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'Music Man' is of little note by David Bianculli

When the most satisfying performances in a production of "The Music Man" are from Mayor Shinn and the barbershop quartet, you know there's trouble in more than River City.

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Bad Timing! Right Here in River City! by BRUCE WEBER

ABC's "The Music Man," unlike the sexy, tongue-in-cheek movie musical "Chicago," is thick with old-fashioned syrup.

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Broderick isn't the 'Man' for ABC's visit to River City by Robert Bianco

Kristin Chenoweth soars in remake of The Music Man, while Matthew Broderick falters.

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75 trombones by Alan Sepinwall

I'M NOT SURE that Matthew Broderick could sell brass band instruments to the stubborn folk of River City, Iowa, but I know that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron could.

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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Recasting a Star Role Is Hit (or Miss) by BEN BRANTLEY
If the chemistry of casting, particularly where Broadway shows are concerned, is an elusive and mysterious science, the alchemy of recasting is even more complicated.

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The Siegels' Nightlife Notes

Buddy Bregman attempts to celebrate the life and work of his old friend Bing Crosby in a show at the Firebird.

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Peter Filichia's Diary

Which of the 40 shows that opened in 1925 will be showcased in Broadway by the Year on Monday?

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Hoping this 'Romeo' smells just as sweet BY PETER FILICHIA

Mark Waldrop admits that when he heard the title of the next musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse -- "Romeo & Bernadette" -- he didn't think it would be any good.

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What they gleaned from one 'Raisin' a universal voice by Mike Boehm

Hansberry's works don't speak to just one race, say those touched by her '59 drama. A mini-revival is underway.

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Unafraid of the dark by Hugh Hart

Jeremy Sisto prefers characters full of fear, rage or worse. The 'Six Feet Under' actor admits he can identify -- up to a point.

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AT THE MOVIES

Roll the Credits, Start the Music by DAVE KEHR
Among the 13 Oscar nominations received by "Chicago" on Tuesday was one for John Kander and Fred Ebb, who wrote the score for the 1975 musical upon which Rob Marshall's new film is based.

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TEEN CROONER IS AN OLD STANDARDS' BEARER by BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON

PETER Cincotti may not singlehandedly be able to convert Generations X, Y or Z to the Great American Songbook, but the charming 19-year-old pianist/singer/songwriter - who opened a month-lon…

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Young performer is a classic in the making by HOWARD KISSEL

The only thing you can say about Peter Cincotti is that he's sensational.

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"Batman & Robin" Director Joel Schumacher To Bring Phantom to Movie Screens

I'm sure we can all expect a dignified, restrained production from the director who put nipples on the Batsuit.

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Strike up the band! Musicals make a comeback BY GAIL PENNINGTON

Asked why she didn't get the part [of Roxie Hart in the movie "Chicago"], Chenoweth says, "I'd like to know that myself. It was sad for me, because of course I'd like to play a role like that. But it's also great that they got two major stars in there who did the job that they did, and then maybe we'll do more and more. I'm hoping this musical thing just keeps going."
Thanks to American Theater Web for the link!

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Drama of Death Row: "Broken Morning"

Playwright Chiori Miyagawa is one of the most original voices in New York theatre. In today's feature, we get her views on interviewing death row inmates, reality theater, and the one qualit…

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CDs: Booth in Coney Island by Ken Mandelbaum

Patrick Quinn will play King Triton, father to Kerry Butler's Ariel, in the upcoming reading of Disney's The Little Mermaid. Quinn is a former Lumire in Disney's Broadway Beauty and the Beast.
And my aunt directed him in high school shows...

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Brixton, Mendes Big Winners at 2003 Oliviers

Vincent in Brixton, which started performances on Broadway last night, was the winner of the BBC Award for Best New Play as well as Best Actress for leading lady Clare Higgins.

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TONY MAKEOVER by MICHAEL RIEDEL

AFTER years of sinking ratings, poor reviews and petty behind-the-scenes squabbling, Broadway's tarnished Tony Award telecast may finally be getting the makeover it so desperately needs.

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ON STAGE AND OFF

Back to Bleecker Street by JESSE MCKINLEY
Denny Doherty recalls stories and songs from his band, the Mamas and the Papas, in a musical opening at the Village Theater.

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THEATER REVIEW | 'LITTLE FISH'

Transforming the Passive Into Something Less So by BEN BRANTLEY
Jennifer Laura Thompson's charming performance nearly saves this musical about what it means to feel lifeless in contemporary Manhattan.

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Beached, Even in a Big Pond by Linda Winer

'Little Fish' floats the question: Is there life after smoking?

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'LITTLE FISH' DOESN'T HAVE LEG TO STAND ON by DONALD LYONS

'LITTLE Fish," a new musical about a young woman who comes to New York to write short stories, attempts to demonstrate how much a show can do without. There are no plot, no characters, no pr…

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Musical gives us a home where Buffalo gal roams by Howard Kissel

Michael John LaChiusa's new musical "Little Fish" might have been a whimsical but soulful musical about self-discovery. "Little Fish" is not that musical.

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