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Friday, October 18, 2019

Broadway Has a Major Hit in “The Sound Inside,” And an Early Tony Nominee for Best Actress in Mary Louise Parker by Roger Friedman

Sometimes the magic is there, everything works. The play is unexpectedly great, the star has a towering moment, the director bats a

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Broadway: Marisa Tomei Works Very Hard But Can’t Save an Alarmingly Pedestrian Reboot of Tennessee William’s “Rose Tattoo” by Roger Friedman

I am flummoxed by the new revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo,” which opens this week with Marisa Tomei as the

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Review: Controversial “Slave Play” Opens on Broadway, Begins with Graphic Sex Play, Ends with a Rape, Critics Love It by Roger Friedman

I did not care for “Slave Play.” The only other writer who agrees with me it seems is Variety’s Marilyn Stasio. The

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Friday, October 4, 2019

“The Great Society” Opens on Broadway, “Succession” Star Brian Cox Gets A List Crowd Including Former US Senator Bill Bradley by Roger Friedman

I’m a little late to the table on the new Broadway hit, “The Great Society.” That’s because everyone got home late Tuesday

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Colin Donnell Left “Chicago Med” for a Good Reason: His Musical, “Almost Famous,” Has Opened to Raves in Pre-Broadway Tryout by Roger Friedman

Broadway actor Colin Donnell has lately been playing a doctor on “Chicago Med.” That is, until they sent him away during the

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Saying Goodbye to the Great Johnnie Planco at the Hallowed Players Club: Enough Actors to Make a Hit Movie by Roger Friedman

Last Thursday afternoon, on the way to the Emmy Awards, I stopped by the Players Club on Gramercy Park to say goodbye

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Madonna Surprises With the Launch of Ambitious, Intimate “Madame X” Show, A Sometimes Over Stuffed Attempt at an Avant Garde Broadway Show by Roger Friedman

It turns out Madonna — the queen of re-invention —  is human. She admitted last night during the first performance of her

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Broadway Bonanza: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell Will Star in New Production of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” in March 2020 by Roger Friedman

The announcements are starting to come in for Tony Award-aimed shows next spring on Broadway. Now we learn that Laurence Fishburne and

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Phyllis Newman Has Died at 86, Tony Winning Broadway Actress, Singer Was Also Wife of Famed Lyricist Adolph Green by Roger Friedman

A great light has gone out on Broadway: Phyllis Newman, Tony winner and widow of famed lyricist Adolph Green, has died at

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Broadway: “Book of Mormon” Goes Back on Discount as Tickets Are Available in Quantities Most Nights by Roger Friedman

The unthinkable has happened again. “The Book of Mormon” is back on discount. Once the king of sold out shows, the Tony

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mary Louise Parker Really Comes Back to Broadway: New Play this Fall, Then “How I Learned to Drive” Next Spring by Roger Friedman

Mary Louise Parker really wants to conquer Broadway this season. She’s doing not one, but two plays for 2019-2020. First up, Parker

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Forget “The Crown”! Princess Diana Musical is Coming to Broadway Next Spring, and it’s Not Called “Candle in the Wind” by Roger Friedman

We just can’t get enough of those British royals! “The Crown” is returning in November. And every day Prince Harry and Megan

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Review: Once Upon a Time…On Broadway as Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge are the Brad and Leo of NY Theater by Roger Friedman

There were a lot, I do mean a lot, of women packed into the Hudson Theater tonight to see two guys tell

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Broadway Legend Hal Prince Dead at 91, Winner of 21 Tony Awards, the Most Ever, Produced “Cabaret,” “West Side Story,” Most Sondheim Shows by Roger Friedman

Hal Prince, quite literally the prince of Broadway and maybe the King, has died at age 91. Really, this incredible legendary figure

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Superstar Hollywood Publicists Merge Firms, Will Operate as One to Represent Everyone from Denzel Washington to Robert Redford to Elton John, Rolling by Roger Friedman

The superstars of Hollywood PR are joining forces. PMK and Rogers & Cowan, separate agencies that are owned by InterPublic, have announced

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Faye Dunaway Has Done Away with Broadway Debut of “Tea at Five,” as She’s Left the Production by Roger Friedman

Back in March I told you I was rooting for Faye Dunaway’s Broadway debut this fall as Katharine Hepburn in “Tea at

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Broadway: Carole King Musical “Beautiful” Will Close in October, Following “Waitress,” as Business Thins by Roger Friedman

Broadway is struggling right now. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. A day after “Waitress” announced it would shutter this, Carole King’s

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Paul McCartney Ready to Conquer One More Challenge: He’ll Write Broadway Musical of “It’s A Wonderful Life” by Roger Friedman

Paul McCartney had done everything except for…Broadway! So as Carole King’s show and others leave the Great White Way, Paul, at 77,

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Monday, July 15, 2019

New Broadway Version of “West Side Story” Will Replace Classic Soaring Dances With Moves from Avant Garde Choreographer Who Accused Beyonce of Pla by Roger Friedman

When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way. That is unless you’re Dieter from “Sprockets.” Or Bill Hader’s Stefon from

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Legendary Actor Rip Torn Dead at 88, Emmy Winner for “Larry Sanders Show,” Oscar Nominee, Tony Nominated, Once Married to Geraldine Page by Roger Friedman

Rip Torn– contentious, brilliant, mercurial, genius– actor is dead at age 88. He was best known for playing Garry Shandling’s sidekick on

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Broadway Mourns Tony Winner Martin Charnin, 85, Co-Creator and Lyricist for “Annie,” Got His Start Acting in the Original “West Side Story” by Roger Friedman

Martin Charnin, 85, the co-creator and lyricist for “Annie,” has died. His daughter posted a notice to Instagram over night. Charnin and

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Broadway: With No Tony Awards Action, Musical “Pretty Woman” Becomes the Latest Show to Announce Summer Closing by Roger Friedman

Even adding the famous song it was named for has not saved Broadway’s “Pretty Woman.” The tepidly reviewed musical will close on

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Neil Diamond Will Follow Carole King onto Broadway with Brill Building Musical, But It Won’t Be So Easy This Time by Roger Friedman

Carole King has had a huge hit with her Broadway musical, “Beautiful,” even though it may be winding down soon. King’s songs

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Broadway: Liberace Musical Based on HBO Movie “Behind the Candelabra” Finally on the Way, Producers Want Bradley Cooper by Roger Friedman

Liberace and his glittering pianos are finally on track for Broadway. For the last couple of years, movie producer David Permut–who just

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Best Part of All-Star Mueller “Investigation” Play: Watching Kevin Kline Loving John Lithgow’s Performance as Sincerely Befuddled Trump by Roger Friedman

One thing the 17 actors on stage at Riverside Church couldn’t see last night as they performed Robert Schenkkan’s “The Investigation”: the

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Watch 18 A List Actors — Including John Lithgow, Annette Bening, Kevin Kline– Perform “The Investigation” Taken from the Mueller Report by Roger Friedman

I attended this extraordinary performance last night at the magnificent Riverside Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Annette Bening is the host.

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Broadway Summer Turns Nasty as “The Cher Show,” “King Kong,” “The Prom” Join Several Other Big Ticket Shows Unable to Make It by Roger Friedman

Summer can be cruel on Broadway — especially if there are no Tony Awards in mid June for shows that are suffering

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” is Finally Being Added to Broadway Musical of Same Name, on Its 55th Anniversary by Roger Friedman

First of all, it’s hard to believe “Pretty Woman” is still playing on Broadway. It got no Tony nods at all. Nothing.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tony Awards Go to “Hadestown,” “The Ferryman,” But Without Stars, Ratings Crash by Roger Friedman

Sunday night’s Tony Awards crashed in the ratings. This should not have come as a surprise to anyone. Going in we knew

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Broadway: Chita Rivera Awards: If You’re a “Fosse/Verdon” Fan, You Shoulda Been There as Dance Wins Went to “Hadestown,” “Cher Show,” a by Roger Friedman

For as long as I’ve known her, Patty Watt, daughter of late great theater critic Douglas Watt, has been honoring Broadway performers.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Broadway: Glenda Jackson in “King Lear” Will Close Day of Tony Awards, More 2019 Box Office Disappointments Sure to Follow by Roger Friedman

Producer Scott Rudin gambled a lot on Glenda Jackson playing “King Lear” on Broadway. He lost. The production has announced its final

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