Caught in a Web of Opinion

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

It’s an old Broadway tradition: theater critics hold their tongues until opening night. But bloggers and reporters don't always honor that tradition. Today on Soundcheck: how shows like the Spider-Man mega-musical are affected by a steady leak of opinions, plot details and more. Plus: The eclectic Microscopic Septet finds manna in Monk as they tackle the jazz legend's works live in the studio.

The Role of the Preview

The new Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” won’t open until next month, but opinions are leaking online. Today: a look at the erosion of the traditional link between theatre reviews and opening night. Guests include Alisa Solomon of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and David Cote, theater editor for Time Out New York.

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Floating Release Dates

After our look at how early reviews and reporting are changing how audiences experience Broadway productions, we turn to the world of music. Frannie Kelley, editor of NPR’s blog "The Record," talks about how release dates are quickly becoming a thing of the past in the recording industry.


In Studio: Microscopic Septet

The jazz ensemble Microscopic Septet emerged from New York’s downtown scene in the 1980s. The group is offering up its take on a legendary composer and pianist on the new CD, “Friday The 13th: The Micros Play Monk.” The group performs live in our studio.

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Playlist: Spiderman Previews + Microscopic Septet

Click through to see the music played on Soundcheck today!


Bess Rogers

Gig Alert: Bess Rogers

The Brooklyn-based singer songwriter weaves between agression and fragility on her latest EP, Bess Rogers Presents Bess Rogers. Download "What We Want" for a sampling of her work.

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Gig Alert: KT Tunstall

With her third album in tow, Scottish singer and songwriter K.T. Tunstall plays Terminal 5 tonight. Download her "Fade Like a Shadow" here.


Gig Alert: Family Portrait

Family Portrait represents the Washington D.C. school of lo-fi indie rock that's been coming from the Underwater Peoples label. Catch them tonight at Mercury Lounge, and download the band's "Glide Pt. 1" here.


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