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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Ed Asner & Misc-takes by Ken Levine

In no order of importance except for the first item.I loved Ed Asner and had the pleasure of working with him three times.  I directed him twice and he graciously did a play reading of mine…

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When Broadway was BROADWAY by Ken Levine

Here's a list of what was playing on Broadway one week in 1948.  Thanks to reader Douglas McEwan for sharing it.  As he said, and I couldn't agree more, I'd go see any one of those shows.�…

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Dear (departed) Evan Hansen by Ken Levine

In the weekend the Tony Awards were given out (did you even KNOW that the Tony Awards were yesterday?), word comes that the motion picture release of Broadway musical smash, DEAR EVAN HANSEN…

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EP234: Mike Nichols: A Director by Ken Levine

More with author, Mark Harris who wrote the book MIKE NICHOLS: A LIFE. In this episode we delve into Nichols’ directing career — his approach, process, hits and misses, theatre and films…

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EP233: Mike Nichols: A Life by Ken Levine

Ken talks with Mark Harris, author of the best-seller, “Mike Nichols: A Life” — a fascinating look into this complex giant of the entertainment industry. This week: His early life, inf…

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

EP230: Sportscaster Jason Benetti, Part 2 by Ken Levine

More with ESPN/NBC/Chicago White Sox announcer, Jason Benetti. Topics this week include working with partners (like Bill Walton), social media criticism, and not letting Cerebral Palsy preve…

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021


Hollywood is scratching its head.  All indications were that IN THE HEIGHTS was supposed to be a blockbuster hit.  Surveys showed it was the one movie that would actually get people back i…

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Monday, June 21, 2021

What the theatre needs to do to survive (in my humble opinion) by Ken Levine

Under normal circumstances this wouldn’t be a controversial post.  But in today’s woke world it is.  So be it.  Like many other industries legitimate theatre has really been thrown fo…

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Intermissions or no intermissions? (the debate of our time) by Ken Levine

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times by theatre critic Charles McNulty proposed that it was time to eliminate intermissions in theatre productions.  He feels it’s an outdated practic…

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Weekend Post by Ken Levine

I had another Zoom reading of one of my plays as a benefit for the Actors Fund.  This is OUR TIME, and it's loosely autobiographical.  For many reasons it's one of my favorite plays and I'…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

EP221: Part Two with actor/Broadway star, Chip Zien by Ken Levine

Chip Zien has been in 13 Broadway shows, has over 65 TV and movie credits, and was the voice of Howard the Duck.  This week he talks about being HOWARD THE DUCK, acting in LES MISERABLES, U…

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

EP220: Meet actor/Broadway star, Chip Zien by Ken Levine

Chip Zien has been in 13 Broadway shows, has over 65 TV and movie credits, and was the voice of Howard the Duck.  He starred in INTO THE WOODS and discusses working with Stephen Sondheim al…

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Actors who became Directors by Ken Levine

This is an audience participation post.  You’ll see how. A recent discussion led to this:Often times actors on long-running television shows will go behind the camera and direct an episod…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Stephen Sondheim -- TV sitcom writer by Ken Levine

 In 1953 a new sitcom premiered called TOPPER.  It was based on the movie TOPPER (which was based on a book) about a stuffy buttoned-down banker haunted by two carefree ghosts.  Cary Gran…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Aaron Sorkin and other unfair snubs by Ken Levine

It say something about The Tony Awards that the nominations were announced a week ago today and I’m just addressing them now. Other than a five block radius in Manhattan I can’t imagin…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Why do we laugh? by Ken Levine

Thanks to loyal reader, Wendy Grossman for alerting me to this article in the Guardian about a study on laughter. Scientific studies on why we laugh are always dicey, but some nuggets in th…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Talk about greedy bastards... by Ken Levine

Talk about chutzpah!One way for playwrights to get their plays produced is to enter festivals. Numerous theatres around the world stage festivals and invite playwrights to enter their work…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The future -- mine & Oscars by Ken Levine

After writing Oscar reviews for over 20 years, this year’s might have been my last. Nothing's written in stone and a lot will depend on how many people log on to the podcast.  But the…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Oscar review: the text by Ken Levine

There are readers who are hearing impaired or just don’t want to be bothered listening to a podcast (even mine) so I am posting the text of my Oscar review – although it’s much better …

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

My suggestion to save theatre as we know it by Ken Levine

Scene from my ten-minute play, THE FUGITIVE with Penny Peyser & Andy GoldbergIt’s probably half urban legend, but the concept of Top 40 radio supposedly began when radio station owner …

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

My Fair Laura by Ken Levine

When I was in New York I saw the recent revival of MY FAIR LADY. It’s my all-time favorite musical. I just think the music is spectacular beyond belief. If a musical has one song that …

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Guest blogger: Abraham Lincoln by Ken Levine

Hello, this is Abraham Lincoln. Ken is letting me guest blog today. I asked if I could just lob in some random thoughts and he said sure. The difference between my White House and the c…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY -- My review by Ken Levine

I understand tickets were going for $2000 a pop. And people were saying it was a bargain. Bruce Springsteen was on Broadway. In a theatre that sat 975, which is somewhat more intimate th…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

How did I do on my New Year's Resolutions? by Ken Levine

On January 1st I posted my New Year's Resolutions.  Let's see how well I did. Throw out my Miramax DVD's.They're gone. Sorry Harvey.Finally watch THIS IS US.Next year for sure.Get ALMO…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

What a meh year for movies by Ken Levine

This is the week in LA and New York when movies that hope to be contenders for the Oscars must run in theaters. Being a member of the WGA and DGA, I’ve received a lot of screeners of the …

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Questions by Ken Levine

Take a break from Christmas shopping to check out some Friday Questions.MikeKPa starts us off.A lot of William Goldman's work was adaption. Have you ever done adaptations and did you find it…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A STAR IS BORN -- my review by Ken Levine

It seems like every twenty years or so someone remakes A STAR IS BORN. There was the original with Janet Gaynor in 1937, Judy Garland took the stage in 1954, and then Barbra Streisand in 1…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Weekend Post by Ken Levine

Mike Nichol's & Elaine May were two improv performers in Chicago who really clicked. So much so that they became a comedy team.  And a sensation!  This was in the late '50…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A loving tribute to Ricky Jay by Ken Levine

Ricky Jay passed away last weekend.  He was... too young.  I loved Ricky Jay but never knew him.  My good friend Tracy Newman did and graciously offered to write her own perso…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

EP99: Holiday Turkeys: What Were They Thinking? by Ken Levine

In honor of Turkey Day, Ken spins one audio trainwreck after another. You’ll laugh till you cringe.Listen to the Hollywood & Levine podcast!HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY. …

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

I agree with Steven Spielberg by Ken Levine

And not just because I want him to direct one of my movies... or even say hello to me.Got a missive from reader "Laura" who asked:Ken, can you please give your opinion on what Steven Spielbe…

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