Friday, April 18, 2014

ACT ONE: THE MUSICAL by Peter Filichia

With all the renewed interest in Moss Hart’s ACT ONE – spurred by the new play written and directed by James Lapine – I re-read the memoir, as well as two Hart biographies. One, Stephe…

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

James Franco and Broadway’s tweet nothings by Michael Riedel

Today, every Broadway cast member is given a tutorial on social media. Press agents drill into actors’ heads what they can and, more importantly, can’t say on Facebook, Twitter, Instagra…

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Amazing Data From Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart's Social Bromance | Adweek by Christopher Heine

If anyone has had more fun promoting a Broadway production than Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, it must have included a hearty diet of adult beverages and illegal drugs.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mixed reviews for ‘Bullets’ leaves Best Musical up for grabs by Michael Riedel

Well, well, well — everything’s up for grabs! The mixed reviews last week for Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” — once touted by pundits as the show to beat this...

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This Week on Broadway for April 14, 2014: Alison Fraser by James Marino

Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Alison Fraser. We review Most Happy Fella @ Encores, If/Then, The Realistic Joneses, Heathers, and South Pacific @ Paper …

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Monday, April 14, 2014

TV Land Orders Darren Star Laffer ‘Younger’ Starring Hilary Duff, Sutton Foster by Andrea Seikaly

“Sex and the City” creator Darren Star’s newest series “Younger” has found a home at TV Land. The cabler has ordered 12 episodes of the half-hour laffer, written, executive produce…

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AUDIO: The Leonard Lopate Show: "Mothers and Sons" - WNYC by Sarah Jessica Parker

Playwright Terrence McNally talks about his play “Mothers and Sons,” along with stars Tyne Daly and Frederick Weller. The play is about a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New Yo…

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Olivier Awards 2014: Mormons, Ghosts, and Chimerica by Matt Wolf

Gavin Creel licked his trophy in delight, Zrinka Cvitešić spoke of making Croatian history, and Sharon D Clarke let out an exultant "wow" from the podium that was surely heard well beyond …

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

THE WEEK AHEAD, April 12-18: Lady Day, Of Mice and Men and Act One Open; Oliviers and Pulitzer Awarded by Blake Ross's weekly planner reminds you that Audra McDonald sings the blues… Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally shack up (again)… Daniel Radcliffe and Martin McDonagh team …

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Friday, April 11, 2014

PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, April 5-11: Woody Allen's Broadway Musical Debut and Will Eno's Main Stem Bow by Robert Simonson

The big opening of the week was Bullets Over Broadway, the stage adaptation of Woody Allen's popular 1994 film comedy of the same name, directed by Susan Stroman.

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'Bridges of Madison County' original cast recording -- FIRST LISTEN | PopWatch | by Jason Clark

You wept at the book, then wept at the Meryl Streep-Clint Eastwood film, but save some more tears for the achingly lovely new cast recording for the Broadway tuner The Bridges of Madison Cou…

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A Meditation on the Overworked Belter by Michael Finke

Before I dive into the topic of “belting,” let me begin by saying that I (like many others) always appreciate the power of a singer or performer that can reach impossible pitches at impo…

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Six Shows in Six States by Peter Filichia

Before the excellent revival of A RAISIN IN THE SUN – and, oh, that LaTanya Richardson Jackson! – we hear over the Barrymore’s sound system a long-ago radio interview with Lorraine Han…

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Bashing Babs: another peek at Sondheim’s letters by Michael Riedel

Last week, Stephen Sondheim e-mailed me to say that his letters to his collaborator Arthur Laurents are available to anyone who “cares enough to go down to the Library of...

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

This Week on Broadway for April 6, 2014: Stephen Cole and Jason Graae by James Marino

Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Stephen Cole and Jason Graae. We also spend a few minutes with Erik Champney. Reviews include A Raisin in the Sun, Guys &…

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014

THE WEEK AHEAD APRIL 5-11: Bullets Over Broadway Opens and Honeymoon in Vegas Plays 54 Below by Blake Ross's weekly planner reminds you that Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei keep up with the Joneses… Tony Danza and Rob McClure return to Jason Ro…

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Friday, April 4, 2014

PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, March 29-April 4: If/Then Opens and Raisin Receives Glowing Reviews by Robert Simonson

John Travolta's favorite tongue-twister, Idina Menzel, made her long-in-coming return to Broadway this week, when If/Then, the new musical by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next t…

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Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber Together Again for 50-City Tour of Their Landmark Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar by Ellis Nassour

In 1970, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber burst onto the worldwide stage with the concept album of a musical about the last days of Jesus, the landmark rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, whi…

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March Leftovers and April’s Brainteaser by Peter Filichia

If you have little kids, you couldn’t pick a better first-ever show for them than ALADDIN. Young children love anachronisms – “They didn’t have that then!” -- and this new musical …

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Stephen Sondheim’s letters reveal first-class gossip writer by Michael Riedel

It isn’t often you pick up some juicy gossip coming out of the Library of Congress. But here’s the dish: Arthur Laurents, who wrote “West Side Story” and “Gypsy,” left...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014

With The Most Happy Fella, Rob Berman Checks Off an Item on the Bucket List by Michael Portantiere

I consider myself spoiled -- or maybe privileged is the better word -- to have seen and heard several performances of Frank Loesser's operatic musical The Most Happy Fella with full orchestr…

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If/Then Reviews, Features and News by BroadwayStars

A compilation of If/Then articles from around the internet.

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This Week on Broadway for March 30, 2014: Aladdin and Les Miserables by James Marino

Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk about Les Miserables, Mothers and Sons, Aladdin, Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, Oliver @ Trinity Rep, Music Man @ NJPAC, and Hel…

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

In Broadway Seats, Few Guys Among the Dolls by Patrick Healy

While a night out at the theater used to be a staple for cultured American men, fewer shows are grabbing them these days.    

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THE WEEK AHEAD March 29-April 4: Hedwig Struts to Broadway and If/Then and A Raisin in the Sun Open by Blake Ross's weekly planner reminds you that Neil Patrick Harris takes his wig out of the box for Hedwig's Broadway debut... Idina Menzel flies back to Broadway after a decade... H…

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Friday, March 28, 2014

PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, March 22-28: Back to the Barricades and Off to Neverland by Robert Simonson

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's musical Les Misérables enjoyed its third Broadway opening in 30 years this week, as a reimagined revival featuring fresh scen…

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What Needs to Be Said about ROCKY by Peter Filichia

At some point at every show I attend, I take a look at my watch to see how much time has passed. Have more or fewer minutes gone by than I’ve assumed? Many times, I’ve wound up assuming …

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Joan Rivers’ picks and pans from the theater scene by Joan Rivers

Editor’s Note: Michael Riedel is on vacation. Pinch-hitting for him is Joan Rivers, whose WE tv series, “Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?,” starts its fourth season Saturday night at…

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

This Week on Broadway for March 23, 2014: Robert L. Freedman by James Marino

Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Robert L. Freedman from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. We review Rocky, Date of a Lifetime @ NJ Rep, and Ste…

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Norm Lewis, Broadway’s First Black 'Phantom,' On Racism, Heroes, And Dream Roles - The Daily Beast by Tim Teeman

The Great White Way shouldn't live too literally up to its name. Norm Lewis, the first black actor to play The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, tells The Daily Beast why theater producers m…

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Gene Feist, Founder of the Roundabout Theater Company, Is Dead at 91 by Bruce Weber

Mr. Feist was a playwright and director who worked as a public-school teacher when he started the nonprofit organization.    

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Sunday Routine | Lin-Manuel Miranda: Walking the Dog to Awaken the Muse by Patrick Healy

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who set his hit Broadway musical, “In the Heights” in Washington Heights, is moving there after living in Harlem. No matter the neighborhood, his Sundays have always …

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Harvey Weinstein attended Rockettes' final rehearsal by Joe Dziemianowicz and Stephen Rex Brown

The day before James Dolan took out the knees of the leggy production of “Hearts and Lights,” Weinstein sat beside him in Radio City Music Hall, taking in a rehearsal that would seal its…

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THE WEEK AHEAD March 22-28: Mothers and Sons Opens and Violet's Bus Rolls Into Broadway by Blake Ross's weekly planner reminds you that Tyne Daly proves she's one Mother of an actor… Broadway goes Backwards… Audra McDonald sings the blues… while Sutt…

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Friday, March 21, 2014

PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, March 15-21: Aladdin Flies Onto Broadway and Vampires Will Dance Again by Robert Simonson

Disney turned its luck on Broadway around with Newsies, its most recent Times Square opening, collecting the reviews needed to give long-running The Lion King a fellow hit to keep it company.

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So have you heard the plot of Edward Sakamoto’s FISHING FOR WIVES which The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre opens on April 5?

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

‘Phantom of the Opera’ Welcomes First Black Lead on Broadway by Nikara Johns

Norm Lewis will be the next Phantom in the multibillion-dollar grossing musical, “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway — making him the first African-American to play the role. Produc…

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Tony nominations may elude Roundabout’s ‘Cabaret’ revival by Michael Riedel

Spring is here — time to rev up Tony Award fever. A major issue facing the Tony eligibility committee is what to do with the Roundabout’s revival of the Roundabout’s...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sheryl Crow’s ‘Diner’ Musical Will Open for Business At Last by Gordon Cox

Sheryl Crow’s musical adaptation of “Diner” will finally have it world premiere at the Signature Theater in Arlington, Va., following a long period of development that saw a pre-Broadw…

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Greatest Showbiz Book Ever Written by Frank Rich

Act One is an infectious evocation of a vibrant world written, it turns out, by a chronic depressive who also found the business "pure hell."

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Is Broadway Being Destroyed by Hollywood? - The Daily Beast by Michele Willens

‘Rocky’ is now a musical, along with countless other movies. Whatever happened to theater producers taking a risk and making a big hit that didn’t rely on big-screen familiarity?

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Monday, March 17, 2014

This Week on Broadway for March 16, 2014: Jason Robert Brown and Sean McDermott by James Marino

Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Sean McDermott. Also, James talks with Jason Robert Brown. Shows reviewed are All The Way, Antony and Cleopatra @ The Public, …

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Actress bonds with pup before Broadway debut together | New York Post by Barbara Hoffman

But Trixie isn't just any dog — she's Ziemba's co-star in "Bullets Over Broadway," which just kicked off previews at the St. James Theatre. It's Woody Allen's first Broadway musical, and i…

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Breathing in Brittania by Adam Epstein

"Because I am an expatriate, I can begin to breathe."

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Globe actor learns he changed fan's life by Diane Bell

Old Globe Theatre gets boost from actor Billy Campbell's "Rocketeer" movie past.

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Rocky wins on points by Chuck Darrow

The reviews for the Broadway musical version of Rocky were mostly good, but the mighty Times was an exception.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

World premiere by Lynn Nottage about America’s poorest city is highlight of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 season by Win Goodbody

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced plays for its 80th anniversary 2015 season today. As always, the most exciting aspect of any OSF season is finding out what newly commissioned world…

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Hell certainly looks better than my apartment – at least in the way that Harry Feiner has designed NO EXIT for The Pearl Theatre Company. It’s a sleek swank room with three lovely chaise…

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‘Bullets Over Broadway’ on target to kill at Tonys by Michael Riedel

RAT-a-tat-tat! That machine-gun fire you hear coming from the St. James Theatre is the sound of a hit. “Bullets Over Broadway” has been in previews just three days, and already...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This Week on Broadway for March 9, 2014: Karen Ziemba by James Marino

James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Karen Ziemba. We hear Peter’s review of The Bridges of Madison County, New York Philharmonic’s production of Sweeney Todd, Tende…

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

"Pippin" star returns to Broadway after injury - Videos - CBS News

"Pippin" acrobat Orion Griffiths broke his back during a rehearsal. "CBS This Morning" contributor Jamie Wax talks to Griffiths about his remarkable recovery and using his sister as a role m…

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Broadway Producers Finding It Easier to Move Between Commercial, Nonprofit Sectors by Gordon Cox

Commercial producers aren’t just commercial anymore. At least not all of them — not since the divide between the commercial theater industry and the not-for-profit legit sector has crumb…

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ArtsBeat: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Returning to Broadway (In Case You Missed It the 5 Previous Times) by Patrick Healy

A fifth Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” has been announced for the fall of 2015.    

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Get Ready, 'New York, New York'! On the Town is Coming Back to Broadway! by Paul Wontorek

The classic New York City musical On the Town is coming back to Broadway. The revival will start performances in October 2014 at the newly-named Lyric Theatre, formerly the Foxwoods Theatre,…

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Singer-Songwriter Jonatha Brooke Talks About Her Musical “My Mother Has 4 Noses” by Kenneth Jones

Folk-pop singer Jonatha Brooke talks about the creation of her autobiographical one-woman musical play "My Mother Has 4 Noses," now Off-Broadway, an expressionistic hybrid of monologue and s…

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

John Travolta, Idina Menzel and Sunday Night Fever by Peter Marks

David Stone, producer of Broadway’s new musical "If/Then," starring Idina Menzel, says that the box office receipts for the show doubled on Monday, after Menzel sang on the Oscars Sunday n…

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Travolta’s Oscar Flub Could Be Good for Broadway Musical ‘If/Then’ by Gordon Cox

John Travolta memorably mangled Idina Menzel’s name during the Oscars on March 3 and that may have been rough for Menzel right before she belted out the hit tune from Disney’s &#…

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What were Ellen DeGeneres' 10 best Oscar moments? by Gold Derby

Ellen DeGeneres took immediate charge at the Oscars for her second time as host. Her opening monologue took on many of the top nominees like Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio…

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Robert Lopez is 12th EGOT champ with Oscar win for 'Let It Go' song from 'Frozen' by Gold Derby

Composer Robert Lopez won his first Academy Award Sunday night, making him just the 12th person to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. This was the first Oscar bid for Lopez.…

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Oscars: ‘Frozen’ Songwriter Robert Lopez Becomes Youngest EGOT Winner by Andrew Stewart

Riding the impressive wave of momentum through to Oscar night, songwriter Robert Lopez, 38, became the latest (and youngest) winner of the EGOT, a collection of the four major entertainment …

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

This Week on Broadway for March 2, 2014: Rob McClure and Erin Mackey by James Marino

James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Rob McClure and Erin Mackey. We review The Bridges of Madison County, Liliom @ Beautiful Soup Theater, The Other Josh Cohen @ Paper Mill. …

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Diane Paulus, Tony-winning director, unstoppable on Broadway

Quick quiz: What do the following have in common?

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Andrew Lloyd Webber musical 'Stephen Ward' closing in London by David Ng

The latest musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber has posted a closing notice on London's West End just two months after opening.

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‘Lady Day’ Dawns on Broadway with Audra McDonald by Gordon Cox

Tony favorite Audra McDonald will topline “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” in a last-minute addition to Broadway’s 2013-14 slate, confirming an expected move t…

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Tony Awards Take a Page from the Oscars with Option to Supersize Major Categories by Gordon Cox

Ask anyone in the theater industry with a horse in the awards-season race, and they’ll tell you that the Tony category for best musical — or any of the four major awards for over…

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Monday, February 24, 2014

This Week on Broadway for February 24, 2014: Al Samuels by James Marino

Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Al Samuels from 50 Shades! The Musical. The Other Josh Cohen @ Paper Mill, Dinner with Friends, Til Divorce Do Us Part, Londo…

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Third Annual TEDxBroadway, Featuring Robert Lopez, Diane Paulus and More, Presented Feb. 24 by Andrew Gans

The third annual TEDxBroadway, which begins at 11 AM at New World Stages, is presented Feb. 24.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Robert Lopez ranges from ribald 'Book of Mormon' to Disney's 'Frozen' by David Ng

The Sunday Conversation: Robert Lopez's musical prowess proves prolific and highly eclectic.For someone who made his name with ribald musical comedies like "The Book of Mormon" and "Avenue Q…

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Hollywood's Theatre Row sees exits stage right, left as scene changes by David Ng

The curtain closes on a number of stages along Theatre Row, a mile-long stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, as rising rents and crime worries send troupes elsewhere. For more than two decades…

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Broadway Preps for a Diva Smackdown by Gordon Cox

With Broadway’s spring season barely begun, is it too soon to start worrying about the Tony races? Well, yes. But that hasn’t stopped legiters from forecasting an awards-season c…

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The 10 hottest chorus boys opening in Broadway musicals this spring (2014) by Adam Feldman

They may be in the background, but these sexy Broadway dancers and singers are heating up the stage

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The 10 hottest chorus girls opening in Broadway musicals this spring (2014) by Adam Feldman

They may be in the background, but these sexy Broadway dancers and singers are heating up the stage

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Elaine Stritch: ‘I Didn’t Declare Retirement’ by Ramin Setoodeh

When I first see Elaine Stritch—the 89-year-old legendary stage and screen actress—she’s propped in bed. Although she’s been a New York fixture since the 1940s (and spent 18 years li…

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