Magazine article American Theatre

Editor's Note

Magazine article American Theatre

Editor's Note

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EVER BEEN IN A BAND? NO? BY THE TIME YOU FINISH reading Rob Weinert-Kendt's expansive, richly informed cover story, "It's Better with a Band" (page 22), you'll feel as though you've finally teamed up with that rock group you once aspired to organize and pumped out the garage musical that will carry you to theatrical fame. Overstatement? Well, at least you'll have gotten inside the heads of an array of remarkable contemporary musical talents who've reached the heights you fantasized about in those moments--we all had them, right?--when music, whether Bo Diddley or Bach, first sent your imagination into overdrive.

Music fans will also appreciate the grace notes of Matthew Sigman's equally sophisticated feature account of a classical-music initiative that will nourish our stages in coming months ("Spring Fever," page 28). While you're in a tuneful mood, check out reporter Edward Karam's visit with composer William Finn in the Berkshires, where he's mentoring new work (page 34); reports on musical-theatre development initiatives in Connecticut and Missouri, plus a Sondheim-inspired touring concert series (News in Brief, pages 13-14); a close-up on a new production of Aida in the Twin Cities (Production Notebook, page 32); and a candid back-page conversation with Chicago composer, sound designer and music director Kevin O'Donnell (page 88).

The press releases keep coming, detailing a wealth of musical-theatre activity that will set U.S. audiences' toes tapping in the coming month:

* Stuck Elevator premieres April 4 at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater (music by Byron Au Yong, libretto by Aaron Jafferis). …

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