Review: Hot Stuff Turns Cold in ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’

Certainly Ms. Summer’s life merits a more sophisticated treatment. Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston in 1948, she sang in church, dropped out of high school to try her luck in New York and by 1968 was playing Sheila in the Munich company of “Hair.” While in Germany she not only married (briefly) the man who would provide her last name and first child but also met Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, who would produce 11 of her 20 albums. In 1975 they recorded the song “Love to Love You…

Prince’s Family Sues Hospital That Treated His First Opioid Overdose

Lawyers for Prince’s family, George Loucas and John Goetz, said in a statement Monday: “What happened to Prince is happening to families across America. The family wishes through its investigation to shed light on this epidemic and how to better the fight to save lives. If Prince’s death helps save lives, then all was not lost.” The lawsuit names Trinity Medical Center, the Illinois hospital where Prince was treated, along with its parent companies. Also named is Nicole F. Mancha, a doctor who provided Prince care at the hospital, as…

10 Treasures, Unearthed From the New York Philharmonic’s Archives

Imagine what you could find if you rummaged through the attic of America’s oldest orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, founded in 1842. A Beethoven score, annotated decades apart by Mahler and Toscanini, two Philharmonic music directors who didn’t always see eye to eye. A flute part from the 1893 premiere of Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony. A “Mahler Grooves” bumper sticker that Leonard Bernstein put in his score of Mahler’s Sixth. For more than three decades, the Philharmonic’s rummager-in-chief has been Barbara Haws, its first archivist and historian. She has been…

The New ‘American Idol’: Youth Gone Wild and an Understanding Dad

Seeing singers like these grow into their power was always central to the “Idol” narrative. The same is true for some older contestants, like Marcio Donaldson, a tender soul singer who in early appearances seemed as if he might shatter, and Ada Vox, a drag queen with a gargantuan voice who auditioned in earlier seasons as Adam Sanders. (The celebration of Ms. Vox; Ms. Perry’s casual use of queer slang; and the showcasing of the same-sex marriage of Jurnee, one of the finalists, are far leaps for a show that…

Review: Two U.S. Orchestras Get a Rare Chance at Carnegie

“Gandhi wouldn’t have been Gandhi if it hadn’t been for Ramakrishna,” Mr. Glass said of the 19th-century Hindu mystic in a brief preliminary conversation on stage with Mr. St. Clair. The “Passion” text presents some of Ramakrishna’s thoughts and tells of his death in touching fashion. In the earlier parts, Mr. Glass wields his sustained, seamless arpeggiations to produce a timeless, subdued sort of rocking lullaby. He breaks into uncharacteristically wild expressionism in the death scene, then finds his way to gorgeous tranquillity in an epilogue. The performance was excellent,…

‘The Middle’: Watch How a Pop Hit Is Made

Video Watch How a Pop Hit Is Made Using voice memos, demos, texts and interviews we reconstruct the wild ride of how Zedd, Maren Morris and a 23-year-old songwriter turned a few chords into an enormous hit, “The Middle.” By JOE COSCARELLI, ALICIA DESANTIS, ANTONIO de LUCA, ALEXANDRA EATON and WILL LLOYD on Publish Date April 22, 2018. . Watch in Times Video » Dig just past the shiny surface of today’s mainstream pop music, and you might find yourself asking questions like, “Why does it take seven people to…

Prince’s Friends Fiercely Guarded His Privacy, Complicating Overdose Investigation

But the hundreds of pages of investigative documents released by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office did pull back the curtain on Prince’s intense reliance on his intimate circle of friends and employees, as well as their desire to protect him, as demonstrated by Mr. Johnson’s behavior in Moline. In their limited statements to investigators, those closest to Prince in his final years said that the depths of his opioid addiction had been largely concealed from them until his final weeks when they rushed to save him. “How did he hide…

Avicii, Electronic Dance Music Producer and D.J., Is Dead at 28

Avicii worked with musicians including Madonna and Coldplay, and became one of the world’s highest paid D.J.s. In 2015, Forbes ranked him as the sixth-highest-paid D.J. on earth and estimated his annual earnings at roughly $19 million. But Avicii retired from international touring in 2016 at age 26 after a series of health scares that struck while he was on the road. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. Before that, at 21, he learned he had acute pancreatitis, which he said was related in part to excessive…

Bristling Energy: The Best Classical Music Moments of the Week

Our critics and reporters offer a glimpse of what’s moved and delighted them over the past week. Read the rest of our classical music coverage here. Bristling Energy It’s rare that a conservatory offers one of the operatic events of the season, but this week the Juilliard School had a coup with a rare staging of Rameau’s “Hippolyte et Aricie,” a French Baroque masterpiece that set off an aesthetic war at its 1733 premiere. Despite Juilliard’s ill-advised snipping of the work’s crucial prologue, and despite a questionable interpolation at the…