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Friday, October 19, 2018

How Michael Cera and Lucas Hedges became wise-cracking BFFs by Johnny Oleksinski

Lucas Hedges and Michael Cera play allies in Broadway’s “The Waverly Gallery,” but offstage, they’re practically a vaudeville act. And while they’ve both been around — Hedges was…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Finally, horror movies are starting to suck less by Johnny Oleksinski

What a haul-o-ween! The latest “Halloween” sequel, starring a returning Jamie Lee Curtis, is set to break a franchise box-office record, taking in a projected $50 million this weekend. (…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The London shows that should come to NYC — and the ones that shouldn’t by Johnny Oleksinski

They’re Brexiting all the way to New York. “The Nap,” “Girl From the North Country” and “The Ferryman” are just a few of the shows that have leaped across the pond and land…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Lady Gaga gives Oscar-worthy performance in ‘A Star is Born’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Lady Gaga has traveled by egg, donned skirt steak and taken part in a TV blood orgy. But her biggest transformation occurs in the new film “A Star Is Born.” In it, she becomes an Oscar-w…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

‘Happytime Murders’ is the most miserable puppet show ever by Johnny Oleksinski

Rescue me, Elmo! That’s what you’ll shout if you’re trapped in a movie theater playing “The Happytime Murders,” the wretched puppets-behaving-badly comedy directed by Brian Henson.…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ is a secret-agent spoof that doesn’t suck by Johnny Oleksinski

Don’t be fooled by its awful title. “The Spy Who Dumped Me” is the rare secret-agent spoof that doesn’t double-O-suck. You can thank the awesome fights for that. During the first…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Go-Go’s musical ‘Head Over Heels’ hasn’t got the beat by Johnny Oleksinski

Intermission, all I ever wanted! The new musical “Head Over Heels,” which opened Thursday on Broadway, takes the songs of ’80s American girl group the Go-Go’s, plops them in a Britis…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Not even Denzel Washington can save ‘The Equalizer’ by Johnny Oleksinski

“The Equalizer” should be locked in a room with “The Terminator.” Then this lousy series would finally be killed off. Denzel Washington is back in the sequel to his 2014 action f…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

‘Mamma Mia’ 2 is deliciously insane by Johnny Oleksinski

Ten years ago, “Mamma Mia!” felt like the result of one too many shots of ouzo. Charming on Broadway, it was bonkers on-screen: a romantic comedy set on a Greek island told through ABBA …

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Why theatergoers are giving ‘Frozen’ the cold shoulder by Johnny Oleksinski

Want room to spread out? Head to the St. James Theatre on Broadway, where empty seats abound at the musical “Frozen.” But isn’t Disney’s story of ice queen Elsa and sister Anna suppo…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

The best and worst moments of the Tony Awards by Johnny Oleksinski

The Tony Awards are not always as good as the Broadway season they’re celebrating — sometimes they’re much better! Take Sunday night’s ceremony honoring the best of New Y…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lady Gaga is almost unrecognizable in new movie trailer by Johnny Oleksinski

“A Star Is Born”? More like “A Star Is Reincarnated.” The trailer for the new remake of the 1937 classic romance, in which Lady Gaga plays the title character, dropped Wednesday. In …

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Only John Cameron Mitchell could turn Nicole Kidman punk by Johnny Oleksinski

When John Cameron Mitchell wrote and starred in the drag musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in 1998, his theater pals were stumped. “They didn’t understand why I was doing it,” Mi…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Forget Tyrion — this is the role Peter Dinklage was born to play by Johnny Oleksinski

Peter Dinklage has found the role of a lifetime — and its surname isn’t Lannister. The “Game of Thrones” actor will play Cyrano de Bergerac, the famed fictional French poet with a lo…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Inside Broadway’s cutthroat campaigns for Tony nods by Johnny Oleksinski

The Plastics want their gold. The four main ladies of Broadway’s “Mean Girls” — Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park and Kate Rockwell — all have separate personal publi…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cabaret star Marilyn Maye still a hot ticket at 90 by Johnny Oleksinski

For her 90th birthday, cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is flying high — and often. Over the past two months alone, the in-demand performer has carried her four huge suitcases to theaters in We…

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Behind-the-scenes secrets from Bowie’s cult classic ‘Labyrinth’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Jim Henson die-hards are still dancing the magic dance — 32 years later. The cult classic “Labyrinth” is headed back to select theaters on Sunday. And the film, which featured a cast o…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

The new Donna Summer musical is not hot stuff by Johnny Oleksinski

“When I’m bad, I’m so, so bad,” Donna Summer sang in “Last Dance,” and that perfectly describes the new Broadway musical about her life. “Summer,” which opened Monday, is…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

‘Harry Potter’ epic is Broadway magic by Johnny Oleksinski

Harry Potter has come to Broadway. But The Boy Who Lived is a boy no longer: He’s 37 years old and going through a magical midlife crisis in J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne’s outstanding pl…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Broadway’s box office is wasting away in ‘Margaritaville’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Broadway is looking more like Universal Studios than the epicenter of great theater these days. Mainstream brands are squeezing out scintillating art that once dominated the boards. Exeunt: …

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The reason ‘Rise’ kinda sucks by Johnny Oleksinski

What hath Zac wrought? Back in 2006, newcomer Zac Efron starred in an unassuming little Disney Channel movie called “High School Musical,” about a peppy band of teen stereotypes who turn…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The hottest shows in London this spring by Johnny Oleksinski

Winter’s over, and theater in London is younger than springtime. Audiences are falling wig-over-heels for a teenage drag queen; the new Bridge Theatre’s “Julius Caesar” has a mosh pi…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Broadway has robbed ‘Frozen’ of its heart and fun by Johnny Oleksinski

For its new stage musical “Frozen,” Disney should’ve heeded the sage advice of Queen Elsa: Let it go. Broadway should be the place to see what you can do, to test the limits and break …

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Someone turned ‘Jerry Springer’ into an opera by Johnny Oleksinski

Opera lovers may think they’ve heard it all, from the screams of Don Juan burning in hell to Brünnhilde’s cries of triumph and the coughs of countless women keeling over from consumptio…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

New ‘Dolly!’ star once played a flying monkey by Johnny Oleksinski

Just five nights ago, Charlie Stemp was in London, taking his final bow in the holiday pantomime “Dick Whittington” at the Palladium next to West End royalty Elaine Paige. After the curt…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Future of iconic studio in doubt after massive deal with Disney by Johnny Oleksinski

The iconic Fox searchlights could soon be shut off for good. On Thursday, 21st Century Fox was purchased by Disney for $52.4 billion. One of the six major Hollywood studios — the one that …

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Easy-to-watch movies are having an overdue moment by Johnny Oleksinski

Hollywood has finally gotten the memo. Awards season will kick off in earnest when the Golden Globes nominations are announced on Monday, but the main crop of contenders has already become c…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Here’s what real-life SpongeBob thinks of the show’s musical by Johnny Oleksinski

Bikini Bottom has arrived on Broadway. Opening Monday, “SpongeBob SquarePants” boasts songs by John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie and other heavy hitters, plus a number by a writing …

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Denzel Washington is a total schlub in this gripping new thriller by Johnny Oleksinski

Frumpy and Denzel are two words you don’t often see together — until now. The new thriller “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” has Washington sporting a paunch, unkempt afro, huge specs and an o…

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Broadway’s new ‘It’ boy is 71 years old by Johnny Oleksinski

Jerry Zaks is back where he belongs: on Broadway, where no fewer than three of his shows — “Hello, Dolly!”, “A Bronx Tale” and Steve Martin’s “Meteor Shower” — are on the b…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Rooney Mara can’t do anguish like Michelle Williams by Johnny Oleksinski

Throwing a play onto the big screen is always risky. It can be the best choice a studio ever makes (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) or the absolute worst (“August: Osage County”…

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