Fox is planning to do another movie version of the classic Runyonesque musical comedy Guys and Dolls, and reportedly they want Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Leviitt for the male leads. (I imagine Tatum would play gambler Sky Masterson, essayed by Marlon Brando in the 1955 film version, while Gord ... More >>
Something about proximity to the theater world--or wanting proximity to it--makes people extra crazy and dramatic sometimes.
Here are the five most Tony-deserving types of annoyances that lurk on the show boards that I happen to spend half my life on:
(5) The ones who respond to a long, involved ... More >>
I MC'd a Talkback after last night's performance of End of the Rainbow, in which Tracie Bennett gives a volcanically energetic performance as declining legend Judy Garland.
And as herself, Tracie was raw, insightful, and very funny.
When asked about her career, she joked, "I started as a hooker!"
Hard-bluesing, hard-boozin' wailer Janis Joplin's story has long seemed like a natural for the big screen, but any realization of that has always sputtered out like an empty bottle of Southern Comfort.
Bette Midler did some kind of riff on it in 1979's The Rose, but it was very loosely based.
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There was a lot of hilarious stuff this year--mostly intentional--but the following were easily the funniest "straight play" scenes of all.
(5) In the farcical Don't Dress For Dinner (above), the French cook (Spencer Kayden) had to be turned into a soignee dinner guest, for reasons too silly to me ... More >>
Here are the highlights from my very vivid three-hour viewing experience. Hold your applause till the end:
Interviewed on the red carpet, Tyne Daly dismissively said the Tonys are a race meant for everyone else, "not for us." She wasn't nominated.
How bad were the musicals this year? So bad that ... More >>
Tonight at 1 A.M. on Channel 13, the long-running Theater Talk presents its usual array of experts offering educated guesses as to who'll cop the Tony awards on June 10.
Jesse Green (New York magazine), Patrick Pacheco (LA Times, NY 1), and I offer our picks as to whether it'll be:
I've seen almost everything this season except Magic/Bird--which to me sounds like a wildlife puppet show, and it's quite possible that's what it is--and I'm ready to tell you who will definitely maybe probably almost get Tony nominated tomorrow morning.
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Three currently hot actresses happen to share a similar unconventionally attractive look and comic chops from the heavens.
Zoe Kazan, 28, is an eccentric, doll-faced creature who has done theater (The Seagull, Angels in America) and film (Me and Orson Welles, It's Complicated) on the road to comple ... More >>
This has been a really good year for tough teachers on Broadway.
In Master Class, Tyne Daly played Maria Callas, the opera diva ripping her students a new one in her inimitable prima-donna style.
In Venus in Fur, Nina Arianda is a mystery lady who comes to audition for writer Hugh Dancy and/or exc ... More >>
When Nina Arianda entered the stage last year in the off-Broadway production of David Ives's Venus In Fur, playing Vanda, a frazzled yet manipulative actress who's late for an audition, it was almost like she was actually auditioning for all of us.
This was our first glimpse of the brand new ... More >>
Kirstie Alley may be coming to Broadway in a Lance Bass-produced play called The Fabulous Lies of Hollywood Whores, according to the Times' Patrick Healy.
If everything works out, Kirstie would play "the Pimp," a lady with an upscale escort service that's run out of a department store, but h ... More >>
The dramatics! The emoting! The singing and dancing and screeching for the back row!
I'm talking about what's going to happen when the Tony nominations are announced tomorrow morning.
My final (and 100% correct) predictions are:
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Billie Dawn--the corrupt tycoon's awakening girlfriend in Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday--is such a juicy part that it enabled Judy Holliday to beat no less formidable a duo than Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson for the 1950 Best Actress Oscar.
But of course Holliday brought to the role an irr ... More >>
CLICK HERE for my report on a gala Alec Baldwin tribute, where no one brought up his old bad press, all caught up in the glow of his current success.
And I was one of them! Sorry, but the man can act!
I also take you behind the scenes of the Sister Act musical with co-producer Whoopi Goldbe ... More >>