Monday, November 15, 2010 at 11pm (Broadway Time)

SOUTH PACIFIC • The Fox by Andrea

Well, now I can mark a classic off the list -- I've seen SOUTH PACIFIC in person.  I posted an entry about this show when the revival was aired on a PBS "Live from Lincoln Center" broad…

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Review: “Ghosts in the Cottonwoods” by Adaumbelle

When a play leaves you speechless and thirsty for more, the playwright, cast, director, and other creative team members have done their job well! Produced by The Amoralists, “Ghosts in…

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Thirty plus one years. by Bob [cta]

As I enter my 31st year, I’m thankful for: - A family that loves and supports me without question. - A partner who keeps me balanced and with whom I still enjoy waking up next to, 11 y…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10pm (Broadway Time)

You'll want to catch 'Mistakes' by Frank Scheck

Michael Shannon fans often have to settle for seeing him in small doses: his brief, Oscar-nominated turn in "Revolutionary Road," his supporting role in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." But the …

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9pm (Broadway Time)

Rosie O'Donnell Blogs About Cancer Scare

According to IMDB, Broadway favorite Rosie O'Donnell blogged today about facing a battle with breast cancer- the same disease that killed her mother at the age of 39. Rosie reported that doc…

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Paul Reubens has been perfecting the character of Pee-wee Herman for almost thirty years now.  The character first came to being when Reubens was working with the Los Angeles im…

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Technological Conundrum by Kevin Daly

Readers, I need your help. When it comes to technology, I feel that I’m half idiot, half savant. Once I feel I’ve mastered something in computer science or home entertainment, it…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8pm (Broadway Time)

Photo Flash: SPRING AWAKENING Kicks Off National Tour

The second national tour of Tony award-winning musical SPRING AWAKENING has just kicked off, and photos from the production are posted below Based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play, the landma…

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SNL’s Jason Sudeikis Salutes Elf’s Sebastian Arcelus as He Tackles Popular Will Ferrell Role

As Saturday Night Live funnyman Jason Sudeikis entered the opening night performance of Broadway’s new musical Elf, the comedian understood one challenge laying ahead of show star Seba…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 7pm (Broadway Time)

CHICAGO Facebook Fans to Take Over the Audience on Sun, Jan 30


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TWITTER WATCH: Sean Hayes to Appear on Jon Stewart Tonight! presents Twitter Watch, which brings you only the best and most interesting reports straight from the mouths of Broadway stars, shows and more on the hot social networking …

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There Are No More Big Secrets

Legit Reviews: Show isn't the play it threatens to be -- until it turns around and becomes exactly that kind of play.

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Actor, standup comedian LeMaire dies

Legit News: He got his start in vaudeville as a child -- Actor, jazz musician and standup comedian Jack LeMaire, who got his start in vaudeville, died Oct. 18 in North Hollywood, Calif., of …

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Chicago Celebrates Year Number 14 on Broadway with a Razzle Dazzle Party

It's not every day that a Broadway musical enters its 14th year! On November 14 Chicago continued its record-breaking run as Broadway's longest running revival by celebrating its 14t…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 6pm (Broadway Time)

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas on Opening Night of Elf

The cast of Elf kicked off the holiday season on November 14 when the new musical (based on the wildly popular 2003 film) opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Sebastian Arcelus, who stars as…

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Lulu Fall on being a member of the Hair tribe by Joel Markowitz

Lulu’s Back in Town I was so thrilled to hear that DC’s own Lulu Fall was cast in the National Tour of Hair, now playing through this weekend in The Kennedy Center’s Opera House. Lulu…

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Portrait of the artist: Ronni Ancona, comedian by Laura Barnett

'Satire is in danger of becoming strangled because celebrity culture has become so extreme'What got you started?I was a bit of an oddball at school, so I used humour to get people to like me…

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La Bete Sets Broadway Closing Date

The first Broadway revival of David Hirson's comedy La Bete will play its final performance on January 9, 2011. The production, which stars Tony winners Mark Rylance and David …

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Theater Review | 'Radio City Christmas Spectacular': The Dancers Still Kick, the Soldiers Still Topple by Jason Zinoman

The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” feels like an entertainment throwback, which is part of the appeal.

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Theater Review | 'The Pee-wee Herman Show': Older, but No More Mature by Charles Isherwood

Pee-Wee Herman, the adorable man-child in the skinny suit and red bow tie, has parked his playhouse on Broadway.

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Mistakes Were Made Opens Flawlessly Off-Broadway

Don't let the title fool you: The November 14 off-Broadway opening of Craig Wright’s Mistakes Were Made went off without a hitch. Star Michael Shannon was in rare form as shameless…

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Glee Stars Lea Michele & Cory Monteith Pair Up for G-Rated Teen Vogue Cover

Well, it ain’t GQ, so America’s parents can relax. Glee stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith grace the December 2010 cover of Teen Vogue in one of a series of charming, G-rated ph…

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Broadway Box Office Tweets - Week Ending November 14, 2010 by Steve On Broadway (sob)

George Gershwin Theatre Box Office (Home to Wicked)Broadway Box Office Tweets - Week Ending November 14, 2010If you follow me on Twitter, you most likely know that each Monday, I offer my qu…

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Photo Coverage: ELF on Broadway Opening Night Curtain Call

ELF opened on Sunday, November 14th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre 302 West 45th Street. The production will play a limited engagement for the holiday season through Sunday, January 2nd. Broad…

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Lincoln Center Scrambles After Visa Problems by Daniel J. Wakin

Visa problems have forced Lincoln Center to delay the culminating performances of its White Light Festival.

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 5pm (Broadway Time)

BWW Exclusive: Sondheim's 80th Birthday at Carnegie Hall - Aaron Lazar

2010 has been a landmark year for Stephen Sondheim. He celebrated his 80th Birthday on March 22nd, and has been honoured in many very special ways including having a theatre named after him …

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Theater Review | New Jersey: The Perils of Psychoanalyzing Mugabe by Michael Sommers

A psychiatrist explores President Robert Mugabe’s invisible demons in “Breakfast With Mugabe.”

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'The Music Man' at Marriott Theatre: Polished ‘Music Man' waiting only 'til there was love by Chris Jones

THEATER REVIEW: "The Music Man" ★★★ Through Jan. 9 at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire; $40-$48 at 847-634-0200 or When you first catch sight o…

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Metz carves up Wright; Borrelli on Shepard by Chris Jones

The Tribune's Nina Metz carves up Craig Wright, who opened one show in New York Sunday ("Mistakes Were Made" at the Barrow Street Theatre) and one in Chicago Monday (a new version of "The Il…

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CHICAGO Launches First Ever Facebook Fan Day 1/30/2011

Barry and Fran Weissler, producers of the record-breaking Broadway smash CHICAGO, are pleased to announce a first in theatrical history, as they launch the newest chapter in Broadway social …

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Daniel Sunjata to Join Cast of ABC's Grey's Anatomy

Broadway veteran Daniel Sunjata will join the cast of ABC's Grey's Anatomy in a recurring role, according to He will first appear in the December 2 episode. His chara…

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Ouzounian: Blind Date is going to New York

Also news about Mary Poppins, Camelot and Robin Phillips.

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Colin Firth, Natalie Portman to Be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman will be honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, according to a report in Variety. The festival runs January 6-17, 2011. Mary Hart will emcee …

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Critics' Picks Video: 'The General' by Mekado Murphy

In this week's Critics' Pick, A. O. Scott looks back at the 1927 silent film "The General."

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LA BETE to Shutter Early on Jan. 9, 2011

The acclaimed Broadway revival of David Hirson's Olivier Award-winning comedy LA BTE starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance, Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce, and BA…

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Noel Taylor, Creator of Costumes for Stage, Dies at 97 by Douglas Martin

Mr. Taylor created costumes for more than 100 stage shows, including more than 70 on Broadway, and for countless TV shows and movies.

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Was Jane Austen Edited? Does It Matter?

For most readers, the beauty of Jane Austen's style lies in her elegant syntax and punctuation. Now, an Oxford scholar has created a furor by suggesting that the credit for Austen's style sh…

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Nominees For the 2010 Wasserstein Prize for Playwriting to be Reconsidered

The Wendy Wasserstein Prize committee and administrator, the Theatre Development Fund, caused quite the stir this month when reports flourished that the 25,000 prize would not be awarded to …

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When We Lived in Uncle's Hat – review by Alfred Hickling

Theatre Royal, YorkSammy's family find it hard to settle in one place. First they live in a blue house, but it makes everyone depressed. Then they try living on a bus, but it costs a fortune…

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Pee-Wee Herman Brings His 'Big Adventure' to Broadway on Opening Night

After a nearly two decade absence, fun-loving Puppetland resident Pee-wee Herman has made a triumphant return thanks to the Broadway run of The Pee-wee Herman Show. Droves of celebrity Pee-w…

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Adam Pascal at Queens Theatre In The Park by Linda

Not even the daunting trek to Queens or a subway ride from hell kept me away from meandlarry, Adam Pascal's concert tour with Larry Edoff. Delays on the 7 train led to the most crowded/uncom…

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Charged – review by Maddy Costa

Soho, LondonA writer sits in a drab meeting room, surrounded by female prisoners. Her cheerfulness feels awkward, and barely masks her bewilderment. Not wanting to impose, she doesn't ask th…

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Mark Storor's For the Best: a feeling for death by Lyn Gardner

For the Best, an award-winning play created by kidney dialysis patients couldn't be more poignant, finds Lyn GardnerOn the fourth floor of the landmark Gostin Building on Liverpool's Hanover…

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Roberta Maxwell to Join Stratford Shakespeare Festival's 2011 Acting Company

Broadway veteran Roberta Maxwell has joined the 2011 acting company for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and will portray the Duchess of York in Richard III and the Nurse in Titus Androni…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 4pm (Broadway Time)

Devil Boys From Beyond Gets an Out-of-This-World Off-Broadway Opening!

Let’s hear it for the boys. But not just any boys, Devil Boys From Beyond! The show, a Ridiculous Theater Company production, celebrated a spectular opening night at New World Stages o…

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Broadway Grosses: Merchant Sells Briskly as Overall Box Office Perks Up

Broadway producers breathed a happy sigh as box office numbers experienced a healthy bump from the previous week’s lackluster totals. Six shows topped $1 million, with Memphis just bel…

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Broadway Grosses* w/e 11/14/10 by Ken Davenport

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm A FREE MAN OF COLOR $301,329 6,902 82.72% $43.66 A LIFE IN THE THEATRE $206,017 3,184 37.16% $64.70 A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC $509,903 5,776 77.55% $8…

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This weekend I spoke to multi-Academy Award-winning composer and Broadway tunesmith Alan Menken about everything from his early stage work with lyricist and director Howard Ashman on LITTLE …

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Highlights from Elf

Buddy the elf, the self-proclaimed cotton-headed ninny-muggins from the 2003 Warner Brothers film, sings in the new holiday production Elf – The Musical. Sebastian Arcelus stars in the tit…

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Hungry Ghosts – review by Michael Billington

Orange Tree, RichmondAs a writer-director, Tim Luscombe doesn't shirk the big subjects. His last play, The Schuman Plan, dealt with the European federal dream. His new one tackles both Formu…

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Photo Flash: HARPS AND ANGELS Opens at MTF, 11/21

The world premiere of Randy Newman's Harps and Angels opens at the Center GroupMark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center on Sunday, November 21 at 7 p.m. Previews are underway and per…

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KNOB HAlloween MOV by Broadwayleaguevideos

KNOB HAlloween MOV From: BroadwayLeagueVideos Views: 7 0 ratings Time: 04:43 More in Entertainment

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CHART TOPPERS: Top-Grossing Broadway Productions, Week of Nov. 8-14 by Andrew Gans

Here are the top-grossing Broadway productions for the week of Nov. 8-14, 2010, as reported by The Broadway League. MUSICALS Wicked (Gerswhin Theatre), $1,567,087 The Lion King (Minskoff The…

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Back from the brink, Ballet BC rebrands itself as contemporary by Marsha Lederman

Company hopes new look and new subscription season will bring in audiences

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Victoria, B.C. company adapts rare Maeterlinck drama into musical by Marsha Lederman, Vancouver

The Life Inside examines the impact of tragedy on a family

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 3pm (Broadway Time)

STAGE TUBE: NEXT TO NORMAL's Mazzie and Danieley On CBS 2

CBS 2's Dana Tyler sat down with Marin Mazzie and her husband Jason Danieley, the stars of Next To Normal.

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Photo Flash: Seinfeld, Midler & Streisand Open National Museum of Jewish History in Philadelphia

On November 13, the National Museum of American Jewish History hosted their opening gala with the help of Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler in Philadelphia. Barbra Streisand was also on hand …

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McCarthy-era story subdued by Frank Scheck

The story behind "Personal Enemy" is more interesting than the play itself. Co-written in 1953 by British play wrights John Osborne ("Look Back in Anger") and Anthony Creighton, it was barel…

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Downtime at Buckingham Fountain by Traces

Downtime at Buckingham Fountain From: tracesusa Views: 88 0 ratings Time: 00:17 More in Entertainment

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The Scottsboro Boys: Racism and razzle-dazzle by J. Kelly Nestruck

The final collaboration of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb uses minstrelsy to tell a dark Southern tale

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Take two for Wasserstein Prize

Legit News: Nominees to be re-evaluated via refined process -- A blogosphere outcry over the weekend has resulted in a new go-round for this year's Wasserstein Prize, the kudo named after la…

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The regift of 'Elf' seems ho, ho, hum

For more years than Santa has belly rolls, Broadway has been trying to come up with a musical that would do for holiday theater what "The Nutcracker" does for ballet. Make kids happy. Make g…

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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 11/14

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 11142010

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 2pm (Broadway Time)

Tucci & Clarkson to Host 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards, 11/29; Hathaway, Moore et al. Present

The awards season has begun as the Gotham Film Awards have just announced their 2010 nominees.

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Suit Accuses 'South Park' of Copyright Infringement by Dave Itzkoff

The makers of a video say a "South Park" episode called "Canada on Strike" was no laughing matter.

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ArtsBeat: Do-Over for Playwriting Prize by Patrick Healy

Protests against a decision not to name a winner lead to a reconsideration.

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Scott Rudin to Receive 2011 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures

Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin has been named the 2011 recipient of the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures, according to published reports. Among Rudin&apos…

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Damian Woetzel to Host Ovation's Battle of the Nutcrackers: Dancer Off

Stage and screen star Sarah Jessica Parker and former New York City Ballet dancer Damian Woetzel will host Battle of the Nutcrackers: Dancer Off on the Ovation network. The series is sched…

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John Treacy Egan to Star in Westchester Broadway Theatre's A Sleepy Hollow Christmas Carol Musical

Broadway veteran John Treacy Egan will star as Ebeneezer Scrooge in Westchester Broadway Theatre's production of the new musical A Sleepy Hollow Christmas Carol, December 1-26. Based …

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 1pm (Broadway Time)

STAGE TUBE: BLOODY BLOODY's Benjamin Walker Spoofs Old Spice Commercial

Have you longed to smell like a president BLOODY BLOODY star Benjamin Walker has your solution. He takes viewers on his own rendition of the popular Old Spice commercial, but instead of prom…

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Charged, Soho Theatre, London

Clean Break's two-part programme looks at women and the criminal justice system. It is enterprisingly staged, with immensely moving results, finds Sarah Hemming

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Parzival – Episodes and Echo, Palais Garnier, Paris

Though a welcome alternative to cautious new versions of 'The Nutcracker', this two-parter also takes its highbrow stance a step too far, writes Laura Cappelle

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Playwrights Horizons Extends AFTER THE REVOLUTION by Two Weeks


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Daniel Radcliffe Sings! The Broadway-Bound Star Delivers a Tongue Twister on British TV

Well, it’s not exactly a Frank Loesser tune, but British TV audiences got a preview of Daniel Radcliffe’s singing skills when the Harry Potter star (and Broadway-bound headliner …

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Short-a-Day: Sam Lipsyte's "The Dungeon Master" by Aaron Riccio

[One of The New Yorker's 20 Under 40]Originally published in The New Yorker, Oct. 4, 2010. Personal enjoyment rating (out of 100): 92.What's the deal with pen-and-paper role-playing games? …

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Bill Clinton's Camp Coy About Possible 'Hangover 2' Cameo by Dave Itzkoff

Asked about a possible appearance by Mr. Clinton in the film, his spokesman wrote, "Sorry you got stuck with this one today, but I don't have anything for you."

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Spider-Man Swings Into the Pages of Vogue

As fans eagerly wait for Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark to unleash its web on Broadway beginning November 28, Vogue magazine made its way into the Foxwoods Theatre, where director Julie Taymo…

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Full "Tangled" Song Available (Audio) by Thomas Peter

A complete audio track of “I See the Light,” a song from the upcoming Disney animated featured “Tangled,” has been released. The song was written by Alan Menken and G…

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Jeffrey Wright on Embracing His Inner Don Juan in A Free Man of Color

The fact that Jeffrey Wright looks entirely at home in a flowing powdered wig and eye-popping orange brocade waistcoat shouldn't really be a surprise. The title star of John Guare's …

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A Do-Over for the Wasserstein Playwriting Prize by Patrick Healy

Protests against a decision not to name a winner lead to a reconsideration.

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at noon (Broadway Time)

Kathy Brier Is a Red Hot Mama on HBO's Stage-Friendly Boardwalk Empire

Thank you, Boardwalk Empire! Not only for giving us a gripping new series to cure our post-Mad Men blues, but for using so much Broadway talent week after week! The 1920s HBO drama, set in A…

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Broadway Gets One ‘Elf’ of a Christmas Present by James Sims

The perennial harbinger of the holiday season has already descended on Rockefeller Center and Starbucks is handing out the coveted red and white cups, so it should come as no surprise that B…

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His work on clay plays with perspective by Cate McQuaid, Globe Correspondent

WESTON — First Warren Mather’s photographs on clay may dizzy you. Then you want to know how the heck he makes them. Mather’s show “Photo Clay: In the Picture With War…

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Smell Like a President! Bloody Bloody Star Benjamin Walker Hawks 'Old Hickory'

Love a man who wears Old Spice? You’ll really love a man who wears Old Hickory! In a hot new ad spot, the title character in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (played by Mr. Sexypants himse…

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Bruce Davison, Matthew Rhys, Kathleen Turner, et al. Set for L.A. Theatre Works' The Graduate

Bruce Davison, John Getz and Tom Virtue will join the previously reported stars Kathleen Turner and Matthew Rhys in L.A. Theatre Works' presentation of The Graduate, to perform at the S…

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Broadway's A Life in the Theatre to Close November 28

The Broadway production of David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre, starring Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight, has officially confirmed that it will now end its engagement at the Schoenfeld …

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Making Danish Sound American by Laura Hedli

How do you translate the language and culture of a Danish play for American audiences? When they discovered Andreas Garfield’s play Home Sweet Home, about a Danish soldier returning fr…

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ArtsBeat: 'How to Succeed' Rounds Out Its Broadway Cast by Patrick Healy

A Broadway newcomer, Rose Hemingway, will play one of the most coveted ingenue roles of the season, Rosemary Pilkington, opposite Daniel Radcliffe's J. Pierrepont Finch.

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J.D. Webster Celebrates His Encores! Sweet 16 by New York City Center

J.D. Webster Celebrates His Encores! Sweet 16 "Bells Are Ringing" marks J.D. Webster's sixteenth Encores! production. Here, J.D. talks about his long history with the musica…

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Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke & More Join Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Additional casting has been announced for the forthcoming Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Joining previously announced stars Daniel Radcliffe (J. Pierre…

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Heiress glitters, outwits Jew in golden 'Venice' by Elisabeth Vincentelli

You come to see Al Pacino, but you stay for Lily Rabe. As the Jewish moneylender Shylock, one of theater's most complex, reviled roles, Pacino has made the Public Theater "Merchant of Ven…

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Onstage, not his old 'Elf' by Elisabeth Vincentelli

There's a reason candy canes have a twist of peppermint -- to cut the sugar. That's why the best Christmas classics, from "It's a Wonderful Life" to "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," are so …

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 11am (Broadway Time)

Pacino makes sale as 'Merchant' hits B'way

A snoozy Broadway season has been bolted wide awake by the arrival of a play drenched in juicy timeless issues -- racism, revenge and romance for dollars.

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Fans Name Jarrod Spector Their Favorite Broadway Jersey Boy

With the smash hit musical Jersey Boys celebrating its fifth anniversary on Broadway this month, asked readers to vote on which actor to have played a member of the Four Seasons…

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PHOTO FLASH: Joshua Henry, Anthony Rapp, Chita Rivera, Tamara Tunie, et al. at NYMF Awards Gala

Chita Rivera was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) gala, held at The Hudson Theatre on Sunday, November 14. The evening also ho…

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Patricia Clarkson, Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, et al. Set for Gotham Independent Film Awards

Stage and screen veterans Patrica Clarkson and Stanley Tucci will co-host the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Awards, to be held on Monday, November 29 at Cipriani Wall Street. Present…

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Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke, Rose Hemingway, John Larroquette, Daniel Radcliffe, et al. Set for Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Additional casting has been announced for the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. As previously announced, Rob Ashford will direct and choreograph the produ…

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Funk It Up About Nothin' to Play New York Prior to Chicago Run and Australian Tour

Funk It Up About Nothin', a hip-hop "ad-rap-tation" of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, will be presented at New York City's Joe's Pub on January 8…

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Screening of Gay Zombie Film Leads to Police Raid in Australia by Dave Itzkoff

"L.A. Zombie" had been rejected by Australia's film classification board and dropped from the Melbourne International Film Festival but was shown in protest at the Melbourne Underground Film…

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PHOTO FLASH: Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Guidice Visits John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Guidice (center) and her two children Gabriella (left) and Milania (right) met stars Dorsel, Tank, Bubbles and Jellyfish of the Off-Broadway hit Joh…

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Christina Bianco, Christine Pedi, Michael West, et al. Set for NEWSical the Musical Off-Broadway

Casting has been announced for a new edition of Rick Crom's NEWSical the Musical, to begin performances on December 13 at The Kirk at Theatre Row, in anticipation of an official opening…

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"Glee" Audio Tracks from "The Substitute" Released; Gwyneth Paltrow Featured by Thomas Peter

Full audio tracks of the numbers from “The Substitute,” the Nov. 16 episode of “Glee,” have been released. Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow, who will guest star a…

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Theater Review | 'Pieces': Parents Die, and Twins Turn Creepy by David Rooney

In “Pieces,” an ineffectual psycho-chiller at the Brits Off Broadway festival, no horror film sound effect goes unheard.

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The Happy Elf by Debbie Jackson

Just when you thought you couldn’t take yet another chirpy Holiday story, along comes something with enough zip, creativity and spark to send you rushing to decorate anything that even res…

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Tickets Now on Sale for The Public Theater's THE PUBLIC FORUM: SONDHEIM/KUSHNER

The Public Theater Dissects Art and Life with “The Public Forum: Sondheim/Kushner” On Monday, November 29 Hosted by Rocco Landesman The Third Installment of The Public Forum Ser…

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Rebecca Northan's Blind Date to Play Ars Nova in December

Rebecca Northan's Blind Date will play Ars Nova, December 2-20, with an official opening on December 6. In the show, Northan plays a Parisian temptress who goes on a blind date with …

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JERSEY BOYS Raises More Than $40,000 for VH1 Save the Music Foundation


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Cynthia Nixon, Anna Deavere Smith and Marsha Mason Take Part in World's Largest Solo Theatre Festival

Cynthia Nixon, Anna Deavere Smith and Marsha Mason at United Solo Events United Solo, The World’s Largest Solo Theatre Festival is now up and running. Our line-up of forty-seven solo&…

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More Casting and Design Team Announced for HOW TO SUCCEED...


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Feature: Opening Night: Elf

Stephanie J. Block, Katrina Bowden, Kerry Butler, Kelly Choi, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelly Rutherford, Jason Sudeikis, Matt Walton and more stars join Sebastian Arcelus and the company of El…

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Today's Secret Word? "Winner!" by Steve On Broadway (sob)

Today's Secret Word? "Winner!" Congratulations to Tanya Elder from New York, New York, who has just won two free tickets to see The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway!As those of you who entere…

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Theater Review | ‘The Merchant of Venice’: Love and Dirty, Sexy Ducats by Ben Brantley

Daniel Sullivan’s production, full of clarity and subtlety, makes its premiere on Broadway after a summer in Central Park.

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Panel Alert: A Q&A for Producing Off-Broadway by Ken Davenport

My friends at the Off-Broadway Theater Alliance are continuing their Off-Broadway panel series on Sunday, December 5th, and they have asked me to participate. The topic of the panel? Whateve…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10am (Broadway Time)

Theater Review | 'Elf': North Pole Naïf Tries to Thaw Hearts by Charles Isherwood

The Broadway musical “Elf,” at the Al Hirschfeld Theater, is the latest seasonal stocking stuffer and pocket picker in the mold of “White Christmas.”

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Sugarland Settles Lawsuit With Ex-Founding Member by Dave Itzkoff

Kristen Hall, who founded Sugarland in 2002 with Kristian Bush, was suing Mr. Bush and Jennifer Nettles for profits she said she was owed after leaving the group.

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PHOTO FLASH: Brent Barrett, Charlotte d'Amboise, et al. Celebrate Chicago's 14th Anniversary

The Broadway production of Chicago celebrated the 14th anniversary of the show at the Ambassador Theatre on Sunday, November 14. A cake was presented to the cast backstage during intermissio…

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Bobby Cannavale, Ira Glass, Moby Featured in Waterwell's Goodbar

Bobby Cannavale, Ira Glass and Moby are among the performers who will make video appearances in the live concept album Goodbar, to be offered by Waterwell at 7:30pm on Monday December 6 at I…

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Judith Dry, Beth Cheryl Tarnow, Katie Whetsell, et al. Set for Dear Edwina Off-Broadway

Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler's musical Dear Edwina will play a limited engagement at the DR2 Theatre, December 17-February 25. Timothy McDonald will direct the production, which wi…

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Patrick Breen, Judy Kuhn, Frances McDormand, Lili Taylor, et al. Set for 52nd Street Project's Holy Cow!: The Astonishing Plays

Patrick Breen, Liza Colon-Zayas, Diane Davis, Ned Eisenberg, Liza Fernandez, Sam Ghosh, Grant Harrison, Jennifer Ikeda, Matthew Jellison, Judy Kuhn, January LaVoy, Frances McDormand, Kevin O…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9am (Broadway Time)

'How to Succeed' Rounds Out Its Broadway Cast by Patrick Healy

A Broadway newcomer, Rose Hemingway, will play one of the most coveted ingénue roles of the season, Rosemary Pilkington, opposite Daniel Radcliffe's J. Pierrepont Finch.

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GRACE NOTES - Nov. 15, 2010 by Susan Grace

GRACE NOTES is the most effective place to reach a world-wide audience of theatre professionals. For more information about promoting your next event, please contact …

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Marsha Mason to Host United Solo Festival Awards

Marsha Mason will host a special invitation-only award ceremony at the completion of the United Solo Festival on Sunday, November 21 at Theatre Row. All performers at United Solo Theatre Fe…

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Blanchard, Hemingway, Hanke to 'Succeed'

Legit News: Performers lined up for Broadway revival in spring -- Tammy Blanchard, Rose Hemingway and Christopher J. Hanke are among the thesps lined up to appear alongside Daniel Radcliffe …

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'Dexter' Watch: No More Secrets by Ginia Bellafante

Yet another person gets close enough to learn about Dexter's darkness. That hasn't worked out so well in the past.

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8am (Broadway Time)

Superior Donuts by Tim Treanor

No man is a donut, but it is possible to be as inert and insubstantial as a day-old cruller, and it is roughly this state that Arthur Przybyszewski (Richard Cotovsky), the owner of the epony…

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Leslie Jordan's My Trip Down the Pink Carpet to Play London's Apollo Theatre in February

Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan will begin a four-week run of his solo show My Trip Down the Pink Carpet at Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury in London in February, according to a report on Whatso…

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The Family Business of 'Boardwalk Empire' by Dave Itzkoff

One relationship on HBO's Prohibition-era drama is so unsettling it deserves its own award.

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Life is sweat in the theatre | Bella Todd by Bella Todd

Performers should take inspiration from their perspiration. Sweat is a good sign that something physical is at stakeBeyoncé banned photographers from capturing her at it, Lee Evans can't ge…

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Feature: Glee Gets Gwyneth

Series creator Ryan Murphy discusses working with Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow on the November 16 episode.

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 7am (Broadway Time)

Rosemarie DeWitt Joins Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass in New Film

Stage and screen star Rosemarie DeWitt will join Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass in an as-yet-untitled, semi-improvised film project, to be directed by Duplass, according to published reports.…

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Bridgett Everett, Murray Hill, Bradford Scobie, et al. Set for A Murray Little Christmas

A preliminary lineup of guests has been announced for Murray Hill's A Murray Little Christmas, to be offered on December 18 at 7pm and 9:15pm at Le Poisson Rouge. The show will featu…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 6am (Broadway Time)

This Week on Broadway for November 14, 2010: We Open in Venice So Elf-you! by James Marino

Notes and links for the podcast. Panel: Peter Filichia James Marino Matthew Murray Michael Portantiere NPR, BroadwayStars new book on Sweeney Todd, Forbidden Broadway Behind the mylar curtai…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 5am (Broadway Time)

Ghosts in the Cottonwoods

The Amoralists use this early Adam Rapp play to strike a blow against sclerotic modes of presentation and received attitudes in the minds of audiences and critics. I had a blast.

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'Pee-wee' playhouse secret

Legit News: Lowdown on the up staircase -- The Thursday opening of Broadway's "The Pee-wee Herman Show" was a big-tent affair under the Bryant Park Grill's special plastic canopy, where Park…

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River North Dance lives up to -- and surpasses -- its name by <a Href="">hedy Weiss</a> Dance Critic

Hedy Weiss: Watching the formidable dancers of the River North Chicago Dance Company perform to a packed house at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Saturday night, I found myself at …

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Blood, sweat and little else by <a Href="">hedy Weiss</a> Theater Critic /

Hedy Weiss: From the look and sound of it all -- and be advised that it is drenched in fake blood, genuine sweat, ear-piercing screechiness, heavily bruising physicality and an overall lower…

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Stage notes by <a Href="">hedy Weiss</a> Theater Critic

The enterprising 16th Street Theatre, housed in the Berwyn Cultural Center at 6420 16th St., has announced its 2011 season. Dubbed "A Season of Change," it will include: "The Beats" (Jan. 13…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 4am (Broadway Time)

The Turn of the Screw

This two-person adaptation of Henry James' classic ghost story too often tells the audience to be scared rather than quietly allowing fear to take over.

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The Merchant of Venice by Stagegrade

How do critics weigh the Broadway transfer of "The Merchant of Venice"?

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Elf by Stagegrade

Are critics playing Santa or Scrooge with "Elf"?

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 3am (Broadway Time)

NY Review: 'The Merchant of Venice'

Moving indoors to the Broadhurst after a summer's run outdoors in Central Park has darkened and deepened this rich production. Al Pacino and Lily Rabe are two heavyweights at the top of thei…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 2am (Broadway Time)

Full Cast Set for West End Production of Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park

Stuart McQuarrie and Jason Watkins will join the previously reported Lorna Brown, Sarah Goldberg, Michael Goldsmith, Lucian Msamati, Sam Spruell, and Sophie Thompson in the West End producti…

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at 1am (Broadway Time)

TTIC- Hall and Bartram - Nov 15, 2010 by (talk Theatre In Chicago), Talk Theatre In Chicago

On this week's episode of the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast, Tom Williams talks with the music and lyrics composer Neil Bartram and the book writer Brian Hill of Chicago Muse's The Story O…

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Natalie Portman wrote a raunchy female comedy BYO to star in

Portman and her writing partner Laura Moses have been pitching their raunchy comedy, BYO (a.k.a. Bring Your Own) to studios. Executives describe it as a female themed Superbad.

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Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson are engaged

Sources confirm that the singer, 30, became engaged to beau Eric Johnson, just days after her ex-husband, Nick Lachey, popped the question to Vanessa Minnillo, his love of nearly five years.

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Katy Perry rocks the BBC Teen Awards 2010 (video)

Wearing a latex dress with a gumball machine design with Chanel candy-striper peep-toe boots, the 25-year-old entertained with I Kissed a Girl", Firework and California Gurls.

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Bill Maher: America is like a dog – you can’t actually explain issues to a dog (video)

Bill Maher on his tv show: "American doesn't pay attention or see. American is like a dog. I'm sorry, but it is. It cannot understand actual words. It understands inflection it understands f…

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Online viewers still loving regular TV: poll

A study by Nielsen, commissioned by Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, surveyed 769 people 18-49 to explore the viewing habits of consumers who watch at least some TV show…

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Bill Clinton joins cast of The Hangover 2

The former President will be sharing screen time with the fun loving guys in The Hangover 2, now filming in Thailand, a Clinton source confirms. He will be playing himself.

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Glee newcomer Darren Criss reflects: Whatever happens, happens

The singer's debut has been followed by rumors of becoming a regular character on the show, and his rendition of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream is on track to becoming the show's top-selling fir…

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Megamind holds the number one box office spot with $30.1 million

Unstoppable came in at #2 with $23.5 million in its first week. Due Date earned $15.5 million at #3. Skyline premiered at #4 with $11.7 million, and Morning Glory debuted at #5 with $9.6 mil…

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Saturday Night Live admits tv host Glenn Beck was right about buying gold (video)

The folks at NBC's Saturday Night Live are always bashing Glenn Beck but during Saturday's opening sketch things changed (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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Johnny Depp: Angelina Jolie is a really cool broad

The pairing of two of the most popular actors for the film The Tourist is expected to be big at the box office. Jolie plays a seductive English woman on the run from Russian mobsters.

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My role in a Stephen Sondheim flop

Writer Abigail Pogrebin: "Twenty-nine years ago today, I was in one of Stephen Sondheim’s only flops: Merrily We Roll Along. We opened on November 16, 1981, and closed 10 days later after …

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Tiger Woods ex girlfriend Rachel Uchitel: I am not a whore

Rachel Uchitel, 34, said: "I am not a whore, nor am I a girl impressed by money or fame. I have a brain and I came from money. I never needed any man’s money."

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Warren Beatty: the movie industry should tell the television industry to go f-ck itself

Warren Beatty at 2nd annual Governors Award ceremony: "Can I use the ‘F’ word? I think the movie industry should tell the television industry to go F*** itself.” His meaning:

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Jay Z: hip hop changed the hood

In Jay Z's book Decoded he says: "My father was crazy for detail. I get that from him... Without necessarily meaning to, he taught me how to be an artist."

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Jimmy Kimmel, William Shatner, Lisa Kudrow announce National Unfriend Day (video)

The comedian has declared November 17 National Unfriend Day -- a pretend holiday on which he hopes all Americans will stop and go through their Facebook accounts to weed out people with whom…

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Conan O'Brien show drops from 4 million to 2 million viewers in 1 week

Conan debuted last week to an audience of more than 4 million people. By week's end,he had dropped to around 2 million Much of Conan's young viewers came at the expense of Jon Stewart's Dai…

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Amy Adams starts work on The Muppets movie

Dressed in a pretty Fifties-style green dress, the actress was spotted filming scenes in Los Angeles alongside co-stars Jason Segel and a cloth co-star for the upcoming Muppet movie.

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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are fan friendly in Brazil

The pair took time to pose for photos and sign autographs for fans at Rio de Janeiro International Airport after spending a couple of weeks there to film their movie The Twilight Saga: Break…

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Angela Lansbury to play Katherine Heigl's daughter in a film

Yes, you read that correctly. Angela Lansbury, 80, will play Katherine Heigl's daughter in the film Adaline. Heigl plays a woman who is killed in a car accident in her 20s, brought back to l…

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Bon Jovi letter to a Judge to not to jail his band manager for 20 tons of marijuana

The rock star convinced a Judge 20 years ago not to jail his former band manager Rich Bozzett, busted for smuggling a massive 20 tons of marijuana, with a 6 page hand written plea for mercy.…

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Bringing Pee Wee Herman back is an act of courage

Pee-wee Herman (a.k.a. Paul Reubens), a man high on the freaks’ roll call, has transported his geekiness and his cult TV show Pee wee’s Playhouse (1986-91), to Broadway as The Pee-wee He…

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Miley Cyrus' dad, Billy Ray, storms out of interview when asked about split from wife

Don't ask Billy Ray Cyrus about his achy breaky heart. The country crooner, 49, left a radio interview with Woody Johnson of WCOL's Woody and the Wake-Up Call after the host asked him about …

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11 Nerdy Moments Guaranteed To Make You Cry (video)

Let's put the cliché about misery loving company to the test and check out 11 moments of glorious nerdiness that are guaranteed to make you go all dewy eyed and sniffly.

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Monday, November 15, 2010 at midnight (Broadway Time)

Did Our Word of Mouth Reviewers Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Elf?

The Christmas season has arrived along with a brand new holiday addition to the Broadway season: the new musical Elf! The show follows the adventures of the affable Christmas elf Buddy, who …

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Theater Review | 'New Worlds': Sweat, Tears, Rubies and a Song by Lawrence Van Gelder

The National Yiddish Theater — Folksbiene is presenting an evening of two one-acts inspired by the short stories of I. L. Peretz.

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La Bête (The SOB Review) by Steve On Broadway (sob)

La Bête (The SOB Review) – Music Box Theatre, New York, New York***1/2 (out of ****)Last week, I wrote about a new show on Broadway that would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. Fortunately,…

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