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Cymande Are Possibly the Most Sampled British Musical Artists of All Time

Cymande Are Possibly the Most Sampled British Musical Artists of All Time

Cymande were foundational in the creation of hip-hop, disco, house, drum and bass, and rare groove, passed through generations like so much underground music.

‘The Second Greatest Sex’ Is No ‘Lysistrata’

‘The Second Greatest Sex’ Is No ‘Lysistrata’

By focusing on “love” rather than “sex”, Hays Code-era musical comedy The Second Greatest Sex was trying to communicate a deeper meaning about how the emotions and thoughts of women ought not to be controlled.

La La Land’s “Another Day of Sun” as Utopian Entertainment

La La Land’s “Another Day of Sun” as Utopian Entertainment

La La Land’s opening number, the dance performance “Another Day of Sun”, is about much more than just dreaming the traffic fantastic.

What Was Paramount Smoking When It Released ‘Murder at the Vanities’?

What Was Paramount Smoking When It Released ‘Murder at the Vanities’?

There are wild numbers in the raunchy pre-code 1934 musical Murder at the Vanities but “Sweet Marijuana” really stirred up the uptights. Paramount shrugged.

25 Years Ago Madonna Sought Respectability and Validation with Film Biography ‘Evita’

25 Years Ago Madonna Sought Respectability and Validation with Film Biography ‘Evita’

In a career defined by musical makeovers, Evita represented Madonna’s most extreme and conservative musical guise in the Andrew Lloyd Webber kitschfest.

The Way They Kiss in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

The Way They Kiss in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

Julie Andrews’ 1960s musical Thoroughly Modern Millie does its anti-authoritarian, anarchic-chaotic thing in a different key.

Giddy and Buzzy ‘The Prom’ Compresses ‘Glee’ into a Single Film

Giddy and Buzzy ‘The Prom’ Compresses ‘Glee’ into a Single Film

Ryan Murphy's Netflix adaptation of the satirical musical about Broadway stars inserting themselves into a same-sex school dance controversy, The Prom, hits his sweet spots and his weaknesses.

Flowers for Hermes: An Interview with Performing Activist André De Shields

Flowers for Hermes: An Interview with Performing Activist André De Shields

From creating the title role in The Wiz to winning an Emmy for Ain't Misbehavin', André De Shields reflects on his roles in more than four decades of iconic musicals, including the GRAMMY and Tony Award-winning Hadestown.

NYFF: ‘American Utopia’ Sets a Glorious Tone for Our Difficult Times

NYFF: ‘American Utopia’ Sets a Glorious Tone for Our Difficult Times

Spike Lee's crisp concert film of David Byrne's Broadway show, American Utopia, embraces the hopes and anxieties of the present moment.

Performing Race in James Whale’s ‘Show Boat’

Performing Race in James Whale’s ‘Show Boat’

There's a song performed in James Whale's musical, Show Boat, wherein race is revealed as a set of variegated and contradictory performances, signals to others, a manner of being seen and a manner of remaining hidden, and it isn't "Old Man River".

Why I Did Not Watch ‘Hamilton’ on Disney+

Why I Did Not Watch ‘Hamilton’ on Disney+

Just as Disney's Frozen appeared to deliver a message of 21st century girl power, Hamilton hypnotizes audiences with its rhyming hymn to American exceptionalism.

In Defense of Enjoying Tom Hooper’s ‘Cats’

In Defense of Enjoying Tom Hooper’s ‘Cats’

Critics and audiences have made much fun of Tom Hooper’s Cats. The laugh is on them.