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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Broadway Review: A New, Re-worked “To Kill a Mockingbird” Has Characters Speaking Up, Drawing Conclusions, Taking Swings by Roger Friedman

This is not your momma’s Harper Lee. Aaron Sorkin has famously re-worked “To Kill a Mockingbird,” drawing on minute parts of the Categories: Featured Theater(Read more..…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Bryan Cranston Gives a Once-in-a-Lifetime Performance in “Network,” A Play That Predicted Fox News 20 Years Before it Happened by Roger Friedman

Sidney Aaron “Paddy” Chayefsky’s greatest work was “Network,” a screenplay for a movie that predicted Fox News twenty years before it happened. Categories: Fe…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Broadway Audiences At “Network” Cheer Bush, Obama, Clinton, Boo Donald Trump at End of Each Show by Roger Friedman

There’s a lot going on in Ivo van Hove’s “Network,” which opens tonight on Broadway after a hit run in London’s West Categories: Featured Theater(Read more..…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Broadway Actors in Opening Night of “The Cher Show” Admonish Kanye West for Using Phone Throughout Show by Roger Friedman

Opening night of “The Cher Show” on Broadway brought unusual guests: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. They sat a couple of rows Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Broadway: “Moulin Rouge,” Based on the Baz Luhrmann Movie, Is Coming Next Summer by Roger Friedman

It was inevitable. “Moulin Rouge” is on its way. The hit production from Boston, directed by Alex Timbers, will arrive next July Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Broadway Opening of Hilarious Musical “The Prom” Started an Hour Late thanks to Weather– And it Was Worth It by Roger Friedman

We were late for “The Prom.” Or rather, the sound mixer was on Thursday night for the opening of the hilarious new Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Updates: A Pregnant Amy Schumer in Hospital with Hyperemesis, Kanye Wants to See Van Jones, $35 Mil “King Kong” on Discount by Roger Friedman

This afternoon…Amy Schumer, pregnant, says on Instagram she’s in the hospital in Texas with hyperemesis. She’ll be okay.But we send our good Categories: Celebrity Featur…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Broadway: “The Cher Show” is a Smash Out of the Box in Previews; “Head Over Heels” Is Still (Mysteriously) Playing by Roger Friedman

The Broadway box office brings good news, bad news, and just plain news. “The Cher Show” is a smash hit out of Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, November 9, 2018

ABC “Nightline” Host Byron Pitts Launches 25 Year old Daughter Christiani as Broadway Star in “King Kong” by Roger Friedman

First, the good news. Christiani Pitts, daughter of ABC “Nightline” host and veteran network reporter Byron Pitts, is a star tonight. She Categories: Featured Theater(Read mor…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018

Broadway Review: Kerry Washington Gives An Intense, Fearsome Performance in New Play “American Son” by Roger Friedman

Kerry Washington is back on Broadway several years after her debut in David Mamet’s “Race.” She returns as a major TV star Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Broadway: Elaine May — Who Deserves a Kennedy Center Honor — Gives Hilarious, Historic Performance in “The Waverly Gallery” by Roger Friedman

Elaine May is one of our greatest resources for comedy in America, yet she has no Kennedy Center Honor. Now you must Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Harry Potter and the Broadway Cast Mutiny: Most of the Adult Actors May Leave Over Pay Protest by Roger Friedman

One of the two or three biggest hits on Broadway is “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The 2018 Tony Award winner Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Steven Spielberg Stays Mum on “West Side Story” Casting (Camilla Cabello? Selena Gomez?) as He Co-Chairs Arthur Miller Foundation Dinner by Roger Friedman

Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw aren’t often in New York, but they came in last night to co-chair the Arthur Miller Foundation Categories: Celebrity Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Broadway: “Funny Girl,” Barbra Streisand’s Famed Musical, Will Be Revived, With Rosie O’Donnell, Without Lady Gaga by Roger Friedman

It’s exciting news for Broadway, but not for Lady Gaga fans. The star of “A Star is Born” will not be playing Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Broadway: “Roseanne” Star Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow Will Play “Hillary and Clinton” in New Play About Her 2008 Presidential Campaign Next S by Roger Friedman

Broadway news: “Roseanne” star Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow will play Hillary and Bill Clinton in a new play by Lucas Hnath, Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Broadway Review: Janet McTeer Soars in Tony-Certain Performance for Topical, Funny “Bernhardt-Hamlet” by Roger Friedman

Janet McTeer is a frustrating performer. With “Bernhardt/Hamlet” she’s only starred in five Broadway productions since 1997. How is that possible? To Categories: Featured…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

“Scandal” Stars on Broadway: Kerry Washington in “American Son,” Now Tony Goldwyn in “Network” by Roger Friedman

The cancellation last season of “Scandal” has proven to be a boon for Broadway. First Kerry Washington signed to star in “American Categories: Featured Theater(Read more…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Broadway: Shonda Rhimes Gives Her Name to Kerry Washington’s “American Son,” Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous” Almost a Musical by Roger Friedman

Broadway is bursting with news this morning. First of all, Cameron Crowe‘s Oscar nominated 2000 movie “Almost Famous” is being turned into Categories: Featured Movies T…

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Patti Smith Finishes Three Night Stand in NYC for Audible with Extraordinary Performance by Roger Friedman

Patti Smith is nearing 72 years on this planet and I only mention that because it seems impossible. Her performance last night Categories: Featured Music Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Annette Bening Making Her Broadway Return in Spring 2019 in Arthur Miller Classic by Roger Friedman

Annette Bening– get her Tony Award ready. She’s returning to Broadway next spring in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.” Her co-star is Categories: Featured Theat…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Playwright Neil Simon, The King of Broadway Comedies and Dramas, Dies at 91, Winner of 3 Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prize by Roger Friedman

Neil Simon is dead at 91. He had suffered for years from Alzheimer’s. But here was a genius who started writing for Categories: Featured Movies Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Broadway: Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. Coming to “Chicago,” Beloved Tony Winner Laura Benanti is “My Fair Lady” by Roger Friedman

The fall season on Broadway just got a lot more exciting. Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. is joining “Chicago” on October 6th Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bette Midler Caves, Does Interview with “GMA” Because There Are Lots of Expensive Seats Available for “Hello, Dolly!” by Roger Friedman

Bette Midler and “Hello, Dolly!” were very arrogant when the Divine Miss M opened in “Hello, Dolly!” She did no interviews, nothing, Categories: Featured Theater(R…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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Friday, July 27, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Theater: Renee Taylor of “The Nanny” Fame In One Woman Show That’s Like Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” Except with Marilyn Monroe as Sidekick by Roger Friedman

Renee Taylor — you know her in this generation as Sylvia Fine, the mother of Nanny Fine  aka Fran Drescher in “The Categories: Theater(Read more...)

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