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Milosevic the musical - play set to divide Balkans anew

BELGRADE (Reuters) - During his lifetime Slobodan Milosevic divided the peoples of the Balkans. Now, 12 years after he died during his trial for war crimes, the onetime Serbian strongman is set to divide them again - this time as a character in a play.


A Play About Race and Memory, With Fresh Wounds All Around

The Alliance Theater has brought “Native Guard” to an Atlanta history museum in the thick of debate about Confederate monuments and the South’s past.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Previously Unreleased Hendrix, and 10 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable new music from Tracey Thorn, the Chainsmokers, Brazilian Girls and more.


Review: The Ghosts of Michael Brown, in ‘Until the Flood’

Dael Orlandersmith’s new play explores the lives — both black and white — left behind in the wake of the 2014 police shooting in Ferguson.


Malaysian Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Alice Springs

SYDNEY, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A Malaysian Airlines (MAS) flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur was forced to make an emergency landing in remote outback Australia on Thursday after running into "technical difficulties".

Country Music

Album Review: Caitlyn Smith, a Hitmaking Nashville Songwriter, Sings Her Own on ‘Starfire’

After years writing songs for Lady Antebellum and Meghan Trainor, among others, the 31-year-old shows off her own striking voice on her major-label debut.


Wilander fears Rod Laver slot may inhibit Kyrgios vs. Tsonga

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios must not let playing on Rod Laver Arena douse his natural fire when he plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the standout match of the Australian Open third round on Friday, according to former champion Mats Wilander.


On Stage Was Springsteen, in the Audience, Chris Christie

In his first night out as a private citizen, Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, headed into New York City to catch a show by his idol, Bruce Springsteen.


Fighting for Native Americans, in Court and Onstage

In her new play “Sovereignty,” Mary Kathryn Nagle brings together her legal activism and her family history.


New York Has Its ‘Jerry Springer’ Moment, With Arias and Dancing

With a reality TV star in the White House and ’90s nostalgia in full flower, the controversial 2003 musical about the famed talk show host arrives.

Pop and Rock Music

Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus Wants You to Think About Whiteness (and to Dance)

The indie-pop musician applied lessons learned while D.J.-ing and attending a workshop on race to her new album, “I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life.”


Tennis: Tsonga edges Shapovalov to strike blow for old guard

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - There was a time when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was one of the new kids bounding on to the block, swinging from the hip and shaking up the established hierarchy in men's tennis.


Tennis: Tsonga tames Shapovalov in five-set classic

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga required all his years of experience to tame Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.


Round Hill, investor in Beatles and Bruno Mars songs, raises new fund

(Reuters) - Round Hill Music Royalty Partners, a private equity firm which invests in the copyright of songs from artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bruno Mars, said on Tuesday it...


Review: Hipsters Double-Check Their Privilege in ‘Cute Activist’

A new comedy at the Bushwick Starr satirizes 20-somethings, gentrifiers, landlords and activists. In other words, Bushwick.


Review: A Fantasy Town Builds a Wall Against Time in ‘Ballyturk’

Enda Walsh’s wild cosmic farce, in which two men act out the life of a fantasy village, finds the aching emptiness in words, words, words.


Buying a Piece of Bob Marley’s Song Catalog, and His Enduring Legacy

Primary Wave, a boutique New York company that aggressively markets “icons and legends”, bought the rights to Marley’s songs in a $50 million deal.


Critic’s Notebook: How to Listen to Rock ’n’ Roll in a Theater

Rock is underexplored onstage, but two Under the Radar shows, “How to Be a Rock Critic” and “The Hendrix Project,” grapple with its transformative power.


Review: Who Am I? ‘Panorama’ Says There Is No Easy Answer

In this multimedia, multidimensional performance piece, the boundaries of race, gender and ethnicity blur into a shifting pageant of identity.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Eyed Peas Get Serious About Injustice, and 12 More New Songs

Listen to the week's most notable news songs from Lil Peep, Karen O, Carrie Underwood and more.


Review: Surprise Lessons From John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’

In a touching tribute to his father and the tradition of reading aloud, Mr. Lithgow recites two classic tales of deception and comeuppance.


Review: Dancing to Destruction in Enda Walsh’s Fierce ‘Disco Pigs’

This harrowing and exhilarating revival, featuring an inexhaustible cast of two, summons the agonies and ecstasies of being 17 in a blighted Irish town.


Adrienne Kennedy, Playwright: Still Quiet, Still Bold, Still Furious

Her new Jim Crow-era play, “He Brought Her Heart Back in Box,” shows that even late in an influential career, she’s not mellowing.


John Lithgow, on Barnstorming His Way to Broadway

For nine years, this actor has taken his one-man show on the road like a “time-warp vaudevillian.” What did he learn along the way?


Critic’s Notebook: In Solo Shows, Lip-Syncing ‘Hamlet’ and Investigating Home Movies

At the 14th Under the Radar festival, artists working with found audio and video stretch the boundaries of theater.


Review: In ‘Mankind,’ Men Are Men and Women Are Extinct

Robert O’Hara’s latest satire takes on too many targets as it imagines a future world in which men still ruin everything.


Review: In ‘Unexploded Ordnances,’ It’s an Hour to Doomsday. Help!

The longtime feminist duo Split Britches sets its new play in a situation room with “Dr. Strangelove” vibes and a general calling the shots.


Review: ‘Hamilton’ Conquers London (King George Slays Too)

The newcomer Jamael Westman steps out as a fully formed star in the title role of the triumphant London production of “Hamilton.”

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Justin Timberlake Stays Funky (for Now), and 9 More New Songs

Hear the new songs that caught our critics' attention this week, from Bruno Mars and Cardi B, They Might Be Giants and more.


Neiman Marcus names Ralph Lauren executive as CEO

(Reuters) - Neiman Marcus Group Ltd [NMRCUS.UL] on Friday named Geoffroy van Raemdonck, an executive at upscale clothing manufacturer Ralph Lauren Corp , to succeed Karen Katz as chief executive officer of the debt-burdened luxury retailer next month.


UPDATE 2-Neiman Marcus names Ralph Lauren executive as CEO

Jan 5 (Reuters) - Neiman Marcus Group Ltd on Friday named Geoffroy van Raemdonck, an executive at upscale clothing manufacturer Ralph Lauren Corp, to succeed Karen Katz as chief executive officer of the debt-burdened luxury retailer next month.


Vows: ‘Waitress’ Star Has a Tip for You: Marry Your Best Friend

Betsy Wolfe, a Broadway actress, marries Adam Krauthamer, a French horn player (who also knows how to make a good cup of coffee).


Toronto Theater Director Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Albert Schultz has left his post as artistic director of the acclaimed Soulpepper Theater Company after four women accused him of improper behavior.


Bobby Darin Who? Jonathan Groff Gets It Now

In a new show, the Broadway and television star is paying tribute to the late 1950s pop singer whose musical virtuosity is now little-recognized.


A Philadelphia Theater Heading, and Sweating, in a New Direction

Repertory companies have largely disappeared on American stages. But with an eye on Europe, and highly physical training, the Wilma Theater is going against the grain.

Spotify sued for $1.6B over Tom Petty, Doors songs


Review: Everyday Chatter Unveils a Mystery in ‘Say Something Bunny!’

Alison S.M. Kobayashi was determined to figure out who made a set of puzzling 1950s recordings. Her detective work led to a sneakily moving interactive play.


An Antidote to Digital Dehumanization? Live Theater

An award-winning playwright argues that the in-the-moment interplay between actors and audience can help us cope with an increasingly virtual world.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Lil Wayne Recaptures His Old Magic and 8 More New Songs

Hear the tracks that caught our critics' attention this week, from Major Lazer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cassie and more.

Appointments and Executive Changes

For Luxury Brands, the Musical Chairs Whirled Faster in 2017

Nearly every month this year saw a major departure from a fashion label.


Review: In ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,’ a Monster to Love

The dancer Robert Fairchild’s creature has a delicate, disarming beauty in Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s ambitious but awkward production.


No proof Kaesong cash funded North Korea arms programs: South Korea expert panel

SEOUL (Reuters) - There was no evidence that North Korea had diverted wages paid to its workers by South Korean companies operating in a now-closed industrial park on their border to bankroll its weapons programs, an expert panel appointed by Seoul's Ministry of Unification said on Thursday.

Carney, Ralph (1956-2017)

Ralph Carney, Saxophonist for Tom Waits and Many Others, Dies at 61

Mr. Carney, who also played dozens of other instruments, was a versatile musician with a distinct sensibility who recorded widely, and wildly.


Yiddish-Language ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Is Coming to New York

The adaptation of “Fiddler” will debut next summer, with the lyricist Sheldon Harnick consulting on the production.


6 More Shows to See if You Still Need Holiday Spirit

If you missed the preholiday rush, fret not. There is still time for festive theater.


How Billy Crudup Plays 19 People in a One-Man Show

Billy Crudup explains how he becomes 19 characters in David Cale’s play “Harry Clarke,” which follows a shy Midwesterner as he reinvents himself as a Cockney Englishman.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Cardi B Isn’t Going Anywhere and 9 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable new music, from the return of Sugarland to Laura Marling covering a Bob Dylan classic.


Don’t Despair, Protest: Playwright Lucy Kirkwood Sees No Other Choice

In acclaimed works like “The Children,” now on Broadway, the British writer argues for collective responsibility in the face of environmental and other challenges.

Why Zac Efron's having a musical comeback

After nearly a decade break from movie musicals, Zac Efron is making his return to the genre a meaningful one.


Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Keeps the Songs but Loses the Plot

The latest entry in this movie series fares best when its director treats it as a fantastical buddy comedy.

Christians and Christianity

Hillsong Unites Believers and Those Old Agnostics John, Paul, George and Ringo

More than a thousand worshipers attended a Pentecostal singalong whose set list included Beatles hits like “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Here Comes the Sun.”


Robert O’Hara Thinks ‘Men Are Stupid.’ His New Play Shows Just How.

In “Mankind,” the playwright imagines a world in which women are extinct. “You have to go for the throat,” he says.


Ramaphosa's 'poisoned chalice': new ANC leader may struggle to reform South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - When Cyril Ramaphosa won the tight vote to become the new leader of the African National Congress on Monday after years of near-misses, his loyal supporters jumped to their feet, pumping their fists and cheering.

Presidential Election of 2020

Democrats in New York Can Already Hear Iowa’s Siren Song

The region is home to a glut of nationally ambitious politicians and a confluence of egos that promise friction heading into 2020.


Critic’s Notebook: When Disenfranchised Lives and American Ideals Collide Onstage

Three small, powerful pieces of political theater consider those wounded by racism and xenophobia.


Review: Mark Rylance Returns to Broadway as a Mad Monarch to Cherish

In Claire van Kampen’s strange, enchanting “Farinelli and the King,” from Shakespeare’s Globe in London, music hath charms to spare.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Thought Freestyles for 10 Minutes and 11 More New Songs

Hear the most notable new music out this week, from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamildrops team-up with the Decemberists to a Thelonious Monk reissue.


‘He’s All Impulse’: Making Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ Naughty Onstage

The National Theater’s adaptation of this animated classic adds more music and mischievousness — all in the hands of the director of the new Harry Potter show.


In a Play, Rafael Nadal Inhabits a New Role: Gay Icon

Peter Gil-Sheridan, a gay playwright, imagines a love affair with Nadal in “The Rafa Play,” which ends its run in New York on Saturday.


He Was a Snob About Musicals. Then He Tried Out to Play Hamilton.

Twenty-five-year-old Londoner Jamael Westman has definitely come around, now that he’s starring in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop smash.


Review: In ‘The Children,’ the Waters Rise and a Reckoning Comes Due

In Lucy Kirkwood’s chilling play, the meltdown of a nuclear power plant is not just an environmental crisis, but an existential one.


Review: In This ‘Cruel Intentions,’ High School Schemers Sing the Best of the ’90s

The choice lines and the soundtrack hits are there in this enjoyable adaptation of the movie. Now it’s time to make a full-fledged show out of a quasi concert.

Siri, what's that song? Apple buys Shazam


An Unexpected New Stop on the Road to Broadway: Edmonton

Smaller and out-of-the-way theaters are increasingly presenting musicals angling for the big time. For the creators of “Hadestown,” the path veered way north.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Seun Kuti and Santana Sound an Alarm, and 10 More New Songs

The week's most notable new songs, from Migos to Johnny Mathis.


‘Hamilton’ Opens in London. Does Anyone Know Who Alexander Hamilton Is?

Theatergoers were excited for the musical’s West End preview. Though many were hazy on the details of the founding father it’s named after.

Pop and Rock Music

The 54 Best Songs of 2017

Our pop music critics share their favorite tracks, from Jay-Z to Cardi B, Father John Misty to Sam Hunt.


Review: ‘A Room in India’ Overflows With Astonishing Visions

Théâtre du Soleil brings a huge, dizzy epic of all the world’s ills (and theatrical styles) to the Park Avenue Armory.

The stories behind your favorite Christmas songs

Grab your Mariah Carey vocals. 'Tis the season for Christmas caroling.


Review: Real Russians and Fake News in ‘Describe the Night’

Rajiv Joseph’s new play jams 90 years of lies, fantasies, propaganda and conspiracy into just under three hours. Also: the worst soup ever.


The Best Theater of 2017

Our chief theater critics on their favorites this year, from “Bruce Springsteen on Broadway” to a host of playwrights tackling life’s chaos.


Review: Waltzing With Love and Death in ‘Hundred Days’

A revised version of a musical memoir from the Bengsons affectingly reimagines commitment-phobia in existential terms.


He’s Channeling Emma Stone. But This Ain’t ‘La La Land.’

Two Los Angeles performers have turned the one-woman show glimpsed in the Oscar-winning movie into a one-man spoof of their own.


Review: ‘Once on This Island,’ Revived and Ravishing

After a dismal theatrical fall, this 1990 musical fable, set in the French Antilles, is a big, bold delight.


A Theater Visionary ‘Nourished by the World’

Cultural appropriation isn’t a worry for the director Ariane Mnouchkine, who, at 78, isn’t slowing down, but knows she won’t be here forever.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: The Hold Steady Get Revved Up and 9 More New Songs

Hear the week's notable new releases, from Beyoncé joining Ed Sheeran to the latest from Craig David's comeback.


Writing Her Way From Backstage to Broadway

Claire van Kampen worked on other people’s plays for decades. Then she wrote “Farinelli and the King.” It’s been a hit in London and makes its way to New York next week.


Breaking Through Categories and Conventions at BAM

Drawing, weaving, monologues — Suzanne Bocanegra turns traditions into surreal delights at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.


5 Shows to See if You’re in New York in December

Dark plays are fitting for a dark month, and perhaps for our national mood. These productions offer criticism, mystery, warning and hope.


Review: Uma Thurman, Trapped in Trumpland in ‘The Parisian Woman’

From the creator of “House of Cards,” a Washington-based “Dangerous Liaisons” that isn’t.


Nine Women Accuse Israel Horovitz, Playwright and Mentor, of Sexual Misconduct

He was a charismatic father figure who nurtured young writers. But in incidents from the 1980s through 2016, the women describe a pattern of abuse and betrayal.


Review: Look Up! It’s Amy Schumer in ‘Meteor Shower’

The comic actress makes her Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s funny, if strained, play about two couples sharing a stressful celestial evening together.

Pop and Rock Music

Album Review: U2 Releases ‘Songs of Experience.’ Cynicism Not Included.

On the follow-up to the 2014 album “Songs of Innocence,” the band sets out to counter the despair of 2017 with love and optimism.


Review: ‘The Fountainhead,’ High-Tech, Juicy and Full of Pulp

Ivo van Hove’s hypnotic adaptation of Ayn Rand’s notorious 1943 novel speaks to the primitive narcissist in all of us. (Mr. Trump, are you listening?)


Bruce Springsteen’s Tenure on Broadway Has Been Extended

The singer’s sold-out solo show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” was extended from Feb. 28 through June 30, 2018.


A Gilbert & Sullivan Jaunt to Margaritaville

The Hypocrites, a freewheeling Chicago theater troupe, has taken its popular production of “The Pirates of Penzance” around the country. Now New Yorkers can sidle up to the tiki bar.


Critic’s Notebook: Why Plays About Sexual Assault Are Too Murky for Our Own Good

He-said, she-said ambiguities are certainly dramatic. But they also ignore hard truths that we need to hear right now.


Review: Four Women, Four Lifetimes, One Camera in ‘20th Century Blues’

Susan Miller’s sweet but softhearted play finds old friends challenged when the photographer among them wants to display group images taken over 40 years.


Brantley in Britain: Eye-Openers in London: 19th-Century Women with 21st-Century Problems

Revivals of plays by Ibsen and Wilde, and a new work about the young Karl Marx, find strong women chafing under the yoke of dominating men


Ice-cool Goffin beats Tsonga, sends Davis Cup into deciding match

LILLE, France (Reuters) - David Goffin never once lost his cool as he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(5) 6-3 6-2 to put Belgium level at 2-2 with hosts France, sending the Davis Cup final into a decisive fifth match on Sunday.


Tsonga win leaves France-Belgium Davis Cup final all-square

LILLE, France (Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga demolished Steve Darcis 6-3 6-2 6-1 to bring France level at 1-1 with Belgium after the first day of the Davis Cup final on Friday.


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Oh, No! Live Drama and Unwritten Humor

Let us give thanks for those occasional onstage mishaps that make even the feeblest theatrical productions memorable.


‘Junk’ Mines the Milken Era for Truths That Resonate Now

Ayad Akhtar’s play portrays the financial excesses of the 1980s — part of what he calls “a collapse of a collective vision” of America — in ways that evoke unsettling new thoughts.


Brantley in Britain: Showgirls, a Monster and a Drag Queen: Singing Songs of Self

New musicals on London’s stages include a merciless and compassionate “Follies,” a revitalized “Young Frankenstein” and a timely saga of an aspiring drag queen.


With a Singing SpongeBob, Nickelodeon Aims for a Broadway Splash

To capture the spirit of its relentlessly cheerful animated hero and his underwater world, a $20 million musical that “explodes off the stage.”


He Knows Bikini Bottom. Now He Gets to Swim There.

“It’s a little freaky” how much the energetic actor Ethan Slater seems like the title character he plays in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.”


Review: Who Is ‘Harry Clarke,’ and Why Is He So Appealing?

Billy Crudup is having a blast as a Midwestern sad sack and his English alter ego in David Cale’s one-man, double-life play at the Vineyard.


Review: A Most Opinionated Wedding Guest Returns in ‘Bright Colors’

Overwhelming? Yes. Self-involved? Absolutely. But Drew Droege still makes for hilarious company in this one-person show.


The Hurricane Hit, but Our Show Went On

Rehearsing “Describe the Night” in makeshift space after Hurricane Harvey reminded Rajiv Joseph that theater can help build community. And rebuild it.


The First Time: Billy Porter: The First Time I Refused to Keep Playing a Stereotype

Seeing “Angels in America” in 1994 was the moment Mr. Porter, the Broadway star, realized he had to rethink his career path and chase a new dream.


Review: ‘The Wolves’ Are Back in a Rush of Combustible Energy

Sarah DeLappe’s remarkably assured first play, a group portrait of a girls’ soccer team, is now at Lincoln Center Theater.


Review: A ‘Peter Pan’ That Never Takes Flight

The Bedlam production of the J.M. Barrie classic is both too childish to tell the story properly and too adult to access its wonder.


Review: In This ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ Love Is a Zero-Sum Game

An unconventional Primary Stages adaptation of the Jane Austen novel features gags, dance breaks and other cynical silliness.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Mel Tillis, Country Star Known for His Songs and His Stutter, Dies at 85

Mr. Tillis found a way to turn his speech impediment into an asset by getting audiences to laugh along with him.

Pop and Rock Music

Malcolm Young of AC/DC: Listen to 10 Essential Songs

The musician, who died on Saturday, gave the band its architectural foundation, using his rhythm guitar to make AC/DC swing as much as it stomped.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Demi Lovato Seeks Her ‘Despacito’ and 9 More New Songs

Hear the tracks that caught our critics' attention this week, from two Spanish-English team-ups to a surprise from Jaden Smith.


Cultural Studies: ‘Torch Song Trilogy’ and Me: A 35-Year Love Affair

Before Harvey Fierstein came along, most gay-themed plays featured characters who were either closeted or bitter or suicidal, and usually all three.


Review: A Brief ‘Brigadoon’ That’s Almost Like Falling in Love

City Center’s gorgeous revival of the Lerner & Loewe musical, staged by Christopher Wheeldon and starring Kelli O’Hara, disappears after Sunday.


Old Vic Says 20 People Reported Misconduct by Kevin Spacey

The London theater released the findings of an investigation into Mr. Spacey’s behavior before and during his time as artistic director there.


Review: John Leguizamo Goes for Easy Laughs in ‘Latin History’

Two millenniums of oppression may not seem very funny, but in his latest one-man show, Mr. Leguizamo hones the art of comic revisionism.


The ‘Lion King’ Effect: How a Broadway Smash Changed South African Lives

Over 20 years, hundreds of performers have joined the show in cities around the globe. These are some of their stories — laced with hope, tragedy, homesickness and triumph.


Adam Driver’s Nonprofit Seeks Soldiers for the Stage

Arts in the Armed Forces, founded by the actor and veteran Adam Driver, will grant $10,000 to a playwright who has served in the military.


Brantley in Britain: Review: ‘Network’ With Bryan Cranston Is Convulsive, Immersive and Still Mad as Hell

A stage adaptation, directed by Ivo van Hove, confirms the prophecy of a 1976 movie about populist rage and manipulative technology


Brantley in Britain: On London Stages, Britain Considers Its Divided Soul

New plays from Mike Bartlett and James Graham pose E.M. Forster’s newly urgent question of who inherits England

Rap and Hip-Hop

Playlist: The Playlist: Eminem Reflects, Sturgill Simpson Busks and 11 More New Songs

Elvis Costello releases a new track, Betty Davis brings the "F.U.N.K.," and more songs that caught our critics' attention this week.


After a Nominator Is Denied Access, ‘1984’ Is Ineligible for Tonys

Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist and immigration-rights advocate who is a member of the Tony Awards nominating committee, was not allowed to see the play.


China's Bytedance buying lip-sync app for up to $1 billion

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese online content platform Bytedance said on Friday it would buy popular lip-sync platform, in a deal seen valued at up to $1 billion that underlines the global ambitions of the fast-growing tech startup.


China's Bytedance says to merge with lip-syncing app

(Reuters) - China's AI-powered content platform Bytedance Ltd said on Friday it would merge with lip-syncing app Inc.

The Band's Visit (Play)

Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ Is a Ravishing Musical That Whispers With Romance

This singularly seductive show, based on an Israeli film, finds the ecstasy in ennui in a small desert town.


South Korea says will provide financial support for Kaesong firms

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has decided to provide additional financial support for companies that formerly operated at the now shut-down Kaesong industrial complex inside North Korea, the Ministry of Unification said on Friday.

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot Takes Aim at Trump and Putin in New Song

The dissident Russian band’s release deals with state surveillance and police brutality, with a cameo by Chloë Sevigny.


Dance star Akram Khan prepares for swansong tour

LONDON (Reuters) - One of Britain's most celebrated dancer-choreographers, Akram Khan, is tackling the rise of xenophobia in his latest work, which he says will be his last as a leading performer.


Review: ‘Office Hour’ Is the Play That Goes Bang

In Julia Cho’s tense new work, a creative-writing teacher tries to reach a shut-down (and possibly armed) young student.

Ralph Northam, Twitter, Roy Halladay: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Politics and Government

Ralph Northam: ‘We Will Not Condone Hatred and Bigotry’

Ralph S. Northam, a Democrat, delivered a victory speech after winning the Virginia governor’s race by beating Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate.

Ralph Northam Wins the Virginia Governor’s Race

Mr. Northam was elected Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, overcoming a racially charged campaign by his Republican opponent and maintaining the Democrats’ hold on Virginia in the Trump era.


Democrat Ralph Northam wins Virginia governor's race: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Ralph Northam was elected on Tuesday as Virginia's next governor, U.S. media projected, handing his party a sorely needed victory and beating back a challenge from a Republican opponent who embraced President Donald Trump's combative campaign style.


BRIEF-Kroger's Ralphs Division offering home delivery in Southern California

* Says ‍Ralphs Grocery Co, a division of co is offering home delivery in select locations in Southern California through partnership with Instacart​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Review: The Big Apple Circus Is Ripe for Another Bite

A year after filing for bankruptcy, a beloved cultural institution returns to Lincoln Center.


The World Really Is a Stage, Scripts and All, to Actor With Autism

Mickey Rowe is thought to be the first openly autistic actor to play Christopher, a 15-year-old with autism, in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”


‘Maybe I Am Arnold!’ How Michael Urie Agreed to Fill Harvey Fierstein’s Shoes

“I’m never going to be that free,” Mr. Urie thought about taking the lead part in “Torch Song.” But Mr. Fierstein, who wrote and created the role, had other ideas.


Review: ‘Uncommon Sense’ Looks at Life on the Autism Spectrum

With nonverbal characters and savants, a new play demonstrates just how broad and multicolored that spectrum is.


BRIEF-Arch Capital says on Nov 2, Kewsong Lee, notified his resignation to board effective immediately

* Arch Capital Group-on Nov 2 Kewsong Lee, notified his resignation to board effective immediately after his promotion to co-CEO at Carlyle Group Lp Source text ( Further company coverage:

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: The Return of the Real Boy Band and 10 More New Songs

Hear Feist honor Leonard Cohen, N.E.R.D snap back to life and more new songs that caught our critics' attention this week.


Review: ‘Junk’ Revives a Go-Go Era of Debt and Duplicity

Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Disgraced,” explores the shady side of 1980s Wall Street in an economics lesson of a play.


Review: ‘Shadowlands,’ a Tale of C.S. Lewis’s Romance, Tackles a Different Tragedy

William Nicholson’s biodrama, is directed by Christa Scott-Reed for the Fellowship for Performing Arts.

Gospel Music

Critic’s Notebook: Bob Dylan’s Songs for the Soul, Revisited and Redeemed

The latest installment in the “Bootleg Series” provides new perspective on the songwriter’s controversial Christian years.


For This Playwright, Africa With Laughter, Not Tears

In works like “School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play,” Jocelyn Bioh aims to tell stories that buck expectation and defy stereotype.


5 Shows to See if You’re in New York in November

“Brigadoon” appears (briefly), Amy Schumer steps onto Broadway and an acclaimed musical returns to a bigger stage.


Review: ‘The B-Side’ Is an Extraordinary Masterclass in Listening

Vinyl sings across the decades in the Wooster Group’s transcendent presentation of a 1965 album of songs from a Texas chain gang.


France's Pouille eases past compatriot Tsonga for Vienna title

(Reuters) - Lucas Pouille halted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's charge in the Vienna Open on Sunday, scoring a comfortable straight-sets victory over his French compatriot to claim his third title of the season.


Donald Trump and Michael Moore Quarrel Over Broadway Show

Mr. Trump said “The Terms of My Surrender,” a solo show that critiqued the president, was “a total bomb.” In response, Mr. Moore called it “a smash hit.”


Tsonga beats Kohlschreiber to set up all-French final in Vienna

(Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Vienna Open semi-finals on Saturday to set up an all-French title clash with Lucas Pouille and keep his hopes of making the season-ending ATP Finals alive.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Gregory Porter Celebrates Nat King Cole and 8 More New Songs

Hear Brian Eno and Kevin Shields's new track, plus songs from Rhye, Sleigh Bells and more.


Review: ‘M. Butterfly’ Returns to Broadway on Heavier Wings

A powerful Clive Owen is the best thing about the didactic revival of David Henry Hwang’s breakthrough look at sexual delusion and East-West relations.

Pop and Rock Music

Fats Domino Songs: Listen to 12 Essential Tracks

His easygoing image concealed the boldness and subtlety of his music — Domino was an innovator who didn’t flaunt it. A dozen songs from his prime years prove it.


Life (and Death and Dance) Lessons From ‘The Red Shoes’

Ballet is religion in Powell and Pressburger’s 1948 movie. Dancers, 19 to 80, talk about what the movie and its intensity has meant to them.


Review: In ‘The Last Match,’ Tennis Is Not Only a Game

Anna Ziegler’s new drama enters the heads of two players at the U.S. Open as they struggle toward match point.


‘Cry as Loud as You Want.’ In This Audience, They Really Do.

The collaborators behind “Tiny Beautiful Things” are heartened but not surprised by the emotional reaction it has drawn: “People want to feel something.”


Review: Romancing the Bot in Zoe Kazan’s ‘After the Blast’

This futurist play, starring Cristin Milioti, imagines a world in which reality (or the non-virtual kind) is in retreat.

Consumer Protection

Op-Ed Contributor: Ralph Nader: Trump’s Anti-Consumer Agenda Hurts His Voters

His rush to dismantle regulations and the agencies that enforce them hurts the economy — and the regular people he promised to protect.

Taylor Swift's new song decoded

Try not to be shocked that Taylor Swift wrote a song about a guy.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Taylor Swift Has a Miserable Crush and 12 More New Songs

Hear the tracks the caught our critics' attention this week, from Fever Ray, Colleen, Chris Stapleton and more.


Sunday Routine: How Patrick Willingham, of the Public Theater, Spends His Sundays

The executive director of the theater, which is celebrating its 50th season on Lafayette Street, lives nearby. He irons, goes to church and has one — just one — Bloody Mary.


Review: In ‘Lonely Planet,’ Mismatched Friends and an Unnamed Plague

In a Keen Company revival of Steven Dietz’s play, the comic actors Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath trade quips to keep the fear at bay.


Review: A ‘Torch Song’ Burning With Emotion Behind the Laughs

Portraying mother and son in a fierce revival of Harvey Fierstein’s comedy, Mercedes Ruehl and Michael Urie are in peak form.


With tears and song, China welcomes Xi as great, wise leader

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials on Thursday heaped praise on President Xi Jinping's political ideology, unveiled a day earlier at a key Communist Party Congress, a sign that it could be enshrined in the party's constitution and further cement his power.


Scalpel, Sponge, Show Tunes: When Doctors Moonlight as Actors

The Bard Hall Players, a theater company made up of Columbia University medical students, is marking its 50th season with a production of “Into the Woods.”


New Flight for a New ‘Butterfly’

David Henry Hwang has reworked his gender-blurring, career-launching Tony-winning play to assure that it feels “resonant with the culture today.”


Critic’s Notebook: Bodies in Pain, Protest and Resistance

Works from the Belarus Free Theater and the Freedom Theater explore the drama of confronting authority.


Review: Warming Up to the Frozen North in ‘Alaxsxa / Alaska’

Ping Chong creates a deceptively warm multimedia production about a very cold place.


Alexei Ratmansky’s Elective Affinity, Musically Speaking

Mr. Ratmansky keeps returning to Leonid Desyatnikov’s music. The two talked about their new work, Ukraine, their Jewish backgrounds and their Soviet upbringings.


Lin-Manuel Miranda's Puerto Rico relief song tops Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's star-studded charity song to fund relief efforts in Puerto Rico topped the Billboard digital singles chart on Monday, while Christian music rapper NF topped the Billboard 200 album chart.

Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical -- An Unauthorized Parody (Play)

Review: Hello, Hodor! A ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical Spoof

This spirited riff on the long-running HBO hit displays affection for its subject, tempered with a keen eye for its shortcomings.


Stephen Sondheim, Theater’s Greatest Lyricist

Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks to the man who has consistently remade the American musical over his 60-year career — and who is trying to surprise us one more time.


Critic’s Notebook: Making Shakespeare Their Own, Serious and Silly

Two productions that draw on the Bard: an “As You Like It” with echoes of the refugee crisis and a goofy musical based on “Measure for Measure.” In this case, fun wins.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Mavis Staples Warns of Deadly Force, and 9 More New Songs

Hear the songs that caught our critics' attention this week, from a studio reverie by Beck to a globe-hopping track by Major Lazer.


Review: The Brilliant Disguises of ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

In a hybrid of concert and autobiography, Bruce Springsteen delivers a major statement about his life’s work — but also a major revision of it.

Fierce girls fight inequality with Beyoncé song

A short film celebrating the International Day of the Girl shows young girls around the world dancing to Beyoncé's song "Freedom."


She Was About to Quit Acting. Then She Got the Role of a Lifetime.

Denise Gough brings her award-winning turn as an addict to St. Ann’s Warehouse, and will follow that up with “Angels in America” on Broadway.

Jason Aldean opens 'SNL' with Petty song

Country singer Jason Aldean, who was performing as the Las Vegas shooting began, did the "Saturday Night Live" cold open with a tribute to the victims and their families by singing Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down."

Ralphie May

Ralphie May, Brash Comedian, Is Dead at 45

Mr. May, who called himself “not a fat comedian but a comedian who happens to be fat,” toured extensively and made several stand-up specials.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Lin-Manuel Miranda Sings for Puerto Rico and 9 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable tracks from the Breeders, Big K.R.I.T. and Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes.


A Eugene O’Neill Marathon: 1 Actor, 1 Script, 5 Hours

David Greenspan has been rehearsing his solo take on the epic “Strange Interlude” for four years. Now it’s show time.


Critic’s Notebook: The Pain of Fame, With Sondheim, Warhol and Capote as Guides

A definitive revival of the musical “Merrily We Roll Along” and a new play about Andy Warhol and Truman Capote dissect the discontents of celebrity.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's releases star-studded song for Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda and 22 of his musically talented friends have released a new song to raise money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.


Ralph and Alice and Ed and Trixie (and Song and Dance)

A musical of “The Honeymooners” aims to open the windows of that cramped Kramden apartment to let in a “contemporary worldview.”


Song dynasty bowl shatters world record for Chinese ceramics, fetches $37.7 million in HK sale

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A nearly 900-year-old porcelain Song dynasty bowl smashed the world auction record for Chinese ceramics on Tuesday, selling for HK$294.3 million ($37.68 million) at a Sotheby's sale in Hong Kong.


Song dynasty bowl shatters world record for Chinese ceramics, fetches $37.7 mln in HK sale

HONG KONG, Oct 3 (Reuters) - A nearly 900-year-old porcelain Song dynasty bowl smashed the world auction record for Chinese ceramics on Tuesday, selling for HK$294.3 million ($37.68 million) at a Sotheby's sale in Hong Kong.


Listen to 14 Essential Tom Petty Songs

The hit singles he recorded between 1976 and 1993 made him a radio star, but his songs were packed with nuance just below the surface.

Tom Petty's most memorable songs

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tom Petty's career spanned five decades.


Review: In ‘Breeders,’ Parenting as a (Literal) Cage Match

Does having children tame the wild gay spirit? To answer the question, a new satire by Dan Giles looks to an unusual pair of experts.

Books and Literature

Fiction: In Alice McDermott’s Novel, A Cloistered Life Blows Open

In “The Ninth Hour,” the cause of a young Irish widow and her daughter is taken up by the nuns of a Brooklyn convent.


Review: Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy Debate Jesus. ‘Discord’ Ensues.

Titans of literature and politics are asked to look deep into their souls and admit their bad faith in Scott Carter’s careful debate of a play.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Hear Beyoncé Join ‘Mi Gente,’ Plus 9 More New Songs

Listen to the songs that caught our critics' attention this week, from a track Chance the Rapper debuted on "Colbert" to the finale of Torres' new album.


Review: In ‘Mary Jane,’ a Young Mother Faces Her Worst Fears

A child’s illness raises existential questions in Amy Herzog’s heartbreaking new play, starring Carrie Coon, at New York Theater Workshop.


How a Gang of Droogs Get Fit (Ultrafit) Off Broadway

The physical training required for the theatrical version of “A Clockwork Orange” rivals that of professional athletes.


BRIEF-Ralphs Grocery introduces pre-measured prepared meal kits called Prep+Pared

* ‍Ralphs Grocery Company says is introducing pre-measured and prepared meal kits, called Prep+Pared, in its stores​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Alice Waters Retraces the Path That Led Her to Chez Panisse

According to a new autobiography, “Coming to My Senses,” it all began with a year in Paris and a taste for the food she discovered there.


France reach Davis Cup final after Tsonga beats Lajovic

LILLE, France (Reuters) - France won a place in the Davis Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-2 to give the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead over Serbia on Sunday.


France reach Davis Cup final after Tsonga beat Lajovic

LILLE, France (Reuters) - France punched their ticket to the Davis Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-2 to give the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead against Serbia on Sunday.


France and Serbia level at 1-1 as Tsonga beats Djere

LILLE, France (Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed a no-nonsense 7-6(2) 6-3 6-3 win against Laslo Djere as France drew level with Serbia in their Davis Cup semi-final after the first singles on Friday.


Review: A Darker ‘Frozen,’ With Glints of Ice and Murk

In its out-of-town tryout, the stage adaptation of the highest-grossing animated movie of all time offers delights and difficulties.


Ralph Lauren pairs passion for fashion, cars at New York Fashion Week

BEDFORD, N.Y. (Reuters) - Runway shows at New York Fashion Week have become more elaborate each season and designer Ralph Lauren took it up a notch by combining his love of fashion and vintage cars to showcase his Fall 2017 collection.

Wainwright, Loudon III

Books of The Times: In ‘Liner Notes,’ Loudon Wainwright Looks Squarely at His Flaws and His Musical Family Tree

The folk singer — ex-husband of Kate McGarrigle and father of Rufus Wainwright, among his other connections — does not go easy on himself in this memoir.


Peter Hall, British Theater Director and Founder of Royal Shakespeare Company, Dies at 86

A champion of playwrights and actors, he was also artistic director of Britain’s National Theater, from 1973 to 1988.


Review: A Play With a Crude Name and a Powerfully Dark View

Suzan-Lori Parks’s Brechtian riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” returns to the stage with a new vitality.

Kristen Bell sings 'Frozen' songs to evacuees

"Frozen" actress Kristen Bell lifted spirits by singing to Florida evacuees during Hurricane Irma.


David v Goliath: Deezer seeks musical edge on Spotify

LONDON (Reuters) - From Brazilian gospel to Puerto Rican reggaeton and Dutch hip-hop, music streaming company Deezer is scouring the globe for gaps in the market where it can survive and thrive against Spotify and Apple.

Antique and Classic Cars

Ralph Lauren Is Still Behind the Wheel

The designer, whose half-century ride rates among the longest in the American fashion business, also happens to have the best wheels.