written by

Jack Viertel

Artistic Director of New York City Center’s Encores! series
Ervin Drake:  No Restricted Signs

Ervin Drake: No Restricted Signs

Gospel music and the Civil Rights movement have often aligned, especially beginning in the late ‘50s when Reverend Martin Luther King became the face and voice of the movement. Back in the ‘40s, however, the link was not so clear. That didn’t deter lefty Jewish...

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Randy Newman:  Gainesville

Randy Newman: Gainesville

Among pop singer-songwriters Randy Newman stands out in many ways, but most especially in his ability to write for characters nothing like himself. The protagonists of his songs are a rogues’ gallery worthy of Charles Dickens or Ring Lardner. They don’t know who they...

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