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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 >>
Each of these 10 shows shine bright ... like a diamond ... in the sky.
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 >>
If Mother Nature hasn't already shaken you to the core, and you find yourself in need of a good scary movie this Halloween, New York's Troma Studios have got you covered. Most known for the cult classics The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke 'Em High, Troma holds the distinction of being the world's l ... 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 >>
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 >>
Once again, feel-good battles artsinessfor the Antoinettes
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 >>
Musto's verdict on the retooled musical
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 >>
I know this for a fact because the great actor told me about it last night! I was at Bridgewater's, where the formidable James Earl Jones was getting the Monte Cristo award from the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Michael Douglas, Hal Prince, Leslie Uggams, and James' Driving Miss Daisy co- ... 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
The outtakes from Anna Nicole Smith's 1995 action thriller Skyscraper weren't any worse than the movie itself. And apparently they weren't much shorter either. Anna Nicole played Carrie Wink, an ace helicopter pilot who finds herself in the midst of some serious terrorist action. (Well, she ... More >>
At least he didn't in Broadway's Fences revival, as costar Viola Davis reveals in this Theater Talk season sampler of highlights from the PBS discussion show.
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!
Scarlett Johansson smolders Broadway
Carson McCullers's famous novel gets an adaptation
What readers need from reviewers—if there are any readers left
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 >>
Yasmina Rezas God of Carnage
Tom Wolfe reflects on Ken Kesey's hippie trip
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti gets his own musical
After a six-year delay, Edward Albees play is back
An African play with universal appeal
Unconventional swordplay and vamping, plus blind items that will make you go blind
The picks of the litter. In other business: Travolta's not exactly Divine, is he?
Twice a Contender