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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Review: ‘Schmigadoon!’ Has a Song in Its Heart, and Everywhere Else by Margaret Lyons

The Apple TV+ series both mocks and embraces the glories of classic musicals like “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma!” and “Carousel.”

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

From ‘South Park’ to ‘Knives Out,’ Pop Culture Is Steeped With Sondheim by Margaret Lyons

The sophisticated composer and his snappy songs have migrated from stage to screens. Give us more to see? Here’s how.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Best and Worst of the Tony Awards 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Scott Heller and Margaret Lyons

Swinging lights. Broadway beefs. Words of wisdom. And a restroom serenade. If only some of the highlights were on TV.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New York Finally Gets Its ‘Jerry Springer’ Moment by Margaret Lyons

With a reality TV star in the White House and ’90s nostalgia in full flower, the controversial 2003 musical about the famed talk show host arrives.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

7 Shows for President Trump to Watch on His Vacation by Neil Genzlinger, Mike Hale, Margaret Lyons and Ben Brantley

The president is spending 17 days in New Jersey and New York. A few of our critics weigh in with recommendations of shows to watch (besides the news).

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Review: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, at Home in ‘Bright Lights’ by Margaret Lyons

The mother and daughter actresses are shown in close quarters in this compelling documentary, which debuts Saturday on HBO.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Critic’s Notebook: Broadway Comes to a Laptop Near You by Margaret Lyons

The first live stream of a Broadway musical, “She Loves You,” went smoothly, but not without artistic and technological complications.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

What You Should Watch This Weekend: ‘O.J.: Made in America’ and the Tony Awards by Margaret Lyons

From the Watching team, expert TV and movie recommendations for the next few days.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

What Live TV Musicals Can Learn From Grease’s Success by Margaret Lyons

Well, these live musicals have certainly turned things around. After the lifeless and bizarre Sound of Music came the truly baffling Peter Pan, and it seemed like society was hurtling faster…

SOURCE: Vulture at 06:05PM
Thursday, January 14, 2016

How to Name Your Baby After Hamilton by Margaret Lyons

Do you love Hamilton? No, no; do you love it? Sure, some people have tattoos inspired by the show, and some people have devoted huge swaths of their lives to winning the ticket lottery, but …

SOURCE: Vulture at 09:33PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Should I Listen to Hamilton Before I See It? A Step-by-Step Decision Guide by Margaret Lyons

Should I listen to the cast recording before I see the show? It's a question one wonders before seeing any musical, and just like everything else in this world, it depends. Some people alway…

SOURCE: Vulture at 08:21PM
Friday, December 4, 2015

The Wiz Needed a Studio Audience by Margaret Lyons

NBC's live version of The Wiz managed to do what The Sound of Music and Peter Pan certainly did not: It was fantastic. Where the others felt unintentionally campy and ridiculous, or downrigh…

SOURCE: Vulture at 06:40PM
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Curiosities and Tidbits From Today's Emmy Nominations by Margaret Lyons

Today's Emmy nominations had a few snubs and a few high points, too. To round it out your Emmys analysis diet, here are some lesser-heralded nominations and trivia items that may have escape…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:35PM
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Help! I Still Miss Smash: Your Pressing TV Problems, Solved by Margaret Lyons

Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recomm…

SOURCE: Vulture at 04:29PM
Friday, April 3, 2015

Wolf Hall Is the King of Prestige Television by Margaret Lyons

It's hard to top the overwhelming prestige of Wolf Hall. It's based on Hilary Mantel's revered, Booker Prize–winning books, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies; it stars Tony- and Olivier-wi…

SOURCE: Vulture at 05:49PM
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Watch a Teaser for Neil LaBute’s Stepsibling Rom-Com TV Show, Starring Adam Brody by Margaret Lyons

Behold: Adam Brody has a new show. It's about two stepsiblings who fall for each other, and it's called Billy & Billie, and it'll be on DirecTV in March, and its creator is Neil LaBute. …

SOURCE: Vulture at 02:27PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Frozen Duo Writing a Song for Neil Patrick Harris to Sing at the Oscars by Margaret Lyons

Neil Patrick Harris doing a megamusical number at the Oscars was pretty much a foregone conclusion, and now it's a done deal: Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning husba…

SOURCE: Vulture at 11:10AM
Monday, January 26, 2015

Beauty and the Beast Should Be All Harry Potter People by Margaret Lyons

Emma Watson is going to play Belle in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. That seems lovely, no? She seems extremely capable of playing Belle, since she was great as He…

SOURCE: Vulture at 03:11PM
Friday, January 16, 2015

Idina Menzel Will Sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl by Margaret Lyons

Idina Menzel will sing the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl, she announced on Twitter. Last year opera star Renée Fleming sang it, but in general, the spot goes to a pop star: …

SOURCE: Vulture at 03:45PM

Underground Railroad Miniseries Coming to NBC, Broadway by Margaret Lyons

NBC will air an eight-hour miniseries about the Underground Railroad called Freedom Run, the network announced today. The series is based on Betty DeRamus's book Forbidden Fruit: Love Storie…

SOURCE: Vulture at 01:15PM
Thursday, December 18, 2014

See Neil Patrick Harris on American Horror Story: Freak Show by Margaret Lyons

As promised, Neil Patrick Harris will be on American Horror Story: Freak Show this season, as a spooky magician with an even spookier dummy. AHS comes back January 7, at which point NPH will…

SOURCE: Vulture at 06:00PM
Thursday, November 20, 2014

John Cameron Mitchell Returning to Hedwig by Margaret Lyons

John Cameron Mitchell will be donning a bouncy blond wig and mega go-go boots once again to reprise his role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, producers for the current revival announced today. …

SOURCE: Vulture at 01:35PM
Friday, November 7, 2014

A Live Staging of A Few Good Men Coming to NBC by Margaret Lyons

NBC is considering a live broadcast of the play A Few Good Men, according to Variety. The deal is still in its early stages, with no cast, director, or airdate in sight, but Aaron Sorkin wou…

SOURCE: Vulture at 01:25PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

City.ballet. Is Captivating, But Oh-So Brief by Margaret Lyons

Last year, AOL's web series city.ballet. caught me by surprise. I don't usually look to AOL for original content, and while my appetite for dance documentaries in general is insatiable, I ge…

SOURCE: Vulture at 12:15PM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris Will Host the Oscars by Margaret Lyons

America's hostingest person Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars in February, Variety reports. Harris has hosted the Tonys a bunch of times and the Emmys twice, plus he's won four Emmys …

SOURCE: Vulture at 05:11PM
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Elisabeth Moss Will Star in The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway by Margaret Lyons

Elisabeth Moss is returning to Broadway to star in a revival of Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles, the show's producers told the New York Times today. This is the first Broadway reviv…

SOURCE: Vulture at 02:50PM
Monday, September 8, 2014

Michael C. Hall Is Your Next Hedwig by Margaret Lyons

Dexter's Michael C. Hall will be the next star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, producers announced today. Hall's reign as Hedwig begins October 16 and runs through January 4; Andrew Rannells, …

SOURCE: Vulture at 02:15PM
Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Into the Woods Trailer Is Finally Here by Margaret Lyons

Here's the first trailer for Into the Woods! There isn't a single moment of singing, so don't get your Sondheim hopes up too high, but at least one can get a sense for the visual style of th…

SOURCE: Vulture at 12:40PM
Monday, June 23, 2014

Sondheim Corrects Record on Into the Woods Changes by Margaret Lyons

Stephen Sondheim is backpedaling a bit on what changes fans can expect in the movie adaptation of Into the Woods. In a New Yorker article last week, Sondheim said that the sexual encounter b…

SOURCE: Vulture at 02:50PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lindsay Lohan Preparing for West End Debut by Margaret Lyons

Lindsay Lohan has been flying under the radar for a few hours, ever since her OWN show ended in April, but this apparently has not been as fallow a period as it seemed. Lohan has been living…

SOURCE: Vulture at 12:15PM
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Andrew Rannells Is Your New Hedwig by Margaret Lyons

Andrew Rannells will replace Neil Patrick Harris in the leading role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the show's producer tells the Times. Rannells, who was nominated for a Tony for The Book of…

SOURCE: Vulture at 05:26PM

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