Free for All: Joe Papp, the Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told By Kenneth Turan and Joseph Papp Doubleday, 608 pages As its title suggests, Free for...

In Bye Bye Birdie, the 1960 musical about the coming of rock and roll to small-town America, the members of an Ohio family sing a...

With very few exceptions, the successful Broadway and film musicals of the genre’s so-called “golden age”—with their romance-driven plots, often nostalgic settings, and (mostly) happy...

Avatar, the latest cinematic science-fiction epic, turns out to be a half-a-billion-dollar case of reinventing the Ferris wheel. The final product is a hyper-gaudy, brainless...

Frederic Raphael’s sardonic, slice-and-dice review of Inglourious Basterds reveals him to be an Oscar-winning screenwriter who doesn’t understand the significance of a screenplay [“Jew Süss...

In 1964 a pianist with the unusual name of Thelonious Monk appeared on the cover of Time. He was only the fourth jazz musician to...

Preston Sturges made seven successful film comedies, the first of which was released in 1940 and the last in 1944. Throughout that time, he was...

If God rests in the details, Jewish filmmakers tend toward heresy. When I heard that the new Coen brothers movie opened with a short sequence...

We went to see Inglourious Basterds at our local cinema in the small town of Sarlat, in southwestern France. Having seen no reviews, I hoped...

Among connoisseurs of popular song, Frank Loesser is universally regarded as a master. Not only did he write the scores for two major Broadway musicals,...

Of all the images hurled forth by the last presidential election, none will live longer than Shepard Fairey’s poster of a red, white, and blue...

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