I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
And yet I can smell them coming... Bluesies: A scaled-down version of Newsies starring the Blue Man Group, this show won't have any singing (the guys never make a sound) and zero dancing (they're always carrying large, cumbersome tubes), but oh, those facial expressions!
I caught Tony winner Ben Vereen's opening at 54 Below last night, where he was rivetingly entertaining, bringing fresh life to standards while giving about 175% on every syllable. And he told a few fascinating anecdotes too. Like how, when he tried out for Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar way back ... More >>
Les Miserables--based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit that Andrew Lloyd Webber actually had nothing to do with--is coming to the screen in all its stirring pathos and musicality. And here comes the trailer, which consists of Anne Hathaway singing an anguished "I Dreamed A Dream," as we see brownish ... More >>
Once again, feel-good battles artsinessfor the Antoinettes
Michael Grandage helms the latest Rice-Webber Broadway revival
Disclosure: I busted my ass to get from a TV appearance to Evita but got there moments late. I had to watch the first 15 minutes on a monitor in the lobby, then was allowed in to my seat. And it was worth the ass-busting. I always thought the highly conceptualized 1979 Harold Prince-directed prod ... More >>
A classic rock musical gives Broadway another try
He's back! And looking good! Jesus Christ Superstar--the 1971 Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical based on the 1970 album--has returned, in sharp contrast to Godspell, the Stephen Schwartz hippie tuner that also debuted in 1971 and has magically come back this year as well.
Whenever I see a TV camera approaching, my face lights up like a Halloween pumpkin and all the hanging skin inflates like a Thanksgiving Day float based on a long-running animated character. I basically become a holiday parade float of a giant, gay, papier-mâché suckerfish.
I arrived at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre last night for the promised taste of Ghost The Musical -- based on the hit 1990 movie about the potter, the potted plant, and the pot smoker -- and immediately scooped up a pretty blue drink sitting on a tray. "That's the Unchained Melody," explained t ... More >>
I recently April Fooled you about Madonna getting a special Oscar for acting, but there's finally a role that she could garner some gold with. And she doesn't want it! On Piers Morgan's chat show on CNN, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said he feels Madonna would be a ''great Norma Desmond'' i ... More >>
Andrew Lloyd Webber sold $5.6 million worth of French wine at Sotheby's Hong Kong, including a 1982 case of Château Pétrus for $77,564. [Wall Street Journal] Emilio Estevez finds comfort and inspiration in his backyard vineyard, Casa Dumetz, where he often writes dialogue. [NY Times] Herb ... More >>
Scientists say that the future of winemaking depends on developing new varieties of grape that are resistant to disease. [BBC] Bottles of whiskey discovered last year from explorer Ernest Shackleton's expedition to the Antarctic in the 1900s are being sent back to Scotland for analysis. [BBC ... More >>
Not nearly as sacrilegious as you may have hoped/feared. Pics by Chris, more below.Peaches Christ Superstar Starring Peaches and Gonzales The Concert Hall at the Society for Ethical Culture Saturday, December 11 Better Than: Pussies, Peaches' one-woman version of CATS. So here we have Peac ... More >>
Do you dare to watch a Peach?
In 1994, Tony winner Patti LuPone was bumped from the starring role in Sunset Boulevard by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, though she'd been promised the Broadway run after doing it in London. Well, some people might have just gone home and cried about it, but some people ain't Patti! Don't c ... More >>
Shim Mamsir puts a spin on drama
On naughty, bawdy Broadway, Phantom of the Opera has made more money than all the hookers in the area combined, so you knew there'd eventually be a sequel. And so, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is launching the followup, Love Never Dies, in London, and later in New York, where the tourists will hav ... More >>
The terrible thing about the alleged new coolness of Brooklyn -- aside from the escalating rents and increasing population of young collegiate dolts -- is that the outside world is now bringing its aesthetic hideosities to our tree-lined streets. First it was the threat of a Brooklyn Sex & Th ... More >>
"You have to find a way to create a new experience that is sincere, that is honest in the room without it being pantomime, so that it's not Andrew Lloyd Weber's Magik Markers presents: Cats! And we go into the audience and touch your face." Liz Clayton Elisa Ambrogio is happy today. Her duo with d ... More >>
At Splash, the showtunes must go on.
The ridiculous 2008 Kennedy Center Honors -- featuring bizarre tributes to Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, among others -- were recently televised, which gave us an idea for the next Administration. President Obama's walking into a seriously screwed-up economy and two wars. Since things are going ... More >>
A Saw director gets musical
With Halloween arriving on Friday, cable channels are as thick as theaters with apt seasonal programming, meaning you can catch Saw V at your local multiplex or Saws I through IV at home. Which is why we were so impressed with TCM’s inspired broadcast last night of Billy Wilder’s 1950 noir, Suns ... More >>
A harrowing look at Satanic motifs in the canon of Barbra Streisand
Disco-centric Boys avoid becoming boring men
The piano man has lots of bad songs to play at the Garden, but some are worse than others
The Woman in White: Andrew Lloyd Webber serves up a Collins that badly needs remixing
The saddest musical in the world: A Lloyd Webber revival that proves the show musn't go on
Cinematic campaigning: This fall, filmmakers assault the status quo at a theater near you
Sondheim's demon musical thrives in a heavenly operatic showcase
Yes, Virginia, there is a limit to Christmas pageantry
New Dramas Make ConnectionsNo Music Required