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  • I Was Namechecked On Smash!

    published May 13, 2013

    On Saturday night's airing of the NBC show about Broadway, Ivy (Megan Hilty's character) made mention of a blind item a certain Michael Musto allegedly wrote in the Voice! She's freaking out about it!... More >>

  • A Whole New Role For Joan Rivers

    published May 13, 2013

    This Friday night on Thirteen, Joan Rivers goes from Fashion Police to theater critic, sharing the Theater Talk panel with esteemed arbiters Ben Brantley and Peter Marks. And cohost Susan Haskins tel... More >>

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    Bill de Blasio Met The Drag Queens Last Night

    published May 13, 2013

    Last night at the Cutting Room, Cynthia Nixon and Alan Cumming hosted a rousing event for mayoral wannabe Bill de Blasio, whose liberal stance and "We want our city back!" slogan have become pretty ir... More >>

  • The Medea/Madea Disconnect Grows In Brooklyn

    published May 13, 2013

    The Gallery Players is a very cool theater group in Park Slope, where they're currently doing a strong production of Dreamgirls, giving it more intimacy than some of the splashier versions that have b... More >>

  • Barbara Walters Misquotes Cabaret On Retiring

    published May 13, 2013

    TV legend Barbara Walters will no longer be on view--or on The View--as of next summer, when she's stepping down from her longtime perch as TV's reigning quizzer. And she means it.Walters told the Ti... More >>

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    My Weird Experiences with Famous People Lately

    published May 13, 2013

    Just when you think you've seen and heard it all, it gets curiouser and curiouser, folks. First, I wrote up Hardcore Pawn as perhaps the worst, fakest reality show in all of Christendom. The publici... More >>

  • Arrested Development's Frozen Banana Stand Is Opening In NYC!

    published May 13, 2013

    Today at 11 AM, diagonally across from Radio City Music Hall! Get there quickly if you want to procure a frozen banana or a glimpse at paparazzi madly shooting all kinds of Arrested Development types... More >>

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    Gwyneth Hated The Met Punk Gala, It Turns Out!

    published May 10, 2013

    I have increased respect for the Iron Man 3 star. Asked about the Met Museum's Gala--the haute-couture parade of rich people supposedly honoring the punk movement (which was enraged by commodified we... More >>

  • What Do You Call A Guy Who Hangs Out With Lesbians?

    published May 10, 2013

    After all, women who hang with gay guys have names (however horrible) like "f*g hag" and "fruit fly." But what about the reverse? Shouldn't they have a demeaning nickname too? The posters over at th... More >>

  • Christina Crawford Improves Her Stage Act

    published May 10, 2013

    When I saw it recently, Christina Crawford's presentation Surviving Mommie Dearest (at the Snapple Theater Center) was a little bizarre because the bulk of it involved her showing a documentary that i... More >>

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    The Guy Who Plays Smokey Robinson

    published May 10, 2013

    Charl Brown is nominated for a Tony for playing singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical. He's great in the part--convincing as Smokey, yet bringing his own stuff to it the way good in... More >>

  • With Partygoing, Timing Is Everything

    published May 10, 2013

    After years of covering parties--and/or just going to them for fun--I know full well how important timing is. By that I mean one's timing as to when to arrive at an event and also, just as crucially, ... More >>

  • First Look At Meryl And Julia In August: Osage County

    published May 10, 2013

    August: Osage County is the Pulitzer winning play by Tracy Letts (see above) about the disappearance of a father and how it further spirals one of the more dysfunctional families in American literatur... More >>

  • Catching Up With The Kids Of A Christmas Story

    published May 10, 2013

    At an autograph show, I recently met Scott Schwartz, who played the kid whose tongue got stuck to the pole in 1983's A Christmas Story and who now owns a memorabilia store. I asked him if filming tha... More >>

  • A Tolstoy Musical With Russian Dinner

    published May 09, 2013

    That's what you get with Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy's electro-pop opera based on Tolstoy's War and Peace. It's being performed at Kazino, a pop-up tent on 13th and Wash... More >>

  • Cinderella Star On Not Having To Compete With The Matilda Girls

    published May 09, 2013

    Laura Osnes is very good in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and as a result, she's one of the frontrunners for the Tony Award for best actress in a musical. One of the other frontrunners (or fo... More >>

  • Old Jews Star Tells Me Village People Movie Dish

    published May 09, 2013

    How's that for a grabber? Let me explain. The hilarious Marilyn Sokol is one of the stars of Old Jews Telling Jokes, the breezily funny revue, which was honored with a Drama Desk nomination. At a Dr... More >>

  • Happy Anniversary, Susanne Bartsch

    published May 09, 2013

    At her weekly party with singer Joey Arias at the Soho Grand, promoter/hostess extraordinaire Susanne Bartsch elegantly announced, "Happy anniversary to me! It's the one-year anniversary of my tits." ... More >>

  • The Top Five Come-Ons On Manhunt

    published May 09, 2013

    Manhunt is the site where gay guys look for other gay guys to do dirty gay things with. And there are certain subject headers there that are more popular than others. In New York's state, "F**k me h... More >>

  • Broadway's Most Honored Set Designer

    published May 09, 2013

    This season it's David Rockwell, who has two, count 'em two, Tony nominations--one for the factory/nightclub set of Kinky Boots and another for the '80s newsroom ambience of Lucky Guy. This week's co... More >>

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    Two Things I've Noticed About People Who Scream Homophobic Things From Cars

    published May 08, 2013

    It doesn't happen very often these days--maybe once a year--but I've noticed that when someone does let an epithet rip out of their car window, there are generally two fascinating things about them: ... More >>

  • Tom Hanks Rides The Subway, And Other Factlets I Just Got At A Tony Awards Event

    published May 08, 2013

    This week's column is a rollicking romp through a Tony nominees' meet-and-greet event, where Tom Hanks told me what people do to him on the subway, how his play was changed in rehearsal, and other ins... More >>

  • 10 Stars Who Started Out Stripping

    published May 08, 2013

    Yes, we could list 1000 stars who started out stripping, but let's start with just a healthy handful. They took it off, they bumped it, they slid it, they got paid. And they're not ashamed--nor should... More >>

  • Celebrities You Won't Believe Are The Same Age!

    published May 08, 2013

    You'll swear they're father/son, not astral twins. You'll feel sure there's been a mistake, a typo, some surgery. Without saying which one looks like the older of the two, let me simply present some ... More >>

  • I Sang On The Pippin Cast Album

    published May 08, 2013

    No, it wasn't exactly a solo. Or a featured bit. Or even the usual ensemble. I was part of a massive chorus of 300 or so people singing harmony behind Tony nominee Andrea Martin on her big song "No T... More >>

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