Thursday, February 27, 2020

‘Beetlejuice’ on Broadway loses its Lydia by Michael Riedel

Sophia Anne Caruso, the talented young star of “Beetlejuice,” surprised a lot of the musical’s fans when she announced on Instagram last week that she’d performed her last show. Acto…

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‘Happy Birthday Doug’ makes gay parties look like ‘The Real Housewives’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Want drama, gossip and theatrics? Then head to a gay birthday party! That’s where writer-performer Drew Droege set his latest off-Broadway solo show, “Happy Birthday Doug,” a comedy ab…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

‘West Side Story’ Broadway review: Radical revival is a triumph by Johnny Oleksinski

It feels pretty . . . different. A galvanizing new revival of “West Side Story” opened Thursday night on Broadway, minus some familiar sights and sounds. Jerome Robbins’ legendary …

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Matthew Broderick, SJP revive Neil Simon comedy ‘Plaza Suite’ by Michael Riedel

Boston theatergoers recently said they had “the best time of their lives” at the play.

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How to get tickets to ‘West Side Story’ — Broadway’s hottest musical by Post Staff Report

A brand new take on “West Side Story” opens Thursday at the Broadway Theatre. Even before the critics have had their say about it online late tonight and in print Friday morning, it’s …

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Antônio Carlos Jobim’s music finally coming to Broadway by Michael Riedel

As far as I can tell, the one and only time an Antônio Carlos Jobim song was heard on Broadway was in Twyla Tharp’s “Come Fly Away.” The song was “Wave,” which, as I write this, m…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Inside a storied Broadway legend’s life and tragic death by Michael Riedel

Bob Avian will never forget the moment Michael Bennett told him he had AIDS. The two had been friends since 1959, when they met as dancers on a tour of “West Side Story.” “We were like…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Writers strike back against New York Musical Festival by Michael Riedel

The New York Musical Festival was created to give new writers a start. So isn’t it “ironic,” says Josh Canfield, whose “Alive! The Zombie Musical” played NYMF last year, that it …

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Neil Diamond ‘visibly moved’ by Broadway bio musical by Michael Riedel

The show may stand out because of its writer — Anthony McCarten, who's up for a 2020 Oscar for his movie "The Two Popes."

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Actress dishes on playing poo emoji character onstage in ‘Emojiland’ by Barbara Hoffman

Within our smartphones is a world of smiley faces, flowers, royals . . . and a pile of poo. And now many of them have come alive, in the off-Broadway musical “Emojiland.” Several key pla…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘The Karate Kid’ musical in the works for Broadway by Ben Cost

Wax on Broadway. After etching itself into the hearts of movie fans forever, “The Karate Kid” franchise is onto the next frontier — the big stage. That’s right, the original 1984 mov…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Stephen Sondheim’s in good ‘Company’ with Marianne Elliott by Michael Riedel

Stephen Sondheim has been a fan of director Marianne Elliott’s ever since he saw her production of “Saint Joan” in London at the National Theatre in 2007. Sondheim knows a great direct…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Laura Linney shines in Broadway’s blah ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Audiences aren’t showing up at “My Name Is Lucy Barton” for Lucy — they’re coming for Linney. That’s Laura Linney, the venerable actress, who stars in the one-woman play, adapted…

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David Alan Grier: From ‘In Living Color’ to sergeant from hell by Barbara Hoffman

Before he goes onstage, he listens to Count Basie and the blues; afterward, he decompresses by cooking.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

‘Hee Haw’ gets closer to Broadway by Michael Riedel

Ready for my favorite “Hee Haw” joke? Q: What do you call a man who doesn’t believe in birth control? A: Daddy! Exactly six years ago, I was picking up good buzz about “Moonshine,”…

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Ben Cook is second ‘West Side Story’ actor to suffer injury in Broadway show by Deadline

A second actor in Broadway’s “West Side Story” has suffered an onstage injury, and this time he’ll leave the show: Ben Cook, who played the role of Riff, sustained the unspecified in…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

‘The Nanny’ is being made into a Broadway musical by Johnny Oleksinski

The flashy girl from Flushing could be coming to Broadway.

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‘Jagged Little Pill’ star visited Narcotics Anonymous for research by Barbara Hoffman

Mary Jane is a suburban tiger mom, addicted both to opioids and to keeping up appearances. That we end up caring so deeply about her, Alanis Morissette says, is a tribute to Elizabeth Stanle…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Stephen Sondheim, 89, ‘temporarily incapacitated’ after fall by Barbara Hoffman

The legendary "West Side Story" songwriter suffered a fall that left him unable to attend the opening of his namesake theater in London.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

‘Hello, Dolly!’ is a classic, but Jerry Herman loved ‘La Cage aux Folles’ by Michael Riedel

It’s been a week since the death, at 88, of Jerry Herman, whose scores to “Hello, Dolly!” and “Mame” defined the brassy, sassy sound of a musical comedy at the tail end of Broadway…

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Uncle and niece share the Broadway stage in ‘Come From Away’ by Barbara Hoffman

“It’s so crazy!” says Emily Walton of co-starring with her uncle Jim.

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Don Imus was abrupt, harsh and a one-of-a-kind, fearless talent by Michael Riedel

If you tried too hard to be funny, Don Imus wouldn’t help you with fake laughter. If you tried to poke fun at him and he wasn’t in the mood, he’d flatten you.

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

The theater legends we lost in 2019: From the creator of ‘Annie’ to Rhoda by Michael Riedel

The theater lost three giants in 2019: Hal Prince, Franco Zeffirelli and Carol Channing. Here, in their own words, are several other greats worth remembering. Diahann Carroll Diahann Carroll…

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Best theater of 2019: ‘Tina,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ stars shine by Barbara Hoffman

Adrienne Warren and Steven Skybell deserve Broadway's splotlight.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

How and why ‘Beetlejuice’ got evicted by its Broadway theater by Michael Riedel

Its weekly grosses were so low, the Shuberts exercised the stop clause.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Meet the pygmy goat taking off-Broadway by storm by Barbara Hoffman

Could she be the greatest actor of all time?

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Where ‘A Christmas Carol’ star LaChanze gets funky clothes by Barbara Hoffman

On Broadway, she’s playing the Ghost of Christmas Present, but LaChanze, a Florida native, remembers a snowy Christmas past, her family’s first in New England: “Me and my brothers and …

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Andrew Lloyd Webber talks ‘Cats’ movie starring Taylor Swift and Judi Dench by Michael Riedel

When Andrew Lloyd Webber read the screenplay for “Cats,” he knew something was missing: a song for Victoria, an abandoned cat who wasn’t in his stage musical. “She had no voice at al…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

‘Beetlejuice’ sets Broadway closing date for summer 2020 by Hannah Sparks

The profitable musical is getting the boot.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

These off-kilter holiday shows aren’t your average Christmas spectacles by Barbara Hoffman

Tired of the same old carols, nutcrackers and Grinches? If so, these off-kilter Christmas shows may be just the ticket. “A Very Meow Meow Holiday Show” Imagine a Christmas spectacular go…

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‘Jagged Little Pill’ Broadway review: An uneven Alanis Morissette show by Johnny Oleksinski

More social issues are addressed in “Jagged Little Pill” than at a Democratic presidential debate. Opioid addiction, race, bisexuality, sexual assault — the Alanis Morissette musical, …

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