Elefante on Entertainment

  • Hooray for "Parenthood"

    By Joe Elefante
    March 14, 2012

    It's great to see top-notch theater being performed in northern New Jersey.  It’s even better if an original musical conceived, written and produced by that company makes that giant ...

  • Spring Musical Feature: New Providence High School

    Here is a list of musicals being performed by surrounding high schools.  Which of these musicals is not like the other: Footloose, Oklahoma, Anything Goes, Drowsy Chaperone, Wizard of ...

  • Spring Musical Feature: Ridge High School

    It’s the storm, not you, that’s bound to blow away.

    These lyrics from “Hold On,” the eleven o’clock number of the musical Secret Garden, though true, offer little ...

  • Joe's Mailbag: Clarification of Yesterday's Column

    I received a great e-mail from somebody who read yesterday's column, "Is the Age of the Original Musical Over?":

     

    "Hi there!

    Just some thoughts on your article ...

  • Is the Age of the Original Musical Over?

    I know, so melodramatic.  But let’s take a look at what’s playing on Broadway right now (including what’s coming soon):

    Anything Goes (revival), Chicago (revival), ...

  • Coming Soon...

    I've worked on a lot of school musicals.  Too many to count.  I know how much work and sacrifice goes into putting on one of these shows, and how underappreciated that work often ...

  • Practice and Your Brain

     

    I just read a fascinating article by Wendy Zukerman at newscientist.com.  It was about how, when a certain activity becomes a habit, a person’s brainwaves will slow ...

  • Get Out There and Do It!

     

    As teachers and students of the arts, sometimes we get so caught up in the banality of our lessons and classes that we forget the whole reason we got into the arts in the first ...

  • Is Popular Music Better than Ever?

     

    Here’s something you might not expect to read from an old man or a trained jazz musician (both of which I qualify for): popular music is getting better.

    Many of you disagree ...

  • A Summer Recap

     

    So another summer is coming quietly to a close.  Anyone who has tried driving anywhere besides the Parkway on weekends knows what I’m talking about.  I was in and out of ...

  • Nashville Idol?

    I found this season of American Idol utterly fascinating.  The winner, Scotty McCreery is someone I wouldn't have picked in a million years to win the pop music contest.  Scotty, 17 ...

  • Sending the Elevator Back Down

    A few weeks ago I wrote in our regular column about something Kevin Spacey said on Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.  Spacey recalled a time when he was a kid, and Jack Lemmon came to his ...

  • What Music Means to Me

     

    Okay, so I didn’t get any responses to my plea for your personal experiences with music.  Just for that, you’ll have to hear about mine.


    The first song I ...

  • What Does Music Mean to You?

    We musicians sometimes get so caught up in the creation of the music that we lose touch with the profound, visceral impact that music has on people.  In light of that fact, I'd like to ...

  • Fight for Common Sense

     

    It would seem like common sense that, when a program involves the vast majority of students, it shouldn’t be dismantled.

    Wouldn’t it?

    Yet, when the Madison Board of ...

  • The Gateway Game

    Activision, maker of the video game sensation Guitar Hero, announced on February 9th that it will no longer be making the game.  Music educators across the country seemed to breathe a ...

  • Too Much Public Theater?

     

    Brand new National Endowment for the Arts Chairman and perennial firebrand Rocco Landesman made some typically controversial comments at a conference in Washington last week.  The ...

  • Happy New Year, Music World

     

    Happy New Year, all!  Here’s to the dawn of another great year in the music world.  There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year so, with no further ado, ...

  • Don't Take My Word for It

     

    “Aeschylus and Plato are remembered today long after the triumphs of Imperial Athens are gone. Dante outlived the ambitions of thirteenth century Florence. Goethe stands serenely ...

  • Spiderman on the "Web"

     

    The Twitterverse is up in arms over the latest injured cast member of Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark.  This incident was particularly scary.  A cast ...

  • So You Want to Make a Recording...

     

    So you’re a musician, and you want to make a recording…

    Good luck!  Recordings are extremely difficult and prohibitively expensive to create.  There’s ...

  • Why You Shouldn’t Watch the Grammys

     

    Okay – time for a tirade.  I know I’m still supposed to be young and hip and all that, but I can’t help but be nauseated by the nominations for the 2011 Grammy ...

  • "Today, for Many Kids, It's Not a Choice..." (part 4 of 4)

    JE: I read your recent tweet about the effects of music education on brain development.  Although the famed “Mozart Effect” has lost some steam over the past few years, do you ...

  • "Today, for Many Kids, It's Not a Choice..." (part 3 of 4)

    JE: Can you briefly go into the genesis and eventual success of VHI’s Save the Music?

    RM:  Sure.  The genesis for Save the Music was actually John Sykes.  John Sykes was ...

  • "Today, for Many Kids, It's Not a Choice..." (pt. 2 of 4)

    JE: What is Quadrant Arts Education Research and what separates it from other arts advocacy organizations?

    RM: Quadrant has developed out of all my experiences from the time I was at N.A.M.M.

  • "Today, for Many Kids, It's Not a Choice...."

    Robert B. Morrison has a long history as a supporter of music education and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for music and arts in education and in society. He ...