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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
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
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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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Broadway: Armie Hammer Nails Broadway Debut But “Straight White Men” is a Pointless Exercise by Roger Friedman

Armie Hammer made his Broadway debut tonight in Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men.” The good news is that Armie, known for Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, July 13, 2018

West Side Story Real Life Rumble Pits Steven Spielberg Movie Remake vs. Scott Rudin Broadway Revival by Roger Friedman

The Jets and the Sharks are about to rumble again on the West Side– west of Broadway. That’s because yesterday peripatetic Broadway Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Broadway: Tony-Deprived “Spongebob Square Pants” Musical Will Close in September for $2.4 Billion Building Project by Roger Friedman

Another one bites the dust. Following “Escape to Margaritaville,” another 2018 season musical is closing on Broadway. “Spongebob Square Pants” will shutter Categories…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tony Awards After the Show: Willard Scott, Andrew Garfield, and the After Party That Went on Til 4 AM by Roger Friedman

Just now recovering from Sunday night after the Tony Awards… Walking up Sixth avenue from Radio City to the Plaza Hotel and Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Harry Potter aka Daniel Radcliffe Will Be on Broadway While Harry Potter is on Broadway by Roger Friedman

You know, Harry Potter is on Broadway now as a play — “Harry and Potter and the Cursed Child.” It will likely Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Broadway: Springsteen Cutting Back on Performances, “Hello, Dolly!” Slowing Down, “The Iceman” Goeth Soon by Roger Friedman

The Broadway box office is roaring if you look at it one way: Bruce Springsteen adds $2 million to the weekly gross Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

David Foster, Jon Voight Hang Out, Plus Chita Rivera Awards the Best, Shopping to Stop Cancer by Roger Friedman

New York really is a small town. Leaving the Outer Critics Circle annual awards dinner on Thursday afternoon, who should turn up Categories: Empire State of Mind Featured Theater(Read mo…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Broadway Upset: For “Pretty Woman” Musical Tony Winner Steve Kazee Out, Andy Karl (“Groundhog Day”) In by Roger Friedman

It’s a big surprise this afternoon: for the upcoming musical version of “Pretty Woman,” the role of Edward– the millionaire playboy businessman Categories: Featured…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tony Awards 2018: Bruce Springsteen, John Leguizamo to Receive Special Awards, Multiple Nods for Current Shows by Roger Friedman

Bruce Springsteen and John Leguizamo will each receive special Tony awards this year. The announcement came at the end of the exasperating Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Broadway: April is a Cruel Month with Declining Receipts and “Margaritaville” Headed for the Drink by Roger Friedman

April has not been a great month for Broadway, which announces the Tony nominees tomorrow morning. After increases since the end of Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Off Broadway: Carey Mulligan Will Bring UK Play to Tiny Greenwich Village Theater for 5 Weeks This Summer by Roger Friedman

Tony and Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan is coming to off Broadway. Mulligan will bring the play “Boys & Girls” to the tiny Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Broadway: Outer Critics Go Big for “Angels in America,” “SpongeBob,” “Frozen,” “Mean Girls” by Roger Friedman

 The Outer Critics Circle nominations came out today. The only omission really is “The Band’s Visit” which they awarded last year and Categories: Featured Theater(Read …

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Monday, April 23, 2018

$68 Million “Harry Potter” Dazzles Broadway Like it Or Not, Breaks Curse at Former “Spider Man” Theater by Roger Friedman

Seven years ago when it was called the Foxwoods Theater (briefly) the musical “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” put a curse Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Broadway: “Hello, Dolly!” Will Close August 25th After Bette Midler Makes a 6 Week Return at Top Dollar by Roger Friedman

Well, what else can you do? “Hello, Dolly!” has been playing to respectable houses since January when Bernadette Peters took over. Peters, Categories: Featured Theater(Read mo…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018

Broadway: Amy Adams, Uma Thurman Hit Opening Night of Magnificent “Carousel” Revival With Joshua Henry Sealing the Deal on a Tony Award by Roger Friedman

Listen, this is how great the revival of “Carousel” is at the Imperial Theater: Amy Adams and her husband Darren LeGallo flew Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018

Famed Motown Songwriter Valerie Simpson Starring in “Chicago” on Broadway Because of Maya Angelou and Clive Davis by Roger Friedman

Valerie Simpson is best known to everyone as one half of Ashford and Simpson, the songwriting duo of Motown fame who composed Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Broadway Booms But Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville” Won’t Make it to Last Call by Roger Friedman

Broadway was booming this week, up $20 million since mid February when things looked bleak. Most every show is doing well, or Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Broadway: “Angels in America” Revival is So Good Now You See That it Was Always a Masterpiece by Roger Friedman

You watch “Angels in America” at the Neil Simon Theater and think– Pulitzer, Nobel, Tony Award who cares? You see now with Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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