Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:58 am
It's been a good year for Benedict Cumberbatch. The English actor has earned an Oscar nomination for his starring role in the film The Imitation Game, and he's won critical acclaim â€” and a big following â€” for his performance on TV's Sherlock.
Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 2:03 pm
The B-Side, Ben Yagoda's cultural history of Tin Pan Alley and the American Songbook, begins near the end of its story. In 1954, Arthur Schwartz, the co-writer of standards like "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," is at the Columbia Records building in Manhattan, waiting to present Mitch Miller, Columbia's head of popular music, with some possible songs.
Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:14 pm
Do you love your father? How do you love him? Is your affection spontaneous, dutiful, rote, wry, overflowing, ambivalent or simply unexamined? When you consider these questions â€” or decline to do so, thank you very much â€” consider also Nina Bunjevac's drawing style.
Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:03 am
Broadway is New York's biggest tourist attraction and brought in $1.3 billion in ticket sales last season. But it's also a high-stakes gamble for producers, since only 1 in 4 Broadway shows turns a profit. This month, two of the fall's most highly anticipated musicals, a revival of Side Show and The Last Ship, with songs by Sting, have thrown in the towel â€” closing, having lost almost their entire investments.