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The 1994 musical Passion--with a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine--was an adaptation of the 1981 Italian film Passione d'Amore, about a sickly, unattractive woman who fixates on a handsome soldier in 19th Century Italy and wills him to love her back. I loved the movie because th ... More >>
If you really love Broadway like I do, you'll adore the show that reams it a new one, then kicks it in the pants. It's Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!, the latest installation of the spoofy revue that mocks the truly annoying things about Broadway because deep down, you have to know and love ... More >>
This time, the Public does Sondheim in the Park
Into The Woods--the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine show about fairy tale characters coming together and learning lessons--is being done in the woods of Central Park in a gimmicky but vigorous production directed by Timothy Sheader with codirection by Liam Steel. The show has always basically be ... More >>
Amy Adams stars in Into the Woods
I love predicting Tony award categories 10 whole months before they're announced because there's something so perverse about guessing who'll get the nominations before some of the shows have even started rehearsing! Even more deliciously, I usually get at least 60% right. So here are my predix f ... More >>
The actress bares her soul to me.
Yiddish theater meets Holocaust meets Broadway tuner at Studio 54
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 >>
Awardsthey're a girl thing. Mostly, anyway, but the shows are bitchin'
I recently relayed lemonwade.com's breaking news about Tony winner Donna Murphy's participation in a show dealing with Holocaust victims and survivors, which is on its merry way to Broadway. Well, apparently, it's a musical comedy! I've linked the new lemonwade report, which tells you some ... More >>
Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy is returning to Broadway in a musical about the survivors and victims of the holocaust, according to our friends at lemonwade.com. While the Broadway board regulars will no doubt start making cracks like, "Will she show up for the holocaust?" I'll be anxious ... More >>
The girl next door with a welcome weird streak, Sutton Foster may be the most talented performer who isn't a superstar yet. She's a hard working, creamy voiced, ultra likable singer/actor, and at her Cafe Carlyle opening night, she was introduced by Donna Murphy as "a teacher who thinks she' ... More >>
Three musicals—two of them new, one from the '60s—all sing of crazy worlds
This week in questionable ideas: an INS musical
At Lincoln Center, the ambiance of felching. Elsewhere, smoking gossip.
The picks of the litter. In other business: Travolta's not exactly Divine, is he?
Expressionist vaudeville meets the musical, via Weill-Lenya letters
New York Theater Folks Gaze Back at the Off-Broadway Year