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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: Best and worst moments, full winners list by Johnny Oleksinski

It’s the 73rd Annual Sloooowny Awards! Sunday night’s trophy ceremony for a Broadway season suffering from a lack of must-see shows and real star power suffered from, well, a lack of mus…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

David Mamet’s Harvey Weinstein play is a sick joke by Johnny Oleksinski

LONDON — David Mamet has done it again! By which I mean that the out-of-his-mind playwright has appalled, offended and perplexed a packed house of hundreds of people — this time with his…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The 2019 Tony nominations are packed with burns and snubs by Johnny Oleksinski

And here I thought “Mean Girls” opened last season! The 2019 Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and instead of its usual Celebration of Theater mood, we were treated …

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘Beetlejuice’ review: Musical is a coke-snorting, F-bombing disaster by Johnny Oleksinski

If we say his name three times, will he go away? I’m not talking about the title character of “Beetlejuice,” which opened Thursday night, but Eddie Perfect. Fresh off his heinous music…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘Ink’ review: Broadway’s latest is a scrappy, seductive tabloid tale by Johnny Oleksinski

“Sexy” is not a word you’d use to describe the founding of most newspapers. More accurate descriptors might include: “formal,” “dusty” and “self-important.” The Sun, howeve…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

‘Tootsie’ review: New musical is no drag; it’s funnier than the film by Johnny Oleksinski

Meet Dorothy Michaels: Renowned stage actress and chanteuse. A brutally honest feminist who’s built like a Hummer, she lives in New York, and — oh, right — she’s really a he. Dorothy…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘Hadestown’ review: Broadway douses the fires of hell with folk music by Johnny Oleksinski

For a show about hell, “Hadestown” doesn’t have much heat. Yes, composer Anaïs Mitchell’s musical retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, which opened Wednesday on Broadway, sou…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

‘Coriolanus’ review: Turning Shakespeare into a political thriller by Johnny Oleksinski

Stage productions are filmed for the cinema all the time — The Met: Live in HD, National Theatre Live and the recent West End musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” among countle…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

‘Oklahoma!’ review: Anti-gun revival of classic shot to hell by Johnny Oleksinski

The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, and so is my blood pressure, thanks to the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” In director Daniel Fish’s pretentious producti…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

‘Shazam!’ review: Zachary Levi is a superhero who actually has fun by Johnny Oleksinski

Even before watching “Shazam!,” the new DC superhero movie starring Zachary Levi, you already know it won’t take itself too seriously. Why? There’s an exclamation point in the title.…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

‘Dumbo’ review: Tim Burton makes Disney’s elephant fly again by Johnny Oleksinski

Disney kicks off another crop of live-action remakes of cartoon classics with “Dumbo.” Thankfully before slapping us with realistic singing lions and an indigo Will Smith later this year…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Why good horror flicks aren’t set in New York City anymore by Johnny Oleksinski

A slasher is on the loose, whipping out a razor blade and slicing helpless bystanders without motive or provocation. Flames shoot out of manholes on one of the city’s busiest streets just …

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Can Broadway chill with all the high school shows? by Johnny Oleksinski

Imagine that you’re at the Times Square TKTS booth looking for a Broadway show to see. You glance up at the board and notice four conspicuous titles: “The Office: The Musical,” “Cubi…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

How Bradley Cooper went from Oscar golden boy to biggest loser by Johnny Oleksinski

Five months ago, it would have been a practical move to redub the Oscars the Bradleys. “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper’s freshman directorial effort, scored smashing reviews out of th…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Zac Efron kills it as Ted Bundy in ‘Extremely Wicked’ biopic by Johnny Oleksinski

PARK CITY, Utah — When Zac Efron sang “Breaking Free” in 2006’s “High School Musical,” little did we know he meant out of police custody. But 13 years later the actor has gone fr…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s fun bromance saves ‘The Upside’ by Johnny Oleksinski

“The Upside” has a downside: We’ve seen it a million times before. Onstage and on-screen, crotchety rich people are changed forever by fun-but-flawed poor people. It’s become a g…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

This British holiday tradition kicks America’s Yuletide ass by Johnny Oleksinski

American holiday activities are worse than coal in a stocking. Each year, we schlep to super malls and force crying children to pose with creeper Santas. We trudge to local productions of …

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

‘Network’ and other Broadway shows that ruined great movies by Johnny Oleksinski

Broadway fans love to whine about movie adaptations overtaking their beloved theaters. But can’t movie buffs also complain about their favorite films getting ruined by the stage? I will …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Orson Welles’ final film has been in the works for almost 50 years by Johnny Oleksinski

Director Orson Welles’ latest movie hits theaters Friday — 33 years after he died. “The Other Side of the Wind,” the famed filmmaker’s final picture, has been in post-production fo…

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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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