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Spring 2013 Arts Calendar Highlights

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Coming attractions on the arts calendar: reinvigorated classics and celebrated traditions. Here, some of the highlights.

New York City: The two-month-long Season of Cambodia festival is a collaboration between the Phnom Penh–based nonprofit Cambodian Living Arts (a T+L Global Vision Award winner) and dozens of cultural institutions citywide. Dancers, sculptors, puppeteers, and others will showcase Khmer heritage, both traditional (Royal Ballet of Cambodia) and contemporary (rock band Dengue Fever). April 9–May 25.

Amsterdam: It’s an artistic double Dutch: both the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum reopen this spring after major makeovers. The former, closed for 10 years, has added an Asian pavilion; Rembrandt’s Night Watch now takes pride of place among Vermeer’s pensive maidens and Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian dress. At the latter, van Gogh’s sunflowers and self-portraits come home again to Gerrit Rietveld’s Modernist building.

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Four Standouts on the Fall 2012 Arts Calendar

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With so many options on this season’s arts calendar, how’s a traveler to choose? Here are four standouts.

Opera: Milan’s fabled Teatro alla Scala devotes most of this season to titans Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, both of whom celebrate their bicentennials in 2013. Wagner’s Lohengrin kicks off the party in a new production starring tenor Jonas Kaufmann, who looks and sounds like a Wagnerian god. Dec. 7–27.

Theater: Jessica Chastain, known for her Oscar-nominated turn in The Help, comes to Broadway in the title role of The Heiress, adapted from Henry James’s Washington Square. David Strathairn, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, and director Moisés Kaufman (I Am My Own Wife) round out the pedigreed production. Opens Nov. 1.

Art: “Impressionism and Fashion,” a groundbreaking exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, in Paris, will consider the relationship between Manet, Degas, Caillebotte, and other painters and the then-emerging fashion industry, pairing Impressionist masterpieces with rarely exhibited finery of 19th-century Parisians. Sept. 25–Jan. 20.

Dance: American Ballet Theatre star David Hallberg is also a premier danseur at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet. It’s an intriguing partnership: the Russian company is legendary for its bravura style, while Hallberg is a paragon of classical restraint. See the results of the cross-pollination this season, when Hallberg dances signature roles in Swan Lake and Jewels. Sept.–Dec.

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NYC & London's New Theater Lineup

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Silver-screen actors are answering the curtain call. Here, a look at who you’ll see in New York and London this season.

The Star: Frank Langella
The Show: Roundabout Theater Company’s Man and Boy, Terence Rattigan’s drama about a ruthless tycoon facing ruin by scandal.
The Details: American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., New York; 212/719-1300; through Nov. 27.

The Stars: Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett
The Show: The Mountaintop, centered on the last night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.
The Details: Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York; 212/239-6200; through Jan. 15.

The Star: Tracey Ullman
The Show: My City—the premiere of acclaimed writer/director Stephen Poliakoff’s first play in more than a decade—follows a former teacher and two students from her past.
The Details: Almeida Theatre, Almeida St., London; 44-20/7359-4404; through Nov. 5.

The Star: Harry Connick Jr.
The Show: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, a twisted and funny redo of the 1965 musical about reincarnation.
The Details: St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., New York; 212/239-6200; opens Dec. 11.

The Stars: Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones
The Show: Driving Miss Daisy, the classic tale of friendship between a stubborn old lady and her driver.
The Details: Wyndham’s Theatre, 32 Charing Cross Rd., London; 44-844/482-5120; through Dec. 17.

Illustration by Jason Lee

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