Jonathan Larson

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    June 19, 2012

    The 10 Best Theater Duets In History

    I just performed a little conversational duet with myself and picked the best of the musical twosomes. We both agreed that these are the finest: (10) "Bosom Buddies" from Mame Such a zippy campfest between two drag queens! I mean two women! The fun of this Jerry Herman number is that in pretendi ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Say Goodbye to Life Cafe, Manganaro

    Life Cafe, the Alphabet City hangout that inspired Jonathan Larson's musical "Rent," is set to close. [NY Daily News] Veronica People's Club, "a weird, wonderful little bar with some of the best and most unassuming cocktails in Greenpoint" is shutting down. [Flavorpill]

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Life Café (Birthplace of Rent) Shutters

    Life CafeLife Café, now lifeless ​A bit of sad news for East Village residents. Yesterday evening, Kathy Kirkpatrick shuttered her longstanding Life Café "until further notice." According to a note posted on her website, building repairs that were supposed to be completed a year ago need to ... More >>

  • Theater

    August 17, 2011

    Rent Gets a New Lease on Life

    Revived Off-Broadway, Jonathan Larson's famous musical gives reason for some tears, and some cheers

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    August 16, 2011

    My Near Brush With Broadway Immortality

    ​Rent has returned to off-Broadway, as I noted in my review the other day. And that reminds me that in one of the original versions of the show's song "La Vie Boheme"--a bouncy chronicling of the people and things that have inspired bohemian culture--composer Jonathan Larson included my name! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Rent Is Back: My Review

    ​Remember when shows used to move to a larger theater? Well, they still do that, but then after they shut down, they move back to a smaller theater. This provides some kind of economic closure, I guess. So the award winning Jonathan Larson musical Rent is now at New World Stages.

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    July 29, 2011

    Michael Greif, Director, and Angela Wendt, Costume Designer, Revisit Rent

    Joan Marcus​Since 1996, the musical Rent has entered the musical theater pantheon, won a Pulitzer, and been praised, parodied, and panned (when it made its way to the screen). Now, three years after the show closed its Broadway run after 12 years in 2008, a revival is in previews at New World ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    2010 Pulitzer Prizes: The Breakdown!

    ​It's that magical time of year again when the uppity nerds of Columbia University bestow upon the people their picks for this year's Best Writing Stuff. And we're going to attempt to add some context to these proceedings as they happen. So, here, we're live-blogging the Pulitzer Prizes. Unfor ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Life (Cafe) Goes on in Bushwick

    BushwickBK​BushwickBK has a lengthy interview with Kathy Kirkpatrick, the founder and co-owner of the Life Cafe. Kirkpatrick has been at her current location on Flushing Avenue since 2002, after leaving the original Life Cafe that she and her then-husband opened on East 10th Street in 1981. Ki ... More >>

  • Film

    November 15, 2005

    Rent Stabilized

    Columbus's movie version is stiff, stolid, and stuck in an excruciatingly detailed past

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    April 22, 2003

    The Beautiful Noise

    The Expanding Role of Theater Sound Design

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    June 26, 2001
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    June 19, 2001
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    May 29, 2001


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    August 10, 1999

    B Is For Bistro

    The Bittersweet Transformation of Avenue B

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