Michael Feingold


Michael Feingold joined TheaterMania as a bi-monthly contributor in 2013. His review column had been a regular feature in The Village Voice for over three decades. Michael is a graduate of Columbia University and the Yale School of Drama. A winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, he has also had a notable career in the theater as a playwright, translator, and dramaturg. He is particularly noted as translator of the Brecht-Weill works Happy End, Threepenny Opera, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. The first two were seen on Broadway, Happy End in a production starring Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd and Threepenny in a mounting by John Dexter, starring Sting and Maureen McGovern. Feingold's translation of Mahagonny can be heard on DVDs of productions by the Madrid Opera and LA Opera. The latter, which stars Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone in a production that was directed by John Doyle, won Classical Grammy Awards for both Best Classical Recording and Best Opera Recording — the first time either award has been given to a work sung in translation. Michael's column with TheaterMania, "Thinking About Theater," appears on two consecutive Fridays each month.