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Arvell Shaw, Jazz Bassist, Dies at 79 by DOUGLAS MARTIN

During the 1970's and early 80's, Mr. Shaw played with bands for the Broadway shows "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and "Ain't Misbehaving." He said in an interview with Newsday last year that he wou…

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With Friends Like These... by: Leslie (Hoban) Blake

Lyricist Craig Carnelia on Imaginary Friends

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The Siegels' Nightlife Notes

Cabaret perennial Steve Ross blooms in a new venue.

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Together Again: Sondheim, Prince, and McMartin by Ken Mandelbaum

There's a reading this week of Gold!, the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman-Harold Prince musical scheduled to play Chicago's Goodman Theatre in June. In addition to the participation of previou…

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Sucking For Dummies by Ken Mandelbaum

For those who found Jekyll & Hyde too intellectually challenging, Dance of the Vampires may be just the thing. A bona fide Eurotrash bonanza, Vampires would surely have been wiser to unpack …

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'Vampires' bites, and that's no compliment by Elysa Gardner

This Dance will appeal only to the most die-hard lovers of inadvertent camp - provided they bring plenty of Excedrin and don't eat too much beforehand.

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Vampire show down for count by Howard Kissel

It is my sad duty to report that, although the writing is amateurish and vulgar, the music mindless and the acting - for the most part - ludicrously broad, "Vampires" does not reach the "Car…

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'Vampires' Of Broadway: Count Dreckula by Peter Marks

Could this have worked in a scaled-down version in some off-Broadway hole in the wall? I don't think so; it's not even kitschy-funny. As it is, the only chills aroused by "Vampires" come in …

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NEEDS NEW BLOOD by CLIVE BARNES

OH Buffy, you Vampire Slayer - where were you when we needed you? There are altogether far too many vapid vampires in the new musical "Dance of the Vampires," which opened at the Minskoff Th…

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'Dance of the Vampires' Hits Broadway by MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

They have unleashed an expensive, more than $10 million musical of mind-numbing silliness, a show that wastes its performers, most notably Michael Crawford, and dazes audiences who have to s…

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Seductive 'Vampire' Is of Mixed Blood by Linda Winer

The show has a peasant ensemble number about garlic that, except for it being a joke, could be compared in tastelessness with the pig-blood dance from the infamous "Carrie" musical. There is…

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`Vampires' A Phantom Of Its Former Self by MALCOLM JOHNSON

A fine line divides satire and plagiarism, and "Dance of the Vampires" crosses it all too often.

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Dance of the Vampires Reviewed By: Barbara & Scott Siegel

But, for the most part, it's Halloween at the Minskoff in the sense that the show is full of tricks and treats.
They (mostly) like it! Wow!

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Nothing's Thrifty About This Scrooge by Michael Bracken

It's been a few years since I've seen "A Christmas Carol" at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and I have to admit I had forgotten how beguiling Alan Menken's music for it is.

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Opera for eyes first, ears second by Mark Swed

Baz Luhrmann's 'La Bohme' is a tale told with wit, stagecraft and chutzpah, but musically it's underpowered.

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Italian Opera With Hollywood Heart Looks Like a Broadway Hit by JESSE McKINLEY

"La Bohme," the Australian director Baz Luhrmann's hipster take on the Puccini opera, burst out at the box office after opening to strong reviews.

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Box-office Bohmania by Patricia O'Haire

The weather may have been frigid yesterday, but the box office was hot at the Broadway Theatre after "La Bohme," Baz Luhrmann's version of the venerable opera, opened Sunday to rave reviews.

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Broadway Abuzz as Baz Plots More Plays by Robert Hofler

NEW YORK (Variety) - "La Boheme" is just the beginning. Having won over the Broadway critics with his opera production, Baz Luhrmann is now set to direct two more theater shows.

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CINDY ADAMS

Cindy talks to Baz (second item).

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SWEET SMELL OF LEGIT B.O.

Higher tix prices cited in non-holiday mark
Broadway's 34 shows set a non-holiday record of $17,500,645 last week, which retired the old one of $16,068,527 from April 9-15, 2000, when there were 36 productions on the boards. No surprise: Higher ticket prices had much to do with that $17.5 million take.

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INSIDE MOVE: WHAT ARE THE 'ODDS'?

Trio reteams as 'Couple' goes German
Felix und Oskar? German helmer Doris Dorrie ("Naked") has reteamed with veteran thesps Heiner Lauterbach and Uwe Ochsenknecht for a Teutonic take on Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple."

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SOCCER STAR MARADONA TOPIC OF TUNER

Musical to premiere in Buenos Aires in April
Soccer superstar Diego Maradona is about to follow his countrywoman Eva Peron as the inspiration for a legit musical.

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G-Rated Danny by Blake Green

'Adult' role aside, Aiello aspires to Yeats

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Backstage: Getting The Hang of 'Bat Boy' by Jane Horwitz

A Musical Role Turns an Actor's Life Upside Down

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THREE'S A CHARM by MICHAEL RIEDEL

On paper, none of them looked like blockbusters. "Hairspray"? A cult movie, at best.

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WHY THE RISKS ARE PAYING OFF by MICHAEL RIEDEL

"La Boheme": Sexy cast with classically trained voices, so even die-hard opera queens can't whine too much. Luhrmann's fluid direction and wife Catherine Martin's luscious Parisian sets and …

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There's power in the arts by Donna M. Owens

Michael Ross, Center Stage's managing director, is back in Baltimore, trumpeting the theater's unifying power

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