Songwriter Gerry Goffin dies at 75

By Daniel Easterman, June 20, 2014

Oscar-nominated songwriter Gerry Goffin, who wrote classic songs such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and The Loco-Motion, has died aged 75 in Los Angeles.

Mr Goffin composed more than 50 top 40 songs, writing with fellow Jewish songwriter Carole King. The couple were married in 1959 when Ms King was 17 and divorced nine years later.


Led Zeppelin or the Jewish rock legend?

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2014

It is one of the anthems of 20th century rock, writes Simon Rocker. But could the opening bars of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven have been lifted from an earlier tune penned by American Jewish guitarist Randy California?

A Pennsylvania law firm is preparing legal action to insist that California — who died in a swimming accident in 1997 — gets the credit for the Zeppelin track.


The Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart - that's true Jewish art

By David Robson, November 22, 2013

What is Jewish art? Or should I say, what art is Jewish? A statue of a barmitzvah boy by Jacob Epstein carved in chopped liver — you could safely say that would be Jewish art. Or a Chagall goat colliding with a flying Chasid.

But what about an abstract sculpture by Anthony Caro or a song like Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed? How Jewish are those?


He’s over Shrek — now he is back to playing Barry

By John Nathan, August 12, 2013

Playing a low-rent Luton lawyer in a new play by Nick Payne at the Donmar Warehouse, Nigel Lindsay is certainly spending a lot less time in wardrobe than he did for his previous show. The role of Barry in The Same Deep Water As Me is one requiring Lindsay — one of this country’s most powerful stage actors — to don a shabby suit.


Python man wins full Monty

By Simon Rocker, July 11, 2013

The producer of the film, Monty Python and Holy Grail, who won a High Court case against the Pythons over unpaid royalties, has expressed his regret at how the legal battle has destroyed his friendship with John Cleese, Michael Palin and the rest of the comedy team.


Time to make an impression on Britain's Got Talent and The Voice

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2013

She has taken on Stacey Solomon, Katie Price and Cheryl Cole. Now, celebrity impressionist Francine Lewis is hoping to win over the public on the live semi-final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show this weekend.


Review: The Table

By John Nathan, April 22, 2013

The inaugural play in the National’s temporary, very big and very red new venue is high on concept, but on contrivance also. The big idea underlying Tanya Ronder’s offering is that of the kitchen table not only serving as the surface on which we eat, work and occasionally have sex, but as witness to a family’s trials and tribulations.


Merrily she rolls along with a hit show set for West End

By John Nathan, April 17, 2013

It is the second day of rehearsals and one of the West End’s favourite leading ladies, Maria Friedman, is at the Harold Pinter Theatre singing every note and saying every word in Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant musical, Merrily We Roll Along.


Review: Once

By John Nathan, April 15, 2013

This is the tender little acoustic romance that kicked the hell out of bigger, brasher shows at New York’s Tony awards. And it is easy to see why. Once is based on the Oscar-winning Dublin-set film and uses the same, sometimes devastatingly beautiful soundtrack composed by Glen Hansard, of the indie band, Frames, and Marketa Irglová.


Jewish John Lennon hits the West End

By Anna Sheinman, September 11, 2012

Let It Be is not the first musical tribute show to hit the West End. It’s not even the first to star Birmingham born Reuven Gershon, who before joining the Fab Four at the Prince of Wales Theatre played Buddy Holly in the imaginatively named Buddy. But the actor says there is no danger of audiences getting bored.