TIME - Top Stories
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At 16, dressed in cast-off clothes and wearing men's boots, she won an amateur-night contest at the Apollo Theater. When she was brought to Chick Webb's attention, he complained, I don't want that old ugly thing! But he took her. As admirers would later marvel, Poor Ella, she can't play piano. All she can do is sing everything right on the first take. And, in the years that followed, it also defined the sound of American life. Especially in the 1950s, after she began doing a series of songbook albums focusing on the works of individual composers and lyricists, she more than earned the title First Lady of Song. The Smithsonian exhibition The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100 will be on view at the National Museum of American History through April 2, 2018.
Mashable
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SABC Digital News
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Tributes have also been pouring in for Rock 'n Roll legend, Chuck Berry. Berry, who was one of the most influential guitarists and lyricists, passed away at his Missouri home yesterday. He was 90. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news
SABC Digital News
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*CAF Champions League defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns have advanced to the group stages of the tournament with a 3-2 aggregate win over Ugandan side Kampala Capital City Authority. *A mother and her child have been burnt beyond recognition in a collision between two vehicles on the N1 outside Louis Trichardt in Limpopo. The driver of the other vehicle suffered serious burn wounds. *Tributes are being paid to one of rock n' roll's most influential guitarists and lyricists. Chuck Berry passed away at his Missouri home on Friday night. He was 90 years old. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news
Voice Of America
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And there's a slew of other live-action musicals in the works, a combination of originals, sequels and remakes. This Christmas, we'll have Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman, with music by La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. A year later will come the high-profile Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep, among others. Also reportedly on tap: a Will Ferrell-Kristen Wiig original musical about the little-known world of corporate musicals, and a Josh Gad musical with songs by Broadway luminaries Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. A musical version of the Broadway megahit Wicked is also coming down the pike. "Good movies beget other good movies," said Marc Platt, a producer of La La Land, not to mention the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns and Wicked films. "So when a movie captures the imagination and hearts of people around the world, it's going to have a positive influence on similar genres getting made.
BBC News 24
2 months
Back in Colombia the Vallenato Festival place from April 6th to the 30th. Coming together will be the best composers of this genre of music. Judges are on the hunt for the best drummers, lyricists and singers, but it is really the accordion players who steal the show. The winner is crowned Rey Vallenato, and every ten years, and this year is one of those, a decade of winners compete to be anointed the King of Kings.
Variety
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BBC News 24
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Back in Colombia the Vallenato Festival place from April 6th to the 30th. Coming together will be the best composers of this genre of music. Judges are on the hunt for the best drummers, lyricists and singers, but it is really the accordion players who steal the show.
BBC News 24
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In the Czech Republic the Shockproof Film Festival plays on February 28th until March the 5th. Back in Colombia the Vallenato Festival plays from 6th April to the 30th. Coming together will be the best composers of this genre of music. Judges are on the hunt for the best drummers, lyricists and singers, but it is really the accordion players who steal the show.
BBC News 24
2 months
Back in Colombia the Vallenato Festival place from April 6th to the 30th. Coming together will be the best composers of this genre of music. Judges are on the hunt for the best drummers, lyricists and singers, but it is really the accordion players who steal the show.
BBC News 24
2 months
Back in Colombia the Vallenato Festival place from April 6th to the 30th. Coming together will be the best composers of this genre of music. Judges are on the hunt for the best drummers, lyricists and singers, but it is really the accordion players who steal the show. The winner is crowned Rey Vallenato, and every ten years, and this year is one of those, a decade of winners compete to be anointed the King of Kings.
The Huffington Post
3 months
The edgier subject matter encourages aspiring performers and theater producers to tackle issues that speak to the millennial generation. These student's voices are evolving musical theater by attracting a new audience. The common thread that binds this series together is Sean Robinson who has been involved with every film since the program's inception. While each film features different directors, composers, lyricists, choreographers, performers, genres and narratives, Robinson acted as lead producer, and often editor, for all of them. The several moving parts bring variety while Robinson brings consistency as he bridges the gap between theater and film. The same quality can be expected from each film but the same narrative will never be repeated. "This was the first integrated musical theater and film program nationwide," Robinson boasts. In a media-saturated world, it becomes difficult to stand out, even with immense talent.
Deadline
4 months
The Huffington Post
4 months
I saw Les Miz in London and again at the Kennedy Center long before it came to Broadway. I saw a preview of "Rent" in the East Village. I saw a dress rehearsal of "Ragtime." And best of all, I saw "Hamilton" at the Public. And last night at the Music Box Theater I saw "Dear Evan Hansen," and though it wasn't an early performance--like those in Washington and at the Second Stage--it did feature one of the most amazing performances I've ever seen including all of the above. In today's Times, Katherine Rossman has a "Styles" feature on the gossip writer and Trump-and-Roy Cohn-and-George-Steinbrenner-and-Rupert-Murdoch-lover, Cindy Adams. In its opening scene, Adams can be heard (read?) complaining that there are no boldface names at her performance of the show. Sad! (though I imagine this is a typical reaction of Trump lovers to any cultural event that does not invite pussy-grabbing and peeping-tomming backstage (An aside: What she does get are " Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, the composers of the musical and also the lyricists of the film "La La Land.
The Huffington Post
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7: No. 5. A New Year Carol" brings the listener into the 20th century as a bridge to the composers of today. "We constantly have to introduce new creators," Clurman said in a phone interview. "We should not just hold on to what we know. Time marches on, music does too. We need the new and the familiar mixed with new composers and lyricists." Joining the current composers on Seasons of Light is Jacob Narverud, whom Clurman met while conducting a workshop in Kansas City when he was a student at Emporia State University. Narverud wrote the title song "Seasons of Light," which opens the CD. A contemporary carol that shines in its simplicity, the song brings the listener into the joyous themes of the season. "I love the line, 'For a moment on earth all the wrong turns to right,'" Clurman said of the lyric. "I really believe in that line." Lee Musiker, John Bucchino, Stephen Schwartz, Jacob Narverud, Judith Clurman, David Chase As the CD encompasses the old and new, it also spans the holiday season from Thanksgiving to the New Year.
TIME - News
5 months
You'll find that melancholy right there in the title: Another Day of Sun. Its upbeat, but there's something a little weary about it too. For lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, that push-and-pull informed their approach. What Damien inspired us to capture was that theres this difference between L.A. and New York, Paul explained. In New York, you grind and grind to pursue your dreams and accomplish what youre hoping to accomplish, and you get up the next day and its muddy and gross and the snow is just turned to black ice. Meanwhile, L.A. may also be a constant struggle, but its also constant blue skies. You pursue that dream, and you go to bed and get up the next day, and its a gorgeous day, Paul says. It encourages you in one breath, and in another breath doesnt acknowledge that you just failed miserably.
TIME - Top Stories
5 months
You'll find that melancholy right there in the title: Another Day of Sun. Its upbeat, but there's something a little weary about it too. For lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, that push-and-pull informed their approach. What Damien inspired us to capture was that theres this difference between L.A. and New York, Paul explained. In New York, you grind and grind to pursue your dreams and accomplish what youre hoping to accomplish, and you get up the next day and its muddy and gross and the snow is just turned to black ice. Meanwhile, L.A. may also be a constant struggle, but its also constant blue skies. You pursue that dream, and you go to bed and get up the next day, and its a gorgeous day, Paul says. It encourages you in one breath, and in another breath doesnt acknowledge that you just failed miserably.
PerezHilton
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Variety
5 months
The Broadway opening of buzzy new musical Dear Evan Hansen had Hollywood connections all over the place. First, of course, were the movie ties to songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, theater-world favorites who are having something of a Tinseltown moment. For one thing, they were the lyricists on La La Land, Damian Chazelles awards contender... Read more »
The Huffington Post
5 months
(No lyricists mentioned here, because, though Carroll sings like a pert angel, she doesn't go vocal anywhere on this outing.) If you want the measure of her supernal artistry, pay attention to how she explores the chromatics of Hampton's "Midnight Sun." She works the familiar descending sections of the melody for over nine minutes and, as she returns to them over and again, never plays the inspired chords the same way twice. Pure, unadulterated beauty. ****************** Stairway to the Stars - Gabrielle Stravelli Michael Kanan (garbiellestravelli.com, michaelkanan.com): Has Gabrielle Stravelli turned herself from audacious rock belter, which is how she started, into just about our finest jazz interpreter? Probably not, when the likes of Jane Monheit, Joyce Breach and Stacey Kent are around. But Stravelli is firmly ensconced in the echelon. Is Michael Kanan the suavest accompanist on hand today? Not really when ivory-ticklers like Bill Charlap, Tedd Firth, Billy Stritch and John McDaniel (see below) are working.
BBC One East Midlands
6 months
She not only performs with some of the biggest with some of the most talented composers and lyricists of today. It is a modern A/V Maria with English verse. And an Italian chorus.
Daily Mail - Event
6 months
Since the mid-Eighties, the tortoise who slipped past Dylan has been Leonard Cohen - less of a rebel, more of a romantic, as much of a visionary, and even more of a poet.
The Huffington Post
7 months
Over the past few years, I've had a chance to see five of these musicals during their development processes, and while some seemed more promising than others, here's a preview of what to expect. Dear Evan Hansen (Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Steven Levenson, directed by Michael Greif. Performances begin at the Music Box Theatre on November 14th) I'm not going to mince words here: Dear Evan Hansen is the most satisfyingly complex and heartfelt new musical since Fun Home . I had the immense pleasure of catching the show during its recent Off-Broadway run at the Second Stage in New York City. Composer/lyricists Pasek and Paul have crafted a gorgeous score that more than fulfills the promise of their equally intelligent and moving musical, Dogfight . Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of a very well-meaning but anxious young man who gets caught up in the ramifications of a lie that he tells, with noble intentions, about the suicide of a high school classmate.
The Sun Daily - Showbiz
8 months
Critic Janet Maslin of the New York Times calls the book "a Love's-eye view of just about everything that ever happened to the Beach Boys." Both a lead singer and one of the principal lyricists, he reveals anecdotes behind the titular Good Vibrations, plus hits like California Girls, Surfin' USA, and Kokomo. He also recounts the tempestuous experiences – and legal battles – with his family and bandmates. He delves into the subject of transcendental meditation, a method he used to counter his substance abuse problems. In 1967, The Beach Boys were invited to perform at a benefit for UNICEF, attended by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Maharishi initiated Mike (along with Carl, Alan and Dennis) into the practice of Transcendental Meditation, which has carried over for him into today. In other topics, Love alleges his cousin and bandmate Dennis Wilson, who died in 1983, watched Charles Manson carry out a murder.