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Obits in Brief: Robert H. Rines

Robert H. Rines, who died on 1 November aged 87, was a lawyer, composer, inventor and physicist whose discoveries led to sharper resolution in radar, sonar and ultrasound imaging and who claimed to have seen the Loch Ness Monster.

Spielberg sets sights on conquering Broadway stage with a TV show

Director to film series about the making of a stage production – then take the real thing to Broadway

Lost in the stars, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

It is quite astonishing to look back and see what made the Broadway stage in the 1940s. It was a time of great daring and innovation when the boundaries between musical comedy and opera were less defined than they've ever been. Kurt Weill's final show for Broadway Lost in the Stars – his musical adaptation with Maxwell Anderson of Alan Paton's novel Cry, the Beloved Country – would be lucky to make off-Broadway today. And yet there it was – a deeply compassionate drama of division and reconciliation in apartheid South Africa playing the capriciously named "Great White Way" in an attempt to prick America's own racist conscience. And it took a Jewish refugee from Hitler's Germany to do it.

Weill/ Anderson Lost in the Stars, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

It is quite astonishing to look back and see what made the Broadway stage in the 1940s.

Observations: Weird sounds emanate from the cabinet of Dr Caligari

It's the most influential of German Expressionist films. Now, to mark the 90th anniversary of the making of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, the electro-jazz duo Cipher have composed a new soundtrack to accompany its nightmarish scenes.

Album: Moondog, More Moondog (Honest Jons)

The blind street-musician Moondog was a gentle soul whose strange musical creations were admired by artists as diverse as Stravinsky, Steve Reich and Charlie Parker.

A svelter belter: Soprano Deborah Voigt has slimmed down but that fabulous voice is as big as ever

Four years ago, Deborah Voigt hit the headlines by not singing in Ariadne auf Naxos at Covent Garden. The Royal Opera House dropped her from the cast, the reason being that Voigt, possessor of a fine dramatic soprano voice, was too large for the little black dress the production demanded she wear.

You write the reviews: Jerry Herman's Broadway, Palladium, London

This tribute to the composer and lyricist Jerry Herman includes highlights from his shows La Cage aux Folles, Dear World, Mack & Mabel, Mame and Hello, Dolly!. His first show, Milk and Honey, opened in 1961 and his subsequent productions have gone on to collect numerous Grammy and Tony awards. To celebrate this history of Broadway, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the directorship of Donald Pippin, Herman's long-time friend and a fellow Tony award winner, squeezed on to the stage of the London Palladium.

The school pottery teacher who turned a fortune with garden-shed forgeries

An amateur sculptor duped some of Britain's most respected auction houses into selling fake vases that he had made in his garden shed – thinking they were genuine antiques worth thousands of pounds.

New York City Ballet: Robbins, Coliseum, London

New York City Ballet's London season continues, and continues to look rough. This time it's a celebration of Jerome Robbins, who moved between Broadway (West Side Story) and ballet. The evening is rescued by The Concert, the choreographer's irresistible comedy.

Blair on Broadway, Arts Theatre, London

Though Tony Blair's air-guitar administration ought to provoke scathing satire, for the most part criticism of our leaders has been feeble, a mere assertion of dislike and disrespect. The latest example is this musical, whose impoverished-nursery production values and general amateurishness reach depths previously unknown in the West End. The show has dropped the interval it had during a previous run, yet, halfway through, an actor comes on and says, "Welcome back."

Preview: I Am My Own Wife, Duke of York's Theatre, London

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