Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Broadway First: “1984,” Looking for Publicity, Bans Children Under 13 Years of Age by Roger Friedman

It’s a first, but it’s a bit of a canard. The new play, “1984,” will not allow children under the age of Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017

Goodbye, Dolly: Tony Winner Bette Midler Taking Her First Two Week Vacation by Roger Friedman

Bette Midler? She’s outta here. She promised Dolly would never go away again. But Dolly Levi, matchmaker, is taking a two week vacation

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Tony Awards Ratings Take HUGE Tumble as Bette Midler Non-Performance Costs CBS and Show Plenty by Roger Friedman

The Tony Awards ratings were very very bad. Of course last year was a high because of “Hamilton.” Total viewers were 8.73 Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Star Wars Exclusive: Mark Hamill Says Carrie Fisher Was “Huge Part” of Chapter 9, He Has Large Role in “The Last Jedi” by Roger Friedman

I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Mark Hamill last night at the Plaza Hotel after party for the Grammys. Categories: Featured Movies Theater(Read more...)

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Broadway: Bette Midler Snubs the Tony Awards But They Give her Best Actress Anyway by Roger Friedman

Bette Midler didnt perform on the Tony Awards but they gave her Best Actress in a Musical for Hello Dolly tonight. Ben Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tony Awards Show Snubs, Plus Weird Twist: Christian Borle Will Perform from Closed Show– “Falsettos”– and Not Current One, “Charlie and the by Roger Friedman

The Tony Awards are upon us Sunday and we can’t wait. But there’s always drama. This drama is not about Bette Midler Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Broadway: Jason Alexander Will Star in New Play by “Moonstruck” Writer John Patrick Shanley by Roger Friedman

Jason Alexander is finally coming to Broadway in something new by someone great. The once and for all time George Costanza will Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tony Awards Are Sunday: Who Should Win, Plus Nominee Sally Field is Staying Put in New York by Roger Friedman

The Tony Awards are Sunday on CBS. Even if Bette Midler doesn’t perform (doesn’t look like she will) there will be plenty Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Jimmy Buffet Musical “Escape to Margaritaville” Coming to Broadway Next March by Roger Friedman

Broadway news– we’re wasting away again in Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffet’s classic pop song is becoming a whole Broadway show. Expect a lot Categories: Featured Theater(R…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017

Roseanne Barr Goes to See TV Sister Laurie Metcalf on Broadway, Walks with a Cane by Roger Friedman

On Wednesday night the audience at “A Doll’s House Part 2” got a nice surprise: Roseanne Barr was in the house. Roseanne, Categories: Celebrity Featured Theater(Read mo…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Unfrozen: Idina Menzel Will Return to (Off) Broadway Next Summer But Not in a Musical by Roger Friedman

Idina Menzel is coming back to Broadway– well, the Broadway area, but an off Broadway theater. But she won’t be singing. She’s Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Broadway, TV: “Rent” the Groundbreaking Musical Coming to Fox As a Live Presentation by Roger Friedman

Of all things, “Rent” is coming to Fox TV as a live broadcast. The hit Jonathan Larson musical, with a cult following, Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Broadway: “Hello, Dolly!” — With Biggest Box Office Advance of All Time– Not Giving Charity Performance for Actors Fund by Roger Friedman

Every year, Broadway producers turn over their house one for a charity performance to raise money for the Actors’ Fund. This year Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Broadway: Box Office Sharp Downturn as “Hello, Dolly!” Cools Off, “Glass Menagerie” Sets Closing by Roger Friedman

The Broadway box office was up, up, and away for a few weeks. But all of a sudden there’s been a big Categories: business Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Broadway: “Hello, Dolly!” Breaks All Time Shubert Theater Records– Should It Get a Tony Award Or Is Money the Reward? by Roger Friedman

Big announcement this morning: “Hello, Dolly!” with Bette Midler has broken the all time sales record for all Shubert Theaters in history Categories: Featured Theater(Read mor…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Broadway: Sally Field, Cate Blanchett, Danny DeVito Reverse Tony Awards Trend Against “Hollywood” Actors by Roger Friedman

This year’s Tony Awards nominees include three names usually associated with Hollywood: Sally Field, Cate Blanchett, and Danny DeVito. That’s a big Categories: Theater(Read mor…

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Tony Awards Nominations: Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly! Score Big, Charlie, Anastasia, Amelie Wiped Out by Roger Friedman

keep refreshing. Unfortunately, the Live Stream from the Tony Awards did not work at all… The biggest snubs: Allison Janney and John Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Stay Tuned: Michael Moore Announcing His Broadway Debut This Morning by Roger Friedman

Oscar winner documentary filmmaker and political agitator (in the best way) Michael Moore is making a big announcement this morning. He’s coming Categories: Featured Theater(Read mo…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Kevin Spacey Charging $2,500 for One Man Show of “Darrow” Plus Meet and Greet by Roger Friedman

You really have to be a fan of Kevin Spacey to appreciate his latest gimmick. He’s going to do a one man Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Allison Janney Could Win Tony Award for “Six Degrees of Separation,” and Maybe an Emmy Too for “Mom” by Roger Friedman

Allison Janney leads a superb cast in the revival of John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation.” She, John Benjamin Hickey, and Corey Categories: Featured Theater(Read mor…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Broadway: Outer Critics Go For “Dolly,” “Anastasia,” Snub “Chocolate Factory,” “Bandstand” by Roger Friedman

The first Broadway nominations are here from the Outer Critics Circle. They already handled “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Natasha and Pierre” in Categories: Featured The…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Broadway: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Universally Panned, Faces Few Awards, But Still Selling Tickets by Roger Friedman

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” opened on Broadway last night to uniformly negative reviews. This is after the show was completely overhauled Categories: Featured Theater(…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Broadway Hit “Wicked” Will Get NBC Live TV Treatment, “Bye Bye Birdie” Set for December 5th (Exclusive) by Leah Sydney

Could the mega monster hit musical “Wicked”, follow “Hairspray,” and “Bye Bye Birdie,” be the next lauded NBC live musical?  The answer Categories: Fea…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Broadway: Headline for “Hello, Dolly!” Review at The Wrap Either Anti-Semitic or Just Stupid by Roger Friedman

The Wrap, a terrible entertainment website, gets it wrong again. The headline for their “Hello,Dolly!” review is either anti-Semitic or just stupid. Categories: Featured Theat…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bette Midler is the Oldest Dolly Levi Ever in “Hello, Dolly!” By Several Years– Including Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey and Ruth Go by Roger Friedman

Bette Midler opens tonight in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway. This isn’t a review because there are no press seats except for the Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Broadway: A More than Decent “Indecent” Draws A List Crowd, Aims at Tony Award by Roger Friedman

You know a new play will be good if Mercedes Ruehl turns up for opening night. Ruehl, an Oscar and Tony winner, Categories: Featured Theater(Read more...)

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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