It happened tonight at Perfectly Marvelous, a benefit for the Public Theater at Joe's Pub, starring Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald, and other biggies doing the naughty, bawdy songs from Cabaret. I'll let stylist to the stars Christian Freedom--who was there--lay it out for you: "It was a sit-down d ... More >>
A favorite showbiz revue returns with knives drawn
Well, all of them except two--whose absence the young male explains at the very beginning of the clip. But sit back, hold on, and get ready for his stellar impersonations of Merman, Martin, Uggams, McKechnie, Holliday, Ebersole, and tons 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 >>
Trimmed and renamed, a great opera has shrunk to become a good show
This is not a review. I'll let far more erudite scholars than myself go into lengthy analyses about exactly what's been trimmed out of the new revisal being called DuBose Heyward's Porgy and Bess. (They're actually calling it The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, but I thought I'd give the co-author a li ... More >>
Multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald can hit notes only Mariah Carey can hear, so I was surprised to learn she had to be coaxed to go even higher a couple of times. In her foreword to the new edition of funnyman/musician Seth Rudetsky's anecdote-filled book Broadway Nights, Audra -- who's Broadway-b ... More >>
Photo: Joan Marcus"No applause. We're here for work," says faded but still powerful opera diva Maria Callas at the outset of Master Class, silencing us as she enters for her day's business. Callas is there to instruct her students--and us--on how to get the most out of their work by trusting ... More >>
He didn't write the music or show up at the ceremony nine-months pregnant, but we're happy to note that our theater critic Michael Feingold has had a hand in a recording that won not one but two Grammys: Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording. The EuroArts recording of the Los Angeles Ope ... More >>
I know I'm the only one within miles who gives a rat's ass about this, especially so early in the game, but please humor me as I put out my predictions for my favorite Tony awards category, Best Actress in a Musical. (Come on, please! This can't really harm anyone and it'll make me feel so good.) It ... More >>
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