Millions have flocked to New York's Broadway theaters over the years to be enraptured by the amazing performances and music that have made it the center of the theater world. But while most have entered these hallowed halls to listen to the lullaby of Broadway, historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper decid ... More >>
They're having a wild old time backstage at one of the dramas on the Great White Way (but I don't envy the director). Let me explain. Shia LaBeouf was recently fired from the Broadway production of the play Orphans because of "creative differences" and was replaced by Ben Foster. Supposedly Shia ... More >>
The NBC prime-time series that takes you into the world of Broadway musicals.
Let's look at some recent failures on Broadway: Chaplin, the singing show about the non-talking star; Scandalous, a toetapper about a messed-up but lovable faith healer; Dead Accounts, in which a bank robber has to learn that maybe what he did was wrong; The Performers, a comedy about a porn sta ... More >>
A few years ago, a Minnesota gal named Laura Osnes won a reality show competition that selected the new Sandy in Grease!, and that was just the beginning. She followed that with other Broadway credits like Anything Goes, Bonnie & Clyde (Tony nomination), and the upcoming Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cin ... More >>
CBS/Museum of Television and Radio As you may have heard, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will get an April workshop with the intent of an eventual Broadway mounting, if all goes bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. I ran into playwright Douglas Carter Beane before a performance of his musical Lysistra ... More >>
And it's none of the people we fantasized about and/or agonized over. According to E!, the Broadway revival of Funny Girl has found its new Streisand, and she's...
It's not a musicalamity, just an ordinary bad musical
Image courtesy of Maomag Except I don't have a Tony ballot since the Tony Awards dropped writers from their voting lists not long ago, because we actually knew what we were doing and we didn't have an agenda about it. So the Times asked me, as a "celebrity theatergoer," to fill out who I wou ... More >>
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The news of Elizabeth Taylor's passing has put an added sadness to this already gloomy day, but not everyone was shocked. The New York Times' principal writer for the Taylor obituary died almost six full years ago. Mel Gussow, a Times theater critic, died after a battle with cancer in 2005. H ... More >>
Gene Ruffinis new comedy
The last year in Broadway theater saw the appearances of names like Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones not just on stages, but in the same award categories as their Loyal-to-New-York-Theater co-stars. The trending caused our own lead theater critic Michael Feingold to pen an epic scr ... More >>
We've seen a lot of "wedding dance" videos over the last year, whether they're epic proposals, or walks down the aisle, or whatever: YouTube has empowered the wedding party beyond any reasonable stretch of the imagination. Well, anyone who ever wants to reach at greatness in this regard now ... More >>
Supposedly there will be a movie made of the Broadway show Memphis, and I bet they don't use the stage cast. They hardly ever do! And I wish they would! Remember when they made a movie of Doubt two years ago and Cherry Jones didn't get the part?
Sondheim on Sondheim at Studio 54
The Miracle Worker comes to Broadway
If you're a legit performer who's not ripped apart in Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway shows, then you don't count for much and in fact you might not exist at all! A badge of honor among Broadway bright lights for years has been getting skewered by Alessandrini's deft spoofs as rende ... More >>
This brain emission just came in from a reader, so I take it very seriously: "Bye Bye Birdie recently returned to Broadway in its first revival in 50 years and South Pacific took 60 years to return, but other shows return in unnecessary revivals like clockwork (Grease, Gypsy).
"Now I'm in Glee and I get to have Slushees and fettuccine alfredo thrown in my face." Glee's Lea Michele Born in the Bronx and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, Lea Michele debuted on Broadway at age eight in Les Miserables. From the time she was 14 until she was 20, she starred in Steven Sater and ... More >>
And they were never lovelier
Rock of Ages embraces the '80s
West Side Story returns to Broadway
Don't blame the actors. Swedish bad-boy August Strindberg isn't around to attend the Roundabout Theatre Company's new production of Hedda Gabler, but he did chime in on the play back when he first read it in 1891. Comparing the Ibsen piece to his own plays The Father and Creditors, Strindberg wrot ... More >>
Fierstein and Bucchino seek intimacy on Broadway; two Off-Broadway plays seek laughs in sorrows
John Waterss cult classic Cry-Baby arrives on Broadway
Christina Applegate favors her injured foot but the production starts on the wrong one