Reno Sweeney

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Live: Madonna Brings Her Set Pieces, Sex Pieces, And Masterpieces To Yankee Stadium

    Madonna w/ Avicii Yankee Stadium Thursday, September 6 Better than: The VMAs. If ever you need a concise summary of Madonna's year, the billing for her New York dates will do nicely. There's Madonna, her name in no way styled to resemble that of a party drug. And there's Avicii, a Swedish stadium- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    OMG, Godspell Has Been Updated

    ​The 1971 flower-child musical Godspell--a kooky rendering of the scriptures as a sort of nouveau vaudeville show--has started Broadway previews, and the kids on the boards are spilling about just how the script has been updated and tweaked. SPOILER ALERT!

  • Theater

    April 13, 2011

    Anything Goes--Classic Ahoy!

    Kathleen Marshall sails Cole Porter onto 43rd Street

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Anything Goes On Broadway: How Goes It?

    ​Anything Goes has one of the best scores in musical history, along with one of the silliest books. Classic Cole Porter tunes like "You're The Top" and "I Get a Kick Out Of You" are dropped into a screwball shipboard plot involving people hiding, others chasing, and a dog missing, all leading ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 20, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Patti LuPone is the New Ethel Merman

    via​In 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 >>

  • NYC Life

    September 5, 2006

    Downer at the Rock and Roll Club

    As CBGB takes its victory laps, a lifer reminisces about the death of an era