Thursday, February 22, 2018

Meet the guy behind Olaf in Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ by Michael Riedel

Frosty the Snowman has a corncob pipe, a button nose and two eyes made of coal. Olaf — the big-hearted sidekick of Disney’s “Frozen” — is made out of different stuff: carbon fiber,…

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My grandmother was flashed by Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Hoffman

“Marilyn Monroe used to come in at lunchtime and get a Beefeater martini,” says Michael Colby, striding past the bar in the Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street. And it was just down the …

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Someone turned ‘Jerry Springer’ into an opera by Johnny Oleksinski

Opera lovers may think they’ve heard it all, from the screams of Don Juan burning in hell to Brünnhilde’s cries of triumph and the coughs of countless women keeling over from consumptio…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Judge: IMDB can post actresses’ real ages by Ruth Brown

Actresses can lie about their weight, boob jobs and affairs — but they can no longer fudge their age. A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a California law forcing the Internet Movie Data…

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Disney producer allegedly talked about his erections at work by Ruth Brown

Disney’s Broadway boss works on G-rated productions — but creates an X-rated workplace, colleagues claim in a new report. In an article published a day before his stage adaptatio…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Broadway is bringing back the ABBA musical you never knew existed by Michael Riedel

I don’t know if the Russians have infiltrated the White House yet, but they were all over the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, last weekend for “Chess.” So what did they think of that…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

‘Girls’ star plays clueless, creepy ex in uneven rom-com by Sara Stewart

Zosia Mamet takes a step beyond “Girls,” but can’t shed its affectations, in “The Boy Downstairs,” an uneven rom-com from debut feature writer-director Sophie Brooks. Diana…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Martha Plimpton’s quirky Presidents Day plans by Eric Hegedus

Martha Plimpton isn’t letting Presidents Day go by quietly. Monday at 7 p.m., the star of film, TV and theater (“Goonies,” “The Good Wife,” “A Delicate Balance”) will salute ou…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bryan Cranston: I owe my career to ‘Breaking Bad’ by Michael Starr

It’s been 10 years since “Breaking Bad” premiered on AMC, changing the template of television dramas and launching star Bryan Cranston into the show-business stratosphere. “Without q…

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Jimmy Buffet almost wasted away in ‘Austin, Texasville’ by Michael Riedel

It took Jimmy Buffett just six minutes to write the song on which he built an empire — and a Broadway musical. He was in Austin, Texas, some 40 years ago, visiting a woman he was dating, a…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bernadette Peters is as good as Bette Midler in ‘Hello Dolly’ by Michael Riedel

It’s no mean feat replacing Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!” Midler was the No. 1 attraction on Broadway in 2017, racking up weekly grosses of $2.5 million and winning the Tony Awar…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

‘Three Billboards’ writer is Broadway-bound by Michael Riedel

Martin McDonagh may well win the Oscar for his screenplay for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” And now he may also be a contender for a Tony for Best Play — though he’ll …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

‘To Wong Foo’ may be Broadway’s next drag spectacular by Michael Riedel

It’s hard to outfox a movie studio, but Broadway’s Douglas Carter Beane seems to have done just that. The Tony-nominated playwright has long wanted to turn his 1995 cult movie “To …

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

New app helps deaf theater-goers hear shows by Nicolas Vega

Broadway is enlisting an unlikely ally to help make shows accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing — the smartphone. GalaPro, a Tel Aviv-based tech company, has created an app that puts …

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

‘Despacito’ singer Luis Fonsi eyed for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ by Michael Riedel

Luis Fonsi brought down the house at Clive Davis ’ Grammy party Saturday, performing his infectious hit “Despacito.” I hear that among the VIPs impressed with Fonsi’s vocal chops and…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Go-Go’s reunite to herald Broadway blockbuster by Michael Riedel

The Go-Go’s are on the go-go! Reunited for the first time in years, the ’80s girl group performed to a packed house Monday night at the Bowery Ballroom. It was a kickoff party for their …

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Friday, January 26, 2018

MoviePass drops AMC theaters in bargaining ploy by Nicolas Vega

MoviePass is hitting AMC Theaters where it hurts. The all-you-can-watch movie buffet has withdrawn support from 10 of the busiest AMC locations nationwide — including its monster Times Squ…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

‘Veep’ co-star: Louis-Dreyfus ‘getting stronger every day’ in cancer battle by Barbara Hoffman

When you’re doing Shakespeare, Anna Chlumsky says, you talk in iambic pentameter even when you’re offstage. If you’re on HBO’s “Veep” — one of the most profane shows on TV — …

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Patti LuPone and Andrew Lloyd Webber finally bury the hatchet by Michael Riedel

One of Broadway’s juiciest, longest running feuds may have just ended. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Patti LuPone haven’t spoken to each other since the composer fired the diva from “Sunset …

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Broadway’s Jonathan Groff is the next Hugh Jackman by Michael Riedel

I have found the next Hugh Jackman. And he is . . . Jonathan Groff. Everybody — and I mean everybody on Broadway — is talking up his performance in “The Bobby Darin Story” at the…

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Millennials are flipping out for ‘Clueless’ brunches and ‘Friends’ musicals by Zachary Kussin

It may be 2018, but that doesn’t mean the 1990s have stopped roaring. Nostalgic millennials looking for a dose of that decade’s pop culture can get their fix at numerous places around to…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

James Corden is odds-on favorite to host the Tonys by Michael Riedel

CBS is wasting no time lining up a host for this year’s Tony Awards. I hear the offer is out to James Corden, who hosted the telecast to great acclaim in 2016. Sources say the host of “T…

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New ‘Dolly!’ star once played a flying monkey by Johnny Oleksinski

Just five nights ago, Charlie Stemp was in London, taking his final bow in the holiday pantomime “Dick Whittington” at the Palladium next to West End royalty Elaine Paige. After the curt…

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Why Broadway’s SpongeBob gave up pizza and booze by Barbara Hoffman

SpongeBob loves Scrub Daddy. And before Nickelodeon flips out over that unauthorized endorsement, please note that it’s Ethan Slater — Broadway’s SpongeBob — who’s doing the endors…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ hooker gets a feminist twist on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Even in 2016, Garry Marshall knew that what worked for his 1990 hit film “Pretty Woman” wouldn’t work in a musical. Times had changed, and Vivian and Edward — the characters played b…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Theater accidentally shows ‘All the Money in the World’ trailer with Kevin Spacey by Joe Tacopino

A movie theater outside Los Angeles reportedly showed a trailer for Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” that featured disgraced actor Kevin Spacey — after he was boot…

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Can Bryan Cranston be lured back to Broadway for ‘Network’? by Michael Riedel

Bryan Cranston is winning raves as wild-eyed anchorman Howard Beale in the stage adaptation of “Network” at London’s National Theatre. The “Breaking Bad” star was a major box-offic…

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Blockbuster shows are finding new life off-Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

When Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” closed up shop last January after a nearly 12-year run, fans were thrilled to hear it would soon return — off-Broadway. But with a smaller stage and bud…

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Indie musical ‘Saturday Church’ is a heartwarming queer fairy tale by Sara Stewart

A shy 14-year-old from The Bronx struggles with his sexual identity in “Saturday Church,” an indie trying on several identities of its own: Is it a musical? A gritty coming-of-age drama?…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Gwyneth Paltrow actually got a Go-Go’s musical to B’way by Michael Riedel

Sorry, Go-Go’s: My lips are not sealed: “Head Over Heels,” a new musical featuring songs by the ’80s girl band, will open this summer at the Hudson Theatre. Gwyneth Paltrow is produc…

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

‘SNL’ alum heading to Broadway … for Gershwin? by Michael Riedel

Here’s a blast of heart-warming good cheer on a cold winter day — “Crazy for You” is headed back to Broadway. Susan Stroman, who directed “The Producers” and “The Scottsbor…

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