A musical about footwear? No, Kinky Boots is actually about acceptance--of others and self. Prefer a show about footwear? I probably would too, though this one is put together by pros and strings some great numbers onto its plot (based on the so-so 2005 movie about the drag queen and the unwitting s ... More >>
Plus: Game of Thrones in NYC
This week's column is a cozy chat with R&B star Deborah Cox ("Nobody's Supposed To Be Here"), who's definitely supposed to be on Broadway. In fact, she's costarring in the current revival of Jekyll & Hyde as Lucy, the hooker with the heart of gold and the lungs of steel as she belts out song after ... More >>
Whitney Houston is the best thing in Sparkle, the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama which was sort of the original Dreamgirls. As her daughters aim for pop stardom in late '60s Detroit, Whitney's mama character cracks a whip and demands respect, education, and most of all, faith. She's an e ... More >>
Far from it. An imminent biography of Oscar winner Michael Douglas, written by Marc Eliot, reminds us that The Bodyguard had a long and checkered history before it finally came to the screen in the '90s. As Eliot writes:
Deep catalog diving
Here are a few recent data points from chart bible Billboard and data provider Nielsen Soundscan as we move into the second half of 2012: • In its midyear music-industry report card, Soundscan reports a return to the dismal album sales climate; year-to-date disc sales are off 3.2% from the sam ... More >>
This week the news came out that sales of catalog albums outpaced those of new records during the first six months of 2012. Current (less than 18 months old) albums sold 73.9 million copies between January 2 and June 1, down from 82.8 million in the first six months of 2011; catalog albums sold 76.6 ... More >>
Just when you think they're done, they're back!
Junior Vasquez holds down District 36
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianis under way, and you get to help choose who makes it to Round Two. Today's first match pits "Empire State Of Mind" ... More >>
Gene Simmons reportedly said so on CNBC, though I'm not sure how renowned an expert he is in forensics. And while Simmons meant he thinks Whitney literally offed herself in the tub, that other noted death pundit, Bill O'Reilly, feels Whitney simply wanted to extinguish herself in the long run.
Not surprisingly, the one thing that's being left out of the vast majority of Whitney Houston obits is the L word! I got so caught up in writing about the way her musical legacy got besmirched by her icky behavior that I even left it out of my own blog on Saturday night!
via Cats Who Look Like SkrillexWill this cat win Best New Artist?Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 54th Annual Grammys, coming to you live from a couch in Astoria. There are quite a few questions lurking around tonight's ceremony. Will Adele sweep the three major categories in wh ... More >>
I first saw Whitney Houston perform when she was a mere teen, though she exuded the professionalism and power of someone three times her age. In a Central Park concert, her mother Cissy Houston--a great singer in her own right--brought Whitney out as a guest star to do a number. It was "Hom ... More >>
53. Phil Collins, "Another Day in Paradise"  52. The 5th Dimension, "Up, Up and Away"  51. Olivia Newton-John, "I Honestly Love You"  50. Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On"  49. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, "A Taste of Honey"  48. Bobby McFerrin, "Don't ... More >>
Later this week, Billboard is expected to announce its tallies for the biggest hits of 2011. And what a year for music it's been. Remember all those big hits: "Like a G6," "We R Who We R," "Raise Your Glass," "Fuck You!" and "What's My Name?" What's thatyou say the songs I just rattle ... More >>
Pop-chart record-keeping can be as contentious as baseball's, and we've got quite the steroids-style asterisk forming atop Billboard's Hot 100. On the most recent chart, the most pervasive radio star of the last half-decade brushed past a couple of legends into the hall of fame. And like Barr ... More >>
The wonderful thing about showbiz is that it allows for extra chapters upon chapters for those who've got what it takes, the public always managing to rally around a tarnished celeb bravely trying to rise from the ashes one more time. Whitney Houston is aiming for just that kind of re-ascen ... More >>
Mixing origami and impersonation in inspiring ways, Venice-born Ennio Marchetto just brought his show Ennio: The Living Paper Cartoon to the New York Musical Theatre Festival. (I saw the final show of his run last night, but I hear he'll be back like a human parcel.) Ennio serves up a dizzying seri ... More >>
I did! Earlier this year, I was at a gala dinner at a hotel ballroom and in the entertainment portion of the evening, out came Jay Black from the 1960s group Jay & The Americans. They had huge hits way back when with pop records like "Only in America," "Come a Little Bit Closer," "Cara Mia," and " ... More >>
via NYPToday in signs you might be crazy: You run out onto the field at Yankee Stadium during the Yankees/Rangers ACLS game to confront A-Rod because you have a thing for Cameron Diaz. You carry five pictures with you: One has A-Rod with an X-ed out face and a gun pointed at his head; anothe ... More >>
Behind the scenes anyway. You remember The Accused. The 1988 drama with Jodie Foster gang-raped at a dive bar, defended by a rather butch public prosecutor (Kelly McGillis) who helps her get retribution.
I don't want to be too cynical about "Idol Gives Back", the big annual charity-drive American Idol episode, because God knows the thing does more good with ten minutes of on-air banalities than I will ever do with anything in my life. But every year now, the thing is just sitting in the middle of ... More >>
Sade, hiding. Photo courtesy ThinkTank Marketing.This week's album charts were topped by Sade's Soldier Of Love, the smoky soul singer's sixth full-length and first since 2000's Lovers Rock. Soldier accomplished the rarer-than-ever feat of going gold in its first week of release, selling 502, ... More >>
So we've all heard that one silver lining to the whole economic meltdown is that New York is
On the defiantly trashy and tremendously appealing queen of country-pop cheesecake
Watching a career sore. And hearing amid the praise for Day-Lewis: 'Huston. We have a problem.'
Rock legends in the making they may be, but for now the NYU Clive Davis alums may have to stick to YouTube for exposure
Savvy teens and Brooklyn noise-rock luminaries combine for some do-it-yourself doo-wop
Seattle's EMP proves that great popular music conferences cannot live by inclusive intentions alone
Real-deal emo-soul-folk-pop posers trip over their introspection while posing tautologies
EMI cleans house, Elektra merges, Arista folds, what's left?
Baltimore Breakbeat House Trax Are the New Everything
Queen of the Damned
Stiff Old Bands Get Down Like That
Advice from the ball circuit: 'This category is about your face, not your booty. Now ride your broomstick out of here, baby gorilla.'
I chatted up Debbie Matenopoulos, whose mantra was, 'How sick is it that I'm up for an Emmy?'