Tanya Barfield’s new play about biracial adoption loses reception with distracting tactics
It's presidential-campaign showbiz in a Gore Vidal revival
An 11 o'clock number is a song that comes towards the very end of a Broadway musical, when a leading character has a fit of emotion and pours it out in music. It's a showstopper that's generally designed to give the tourists something to hum about when they leave. My five faves in ascending ... More >>
The creators of Hairspray go direct to video with their new musical
The immortal musical Guys and Dolls is heading back to Broadway, which is about as surprising as the fact that Pal Joey, On The Town, West Side Story, and the entire David Mamet canon are being regurgitated back too. I guess we might as well embrace the inevitable while admitting that, seeing as I p ... More >>
I know I'm the only one within miles who gives a rat's ass about this, especially so early in the game, but please humor me as I put out my predictions for my favorite Tony awards category, Best Actress in a Musical. (Come on, please! This can't really harm anyone and it'll make me feel so good.) It ... More >>
Kerry Butler, the one on the left As I mentioned in the column, I finally met Kerry Butler, the winning star of Broadway's nutty Xanadu, and she told me she LOVES it when she looks out into the audience and spots a lot of gays. "I think, 'Yay! it's gay night!'," Kerry exulted with a glinty smile. O ... More >>
No more governor, so it's full speed ahead with Valerie Bertinelli and Kerry Butler
Grease and A Midsummer Night's Dream revisit familiar territory
Chinese opera comes to Lincoln Center; Greek myth goes to a roller disco.
Maggots at the Times and other nasty revelations
At Lincoln Center, the ambiance of felching. Elsewhere, smoking gossip.
Kirsten Childs's dolphins play dangerous human games. But referee Tina Landau's asleep.