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
In Kinky Boots, Lola's straight! No, gay! But sexless!
Broadway has a way of spewing back the familiar over and over again, because that sort of thing is generally less financially risky than something new. But sometimes the regurgitation takes on an inspired form that makes the revival come off fresh and illuminating. Let me give you two glorious exa ... More >>
The message came from Broadway scene-stealer Jackie Hoffman's publicist: "This Funny Girl is happening -- and unlike Lauren Ambrose, she's Jewish!" And she was even doing a Jewish twist on Patrick Stewart's A Christmas Carol, playing all the parts, at New World Stages. Oy vey, I was so there.
In case you live for the nominations like I do (and by the way, they'll be announced tomorrow morning), here are my guesses. Disclaimer: I'm at a disadvantage. I actually saw the shows!
Red Hook gets tragic: Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber in "A View From the Bridge." Photo by Joan MarcusThat's what'll happen if this year's batch of giant movie-and-TV-stars-turned-theater-actors gets nominated! (Or even if they're just asked to present--or usher.) This will probably b ... More >>
The Addams Family: ghoulish turns into goulash. Get it?At least other nightlife isn't such torture.
...she'd be Queen Bee! Yes, it's time for THAT fun little parlor game again, the one where you marry off two celebs that would make for a felicitously wacky new name. And so--with respects to my colleague Cindy Adams, who's perfected this sort of thing:
I've spent so much energy all these years railing at celebrities who cower in the closet that it's important I take a step back once in a while and throw some bouquets at the ones who actually opened the door and did us proud. So thank you, out celebs!
Saved by The Understudy
Out and about, and then back here to walk in Nancy Sinatra's boots.
Another year, another unwatched Tony Awards show. Let's face it: this Sunday's prize party isn't even getting you excited, is it? Sure, the Tonys provide the MDR of greasepaint 'n' glamour we learned to love as lonely, introverted children. But as a quick look back at, say, the justly famous 25th An ... More >>
In his previous mayoral campaigns, Mike Bloomberg has cut deals with Randi Weingarten's teachers' union that have eased his way to victory. But they also also stiffed charter schools and thwarted any hope of a real turnaround in our school system. Wayne Barrett tells us why this could be -- and sho ... More >>
This is my big day--when the announcement of the Tony nominations sends an insular yet powerful world of Broadway thesps and businesspeople shrieking into the street with either glee or despair! And they're not acting! This year's batch of honorees is a distinguished bunch led by the Billy Elliot g ... More >>
Nightlife pickin's so slim that I even went to a museum.
Brace yourselves, kids. My lacquered hands have uncovered the blurb for the gayest show since Xanadu. It's called DANCE WITH ME and the official description goes like so: "Starring Jai Rodriguez (Rent, Queer Eye, The Producers) in a breakout performance, Jim J. Bullock (Hairspray, Too Close for Com ... More >>
Chattin' with Loretta Lynn and John Leguizamo; Carol Burnett in action; adventures of Nick Adams
Mamet draws big laughs, Inge draws some tears, Ethan Coen draws a blank
Black people revive the Great White Way. Plus a hue and cry from Mel Brooks.
And stunning, where Bardem and the Coens are concerned. Plus other dark visions, and peaceful chats with Mamet and Lauper.
An alternative guide to Pride
Personal disaster breeds laughs in My Deah and Butley
McNally's 'Dedication' shows that even the cleverest playwrights babble when they're in love
A lot of skill and talent has gone into The Frogs, but somehow there's no creative pooling
Parents won't feel Von Trapped in snarky toon
In musical theater, the old songs are the best songs, if only you know how to treat them
High Culture on a Low Budget
''I can't believe that all the underground insanity I skanked around for years now comprises cute touristy entertainment.''