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This season it's David Rockwell, who has two, count 'em two, Tony nominations--one for the factory/nightclub set of Kinky Boots and another for the '80s newsroom ambience of Lucky Guy. This week's column contains my chat with various Tony nominees like Tom Hanks and Cicely Tyson, whom I interviewed ... More >>
Laura Osnes is very good in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and as a result, she's one of the frontrunners for the Tony Award for best actress in a musical. One of the other frontrunners (or four of them, actually) would have been the girls who star in Matilda, alternating in the role. But in ... More >>
No, it wasn't exactly a solo. Or a featured bit. Or even the usual ensemble. I was part of a massive chorus of 300 or so people singing harmony behind Tony nominee Andrea Martin on her big song "No Time At All." And we soared! This was done in an uptown hall yesterday, as presided over by Time Out ... More >>
Each of these 10 shows shine bright ... like a diamond ... in the sky.
Alec Baldwin stars in Orphans
Musto brings back the mirror ball to studio 54
It all makes perfect sense. After all, I was at the original Studio 54--a LOT. And I always defended the joys of disco music as others argued that it signaled the destruction of civilization. And were still here! So I'm throwing a Disco Extravaganza at 54 Below--the jazzily renovated lower level ... More >>
The New York Times' Patrick Healy reports that the mammoth Australian musical King Kong has its eye on NYC's Foxwoods Theater, but there's just one problem. Another scary creature, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, happens to be inhabiting that very place and even a large can of Raid couldn't get it t ... More >>
I'm really ruling PBS this week. First, the documentary about performer/writer Charles Busch, which I appear in, aired a whole bunch of times. The doc about the legendary Florent restaurant, which I similarly blab throughout, is also getting shown this week. And now I'm caught dramatically doing ... More >>
When Michael McGrath won a Tony award on Sunday for his performance as a lovable gangster in the Gerswhin musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, he thanked his wife and said, "Baby, you're the greatest!" The back story on that reference is that he's set to play Ralph Kramden in the upcoming, absolute ... More >>
The timeless Bernadette Peters was the guest of honor at a New Dramatists Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis yesterday, where she was serenaded by costars Elaine Stritch and John Dossett and honored by Joel Grey, who said she's been like a younger sister to him ever since she played just that in Georg ... More >>
Ever since Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark didn't get a nomination for the Best Musical Tony award, they've been amping up the gimmick machine to get some press for the show. *First, they announced a special Tony Sunday performance for which anyone with the first name Anthony, Tony, Antonio, Antoinet ... More >>
Charlize Theron and I had a fun chat at a luncheon promoting her new dark dramedy, Young Adult, in which she deftly plays a woman who eerily believes she belongs with her high school boyfriend, even though they broke up 17 years ago and he's married. Charlize talked about her admiration for Meryl S ... More >>
Image courtesy of Maomag Except I don't have a Tony ballot since the Tony Awards dropped writers from their voting lists not long ago, because we actually knew what we were doing and we didn't have an agenda about it. So the Times asked me, as a "celebrity theatergoer," to fill out who I wou ... More >>
We've already seen Mamie Gummer in plays, movies, and TV shows. But her 24-year-old sister Grace Gummer is relatively new to me, so I was curious to see her in a suporting role in the new revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. And she's good! Grace has her mother's (and sister's) face, but her ... 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.
The New Group looks at the troubles of the working class
One of my eternal idols, Nancy Sinatra, invited me to a dinner at Patsy's for Sinatra Family Estate wines, so I brought Tony nominee Orfeh, who also loves Nancy, and went for the meatballs and the magic. Between courses (and watching other people sample the wines), I talked to Nancy about h ... More >>
I ran into Mo Rocca last night and congratulated him on being one of the writers for the Tony Awards on Sunday. (Shut up. I thought there was funny stuff.) I asked Mo if he wrote the great line that host Sean Hayes said about how at the World Cup they yell "Goal!" but at the Tonys they shri ... More >>
I know that's not much of an item--don't worry, I'll go back to Hitler bashing in a minute--but the ex American Idol star is really good to her fans. At the Tony awards after-party at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Paula stood in full view in a crowded room and let herself be accosted by anyon ... More >>
So the 2010 Tony Awards were dished out last night, and to the surprise/dismay of many -- and nobody more than the guy up there -- Fela! did not rule the night, ceding Best Musical (among others) to Memphis. Given our own bias, we, too, will have to check out Memphis soon, and like ?uestlove, ... More >>
The Limelight's born again, and so am I
I remember when Phylicia Rashad bagged the Tony award for Best Actress, and in the press room was told she was the first African American to ever win in that category. Asked how she felt, Rashad looked a bit stymied and couldn't come up with an answer!
Get out your Tums, kids, because this one's gonna hurt. You see, in 1969, screen legend Katharine Hepburn played designer Coco Chanel in the splashy Broadway musical Coco.
New Yorkers can do a lot of things other people can't: ride the Staten Island Ferry at midnight, have lunch in Central Park, etc. But we can't buy a damn bottle of wine at the grocery store. This year we had a chance to change it -- but the state's liquor stores and their lobbyists blocked it ... More >>
That's the message of this week's column, in which Jeff Daniels--currently in the rom-com The Answer Man--tells me that when he worked with Jack ages ago in Terms of Endearment, he was amazed to learn that the superstar isn't always the answer man himself. Daniels also tells me about whether he's g ... More >>
The 11 o'clock number from last night's Tony awards--done at 11:03--came when host Neil Patrick Harris belted a ditty that used the melodies from West Side Story and Guys and Dolls to sum up the night's zaniness with all new lyrics. At the after-party, Harris told me composers Marc Shaiman and Sco ... More >>
At an American Theatre Wing dinner at Cipriani the other night, I got to sit with a bevy of Tony award types and wet myself with delight. At my table, Roger Robinson--who's Tony nominated for Joe Turner's Come and Gone--said that, after the bump they got from the Obamas seeing the show, he was stun ... More >>
"WMITF?" twitpic via dvdquotes. Whenever NYPD comes up in the news, we like to include comments from Thee Rant, formerly NYPD Rant. Apparently they've noticed. "They are not on our side," says one poster, "and will look for stuff that fits their image of cops, which ain't good." "The Village Voic ... More >>
The Tony Award nominees have just been announced. The best musical nominees are Billy Elliot, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, and Shrek the Musical. (Rock of Ages being a jukebox musical, its place in the Best Score category was taken by 9 to 5; [title of show] replaced it in the Best Book list.) Best ... More >>
Yasmina Rezas God of Carnage
Grey Gardens was the recent Tony-winning Broadway musical based on the 1975 Maysles brothers' documentary about the eccentric mother-and-daughter duo the Beales, who wore turbans, ate cat food, yelled a lot, and pretty much loved each other in between emotionally wrestling each other to the ground. ... More >>
*A sudden taste for one-dollar deli coffee *The Meat Packing District returning to its glory as a haven for rats, trannie prosties, and bagel joints *Lots more muggers and thieves, as all the rich people who moaned that "New York has lost its edge" double-bolt themselves indoors *Some sick, twist ... More >>
It's been almost a week since the Tony awards and Broadway queens are still nattering on about whether South Pacific's dreamy Paulo Szot is gay (and whether I have a szot with him). Here are the clues: On the telecast, he was sitting next to a fairly good looking guy. When he was introduced by the u ... More >>
This is a blatant bid for a little pat upon my hunchback, but remember when I blogged my predictions for the Tony nominations for Best Actress in a musical? Remember how no one gave a shit? But remember how if you DID read it, you'd see I said most assuredly that the nominees would be Patti LuPone, ... More >>
After a six-year delay, Edward Albees play is back
Please buy my book, La Dolce Musto! It's a brand, spanking new collection of my greatest rants and ravings through the years! All right, it actually came out a year and a half ago, but it must still be available on Amazon, and it's probably just a quarter by now. I swear to Christ the book got rave ... More >>
The cast of Broadway's The Color Purple have been told the show is closing on Feburary 24, according to a poster on talkinbroadway.com's allthatchat messageboard. Can an anonymous Broadway queen actually be a good source? Absolutely—in fact, one of them broke the story about Rent closing by postin ... More >>
What exactly should an Asian-American theater fest celebrate?
The picks of the litter. In other business: Travolta's not exactly Divine, is he?
Twice a Contender