Start the Countdown Actors and dancers perform in a 50th anniversary production of 'West Side Story,' at Paris' Chatelet Theatre, 2007. PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images Back in 1866, a New York theater producer was juggling two shows: One was a melodrama about man who'd sold his soul to the devil and then regretted it (as people are wont to do). The other was a revue featuring a troupe of sexy — for the 19th century — French dancers. The theater he'd booked for the dancers was damaged in a fire. Not having anywhere else to hold that second show, he decided to incorporate the dancers in the melodrama. The result was the first Broadway musical. By that we mean, a live play featuring music and a "book" — the narration that moves the story forward and keeps the production from being just a collection of songs. That first musical was called "The Black Crook" and was enormously popular — it toured for decades and was even revived in 2016 [source: Viagas]. … [Read more...] about 10 Groundbreaking Broadway Musicals
Start the Countdown Planning a spectacular concert requires plenty of time and lots of careful work. ©iStockphoto.com/webphotographeer When you're looking for an event that's a real crowd-pleaser, it's tough to go wrong with music. It spans cultures, ages and tastes, and you've got a lot of options in terms of event size, style and budget. Basically, if you've got a crowd, or you hope to, music is a pretty sure bet. Not that it's the easiest type of event to coordinate. A concert can come with multiple elements to coordinate and endless possibilities to plan ahead for. But with some research, forethought and attention to detail, anyone can pull it off. Some of the bigger considerations, such as budget, and getting one or more musicians to show up, are fairly obvious. But there are other factors -- important ones -- that people sometimes overlook. Here, 10 tips to help you put together a great show from inception to encore, starting with the most important thing to … [Read more...] about 10 Tips for Musical Event Planning
The interior life of plants is probably much richer and more complicated than we think, but do they actually create music? George Rose/Getty Images If you find yourself in Turin, Italy, you might want to take a field trip to the eco-commune of Damanhur. There you can see the 11-story temple it took the 1,000 residents 16 years to build by hand, inspired by a falling star envisioned by the community's leader Oberto Aiuradi (who goes by Falco). You might also want to catch a singing plant concert, wherein sensors attached to the leaves of plants translate some of their biological processes into synthesizer music. Or, if you don't happen to be going to Italy anytime soon, for a mere $250, you can buy a machine that will allow you to listen into the "music" of your very own houseplants. You've got some options. What, you may with good reason be asking, is going on here? Plants are silent, unaware, unreactive oxygen factories! They certainly can't make music. The Secret Life of Plants … [Read more...] about Do Plants Make Music?
Beyoncé Knowles performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 21, 2018 in Indio, California. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella The music festival season is upon us. Beyoncé already delivered arguably the greatest live performance of all time at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2018 and there are dozens more star-packed lineups on the way, from the electronica-themed Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas to Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee to Lollapalooza in Chicago. Music festivals are a blast, but research shows they can also be a bummer for your ears. The sheer length of some music festivals — each weekend of Coachella runs three days with 10-plus hours of music a day — plus the widespread use of alcohol and drugs can inflict serious damage on your hearing with potentially permanent consequences. Marshall Chasin is an audiologist from Toronto who specializes in hearing loss prevention for … [Read more...] about This Year’s Must-have for Music Festival Season: Ear Plugs
K-pop sensation BTS performs onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images The winner of the online reader's poll for Time magazine's 2018 Person of the Year was not Michelle Obama, the Thai cave divers, Pope Francis, nor even planet Earth (the runner-up). Nope, all these were bested by BTS. If you're asking, "Who's that?" you're probably over age 35. BTS is a South Korean K-pop boy band taking over the world. The seven-man group (also known as the Bangtan Boys) has shattered expectations this year, becoming the first ever K-pop group to claim the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. (K-pop is style of music mixing hip-hop, pop and EDM that originated in South Korea.) Take that, Backstreet Boys. The world has spoken and they want it that way. BTS has been around since 2012 and quickly established a rabid fan base in Korea and throughout Asia. The full name of the group is Bangtan Sonyeondan, … [Read more...] about Who Is BTS and Why Are They Taking Over the Pop Music World?