The long running Broadway smash Wicked posted a weekly gross of almost three million dollars for the week between Christmas and New Year's, edging out the previous record by Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. Having seen the show, you might well wonder: "Why is the musical with the green lady still rac ... More >>
Enough with the T-shirts and mugs. How many can one tourist really ever need? I've decided what the following Broadway shows should be really be hawking: Spider-Man: Turn off The Dark: Raid Wicked: Green paint remover Glengarry Glen Ross. Crummy real estate
The actor comes back to theater with Bullet for Adolf
This week, thousands of Mormons are meeting up in Upstate New York for what's called the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Of course, the pageant is getting a little extra attention this year, and not just because 2012 marks the fest's 75th anniversary. G.O.P. presidential contender Mitt Romney is Mormon, an ... More >>
Where new musicals are born
Let's table the palaver and get down to business, to quote one of the characters. Newsies the Musical--based on the so-so 1992 movie about striking newsboys--is a slick, entertaining show that's sort of like Annie meets Billy Elliot. As in the movie, the boys are selling their "papes" (i.e., newsp ... 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 >>
Last night, DealBook posted the story of what happens when a bunch of high powered financial types get together to party. Thursday marked the "annual black tie dinner and induction ceremony" for Kappa Beta Phi (yes, like Phi Beta Kappa, only not), an invite-only, group for master of the universe-ty ... More >>
The Vineyard Theatre mounts Zayd Dohrn's comedy
In my breathlessly enchanting cover story looking back at 2011, I decide that New York became "Fun City" again thanks to the double-dipping economic crisis that had everyone taking the stick out of their asses and riding it to the streets for protest marches, bonding experiences, and general camarad ... More >>
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Like Big Love, except theatrical
The Copacabana turned it out last night with food, booze, percussionists, and dancing Copa girls for the gala launch of my book, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back, promoted by Chip Duckett. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Lisa Lampanelli cohosted and were pure delight, both taking the stage ... More >>
The NYMF presents 30 new musicals
WikipediaEven after eight years, Wicked is still popular. (Sorry about that, we just had to.) HopStop calculated the top 10 Broadway shows New Yorkers have been going to see this summer, based on what theaters were most frequently inserted as HopStop destinations or starting addresses between ... More >>
Stage and Marks, photo by Matt MillerToday, the first Saturday after gay marriages began in New York City, 24 same-sex couples will marry in Central Park at Merchant's Gate, on the corner of 59th Street and Central Park West. The Pop Up Chapel was an idea born among friends -- including loca ... More >>
Move over Assassins, Sweeney Todd, and Capeman. There's a new killer musical in town, and this one's supposed to be funny. A hit at the Fringe Festival, SILENCE! The Musical--the unauthorized spoof of Silence of the Lambs--is like a darker Xanadu, a satire that also manages to be creepy in ... More >>
David Esbjornson's Shakespeare production puts an urban hell in Central Park
Musto's verdict on the retooled musical
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 >>
Here's what I know—and what you have to guess. Good luck.
Click here to read my column in which I talk to the stars and creators of The Book of Mormon about the volatile and hilarious musical that's uplifted the whole season while a certain superhero faltered right out of the sky a tiny bit.
The dramatics! The emoting! The singing and dancing and screeching for the back row! I'm talking about what's going to happen when the Tony nominations are announced tomorrow morning. My final (and 100% correct) predictions are: BEST PLAY Jerusalem War Horse Good People Motherf**k ... More >>
The new Olivier by way of John Belushi, Mark Rylance is willing to go to even darker places than an electrician in a power blackout. Three years ago, he won a Tony for his Buster Keaton-ish deadpan in Boeing Boeing, and more recently he played a scary vulgarian who spoke in verse in the stim ... More >>
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."
Catch Me If You Can. A con man lies and wheedles his way around the country, but in the course of his unending fakeness, he elicits respect and some people find he's the realest thing they've ever met.
Rajiv Joseph's powerful, ghost-ridden new drama earns its stripes
Bono's Peter Parker isn't the only thing that's crashing and boring
Holidays with The Osmonds
Those wacky Mormons and their mandate to love illegals
Indie Mormon Cinema Attempts a Mainstream Conversion
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