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Martin Scorsese Confirms Leonard Bernstein Biopic, Renews Paramount Deal

Martin Scorsese Confirms Leonard Bernstein Biopic, Renews Paramount Deal >>

Martin Scorsese, a household name in filmmaking, has announced that he will renew his development deal with Paramount. On the list of upcoming projects is a DiCaprio-led "Devil in the White City" adaptation and a biopic about the West Side Story composer, Leonard Bernstein.

Misty Copeland Dancing in 'On the Town' Broadway Cast, Tickets Rising for Musical Closing Date

Misty Copeland Dancing...Ticket Prices Rising >>

Misty Copeland made headlines earlier in the summer by being named the first African-American prima ballerina at the American Ballet Theater. Now, she's commanding some of the highest prices on Broadway. Ever since the announcement that Copeland would take over for New York City Ballet principal dancer Megan Fairchild in 'On the Town,' ticket prices on the secondary market have continually been on the rise.

Adam Guettel

New York Festival of Song Presents 'NYFOS Next' Feat. Adam Guettel, George Steel, Paul Moravec and Bright Sheng >>

The New York Festival of Song is back with “NYFOS Next,” a three-day, premiere-filled concert at OPERA America’s National Opera Center. This year’s concerts include works by Adam Guettel, George Steel, Paul Moravec and Bright Sheng.

Sarah Chang

Violinist Sarah Change Takes Up Residency With New Jersey Symphony Orchestra >>

Renowned violinist Sarah Chang has taken up a two-week residency with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from January 16- 25. Chang will perform Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite in all six of the NJSO venues statewide.

Billie Allen

Dancer Billie Allen Recalls Racial Divide and the Original Production of 'On the Town' >>

The musical quietly challenged the racial divide that held sway in the world of entertainment in the 1940s.

Leonard Bernstein

New Book 'Bernstein Meets Broadway' Explores How Leonard Bernstein and His Collaborators Pushed Political Agenda During WWII >>

With 'On the Town' Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden and Adolph Green took a big step for civil rights on stage.

The Cast of 'On the Town'

In a Broadway First, 'On the Town' Producers Seek Investors Online >>

Howard and Janet Kagan are seeking equity investors for their 70th anniversary production of the Leonard Bernstein/Jerome Robbins/Betty Comden/Adolph Green musical via a custom-made website.

So You Think You Can Dance

Broadway Reality: 'On the Town' Revival to Cast 'So You Think You Can Dance' Champ >>

The winner of the current season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' is to be offered an ensemble role in the upcoming 70th anniversary Broadway revival of 'On the Town.'

San Francisco Symphony Releases Live Recording of ‘West Side Story’ Concert Performance with Broadway Stars Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber

San Francisco Symphony Releases Live Recording of ‘West Side Story’ with Broadway Stars Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber >>

Ready for a return visit to the turf of the Sharks and Jets? The San Francisco Symphony is betting that you are, with a new live recording of the first-ever concert performances of Bernstein's complete score to 'West Side Story.'

TROUBLEfuturesongs

REVIEW: 'TROUBLEfuturesongs' with Leonard Bernstein's 'Trouble in Tahiti' >>

Aside from an acoustical imbalance, this was an admirable and thoroughly enjoyable staging of a Bernstein treasure too seldom revived, together with two new short operatic works by 21st century composers.

Leonard Bernstein

'On the Town' Dances Back to Broadway for 70th Anniversary >>

An all-star creative team is bringing Broadway a revival of the original Leonard Bernstein/Jerome Robbins/Betty Comden/Adolph Green musical this October.

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim, Jessye Norman and More Celebrate Leonard Bernstein >>

Marilyn Horne, Phyllis Newman, Matthew Epstein, Judy Kaye, Kurt Ollmann and Bernstein's three children were all on hand to celebrate the life and accomplishments of the great composer, conductor and popularizer who worked at the intersection of classical music, theater and dance.

Classicalite’s Five Best: Marilyn Horne Recordings

Classicalite’s Five Best: Marilyn Horne Recordings >>

Many happy returns to Marilyn Horne, who turns 80 years young this month! One of the truly iconic singers of the 20th century, the American mezzo may not grace our stages these days, but we have her dozens of recordings to remind us of that great, glorious voice and charismatic personality.

Following the Ninth: Beethoven's Battle Cry for Freedom Sounds in Kerry Candaele's New Documentary

Following the Ninth: Beethoven's Battle Cry for Freedom Sounds in Kerry Candaele's New Documentary >>

Following the Ninth is an unusual documentary film about a single work of music that has inspired millions ever since it was first performed: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. Filmmaker Kerry Candaele explores the global influence of the work and how its messages of freedom and brotherhood continue to inspire people today.

IMG Artists Invests Hundreds of Millions in China Projects, Including Classical Music Reality TV

IMG Artists Invests Hundreds of Millions in China Projects, Including Classical Music Reality TV >>

Classical music reality TV has been tried in the Western world already. Sometimes with great success. The BBC’s 'The Choir,' for instance, and some years ago 'Classical Star' are considered successes. And American conductors from Toscanini to Leonard Bernstein to Michael Tilson Thomas have known how to use that box in the living-room for classical music’s best interests. But now China is getting in on the act, and we’re bound to hear more.

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