The year was 1985. The place was the ultra-happening, multilevel East 20s dance club Danceteria. The creator was Scott Wittman (who went on to be a co-author of some little things like Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can).
Marilyn Maye is an old-time standards singer who's sort of Helen Lawson meets Anita O'Day, but with a unique sound and an individual spin. The 80-something singer--enjoying a career renaissance as the queen of cabaret--has a voice as sharp as a tool and a personality that's currently lightin ... More >>
The creators of Hairspray go direct to video with their new musical
This week in the Voice, Bill Jensen profiles Donald Glover, the rapper/comedian/writer/actor who happens to succeed at everything he does. Whether you know him as Donald Glover, Troy or Childish Gambino, he is a new kind of entertainer, "a regular black guy who likes the same stuff white peop ... More >>
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.
Lindsay didn't steal, he says, cutting to the chase
And I'm here, I'm still here. CLICK HERE for my column and I'll tell you how that happened and how I got out of it alive. Even more scarily, I also talk about a movie with disembowelment, rape/murder, and the words "I love cunt!" But the popcorn's really good. Plus I speak with Valerie Cru ... More >>
Broadway musicals have to be based on something, but this coming season, it seems like the vast majority of them are based on quirky but popular films from the modern age. You've got Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which could well become Pedro Almodovar's Hairspray, if he gets mu ... More >>
Who ever thought that little Leonardo DiCaprio from Growing Pains would emerge as one of the most sought-after actors of his generation? After showing enough quirk appeal to get an Oscar nomination with What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, he developed into heartthrob material, almost making us bel ... More >>
Self-portraitColton Harris-Moore, known in the mainstream media as the "Barefoot Bandit," was arrested. Wait, who? Associate Press: "The teenage 'Barefoot Bandit' who allegedly stole cars, boats and airplanes to dodge U.S. law enforcement was nabbed Sunday as he tried to make a water escape t ... More >>
In The Hoax, a lying president (Nixon) begets a lying author (Richard Gere). Good thing that wouldn't happen today.
Baggage claim: In Spielberg fable, Hanks's idiot savant takes American customs to heart
An almost grown-up Tim Burton buys a pack of Spielbergian lieshook, line, and stinker
Academics Look at the Social Phenomenon of 'Passing' and Ask: What Could Be More American?
The Taste of Others
Can't Get There From Here
The Critics Speak