David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
LENOX, Mass. - The Jersey Shore will always be there, but not every day is a revisionist cast of Bernstein's Candide assembled in the composer's artistic home, Tanglewood, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Meanwhile in New York, the Metropolitan Opera's possible work stoppage may be prompting audiences to get it while they can (operatically speaking) at Mostly Mozart Festival's performance of Handel's Teseo.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Though well past the shelf life of the greatest Broadway dancers, Chita Rivera, 81, is now playing a one-legged woman - but not because she has to. The minute she takes her curtain call after The Visit at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the walking stick is gone, her step has bounce, and her presence has fire - all unneeded for her icy assignment in this deliciously nasty John Kander/Fred Ebb musical, based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's 1956 play.