Arts Talk

By George Basler Theater officials swear it’s a coincidence, but fans of the British comedy troupe Monty Python should be licking their chops with glee. That’s because two local theater companies -- the Endicott Performing Arts Center and the Cider Mill Playhouse -- will be mounting productions of the Broadway smash musical Spamalot over the next seven months. That’s a lot of “spam” for a community this size, and officials emphasize it came about by chance, not by planning. Now they hope that there are enough Python fans to...
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EDITOR'S NOTE: George Basler is a blogger and reviewer for Broome Arts Mirror. He was a long-time reporter and writer for the Press & Sun-Bulletin. In his retirement he’s helped produce a book. Here are, as he phrased it, "the bloody details": A few years back Broome County Historian Gerry Smith and I had what we thought was a great idea. We planned to do a book together about notables of Broome County’s past. Actually, notables is the wrong term, because we had no intention of writing about...
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By Barb Van Atta My son and I attended the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton's fabulous "American Masters" concert last Sunday (Oct. 20) at United Presbyterian Church (formerly First Presbyterian) in Binghamton. What a wonderful performance, focusing on four 20th century composers near and dear to our hearts: Norman Dello Joio, Samuel Barber, Morten Lauridsen and Aaron Copland! The ambitious mix of full choral and ensemble pieces, conducted by Bruce Borton, reminded us yet again of the depth and breadth of vocal talent in this community. I wish...
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