Friday, April 3, 2020

The Friday 5: 5 Classic Original Casts I Wish I'd Seen by JK

A lot of theater fans say they wish they had seen the original cast of The Glass Menagerie, including the legendary performance of Laurette Taylor. I could go for that myself. Truth is, I've…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

‘The Siblings Play,’ ‘Gloria’ and ‘Toni Stone’: The Best New Theater to Watch Online by David Cote

Get comfortable, turn off the lights, use headphones and give the screen the same attention you would 'the real thing.'

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Fourth Wall Is My Laptop Screen by Laura Collins-Hughes

When theaters closed by the pandemic stream their shuttered plays online, watching sharpens the longing for the real thing.

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Online, the Show Goes On. But It’s Just Not the Same. by A.j. Goldmann

The recorded performances that theaters in Germany have put online while they are closed don’t live up to the real thing, our critic says.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

RECORDS (YES, RECORDS!) by Sandi Durell

  By Ron Fassler   As a kid in the 1960s and 70s and totally infatuated with Broadway, listening to a cast album was as close as I could get to the real thing. There was no internet to go …

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Music Moves To Streaming Live – But First To Figure Out What Works by Artsjournal

On an individual level, innumerable artists and bands have rearranged tours or scrapped them altogether. With streaming still offering low royalty rates for artists, most musicians rely on e…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

A radically reworked West Side Story comes to Broadway: Review by Leah Greenblatt

How do you solve a problem like a remake? Play it too faithfully and you’re just doing karaoke, or community theater; stray too far and you risk losing the thread of the original text — …

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Upstart Crow starring David Mitchell at the Gielgud Theatre, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Post-modern shows about Shakespeare are almost as common as the real thing these days. Cymbeline has been renamed and reclaimed as Imogen.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Krysta Rodriguez to Play Liza Minnelli in Ryan Murphy's Halston Series for Netflix by Diep Tran

Producer Ryan Murphy has released the first look at his upcoming Halston series on Netflix, starring Ewan McGregor as the famed fashion designer who designed for Jackie Kennedy and who the…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Julian Ovenden, Gina Beck, Rob Houchen to Star in South Pacific at Chichester Festival Theatre by Ryan McPhee

The festival’s 2020 lineup also includes Assassins, The Real Thing, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and five world premieres.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Maggie Gyllenhaal Will Play Elvis Presley's Mother in Baz Luhrmann's Musical Biopic by Andy Lefkowitz

Stage alum and Oscar-nominated screen star Maggie Gyllenhaal has been cast as Elvis Presley's mother, Gladys, in the upcoming film Elvis, according to Variety. The previously announced f…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Maggie Gyllenhaal Will Play Elvis Presley's Mother in Baz Luhrmann's New Biopic by Andy Lefkowitz

Stage alum and Oscar-nominated screen star Maggie Gyllenhaal has been cast as Elvis Presley's mother, Gladys, in the upcoming film Elvis, according to Variety. The previously announced …

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Marianne Crebassa at Wigmore Hall — her voice is the real thing

The French mezzo-soprano gave an impressive, if overloud performance in London

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Has The Drag Ballroom Scene Outgrown The Criterion That Once Defined It? by Artsjournal1

The performance-competitions that were made famous by the documentary Paris Is Burning, introduced the world to voguing, and arguably inspired RuPaul’s Drag Race have generally judged thei…

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Top London Stage This Month: Ian McKellen, Cher, Ariana Grande, Adrian Mole by Mark Beech

The London stage this month has a range of different performing artists of every age and type. Among them: Ian McKellen, 80; Cher, 73; Ariana Grande, 26; Little Simz, 25; and even Adrian Mol…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

LaChanze & Andrea Martin to Join Campbell Scott in A Christmas Carol on Broadway by Andy Lefkowitz

Tony-winning actresses LaChanze and Andrea Martin will return to Broadway this holiday season, taking on the roles of the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Past, respect…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Christine Baranski & Cynthia Nixon Will Play Sisters in Downton Abbey Mastermind's New HBO Drama The Gilded Age by Lindsey Sullivan

They have four Tony Awards and three Emmy Awards between the two of them, and now they will be playing sisters! According to TVLine, stage-and-screen greats Christine Baranski and Cynthia Ni…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Jack Thorne & Matthew Warchus' A Christmas Carol Will Arrive on Broadway with Campbell Scott as Scrooge by Andy Lefkowitz

A new interpretation of Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol will debut on the Great White Way this holiday season. Adapted by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

People You Should Know . . . Debra Whitfield by Zack Calhoon

DEBRA WHITFIELD is an award-winning director, actress, and playwright.  Credits include The Mint Theater, Florida Studio Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Dorse…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Rock Concert Review: Queen + Adam Lambert — Close to the Real Thing by Adam Ellsworth

Now more than ever, “the people,” of all ages, want Queen. How lucky we are that Lambert, May, and Taylor are willing and able to deliver. The post Rock Concert Review: Queen + Adam Lamb…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

IMITATION GOODS by Jeremy Gerard

The show aims to conjure the joyous energy of rock n roll legends, but it falls short of the real thing.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

West End rediscovers the pure joy of farce (and missing trousers) by Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

Broad stage theatre comedy full of plot twists, puns and frantic action is finding a new audienceThe stage is set like a hotel bedroom where a scantily clad woman is hiding inside a wardrobe…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

People You Should Know . . . Colette Robert by Zack Calhoon

(Photo by Tess Meyer) Colette Robert is a Los Angeles native currently based in New York. Recent directing credits include: Behind the Sheet (EST), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Barna…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt to Make World Premiere in London's West End by Andy Lefkowitz

Acclaimed dramatist Tom Stoppard will debut his latest work in London next year. Titled Leopoldstadt, the world premiere play will begin previews on January 25, 2020 and open on February 12 …

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Three to tango: the pregnant dancer duetting with her husband by Lyndsey Winship

A screen role as an expectant dancer prepared Bobbi Jene Smith for the real thing. She talks about doing the bump … with a bump It’s a case of life imitating art. In the new film Mari, B…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Howard Sherman: Shakespeare ‘translations’ can be a gateway drug to the real thing by Howard Sherman

When the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced, in the autumn of 2015, that it would be commissioning translations of all of Shakespeare’s plays,

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Stage Legend Rosemary Harris on Her Lifetime Achievement Tony Award and Why Her My Fair Lady Role is a 'Real Tonic' by Kathy Henderson

Just after her Wednesday matinee performance as Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady, Rosemary Harris is seated at her dressing table in the Vivian Beaumont Theater, a picture of calm on a two-show …

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

 Baby Jane Dexter Has Died and Everybody Hurts by John Hoglund

Baby Jane Dexter (Photo credit: Stephen Mosher) John Hoglund, Critic When it comes to the real thing, few artists have impacted audiences with such a raw honesty only to reveal a powerful vo…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Top London Stage This Week: Mumford & Sons to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Mark Beech

London’s music festivals are kicking into gear for the summer. This week’s line-up of stars includes Nas, Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons.Also new for June, the Bridge Theatre follows it…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

People You Should Know . . . Meghan E. Jones by Zack Calhoon

Meghan E. Jones - As a playwright, actor, producer, and director, Meghan E. Jones is a dynamic participant in New York City's independent theatre scene.  After moving to New York from St. …

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bodies review – deft revival for adultery neurosis comedy drama by Michael Billington

Southwark Playhouse, LondonJames Saunders’ impeccably performed 70s piece takes on big issues as two couples swap partners and explore the poetry of painDedicated to retrieving forgotten p…

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