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“Hamilton” and the Hip-Hop Case for Progressive Heroism

The stunning hip-hop musical “Hamilton” asks what it means to be a progressive hero in the age of Obama.


Watch Tiny Desk Contest Winner Gaelynn Lea Join Lucius On Stage

After Lucius, which is led by a pair Tiny Desk Contest judges, invited the winner to share the stage at a show in Minneapolis this week, there wasn't a dry eye in the house.


The Rare Harpist-Composer

Hannah Lash’s work is a simultaneous embrace of Romantic yearning and postminimalist stasis that yields unexpected pleasures.


Aretha Franklin’s American Soul

The New Yorker | Soul Survivor The revival and hidden treasure of Aretha Franklin.


A chorus of Broadway celebrities raised their voices in song in response to the June 12 Orlando shooting massacre, the worst in U.S. history. Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sarah Jessica Parker and dozens more gathered June 15 at Avatar Studios to sing a benefit single of “What the World Needs Now is Love.” Playbill was on hand to capture the moment for an accompanying music video of the song, which is produced by Seth…


A Countertenor Lifts His Voice for Baroque Opera

Andreas Scholl, a German countertenor known for the purity of his voice, is at the forefront of Baroque music’s current revival.


The album, which probes betrayal, jealousy, revenge and rage, was released online on Saturday, immediately after an HBO showing of the “visual album” version.

The grisly history of the men who sang like women

Many of these opera roles would have originally been written in the 17th and 18th Century (Credit: Credit: Alamy)