Monday, January 3, 2022

Standby to star: Meet the understudies and swings saving Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

With Omicron surging in New York, understudies, standbys and emergency last-minute fill-ins are the glue keeping Broadway from falling apart.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 06:22PM
Friday, December 24, 2021

Hugh Jackman praises ‘Music Man’ understudy for stepping into lead role last minute by Hannah Sparks

Actor Hugh Jackman took a few moments out of a preview of "The Music Man" on Broadway to thank their "swing" actors, including the leading lady, for saving the night.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:48AM
Monday, December 20, 2021

Broadway’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ shuts down permanently amid COVID surge by Kenneth Garger

The producers of Broadway's "Jagged Little Pill" said Monday that they decided to shut down the musical amid the latest COVID-19 surge.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:14PM

Hugh Jackman hypes ‘The Music Man’ opening as ‘Hamilton,’ more close through Christmas by Sam Donsky

"I am just so grateful and so ... ah ... blessed to be here in this position and I am so excited to share this show with you all," Jackman said in an Instagram video.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:41PM
Thursday, December 16, 2021

Broadway in COVID-19 crisis as shows shut down over staff cases by Ben Kesslen

Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Ain't Too Proud, Mrs. Doubtfire, Tina, and Freestyle Love Supreme all had to close their curtains this week.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:39AM
Monday, December 13, 2021

‘Flying Over Sunset’ Broadway review: LSD musical is a bore on drugs by Johnny Oleksinski

"Flying Over Sunset” is a stuffy show with an off-putting premise: A 1950s acid trip between Cary Grant, Aldous Huxley and Clare Boothe Luce.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:01PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘Company’ review: This is the Broadway show to see right now by Johnny Oleksinski

Minutes into the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company,” which opened Thursday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, it hits you — Broadway really is back.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:03PM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ review: Bringing the movie to Broadway was a huge mistake by Johnny Oleksinski

Why has a movie that was never anything more than a ridiculous vehicle for the late Robin Williams’ comedic talents been dragged onstage almost 30 years later without him?

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:11PM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

‘Laverne & Shirley’ actor Eddie Mekka, ‘The Big Ragu’ dead at 69 by Hannah Sparks

Actor Eddie Mekka, best known for his role as Carmine "The Big Ragu" Ragusa of "Laverne & Shirley" has died. The Tony nominee was 69.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:45AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Steven Spielberg honors Stephen Sondheim at ‘West Side Story’ premiere by Johnny Oleksinski

Spielberg also revealed that the two became friends, and had onset nicknames.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:41AM
Monday, November 29, 2021

Show can’t go on: More performances of Broadway’s ‘Chicago’ KO’d over COVID by Patrick Reilly

Broadway's "Chicago" has canceled two more days of performances this week after several theater workers tested positive for COVID-19.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:24PM
Saturday, November 27, 2021

Stephen Sondheim was a seismic Broadway force by Michael Riedel

Stephen Sondheim, who died Friday at 91, was the most feted musical theater legend since Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:00PM
Friday, November 19, 2021

‘Trouble in Mind’ review: A sharp Broadway satire about race & showbiz by Johnny Oleksinski

“Trouble in Mind,” which opened Thursday night at the American Airlines Theatre, was written way back in 1955 by Alice Childress, but never got to Broadway until now.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 05:26PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

‘Diana’ review: A Lifetime Original Broadway show by Johnny Oleksinski

What’s the difference between streaming “Diana” at home and sitting through “Diana” live? At the latter, you feel a bit like you’re gagged and in a straitjacket.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:00PM
Monday, November 15, 2021

‘Diana’ Broadway audience member yells ‘F—k off!’ at Prince Charles actor by Johnny Oleksinski

Princess Diana wasn’t the only person upset with her ex-husband Friday night on Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 04:41PM
Friday, November 12, 2021

‘Rent’ creator’s friends reveal tragic, true tale of ‘Tick Tick … Boom!’ by Michael Riedel

“Tick, Tick…Boom!” — an early musical by Jonathan Larson, who created “Rent” — was born of sadness, anger and frustration, friends and family members tell The Post.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:59AM
Friday, November 5, 2021

How touring Broadway shows are strictly following COVID-19 safety rules by Nicki Gostin

Broadway powerhouse the Nederlander Group is making sure that touring Broadway shows won't have to dim the lights due to COVID-19.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 11:00PM

Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo to star in ‘Wicked’ film version of Broadway hit by Ben Cost

"Pink goes good with green," Erivo, 34, wrote on her page along with a series of photos of her looking elated about her upcoming role. Meanwhile, Grande, 28, posted a screenshot of herself a…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 08:31AM

Tony nominee Chad Kimball: I was fired from Broadway for being Christian by Michael Kaplan

Tony nominee Chad Kimball claims in a new lawsuit that he was fired from the hit Broadway show "Come from Away" because of his Christian beliefs. He alleges he was discriminated against in t…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 07:02AM
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

‘Diana: The Musical’ starts on Broadway with an ovation – and tequila by Johnny Oleksinski

"How’s the show?” the bartender asked two Playbill-clutching men. “Fantastic!” replied one, before downing a shot of tequila.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:42PM
Friday, October 29, 2021

Laura Benanti blasts Broadway work conditions: ‘I broke my neck’ because I was ‘a nice girl’ by Andrew Court

The Tony Award winner, 42, took to Instagram on Friday, defiantly sharing her full story for the first time: "Today I woke up angry. Because I’m not a nice girl anymore. I am a grown-ass w…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:16PM
Thursday, October 28, 2021

‘Caroline, or Change’ review: A slow and pretentious Broadway revival by Johnny Oleksinski

It turns out "Caroline" hasn't changed that much. The lethargic Broadway production denies its star the snowballing build-up that would ensure a big payoff in the end.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:23PM
Monday, October 25, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’ musical needs work before Broadway by Johnny Oleksinski

Bibbidi-bobbidi-cut 30 minutes! There is a satisfying musical buried somewhere in here — but, like the title character, the new show could use a Fairy Godmother’s wand.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:26PM
Friday, October 15, 2021

Armie Hammer replaced by Noah Reid in Broadway’s ‘The Minutes’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Hammer, 35, has been embroiled in controversy since January when multiple women accused the "Call Me by Your Name" star of sexual abuse. Reid will be making his Broadway debut.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 01:09PM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

‘Lehman Trilogy’ review: Broadway turns a big bank into big drama by Johnny Oleksinski

“The Lehman Trilogy,” a slick British import about the spectacular rise and fall of the Lehman brothers that opened Thursday night, is an exciting and invigorating piece of theater, even…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:58PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ review: Broadway tackles changing Brooklyn by Johnny Oleksinski

Keenan Scott II's entertaining new play at the Golden Theatre gives us what it promises: the internal musings of a group of New York black men.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 09:20PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Jane Lynch and more join Beanie Feldstein in Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’ by Johnny Oleksinski

Hey, Mr. Arrrrrnstein! And Eddie. And Mrs. Brice, too. Lynch, Ramin Karimloo and Jared Grimes will join Beanie Feldstein in the show, opening in March 2022.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 12:19PM

‘Diana the Musical’ is the legendary flop Broadway deserves by Johnny Oleksinski

Broadway wouldn’t really be back unless there was one show playing that’s so ridiculous we’re baffled by its very existence. Well, here she is, boys!

SOURCE: The New York Post at 08:28AM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

‘Six’ finally opens on Broadway — and it’s a royal good time by Johnny Oleksinski

Hours before the curtain went up on “Six,” the new musical about Henry VIII’s sextet of wronged wives, Broadway went dark due to COVID. Now "Six" is back and vivacious as ever.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 10:00PM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Aaron Sorkin says Scott Rudin ‘got what he deserves’ after bullying allegations by Alexandra Steigrad

Aaron Sorkin isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to disgraced Hollywood producer Scott Rudin. The “West Wing” writer, whose hit adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is returni…

SOURCE: The New York Post at 03:54PM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga to star in ‘Macbeth’ Broadway adaption by Samantha Ibrahim

The "No Time to Die" star will play the lead while Negga will portray his cunning and treacherous wife, Lady Macbeth.

SOURCE: The New York Post at 02:30PM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre