Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris Wanted the Heels Higher for Broadway’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ by Gordon Cox

You could forgive John Cameron Mitchell for feeling a sense of ownership of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the 1998 musical he and Stephen Trask wrote. He also created the title r…

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‘An Act of God,’ Based on a David Javerbaum Book, Gears Up for Broadway by Gordon Cox

Producer Jeffrey Finn (“Seminar,” “Scandalous,” “Dead Accounts”) will shepherd new play “An Act of God” to Broadway, where the show — ba…

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Broadway Review: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Starring Neil Patrick Harris by Gordon Cox

Harris channels Iggy Pop and Lou Reed by way of the Ramones, not to mention his inner Rockette, in this spectacular revival of the 1998 musical.

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Power of Women NY Honoree: Idina Menzel by Maane Khatchatourian

Summer camp was always a magical time for future Broadway star Idina Menzel. “I loved being able to reinvent myself during the summer, and not be judged by the same group of kids I saw in …

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Power of Women NY Honoree: Susan Sarandon by Maane Khatchatourian

Some celebrities have one charity they offer their name or their time to. Susan Sarandon is virtually awash in them. At any given time, she’s involved with Habitat for Humanity, City Harve…

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Power of Women NY Honorees: It Takes Muscle, Grit and Guile to Get Noticed by Variety Staff

When you think of the brilliant, bad-ass women in entertainment and media in New York, it’s hard to know where their quirky genius begins and the city ends. From Clare Boothe Luce to Helen…

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Power of Women NY Honoree: Sarah Jessica Parker by Maane Khatchatourian

When Sarah Jessica Parker says she plans to help inject a modern, fresh feeling into the New York City Ballet by marrying the worlds of fashion and ballet, it’s a wild idea that immediatel…

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Catherine Hardwicke to Helm Rachel Weisz Starrer ‘Miss You Already’ by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Catherine Hardwicke will helm comedy drama “Miss You Already,” which is to star Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette. Morwenna Banks has penned the script, which centers…

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‘The Book Of Mormon’ Scores Top Honors at D.C.’s Helen Hayes Awards by Gordon Cox

A touring production of Broadway hit “The Book of Mormon” and local revivals of “Hello Dolly!” and “Glengarry Glen Ross” were each multiple winners April 21 at the Helen …

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THIS NEEDS A NEW AUTHOR: TRISH DEITCH. SHE IS NOT IN SYSTEM New York City Remains a Hotbed of Rule-Breaking Women in the Entertainment Biz by Carolehorst

When you think of the brilliant, bad-ass women in entertainment and media in New York, it’s hard to know where their quirky genius begins and the city ends. From Clare Boothe Luce to Helen…

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Meryl Streep Gets Serenaded and Called a Nun at the O’Neill Theater Center Gala by Gordon Cox

“We all think it’d be wonderful to be praised as much as Meryl Streep is, but actually I think it must be a nightmare.” So said “Angels in America” writer Tony …

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Geffen Playhouse Adds World Premiere, West Coast Bows to Lineup by Andrea Seikaly

The Geffen Playhouse has announced four additional plays for the eight-play 2014-15 season. The shows joining the lineup include the co-world premiere of the Geffen commissioned “Switzerl…

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Broadway Box Office: ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Cinderella’ Get All Hopped Up on Easter by Gordon Cox

The Easter Bunny brought a whopper of a basket to Broadway last week, as the overlap of the holiday with Gotham schools’ spring break schedule resurrected sales so boffo they wouldn…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stew, Suzan-Lori Parks and a Beastie Boy Pack the Public Theater’s 2014-15 Slate by Gordon Cox

A new musical from the writer-composer and director behind Tony winner “In the Heights,” another by the creatives of Off Broadway-to-Broadway transfer “Passing Strange,&#…

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Broadway Review: ‘Violet’ Starring Sutton Foster by Gordon Cox

With Idina, Hedwig, and Sally Bowles in town, is it possible for a modest musical heroine like “Violet” to survive on Broadway?  Let’s hope so, because helmer Leigh Silver…

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe Goes Deeper and Darker in Broadway’s ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ by Gordon Cox

Before audience members at the April 20 opening of Broadway’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” could congratulate Daniel Radcliffe on his performance, they had to get a stupid q…

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Broadway Review: ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ Starring Daniel Radcliffe by Gordon Cox

In “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” Martin McDonagh’s sublime tragi-comedy about life on Ireland’s desolate Aran Islands, there are two old biddies who desperately dote on…

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WATCH: Mark Ruffalo’s Voice Is a Cure in ‘The Normal Heart’ Trailer by Maane Khatchatourian

The promos for Ryan Murphy’s HBO drama keeping getting more and more powerful. The first full trailer shows Mark Ruffalo, his onscreen partner Matt Bomer and Julia Roberts fight to rai…

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Friday, April 18, 2014

James Franco’s Ex-Manager, Accounting Firm Sued for Diverting Actor’s Commissions by Ted Johnson

Miles Levy, former manager to James Franco, has been sued by his business partners in what is described as a scheme to divert the actor’s commissions to one of Levy’s own compani…

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New Memoir Remembers Legend Ethel Merman by Gordon Cox

Everyone knows Mama Rose’s first line in 1959’s “Gypsy.” It’s “Count four before you start, Louise!” Or at least it was. But one day in rehearsal Ethel Merman crossed it out fo…

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Broadway Review: ‘Act One’ Starring Tony Shalhoub by Gordon Cox

Moss Hart has a lot to answer for.  Just think how many future brain surgeons and rocket scientists were lost, lured to Gotham to pursue a theater career after reading “Act One,”…

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L.A. Theater Review: ‘Ruth Draper’s Monologues’ Starring Annette Bening by Gordon Cox

Chutzpah isn’t the first trait you’d associate with the elegant, patrician Ruth Draper (1884-1956), intimate of Shaw and Henry James and creator of precisely observed monodramas on the f…

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Playwright Eric Dufault Nabs PONY Fellowship and the N.Y. Apartment That Comes With It by Gordon Cox

The Lark Play Development Center and Playwrights of New York have named scribe Eric Dufault as the 2014-15 recipient of the PONY Fellowship, the hefty annual grant program that has a track r…

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James Franco Opens ‘Of Mice and Men’ on Broadway: ‘They Are On Our Asses About Everything!’ by Gordon Cox

“Of Mice and Men” may be a particularly American tale, but Irishman Chris O’Dowd — who stars with James Franco in the Broadway revival that opened April 15 — st…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mitchell Jason, Broadway, TV Actor, Dies at 92 by Carmel Dagan

Mitchell Jason, who appeared onstage, in films and on TV, died in Doylestown, Penn., on March 11. He was 92. Jason studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, acted in numerous Br…

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Broadway Review: ‘Of Mice and Men’ Starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd by Gordon Cox

Anna D. Shapiro delivers a flawless, beautifully acted revival of John Steinbeck's 1937 play.

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Walter Roy Beery, an Actor Onstage and on TV, Dies at 75 by Carmel Dagan

Walter Roy Beery, an actor who appeared in numerous television shows but whose first love was the theater, died at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on April 6 from complications of lymphoma…

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West End Review: ‘Handbagged’ by Gordon Cox

Everyone likes secrets, especially dramatists. So it’s no surprise that the unravelling of the mysteries of the current Queen Elizabeth’s famously undocumented weekly meetings with her P…

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‘The View’ to Feature All 11 Co-Hosts in May 15 Salute to Barbara Walters by Cynthia Littleton

“The View” will bring all 11 co-hosts in the show’s 17-year history together for the first time on May 15 for a farewell salute to series matriarch Barbara Walters. The liv…

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Off Broadway Review: ‘The Library’ Directed by Steven Soderbergh by Gordon Cox

A skilled director can work magic, which is what Steven Soderbergh has done with “The Library,” a thin play penned by Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns (“Side Effects…

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

London Theater Review: ‘Birdland’ by Gordon Cox

Hyper-alert Andrew Scott is ideal casting for Paul, the central role of “Birdland,” the latest play by Simon Stephens (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time&#…

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