The role of Evita Peron has appealed through the years to grand divas like Patti LuPone, Faye Dunaway, Madonna, and that Argentinian woman from last year. But did you know that froggy-voiced, bulging-eyed British vaudeville entertainer slash actress Hermione Gingold sort of had a shot at it?
Let's cheat this year
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
And you're gonna take it! Because it's gonna be good! The singer--best known as the big-haired, large-lunged Twisted Sister frontman--met with me yesterday at 54 Below, where he'll be doing an act of Broadway numbers and holiday standards. (True story.) He even explained to me why that's not so s ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.
"Bring on some original dramas already!" we pundits always cry, desperate for new blood in the midst of the endless barrage of revivals and tourist shows. But this season, that's led to some insubstantial fare like the religious drama Grace, the porn comedy The Performers, and the unpersuasive sat ... More >>
Monday is the big night for weekly Broadway-related bar events at gay bars because most shows are dark that night, and the boites hope the customers and performers are available to straggle in. Mixing Broadway and booze, these parties tend to attract theater-queens and their friends who thrill to a ... More >>
The GLAM AWARDS are Cherry Jubilee's annual tribute to the best in LGBT nightlife. And once again, I am up for Best Blogger/Writer. And if you work in nightlife, you can vote for me--or, like, whoever--by sending a ballot.
In David Mamet's imminent play The Anarchist, Patti LuPone plays the incarcerated title character, trying to swing some favors from warden Debra Winger. But in real life, they love each other, even after four whole days of rehearsal. The great actresses met us at a press event today, and bestowed ... More >>
It happened last night at Roseland, raising truckloads of money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS while lavishing the panting crowd with a Happy Endings show of fractured fairy tales. The stories were carried out in spectacular, sassy numbers that had been choreographed and rehearsed to the max ... More >>
Broadway's Jackie Hoffman--known from Xanadu and The Addams Family--is bringing her acidic (and possibly Hasidic) hilarity to the spanking new cabaret 54Below. The place--under the legendary Studio 54 site--is being creatively consulted by Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash), and will feature performer ... More >>
Disclosure: I busted my ass to get from a TV appearance to Evita but got there moments late. I had to watch the first 15 minutes on a monitor in the lobby, then was allowed in to my seat. And it was worth the ass-busting. I always thought the highly conceptualized 1979 Harold Prince-directed prod ... More >>
As you know, Barbra Streisand is going ahead with her plan to play Mama Rose in another movie of Gypsy, the musical about the tomboy who becomes a star largely thanks to the stage mother she ends up wanting to go away. Well, there's been a lot of cynicism about Babs, who's turning 70, playing this ... More >>
Surely you know the song "Some People" from the musical Gypsy. Oh, you're straight and under 50?
In keeping with today's nocturnal propensity for good behavior and crackdowns, the ghost of that legendary '70s den of debauchery Studio 54 is turning into a posh supper club!
At yesterday's 21 luncheon promoting the DVD/Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, I talked to movie/theater star Daniel Radcliffe and was thrilled to find he's basically magical! Here's how our talk went: Me: Hi, Daniel. Let's start with your Broadway gig. Have you foun ... More >>
In his own revue currently on Broadway, the charming Hugh Jackman sings a snippet of "I Won't Dance," backed by a full orchestra, dancing girls, and a slide show. In An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Broadway vets Patti and Mandy do the same song conversationally and intimately, sitt ... More >>
As you know, Barbra Streisand is reportedly going to make a movie where she's Grandma Rose--I mean Mama Rose--in Gypsy. Well, I have a great idea as to who should play the worn out yet educational ecdysiasts who sing "You Gotta Get A Gimick" to young Gypsy Rose Lee as they show off the shtic ... More >>
Brigitte Lacombe And if you had to say "Patti and Mandy who?" then you're not going to care anyway, so just go back to your football game. I'm obviously talking about former Evita co-stars Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, who have been touring in a two-person evening of belting and who are a ... More >>
It happened at the Laurie Beechman Theater last week. It was You Like Me, a show in which various performers acted out notorious trophy-clutching speeches made by golden folks like Meryl Streep (wickedly witty), Patti Lu Pone (mildly cantankerous), and Elaine Stritch (out of her mind). La Daily ... 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: BEST PLAY Jerusalem War Horse Good People Motherf**k ... More >>
I've read every celebrity memoir ever written (except for Keith Richards') because I love the inside dish, the self-aggrandizment, the bitterness, and the gloating, not to mention the peek into what makes these artists actually tick as people and performers. Of course some are more compell ... More >>
Two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone is in talks to star in a revival of Hello, Dolly! and already the chatterati are concerned. "Does she have the warmth for the role?" some of them are nattering on various bored boards. Um, yes she does.
It's a gay man's wet dream. Singer, Oscar winner, star, and Donna Karan wearer Barbra Streisand is in negotiations to play the fiercely tunnel-visioned Mama Rose in a movie of Gypsy, according to The Post's Michael Riedel. Normally I'd say "Enough with Gypsy!" but the chance to see Streisan ... More >>
A press release went out yesterday saying that Hazel, the maid immortalized by Shirley Booth in a '60s sitcom, is being turned into a stage musical, and they're in talks with a Broadway actress to play the part. Too bad Shirley isn't still around because she could sing as well as act, mop, a ... More >>
...Is that I don't have to see every single show anymore! I was so conscientious as a voter that I would sit there and watch everything that crept down the turnpike just on the off chance that it might end up getting a nomination or two.
In 1994, Tony winner Patti LuPone was bumped from the starring role in Sunset Boulevard by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, though she'd been promised the Broadway run after doing it in London. Well, some people might have just gone home and cried about it, but some people ain't Patti! Don't c ... More >>
The marquee is up for the Driving Miss Daisy revival on Broadway, and James Earl Jones's name is the first one listed! He's on the left and Vanessa Redgrave comes next, on the right. This might be an alphabetical way to handle two titans of such magnitude, but isn't Vanessa slightly bigger, ... More >>
via PattiLuPone.netIn 1987's tap-happy revival of Anything Goes, Patti LuPone scored as Reno Sweeney, the role originated by big-lunged Ethel Merman in the 30s. In 2008, she picked up a Tony for playing Mama Rose, another Merman role, in a rousing retread of Gypsy. And now, she going to tak ... More >>
Last night's 20th anniversary edition of Broadway Bares, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was a splashy gala at Roseland, which I'll tell you about in the column. But let me fill you in on a couple of fun celebrity moments from the revue, which I noticed in between gagging on, I ... More >>
Gaga for Google and every twittle thing that made the Aughts fraught with fakery and fun
That's easy! Simply leave your cell phone on during a performance of A Steady Rain, and when it rings during a particularly tense moment onstage, sit back and don't turn it off. That's what went on last week when Hugh broke character and advised the offending person to silence the gadget alre ... More >>
I became overwhelmed with hope after reading in Next magazine that superstar DJ Junior Vasquez is now 60 years old! It's inspiring that a sexagenarian can still spin from such a high perch! Between Junior and some other names they mentioned who are the same age, I can now cling to the possib ... More >>
One of the week's most clicked clips was that of Susan Boyle, the 47-year-old frump who rocked out on Britain's Got Talent and wowed the smirks off the skeptical judges' faces. But as someone who knows about the inner workings of TV, can I just say how phony the whole thing came off? In fact, the ... More >>
Nightlife pickin's so slim that I even went to a museum.
He didn't write the music or show up at the ceremony nine-months pregnant, but we're happy to note that our theater critic Michael Feingold has had a hand in a recording that won not one but two Grammys: Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording. The EuroArts recording of the Los Angeles Ope ... More >>
Uptown Saturday nights are more fabulous all the time. Meanwhile, back at the Tonys . . .
South Pacific, Gypsy, and Juno show how 1950s Broadway got 'serious'
Gypsy is younger than ever, but LuPone's Madam Rose is the maddest yet
Marriage of Lorca and Doyle is one very Todd couple
Attend the tale, for Sweeney's odd, but as to knowing the score, don't touch that Doyle
With Cole Porter in command of the music, if you get a kick, you've got no kick coming
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