Tuesday, November 14, 2017

‘42nd Street’ revivals may duke it out for a spot on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Call it the battle of those dancing feet: Two acclaimed productions of “42nd Street” may soon go tap-to-tap for a shot at Broadway. The splashy revival that just ended at London’s Thea…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Lisa Lampanelli: Weight-loss surgery cured my yo-yo dieting by Barbara Hoffman

Like one of the characters in her off-Broadway play, “Stuffed,” Lisa Lampanelli jokes that during her dieting days — all three decades of them — she lost and regained some 300 pounds…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Lucy DeVito’s favorite spot to grab Negroni with her dad by Barbara Hoffman

“Wikipedia is wrong!” Lucy DeVito says. “I was born in Los Angeles, not New York, but my parents and I would come here a lot, so I feel like a New Yorker.” The oldest of Danny DeVito…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

How a Hell’s Kitchen artists’ haven transformed the neighborhood by Michael Riedel

In the 1970s, Hell’s Kitchen was one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. Residents walked in the middle of the streets at night to avoid the muggers, junkies, hookers and drug…

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Broadway fans will be wasting away soon in ‘Margaritaville’ by Michael Riedel

Jimmy Buffett says he was going to be on Broadway one way or another because of his mother. “She was the Southern version of Auntie Mame,” Buffett says, “and she made me audition for …

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Meat Loaf musical might actually end up on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Last week I wrote about three shows that are trying to slip onto Broadway stages before the Tony cutoff date in April: “The Honeymooners,” “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” and “H…

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Elton John cameos in ‘The Lion King’ on Broadway by Doree Lewak

For Elton John, everything comes full circle. On Sunday night, the venerable music man surprised a Broadway audience for “The Lion King’s” 20th anniversary performance. John joined the…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s totally unbiased son reviews ‘Hamilton’ by Barbara Hoffman

Tonys, Shmonys: Your musical’s only as good as your kid says it is. Luckily, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s son just gave “Hamilton” a big (little) thumbs up. From his perch atop two booster s…

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Actors say rude audiences are destroying Broadway by Michael Riedel

Reed Birney was beginning to smolder. Every time the actor came on stage as O’Brien, the chief torturer in “1984” at the Hudson Theatre, a group of theatergoers giggled. “The laughte…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Meet the ‘most unloved woman in New York’ by Barbara Hoffman

Once, sometimes twice a day, says Mercedes Ruehl, she’s “the most unloved woman in New York.” It happens during “Torch Song,” when her character, Mrs. Beckoff, tells her gay son sh…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Definitive proof that Amy Schumer is ready for her Broadway debut by Barbara Hoffman

Amy Schumer’s about to make her Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s “Meteor Shower,” which has its first preview on Wednesday. She’s already box-office gold — but can the 36-year-o…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Donna Summer, ‘Honeymooners’ musicals could hit Broadway this season by Michael Riedel

Call it Broadway Monopoly — the game producers, landlords and other insiders love to play when theaters suddenly open up. With so many shows circling the Great White Way, two or three coul…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Check into the real-life hotel of horrors that inspired ‘The Shining’ by Michael Riedel

Happy Halloween! Is there any better place to go ghostbusting than the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. (from $189)? Believers in the paranormal say there are more spirits hanging about th…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

This off-Broadway play is more relevant than ever by Richard Morgan

The Harvey Weinstein charges have exposed plenty of hurt and shame, but they’ve also made the off-Broadway play “What We’re Up Against” as relevant today as it was when written in 19…

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New York City’s most haunted spots will terrify you by Raquel Laneri, Hana R. Alberts, Michael Riedel

Staten Island’s infamous Kreischer Mansion briefly returned to the market this week. With an asking price of $2 million, the home has seven bedrooms, 1.25 acres — and a few ghosts. The f…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Andrew Lloyd Webber show that flopped is back from the dead by Michael Riedel

Two showbiz legends — Mel Brooks and Andrew Lloyd Webber — are turning their painful flops into crowd-pleasing hits. Brooks just returned from London clutching raves for his snappy new …

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Pico Alexander can’t stop catching cougars by Barbara Hoffman

Pico Alexander’s leading lady came to his dressing room the other day with a suggestion. “It would be better the way we did it before,” Sherie Rene Scott told him, “when you were f…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Amy Schumer is an even bigger Broadway star than predicted by Michael Riedel

Back in August, I reported that Amy Schumer, the star of Steve Martin’s new play “Meteor Shower,” was shaping up to be Broadway’s biggest box-office draw this fall. After she sold $1…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

‘Game of Thrones’ star Diana Rigg is back on Broadway by Michael Riedel

The biggest star in Lincoln Center’s upcoming revival of “My Fair Lady” isn’t playing Eliza Doolittle or Henry Higgins: She’s playing Mrs. Higgins, Henry’s elegant mother. Diana …

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This mentalist specializes in freaking out celebrities by Michael Kaplan

A dozen years ago, when Oz Pearlman worked in information technology for Merrill Lynch, he supplemented his Wall Street wages by doing magic tricks. Watching Pearlman turn five $1 bills into…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The surprising role Cher will play in the ‘Mamma Mia!’ sequel by Michael Riedel

“The Cher Show” is rehearsing here in New York at the New 42nd Street Studios, but somebody key to the entire enterprise is missing: Cher. She can’t be here because she’s in London a…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Bill Murray makes his Carnegie Hall debut by Barbara Hoffman

To the exalted roster of artists who’ve performed at Carnegie Hall — Tchaikovsky, Leonard Bernstein, the Beatles — add Bill Murray. Decades after he crooned “Star Wars” on “SNL…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Springsteen’s Broadway debut is dissolving the audience to tears by Hardeep Phull

When legendary record producer and talent scout John Hammond signed Bruce Springsteen in 1972, the scraggly Jersey kid was envisioned as a lyrically intricate singer-songwriter, who might be…

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Broadway buffs are flocking to DC for ‘Mean Girls’ previews by Michael Riedel

Tickets for “Mean Girls” went on sale last week at the August Wilson Theatre, and Tina Fey was there to hand out cheese fries. The p.r. stunt was, well, cheesy — but effective. Inspire…

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Gwyneth Paltrow refused Harvey Weinstein’s money for Broadway project by Michael Riedel

Harvey Weinstein was at Gwyneth Paltrow’s townhouse last year when she unveiled “Head Over Heels,” the musical she’s producing about the 1980s girl band the Go-Gos. Weinstein, source…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Idina Menzel’s little sis had a rough life growing up in her shadow by Barbara Hoffman

Sometimes it’s hard to let it go. That’s what Idina Menzel’s younger sister learned while growing up in the shadow of the future “Frozen” star — the Anna to her Elsa. As Cara Men…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Springsteen’s Broadway takeover could earn him a special Tony Award by Michael Riedel

The Playbill for “Springsteen on Broadway” reads “Written and Directed by Bruce Springsteen” — which means the Boss could be eligible for Tony Awards for both Best Book and Best Di…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Harvey Fierstein is adapting ‘Torch Song’ for today’s short attention spans by Michael Riedel

The buzz around the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” at Second Stage Theater is so good, there’s talk of a move to Broadway in the spring. But don’t tell Fierstein. “St…

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Rooney Mara can’t do anguish like Michelle Williams by Johnny Oleksinski

Throwing a play onto the big screen is always risky. It can be the best choice a studio ever makes (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) or the absolute worst (“August: Osage County”…

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Sweet ‘Downton’ mom turns ‘Mommie Dearest’ on stage by Barbara Hoffman

Elizabeth McGovern spent six years playing the ideal mother — the warm, wise and nurturing Lady Cora of “Downton Abbey.” Clearly, she was ready for a change, and now she’s found one.…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

If you can scream loudly, you might be perfect for Broadway’s ‘King Kong’ by Michael Riedel

WANTED: An actress who can scream like Fay Wray eight times a week. The creators of the “King Kong” musical are town this week looking for Ann Darrow, the beauty that’ll kill their bea…

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