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Breaking Big, But Slowly
And speak clearly when you answer me! Don't you love the way Patti LuPone talks? I feel it's clipped and expressive and distinctive--the sign of a real star. Her speaking style is anything but generic. It's very Patti, extremely individual, and brimming with character. But a recent review of the ... More >>
On Broadway, that is. The playwright offers up his newest.
Here are the ten best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.
Hot and theme-y
I saw the queen of bitterness--best known for Hairspray, Xanadu, and The Addams Family--in concert last night at 54 Below and thrilled to her succession of lashings, hilariously pulled off. For example: *She was horrified to read in the New York Times that Patti LuPone opened the club on June 5. ... 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 >>
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 >>
MTC and Terrence McNally try to revive an opera great
New work from Amy Herzog and Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek; plus Shakespeare hits Broadway
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown's in town, and she's not one of them.
Who's doing what to whom? Your guess is not as good as mine.
The Public Theater presents director Nicholas Kent's production of The Great Game
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 >>
Geronimo puts the go back in go-go. We talk about it.
This week is the Voice's Best of NYC issue, our annual opportunity to bestow arbitrary awards like Easiest Place to Score Free Gay Drinks and Least Embarrassing Place to Belt Out a Show Tune. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. by Maro HagopianA ... More >>
Plus the Hookies, contrary Mary, and Jerry's real kids.
Nightlife pickin's so slim that I even went to a museum.
The last month or so has been a goldmine of celebrity spats and tantrums, and I'd like to lay them out in order and let you decide which one sent out the most gratifying sparks of creepy confrontation. *Patti LuPone vs the flash photographer. You remember this one--"Who do you think you are?"
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 >>
We thought its opening was poorly timed, but at the New York Post Michael Reidel informs us that You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush, Will Ferrell's one-man George W. Bush comedy show, leads Broadway with a $5 million advance sale and is considering extending its eight-week run ... More >>
As you've undoubtedly heard, Patti LuPone almost had a real breakdown while having her musical one in Gypsy on one of the final nights of the show. Someone in the audience at that performance was dumb enough to take pictures of the star while she launched into "Rose's Turn" and Patti broke character ... More >>
One of the most talented celebrity impersonators around, Christine Pedi has become a star in her own right by lighting up many a Forbidden Broadway production as well as doing her own one-woman (but actually, MANY-women) shows all over town. Well, her Holly Jolly Christmas Folly holiday impression-a ... More >>
Serrano talks about his No. 2 project. Plus fruits and oranges, and Mr. Gay Philadelphia.
Rosalind Russell always swore that she did her own singing for the 1962 movie Gypsy. That may be, but they sure didn't use it! Lisa Kirk (from Broadway's Kiss Me Kate) dubbed Roz in the film, except for the pattery portions of the singing, the kind Rex Harrison probably could have done (though Roz s ... More >>
A review of the Broadway season's best leg-breaking, plus some arm-twisting
Stew in Passing Strange, tinazimmer.com More important than who gets the silly, old Democratic nomination is who will nab the TONY nominations (which will be announced tomorrow; you'll know it when all theater queens suddenly start shrieking, crying, and saying "What the fuck?"). So here are my sea ... More >>
At the buffet table with Rachel Dratch, missing Osama, and why Harvey Fierstein is always right
Wynonna's backwoods backstory (and other therapy issues)
More than half a century after his death, composer Kurt Weill still provokes strong reactions
Sondheim's demon musical thrives in a heavenly operatic showcase
A Winter Movie Preview
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Spike Lee spins a raucous '70s morality tale