Thursday, December 5, 2019

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ musical producers dogged by ‘Tootsie’ Broadway failure by Michael Riedel

“Tootsie” flopped on Broadway. It’s a terrific show, but its early closing is scaring the hell out of “Mrs. Doubtfire,” another musical whose leading man is also a leading lady. Ba…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

This 11-year-old is the first black lead in NYC Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ by Ben Cost

This tiny dancer is twirling her way into the history books. When Misty Copeland became the American Ballet Theater’s first black principal dancer four years ago, she shattered racial barr…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell on the best spot to meditate in NYC by Barbara Hoffman

He’s been the leading man in so many Broadway shows, it’s hard to believe there’s anything left on his bucket list. And yet, Brian Stokes Mitchell says, there is: “Sweeney Todd.” M…

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ struggles at Broadway box office by Michael Riedel

It may not recoup its $9.5 million investment.

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Ephraim Sykes cast as ‘MJ’ in Broadway’s Michael Jackson musical by Barbara Hoffman

Broadway found its Gloved One — and he’s coming fresh from the Temptations. Ephraim Sykes, currently kicking up his heels in Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud — the Life and Times of T…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ is a touching call to action on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

While some ignorant millennials snipe “OK boomer” at anyone with a gray hair, a new play is clapping back.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

‘Tootsie’ was a Broadway flop because theater is fickle: insiders by Michael Riedel

“Tootsie” had everything going for it: great title, terrific reviews, star-making turn by Santino Fontana, snappy score by David Yazbek and a hilarious book by Robert Horn. And yet one o…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘Tina Turner Musical’ review: A towering Broadway performance by Johnny Oleksinski

If you want to relive Tina Turner’s prime, you can’t get much better than Adrienne Warren. The star of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” which opened Thursday night on Broadway, has t…

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‘Cyrano’ review: Peter Dinklage musical is a moody mess by Johnny Oleksinski

In 2003, the rock band the National released an album called “Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers.” That would also make a good title for their new musical, “Cyrano,” which opened off-Broadwa…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Run if you want to see Ian McKellen on stage by Michael Riedel

The delightful Ian McKellen, who turned 80 this year, has a message for anybody who wants to see him on stage: “Run!” New Yorkers have that chance Tuesday at the Hudson Theatre, where Mc…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Don’t ask Harvey Fierstein about Bella Abzug’s ‘f–king hats!’ by Barbara Hoffman

The stage lights go up and there, standing against a shower door holding a big red hat, is … Bella Abzug? Actually, it’s Harvey Fierstein, the writer and also the star — Patti LuPone a…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

‘The Crown’ couple heating up the stage in London by Michael Riedel

The buzziest show in London right now is “Lungs,” starring Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Or, as they’re known in real life, Claire Foy and Matt Smith, the royal couple of Netfl…

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6 ‘Beautiful’ actors dish about meeting, playing Carole King by Barbara Hoffman

For nearly six years, Carole King has watched her life — the early years, anyway — flash before her eyes at “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” which ends its Broadway run Sunday. …

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Darren Criss returning to Broadway in ‘American Buffalo’ by Eric Hegedus

Darren Criss is returning to Broadway in next year’s revival of “American Buffalo,” starring Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell. Criss, 32, will play Bobby, a young man enlisted to he…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

The Who’s ‘Tommy’ rock opera musical is returning to Broadway by Nadine Deninno

The “Pinball Wizard” is pinging rock opera back to Broadway. The Who’s “Tommy” is on its way back to the Great White Way, Rolling Stone reports. The return comes more than 50 years…

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How ‘Great Society’ star Richard Thomas gets Zen on weekends by Barbara Hoffman

Those who remember him as TV’s John-Boy Walton are often shocked to find that Richard Thomas is a lifelong Manhattanite. “It confuses people all the time,” says Thomas, 68, who spent m…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ review: Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard get real by Johnny Oleksinski

Suddenly Seymour is standing beside you. Like, right beside you. “Little Shop of Horrors,” which opened Thursday night off-Broadway, is getting a much more intimate staging than when it …

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Eileen Atkins gives her usual brilliant performance in ‘The Height of the Storm’ by Michael Riedel

Eileen Atkins is the only Dame of the English theater who hasn’t been invited to lunch with the Queen at Sandringham House. All the other Dames — Judi (Dench), Maggie (Smith), Diana (Rig…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ musical headed to Broadway by Eric Hegedus

Robin Williams' shoes will be hard to fill.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

‘Soft Power’ review: A head-scratcher with a twerking Hillary Clinton by Johnny Oleksinski

Want to escape the 24-hour news cycle for a little while? Then head to the Public Theater, where Hillary Clinton tap-dances and twerks, and a gun-toting chorus sings “Make America Great Ag…

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How ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ puppeteers bring Audrey II to life by Barbara Hoffman

As a wise frog observed, it’s not easy being green. But, boy, Kermit — it’s sure fun to play a man-eating plant. So say the puppeteers behind Audrey II, the star — with Jonathan Grof…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Brian Cox used ‘muscle memory’ to tackle ‘The Great Society’ role by Michael Riedel

Brian Cox had no intention of tackling a meaty character like Lyndon Baines Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s “The Great Society.” He’d moved away from big theater roles to focus on part…

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Michael Jackson musical should stay away from Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

If they were smart, they’d beat it.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

‘Slave Play’ review: Broadway’s most thoughtful mess by Johnny Oleksinski

For a show that inspired a petition to have it canceled when it played downtown, the “Slave Play” that opened Sunday on Broadway delivers less a theatrical punch in the gut th…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Cameron Crowe discusses making his new musical, ‘Almost Famous’ by Michael Riedel

Cameron Crowe ran into Elton John last year at a party thrown by David Geffen. “I hear you’re doing a musical version of ‘Almost Famous,’” John said. “I love Tom Kitt” – Crow…

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Broadway’s ‘Mockingbird’ adds new cast members by Barbara Hoffman

What do the Man in Black of “Westworld,” a former Evan Hansen and a recurring “Fargo” figure have in common? Starting Nov. 5, they’ll all be in Broadway’s “To Kill a Mockingbir…

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Where’s the beef? ‘Scotland, Pa.’ serves up real food onstage by Barbara Hoffman

Want some fries with that murder? The fragrance of fast food is all over “Scotland, Pa.,” the Roundabout Theatre Company’s riff on “Macbeth.” Like the quirky, 2001 film of the same…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Boob job regret, daddy issues and other love travails of an elite actress by Christopher Cameron

Money can’t buy you love — or a healthy sex life. Just ask Long Island-born actress Lois Robbins. She’s one of those girls who seems to have it all: a wealthy upbringing, a rich husban…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

The real hitmaker behind Alan Menken’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ by Michael Riedel

“Little Shop of Horrors” may be the most adorably creepy — and enduring — musicals of all time. It opened in 1982 at the small WPA Theater in Chelsea, then moved to the Orpheum on Se…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

‘RHOBH’ star Erika Jayne to make Broadway debut in ‘Chicago’ by Rob Bailey-Millado

The self-proclaimed "showgirl" is making her Broadway debut.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

‘Betrayal’ stars Hiddleston, Cox dish on being total theater geeks by Michael Riedel

Who knew Loki and Daredevil are the biggest theater geeks in town? Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil) are starring in the spare — but scorching — revival of Harold Pinter…

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