Author: Bob Lovejoy

Pump Boys and Dinettes

  “Pump Boys and Dinettes” opened tonight at City Center. It is the third of City Center’s summer Encores! Off-Center revivals of Off-Broadway musicals, and it is a toe-tapping joy. The show originally opened off-Broadway and later ran 573 performances …Read More

Cyrille Aimée

Last night we caught the Cyrille Aimée show at Birdland, and it was outstanding. We first heard this young French jazz vocalist perform in November at the City Center Stephen Sondheim gala. There, she displayed an attractive smoky voice, excellent …Read More


In “Antifragile,” Taleb zeroes in on the differences between things that are fragile (they break when disrupted), things that are robust (they survive disruption), and things that are “antifragile” (they benefit from disruption). Things that are antifragile are frequently complex …Read More

La Bohème

We saw “La Bohème” open last night at the Met. This opera and this production say a lot about why many of us love opera. This was the 1,264th performance of La Bohème at the Met. Giacomo Puccini’s classic story …Read More

Fall For Dance Festival

At the New York City Center theater. The Festival began on September 25 and winds up October 5. We went half a dozen times. Some people go every night. The festival is the brainchild of the amazing Artistic Director and …Read More

Venice Biennale

Autumn is the best time to see La Biennale di Venezia. This year the giant biennial exhibition of modern art will run to November 24. The title of the show is “Il Palazzo Enciclopedico,” which derives from a project of …Read More

Spoleto Festival

The annual Spoleto Festival in Charleston began last week and continues through June 9. We just returned from four days there. Spoleto is a low key-event, expertly curated by general director Nigel Redden and featuring a huge variety of the performing arts, …Read More