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Thursday, October 17, 2019

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ review: Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard get real by Johnny Oleksinski

Suddenly Seymour is standing beside you. Like, right beside you. “Little Shop of Horrors,” which opened Thursday night off-Broadway, is getting a much more intimate staging than when it …

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

‘Soft Power’ review: A head-scratcher with a twerking Hillary Clinton by Johnny Oleksinski

Want to escape the 24-hour news cycle for a little while? Then head to the Public Theater, where Hillary Clinton tap-dances and twerks, and a gun-toting chorus sings “Make America Great Ag…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Michael Jackson musical should stay away from Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

If they were smart, they’d beat it.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

‘Slave Play’ review: Broadway’s most thoughtful mess by Johnny Oleksinski

For a show that inspired a petition to have it canceled when it played downtown, the “Slave Play” that opened Sunday on Broadway delivers less a theatrical punch in the gut th…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

A sexy Tom Hiddleston leads Broadway’s ‘Betrayal’ by Johnny Oleksinski

This a pretty low-key move for Loki. Tom Hiddleston, who plays the pale Marvel villain on-screen, is making his Broadway debut in an intimate, no-fuss revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betraya…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Central Park ‘Hercules’ is a heartfelt wake-up call for Disney by Johnny Oleksinski

Disney’s still got heart. That’s easy to forget, because the studio that once taught kids to wish upon a star and to go fly a kite has turned into Cyberdyne Systems: an evil behemoth hel…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Jelani Alladin was born to play ‘Hercules’ in Central Park by Johnny Oleksinski

When Jelani Alladin sings “Go the Distance” in the Central Park staging of Disney musical “Hercules,” the ballad isn’t only about a Greek god searching for purpose. “I feel like …

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Princess Diana musical will play Broadway in 2020 by Johnny Oleksinski

A new musical about the life of Princess Diana will open on Broadway next spring. Called simply “Diana,” the show follows Lady Diana Spencer to royal superstardom, family struggle and he…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review: ‘Bat Out of Hell: The Musical’ pummels the senses by Johnny Oleksinski

A radioactive “Romeo and Juliet,” set in a dystopian city whose teens are stuck in their current age forever.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

‘Moulin Rouge!’ review: NYC’s hottest nightclub is on Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

Who needs ecstasy when we’ve got this glitter bomb?

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Jonathan Groff to lead ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ off-Broadway revival by Johnny Oleksinski

And it goes uptown! “Little Shop of Horrors,” the proudly weird sci-fi musical comedy with music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, is getting its first proper off-Broa…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Paul McCartney wrote an ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ musical — and we’ve heard it by Johnny Oleksinski

Sir Paul McCartney could be leaving Abbey Road for Broadway. Over the past year, the Beatle has been writing a new musical, a stage version of the 1946 Frank Capra classic film “It’s A W…

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How to dance it up with Gwendoline Christie in London by Johnny Oleksinski

With a new Prime Minister on the horizon, Brexit looming and a recent Women’s World Cup loss to the United States, world-weary Londoners need an escape from the headlines. Good thing for t…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: Best and worst moments, full winners list by Johnny Oleksinski

It’s the 73rd Annual Sloooowny Awards! Sunday night’s trophy ceremony for a Broadway season suffering from a lack of must-see shows and real star power suffered from, well, a lack of mus…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

David Mamet’s Harvey Weinstein play is a sick joke by Johnny Oleksinski

LONDON — David Mamet has done it again! By which I mean that the out-of-his-mind playwright has appalled, offended and perplexed a packed house of hundreds of people — this time with his…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The 2019 Tony nominations are packed with burns and snubs by Johnny Oleksinski

And here I thought “Mean Girls” opened last season! The 2019 Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and instead of its usual Celebration of Theater mood, we were treated …

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘Beetlejuice’ review: Musical is a coke-snorting, F-bombing disaster by Johnny Oleksinski

If we say his name three times, will he go away? I’m not talking about the title character of “Beetlejuice,” which opened Thursday night, but Eddie Perfect. Fresh off his heinous music…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘Ink’ review: Broadway’s latest is a scrappy, seductive tabloid tale by Johnny Oleksinski

“Sexy” is not a word you’d use to describe the founding of most newspapers. More accurate descriptors might include: “formal,” “dusty” and “self-important.” The Sun, howeve…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

‘Tootsie’ review: New musical is no drag; it’s funnier than the film by Johnny Oleksinski

Meet Dorothy Michaels: Renowned stage actress and chanteuse. A brutally honest feminist who’s built like a Hummer, she lives in New York, and — oh, right — she’s really a he. Dorothy…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘Hadestown’ review: Broadway douses the fires of hell with folk music by Johnny Oleksinski

For a show about hell, “Hadestown” doesn’t have much heat. Yes, composer Anaïs Mitchell’s musical retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, which opened Wednesday on Broadway, sou…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

‘Coriolanus’ review: Turning Shakespeare into a political thriller by Johnny Oleksinski

Stage productions are filmed for the cinema all the time — The Met: Live in HD, National Theatre Live and the recent West End musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” among countle…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

‘Oklahoma!’ review: Anti-gun revival of classic shot to hell by Johnny Oleksinski

The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, and so is my blood pressure, thanks to the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” In director Daniel Fish’s pretentious producti…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

‘Shazam!’ review: Zachary Levi is a superhero who actually has fun by Johnny Oleksinski

Even before watching “Shazam!,” the new DC superhero movie starring Zachary Levi, you already know it won’t take itself too seriously. Why? There’s an exclamation point in the title.…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

‘Dumbo’ review: Tim Burton makes Disney’s elephant fly again by Johnny Oleksinski

Disney kicks off another crop of live-action remakes of cartoon classics with “Dumbo.” Thankfully before slapping us with realistic singing lions and an indigo Will Smith later this year…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Why good horror flicks aren’t set in New York City anymore by Johnny Oleksinski

A slasher is on the loose, whipping out a razor blade and slicing helpless bystanders without motive or provocation. Flames shoot out of manholes on one of the city’s busiest streets just …

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Can Broadway chill with all the high school shows? by Johnny Oleksinski

Imagine that you’re at the Times Square TKTS booth looking for a Broadway show to see. You glance up at the board and notice four conspicuous titles: “The Office: The Musical,” “Cubi…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

How Bradley Cooper went from Oscar golden boy to biggest loser by Johnny Oleksinski

Five months ago, it would have been a practical move to redub the Oscars the Bradleys. “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper’s freshman directorial effort, scored smashing reviews out of th…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Zac Efron kills it as Ted Bundy in ‘Extremely Wicked’ biopic by Johnny Oleksinski

PARK CITY, Utah — When Zac Efron sang “Breaking Free” in 2006’s “High School Musical,” little did we know he meant out of police custody. But 13 years later the actor has gone fr…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s fun bromance saves ‘The Upside’ by Johnny Oleksinski

“The Upside” has a downside: We’ve seen it a million times before. Onstage and on-screen, crotchety rich people are changed forever by fun-but-flawed poor people. It’s become a g…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

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

‘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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