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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 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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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, 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, 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

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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