Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Agatha Christie’s ‘Orient Express’ steaming toward B’way? by Michael Riedel

There’s something for everybody on Broadway this spring: comedies (“The Play That Goes Wrong”), dramas (“Sweat”), star vehicles (“War Paint”) and revivals (“Hello, Dolly!…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

‘Billions’ attorney flirts with the dark side this season by Andrea Morabito, Robert Rorke

Billions Sunday, 10 p.m., Showtime The return of “Billions” finds U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) digging out from …

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Broadway’s two best performances can’t win Tonys by Michael Riedel

The two performances Broadway’s raving about — Glenn Close in “Sunset Boulevard” and Jake Gyllenhaal in “Sunday in the Park With George” — are ineligible for Tony Awards. For C…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A new play’s cast has some harsh words for Michael Riedel by Michael Riedel

My column last week about the nonmusical plays struggling at the box office prompted all sorts of e-mails and calls from producers imploring me to give them a chance. Nobody likes to come ou…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

How Churchill engineered one of the world’s first ‘dirty’ wars by Michael Riedel

Bletchley Park is one of the most famous World War II sites in England. Tourists flock to the estate, where Alan Turing cracked the Nazis’ Enigma machine, enabling the Allies to read secre…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Where ‘American Idol’ Justin Guarini likes to skate and get his hair done by Barbara Hoffman

He was born in Georgia and lives in Pennsylvania, but Justin Guarini’s spiritual home is Broadway. “I was probably 11 when I saw ‘Les Miz,’ ” the first “American Idol” runner…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Stockholm syndrome is big on Broadway and at the movies by Johnny Oleksinski

You can’t escape this winter’s hottest entertainment trend. But it’s not ornate British costume dramas or midseason lawyer procedurals. It’s neither biopics nor boffo comic-book cape…

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New plays on Broadway are already in danger by Michael Riedel

There are plenty of nonmusical plays coming to Broadway this spring, but producers are fretting that few of them are selling. Three of those plays — “Sweat,” “Indecent” and “Sign…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal is sharing a bathroom on Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

No matter how big you are in Hollywood, you don’t get a trailer when you play Broadway. Heck, you’re lucky if you have your own bathroom. Ask Jake Gyllenhaal. He and his “Sunday in the…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Disappointed Josh Groban fans are sobbing on Broadway by Michael Riedel

If you want to see 1,000 women burst into tears, hand them a piece of paper that says, “We regret to inform you that Josh Groban is unable to appear in today’s performance of ‘The Grea…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

‘1984’ is popular again, and coming to Broadway by Michael Riedel

I have no idea why, but in this era of Make America Great Again, sales of George Orwell’s “1984” have skyrocketed. The book, first published in 1949, is topping best-seller lists at Am…

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Grappling with a 30-year-old murder, and a mentor’s dirty secret by Barbara Hoffman

Whether stealing the show from under Richard Burton’s nose or entertaining at home with his pet mountain lion, George Rose always seemed bigger than life. Perhaps the only thing more sensa…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Broadway producer, a convicted felon, is yellin’ at rehearsal by Michael Riedel

Things are getting tense up there in Toronto, where disgraced impresario Garth Drabinsky is plotting his comeback with the new musical “Sousatzka.” Drabinsky’s temper was legendary dur…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

For this Orthodox Jewish comic, smutty jokes are fine by Doree Lewak

In her skinny jeans and BulletBoys T-shirt, Talia Reese looks like any other stand-up delivering a late-night set in a Greenwich Village comedy club. But while others bemoan their sex lives …

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

‘One Day’ star Machado brings ‘real emotion’ to role by Robert Rorke

One of the nice surprises about the Netflix “reimagining” of “One Day at a Time” was the writers’ decision to define the show’s main character, Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado)…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

What does Cher think of the musical about her life? by Michael Riedel

You didn’t hear this from me, but this week Cher was at the very first read-through of a new musical based on her life. I’m going to give you a few details, but I’m begging you: Don’…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

London’s ‘Dreamgirls’ is eyeing Broadway by Michael Riedel

London theatergoers are pretty staid: applauding songs politely, sipping their white wine at the “interval” (translation: intermission) and never, ever giving a standing ovation. But the…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

These are the ‘Bronx Tale’ creator’s favorite neighborhood spots by Barbara Hoffman

Chazz Palminteri is living proof that you can take the boy outta The Bronx, but you can’t take The Bronx outta the boy. His autobiographical play “A Bronx Tale” morphed into a movie an…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Inside John Kander and Susan Stroman’s new musical by Michael Riedel

“The Scottsboro Boys” was one of my favorite musicals of the past 10 years, so I’m happy to report that the people who created it are at work on a new show. Director Susan Stroman,…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nathan Lane is still the biggest draw on Broadway by Michael Riedel

And the box office champ of the fall is — Nathan Lane in “The Front Page.” The revival recouped its $4.8 million production cost at the end of December, and is on track to make a tidy…

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Anthony Anderson loves making his mom a celebrity by Andrea Morabito

The return of “To Tell the Truth” has given its host, Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), two successful shows on ABC. But the true breakout star of “Truth” (Sundays at 9 p.m.) might…

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The kids of Broadway are hanging out with ‘Bob’ De Niro by Barbara Hoffman

Oh, to be young, on Broadway and getting notes from Robert De Niro. In other words, how nice to be Hudson Loverro, who plays the kid in “A Bronx Tale,” the hit musical directed by De Nir…

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The must-see Broadway shows of 2017 by Michael Riedel

As we swing into 2017, let’s look at the people, shows and events certain to make news on Broadway in the months ahead. Hello, $$$! Bette Midler is shaping up as the No. 1 box-office draw …

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

HBO doc a compelling take on Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher by Robert Rorke

The combative relationship between Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher was most famously captured in the roman a clef (and 1990 movie) “Postcards From the Edge,” but that story was told fr…

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Inside Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ life on Broadway by Michael Riedel

The Broadway League was scrambling Tuesday for its members to authorize dimming the lights in honor of Debbie Reynolds and, perhaps, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds is probably a sure bet, since she…

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Bryan Cranston lends familiar dark humor to ‘Sneaky Pete’ by Michael Starr

Bryan Cranston seems to be everywhere (Movies! TV! Broadway!) And in the case of “Sneaky Pete,” that’s definitely a good thing. The award-winning actor (“Breaking Bad,” Broadway’…

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

What to watch on New Year’s Day by Andrea Morabito

If the holiday season is marked by TV doldrums, then consider New Year’s Day its re-awakening. The networks are debuting plenty of programming on Sunday to help you ring in 2017 (it’s li…

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

‘Cats’ leads Broadway’s 2016 clunkers by Barbara Hoffman

This was the year “Hamilton” and “The Humans” got what they deserved — multiple Tonys, including those for, respectively, Best Musical and Best Play. So let’s put them aside for …

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The legends Broadway lost in 2016 by Michael Riedel

Broadway will be dimming its lights a lot in the coming weeks. Dick Latessa, who won a Tony for “Hairspray,” died Dec. 19. Soon after, the theater lost Willa Kim, who designed the stylis…

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

How the Rockettes celebrate Christmas in between shows by Barbara Hoffman

Yes, Virginia, there are people who work Christmas Day without kicking up a fuss. Like the Rockettes — who kick, period. Since Radio City Music Hall’s “Christmas Spectacular” began i…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Why rebooting ‘The Honeymooners’ is a crappy idea by Michael Starr

So here we go again, from the sublime to the ridiculous — TV style. Just as we’re getting psyched for WPIX/Ch. 11’s annual New Year’s Eve marathon of “The Honeymooners,” falling …

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