Thursday, May 24, 2018

David Mamet is making a play about Harvey Weinstein by Michael Riedel

David Mamet hasn’t written a hit play in years, but the one he’s just finished has the potential to be a blockbuster. It’s about Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul who’s exp…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Even Tina Fey isn’t above groveling for Tony votes by Michael Riedel

Theater owners and producers from around the country came to town this week for their annual convention — and the big get is a selfie with Tina Fey. The “Mean Girls” creator has been h…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

How Stephen Fry helped jazz up a dated Broadway musical by Michael Riedel

The comedy in “musical comedy” started to go missing in the 1980s as shows about felines seeking redemption (“Cats”) and students manning the barricades (“Les Misérables”) steam…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

William Friedkin dishes on the original ‘Boys in the Band’ by Michael Riedel

An all-star cast began previews this week in “The Boys in the Band,” Mart Crowley’s 1968 play about a group of gay men who throw a party — and plenty of bitchy zingers. So it seemed …

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘Harry Potter’ is the one to beat at this year’s Tonys by Michael Riedel

The Tony Award nominators are like Regina in “Mean Girls.” And while they don’t all wear pink, their power is absolute — which is why they’ve got the theater world on edge until Tu…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Can hosts Groban and Bareilles stop a Tony ratings nosedive? by Michael Riedel

They’re not going to sing and dance like Hugh Jackman or get big laughs like James Corden, but Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban just might expand the Tony telecast demographic beyond the…

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

‘Amadeus’ and ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ director Milos Forman dead at 86 by Associated Press

Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars, died Saturday. H…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Diana Rigg had to deal with awful male fans early in her career by Barbara Hoffman

Never mind the theater awards, honorary degrees, motherhood and even Dame-hood: Diana Rigg claims her “greatest achievement” so far was landing a 24½-pound salmon. True, that was a few …

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Why ‘Carousel’ was a problem before #MeToo by Michael Riedel

“Carousel” is a great American musical. But it doesn’t come without baggage. A first-class revival starring Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry opened on Broadway Thursday night traile…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

How Tina Fey messed up ‘Mean Girls’ musical by Sara Stewart

Mean should never feel this warm and fuzzy. Tina Fey’s musical opened on Broadway Sunday night, in a high-budget but watered-down adaptation of her wonderfully nasty, 2004 hit comedy. This…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Where club kid Susanne Bartsch gets her wigs by Barbara Hoffman

“I came to New York in 1981 on Valentine’s Day for a love affair — and I fell in love with New York!” says Susanne Bartsch, the Swiss-born fashion icon and party hostess often hailed…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Pacino plays a clueless Joe Paterno in Penn State biopic by Robert Rorke

Al Pacino has played several prominent-yet-enigmatic men in his TV career: Roy Cohn (“Angels in America”), Jack Kevorkian (“You Don’t Know Jack”) and Phil Spector (“Phil Spector…

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This ‘Amadeus’ star was a pledge in ‘Animal House’ by Barbara Hoffman

It was nominated for 53 awards and won 40, including eight Oscars, one for Best Picture. So it’s high time “Amadeus” — the 1984 (fictionalized) bio of Mozart and the man who may have…

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T.S. Eliot devotee Jeremy Irons doesn’t hate ‘Cats’ by Barbara Hoffman

Those smoldering eyes, haunting voice and chameleonlike ability to change from hero to villain and back again have kept Jeremy Irons working steadily since 1969. Now, an Academy Award, a Ton…

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Cardi B’s meteoric rise from stripper to superstar by Gregory E. Miller

Just three years ago, the chances of Cardi B becoming a superstar seemed as likely as her becoming a tax attorney. She was working as a dancer at Club Lust, a strip joint on a gritty block i…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Neil Patrick Harris dishes on his snarky ‘Unfortunate’ role by Lauren Sarner

Neil Patrick Harris is a jack of all trades — serious actor (“Gone Girl”), comic relief (“How I Met Your Mother”), Broadway star, TV host and author. He’s also the star of “A S…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

How Judas stole ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ by Robert Rorke

NBC’s live production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice concert “Jesus Christ Superstar” was stolen, hands down, by “Hamilton” star Brandon Victor Dixon. Marq…

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Nonprofit Group Says The Museum Of Natural History In New York Can't Expand, At Least Not Legally by Artsjournal2

Yikes; "Community United is asking a Manhattan Supreme Court judge to vacate the approvals for the museum’s planned 203,000-square-foot Richard Gilder Center in Theodore Roosevelt Park, cl…

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How two seedy old bars inspired a Broadway classic by Michael Riedel

The most depressing place in American drama may well be Harry Hope’s Saloon, where “The Iceman Cometh,” Eugene O’Neill’s descent into dipsomania, takes place. “It’s the No Chan…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

John Legend is ready to rock in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ by Robert Rorke

John Legend has won an Oscar, a Tony and 10 Grammy Awards. But his greatest challenge awaits him Sunday night at the Marcy Avenue Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He’s playing Jesus. Lege…

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81-year-old Glenda Jackson has 2 Oscars and no patience for BS by Barbara Hoffman

Moviegoers of a certain age may remember the ’70s as the Glenda Jackson era when it seemed she starred in every British film that came out. Among the most memorable: “The Music Lovers,…

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The reason ‘Rise’ kinda sucks by Johnny Oleksinski

What hath Zac wrought? Back in 2006, newcomer Zac Efron starred in an unassuming little Disney Channel movie called “High School Musical,” about a peppy band of teen stereotypes who turn…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The hottest shows in London this spring by Johnny Oleksinski

Winter’s over, and theater in London is younger than springtime. Audiences are falling wig-over-heels for a teenage drag queen; the new Bridge Theatre’s “Julius Caesar” has a mosh pi…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Zach Braff delights in playing ‘a guy in over his head’ by Robert Rorke

Alex, Inc. Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., ABC Alex Schuman (Zach Braff) quits his job as a journalist to start his own podcast company in the new ABC comedy “Alex, Inc.” Based on the popular podc…

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Bernadette Peters’ posh pooch loves Sephora and Barneys by Barbara Hoffman

In case you lost count, those were 15 pushups Bernadette Peters pumped out the other week on “The View.” And she did them in heels! Exercise is just one way the 70-year-old trouper prepa…

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The crazy ways Disney kills off parents by Barbara Hoffman

If Disney’s taught us anything, it’s that parents die — and often in the most undelightful ways. Hunters, stampedes, shipwrecks and barricudas have orphaned many a beauty and quite a f…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Broadway has robbed ‘Frozen’ of its heart and fun by Johnny Oleksinski

For its new stage musical “Frozen,” Disney should’ve heeded the sage advice of Queen Elsa: Let it go. Broadway should be the place to see what you can do, to test the limits and break …

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Finally, a well-adjusted Disney child star by Barbara Hoffman

Long before Lindsay Lohan burst onto the screen, Disney’s biggest child star had moviegoers seeing double. The film was 1961’s “The Parent Trap,” in which 15-year-old Hayley Mills pl…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Justin Timberlake concert at MSG postponed due to storm by Natalie Musumeci

Sorry, Justin Timberlake fans — Wednesday night’s show at Madison Square Garden has been postponed due to the spring nor’easter. “Man, I’m bummed!” Timberlake announced in a …

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Packed houses are the norm at these Broadway hits by Gregory Bresiger

They’re Broadway’s lucky seven. These shows are not only bucking the odds — most Broadway musicals fail — they are wildly successful, with packed houses of theatergoers paying top do…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Cheeky Alan Cumming can’t quite save quaint ‘Instinct’ by Robert Rorke

The long run of “Elementary” has given CBS a taste for another light crime drama featuring an unlikely pairing of an inspired rule breaker and a stickler for procedure/second banana. The…

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