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Dan Rottenberg is a longtime Philly iconoclast, and in this online magazine he and other provocative voices sound off on local theater, art, dance, books and more.
—Philadelphia Magazine, "Best of Philly" awards, August 2006.
In the News...
A new Philadelphia arts publication with some old names— edited by Dan Rottenberg, written by former Inky critics Daniel Webster, Lesley Valdes and other scribes— has splashed down into the roiling online scene. Called the Broad Street Review, it styles itself ‘The Internet for grown-Ups.’ It addresses some old scores….
The first piece that caught my eye is by Dan Coren, a former Penn music department professor, who assesses the Philadelphia Orchestra, from Ormandy to Eschenbach, in 1,567 words. The piece is pleasantly episodic, and iconoclastic. It slaps around the Inquirer’s coverage of the Orchestra….
My favorite read so far: A farewell to Alan Halpern, the editor who defined the city magazine…
The Review’s categories seem a little stuffy to me— lots of high art, but not so much of those lowly popular arts where much juicy life resides. Still, you’ve got to like a publication that has a sense of history.
— Dan Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer’s blinq columnist, January 16, 2006. (For his full text, click here.)
For more than a decade, from 1981-93, Philadelphia’s Welcomat was literally on every doorstep. The alternative weekly was a lively forum and precursor to Philadelphia Weekly. Now Welcomat’s founding editor, Dan Rottenberg, has made a return, this time in cyberspace….Like the Welcomat, Broad Street Review is not afraid to stir the pot. The opening issue includes a story by Robert Zaller, “The Rape of the Barnes.”
— Peter Van Allen, Media and Marketing columnist, Philadelphia Business Journal, January 27, 2006. (To view the complete article, click here.)
When you hear the word "Philadelphia," what do you think of? If you said, "Opera and high art," then you might want to get in touch with Dan Rottenberg, a former editor at the Welcomat (now Philadelphia Weekly) and Philadelphia Magazine. He’s launched a new website called Broad Street Review which offers pointed criticism of, among other things, dance, theater and symphony music in Philly.
—Doron Taussig, "Two Minutes With Dan Rottenberg," City Paper, Jan. 19, 2006. (To view the complete article, click here.)
Rottenberg delights in engaging ideas at a high intellectual level. As an editor he is, in effect, the dictator of content, but opposing viewpoints are heartily welcomed. There’s nothing he loves more than a good highbrow scrap…..
The musical section is almost exclusively classical, and includes work by writers who have worked with Rottenberg in the past, including Dan Coren and Bernard Jacobson (that esteemed writer, alas, has moved to Washington), but also a good dose of engaging pieces by the retired Inquirer critic, Dan Webster, who is now writing with a flourish and enthusiasm that was rarely evinced in his Inky days…..
Will [Rottenberg’s] newest battlefield of ideas open up the field? The first batch of reviews— wide-ranging, laden with first-person singular construction and frequently provocative— are a bolt of energy, and if nothing else, it is highly entertaining (and yes, edifying) watching the critics have a go at it.
—Peter Burwasser, music critic, City Paper, March 9, 2006. (To view the complete text, click here.)