R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)" celebrated its 10th birthday yesterday (which means the crooner is probably giving the song a second look right about now -- sorry!). The tune was one of Kelly's best, and helped convince exhausted party-goers everywhere to hit the hotel lobby before going home. In hon ... More >>
Yes, Rupert Everett occasionally says some silly things--like his remarks about gay parenting, which exploded just the other day--but as I noted before, he's usually witty and quite observant. In his new memoir, Rupert talks about appearing in the Broadway revival of Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansb ... More >>
I think of Angela Lansbury as a lot of things--talented, charming, accomplished--but wildly sexual is not usually one of them. But below, thanks to the kids at All That Chat, are the highlights from an '80s video she did to promote sexuality after menopause. It was sort of the original Hope Spring ... More >>
Broadway's finest have been honored by the Tony nominating committee, the results announced just moments ago as theater folk all over town felt some real emotion for a change. Among the nominated are, well, approximately two thirds of the people I predicted yesterday. But more interestingly, who g ... More >>
I've seen almost everything this season except Magic/Bird--which to me sounds like a wildlife puppet show, and it's quite possible that's what it is--and I'm ready to tell you who will definitely maybe probably almost get Tony nominated tomorrow morning. Here goes: BEST PLAY *Clybourne Park *Othe ... More >>
It's presidential-campaign showbiz in a Gore Vidal revival
A couple of legends, some TV stars, a few Broadway types, and Giuliani's ex-wife -- all together in the original outing play. It's as mixed a bag as it sounds. It's the new production of The Best Man, which is as timely as ever, seeing as it's set at a convention where corruption and dirty politic ... More >>
Surely you know the song "Some People" from the musical Gypsy. Oh, you're straight and under 50?
Broadway.comGore Vidal's The Best Man is the chestnut about about the power machinations of various Presidential candidates, some of whom are willing to go farther than others when it comes to negative campaigning. (Sound familiar, news followers?) Well, the imminent Broadway revival is ca ... More >>
I recently posted a YouTube video of clips showing who dubbed the singing voices for various screen icons so they could sound as hot as they looked. It was eye- and ear-opening, a vastly entertaining glimpse into Hollywood magic-making that you cineastes adored. Well, by popular demand, the person ... More >>
Murder, Agatha Christie wrote
Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.
Yesterday, I had the brilliant idea to break an entry and take a look for myself inside one of the city's notoriously "haunted" places: Greenpoint Hospital. Opened in 1914, the 5-building hospital unit operated throughout the 1980's and was last utilized as a men's shelter. One building, in parti ... More >>
Stephen Sondheim devotees get a little more of what they've been missing
via PattiLuPone.netIn 1987's tap-happy revival of Anything Goes, Patti LuPone scored as Reno Sweeney, the role originated by big-lunged Ethel Merman in the 30s. In 2008, she picked up a Tony for playing Mama Rose, another Merman role, in a rousing retread of Gypsy. And now, she going to tak ... More >>
The 2010 Tony nominations are out, and the yearly ceremony that becomes more and more designed to persuade people from anywhere but New York City to spend money on theater is soon to follow. The idea behind the Tonys is simply to get Broadway to appeal to the rest of America in a big, fancy ... More >>
Yes, kids, Princess Leia's mother, Debbie Reynolds, is considering an offer to replace Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music. Can the peppy, old-time movie star (and the original Jennifer Aniston, victim-wise) give good wheelchair action? Can she ... More >>
In case you live for the nominations like I do (and by the way, they'll be announced tomorrow morning), here are my guesses. Disclaimer: I'm at a disadvantage. I actually saw the shows!
The other night, I passed by the stage door for Promises, Promises and saw scads of people lined up to get autographs and photos of Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth after the show. Meanwhile, movie star Catherine Zeta-Jones (along with Angela Lansbury) pulls in throngs of stage door Johnnies ... More >>
You can't say Angie never tried
The late Bea Arthur loved to eat hard boiled eggs with tabasco sauce, according to her Maude daughter Adrienne Barbeau at Bea's gala memorial yesterday. And that's absolutely perfect since Bea was a hard boiled egg with tabasco sauce!
I know someone who's close to legendary Angela Lansbury, and he says that, though it may not have been officially announced yet, she is indeed doing the upcoming A Little Night Music revival with Catherine Zeta-Jones. And why shouldn't she? Roll out in a wheelchair, sing one wonderful song, ... More >>
Some of the biggest names in 1960s-80s showbiz were at the Majestic Theater today for the geriatric alternative to Fashion Week: a memorial to Bea Arthur, who passed away this April from cancer at the age of 86. Hundreds of theater and TV bigwigs shuffled their walkers into the rows for an "afternoo ... More >>
The words "legend" and "icon" are thrown around so effortlessly these days at anyone who's accomplished what any ordinary person could achieve in a couple of New York minutes that I sometimes want to ask my legendary doorman if the iconic UPS man has arrived yet.
The Tony Awards producers did not take our suggestions, but the show still moved at a relatively brisk pace and had some nice moments, such as the acceptance of the Best Actor in a Musical Award by the three nice young men who alternate the lead in Billy Elliot; they were physically poised as you ... More >>
The 11 o'clock number from last night's Tony awards--done at 11:03--came when host Neil Patrick Harris belted a ditty that used the melodies from West Side Story and Guys and Dolls to sum up the night's zaniness with all new lyrics. At the after-party, Harris told me composers Marc Shaiman and Sco ... More >>
Here's who's I say is going to win the Tony awards for Broadway excellence this Sunday. Then again, I'm at a disadvantage because I've actually seen the shows. I'm even a Tony voter! Best Play: God of Carnage Best Musical: Billy Elliot Best Actor: Geoffrey Rush, Exit The King Best Actress: Jane ... More >>
Some guy's leg and foot on the subway, via twitpic. We love Mary Louise Parker as much as anybody, maybe more, but find it hard to credit her claim that she was "goaded" into a nude scene in an (upcoming!) episode of Weeds and is "bitter" about it. She's, like, naked in everything. Here is a practic ... More >>
(As is his wont, our theater critic Michael Feingold has written new lyrics to a show tune to honor the latest American state to get gay-married. Tune supplied in the Angela Lansbury 1983 revival footage above. Feel free to sing along! -- ed.) MAINE lyrics by Michael Feingold (with sincere apolo ... More >>
Agnès Varda, speeding at 80; Cowardly behavior
Sure, forcing food down ducks' gullets sounds harsh, but Sarah DiGregorio held her nose and went to a New York foie gras farm -- and reports that it wasn't so bad. "I don't think it's OK to cut the fin off a shark and throw it back into the water," she says. "If I had seen with my own eyes that Huds ... More >>
Recession update: Cheapo bashes; home alone with Altoids.
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