Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Who Gives a Shit When Sutton Is Here, and Other Things I Loved About Violet by The Mick

I dunno, guys. Sometimes you see a kind of wonky musical and you just love it anyway. A recent example of this? Violet – the story of a disfigured young woman on a pilgrimage for a cure, w…

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Remedial Queens: More Loesser Than You Can Handle by Itsdlevy

With two of Frank Loesser’s biggest hits returning in the form of simultaneous all-star concerts,  last week New York experienced a rare treat for Classic Broadway lovers and the ClaB…

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Steven Pasquale’s Hair is Glorious, and Other Things We Learned at MCC’s Miscast Benefit by The Mick

Up close – and I mean very close, like, if I coughed too hard we’d be touching – Steven Pasquale’s hair falls in waves that look so soft it’s near impossible to resist …

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Q&A: Caught in the Act with… Max Crumm by Lovely Linda

The first thing Max Crumm does when meeting me at Physical Graffitea in the East Village is apologize for being late (it was only by a few minutes) and tell me about how he had to clean up a…

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Drinking with Talented People: Jasper in Deadland Opens on the Upper West Side by The Mick

In a the basement party-room below an Irish pub on the Upper West Side – our own little underworld, where no one is dead – there is a hubub, followed by silence. A voice rises over the…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

There Is a New Song in Les Miserables, and It Is Called “The Shirtless Contfrontation” by Lucky

I don’t know about you, but I never thought I’d get to a place in my life where I thought Jean Valjean was hot. I was weaned, after all, on bearded Colm Wilkenson, who was and re…

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

David Levy on Being Sondheim’s Penpal, Hanging Out in James Lapine’s Office, and Other Stuff (Plus, Win Tickets…) by Lucky

So, our friend and excellent Craptacular columnist, David Levy, is putting on a 54 Below show on Saturday night in honor of the venerable Stephen Sondheim. Exciting, yeah? First thing’…

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Cast of Jasper in Deadland Brings Back the Dead by The Mick

…Or at least, they tell us who they’d try to bring back. If they had a shot. So. Ryan Scott Oliver and Hunter Foster’s new musical Jasper in Deadland started previews last …

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Friday, March 14, 2014

A Letter to Alex Timbers Upon the Opening of Rocky on Broadway by The Mick

My Dearest Alex, I’m sorry. It pains me to say this, it does, but I have to be honest. And I feel like just getting this out of the way might make it hurt less? I dunno, I guess I̵…

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Jesus H Christ, Steven Pasquale, If You Ever Leave Broadway Again I Will Kill You Dead by The Mick

Like. I will end your soul. Because last night in The Bridges of Madison County you got up on that stage and sang a song so beautifully that I cried until snot ran down my face in public. IN…

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Adrian in Rocky Dresses Like Your New Hipster Girlfriend and Also Me by Lucky

We love it when Broadway show costumes send our minds spinning. Wouldn’t we all love to have those high-waisted pants that Sutton Foster rocked in the title number of Anything Goes …

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ticket Giveaway — The Realistic Joneses by The Mick

Is the new Will Eno play The Realistic Joneses – starring Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei & Michael C Hall – going to unpack the emotional and psychological impact of attem…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So You Want to Produce a Concert for the First Time, Huh? by The Mick

The Mick (l) and Lucky (r) say some things on stage at LPR. They say it takes a village to raise a child. You know what else takes a village? Producing a concert. Which is kind of an appropr…

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Mozart in the Jungle: Save Us, Alex Timbers by Lucky

I loved the book Mozart in the Jungle. A tell-all about the sordid offstage universe of classical music, it made headlines in 2005 for exactly one reason: In it, author Blair Tindall —…

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Feels Like the First Time Rehearsal: Holy Crap, So Many Broadway Stars by Lucky

So, we’re having a concert on February 10 – holy shit that’s tonight – at Le Poisson Rouge wherein your favorite Broadway stars tell stories and sing songs about th…

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Monday, February 3, 2014

10 Reasons We’re Wicked Excited About Our Concert by Lucky and The Mick

It’s at (Le) Poisson Rouge on February 10th and it’s going to be so amazing we don’t even have words. Sometimes we get so excited we cry a little bit when we think about it…

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Remedial Queens: Little Me by Itsdlevy

This week, Encores! kicks off its 21st season with Little Me, a jazzy musical comedy — emphasis on comedy — which features a hysterical book by Neil Simon specifically crafted a…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Theater M.A.S.H.: Lolo Edition by The Mick

In December, we hung out backstage before Drew Gasparini’s first gig at 54 Below kicking asses and taking names asking questions and making people play games with us. One of the people…

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Remedial Queens: Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert by Itsdlevy

Love Broadway musicals but hate having to sit through all that talking between the songs? You’re in luck. In the next couple of months, you can catch the New York Philharmonic doing S…

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Short List of People Subject to Criticism If They Don’t Do Their Jobs Well by The Mick

As ever, the world of theater lovers and creators continues to rail against “criticism” and “critics.” Because Isherwood and Brantley — and their ilk — ar…

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Monday, January 13, 2014

OMG Shocking, Frozen is Headed to the Stage (Where It Will Take All The Monies) by The Mick

To the shock of exactly no-one, Disney has confirmed that they’ll be bringing Frozen to the stage. Things are clearly still early days — there’s no mention of timeline, etc…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Q&A: Caught in the Act With… Kate Tempest by Mildly Bitter

There don’t seem to be enough hyphens in the English language to keep up with multi-hyphenate U.K. artist Kate Tempest.  Her work runs the gamut from hip hop, to poetry, to storytelling a…

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Remedial Queens: Five Broadway Lessons from My Mom by Itsdlevy

On December 29, 2013, my mom, Lois Levy, passed away at age 67. (Read my eulogy for her.) In her memory, I’d like to offer a different kind of Broadway history: a short history of the …

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Get Out of Town, 2013: The Bests and Worsts of the Year by Lucky and The Mick

The bests… Alex Timbers Is God This was a great year for us. Want to know why? Because Alex Timbers was everywhere. Uptown, downtown, across the country, seriously, the man was putting…

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The 13 Hottest Onstage Hotties of 2013: The Gents by The Mick

Alex Timbers The thing about putting Alex Timbers on this list — on any list, really — is that it doesn’t make much sense, given Alex’s acute duel tendencies toward b…

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Monday, December 30, 2013

The 13 Hottest Onstage Hotties of 2013: The Ladies by Lucky and The Mick

Patina Miller Never mind the accolades. Never mind that she was Tony-nominated two years in a row, won once, and showed up to both ceremonies in easily the best dress of the night. Let’…

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Remedial Queens: The Making Of Chronicles by Itsdlevy

I’m not sure when gift cards became a controversial gift (are they lazy? are they thoughtless?)  because frankly, I think they’re the actual best. Seriously. The only thing bett…

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Don’t Worry, Team, Patti Murin and Colin Donnell Are Here to Save Your Christmas Spirit by The Mick

Stressed because you have deadlines at that thing you call a job and you still haven’t finished Christmas shopping and your whole damn family is fucking everything up by celebrating Ch…

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Monday, December 16, 2013

On Tony Kusher, Fun Home and Being a Writer by The Mick

On Friday night, I read Tony Kushner’s speech about being a writer, given at the Whiting Writers Awards, and I cry. This is not wildly out of character for me. I was raised by a woman …

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Remedial Queens: Who Will Love Side Show As It Am? by Itsdlevy

Every so often, a show that flops hard on Broadway leaves in its aftermath a corps of fans devoted to keeping its memory alive. With shows like Candide, Merrily We Roll Along, Carrie, and co…

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Friday, December 6, 2013

54 Below Ticket Giveaway — Intersections: The Music of Ellis and Williamson by The Mick

Ah, the internet, how it brings people together. Like Lucky and I, for example. We met as… well. That’s another story for another party, best told when everyone’s slightly …

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