The concept album started with a dream. Singer, songwriter, and Broadway actor Morgan James dreamed that she performed “Jesus Christ Superstar.” In her dream, she was Jesus and Shoshana Bean was Judas. She told her friends about the dream, and they encouraged her to make her idea of an all-women production a reality. What Morgan says started out as a lark became the (so far) two-volume “She Is Risen.”
Donnetta Grays is just one of many playwrights whose productions were cut short this year due to COVID-19—since the spring season is generally when theaters “take more risks” in producing shows outside of the traditional canon. So the pandemic, unsurprisingly, is disproportionately affecting playwrights who produce such “radical” work—namely, Black, queer and marginalized writers.
The Kilroys’ LIST aims to memorialize those productions.
Altísimo, a livestream Latin music and pop culture festival, can bring the Latin spirit to your laptop. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Farmworkers’ COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund, which helps over two million U.S. farmers whose work continues to keep food on U.S. tables.
“19: The Musical” is a two-hour musical that chronicles women’s struggle to gain the right to vote—which was finally won a century ago with the 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution. Modeled after Hamilton, “19” brings to life a story that few Americans know or understand.
Robin Ritz’s song and video celebrate the divine feminine—in the women in our lives, in our archetypes and in ourselves.
Among the many aspects of contemporary life and culture in which women’s representation is edging toward equity, the field of classical music is making progress. There is ample opportunity for this progress—given that classical music has been built on centuries of works composed, performed and curated by men.
On February 23, a new vision for classical music will resound in Los Angeles when the American Youth Symphony celebrates their 2018/19 season, which they’ve dubbed “The Year of the Woman.” AYS Music Director and legendary performer, conductor and instrumentalist Carlos Izcaray talked to Ms. about how he’ll continue steering its powerful vision for progress after the season ends.