Live comedy is a talky genre, but this week's Cheap Laughs features an unusually chatty bunch of shows. The NYC PodFest takes over the Lower East Side this weekend, bringing you the best audio over-sharers in the city. Lewis Black (a.k.a. the Picasso of Ranting) and Radiolab's storyteller-in-chief J ... More >>
Get in the ring with will power
This week's column is a rollicking romp through a Tony nominees' meet-and-greet event, where Tom Hanks told me what people do to him on the subway, how his play was changed in rehearsal, and other insights into what it's like to be Tom Hanks on Broadway. You heard me right, by the way: Tom Hanks ri ... More >>
Quvenzhane Wallis set a whole new tone for the Oscar Best Actress race; she was the youngest nominee ever in that category, at a mere nine years old! But she didn't have to fight it out with other kids--just a few grown women and one really old (fabulous) lady. Well, that was then. The Tony award ... More >>
I generally loathe one-person shows because they often fail to be all that dramatic, usually consisting of a long-winded famous person pretending to be another long-winded famous person, taking an occasional breath only when the phone rings. But the three one-woman shows that are coming sound like ... More >>
Sidney Poitier was 32 when he played the upwardly mobile Walter Lee Younger in the original 1959 Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in The Sun (the play that recent Pulitzer winner Clybourne Park so interestingly riffed on). And Sean Combs was 35 when he played it in the 2 ... More >>
You don't have to be gay to enjoy the staggeringly entertaining and wildly campy clips I've compiled for you, but it helps. Simply click on the links and you'll see: Joan Crawford/Cyd Charisse, "Two Faced Woman" (narrated by Debbie Reynolds, of course). This defies description. Must be seen to be ... More >>
Henrik Ibsen's 1882 play An Enemy of the People--about a shattering crisis of ethics vs. corruption--is getting the stuffiness taken out of it in the Manhattan Theatre Club production directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes. The trimmed text doesn't belabor anything as it moves forward and the translat ... More >>
On the Tony Awards the other night, Hugh Jackman dropped the camping and gay jokes and made a big show out of professing love--on camera--for his wife, who was there to present him with an honor. The whole thing seemed very calculated to get the straight word out. Did you buy it? Well, as backgro ... More >>
Based on a movie, of course! It's the musical of Kinky Boots, the 2005 feelgood film about Lola, the drag queen who helps reinvent footwear for men of all genders. The musical version--opening first in Chicago--sounds a little bit like Priscilla meets La Cage with a little bit of Sister Act thrown ... More >>
Matthew Broderick sings the Gershwin hits
Twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth Olsen -- younger sister to those eternally cute little monkeys the Olsen twins -- started getting Oscar buzz a while ago, as my eyeballs rolled like pinballs. What next -- a Nobel Prize for Jaleel White's cousin?
Multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald can hit notes only Mariah Carey can hear, so I was surprised to learn she had to be coaxed to go even higher a couple of times. In her foreword to the new edition of funnyman/musician Seth Rudetsky's anecdote-filled book Broadway Nights, Audra -- who's Broadway-b ... More >>
Writes Jed Ryan: "Loaded with an infinite number of priceless zingers, Fork ... is the equivalent of the cocktail hour at a gay wedding, where Tony award winners and aging Hollywood legends mix with go-go boys, porn stars, and self-aggrandizing pseudo-celebs.
My life is geting even kooky-crazier than before, with wild leaps from highbrow to lowbrow and back--and I love it! Last night, I was in a Project Shaw reading of George Bernard Shaw's Getting Married, starring names like Emily Skinner, Andrea Marcovicci, and Cady Huffman, the Tony winner fr ... More >>
Broadwayworld.comHugh Jackman was great as gay performer Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, but on the Tony Awards the other night, he was still swishing around. As himself! Hugh and host Neil Patrick Harris performed a very funny Tony host showdown, which resulted in them camping it up to tun ... More >>
I recently turned on TCM and caught a wildly campy Civil War epic called Band of Angels, with Yvonne De Carlo as a Southern belle who finds out she's part black and ain't happy about it! I wonder if Pulitzer winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined) saw it, because her new work deals with jus ... More >>
Summing up 2010 in two little words
Once the dubmaster for Out Hud and bass provider for !!!, Justin Vandervolgen has been negotiating rock and dance music for well over a decade, forgoing the former for the latter a few years back. This year has been a busy one for Vandervolgen: rocking underground dance parties, dropping an o ... More >>
The last year in Broadway theater saw the appearances of names like Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones not just on stages, but in the same award categories as their Loyal-to-New-York-Theater co-stars. The trending caused our own lead theater critic Michael Feingold to pen an epic scr ... More >>
We at the Village Voice fly all variations of flags -- patriotic, pirate, freak, or otherwise -- day in, day out as routine business around here. But this week, we're loud and proud of a very specific color (or colors), as that special time of year is here again: The Queer Issue has arrived. ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, our writers may not run restaurants, but they definitely have seen their fair share of rats. Graham Rayman's fourth installment of his epic look behind closed NYPD doors, The Police Tapes, runs this week, and now we learn who the officer was that took these recor ... More >>
Also, remembering the Tonys, even the forgettable parts
Mary, mother of Broadway
Tony winner Mandy Patinkin stars in the Bards classic
Writer's cramp? No, a nonstop stream of diary during the Oscars telecast.
Take the Balls of Fury quiz and win a Def Leppard album!
And trying to be famous? Let me tell you about it.
Kevin Kline prepares to scale the mad king's heroic heights and war-torn politics
Notes on the New Gay Predator
Black Theaters Cope With Cash Crunch
Faye said she felt Chinatown 'gave people something to put their dreams on.' (It's better than a wire hanger.)