Friday, June 21, 2024


A repurposed logo of David Byrd’s original poster for “Follies” for the one-night only concert at Carnegie Hall, June 20, 2024.June 21, 2024: Theatre Yesterday and Today, by Ron Fass…

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

A Harry Langdon Finding Aid by Trav S.D.

There’s not a ton of middle ground on silent screen comedian Harry Langdon (1884-1944). The few who know him either love or hate him, and those who love him are vastly outnumbered. I’m a…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:02AM
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

“The Magic Flute” Charms with Silent Movie Magic—at SF Opera by Bdhorwitz

Mozart Meets Chaplin in Jazz Age Animation & Flapper Fashion by Barry David Horwitz What’s not to love about an evening with Mozart at SF Opera in silent movie style, intriguing animat…

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Friday, May 24, 2024

The Joan Barry Story by Trav S.D.

Most of us think of Charlie Chaplin’s Waterloo as arriving with the release of Monsieur Verdoux in 1947, or his exile from the U.S. in 1952. But his alienation from the public had commence…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

1988 * Movie Playbill "The Moderns - Geraldine Chaplin" Comedy (B) - Mynumi

Acquista 1988 * Movie Playbill "The Moderns - Geraldine Chaplin" Comedy (B) dalla sezione Other Collections dello shop online di Mynumi in cui ...

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Of The Elusive Victoria Chaplin and “The Freak” by Trav S.D.

I don’t know if I’ll get around to writing about ALL of Charlie Chaplin’s numerous progeny here but several have interested me, and so we have done posts on Charlie Jr, Sydney the Youn…

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Friday, May 10, 2024

The Skivvies and Tony d'Alelio - Teeth Medley by Lauren Molina

Tony d'Alelio joins The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley) to perform a medley of All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (Donald Yettner Gardner), Smile (Charlie Chaplin), Den…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Academy Award Winner Robert Downey Jr. to Make Broadway Debut in New Play by Ayad Akhtar by Darryn King

Academy Award winner Robert Downey Jr. will make his Broadway debut in McNeal, a new play by Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar (Junk, Disgraced), directed by Tony winner Bar…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

A Charlie Chaplin Finding Aid by Trav S.D.

With the exception of the Marx Brothers (and there are five of them) Charlie Chaplin (1889-1975) is the stage and screen performer about whom I’ve written the greatest number of articles o…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:12AM
Wednesday, March 20, 2024


By Bob Shuman The aesthetic issue being explored in Orson’s Shadow (Austin Pendleton’s own play now celebrating its 25th Anniversary) might best be expressed if I show you a picture of t…

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Phoenix Dance Theatre review – triple bill swings from tortured to tender by Lyndsey Winship

Leeds PlayhouseBelonging: Loss. Legacy. Love brings together work by Phoenix’s new boss Marcus Jarrell Willis, Miguel Altunaga and Dane Hurst Formed in 1981, Phoenix Dance Theatre have had…

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Name That Show! 2010s Broadway Songs (Part Two) by JK

Hello, show tune lovers! Today's game is all about songs from Broadway musicals that opened in the 2010s - not that long ago! You've probably at least heard of most of the shows included h…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Mallory Portnoy and Nick Blaemire Revive A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green at Café Carlyle by Hayley Levitt

Mallory Portnoy and Nick Blaemire will bring A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green to Café Carlyle on March 3 and 4. The pair will portray the famed Broadway songwriting team they th…

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Suffs Star Jenn Colella and Mo Mullen Welcome Baby Girl by Darryn King

Tony Award nominee Jenn Colella and her wife Mo Mullen have welcomed a new baby girl. Morrison Caroline Colella was born on February 14. “She’s here,” Colella said in an announcement p…

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Saturday, December 23, 2023

At Film Forum: A Week of Charlie Chaplin by Trav S.D.

We are delighted to be in receipt of the 11th hour news that New York’s Film Forum will be presenting Charlie Chaplin features all week, beginning today with a newly restored print of A Wo…

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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
Monday, July 17, 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…

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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…

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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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