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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dave's Gone By Interview (2/4/17) – ALLEN LEWIS RICKMAN & Rabbi Sol Solomon by David Lefkowitz

Rabbi Sol Solomon interviews actor Allen Lewis Rickman. Topics include: Yiddish, Alan Rickman, Coen Brothers, A SERIOUS MAN, Steve Sterner. Segment aired Feb. 4, 2017 as part of the "Dave's …

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Musicals Rappin’ at Your Door? by David Lefkowitz

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock far away from the theater district, you’re aware that next week brings the Broadway opening of Hamilton, the much-anticipated musical from In the H…

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Some Theatrical Entries for Tell an Old Joke Day by David Lefkowitz

You may not know this. In fact, there’s no particular reason for you to know it, but July 24th is “Tell an Old Joke Day.” Yes, a day apparently exists that is devoted to recounting qui…

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Excuuuuuse Me! Fighting Back Against the Rude by David Lefkowitz

As they do every so often, stories of audience members behaving insufferably at the theater become newsworthy—usually making the papers because some actor or fellow playgoer finally pushes…

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Random Thoughts on the 2015 Tony Broadcast by David Lefkowitz

Just finished watching the 2015 Tony Awards on CBS, and what a swell party it was. Oh sure, there are things to snark about (see below), and coulda-shoulda-woulda moments, but for three hour…

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sat, 6/6: Dave Lefkowitz hosts 11th Annual TONY AWARDS SPECIAL! 11-4pm(ET) UNCRadio.com by David Lefkowitz

Dave Lefkowitz, a theater editor at Stagebuddy.com, is doing his annual, live, Tony Awards radio special TODAY (Sat, June 6), from 11am-4pm(Eastern). You can listen live at www.uncradio.com.…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tony Picks & Predictions by David Lefkowitz

It’s that time again, when art meets commerce meets glitz meets schmaltz. It’s the 69th Annual Tony Awards, happening Sunday night, June 7, at Radio City Music Hall, with CBS-TV broadcas…

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Cheap is Dear: Two Hopeful Signs for the Cash-Strapped Theatergoer by David Lefkowitz

As a theater critic for more than 25 years, I’m used to getting free tickets to the plays I see, be they off-off-Broadway showcases or the latest multi-million dollar blockbusters in Times…

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

SEE or SKIP: The Audience by David Lefkowitz

SEE or SKIP: The Audience VENUE: Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, to June 28, 2015. INFO: Broadway continues its slavish Anglophilia with this look at the long reign of Queen Elizabet…

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Friday, May 1, 2015

SEE or SKIP: The Heidi Chronicles by David Lefkowitz

SEE or SKIP: The Heidi Chronicles VENUE: Broadway’s Music Box Theater, to May 3, 2015. INFO: Theatergoers have just a few more performances to catch Pam MacKinnon’s staging of The Heidi …

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bway Critics Not Loving DiPietro’s Love by David Lefkowitz

With so many shows opening on Broadway this spring, it’s easy to overlook a light, frothy comedy. But never count Joe DiPietro out. His musical with Jimmy Roberts, “I Love You, You’re …

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bway Critics Weigh in on Shoulda Been by David Lefkowitz

Well, “The Wedding Singer” flopped but became a popular touring show, and “First Date” flopped but is bound to get lots of community-theater action, will another comic musical about …

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bway Crix Throw Caca at Gigi by David Lefkowitz

1951 saw Broadway fall in love with Audrey Hepburn playing the innocent but oh-so-canny “Gigi” in the Anita Loos play of that title. 1958 caused a similar infatuation with Leslie Caron w…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bway Critics High-Five Hand to God by David Lefkowitz

A Broadway show about foul-mouthed hand puppets . . . could such a thing ever work? Ask the producers of “Avenue Q” (which is still running in its off-Broadway transfer). Okay, but can a…

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Critics Pour Sunlight on Hare’s Bway Skylight by David Lefkowitz

When David Hare’s romantic drama, “Skylight”, first reached Broadway in 1996, critics lauded the show’s balance of emotional, inter-personal drama with the playwright’s realization…

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Bway Critics on Chronicles: Is Heidi Too Tidy or Still Mighty? by David Lefkowitz

Before “Girls” and “Sex and the City” but after “That Girl” and “The Mary Tyler Moore” show came “The Heidi Chronicles”, a comic look at a modern-day woman who wants and …

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Critics Climb Aboard Bway’s Twentieth Century by David Lefkowitz

Old-fashioned, nostalgic glamour is big on Broadway this year, what with the eccentrics of “You Can’t Take it with You” and the retro vibe of “Honeymoon in Vegas”, not to mention t…

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Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: March 16 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, David Lefkowitz and Anne Bradley

1914 Female impersonator Julian Eltinge is lyricist and star of The Crinoline Girl. Otto Hauerbach provides the book and Percy Wenrich the score. S/he'll twirl at the Knickerbocker Theat…

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Monday, March 9, 2015

NY Critics Bow Before Mirren in The Audience by David Lefkowitz

While American politics remains a rare topic on Broadway (this season’s “Disgraced” notwithstanding), English intrigue is all the rage on the Great White Way. David Hare’s socio-econ…

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bway Critics Fillet Larry David’s Fish by David Lefkowitz

Just a couple of months ago, when plans were announced to bring Larry David’s new play, “Fish in the Dark”, to Broadway, even inside theater people knew precious little about the show.…

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How Funny People Have Fared on Broadway by David Lefkowitz

All through rehearsals and early previews, Larry David tried to keep people in the dark about his new play, “Fish in the Dark”, which opens on Broadway this Thursday (March 5). A seeming…

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Song o’ Spongebob by David Lefkowitz

Entertainment Weekly reported this week that everybody’s favorite absorbent, porous and yellow invertebrate, SpongeBob SquarePants, may someday come to Broadway. At its annual “upfront…

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NY Critics Call Hamilton a Treasure by David Lefkowitz

Overnight, “will it or won’t it?” has turned into “when will it?” Even before Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new musical, “Hamilton”, opened at off-Broadway’s Public Theater last nig…

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine Pickin’s by David Lefkowitz

Taking a date (or spouse, or significant other or affectionate parolee) out to a Broadway show is a no-brainer for Valentine’s Day. A show is both social and personal, the experience allow…

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Jackmania Continues by David Lefkowitz

Sometimes a star just has it. Not just talent, not just a special quality, but a presence that will make theatergoers (especially female theatergoers) throw money at the opportunity to be in…

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Friday, January 30, 2015

They Took 57 Years with Them . . . to Broadway by David Lefkowitz

What were you doing 57 years ago? Well, like me, the vast majority of people reading this probably weren’t doing anything but floating in heaven somewhere before popping up in a scrotum, b…

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Numbers Game, Jan. 19-Jan. 25, 2015 by David Lefkowitz

One aspect of commercial Broadway theater not really covered by previews, reviews, puff pieces and essays is the numbers game – that is, where a show might be in terms of box-office grosse…

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Will Critics’ Raves Save Honeymoon in Vegas? by David Lefkowitz

When “Honeymoon in Vegas” played at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse two years ago, the musical seemed to be on a fast track to Broadway. Audiences had a blast, the cast boasted Rob M…

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What Was in a Name? by David Lefkowitz

The closing of Broadway’s “Rock of Ages” next week brings not only a long-running show to an end but also, most probably, another kernel of theater history: Helen Hayes’s name on a m…

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Numbers Game, Jan. 12-Jan. 18, 2015 by David Lefkowitz

One aspect of commercial Broadway theater not really covered by previews, reviews, puff pieces and essays is the numbers game – that is, where a show might be in terms of box-office grosse…

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

No Money in Musicals? by David Lefkowitz

The Broadway League, which comprises theaters and producers in New York City, just released its happy stats for 2014. As ever, the organization trumpeted The Street’s overall robustness an…

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