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Jaime Prisco


ICYMI: Banksy Undercover in Palestine, Stolen Picasso Found in Newark, ISIS Burns Rare Books, Artist Nerds Up Thrift Store Paintings, A Fight for the Strad >>

This week was packed with stories of Banksy, redisovered Picasso work, ISIS burning rare books, transformative artwork and a fight for a prized Strad.

Alan Cumming

Café Carlyle Spring Season Includes Lena Hall, Alan Cumming, Megan Hilty, Judy Collins and John Pizzarelli with Daniel Jobim >>

Café Carlyle has announced the lineup for their Spring 2015 season. Acts included the venue debut of Alan Cumming and Lena Hall as well as the return of Megan Hilty, Judy Collins and John Pizzarelli with Daniel Jobim.

Donna Lewis

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Donna Lewis >>

Yeah, it’s not easy transitioning from pop princess to jazz singer. Just ask Welsh singer-songwriter Donna Lewis. Famous for her pop hits “I Love You Always Forever” and “At The Beginning,” Lewis will be releasing 'Brand New Day,' her new jazz-inflected album, on March 10--featuring the talents of jazzers like David King, Reid Anderson and Ethan Iverso. Of course, Lewis’ move into a more stripped-down version of herself isn’t all that surprising for longtime fans. Even in her vocal salad days, those soulful turns and impressive range made her stand out among the starlets.

Jesse Eisenberg

'The Big Bang Theory' Actor Added to Cast of 'The Spoils,' Off-Broadway Play Written and Starring Jesse Eisenberg >>

"The Spoils," a new off-Broadway production written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, has added "The Big Bang Theory’s" Kunal Nayyar to the cast list.

A Bronx Tale

'A Bronx Tale' Comes to Paper Mill Playhouse, Helmed by Robert De Niro, Jerry Zaks, Score by Alan Menken and Book by Chazz Palminteri >>

A musical adaptation of "A Bronx Tale" will finally be hitting the stage. Though it hasn’t reached Broadway yet, Chazz Palminteri’s semi-autobiographical story will premiere as part of the Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2015-16 season, with Robert De Niro on board to helm the production.

The Iceman Cometh

'The Iceman Cometh' May be Making Moves to Broadway >>

Rumor has it that "The Iceman Cometh," which is currently playing at The Brooklyn Academy of Music starring Tony winners Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, may be thinking of transferring to the Broadway stage.

Gil Morgenstern

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Gil Morgenstern on 'Reflections International Series' >>

How has audience performance perceptions shifted in the 21st century? As a technologically dominated art audience, are we still able to process multiple media at once? In a world obsessed with multitasking, have we lost our ability to really watch and listen? These are but some of the questions that Gil Morgenstern hopes to incite--and perhaps even answer--with his 'Reflections Series International.'

Jean Nouvel

Architect Jean Nouvel Files Court Order Against "Unfinished" Philharmonie de Paris >>

Jean Nouvel, architect of the new Philharmonie de Paris, became a media sensation after he boycotted the opening of his own building. However, it seems as if he isn’t satisfied with just that. Nouvel has applied for a court order so that his name and image are removed from anything associated with the Philharmonie.

Regina Han

Regina Han Resigns as General Director of Korea National Opera >>

Recently appointed general director of the Korea National Opera, Han Ye-jin -- known as Regina -- has resigned from her post only 53 days after her inauguration.

Love & Mercy

Brian Wilson Biographical Film 'Love & Mercy' Starring Paul Dano and John Cusack Due Out in June >>

Wouldn’t it be nice if they came out with a movie about songwriter and Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson? Well, the wait is over. Paul Dano and John Cusack will star as Wilson in 'Love & Mercy,' an upcoming biographical film due out in June.

Jonathan Groff

Off-Broadway Hit 'Hamilton' Moving to Broadway: Jonathan Groff Joins Cast >>

'Hamilton,' the off-Broadway musical about rapping founding fathers which recently opened to rave reviews, will be moving to the Great White Way this summer. Even bigger news: Broadway sweetheart Jonathan Groff will take over the role of King George III from Brian D'Arcy James in the Broadway production. With lyrics, music and book all done by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Public Theater production opened Feb. 17 to some of the best reviews in years. There was little doubt that the play would make it to Broadway, but many were surprised at how quickly it got there. 'Hamilton' is already an early frontrunner in the 2016 Tony Awards race. Groff, known for his work in 'Spring Awakening' and the television show 'Glee,' will take the stage as King George III after James leaves to star in the Broadway production of 'Something Rotten.'

Spongebob Squarepants

Rumors Fly Around 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Broadway Musical Announced by Nickelodeon >>

Everyone’s favorite sponge may be heading to the Great White Way. Nickelodeon has confirmed to 'Entertainment Weekly' that a 'SpongeBob SquarePants' musical is currently in the works. Though the show location has not been announced, it is rumored that Nickelodeon is hoping for a Broadway run. The show is said to feature a mixture of classical and contemporary music, with music from Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Lady Antebellum and John Legend for the score. The production is set to be directed by Tina Landau, who is currently directing the off-broadway show 'Big Love.'

Ray Davies

Come Dancing on a Sunny Afternoon: The Kinks Ray Davies' Complicated Life to Include Reunion Opera? >>

As if a successful hit on the West End wasn’t enough, frontman of The Kinks, Ray Davies, is working on writing an opera about the British band. It seems as if getting The Kinks to the stage is a long-running dream of his. In 2008, Davies created a musical based on The Kinks titled Come Dancing, he then hit it big after Sunny Afternoon, another musical penned by Davies based on the band, traveled to London’s West End. However, he isn’t done yet. Davies has recently announced that he is hoping to create an opera about The Kinks, as well. This is good news for those who love Davies classic tunes such as "You Really Got Me," "Waterloo Sunset" and, of course, the trantastic "L-O-L-A."

Gregorio Uribe

Gregorio Uribe Big Band to Play WMI's World to Brooklyn Series at Roulette >>

The World Music Institute will continue their World to Brooklyn series with Colombia to Brooklyn: Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Roulette.


Top Teacher at Guildhall School of Music Philip Pickett Jailed for 11 Years After Raping, Assaulting Students >>

A former teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for raping and sexually assaulting young girls. This comes 30 years after a complaint was made by a student who claimed she had been attacked by the teacher and the school advised her to find a different place to study. Internationally renowned, Philip Pickett, 64, lured female students into soundproof practice rooms before abusing them. He was found guilty on two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault, which took place between 1977 and 1984 at the school. Police believe other students may have been victims of these attacks as well and are urging them to come forward.

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