Monday, June 17, 2019

Debra Messing is returning to Broadway to light ‘Birthday Candles’ by Barbara Hoffman

Theatergoers can watch Debra Messing age before their eyes next spring. In Noah Haidle’s new play, “Birthday Candles,” the star of “Will & Grace” — both past and rebooted —…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Get sun and fun with summer theater that’s way off-Broadway by Barbara Hoffman, Zachary Kussin

See quality productions at shore, lake and mountain theaters not far from NYC.

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Ed Harris is replacing Jeff Daniels in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Barbara Hoffman

Broadway’s next Atticus Finch has blue eyes. Ed Harris, a four-time Oscar nominee and star of TV’s “Westworld,” will take over from Jeff Daniels in Broadway’s “To Kill a Mockingb…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

The kooky way ‘Beetlejuice’ star Sophia Anne Caruso got to Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

She got expelled from school after punching another kid — and wound up moving to New York.

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‘Be More Chill’ didn’t deserve face slap from Tony Awards by Michael Riedel

What little drama there was at Sunday’s low-rated Tony Awards telecast centered on “Be More Chill,” Joe Iconis’ struggling musical. When James Corden, Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles …

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dave Chappelle is making his Broadway debut this summer by Rob Bailey-Millado

To borrow a punchline from his most iconic bit: It’s Dave Chappelle, b–h! The iconoclast comic, actor and famed Rick James/Prince impersonator is set to make his Broadway debut with one …

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Ali Stroker makes Tony Awards history as first winner to use wheelchair by Hannah Frishberg

Ali Stroker made history Sunday at the Tony Awards. “This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge who has been waiting to s…

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Bryan Cranston’s Tony speech: ‘The media isn’t the enemy of the people’ by Rob Bailey-Millado

Bryan Cranston’s “mad as hell” acceptance speech could have gone very wrong Sunday night at the 73rd annual Tony Awards ceremony. As the actor took to the podium to accept his best act…

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Tony Awards offered little surprise, a lackluster James Corden by Michael Riedel

A Tony Awards that had the potential to deliver some jaw-dropping upsets delivered nothing but a lackluster telecast hosted by James Corden, who, though he did a brilliant job three years ag…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: Best and worst moments, full winners list by Johnny Oleksinski

It’s the 73rd Annual Sloooowny Awards! Sunday night’s trophy ceremony for a Broadway season suffering from a lack of must-see shows and real star power suffered from, well, a lack of mus…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

David Mamet’s Harvey Weinstein play is a sick joke by Johnny Oleksinski

LONDON — David Mamet has done it again! By which I mean that the out-of-his-mind playwright has appalled, offended and perplexed a packed house of hundreds of people — this time with his…

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‘Waitress’ serves ‘Miranda Sings’ star Colleen Ballinger on Broadway by Rob Bailey-Millado

Miranda is preparing to deliver her songs with a slice of pie. Colleen Ballinger — aka YouTube sensation “Miranda Sings” — will make her Broadway debut in “Waitress.” She’s bou…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Tony Awards 2019 predictions: Prepare for some big surprises by Michael Riedel

A top Broadway executive e-mailed the other day to say, “I really think the only winner during this period of time is the pharmaceutical industry, as the demand for beta blockers and anxie…

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Forget the Tony Awards: Here are Broadway’s worst moments this season by Barbara Hoffman, Johnny Oleksinski

Broadway raked in $1.8 billion at the box office this past year — and some of us want our money back. Overhyped performances, silly plots and sheer, WTF awfulness made us groan into our ov…

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Christina Crawford’s ‘Mommie Dearest’ musical steers clear of camp by Eric Hegedus

It seems a given that “Mommie Dearest: The Musical” would depict Joan Crawford screeching “No more wire hangers, ever!” But the show playing Birdland on Monday isn’t big on histrio…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘Lion King’ still feels the love on Broadway 9,000 shows later by Barbara Hoffman

Disney’s new “Lion King” won’t roar into movie theaters until July 19 — but the Broadway musical’s still feeling the love: Wednesday it plays its 9,000th performance at the Minsk…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘Frankie and Johnny’ review: More than skin is bared in tender revival by Joe Dziemianowicz

His-and-her nudity is front and center in “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” — but this rom-dram’s success isn’t measured in flesh alone. Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon …

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‘Ain’t Too Proud’ star Derrick Baskin made up résumé to get auditions by Barbara Hoffman

Fake it till you make it. And Derrick Baskin ain’t too proud to admit he did just that: submitting a résumé of nonexistent theater credits two decades before landing the lead in “Ain…

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Tony Awards favorites: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ could pull off upset win by Michael Riedel

Broadway’s roaring into the homestretch with the Tonys next weekend, and I’ve never seen so many nervous people in Shubert Alley. Many races are up in the air, which should make for an e…

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‘Tootsie’ star Santino Fontana’s style muse was Bernadette Peters by Barbara Hoffman

Santino Fontana is no stranger to competition. He’s been up for plenty of awards, including a Tony this year for his starring role in “Tootsie.” But he didn’t expect his wife, actres…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘Almost Famous’ musical is almost ready to rock Broadway by Michael Riedel

It’s going to be Cameron Crowe vs. Alanis Morissette at the Tonys next year. Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” begins previews in the fall at the Broadhurst Theatre. But it could be …

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

How Fosse pushed shining star Verdon to the side in ‘Chicago’ by Robert Rorke

Fosse/Verdon | Tuesday, 10 p.m., FX The remaining episodes of “Fosse/Verdon” focus on the backstage drama while the show “Chicago” was in rehearsal. While Gwen Verdon (Michelle Willi…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Burn This’ actor Brandon Uranowitz: ‘I am not a porn star!’ by Barbara Hoffman

When you want to be an actor and your last name’s Uranowitz, well — you might want to change it. Brandon Uranowitz’s father thought so. Just before he left for college, his dad suggest…

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Ian Fleming’s niece dishes on his nutty spy days and creating James Bond by Barbara Hoffman

The name is Fleming. Lucy Fleming — and as Ian Fleming’s niece, she’s had a front-row view of the creation and continuation of Bond, James Bond, the most fantastic fictitious spy ever.…

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‘Cinderella’ musical gives Prince Charming a gay twist by Michael Riedel

Broadway’s power brokers took time out from Tony season this week to fly to London to see “Cinderella,” the new musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber. The heat is intense on this one, not o…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Trump again stokes China tensions with ‘national emergency’ by Bob Fredericks

President Trump on Wednesday declared a “national emergency” to protect American communications networks — a move that gives the feds broad powers to ban US companies from doing busine…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Bridget Everett knows the best places to get drunk on the cheap by Suzy Weiss

Bridget Everett likes to say that she’s from Manhattan — Manhattan, Kan., that is, or what she calls “the Little Apple” in her cabaret show, “Bridget Everett & The Tender Momen…

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Star of 1947 Broadway show ‘High Button Shoes’ still going strong at 97 by Laura Italiano, Amanda Woods

Seventy-two years ago a bright-eyed brunette named Gloria Casper sang and danced in the original cast of High Button Shoes — and on Saturday, she’ll be back on stage for the latest Broad…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Broadway’s bloody ‘Gary’ is par for the corpse for this designer by Barbara Hoffman

Never mind where the bodies are buried: Let’s talk about the mountain of corpses onstage these days at the Booth Theatre. As soon as that blood-red curtain parts and theatergoers get a gan…

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Catfight erupts among theater critics over ‘Hadestown’ by Michael Riedel

Critics are always sniping at something, but the real fun begins when they start sniping at one another. The members of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle got into a heated exchange last w…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

9 celebrities who have boycotted or been banned from the Met Gala by Rachelle Bergstein

And as hard as it is to get on the list, it’s just as easy to get pushed off of it.

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