Tony Awards

  • Voice Choices

    February 12, 2014


    Billy Budd stands trial at BAM

  • Voice Choices

    October 16, 2013


    Mary-Louise Parker 
stars in The Snow Geese

  • Voice Choices

    May 1, 2013


    Michael Musto heats up
54 Below

  • Voice Choices

    April 3, 2013


    The Big Knife cuts up Broadway

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    My Disco Gig Is In Today's Daily News!

    On Sunday February 17, I'll be singing disco hits at 54 Below--the jazzily renovated lower level of the old Studio 54--and it makes perfect sense. I used to go to the actual club in the 1970s. And in the 1980s, I fronted a band. And I've written new words to "I Will Survive" to make it a satirical ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 8, 2012

    Happily Ever After?

    Amy Adams stars in Into the Woods

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    I Will Be On Broadway With Judy Garland!

    It was inevitable, people. I'm going to be gracing a Broadway stage and I'll be positioned right next to Judy Garland herself in the form of Tracie Bennett, who won a Tony nomination for portraying the legend in Peter Quilter's End of the Rainbow.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Janis Joplin's Story Is Finally Coming To The Screen

    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. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    The Five Funniest Scenes On Broadway This Season

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    What's With All These People Who Talk To Themselves In The Street?

    There are more and more of them, all loudly conversing into thin air as they bizarrely breeze past you. Psychos? Acute schizo nutjobs? No. You quickly realize that they must be talking into some invisible gizmo or other which actually connects them with another human being. You hope.

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Broadway Gossip About Ricky Martin, Newsies, and Jekyll & Hyde!

    This week's column is a breathless triumph that sums up the Broadway season by interviewing various notables at a Tony nominees meet-and-greet where they grabbed at plaques and press ops. You'll learn: *What Gladys Knight has to do with the upcoming reimagining of Jekyll & Hyde *What Bonnie & Cly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Will Spider-Man Get the Nomination?

    Next Tuesday morning, the Tony nominations will be announced, and people--even some people not on ropes--will be looking to see if Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is one of the four nominees for Best Musical. A year ago, that would have seemed as outlandish a proposition as a musical about a flying a ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012
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    December 21, 2011
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    September 28, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Photos From My Incredible Book Party!

    ​The Copacabana turned it out last night with food, booze, percussionists, and dancing Copa girls for the gala launch of my book, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back, promoted by Chip Duckett. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Lisa Lampanelli cohosted and were pure delight, both taking the stage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    My Salmon Jacket Looks Great On Theater Talk Tonight

    ​Isn't it a theatrical experience unto itself? And beyond that, Patrick Pacheco (NY 1, L.A. Times), Jesse Green (New York magazine), and I offer sparklingly dramatic and in fact award-worthy comments about last Sunday's Tony Awards telecast, the best one in ages.

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Spider-Man Has Opened! And I Have Spoken!

    ​The tangled web has sorted itself out and, after only eight years of waiting (or at least it felt that way), Spidey has finally swung his buggin' ass around for the critics--this time officially. Click here for my review in which I tell you whether the can of repellent is still called for, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    The Three Most Overrated Women of 2011

    ​So far. According to Based on their sex appeal. (Yes, I try to spotlight the other team once in a while.) (3) Lea Michele I guess her Tony awards appearance last year is still not instigating waves of glee. (2) Cameron Diaz You mean, her reuniting with ex beau Justin Timb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Ellen Barkin On Hollywood, AIDS, and The Normal Heart

    ​In the current Broadway revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, Ellen Barkin is doing so well she's gotten a Tony nomination and a theaterful full of used Kleenexes every night. Click here for my new column, in which Ellen tells me about this staggering production, as well as her experie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Daniel Radcliffe Snubbed By Tony Awards!

    ​Last year, the Tony awards fawned over Hollywood types, and a lot of died-in-the-wool theater people didn't have much of a chance against them. Well, this time the nominating committee obviously listened to the criticism about all that and swung the curve back to the real theater stars. (He ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 30, 2011


    What would you do for love?

  • Voice Choices

    March 9, 2011


    Chris Rock makes his Broadway debut

  • Voice Choices

    January 26, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    The Great Thing About Being Dumped as a Tony Voter...

    ​...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.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    More Info On Donna Murphy's Holocaust Show

    ​I recently relayed's breaking news about Tony winner Donna Murphy's participation in a show dealing with Holocaust victims and survivors, which is on its merry way to Broadway. Well, apparently, it's a musical comedy! I've linked the new lemonwade report, which tells you some ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 13, 2010


    Julia Stiles bites the pomegranate

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    October 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Donna Murphy in Holocaust Musical

    ​Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy is returning to Broadway in a musical about the survivors and victims of the holocaust, according to our friends at While the Broadway board regulars will no doubt start making cracks like, "Will she show up for the holocaust?" I'll be anxious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    I Revealed Broadway Secrets on Chatterbox

    ​ Broadway baby Seth Rudetsky just interviewed me on his Chatterbox show on and got to the root of: *The first Broadway show I ever saw, which absolutely horrified me. *My first interview with a Tony winner, who totally traumatized me.

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Joan Rivers' Gay Revelations!

    ​CLICK HERE for my column in which the veteran funny lady tells me if she's ever had a lesbian experience and also if she's ever dated a man who turned out to be gay. Well, I asked! I also dish about:

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Tony Awards Expand Voting Pool And Still Exclude Me!

    via Wikipedia​Last year, a batch of press people were told they could no longer vote for Broadway's Tony awards--this even though we're the only voters who didn't have a conflict of interest, seeing as we don't work for any of the shows! Well, we all carried on and screamed like highly litera ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 16, 2010


    Green Day does showtunes

  • Voice Choices

    November 24, 2009
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    October 13, 2009


    Saved by The Understudy

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    October 13, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Tony Awards Committee Drops Critics from Voter Rolls

    The Tony Management Committee has stopped letting critics vote on the Tony Awards for achievements in Broadway theater, on the grounds that the reviewers have a conflict of interest -- as opposed to actual theater artists and producers who, we guess, monkishly abstain from allowing personal relation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    The Original Jennifer Aniston!

    That desperate headline was the only way I could draw your attention to my column (CLICK HERE) reviewing Debbie Reynolds, who was Hollywood's original girl-next-door-who's-man-left-her-for-a-vamp, way back in the '50s. Anyway, Debbie debuted at the Cafe Carlysle last week with a fun act of singing, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Billy Elliot Takes 10 Tonys

    The Tony Awards producers did not take our suggestions, but the show still moved at a relatively brisk pace and had some nice moments, such as the acceptance of the Best Actor in a Musical Award by the three nice young men who alternate the lead in Billy Elliot; they were physically poised as you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    5 Ways to Maybe Get People to Watch the Tony Awards

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    YouTube Treasure: Patti LuPone Mouths Off as Evita

    One of the musical theater legends of the modern age, Patti LuPone has always had an excitingly personal sense of diction, but in this 1981 Tony awards segment, she sounds like she's chewing on marbles while ebulliently belting out "Buenos Aires" from her triumphant Evita star turn. Everything's com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Week in Review: You Can’t Believe It

    In the week that Jim Jones made musical theater history, we joined the campaign to win Dame Dash a Tony Award, or at least a Vogue feature. T.I. continues to charm America; so, from beyond the grave, does ODB. AC/DC still have it, as do Quintron and Miss Pussycat. This new Jawbreaker band may or ma ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 3, 2008


    See Harry and his broomstick on Broadway

  • Voice Choices

    July 29, 2008


    Classical Theatre of Harlem moves its hit show outdoors

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008

    Me Alert! I'm On Educational TV!

    Did you ever think you'd see my trash-talking carb face on Channel 13? Well, brace yourselves, kids. I will appear on Theater Talk, the wildly informative show about Broadway happenings, hosted by Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel, on that very channel! Twice! This Wednesday night (technically Thursd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2008

    Who Will Get Tony Nominations? Only I Know--Or Care

    I know I'm the only one within miles who gives a rat's ass about this, especially so early in the game, but please humor me as I put out my predictions for my favorite Tony awards category, Best Actress in a Musical. (Come on, please! This can't really harm anyone and it'll make me feel so good.) It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008

    Mamma Mia Trailers: ABBA Dabba Do

    On Broadway, Mamma Mia is a fairly cheesy, lightweight jukebox musical which opened to raves that were mystifying—until you realized 9/11 had just happened and people were anxious for ANY piece of entertainment to lead us out of the smoky gloom. Carrie the Musical would have even gotten good revie ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 19, 2008


    Great casting may make this one soar

  • Columns

    May 18, 1999

    NY Mirror

    Advice from the ball circuit: 'This category is about your face, not your booty. Now ride your broomstick out of here, baby gorilla.'

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