Caught in the Act

Arts Ahead: Shadows, Pops and Merry Poppers

By Jared Bowen   |   Thursday, May 10, 2012
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May 10, 2012


Olive Another as Maryand in the lastet production from Gold Dust Orphans.

BOSTON — Traditions take new and wild turns as a band of theater renegades reinterpret Mary Poppins, Tim Burton drops a vampire into 20th century Maine and the Boston Pops celebrate America's diverse music history with Steve Martin on banjo.

Mary Poppers

Presented by the Gold Dust Orphans
At Machine (in the Fenway) through May 20th

Gold Dust Orphans give us another rollicking ride through the twisted imaginations of Boston's foremost comedic troupe with the musical parody they have been waiting a lifetime to present.  "Mary Poppers" features Olive Another as Maryand other Orphan favorites: Ryan Landry, Penny Champayne, Bill Hough, Robin Banks and Delta Miles. The troupe is at their best with this show, which is fun and hits the heights of Orphan outrageousness.

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My Broadway: Chita Rivera

By Jared Bowen   |   Thursday, May 3, 2012
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May 3, 2012

Watch Jared's interview with Chita Rivera tonight on Greater Boston, 7 p.m. on WGBH 2.


Chita Rivera and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie.

BOSTON — Simply put, Chita Rivera is one of the greats, and tomorrow night there’s a rare opportunity to experience her incredible talent. The legendary actress, singer and dancer presents a benefit performance of her show My Broadway at the Citi Shubert Theatre.

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Arts Ahead: Two Centuries of Awesome

By Jared Bowen   |   Thursday, May 3, 2012
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May 3, 2012


Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man in Marvel's latest superhero movie, The Avengers. Photo: Marvel.

BOSTON — Here are four unique ways to experience the power of the artist to stir an audience. Charles Dickens drove Boston fans to a frenzy with his arrival in the U.S. nearly two centuries ago. Alex Katz pursued his own painterly style that became the beginning of Pop Art. Marvel pulls off an unprecedented film feat, bringing its superheroes together for one awesome battle and Chita Rivera comes to town to remind audiences of the moments when her fierce dancing and powerful voice made Broadway swoon.

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Porgy and Bess Earns Tony Nominations

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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May 1, 2012

A scene from the A.R.T.'s production of Porgy and Bess. (Photo by Michael J. Lutch)

BOSTON — The Gershwin revival that got its start at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge has become a Broadway hit that just earned no less than 10 Tony nominations.

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" will compete against Evita, Follies and Jesus Christ Superstar for the award of Best Revival at the 66th Tony Awards in New York, while the A.R.T.'s own Diane Paulus, selected by the Gershwin estate to transform George and Ira Gershwin's opera into a musical, is up for Best Direction. Other categories, such as Best Orchestration and Best Costume, include "P&B" and several members of the cast are nominated for Best Performance in their category: Norm Lewis (Porgy), Audra McDonald (Bess), Philip Boykin (Crown) and David Alan Grier (Sportin' Life). Neil Patrick Harris will host the Tony Awards on June 10th.

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Before Pop Art, There Was Alex Katz

By Jared Bowen   |   Sunday, April 29, 2012
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April 28, 2012


Alex Katz with Jared Bowen (Photo: Greater Boston)

BOSTON — He’s been painting long enough to inspire Warhol, achieve icon status and now he has a show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
After Picasso but before Pop Art, there was Alex Katz. For over 50 years, with a dogged consistency, Katz has painted with a very singular sensibility. His portraits are bold, vibrant and clean. Now, according to MFA Co-curator Edward Saywell, they are also iconic.
“They really pop in a wonderfully rich and tremendous way. What he’s interested so often in is color, shape, form and style,” he said.

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A Tale of Two Tours

By Jared Bowen   |   Saturday, April 28, 2012
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April 27, 2012

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens in America (The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)
BOSTON — It is a tale of two tours. In dual visits to America, decades apart, Charles Dickens experienced the best and worst of times. His travels in Massachusetts, however, were mostly enjoyable, as detailed in a new museum exhibition at the Lowell National Historical Park.

Dickens was 29 and eager to see America, a country of promise. It was 1842 when he began his North American tour in Boston, and as Florian Schweizer, Director of the Charles Dickens Museum, describes him, Dickens was dashing.

“When he came here with his long hair and his flamboyant personality, it was something that really surprised the Americans. He was somebody who shocked people with the amount of jewelry and the waistcoat he was wearing,” he said.

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Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. 


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