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Jon Sobel is an Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases. He writes the blog Park Odyssey, for which he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City—over a thousand of them. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. By night he's a working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Other Mozart’ by Sylvia Milo

Sylvia Milo in THE OTHER MOZART. Photo by by Charlotte Dobre

Mozart's sister has been the subject of several novels and a film, but it's hard to imagine anyone can have brought her back to life with as much vivid urgency as Sylvia Milo does on stage. Read More »

Interview: Pianist Yoonie Han on Her Debut Album ‘Love and Longing’

Yoonie Han in Dolce and Gabbana

The pianist explores love and longing on her debut release on the Steinway & Sons label, with music by Schubert, Liszt, Prokofiev, Granados and more. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases from Queen, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Idol, Wire, Diana Krall, ZZ Top and More

queen the band

Our new weekly roundup of major new music releases. Read More »

Theater Review (Broadway): ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ Based on Lyrics by Tupac Shakur

Holler If Ya Hear Me

Theatrical spectacle can derive both its meaning and its power from any number of forms of expression. But no one had tried using pure rap on a Broadway scale before. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Power Plays’ – Short Plays by Neil LaBute, John Guare, David Henry Hwang, Bekah Brunstetter, and Bruce Graham

Power Plays

This collection of short plays by five playwrights offers something of a master class in the many styles of contemporary writing for the stage. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): Aaron Copland’s ‘The Tender Land’ at the Chelsea Opera

Leonarda Priore (Ma Moss) in Chelsea Opera's 'The Tender Land' by Aaron Copland, Photo Credit: Robert J. Saferstein

Copland Dust Bowl "folk opera" still feels fresh and interesting on its 60th anniversary in this impressive production from Chelsea Opera. Read More »

Bland Tony Awards Telecast a Limp Plug for Broadway

neil-patrick-harris-hedwig

Broadway razzle-dazzle is alive and kicking, but would these production numbers, in and of themselves, have made me want to see the shows? Mostly not. Read More »

Pop Stars and Broadway: Lauper Wins, Sting Sings, Gloria Estefan Waits in the Wings

tupac

When pop stars get the Broadway bug, results are mixed. But results are going to be mixed no matter what, so why not? Read More »

Win a Copy of the ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Original Cast Album

Bullets Over Broadway leading ladies

With the Tony Awards approaching faster than a speeding bullet, we've got a copy to give away of the original cast recording of the Woody Allen musical nominated for six Tonys. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘A Serious Banquet’ by This Is Not A Theatre Company

a serious banquet by this is not a theatre company

The crème de la crème of the Paris avant-garde of a century ago mingle with dinner guests, converse about art, and serve dinner in this high-spirited exercise in immersive theater. Read More »