Even nostalgia, says the old joke, isn't what it used to be. The past is so prepackaged for us—streamlined to save money, updated to be hip, reduced to its crudest icons for dumbing down—that finding someone who knows how to bring it to life, even partially, is a small miracle. Still, you know what one of those songs from the past says about a hundred million miracles: They're all over the place, just waiting for us to stumble on them. If you're familiar with nostalgia's hideouts, last week you could hardly have failed to stumble on Patti LuPone's performance in the Encores! concert staging of Cole... More >>>