film stars. A poll published by Fortune in 1939 showed...

In 1966, NBC broadcast a Bell Telephone Hour program about George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra called “One Man’s Triumph.” Nowadays, most viewers would find it presumptuous...

In 1972, Tony Bennett hit the skids. For two decades he had been one of Columbia Records’s best-selling artists, but when rock came to dominate...

Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of PhotographyBy Errol MorrisPenguin Press, 336 pages  Who today trusts photographs? In half an hour, anyone with a cheap...

The original-cast album of The Book of Mormon, among the most popular new musicals to open on Broadway in recent seasons, reached the #3 slot...

Music is a mystery, the way it speaks without words, telling you what your heart thinks. This was how Jessie felt, and it was why...

Ever since his two-play cycle Angels in America opened on Broadway in 1993, Tony Kushner has been the sole American playwright to approach the pinnacle...

For much of his very long life, Irving Berlin was dogged by rumors that he had plagiarized many of his best-known songs. In the most...

Each generation redefines what it wants in the stars it admires, emulates, and ultimately abandons. No wonder, then, that so few of the male actors who...

Through most of the 20th century, there was no contest for the title of America’s greatest playwright. Eugene O’Neill’s standing appeared to be secure not...

To the Editor: Terry Teachout’s definition of the origins of blues is as limited as the misconceptions he seeks to dispel [“De-Romanticizing the Blues,” November 2010]....