This week in New York comedy is a mixed bag, but in a good way. Come to think of it, why does the phrase "mixed bag" denote something bad? Mixes are good. They're full of surprises. Show me a bag with ten of the same thing, and I'll show you a boring bag. The next seven days will feature comedy talk ... More >>
At the opening night of Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance--with Nathan Lane as a gay Republican who does swishy stage acts in 1937--Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family fame happened to sit next to me. (Lucky him.) So I nanced him up for this week's column. You'll see what Jesse had to say about th ... More >>
SPOILER ALERT! The new season of HBO's Girls--a/k/a Sex and the City with walkups--doesn't start till January 13, but at the premiere at the Skirball Center last night, we caught the first three glibly entertaining episodes that are a-coming.
From December 3 to the 30th, the riotously funny Cheri Oteri--best known from Saturday Night Live and other comedy shows--will explode onto the stage of NEWSical The Musical! That's the constantly updating, never self-censoring musical mockery of current events that's sort of like The Daily Show wi ... More >>
They're developing a stage musical based on the rambunctious 1978 comedy National Lampoon's Animal House--with music by Barenaked Ladies--and it will probably be the rowdiest thing to hit Broadway since The Book of Mormon. And since that show's director Casey Nicholaw happens to be helming this one ... More >>
This very week, my column has a blind item about an actor/director who broke up with a Wicked chorus boy, only to take up with the Pal Joey guy, who broke up with an ex Chicago cast member. I also said that the Chicago guy is now a pair with that Book of Mormon star. Well, at the Tonys toni ... More >>
The best of the Off-Broadway season
Behind the scenes at how South Park mounted a musical missionary-position
Well, someone who plays a Mormon. In, you know, The Book of Mormon. It's Andrew Rannells, who every night brings some interesting ideology to Uganda, thoughtfully pausing to sing the showstopping power ballad "I Believe."
The South Park guys whip up an unstable mix of grim facts and showbiz hoopla