The plays are the thing
At the opening night of Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance--with Nathan Lane as a gay Republican who does swishy stage acts in 1937--Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family fame happened to sit next to me. (Lucky him.) So I nanced him up for this week's column. You'll see what Jesse had to say about th ... More >>
This week's column takes you to the opening night of The Nance, about a gay burlesque star in the '30s and his various moral dilemmas. And among other things, the play furthers this as the year of the Broadway stud. I wrote about this earlier, when I ran photos of various nude or semi-nude guys par ... More >>
Playing a first-rate conflicted gay burlesque star
Douglas Carter Beane and I were getting along pretty well--I did a nice interview with him, which was included in my last book--but when I didn't rave about Sister Act, calling it "rote but pretty enjoyable", he started cooling to me. He made a remark to me that made it clear he was disappointed wi ... More >>
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella--which originated as a light and lovely 1957 TV special--has been fleshed out with theatrics, jokes, a political subplot, puppets, extra songs, and anachronisms. The result is an unwieldy but crowd pleasing concoction that ends up being reasonably entertaining de ... More >>
Once again, feel-good battles artsinessfor the Antoinettes
A new Broadway show gives Aristophanes some hoop dreams
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 >>
Aristophanes hits the court in the Transport Group's new musical adaptation
This week's column has my invigorating talks with various award nominees who sparkled up the Broadway season. Here are some extra tidbits from the stars: How did Mark Rylance (above), the volcanic actor who's Tony nominated for Jerusalem, feel about not also being nominated for his perform ... More >>
A production of Lysistrata Jones
The playwright serves up another savorless meringue
Prodigal Sons director Kimberly Reed fills me in.
Performance artist Penny Arcade answers just that burning question in my new column, which you can CLICK HERE to roll around with and enjoy a whole bunch while sipping your afternoon milkshake. The same epic work of literature will tell you why Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross turned down th ... More >>
And a slice of wry from Douglas Carter Beane about Mr. and Mrs. Fitch.
Time was, Andrew Cuomo would pass a lot of harsh comments about rival politicians. Now, the attorney general mainly lets his indictments do the talking. And they've been eloquent. But has the former bully-boy really changed, or just changed tactics? Tom Robbins looks at the possible second Go ... More >>
Musical chairs with nuns and a Jew.
And finding people who, surprisingly, aren't all wet.
Uptown Saturday nights are more fabulous all the time. Meanwhile, back at the Tonys . . .
Chinese opera comes to Lincoln Center; Greek myth goes to a roller disco.
Another dead animal, another celebrity clothing line. Oh, and I love Paris when she's sprungthen and only then.
The picks of the litter. In other business: Travolta's not exactly Divine, is he?
Alan Ball tests immigrant identity at home; Tennessee Williams shreds Americans abroad
Mary Poppins makes little magic; Julie White gets big laughs
Wedding bells are ringing for Rudnick and his glittery cast
Old news: A lot of movie stars are in the closet. Good news: A new comedy star's on the loose.
Fornes's Saloon of Visions; Beane's 'Shockumentaries'