Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ gets a wild, animated makeover by Barbara Hoffman

Having been “bored s - - tless” the first time he saw “The Magic Flute,” Barrie Kosky hoped never to suffer through it again. Granted, he was only 11 at the time but, thanks to…

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Elizabeth Ashley: Hard-living Rip Torn was like ‘broken crystal’ by Michael Riedel

The first person I called after hearing Rip Torn died on Tuesday was Elizabeth Ashley, who knew him well. “I’m seeing so many R.I.P.’s for Rip,” the actress told me. “Are you f- …

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

How gumballs, Luke Wilson and a phone ad morphed into a quirky play by Barbara Hoffman

Rare is the play whose title tells you exactly what to expect. “The Ferryman”? There’s not even a ferry. “To Kill a Mockingbird”? No bird. But “Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson…

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Tom Hiddleston to make Broadway debut in ‘Betrayal’ this summer by Michael Riedel

Loki is coming to Broadway this summer. Tom Hiddleston, the villain of Marvel’s “Avengers” movies, will star in a revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.” The production won raves …

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

‘The Cher Show’ announces closing date, national tour by Rob Bailey-Millado

She worked her G-stringed butt off to make it a success, but in the end, “The Cher Show” just wasn’t strong enough to make it. Despite non-stop promo appearances on “The Tonight Show…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Broadway is for the birds this summer thanks to this artist by Barbara Hoffman, Savannah Di Giovanni

You won’t need binoculars to spot these birds. Along the Broadway Mall, from 64th to 157th streets, are 10 oversized birds, whose real-life counterparts are threatened by climate change. W…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘Moulin Rouge!’ has all the elements of a Broadway hit by Michael Riedel

Sad news that “The Prom,” an original and delightful show, is closing Aug. 11. Had it won the Tony for Best Musical, it might have eked out a year or so. But it was probably doomed from …

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How Pavarotti helped this Chinese opera singer find his groove by Barbara Hoffman

Hao Jiang Tian saw his first opera in 1983. It was the day he arrived from China with four words of English (hello, OK, bye, yes) and $35 in his pocket. An aspiring singer, he spent $8 of it…

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Rising young stars hope Jimmy Awards are their big Broadway break by Suzy Weiss

It’s “High School: The Musical.” This Monday brings the 11th edition of the Jimmy Awards, the national musical-theater competition hosted this year by “Dear Evan Hansen” alum and T…

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Audra McDonald on stage nudity, sex: ‘It scared me to death!’ by Barbara Hoffman

Given her six Tony Awards, two Grammys, an Emmy and a National Medal of Arts, Audra McDonald has nothing left to prove. Yet there she is in “Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” h…

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Helen Hunt on ‘Mad About You’ reboot: ‘I think it’s on’ by Barbara Hoffman

Long before “Mad About You,” Helen Hunt was mad about a musical. She was 8 years old when her father, the late director and acting coach Gordon Hunt, took her to “Godspell” off-Broad…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Debra Messing is returning to Broadway to light ‘Birthday Candles’ by Barbara Hoffman

Theatergoers can watch Debra Messing age before their eyes next spring. In Noah Haidle’s new play, “Birthday Candles,” the star of “Will & Grace” — both past and rebooted —…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Get sun and fun with summer theater that’s way off-Broadway by Barbara Hoffman, Zachary Kussin

See quality productions at shore, lake and mountain theaters not far from NYC.

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Ed Harris is replacing Jeff Daniels in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Barbara Hoffman

Broadway’s next Atticus Finch has blue eyes. Ed Harris, a four-time Oscar nominee and star of TV’s “Westworld,” will take over from Jeff Daniels in Broadway’s “To Kill a Mockingb…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

The kooky way ‘Beetlejuice’ star Sophia Anne Caruso got to Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

She got expelled from school after punching another kid — and wound up moving to New York.

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‘Be More Chill’ didn’t deserve face slap from Tony Awards by Michael Riedel

What little drama there was at Sunday’s low-rated Tony Awards telecast centered on “Be More Chill,” Joe Iconis’ struggling musical. When James Corden, Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles …

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dave Chappelle is making his Broadway debut this summer by Rob Bailey-Millado

To borrow a punchline from his most iconic bit: It’s Dave Chappelle, b–h! The iconoclast comic, actor and famed Rick James/Prince impersonator is set to make his Broadway debut with one …

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Ali Stroker makes Tony Awards history as first winner to use wheelchair by Hannah Frishberg

Ali Stroker made history Sunday at the Tony Awards. “This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge who has been waiting to s…

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Bryan Cranston’s Tony speech: ‘The media isn’t the enemy of the people’ by Rob Bailey-Millado

Bryan Cranston’s “mad as hell” acceptance speech could have gone very wrong Sunday night at the 73rd annual Tony Awards ceremony. As the actor took to the podium to accept his best act…

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Tony Awards offered little surprise, a lackluster James Corden by Michael Riedel

A Tony Awards that had the potential to deliver some jaw-dropping upsets delivered nothing but a lackluster telecast hosted by James Corden, who, though he did a brilliant job three years ag…

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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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‘Waitress’ serves ‘Miranda Sings’ star Colleen Ballinger on Broadway by Rob Bailey-Millado

Miranda is preparing to deliver her songs with a slice of pie. Colleen Ballinger — aka YouTube sensation “Miranda Sings” — will make her Broadway debut in “Waitress.” She’s bou…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Tony Awards 2019 predictions: Prepare for some big surprises by Michael Riedel

A top Broadway executive e-mailed the other day to say, “I really think the only winner during this period of time is the pharmaceutical industry, as the demand for beta blockers and anxie…

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Forget the Tony Awards: Here are Broadway’s worst moments this season by Barbara Hoffman, Johnny Oleksinski

Broadway raked in $1.8 billion at the box office this past year — and some of us want our money back. Overhyped performances, silly plots and sheer, WTF awfulness made us groan into our ov…

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Christina Crawford’s ‘Mommie Dearest’ musical steers clear of camp by Eric Hegedus

It seems a given that “Mommie Dearest: The Musical” would depict Joan Crawford screeching “No more wire hangers, ever!” But the show playing Birdland on Monday isn’t big on histrio…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘Lion King’ still feels the love on Broadway 9,000 shows later by Barbara Hoffman

Disney’s new “Lion King” won’t roar into movie theaters until July 19 — but the Broadway musical’s still feeling the love: Wednesday it plays its 9,000th performance at the Minsk…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘Frankie and Johnny’ review: More than skin is bared in tender revival by Joe Dziemianowicz

His-and-her nudity is front and center in “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” — but this rom-dram’s success isn’t measured in flesh alone. Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon …

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‘Ain’t Too Proud’ star Derrick Baskin made up résumé to get auditions by Barbara Hoffman

Fake it till you make it. And Derrick Baskin ain’t too proud to admit he did just that: submitting a résumé of nonexistent theater credits two decades before landing the lead in “Ain…

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Tony Awards favorites: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ could pull off upset win by Michael Riedel

Broadway’s roaring into the homestretch with the Tonys next weekend, and I’ve never seen so many nervous people in Shubert Alley. Many races are up in the air, which should make for an e…

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‘Tootsie’ star Santino Fontana’s style muse was Bernadette Peters by Barbara Hoffman

Santino Fontana is no stranger to competition. He’s been up for plenty of awards, including a Tony this year for his starring role in “Tootsie.” But he didn’t expect his wife, actres…

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