Monthly Archive for February, 2009

: February, 2009

Right back where he started from

It was thrilling — and moving — to see Placido Domingo’s performance as Maurizio in “Adriana Lecouvreur” at the Metropolitan Opera Wednesday night. The role is the same one that served as Domingo’s

Worth waiting for

Sutton Foster’s debut CD, “Wish” (Ghostlight Records), has been in the works for four years, but it doesn’t sound — or feel — like a collection of songs that have been endlessly labored over. Indeed,

The return of two old friends

The Lydia Chin/Bill Smith mysteries of New York City novelist S.J. Rozan are near the top of my list of favorite contemporary detective stories. In eight books, starting with “China Trade” in 1995,

What’s love got to do with it?

You don’t want to miss the new play by Itamar Moses — “Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used to It)” — running through March 9 at The Flea Theater in downtown Manhattan. In a brisk 90 minutes

Pitching a tent in Bryant Park

Fashion Week ends in Manhattan this afternoon, giving the release of “Eleven Minutes” a very high timeliness quotient. The movie opening today in theaters (and debuting simultaneously on the here!

‘The Servant,’ Dirk Bogarde & YouTube

Everyone knows how much fun can be had from watching the goofy homemade videos and news clips that are posted on YouTube every day, but recently I’ve become more aware of how much wonderful movie

Oscar night 49 years ago

There was an (inadvertently) amusing column in today’s Hollywood Reporter suggesting ways the Academy Awards could become a more accurate reflection of popular movie taste. The writer believes it is

Broadway/Hollywood scholarship and gossip

Yale University Press is publishing “Kander and Ebb” by James Leve on March 10 as part of its “Yale Broadway Masters Series.” Since two of the song-writing duo’s shows — “Chicago” and “Cabaret”

The creator of advertising ‘story appeal’

The fame of David Ogilvy was eventually eclipsed by flashier advertising men in the 1960s and 1970s, but Kenneth Roman’s new book “The King of Madison Avenue” (Palgrave Macmillan) shows how Ogilvy’s

The end of ‘Hollywood’

Another dramatic illustration of the impact of the current economic crisis arrived in today’s mail — the pared-down March issue of Vanity Fair which for the first time in 14 years has abandoned its