Thursday, September 20, 2018

The hottest ticket for theater lovers is 86-year-old Elaine May by Michael Riedel

Tourists have King Kong, Daniel Radcliffe and a show about Cher this season. Theater buffs and lovers of classic comedy have something even better: Elaine May’s first Broadway appearance i…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Early Tony buzz for Broadway-bound ‘Tootsie’ musical by Michael Riedel

With only a couple of previews in Chicago under its corset, “Tootsie” is shaping up to be a hit. Buzz was building during rehearsals for Santino Fontana, as the main character, and it ex…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Penn Badgley: My character in ‘You’ is really ‘creepy’ by Michael Riedel

Penn Badgley didn’t mean to step away from the spotlight for six years. But since “Gossip Girl” ended in 2012, he hasn’t had another starring TV role until now. “I didn’t anticip…

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The buzziest shows on Broadway this season by Michael Riedel

Time to raise the curtain on the shows headed to Broadway this season. Here are some notable titles: Get tickets now Kenneth Lonergan’s plays age well. Last season’s revival of “Lobby …

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Broadway lights will dim for ‘Odd Couple’ Pigeon sister by Barbara Hoffman

Broadway will dim its lights Wednesday night for Carole Shelley, the Tony-winning actress who — despite playing dozens of roles in her storied career — will probably be remembered best a…

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Al Roker headed back to Broadway with singing role in ‘Waitress’ by Barbara Hoffman

The forecast for Broadway this fall: Al Roker with a sprinkling of pie. The venerable “Today” weatherman is the latest to join the cast of Sara Bareilles’ “Waitress.” From Oct. 5 t…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

When Neil Simon nearly gave up on Broadway by Michael Riedel

Neil Simon was the most successful playwright in Broadway history, racking up some 9,000 performances — and many millions of dollars — with hits such as “The Odd Couple,” “The Suns…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ star dishes about having ‘sex’ on stage by Barbara Hoffman

It’s not every woman who could pull on Julia Roberts’ thigh-high, vinyl boots night after night (and some afternoons), but Samantha Barks is doing just that in Broadway’s “Pretty…

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How these late theater greats changed Broadway forever by Michael Riedel

Not to drop a name, but I was at a dinner party once with Robert De Niro (thump!) who said the actress he admired most was Barbara Harris. De Niro was a student at the Actors Studio in New Y…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ musical just feels wrong in the #MeToo era by Joe Dziemianowicz

The hooker with the heart of gold is singing a new tune — but it’s the same old icky story. “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” which opened Thursday on Broadway, boasts slick direction and…

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What could be the hottest show on Broadway still lacks star power by Michael Riedel

Without a star above the title, it’s hard for a new American play to get to Broadway. That’s the number-one gripe that producers, agents, investors and actors have about the business. Ye…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

What will happen to the Tonys if Les Moonves leaves CBS by Michael Riedel

Les Moonves, the embattled head of CBS, once told me: “The Tony Awards are part of this network’s heritage. The telecast is a money-loser for CBS, but there are certain things that are m…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

How ‘Carousel’ star Renée Fleming relaxes between shows by Barbara Hoffman

Opera great Renée Fleming has four Grammys and the distinction of inspiring a dessert: a chocolate confection Daniel Boulud dubbed La Diva Renée. These days, the 59-year-old soprano’s be…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The hype around ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ is growing by Michael Riedel

Moolah-la: They’re sure spending a lot of money on “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” The stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s vertigo-inducing movie musical is budgeted at $30 million — a…

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‘Titanic’ musical production on lake has set that actually sinks by Fox News

A production of the musical “Titanic” is setting sail near Atlanta, but there’s a big twist. For the first time in history, the production is being staged on a lake — and the ship is…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Actors recall living in fear of Jerome Robbins -- yet dying to work with him by Barbara Hoffman

It’s a legend that even now, 20 years after Jerome Robbins’ death, threatens to define him: While berating his actors, he stepped farther and farther back on stage until he toppled into …

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Gwyneth Paltrow’s musical ‘Head Over Heels’ is on thin ice by Michael Riedel

Broadway producer Gwyneth Paltrow skipped Thursday night’s opening of her show, “Head Over Heels,” the Go-Go’s musical, at the Hudson Theatre. Word is she stayed in Montauk, making w…

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Go-Go’s musical ‘Head Over Heels’ hasn’t got the beat by Johnny Oleksinski

Intermission, all I ever wanted! The new musical “Head Over Heels,” which opened Thursday on Broadway, takes the songs of ’80s American girl group the Go-Go’s, plops them in a Britis…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Inside ‘Chicago’ actor’s final rehearsal before suicide by Michael Riedel

How bad was the rehearsal that some say caused Jeff Loeffelholz, the longtime standby at “Chicago,” to kill himself? The actor’s handwritten notes, which friends spearheading a “Just…

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Why Daveed Diggs is never going back to ‘Hamilton’ by Barbara Hoffman

Hard to believe that it’s been two years since Daveed Diggs pulled off his “Hamilton” boots and headed for Hollywood. Now, several commercials, albums, voice-overs and TV series later …

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Go-Go’s musical has some of the wackiest dancing on Broadway by Raquel Laneri

It was the late 1990s, and Spencer Liff was living a double life. By day, he practiced his jetés and soft-shoe at the American Ballet Theatre and the Steps on Broadway dance studio. By nigh…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The cast of the new ‘Fiddler’ had to learn Yiddish from scratch by Barbara Hoffman

Imagine doing a big, beloved Broadway musical … in Yiddish. Sounds crazy, no? Not when that show is “Fiddler on the Roof.” Since its 1964 debut, the story of Tevye and his daughter…

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Backstage drama won’t stop Armie Hammer’s Broadway debut by Michael Riedel

What in the world is going on with Broadway’s “Straight White Men?” Young Jean Lee’s dark comedy, opening this month at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater, lost two of its leading men in…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

‘Nanny’ star: Marilyn Monroe gave me the craziest diet tip by Barbara Hoffman

For as long as she can remember, Renée Taylor has been on a diet. We’re talking seven decades, because Taylor — who among other things played Fran Drescher’s mom on “The Nanny” …

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Diana Rigg annoyed that ‘My Fair Lady’ star is taking Sundays off by Michael Riedel

Lauren Ambrose, the Tony-nominated star of Lincoln Center Theater’s hit revival of “My Fair Lady,” finds the role of Eliza Doolittle too taxing to perform eight times a week. So she’…

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This actor’s butt is the star of his off-Broadway show by Barbara Hoffman

Off-Broadway’s long been the place to discover fresh faces. Now and then, along comes something cheekier: a dashing derrière. That last belongs to Trey, the young hottie of the Roundabout…

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This elaborate costume was made out of a trash can by Barbara Hoffman

Since 1972, when Mummenschanz began, the troupe’s been making masks and costumes from just about anything: plastic, toilet paper, foam rubber, Slinkys … pastry dough! That last figur…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Meet the guy who makes Nathan Lane look so dapper by Barbara Hoffman

At the Tony Awards this month, when Nathan Lane collected his third statuette, he gave an emotional shoutout to Andrew Garfield, his “Angels in America” co-star, to Devlin Elliott, his h…

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Glenda Jackson’s playing a man on Broadway by Barbara Hoffman

If you missed her as a woman, you can catch her as a man: Glenda Jackson, hot off a Tony Award for “Three Tall Women,” will return to Broadway next spring as the title character of a gen…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

This DC musical was a must-see for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rudy Giuliani by Michael Riedel

Most of the top titles from Broadway’s Golden Age were revived over the past decade or so, with one exception: “Camelot.” Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s 1960 musical about Kin…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Why ‘Angels in America’ star Nathan Stewart-Jarrett chased RuPaul down the street by Merle Ginsberg

London-born actor Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, 32, has wanted to play Belize in Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Angels in America” (a 7½-hour opus, about the AIDS crisis in 198…

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