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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Q&A With Kyle Riabko: How Bacharach Captivated a Canadian Blues Rocker by Patrick Pacheco

There wasn’t a lot of Burt Bacharach on the jukebox in Bud’s on Broadway, a blues bar in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a favorite hangout of local Kyle Riabko, a musician who gravitated to Er…

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Q&A With Christine Ebersole: Cabaret, Elizabeth Arden and Alicia Keys’s War on Makeup by Patrick Pacheco

Christine Ebersole admits that when she was young, she wanted to be famous. The blond beauty now describes herself as daughter, mother, wife, and animal lover. In that order.Talk about under…

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Director Michael Grandage Is Invited Into the 1% With ‘Frozen, the Musical’ by Patrick Pacheco

From 2002 to 2012, director Michael Grandage was the head of London’s Donmar Warehouse. The position he inherited from Sam Mendes was long on prestige, artistic achievement, and honors. Bu…

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Hot Ticket Alert! Kevin Kline Commits to ‘Present Laughter’ by Patrick Pacheco

Kevin Kline, one of the most gifted stage actors of his generation, is notorious for being choosy about his roles. However, the actor who long ago earned the nickname of “Kevin Decline” …

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Q&A With George Brant: Saving a Music Legend From Obscurity in ‘Marie and Rosetta’ by Patrick Pacheco

One of the rock world’s great unknowns is the huge influence that Sister Rosetta Tharpe, an African-American gospel singer and guitarist, had on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Ch…

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Remembering Edward Albee: ‘Every Artist Has Many Lives and Many Deaths’ by Patrick Pacheco

Sitting down with Edward Albee for a chat was as stimulating, provocative and entertaining as experiencing one of the many plays which made him one of the greatest artists of the 20th centur…

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Battling Bots for Tickets to Bette Midler’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ by Patrick Pacheco

There will probably be at least ten new musicals unveiled on Broadway in the course of next season. But all anybody is talking about this Spring’s revival of “Hello, Dolly!,” starring …

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

In Memory of ‘Elephant Man’ Stage Director Jack Hofsiss by Patrick Pacheco

In 1979, at the age of 28, Jack Hofsiss was the youngest director to ever win the Tony Award for his brilliant direction of Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man.” Handsome, talented a…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

‘Young Frankenstein’ to Rise Again in London: Broadway Next? by Patrick Pacheco

The recent and lamentable passing of Gene Wilder, one of the most beloved actors of his generation, precipitated a re-cap of his career, including his performances in “The Producers,” �…

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Monday, September 12, 2016

‘Muriel’s Wedding,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Latest Aussie-Backed Moves in Stage Transfers by Patrick Pacheco

Those Aussies are at it again.  No sooner did Carmen Pavlovic, the CEO of Global Creatures, announce that the company had acquired the rights to “Moulin Rouge!”, Baz Luhrmann’s 20…

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Oh, What A Run! ‘Jersey Boys’ by Numbers After Record-Breaking Show by Patrick Pacheco

What’ll we do without the four goombahs of “Jersey Boys” lighting up Broadway with their doo-wop melodies and falsetto trills on such hits as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What a…

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Stephen Sondheim Tackles Luis Bunuel in a Bid for a Comeback by Patrick Pacheco

After a long period of successive flops, Andrew Lloyd Webber found salvation in “School of Rock,” a popular sweet-natured Jack Black film, about a slacker corralling cute kids into a ban…

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Raves for 'La La Land' Amp Up Oscar Chatter for the Film Musical by Patrick Pacheco

The 2002 Best Picture Oscar for “Chicago,” ended a long dry period for the movie musical, which had once dominated Hollywood. Such expensive bombs as “Hello, Dolly!,” “Star,” and…

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How Jerome Silberman Became Gene Wilder by Patrick Pacheco

Years before Gene Wilder became a beloved comic actor through such films as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Stir Crazy,” he was an eager student…

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Jennifer Holliday to Add Green to 'The Color Purple' by Patrick Pacheco

Jennifer Holliday, who won a Tony Award for creating the role of Effie White in the original 1982 production of “Dreamgirls,” is going into the current Broadway revival of “The Color P…

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Fall Preview: Off-Broadway’s Bountiful Harvest by Patrick Pacheco

Off-Broadway’s status as stepchild to Broadway is diminishing fast, given how often its fare transfers uptown. Who wouldn’t have wanted to get the jump on “Hamilton” when it was off-…

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Broadway and the West End Declare War on Scalpers by Patrick Pacheco

To paraphrase Howard Beale in the movie “Network,” the producers of “Hamilton” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it any more…

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Q&A With Drew Hodges: In the Room From 'Rent' to 'Hamilton' by Patrick Pacheco

In 1998, Nicole Kidman’s stage debut in David Hare’s “The Blue Room” was, as Newsweek put it, “one of the hottest tickets for a play in Broadway history.” In preparing a poster f…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Broadway Con: An Agent Joins a Roster of Shady Characters by Patrick Pacheco

When a one-time theater agent was recently arrested for fraud — he allegedly bilked gullible investors of $165,000 for a non-existent play — the parallels to Mel Brooks’s “The Produc…

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Q&A With Bess Wohl: Silence Is Golden (Sort of) in 'Small Mouth Sounds' by Patrick Pacheco

When playwright Bess Wohl was invited by a friend to an holistic retreat in upstate New York, she brought along snacks and wine and thought it would be a good time to catch up. Instead she w…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Broadway-Bound 'Groundhog Day' Awakes to Critical Acclaim in London by Patrick Pacheco

The creators of the new musical “Groundhog Day” wouldn’t mind repeating August 16 over and over again. That was the day they awoke to some of the best London reviews for a show in a de…

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Monday, August 15, 2016

‘Frozen’ and ‘Harry Potter’: Behemoths on the Way to Broadway by Patrick Pacheco

One is already a dramatic blockbuster in London; the other is a musical blockbuster in the making. There are no sure bets in the theater, but the stage adaptations of “Harry Potter” and …

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hot Ticket Alert: Stars to Illuminate Broadway Nights This Fall by Patrick Pacheco

The advent of premium ticket pricing and the cachet of adding Broadway to the resume have resulted in a plethora of marquee names braving the boards in recent years. The new season is no exc…

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Monday, August 8, 2016

“Sunset Boulevard” Dawns on Broadway Again by Patrick Pacheco

When Glenn Close sang “As If We Never Said Goodbye” in the revival of “Sunset Boulevard” at the London Coliseum last April, it was as if 21 years had been a mere ellipsis in her care…

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Friday, August 5, 2016

James Houghton: “To Hell With the Critics” by Patrick Pacheco

A couple of years ago, playwright Naomi Wallace was meeting with James Houghton, the artistic director of the Signature Theatre, one of the most prestigious of the off-Broadway non-profits. …

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Garry Marshall Will Live On in the Broadway Musical ‘Pretty Woman’ by Patrick Pacheco

Last Spring, Garry Marshall told Vanity Fair that he would be in “a home for old directors” by the time “Pretty Woman,” the musical stage adaptation of his 1990 movie smash, arrived …

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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Abrupt Closing of ‘Motown’ Points to Another Lost Opportunity on Broadway by Patrick Pacheco

Just weeks after “Motown, The Musical” began its return engagement on Broadway, the show’s producers announced that it would be closing on July 31, a serious foreshortening of its inte…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Jake Gyllenhaal Returns to Broadway in Lanford Wilson’s ‘Burn This’ by Patrick Pacheco

The casting is intriguing, to say the least. Jake Gyllenhaal was recently announced as the lead in the Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s tempestuous 1980s drama “Burn This,” slated …

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

So What Have You Done Lately? Next Chapters for 'Hamilton' Stars by Patrick Pacheco

Two years ago, Leslie Odom Jr. had few impressive credits on his résumé. He was largely known for a couple of short-lived TV shows (“Vanished,” “Smash” ) and a Broadway musical flo…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Barbara Cook Tells All in ‘Then & Now’ by Patrick Pacheco

Barbara Cook once observed, “The challenge of performing is to show to an audience what life has done to you.”Just how steep the toll has been is divulged in “Then & Now,” Cook�…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Performance Artist Mike Daisey Takes On Performance Artist Donald Trump by Patrick Pacheco

In the tradition of Spalding Gray, Mike Daisey is a monologist who deftly intertwines personal narratives with socio-political issues coursing through the country. In “The Last Cargo Cult,…

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