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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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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

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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Thursday, July 20, 2017

What’s hot right now in London theater by Johnny Oleksinski

While Broadway recovers from its post-Tonys hangover, London theaters are busier than ever, rolling out big shows featuring A-list movie stars, West End vets and even the songs of Bob Dylan.…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

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

Well, that was a tough act to follow! Last year, the Tony Awards were the hottest ticket in town. Broadway’s biggest night boasted “Hamilton,” James “Carpool Karaoke&…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

This is the sexiest time to see a Broadway show by Johnny Oleksinski

Hours after most Broadway marquees shut off and Times Square tourists had scarfed down their last slices of Junior’s cheesecake, one play was still chugging along on Thursday night. Or, fo…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

This Trump cabinet show was as dull as it was pointless by Johnny Oleksinski

#Resistance has never been so posh! On Thursday night, 1,500 mostly liberal theatergoers packed Town Hall in midtown for “All The President’s Men? Scenes From the Senate Confirmation Hea…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

‘Hello, Dolly!’ proves Bette Midler’s genius by Johnny Oleksinski

The hottest show on Broadway is sold out every single night. There is a thrilling standing ovation smack dab in the middle of the second act. And normal people are paying nearly $800 a pop t…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Andy Karl returns in triumph to ‘Groundhog Day’ by Johnny Oleksinski

A day after Easter, there was a miracle on Broadway. Andy Karl, the star of the new musical “Groundhog Day” opened his show Monday night, donning a black knee brace, but showing …

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Does TV or Broadway win the battle of the feuds? by Johnny Oleksinski

Two grouses, both alike in bitchery In fair Amer’ca where we lay our scene. One tabloid grudge makes for swell dramedy, While TV gold makes Broadway show lose sheen. It’s a tasty coincid…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This is Justin Trudeau’s ‘Hamilton’ by Johnny Oleksinski

It may be Canada’s 150th birthday, but suddenly our neighbor to the north is setting the pop culture agenda. The world’s most talked about Ryans — Gosling and Reynolds — both hail fr…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Let’s face it: Weddings suck by Johnny Oleksinski

“Don’t know when I’ve seen such a lovely wedding. But I always cry. Don’t know why it is, but I always cry,” says Louella Soames in a famous speech from the play “Our Town.” He…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

The ‘Game of Thrones’ live concert is bonkers by Johnny Oleksinski

Restless “Game of Thrones” fans who are traumatized that this year’s seventh season of their favorite show won’t start till summer — later than usual — can get a Westeros fix Tue…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Stockholm syndrome is big on Broadway and at the movies by Johnny Oleksinski

You can’t escape this winter’s hottest entertainment trend. But it’s not ornate British costume dramas or midseason lawyer procedurals. It’s neither biopics nor boffo comic-book cape…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

‘Hairspray’ was the best TV musical so far by Johnny Oleksinski

Before Wednesday night, my feelings about the live-TV-musical trend echoed the chorus from an infectious song from “Hairspray” called “Mama, I’m A Big Girl Now” — “Stop! Don’…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ understands the teenage struggle by Johnny Oleksinski

High school sucks. TV shows, films and books have been hammering that home since the dawn of TV shows, films and books. “Carrie,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Easy A,” “Ameri…

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Get a personal tour of Broadway from Joel Grey by Johnny Oleksinski

Broadway legend Joel Grey has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Tony over his more than 50-year career, but the 84-year-old actor is still adding new lines to his résumé. On Satur…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Josh Groban is showing celebs how to do Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

Stars, take notice: Josh Groban is doing Broadway right. In the magical new musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” which opened Monday, the singer is top-billed. But fr…

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Friday, October 21, 2016

‘The Front Page’ proves that newspapers are really fun by Johnny Oleksinski

Hollywood’s “Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s investigation into crimes covered up by the Catholic Church, fully deserved its 2015 Oscar for Best Picture. It also made working fo…

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Yes, Diane Lane should be on Broadway — but not in this by Johnny Oleksinski

Diane Lane has returned to Broadway after 39 years — and she should’ve stayed away a little longer. The movie star, who first stretched her legs in a 1977 production of Anton Chekhov’s…

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Friday, October 14, 2016

After ‘Heisenberg’, please retire the manic pixie dream girl by Johnny Oleksinski

A woman walks into a London butcher shop. You know her, I know her, we all know her. She’s the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG): That mysterious, hyperactive female character who has been hel…

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Monday, October 10, 2016

With ‘Oh, Hello’, the war on fun is finally over by Johnny Oleksinski

Our long national downer is over. “Oh, Hello,” which opened Monday night on Broadway, has finally put an end to entertainment’s interminable War on Fun. The smart, 95-minute two-hander…

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

You may not even know you’re with celebs at this off-Broadway show by Johnny Oleksinski

You may have partied with Justin Timberlake, howled with Margot Robbie or clinked glasses with Bono — and not even known it. That’s true for theatergoers at “Sleep No More,” the off-…

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Broadway is no place for podcast-like ‘Encounter’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Who doesn’t love a good podcast? Picture yourself sinking into a comfy couch, clad in pajamas with a glass of wine, chowing down on hummus and pita chips, and getting caught up on “Seria…

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lady Gaga wasn’t born to remake ‘A Star Is Born’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Judy, Barbra, Gaga? On Wednesday it was confirmed that Lady Gaga will play the leading role in a new Warner Bros. remake of “A Star Is Born,” to be directed by the actor Bradley Cooper, …

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Friday, July 1, 2016

These ‘Hamilton’ fans have the ultimate buyers’ remorse by Johnny Oleksinski

For many lucky theatergoers who scored “Hamilton” tickets, July 9 will be the gloomiest day ever. That’s when Lin-Manuel Miranda ends his run in the show. So will co-stars Phillipa Soo…

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

James Corden on Tony Awards gig: ‘I feel sort of sick to my stomach’ by Johnny Oleksinski

James Corden is really nervous to host tonight’s Tony Awards (8 p.m. on CBS). “I feel sort of sick to my stomach about the thought of it,” Corden tells The Post. “It’s all mind-bog…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

The 100-year-old secrets of Broadway’s first ‘Hamilton’ by Johnny Oleksinski

“Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical phenomenon, is sure to win a heap of Tony Awards on Sunday night. But it’s not the first show about America’s original treasury se…

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Meet the 92-year-old still making music on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

Most theater fans don’t know Seymour “Red” Press by name, but they cherish the famous Broadway musicals he’s worked on throughout the decades.

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