Lloyd Schwartz http://tspr.org en 1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD http://tspr.org/post/1936-show-boat-multiracial-musical-melodrama-now-out-dvd Broadway had never seen anything like it when <em>Show Boat</em> arrived at the Ziegfeld Theatre in 1927. The score was unforgettable and the story tackled complex racial issues. There have been three movie versions, but the best one — James Whale's 1936 production — has only just been released on DVD.<p><em>Show Boat </em>was the first great serious Broadway musical. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:57:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 54410 at http://tspr.org 1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD 'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art http://tspr.org/post/degenerate-exhibit-recalls-nazi-war-modern-art One of the most unsettling rooms in an important art exhibit at New York's Neue Galerie is a room in which numerous empty frames are hanging, with guesses about which paintings might have been in them. The paintings themselves were all lost or destroyed by the Nazis. Encouraged by Hitler, most Nazis (Joseph Goebbels was the rare exception) considered everything but the most hidebound, traditionally realistic paintings and sculptures to be "degenerate," a threat to the Aryan ideals of German culture. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:18:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 54031 at http://tspr.org 'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art 'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit http://tspr.org/post/pearl-earring-crown-jewel-fricks-dutch-exhibit Some years ago, I wrote <a href="http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/post/69088699914/fresh-air-contributor-lloyd-schwartz-shares-a-poem" target="_blank">a poem</a> called "Why I Love Vermeer," which ends "I've never lived in a city without a Vermeer." I could say that until 1990, when Vermeer's exquisite painting <em>The Concert </em>was one of the masterpieces stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It's still missing. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 44878 at http://tspr.org 'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime http://tspr.org/post/branagh-imagines-mozarts-magic-flute-wartime Mozart's <em>The Magic Flute,</em> the last opera he lived to complete, has some of his most sublime and sublimely comic music. Technically, it's more of a musical comedy, what in German is called a <em>Singspiel,</em> a play with songs and spoken dialogue. I was excited to learn that it was filmed by Kenneth Branagh, whose Shakespeare movies I really admire. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 36574 at http://tspr.org Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime The Art Of Life: Claes Oldenburg At MOMA http://tspr.org/post/art-life-claes-oldenburg-moma The sculptor Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm but grew up in Chicago, went to Yale and came to New York in 1956, where he became a key player in the pop art movement — the major counter-reaction to the abstract expressionism that dominated the 1950s. So much for art history.<p>Although Oldenburg is a serious artist, probably no artist in history ever created works that were more fun. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 35897 at http://tspr.org The Art Of Life: Claes Oldenburg At MOMA