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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 >>
And yet I can smell them coming... Bluesies: A scaled-down version of Newsies starring the Blue Man Group, this show won't have any singing (the guys never make a sound) and zero dancing (they're always carrying large, cumbersome tubes), but oh, those facial expressions!
Last night at xl, BeBe Zahara Benet--the very first winner of RuPaul's Drag Race--proved she truly earned her crown. The Cameroon-born drag star put on her elaborately entertaining Beto Sutter-produced show called Creature, which mixes bits of Grace Jones, Kevin Aviance, Julie Taymor, Leigh Bowery, ... More >>
I've exclusively gotten these resolutions from famous people who are hoping to stay famous in the new year. *Justin Bieber "I'll smile for the first time! Even when people say I impregnated them!"
Billy Elliot, Priscilla, and Sister Act have carried on the time-honored tradition of turning popular movies into musicals. What next? I'll tell you: *Fatal Attraction The adaptation--titled Crazy Bitch, The Musical--will feature a well-chosen bunch of Sondheim chestnuts. ("You said you l ... More >>
The movie versionThe Gershwin landmark opera Porgy and Bess is coming to Broadway in a revised version with the characters supposedly more fully rounded and relevant for modern audiences, and the crippled beggar Porgy walking with just a cane, not trapped in a moving cart. Plus with a happie ... More >>
We usually ignore Law & Order: Criminal Intent because it's the creepy Vincent D'Onofrio Law & Order that got banished to USA Network, but their Sunday episode just sounds too good to resist. In one of the franchise's standard "ripped from the headlines" plots the detectives investigate a cas ... More >>
Musto's verdict on the retooled musical
It's not a musicalamity, just an ordinary bad musical
As Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark prepares to reopen Tuesday in a -- as the promos boast -- "re-imagined" fashion, former director Julie Taymor is gone, but not forgotten. Or at least she doesn't want to be forgotten since she's apparently owed $300,000 in royalties. The Stage Directors and Ch ... More >>
No, it's not The Book of Muslim--or The Book of Mork and Mindy either. Nor is it Julie Taymor's long awaited return to vertebrae. It's a play about "a tiger that haunts the streets of present day Baghdad seeking the meaning of life." And Robin--who's a bit of a bear--is the tiger. Got it?
Bono's Peter Parker isn't the only thing that's crashing and boring
The beleaguered "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has had its opening delayed yet again, this time to June 14th. And it'll be closed between April 19 and May 12 so that the cast can become accustomed to the myriad changes being implemented, among them director Julie Taymor's departure. If the ... More >>
The Voice's own theatre critic, Michael Feingold, refused to jump the gun and see the Spider-Man musical before its official opening date. Many of his peers wrote scathing reviews based on preview shows, which he argues isn't exactly fair. We're going to be far more unfair; what follows is ou ... More >>
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark sounds like a disaster. Practically a national tragedy at this point, the new, super-expensive musical has yet to be officially released, trapped in the purgatory of "previews," in which a Broadway show works out all of its kinks. This one might be hopeless, if early ... More >>
All That Chat, the breathlessly readable site known for dissecting shows in previews, critiquing writers who actually get bylines and salaries, and posing questions like "Are there gunshots during Long Day's Journey Into Night?" was recently hacked and is now asking readers to chip in for a s ... More >>
I'm playing the part of the Lion in a Project Shaw reading of Androcles and the Lion, and I need something scary and animalistic to wear (aside from my usual ensembles, that is). This could be my big break. I'm hoping Julie Taymor catches me in all my lionine glory and casts me in her show- ... More >>
According to boxofficemojo.com, the following 2010 films have so far made way less than they cost--i.e., they ain't smash hits.
It sounded good on paper: Julie Taymor. Bono and The Edge. A Marvel comic classic. But the reality is that superheroes generally don't fly on Broadway, unless you count Thoroughly Modern Millie, ba-dum-pum. And when a show is so elaborately technologically based, there are bound to be majo ... More >>
Things get buggy at BAM
With Julie Taymor's The Tempest on the horizon, starring Helen Mirren as a vengeful lady magician, one is tempted to look back at all the classic filmed versions of the bard's plays and magically pick one's faves, forsooth. To see or not to see? Some of the best in my highbrow memory bank h ... More >>
Liza! The gayest night since Stonewall! Some plays are already dead.
Broadway's The Lion King has played over 5300 performances, the team of producers no doubt counting the cash while they hum "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" And in a new book about hits and flops called Broadway Musicals, author Peter Filichia concedes that the show's opening sequence--a pag ... More >>
This year's NYFF manages both. Plus: Our best of the fest
The U2-scored, Julie Taymor-directed Spider Man musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, debuted some set stuff, some costume stuff, some interviews, and some other stuff today on Good Morning America. They also debuted their lead actor singing a song from the forthcoming musical. And how does ... More >>
After way too many delays and hold-ups and people not believing this thing is going to work at all, the Spider Man musical (entitled Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark) with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge of U2 and with a book by Julie Taymor (who did The Lion King which is AMAZING) finally ... More >>
A blockbuster franchise. A Broadway visionary at the helm. (Julie Taymor). Two of the best known songwriters of our time. (Bono and The Edge). How could it fail? And yet, SpiderMan: Turn Off The Dark recently pulled the plug--temporarily, mind you--as the reported $45 million production sear ... More >>
Superheroes are hot again, thanks to The Dark Knight, Iron Man, The Hulk, and Barack Obama. And now, here's your opportunity to play a superhero while singing music by Bono and the Edge and cavorting around to Julie Taymor's Tony-award-style direction. There's a Broadway musical of Spider-Man a-comi ... More >>
Live onstage, this version is longer, louder, more garish, and a lot worse.
Run for your life if you can, little girl: Julie Taymor's '60s-set musical is a bust
Like its set, Grendel's big and rocky, with an empty core
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The Return of the Kahlo Cult
Tina Landaus 'Space' Invaders
Black Concert Dancers Storm Broadway