Once the show begins, "somebody calls you... A girl with kaleidoscope eyes," into a production that's more an evocation of the Beatles, their music and philosophy, than a chronological narrative.
Inspired by a newspaper clipping about a true-life crime, this perennial classic takes place in Charleston's fictionalized Catfish Row .
Daniel Beaty doesn't miss a beat in his one-man tribute to African American Paul Robeson, the son of a runaway slave who went on to become an actor, activist and Renaissance Man.
"Some people think music drops from heaven. But it doesn't. It takes talented union musicians to make music."
One day in late January 1925, while searching out a new entrance to the underground,Floyd Collins fell into a narrow crawlway, got trapped there, and ultimately died of starvation and exposure on Friday, February 13.
It may be no coincidence that the festival's main sponsor is Rockstar Energy Drink, a corporation with ties to a homophobic, conservative political pundit.
South African trumpeter and activist Hugh Masekela has entertained audiences with his special blend of jazz and world music for over 50 years.
Besides the theme of harmony itself, another theme of Manilow and Sussman's show is regret: both living with it, and living so as not having to regret.
Ellington was one of the most versatile figures in music of the 20th century, but most people do not know that from the 1930s on, Ellington worked intermittently, all the way up to his death in 1974, on an opera.
From "The Death of Communism" (Partisan Press) and reprinted with permission.