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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Thursday, December 5, 2019

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ musical producers dogged by ‘Tootsie’ Broadway failure by Michael Riedel

“Tootsie” flopped on Broadway. It’s a terrific show, but its early closing is scaring the hell out of “Mrs. Doubtfire,” another musical whose leading man is also a leading lady. Ba…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

This 11-year-old is the first black lead in NYC Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ by Ben Cost

This tiny dancer is twirling her way into the history books. When Misty Copeland became the American Ballet Theater’s first black principal dancer four years ago, she shattered racial barr…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell on the best spot to meditate in NYC by Barbara Hoffman

He’s been the leading man in so many Broadway shows, it’s hard to believe there’s anything left on his bucket list. And yet, Brian Stokes Mitchell says, there is: “Sweeney Todd.” M…

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ struggles at Broadway box office by Michael Riedel

It may not recoup its $9.5 million investment.

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Ephraim Sykes cast as ‘MJ’ in Broadway’s Michael Jackson musical by Barbara Hoffman

Broadway found its Gloved One — and he’s coming fresh from the Temptations. Ephraim Sykes, currently kicking up his heels in Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud — the Life and Times of T…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ is a touching call to action on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

While some ignorant millennials snipe “OK boomer” at anyone with a gray hair, a new play is clapping back.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

‘Tootsie’ was a Broadway flop because theater is fickle: insiders by Michael Riedel

“Tootsie” had everything going for it: great title, terrific reviews, star-making turn by Santino Fontana, snappy score by David Yazbek and a hilarious book by Robert Horn. And yet one o…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘Tina Turner Musical’ review: A towering Broadway performance by Johnny Oleksinski

If you want to relive Tina Turner’s prime, you can’t get much better than Adrienne Warren. The star of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” which opened Thursday night on Broadway, has t…

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‘Cyrano’ review: Peter Dinklage musical is a moody mess by Johnny Oleksinski

In 2003, the rock band the National released an album called “Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers.” That would also make a good title for their new musical, “Cyrano,” which opened off-Broadwa…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Run if you want to see Ian McKellen on stage by Michael Riedel

The delightful Ian McKellen, who turned 80 this year, has a message for anybody who wants to see him on stage: “Run!” New Yorkers have that chance Tuesday at the Hudson Theatre, where Mc…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Don’t ask Harvey Fierstein about Bella Abzug’s ‘f–king hats!’ by Barbara Hoffman

The stage lights go up and there, standing against a shower door holding a big red hat, is … Bella Abzug? Actually, it’s Harvey Fierstein, the writer and also the star — Patti LuPone a…

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