Thursday, February 14, 2019

Glenda Jackson thought Brits would scoff at her as King Lear by Michael Riedel

“Would you like a cup of tea?” an assistant asks Glenda Jackson as she leaves a rehearsal room in Times Square. “What I would like,” says this great lady of the theater, “is a …

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Westminster’s King makes Broadway debut in ‘Pretty Woman’ by Barbara Hoffman

Obviously, it wasn’t enough to take Westminster’s “Best in Show” award: This top dog walked off with a Broadway show the next day. On Wednesday night, fewer than 24 hours after being…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cate Blanchett’s ‘Tortured’ play gets dragged by critics by Michael Riedel

It was shaping up to be the most talked about — and salacious — theater event of the new year: Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and “Game of Thrones” star Stephen Dillane steaming up the …

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Monday, January 28, 2019

What failed ‘Rent: Live’ should teach TV: Cast Broadway talent by Robert Rorke

Fox’s not-so-live broadcast of “Rent” Sunday night made a good case for calling it quits when it comes to the age of the live television musical. Nielsen reports that just 3.42 million…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Britney Spears and The Weeknd to soundtrack new musical by Rob Bailey-Millado

O happy dagger, Britney Spears is doing Shakespeare! Well, sorta: She’s Swedish songwriter Max Martin’s longtime muse — and their musical collaborations get top billing in his …

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Paul Dano fails to rival Ethan Hawke in soft ‘True West’ revival by Joe Dziemianowicz

When Ethan Hawke relieving himself onto a houseplant becomes one of the most noteworthy moments in a Broadway show, it’s safe to say it’s been a soggy night of theater. That’s what awa…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘West Side Story’ revival will be more like ‘West Side Gory’ by Michael Riedel

Ivo van Hove certainly divides audiences and critics. Champions love the Belgian director’s stylized, ferocious whirling dervish productions. Detractors bristle at all the special effects,…

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‘Mockingbird’ star refused to be part of the Broadway backdrop by Barbara Hoffman

LaTanya Richardson Jackson makes Calpurnia a force to be reckoned with in Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Actors walk out on theater lab productions in new strike by Gregory Bresiger

Actors aren’t “lab rats” to be used and disposed of, say theater union officials who have launched a strike against plays in development. Actors’ Equity Association members are walki…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

From noodles to antipasto, Joey McIntyre eats NYC alive by Barbara Hoffman

Some 20 years ago, when he was a New Kid on the Block living in Tribeca, Joey McIntyre considered Riverside Drive “no man’s land.” But last summer, after 15 years in Los Angeles, the 4…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Could ‘Twilight Zone’ become the hottest ticket on Broadway? by Michael Riedel

It is a blend of faithful adaptation and fanciful splicing. It is the middle ground between artistry and commercialism, between reasonable prices and premiums, and it lies in London right no…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Comedy clubs offer a year of free stand-up to federal workers by Doree Lewak

Make America laugh again. That’s what the owners of the Upper West Side comedy club Stand Up New York hope to accomplish with their new initiative: 12 months of free comedy for all fed…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The new Maria from Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ shows off her pipes by Barbara Hoffman

“West Side Story” director Steven Spielberg finally found his Maria — on the very far west side of Manhattan. Make that New Jersey. Rachel Zegler, a 17-year-old high-school student fro…

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Carole King makes surprise cameo at ‘Beautiful’ birthday by Barbara Hoffman

Yep Carole came — and conquered. It was a “Beautiful“ Broadway moment: Who better to perform the title song of her life story than Carole King herself? That’s what happened Saturday …

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

How a box of forgotten letters became a Holocaust jazz opera by Barbara Hoffman

After their widowed father died in 1995, jazz pianist Ted Rosenthal and his sister packed up the family home in Great Neck, LI. They didn’t know what that box of letters, all written in Ge…

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These 2 plays are vying to win over Broadway this spring by Michael Riedel

The play’s the thing this spring on Broadway. To the competitive roster of non-musicals I spoke about last week — all-star revivals of “King Lear” and “All My Sons” among them …

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Comedian Mike Birbiglia says Brooklyn is the Boise of NYC by Barbara Hoffman

“I graduated from Georgetown in 2000 and started off sleeping on my sister Gina’s couch in Carroll Gardens,” says comedian Mike Birbiglia. “And 18 years later, I live in Carroll Gard…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

10 don’t-miss Broadway divas, debuts and dramas for 2019 by Michael Riedel

Ring out the old, ring in the new: Here’s my countdown to the 10 personalities, shows and backstage dramas I’m looking forward to in 2019. 10. Glenda Jackson delivered an unforgettable p…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Neil Simon and other Broadway legends we lost in 2018 by Michael Riedel

Broadway lost some boldface names in 2018. Let’s give them an encore, in their own words. William Goldman made his name in the movies, writing the screenplays to “Butch Cassidy and the S…

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From ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘King Kong’: Theater’s hits and misses of 2018 by Joe Dziemianowicz

Tina Fey, King Kong and Harry Potter all made their marks in New York theater in 2018, with varying degrees of success. There were no perfect musicals. On Broadway, Fey’s sly humor made …

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Friday, December 21, 2018

The real star of the Christmas Spectacular is a camel named Ted by Barbara Hoffman, Elizabeth Ruby

Come Christmastime, it seems that nothing short of Santa can top a real, live camel. Rugged yet regal, the dromedary dominates every living Nativity it steps into. That’s true at Radio Cit…

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This British holiday tradition kicks America’s Yuletide ass by Johnny Oleksinski

American holiday activities are worse than coal in a stocking. Each year, we schlep to super malls and force crying children to pose with creeper Santas. We trudge to local productions of …

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Meet the veteran Broadway showgirl finally getting her big break by Michael Riedel

An array of Broadway types populates the new musical comedy, “The Prom”: the self-absorbed diva, the exasperated press agent, the vain leading man. And then there’s the jaded chorus gi…

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‘Network’ and other Broadway shows that ruined great movies by Johnny Oleksinski

Broadway fans love to whine about movie adaptations overtaking their beloved theaters. But can’t movie buffs also complain about their favorite films getting ruined by the stage? I will …

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

‘Mrs. Maisel’ star pushes to revive boarding house for young actresses by Isabel Vincent

A safe haven for actresses that went out of fashion decades ago is undergoing a revival in the #MeToo era. The Rehearsal Club, a Midtown meeting place set up in 1913 for young women who work…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Rachel Dratch’s son is a weekend waffle warrior by Barbara Hoffman

For nearly a decade, Rachel Dratch has read aloud from the musings of Madonna, Ethel Merman and Burt Reynolds’ secretary. Lately, the “SNL” alum and others have shared all that and mor…

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‘Mockingbird’ is still relevant 60 years later on Broadway by Joe Dziemianowicz

Not long into this new “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a young girl considers what she’s just heard in a courtroom. “All rise,” says Scout, marveling at the weight of the words while imag…

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This wacky musical was inspired by Mario Kart and Neil Diamond by Barbara Hoffman

One of this season’s funniest musicals got its start from . . . Mario Kart. So say David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, the writers and stars of off-Broadway’s “The Other Josh Cohen.” …

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard have fixed ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ by Chuck Arnold

From 2014 to 2017, Mariah Carey owned the Christmas concert circuit in New York with her annual holiday residency at the Beacon Theatre. But with the diva taking her yuletide act to Europe t…

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Springsteen’s Netflix special is like VIP seats without the price tag by Kirsten Fleming

Standing onstage in a black T-shirt and jeans, Bruce Springsteen waxes poetic about his earliest days in Freehold, NJ. He speaks of growing up next to the school St. Rose of Lima and breathi…

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New ‘Mary Poppins’ songs stay true to the originals by Michael Riedel

Like many theater-mad kids who grew up in the ’60s, songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman know every note and word from “Mary Poppins.” “I listened to, and continue to listen to…

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