Ariana Grande Sings About Pete Davidson and Mac Miller in New Song “Thank u, next”

Ariana Grande, Pete DavidsonAriana Grande fans are going to have to keep “Breathin” despite the fact that the singer just released some new music. Grande’s mom, Joan Grande, tweeted about the song’s release,…


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Sings for Only the Lonely (2018 Stereo Mix) – Frank Sinatra

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Sings for Only the Lonely (2018 Stereo Mix)

Frank Sinatra

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: January 1, 1958

© A Capitol Records release; ℗ 2018 Capitol Records, LLC

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‘NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick Sings ‘Bye Bye Bye’ in Tutu for 47th Birthday

[[tmz:video id=”0_shvwcned”]] ‘NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick took it all the way back to 2000 for his 47th birthday — and then he took it even further by doing it in a tutu and a sash. The ex-boy band member celebrated the big 4-7 Wednesday at Jason…

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Sings His Sad Heart – Matt Nathanson

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Sings His Sad Heart

Matt Nathanson

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: October 5, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Acrobat Records / Crush Music under exclusive license to AWAL Recordings America, Inc.

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Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Deep Cuts Edition) – Ryley Walker


Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Deep Cuts Edition)
Ryley Walker

Release Date:
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Genre:
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Lady Sings the Blues – Billie Holiday

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Lady Sings the Blues

Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: December 31, 1955

© ℗ 2011 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics – Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics

Aretha Franklin

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 17, 2014

© ℗ 2014 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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Sings the Blues – Nina Simone

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Sings the Blues

Nina Simone

Genre: Blues

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: January 1, 1967

© ℗ Originally Recorded 1966 & 1967. All rights reserved by BMG Music; (P) 2006 BMG Music

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Robin Thicke Sings Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ To His 5-Month-Old Daughter Mia

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Sings for Only the Lonely – Frank Sinatra

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Sings for Only the Lonely

Frank Sinatra

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: September 1, 1958

© ℗ 1998 Capitol Records, Inc.

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook (Expanded Edition) – Ella Fitzgerald

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook (Expanded Edition)

Ella Fitzgerald

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 16.99

Release Date: January 1, 1956

© ℗ 1997 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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‘Baby Driver’ Star Ansel Elgort Sings Karaoke for Friend’s Birthday

[[tmz:video id=”0_l0q9nv0l”]] Ansel Elgort practically recreated a scene from his blockbuster film this weekend — except this time, he actually belted out the words … and it was just as charming. The “Baby Driver” star hit up a high school pal’s…

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The Best of Chet Baker Sings – Chet Baker

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The Best of Chet Baker Sings

Chet Baker

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 8.99

Release Date: August 23, 1989

© ℗ 1989 Blue Note Records

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Gord Downie, a Canadian Rock Legend, Sings Goodbye

Inside the making of “Introduce Yerself,” the intimate new solo album that the Tragically Hip frontman made before his death this week.
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Usher Sings Karaoke With Ludacris & Stevie Wonder At His 39th Birthday Party

Usher ushered in his 39th birthday in epic fashion — with karaoke!


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Kevin Hart’s Sex Tape Partner Sings ‘Lick Till You Get To The Center Of It’ in New Song

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook (Expanded Edition) – Ella Fitzgerald

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook (Expanded Edition)

Ella Fitzgerald

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 16.99

Release Date: January 1, 1956

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Selena Gomez Sings New Song ‘Fetish’ In A Very Glossy Teaser

Selena Gomez teases her new single “Fetish” with the first audio clip of the song.
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‘SNL’ Premiere: Hillary Clinton Cameos as Bartender, Sings “Lean on Me”


“They’re multiplying!” Bill Clinton (Darrell Hammond) exclaimed upon seeing ‘SNL’s’ Hillary impersonator talking to the actual politician herself.

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Mick Jagger Sings ‘Satisfaction’ With Taylor Swift

Mick Jagger joined Taylor Swift on stage at a Nashville show to sing the Rolling Stones classic “Satisfaction.” “The person I’m about to bring out has been so incredibly kind to me over the years,” Swift said, introducing Mick. “This person is one of the greatest entertainers of all time . . . This person has been knighted.”
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Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul – Otis Redding

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Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul

Otis Redding

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: December 31, 1965

© ℗ 1965 Atco Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

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Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (Deluxe) – Karrin Allyson

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Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (Deluxe)

Karrin Allyson

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: September 18, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Motema Music LLC

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B.B. King Sings Spirituals – B.B. King

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B.B. King Sings Spirituals

B.B. King

Genre: Blues

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: December 31, 1958

© ℗ 1959 Virgin Records America Inc.

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Jay Z — Sings Beyonce with Emotion … I’ll Always Be Her + 1 (VIDEO)

Jay Z got lost in the moment, emotionally belting out lyrics to one of his wife’s mega-songs. Jay was standing with Nick Jonas, watching Beyonce perform “1 + 1” Saturday at the Budweiser Made in America Concert in…

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Slipknot ‘Sings’ Ricky Martin ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ in Viral Video: Watch

Slipknot’s gone pop in a new viral video that mashes up a performance by the heavy metal band and Ricky Martin’s 1999 smash hit “Livin’ la Vida Loca…
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Taylor Swift Sings ‘Smelly Cat’ With Lisa Kudrow And It’s Glorious

Taylor Swift has brought some unexpected guests on stage during the course of her “1989” tour, but bringing former “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow up to sing “Smelly Cat,” well, that’s just genius.

For her fifth show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Swift and Kudrow sang a simple, but beloved song of a smelly cat, and it was glorious:

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For her final LA show, Swift didn’t skimp on the special guests. In addition to Kudrow, the pop star also brought out her BFF Selena Gomez to sing “Good For You,” and Justin Timberlake to sing “Mirrors.”


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A French musician sings into the record books

Gerald Genty is set to beat a world record after he plays 37 concerts in under 12 hours. Alicia Powell reports.


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Patti Smith Sings ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ Elegy: Listen

Patti Smith: punk legend, Hall of Famer and singer of “Aqua Teen” songs. All of these things are true. 
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Patti Smith Sings an Elegy for ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’

To honor its 13-season run, the soon-to-end Adult Swim cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force commissioned Patti Smith to record an eerie original song/elegy called “Aqua Teen Dream.” The absurdist series will conclude its final season (entitled Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever) with an episode named “The Last One Forever and Ever (For Real This Time) (We ****ing Mean It)” this Sunday night at midnight. Listen to the …
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Guess Who I Saw Today: Nancy Wilson Sings Songs of Lost Love – Nancy Wilson

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Guess Who I Saw Today: Nancy Wilson Sings Songs of Lost Love

Nancy Wilson

Genre: Vocal Jazz

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: August 16, 2005

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5-year-old Heavenly Joy sings and taps her way into TODAY’s heart

Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie are joined by 5-year-old Heavenly Joy Jerkins, a pint-sized musical powerhouse and the daughter of music producer Rodney Jerkins. She sings “In Summer,” a tune from the popular movie “Frozen,” and wows the studio with her vocal and tap dancing performance (and adorableness).


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Tori Kelly & Miranda Sings Cover Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’: Watch

In a setting that would surely be approved by Taylor Swift — a bedroom with cat-themed decor — “Should’ve Been Us” singer Tori Kelly and YouTube…
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Meryl Streep Sings Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ in ‘Ricki and the Flash’: Listen

Meryl Streep’s new film Ricki and the Flash features the actress performing Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” and a preview of the cover has made…
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Tori Kelly Covers ‘Bad Blood’ — With A Little Help From Miranda Sings

Tori Kelly and Miranda Sings hilariously cover Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood.’
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Lollapalooza 2015 Saturday Recap: Tove Lo Sings ‘Heroes’ With Alesso, Travi$ Scott’s Set Cut Short: Watch

12:32 PM: Janelle Kroll gets Lollapalooza’s second day started on a fitting note with her beautifully accusatory ballad “Sunny Days” at the BMI stage…
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Brandy Sings On NYC Subway And No One Notices

Brandy belted a rendition of her track “Home” while taking a ride on the New York City subway recently and the crazy part is that no one seemed to notice. Clad in a gray hooded sweatshirt and oversized sunglasses, Brandy showed off her pipes on the train, which was recorded and posted to her blog. “Nobody heard me singing?” Brandy asked after belting out the tune. “Nobody cares? OK.”
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No F*cks Given: Brandy Sings Her Heart Out On NYC Subway And Not A Single Person Cared

Poor (rich) Brandy. She rode the NYC subway recently and decided to sing a song for the her audience. She obviously has never ridden the subway system in NY before, because she thought people would somehow care about her or what she was doing. Even if she can sing her a** off.

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Lady Gaga Sings Cover Of Edith Piaf’s ‘La Vie En Rose’

Lady Gaga recently sang a cover of Edith Piaf‘s “La Vie En Rose” at Copenhagen’s oldest jazz club, La Fontaine. The singer made the surprise appearance after performing with Tony Bennett at the 37th edition of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Gaga wore a silk top and rocked a Marilyn Monroe-esque hairstyle during the intimate performance.
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Aretha Franklin sings praises of Illinois after highway help

CHICAGO (AP) — Aretha Franklin's spokesman said the Queen of Soul was grateful and exclaimed "Hallelujah!" after the state of Illinois helped out when her tour bus broke down on the way to Chicago and left her stranded along a highway. Transmission problems stopped the bus around 1:20 a.m. Monday a few miles from downtown on eastbound Interstate 290. Franklin's assistants started calling car services to transport her from the side of the road, but …
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Sings the Blues – Nina Simone

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Sings the Blues

Nina Simone

Genre: Blues

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: January 1, 2006

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Fancy! Iggy Azalea plans wedding, sings car karaoke with James Corden

The two joined forces for Corden’s latest installment of Carpool Karaoke, belting out Azalea’s hits “Fancy,” “Black Widow” and “Trouble.”




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Lady Sings the Blues – Rebecca Ferguson

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Lady Sings the Blues

Rebecca Ferguson

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: March 6, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Simco Under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

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Dr. Teeth Sings “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by ODB

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Anna Kendrick Sings Chance the Rapper’s ‘Sunday Candy,’ Nails It: Watch

It’s pretty clear by now Anna Kendrick is one of the cool ones. But that she’s got good taste in music, too, makes loving her all the sweeter….
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Then Sings My Soul – Jenny Oaks Baker

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Then Sings My Soul

Jenny Oaks Baker

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: March 3, 2010

© ℗ 2010 Shadow Mountain Records

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The Best of Chet Baker Sings – Chet Baker

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The Best of Chet Baker Sings

Chet Baker

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: August 23, 1989

© ℗ 1989 Blue Note Records

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Steph Curry’s Daughter — Hijacks Press Conference Again … Sings Big Sean Song

Best video of the day.  Steph Curry’s adorable daughter, Riley, stole the show at the Warriors post-game press conference — AGAIN — and this time, she capped off her performance by singing some Big Sean into the…

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Jacquie Lee of ‘The Voice’ sings ‘Tears Fall’

New Jersey native Jacquie Lee was the runner-up on season 5 of “The Voice.” The 17-year-old singer performs “Tears Fall,” a song co-written by Sia.




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Dinklage Sings ‘Thrones’ Song

Tyrion Lannister is going strong on "Game of Thrones," and now, Peter Dinklage is singing about it for the upcoming Red Nose Day.


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Maya Rudolph Sings Beyonce-Inspired National Anthem At Tulane Graduation

When you invite Maya Rudolph to be your commencement speaker, you can’t expect just a typical speech. Rudolph brought it out at Tulane University’s commencement on Saturday, giving a hysterically inspiring address before doing her own unique interpretation of the National Anthem.

“It really is a true honor to be with all of you as you begin this new phase of your life,” Rudolph told graduates, “as you embark on this exciting and challenging journey of being sober during the day.”

It was the first of many jokes throughout the speech, which included an Oprah imitation (“YOU get a diploma!”) and an extended explanation of her alleged procrastination to write the speech.

Rudolph talked about her telling her father — a Tulane grad — that she wanted to be on Saturday Night Live when she graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She went through improv classes and learned the classic rule: to any situation, say “yes, and.”

“Say yes, and,” Rudolph said as advice to the graduates. “Create your own destiny. Hold onto your old friends. Kiss your mama. Admit what your dreams are. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t know what you’re gonna do tomorrow, but work hard and don’t be lazy. And put away your damn iPhone once in a while.”

To end her speech, she asked graduates to stand. Taking advantage of her time on a mic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, she sang a ridiculous national anthem — with a bit of Beyonce mixed in.

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Maya Rudolph Sings Beyonce During Tulane University Commencement Speech (Video)

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The One Where Matt LeBlanc Sings Joey’s Songs From ‘Friends’

However you doin’, it’s about to get a lot better.

While stopping by “The Graham Norton Show,” actor Matt LeBlanc broke out some of Joey Tribbiani’s old songs from “Friends.”

And for those of you who are like, “What? Joey sang songs in ‘Friends’?” — here’s a reminder:

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From the clip, it’s clear Joey’s still got it. Now if only someone can convince Ross it’s time for “Friends” reunion.


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Theater: “Hunchback” Sings; Ibsen Stuck in Stone For “Posterity”

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This musical version of Victor Hugo’s sprawling melodrama has had its eye on Broadway ever since James Lapine turned the Disney animated film into live theater for Germany back in the 1990s. After many years and much tinkering, I’m afraid a happy ending on Broadway is as unlikely as a happy ending for the disfigured Quasimodo. But it isn’t for lack of trying: the show boasts truly excellent singing from its four leads, huge vocal support from the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus that certainly adds punch to the show’s many, many climactic moments and superior playing from the orchestra conducted by musical director Brent-Alan Huffman. Quite simply, this work could not ask for a better showcase. The many failings on display are strictly its own.

For all the Les Miz-like sprawl on display, the story is simple and can be quickly reduced to three men all in love — to varying degrees — with one woman. The religious leader of the Church of Notre Dame is Dom Claude Frollo (Patrick Page). He’s always been drawn to a life of strict denial, perhaps in response to his wayward brother Jehan. The more fun-loving Jehan (a memorable Jeremy Stolle in
a small role) falls in love with a gypsy, is banished from their home in Notre Dame and dies, leaving only the deformed child Quasimodo. Frollo raises the boy in the belfry with a confused mixture of love and sternness, seeing the child’s outward ugliness as a sign of Jehan’s sin.

They are both bewitched by the gypsy Esmerelda (Ciara Renée), who enters Paris for the annual Festival of Fools. Esmerelda (Ciara Renee) is kind to the now-adult hunchback (Michael Arden), wary of the feverishly enraptured Frollo and flirty with the handsome new Captain of the Guards Phoebus (Andrew Samonsky). Frollo becomes more and more obsessed with this gypsy — this reminder of his brother’s fall — and he is determined somehow to have her carnally and save her soul. Since both are hardly possible, it’s no surprise when he turns on her, damns Esmerelda as a witch and rouses the guards to hunt her down and burn her at the stake. It falls to Quasimodo to claim “Sanctuary! Sanctuary!” by swinging into action, rescuing the beautiful and sweet woman and taking her to his home in the belfry, holding off seemingly all of Paris in the process. Oh, and there’s a lot of singing.

Needless to say, it doesn’t end well. This version retains most of the songs written by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken for the film, including some which weren’t even originally used. It has a new book by Peter Parnell and a great deal of sound and fury. Seemingly every other scene ends with a clamor; when you’ve got lots of bells and a full choir on stage, the temptation to use it all is resisted about as well as Frolo’s desire for flesh. He punishes the gypsy girl; the show punishes us by starting at full volume and never stopping. Subtlety was never really called for in a melodrama like this. But when not seeming like a poor cousin to Les Miserables, the show feels like all peaks and no valleys.

The two romantic leads are cardboard cutouts on paper. Renée adds some genuine charm as Esmerelda but Samonsky feels resolutely modern as Phoebus. Patrick Page fares much better as the conflicted Frollo but it’s almost entirely to his presence. Certainly would-be big numbers like “Hellfire” add nothing to his role. Indeed, all the songs blend together, whether rousing openers like “The Bells Of Notre Dame,” tunes of yearning like “Out There” or romantic ballads like “Someday.” Those who are musically inclined will appreciate the complexity of the score, the motifs for characters that are repeated throughout and the Latin choral work drawing on classic religious melodies for the act two curtain raiser. But no one will be singing them. There’s a reason the film has not earned its place in the Disney canon.

Certainly the staging doesn’t help. The scenic design by Alexander Dodge manages to be both very busy, even cluttered really in the margins while almost non-existent for the main action. It’s the worst of both worlds, with countless stairs and ramps leading to nowhere interesting but just a few pieces of removable railing to suggest the soaring balcony high above Paris. (When Quasimodo straddles one and scares Esmerelda by pretending to fall, I was a little worried too since it was so rickety the railing trembled.)

But The Hunchback Of Notre Dame truly falls apart with a shocking lack of theatrical imagination at the finale. Anyone who has seen the various feature film and TV movie versions (notably Charles Laughton in the greatest of them all from 1939) will remember that action-packed climax. Quasimodo swoops in to rescue Esmerelda, scales the walls of Notre Dame and pours boiling oil from the belfry to ward off attackers among other derring-do. If you can’t think of an interesting, theatrically exciting way to do this finale, why would you stage it at all?

Instead, this show mostly just stops and describes what happens during the final pages of the book. As in having a chorus member step forward and say, “And then Quasimodo….” Ludicrously, when the hunchback is scaling the outside wall, this is illustrated by having actors “pose” as the wall and having Quasimodo weave in and out of them as he walks across the stage. It looks more like he’s wandering a garden maze and of course it takes place from stage right to stage left when what you want is to have Quasimodo descend or ascend a great height.

Similarly, the boiling pitch is banally and ineffectively depicted as a silky banner while the throwing of a body from the belfry — the emotional peak of the story — is also very poorly handled. All of this constitutes what should be a crescendo of action after two hours of mostly internal strife. Instead it’s quite bereft of any theatrical magic from director Scott Schwartz and his creative team; the climax is the first thing they should have tackled and solved but in fact they never came close to figuring it out. Not helping matters is the mawkish, misguided flourish at the “Finale Ultimo” in which the chorus insists that there is literally a little Quasimodo in all of us. (The only theatrical magic to be found at all is a modest but effective bit in which a beheaded statue talks to Quasimodo; it’s simple but engaging.)

So stick figure characters, unmemorable songs and a bungled climax. What should be an utter failure is actually watchable thanks to the assembled cast. Page holds the stage throughout and makes you believe in his turmoil even when the writing and songs give him little to work with. Stolle was distinctive enough as his brother to leave a memory of that man an effective touchstone for the rest of the show. (Stolle certainly deserved more than a credit as “Ensemble” in his bio for this small part.) Joseph J. Simeone is a stand-out in the hardworking chorus. The music is too insistent but it’s sung powerfully and played beautifully, thanks to the trio of musical supervisor Michael Kosarin, orchestrator Michael Starobin and music director and conductor Huffman. They do sterling work.

That leaves Quasimodo, played by Michael Arden. I can’t call it a star-making turn because the role isn’t remotely good enough. Besides, there’s not enough Quasimodo in the show. The character almost disappears for chunks of time in a musical that is, after all, named for him. Nonetheless, Arden makes a strong impression, from the opener — where the handsome but approachable Arden is transformed onstage via a few modest touches into Quasimodo — right to the finale.

He keeps this easily cliched character from slipping into bathos, letting only a few modest fawning gestures towards Frollo tell us what we need to know about this beaten-down fellow. When alone, Quasimodo stands a little taller and belts out in a truly beautiful and powerful voice. When other characters are present, he sinks down lower and sings more awkwardly, meaning Arden transitions back and forth throughout the show, giving varied shadings to his speaking and singing based on Quasimodo’s emotional state. He never belabors the point or calls attention to it; both as actor and singer, Arden is excellent.

The show asks about the difference between a monster and a man. Which leads one to ask, what’s the difference between a talented actor and a star? A great role in a great show, I think. Hopefully Arden will land one soon.

POSTERITY * 1/2 out of ****
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Plays about famous artists crossing paths with one another (or with artists we know will fade into obscurity) are irresistible to playwrights, apparently. Whether these meetings are real or imagined, thoroughly documented or left to the imagination, you know that Art will be discussed and debated, chuckles drawn from now-dated comments like “Movies are a fad and will soon disappear!” or some such thing and the judgement of History hangs heavy.

All the pitfalls of such endeavors are unfortunately present in Posterity, the new drama written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright. It boils down to two main scenes.

In one, sculptor Gustav Vigeland (Hamish Linklater) is on the brink of securing a commission to create his masterwork. (He will ultimately become Norway’s most famous sculptor.) However, in order to gain this opportunity he must convince the towering, world famous, aging but obstinate playwright Henrik Ibsen to sit for one final bust, a concrete expression of his fame. They fence intellectually, playfully and fiercely, with Vigeland seizing on everything from flattery to insult to suggesting history will forget him in an effort to bend the unbending Ibsen.

In the second scene, sudden illness has prompted a death watch at the great man’s home while Ibsen musters the strength for a sitting that soon turns into a confession of his many personal failings.

Ultimately, neither scene truly works.

Like the show, technical elements are spotty. Derek McLane’s set for the working studio of Vigeland is gorgeous and convincing, with soft lighting from David Lander adding immeasurably to the effect. The costumes by Susan Hilferty are similarly on target.

However, a switch to the home of Ibsen is rather bizarrely handled in act two. Suddenly, for no discernible reason, three large oil paintings are brought out and arrayed across the front of the stage, all of them portraits. One might think they were portraits of Ibsen, Vigeland and Vigeland’s manager Sophus Larpent (Henry Stram). Who else could they be? But since they are soon placed on the walls of Ibsen’s home, clearly it couldn’t be the latter two. But why are they paraded out and placed in front of us? A spotlight is focused on one and then the other and then the other. Why? Is it to distract us from the set change taking place? Whatever the reason, their mysterious appearance in such prominent positions at such a key moment, never to be referenced again, was puzzling to say the least.

Worse was the incidental scene-setting music of David Van Tieghem (who also did the fine sound design). It’s melodramatic and ponderous in the extreme, emphasizing and calling attention to the weakest elements of the show. No music is needed and the little offered here unfortunately weighed down an already shaky show.

Dale Soules and Mickey Theis are saddled with unfortunate minor characters. Soules has a speech at the very start where this elderly domestic mocks her penny pinching employer. Soules I sense is a fine actor doing her best in a poor part. But it’s the sort of scene opener that immediately makes clear this show will hit mostly false notes. You don’t buy this woman who has a husband and child dependent on her would speak out so mockingly when her job is at stake; indeed she never shows similar spunk the rest of the evening. So it’s entirely out of character and unconvincing. Soules is not at fault, though. Theis however is woefully miscast as Vigeland’s assistant. He may be one of those actors who simply doesn’t convince in period pieces. It surely doesn’t help that his role is a muddle as well.

Every time these two take center stage we feel the play is killing time until the inevitable showdown between the sculptor and the playwright. We simply don’t care about them and the play never gives us a reason to do so or even a reason to accept them as real. Stram has it little better as the patron/manager (another ill-defined character in a show with only five). Stram is a pro and at least creates the illusion of one for a while.

So we’re down to those two sparring sessions. In the first, Linklater seemed rushed and uncertain the night I attended. He’s one of my favorite actors and I felt Linklater was trying to gin up some emotion, some enthusiasm for this tired debate about Art and Life and Posterity. The writing just wasn’t there and he knew it or at least sensed something was missing and struggled to bring it to life.

Noble fared much better in that first scene. He entered and the restless audience immediately sat up straight. The silly simpering of the servants wasn’t needed for us to understand: this is a formidable man. Noble commanded attention by simple force of will. With two such skilled actors, it was inevitable that even this forced exchange of philosophies would be somewhat entertaining. But it fell into a predictable rhythm right down to a joke about James Joyce. (It’s this show’s equivalent of “Cars will never replace horses”.)

Noble certainly hoped for better in their second scene, which has a long, soul-baring monologue for the frosty, proud Ibsen. He does a marvelous job physically as the broken down man who hears the beating wings of Death (as we’re told repeatedly). But that monologue is too clearly a Monologue and goes on too long. Or to be more accurate, isn’t interesting and varied enough to sustain our interest for the time it lasts. The details of his revealed flaws are at first poignant but become maudlin after Wright drags out the moment well past its breaking point. Poor Linklater is reduced to murmuring the occasional “Yes” and “Mm-hmm” as Ibsen goes on and on, though Noble brings what dignity and dramatic powers he can to bear.

That scene is modestly effective if attenuated…and then Posterity spoils whatever glow Noble and Linklater give it with a final plot twist that is pure, unearned bathos. One needn’t wait for the judgment of posterity to know this isn’t one for the ages.

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