Monday, November 6, 2023

Video: How FUNNY GIRL Gave Barbra Streisand Stage Fright For the Rest of Her Career

Barbra Streisand says that an onstage experience in Funny Girl on Broadway gave her stage fright for the rest of her career. Watch a video clip from her interview with CBS Mornings' Gayle Ki…

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Friday, September 29, 2023

A joyful return of ‘Jenn Colella: Out and Proud’ at NYC’s 54 Below by Deb Miller

Tony nominee and Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Grammy Award winner Jenn Colella, whose long list of stage credits includes Broadway’s Come From Away, If/Then, Chaplin, High Fidelit…

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Monday, September 25, 2023

40 Years of Broadway: 2003 - 2013: The Standout Performances by JK

40 Years of Broadway: 2003-2013:The Standout Performances Over the years, I've had the great privilege of seeing some of the greatest performers in Broadway history. Some I've caught at th…

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Sunday, August 6, 2023

A Look at Loyal Underwood by Trav S.D.

I nod his morning to Loyal Underwood (1893-1966), a member of Charlie Chaplin’s stock company from 1916 to 1923. I have been guilty on occasion of mistaking Underwood for James T. Kelley, …

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Thursday, July 20, 2023
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Monday, June 5, 2023

Chaplin by Michael Portantiere

Original Broadway Cast, 2012 (Masterworks Broadway) In “Just Another Day in Hollywood,” the ensemble of Chaplin sings of “Stars on the rise / Stars on the fall / Stars you forget / Sta…

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Thursday, June 1, 2023
Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Brooke Shields: “Pretty Baby” by Trav S.D.

You see? Just like Milton Berle and Bob Hope, Brooke Shields (b. 1965) started out as a Charlie Chaplin impersonator. In this photo she’s about five, but then she went and dressed like The…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 08:06AM
Friday, May 12, 2023


Sutton Foster (center) hosts PBS’s “Great Performances: Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway’s Best.”May 12, 2023: Theatre Yesterday and Today, by Ron Fassler Premiering tonight on PBS …

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

“Chain of Fools” Turns 10 Today by Trav S.D.

Hard to believe but my second little (literally) baby is now a tween! Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube was released ten years ago today, on March 2…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:36AM
Wednesday, March 22, 2023

15 Questions in 15 Minutes with Hayley Podschun by Deb Miller

A triple threat of the stage and screen, Hayley Podschun keeps rewinding the clock on her proverbial “fifteen minutes of fame” with credits that include everything from Broadway (Hello,…

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Monday, February 27, 2023

Jennifer Coolidge Plugs Chaplin by Trav S.D.

Thanks a thousand times to the the Facebook friend who called my attention to Jennifer Coolidge’s acceptance speech for her well deserved SAG award for her work on White Lotus. It had me b…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 03:26PM
Sunday, February 5, 2023

The Movies of Monta Bell by Trav S.D.

Though Monta Bell (1891-1958) was a protege of Charlie Chaplin and even worked with the Marx Brothers, we are late in treating of him, as his comic movies were more in the sophisticated trad…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:11AM
Friday, January 27, 2023

Charlie & Stan, Wilton’s Music Hall, review - a beguiling fantasy about two silent comedy greats by Helen Hawkins

Told by an Idiot return with a celebration of silent-movie antics and daft gags Imagine what would have happened if the young Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel were cabin-mates on a transatlan…

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Monday, January 9, 2023


(Helen Pitt’s article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 1/10/23; Photo: Swiss-French circus performer, violinist and actor James Theirree in Sydney.CREDIT:JAMES BRICKWOOD.) When perfo…

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Sunday, January 8, 2023

30 Years Ago: Chaplin (A Missed Opportunity) by Trav S.D.

According to IMDB, today is the is 30th anniversary of the U.S. wide release of the movie Chaplin (1992). Don’t get too excited! I’m not here for any knee-jerk celebration! Well past the…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:21AM
Sunday, January 1, 2023

THANK YOU for 2022! by New York Theatre Workshop

As we celebrate the end of 2022 and the arrival of 2023, one thing is consistent year to year—we are surrounded by a supportive and passionate community of theatre-makers and theatre-lover…

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Monday, October 17, 2022

Robert Wilson: ‘We shouldn’t make theatre if we can’t laugh’ by Sam Jones

As his new version of Alfred Jarry’s scandalous Ubu Roi is staged in Spain, the innovative director considers the collision of the terrifying and the comic Somewhere between revisiting his…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Tom Murray: from Black Larsen to the Beverly Hillbillies by Trav S.D.

Tom Murray (1874-1935) appeared in fewer than two dozen films, most of them silent comedies, but some of them are so significant that we understate to say that he rates attention here. Murra…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:37AM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

A Walk Through Walter Groves by Trav S.D.

It was probably inevitable that I would do a post on English music hall comedian Walter Groves (1856-1906), especially since David Crump’s recent biography of Fred Karno has confirmed, at …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 12:24PM
Monday, August 15, 2022

Little Shop of Horrors' Rob McClure Test His Co-Stars’ Broadway Knowledge on Playbill: The Game Show by Playbill

Head down to Skid Row with the cast of Off-Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors. Guest host Rob McClure tests the knowledge of co-stars Khalifa White and Aaron Arnell Harrington in categories…

SOURCE: YouTube at 07:07AM
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Rosie Holt review – web sensation’s political skits disconnect on stage by Brian Logan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIn her show The Woman’s Hour, the viral comedy star offers caricatures of burbling backbenchers and a woke-bashing TV host In the darkness of our political mo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07PM
Sunday, July 31, 2022

Just to Meet Geraldine Chaplin by Trav S.D.

I realized the other day that of course the celebrity I wanted to meet most in the world was Geraldine Chaplin (b. 1944). (When I was a child, it had been Judy Garland, though that was quite…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 07:18AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Come From Away's Jenn Colella Reveals Engagement to Mo Mullen by Lindsey Sullivan

Jenn Colella and Mo Mullen are engaged. Colella, a Tony nominee and former vlogger, who will return to Come From Away from June 21 through August 7, announced the news on Insta…

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Rob McClure to Star as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors Off-Broadway by Lindsey Sullivan

Rob McClure is heading to Skid Row. The 2022 Tony nominee will join the off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors as Seymour beginning on July 12. He will replace Skylar Astin, who will…

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Walter James: Supported Silent Comedy’s Big Three by Trav S.D.

Stage and screen actor Walter James (1882-1946) had the rare distinction of playing good-sized supporting roles in features by all three top silent comedy stars: Battling Butler (1926) with …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 04:33PM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Back to the Rock! Jenn Colella Returns to Come From Away This Summer by Lindsey Sullivan

Welcome back to the rock! Tony-nominated original cast member and former vlogger Jenn Colella will return to Broadway's Come From Away at the Schoenfeld Theatre. She will step …

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Broadway Theater Review: Mrs. Doubtfire by Lauren Yarger

  Austin Elle Fisher(Natalie Hillard),Tyler Wladis(Christopher Hillard),Analise Scarpaci(Lydia Hillard),Jenn Gambatese(Miranda Hillard) and Rob McClure(Daniel Hillard as Euphegenia Doubtfi…

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Disney+ Sets THE FULL MONTY Limited Series Revival

The original cast of The Full Monty will reunite for a new limited series on Disney+. The series will star the original cast of the film, including Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy a…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 06:00PM
Thursday, March 24, 2022

Family Fun at CIRCFest22 Meanjin this April by Aussie Theatre

CHORES Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the side-splitting duo of Chores is a hilarious and action-packed

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Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater