Songs from The Bong Connection , Bow Barracks Forever and Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona will be played. The second day will also see a host of younger artistes such as Somlata, Rupankar, Ujjaini and Arko take to the stage. Since Dutt feels that cinema provided a medium for his music to sustain, he will also celebrate movie makers like Mainak Bhaumik, Birsa Dasgupta and Kaushik Ganguly , whose films have been linked with his music. Plus, songs like Sar jo tera chakraye by the great masters of Indian music, will also form a part of the second day’s repertoire. AnjanSpeak: On the second day, I play the emcee. And I will celebrate the music of Neel Dutt. Without Neel, I am not complete. And interestingly, in the pop music scene, we are the only father-son duo. I will also celebrate films by friends such as Mainak and Kaushik, because they too are a part of my career. My music is not a standalone. DAY 3 Dutt’s greatest inspiration, Bob Dylan, will make his presence felt through the gig on the third day. The musician will not only sing original Dylan compositions, but also Bengali versions of Dylan numbers such as Katota poth perole, Bondhu hobe ki bolo etc. He will also sing songs that were inspired by real-life events in the ’80s such as Hashmi and being free , Mizo boy and Kabir Suman’s Biday porichita.
Concert review: Pet Shop Boys rock NYC’s Beacon Theatre, show dance music at its smartest
They served to toast the group’s latest CD, “Electric,” whose name also graces the tour. Even so, the set list included just four songs from that disc. It boasted many lesser known tracks from their thirty year catalogue, though it did make room, in its hour-and-40 minute expanse, for just enough of their greatest hits, from Domino Dancing to Always On My Mind. The Pet Shop Boys live presentation has always required a major dressing up. They need the studio the capture the richness and depth of their arrangements, as well as to soften Tennants live nasality. More, the guys dont move comfortably around a stage. RELATED: REVIEW: JAY Z, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE MAKE SMOOTH PAIR That, as much as anything, explains the theatricality of their presentations. Electric hardly rates as their most elaborate production, though it did make clever use of huge back projections, two versatile dancers, plus enough lights and lasers to warrant especially strong warnings at the entrance about the risk to epileptics. To suit the show, the guys commissioned as stiff and off-putting costume designs as they possibly could. Spikes, dunce caps and coiled shoulder pads gave them a Germanic harshness. That dovetailed nicely with their more self-conscious flourishes. The music had a balancing fleshiness. Theres a lushness to their sound, as well as a greater variety than many give them credit for. Over the course of the show, their songs alluded to Brit-pop (I Wouldnt Normally Do This Kind of Thing), industrial music (I Get Excited), show tunes (Somewhere), classical music (The Rites of Spring) and EDM (Fluorescent). Splash News The band played the first of two concerts at the Beacon Monday night. The show also included songs with their strongest gay subtext (Its A Sin, Go West) and featured their breakthrough hits, West End Girls, Opportunities and Rent. Those three-decade-old pieces have aged remarkably well, in part because of their anti-sentimentality.
Benanti, who won a Tony for Gypsy, will play Elsa Schrader, Capt. von Trapp’s rich would-be fiancee. Meanwhile, Borle, a Smash vet who won a Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher, has joined as Max Dettweiler, Capt. von Trapp’s friend. The three-hour production is based on the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music, which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The play won the Tony Award for best musical, with Martin winning for best actress. The 1965 Sound of Music film adaptation starringJulie Andrews and Christopher Plummerwent on to win five Academy Awards, including best picture. STORY: Carrie Underwood to Play Maria von Trapp in NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’ The castings come three weeks after True Blood veteran Stephen Moyer was announced as Capt. Georg von Trapp, the single father of seven children. Living in Austria on the cusp of World War II, the militaristic but warm-hearted von Trapp engages a young governess, Maria (Carrie Underwood), whom he hires to take care of his children. The Sound of Music, produced by Universal TV, is executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford will serve as directors.
Rhapsody sheds staff, execs amid difficult music market
Rhapsody International, the parent company of the on-demand music service, revealed the cuts Monday while announcing that Columbus Nova Technology Partners, an investment company that owns the maker of the Rock Band game franchise, had taken a significant stake in the company. As part of the deal, CNTP’s Jason Epstein and Andrew Intrater will join Rhapsody’s board of directors. Irwin will remain with the company as an adviser. Also out is Rhapsody CFO Adi Dehejia, according to The Verge , which broke the news of the layoffs. The company’s board is restructuring operations to “accelerate its efforts in Europe and emerging markets,” the company said in a release. Related stories Remember Napster? Rhapsody is refreshing Europe’s memory “Rhapsody International is poised for tremendous growth,” Epstein said in a statement . “We’ve recently launched the Napster music streaming service in 15 additional countries in Europe, rolled out a partnership with MTV in conjunction with German wireless carrier ePlus and have a strong pipeline of product innovations and global partnerships in place.” The company pioneered the legal subscription-based music model when in launched in 2001 but has fallen behind in a market now dominated by the likes of Spotify and Pandora. Unlike its rivals, Rhapsody has largely rejected a free, ad-supported music service. The company reversed a slide that saw its subscriber logs dip to 675,000 in 2009, claiming in 2010 to have reached 1 million paid subscribers. While it hasn’t officially revealed updated subscriber numbers since then, Spotify has 24 million active users, including 6 million paying subscribers. RealNetworks, which owns a 45 percent share of Rhapsody, revealed in August that the music service recorded $9.2 million in net losses for the first half of 2013 on $68.6 million in net revenue. However, Spotify has also struggled with profitability, losing $88 million last year on revenue of $577 million.