Matthew Gurewitsch
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Waltzing Matilda
Source studies in the Broadway musical (continued0

July 24, 2015

The afternoon after viewing Fun Home, I caught Matilda, at the time happily ignorant of Roald Dahl's children's classic. Two years ago around the same time, the musical—songs by Tim Minchin, book by Dennis Kelly—was in contention for a boatload of Tonys and took home its share, though it lost out to A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder for the big prize.

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Fun Home, the musical
Yes, and I read the book

July 22, 2015

The book is always better, right? Yes and no. The Tony voters went wild this year for Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeannine Tesori. For my money it fell way short of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel (graphic in more ways than one), which I had read ahead of time. Bad timing. The worst.

Tracing art back to its sources--Quellenforschung, Germans call it. What fun it can be, and what a buzzkill.

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Two scenes short
Timur Vermes brings back a monster

July 21, 2015

There's nothing much to the cover art for Look Who's Back, but still enough to answer the implicit question. High in the frame floats a black shape like a slanted almond on a stem: a man's hairstyle, it turns out, parted to one side, drooping diagonally across the brow, anchored below by the words of the title in a block that forms a toothbrush mustache. Yes, it's Adolf Hitler, back to narrate his inexplicable resurrection in contemporary Berlin, and quicker than you can say Final Solution, he's starring in his own hit TV show. But it's not until the chilling closing page that he finds the war cry for his new campaign.

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Jon Vickers, Canadian icon (October 19, 1926-July 10, 2015)
The gifts he shared

July 12, 2015  •  The New York Times

ALL operatic mediocrities are alike; a true star shines a light unlike any other.

A case very much in point: the Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in 1926, a pillar of the world's most important opera houses for three decades, beginning in 1957, the year of his debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London, and his historic performances there of Enee in the first essentially complete staging of "Les Troyens" of Hector Berlioz.

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Minimus 3D Arkestra's big break
Under the radar, for now

July 4, 2015

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