Cher Public

  • armerjacquino: Well, there you go. If a few mics mean you can dismiss a whole genre (complete with dismissive quote marks round the word... 4:38 PM
  • Krunoslav: I am aware that many divas back then changed their birth years ( Albanese, Kirsten, Steber, Verrett) and am aware of the... 4:33 PM
  • grimoaldo: Well, yes, I do realise that the actors singing into mikes at musicals” are real live people. I don’t like anything... 3:59 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: In the 90s there was a fine John Caird production at the National in London with Daniel Evans and Simon Russell Beale. 3:50 PM
  • armerjacquino: If I want to listen to something amplified through speakers I can stay at home You do know that what’s being... 3:30 PM
  • Dawn Fatale: Hal Prince turns 89 next year. I was genuinely surprised to see he was taking on new productions. One other thing worth... 3:27 PM
  • grimoaldo: “Sounds like a very impressive season.” Yes it does. All best wishes for a successful relaunch of NYCO! 3:26 PM
  • grimoaldo: I can’t stand that either, it is the major reason why I don’t like “musicals 221;. If I want to listen to... 3:24 PM

Topper

“…to a certain degree, good critics are no longer necessary to find. The phrase ‘Everybody’s a critic’ has taken on a universal cast. The internet encourages people to share their opinions with the world. In the theatre, the buzz created by chatroom chatters has become increasingly important to a show’s reputation before it opens. There are thousands of critics tapping away their opinions to whoever will listen – so who needs a paid pontificator to tell you what your opinion should be?” Stephen Sondheim rebuts Michael Kaiser and ponders the utility of Sanskrit to the librettist in excerpts from his new book Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. (Photo: Getty Images)