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Grammy Winners Include 'Mahagonny', 'In the Heights'

The announcement, before the awards show, included these Grammy announcements:

Grammy Twitter

Best Musical Show Album In The Heights (Original Broadway Cast With Lin-Manuel Miranda And Others).

Best Classical Album: Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny. James Conlon, conductor.

Best Opera Recording: Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny James Conlon, conductor.
[Featuring Broadway's Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone, and directed by John Doyle]

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media goes to JUNO
[Beating out: 'Mamma Mia!' and 'Sweeney Todd']

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media goes to Down To Earth (From Wall-E). Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman.

 

ATW Digest - Encores!' Music in the Air - read the reviews [updated 2/7/09, 7:10AM]

February 7, 2009 updates:

New York Times

Inside the Big, Bad City, Temptations by the Score
“Music in the Air” is one of those gently witty parodies of a quaint art form that wind up seeming quainter than the real thing.

New York Daily News

"Music in the Air" is a fun listen
A few beautiful ballads, exquisitely sung, and two glittery star turns, don’t exactly add up to a top-tier musical. But they go a long way toward making “Music in the Air” an entertaining relic.

New York Post

Unfunny comedy of airs
There's plenty of "Music in the Air" at the Encores! production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1932 musical - but not a whole lot of fun. This antiquated musical - in which its creators simultaneously mocked and indulged in the operetta conventions of its day - will be of far more interest to die-hard musical-theater...

Bloomberg.com

Divas Chenoweth, Boggess Make Jerome Kern's Silly `Music' Sing: John Simon
“Music in the Air,” opening this season’s laudable Encores! Series at Manhattan’s City Center, boasts three stars of the first magnitude: Douglas Sills, aka Scarlet Pimpernel; Sierra Boggess, aka Little Mermaid; and Kristin Chenoweth ... well, always gloriously Chenoweth, the Name Above the Title.

BroadwayWorld

* Broadway Blogs - Music In The Air: The Lullaby of Munich and More...


Associated Press

Chenoweth and Sills Jump-Start 'Music in the Air'
It takes the comic-operetta canoodling of Kristin Chenoweth and Douglas Sills to jump-start the tasteful yet sedate concert version of ''Music in the Air.''.

Variety

Review: Music in the Air
...Lovers of operetta and musical theater history will find the Encores! revival rewarding, but others should be advised this is not another "Show Boat."

Back Stage

Music in the Air (in Concert) reviewed by David Sheward
Thank God for Kristin Chenoweth and Douglas Sills. Without them, the Encores! concert version of Music in the Air, would be a soggy slice of strudel.

amNY New York City Theater

Theater Review of Music in the Air
Have you noticed how the City Center Encores! seasons now following a standard formula of sandwiching one total rarity of a musical inside two more well-known entities? Consider the following: ...

TheaterMania

Review: Music in the Air
Kristin Chenoweth and Douglas Sills give inspired performances in this loving and lovely version of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's old-fashioned musical.

Talkin' Broadway

Review: Music in the Air
When people think of operetta, Music in the Air is the kind of show that fills their imaginations. Not coincidentally, it’s because of shows like Music in the Air that no one thinks about operetta much anymore. The new City Center Encores! production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1932 velvet-voiced romp from the German countryside to the big city which is playing through Sunday, is less a rediscovery of a long-lost treasure than a robust reminder of why it disappeared in the first place. .

 

ATW Digest - Complicite's Shun-Kin opens in London - read the reviews

The Times UK

Shun-Kin, Barbican, London
This is a fascinatingly ambiguous piece, finely staged by Simon McBurney and complete with his Complicite-style effects

The Guardian

Shun-kin, Barbican, London
The excitment you so often get from a Complicite show is missing here, writes Lyn Gardner

Daily Telegraph

Shun Kin at the Barbican, review
Rarely have the usually sure-fire dramatic ingredients of sex and violence seemed so dull as in Shun Kin, finds Charles Spencer.

London Theatre Guide

First Night Feature: Shun-kin
Pioneering theatre company Complicite returns to the Barbican theatre to weave its magic with an epic Japanese myth, Shun-kin, where love and violence, beauty and cruelty all become entwined.

The Independent

First Night: Shun-kin, Barbican Theatre, London (Rated 2/ 5 )

Whatsonstage.com

Review: Shun-kin
At the heart of Shun-kin, the latest production from Simon McBurney’s Complicite, in a co-production with barbicanbite 09 and the Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo, is a simple love story: that of a blind, wealthy merchant’s daughter and her sli...

Variety

Shun-kin, Barbican Theatre, London
...featuring puppetry, live music and fluid movement of props and set pieces by a talented ensemble -- creates a hypnotically insular onstage world. But narrative and directorial embellishments add levels of complication that dissipate the material's power...

 

ATW Digest - Ruhl's 'In the Next Room' opens in CA - read the reviews

Los Angeles Times

Review: 'In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)' at Berkeley Rep
What do women want? The question flummoxed Freud, whose erotic theories drew mostly blanks when it came to the opposite sex.

San Francisco Chronicle

Theater review: 'In the Next Room'
In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play): Drama. By Sarah Ruhl.

San Jose Mercury News

'In the Next Room': Some good vibrations on stage

Contra Costa Times

Review: You'll get a charge out of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's 'Vibrator Play"

SFStation

In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)
An Electrifying Take On A Touchy Subject

 

Photos: Norman Conquests to Storm Broadway Starting April 7

The Old Vic's acclaimed production of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests is scheduled to begin previews at Circle in the Square (235 West 50th Street) on April 7.

"Conquests" is three full length plays – Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden – which are ingeniously written to be enjoyed individually or as a trilogy, in any order. The action is simultaneous and each exit in one play turns out to be an entrance in another. The plays will be performed on a rotating schedule during the week and can also be seen in one day on “Trilogy Saturdays”. Tickets will be available soon through Telecharge at 212-239-6200 and www.telecharge.com.

Here are some images from the British production - which will be playing on Broadway


Jessica Hynes, Amelia Bullmore, Paul Ritter, Amanda Root (foreground),
Stephen Mangan and Ben Miles
Photo: Manuel Harlan


Stephen Mangan as Norman
Photo: Manuel Harlan


Amanda Root as Sarah
Photo: Manuel Harlan


Ben Miles as Tom
Photo: Manuel Harlan