Puerto Rican Film Fest exposes stellar stories
On Saturday nights, off the often grimy but consistently pulsating strip that is Canal Street, lives a world of neon, spandex and hairspray. Those evenings, Jessie's Girl, an '80s tribute band, rolls up on stage around 11:30pm to packed crowds at Canal Room to perform a string of nostalgic and spark ... More >>
Just when you think you've seen and heard it all, it gets curiouser and curiouser, folks. First, I wrote up Hardcore Pawn as perhaps the worst, fakest reality show in all of Christendom. The publicist (whom I know and like) then emailed me that the stars are her clients. I prepared for a telling o ... More >>
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 >>
Here's all the chatter from Broadway's nominees
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 >>
Thank you, Wilson Models. Thank you world.
Start shining the Tony award for Cicely Tyson, who's just plain wonderful in The Trip To Bountiful, Horton Foote's play about an older lady who wants to return to the Texas town of her youth, remembering it as a place of fertility and goodness. The 1985 movie had a heartbreaking Geraldine Page per ... More >>
Alan Cumming Plays everyone in Macbeth
Alec Baldwin stars in Orphans
I believe I mentioned that on Sunday February 17, I'm hosting a disco extravaganza at 54 Below--the old lower level of the legendary disco Studio 54--with a band, singers, Tony nominee Orfeh, and even yours truly stepping up to the mic to croon a disco chestnut or four. And now a Village People per ... More >>
Celebrating two american legends
Let's not consider this a full-fledged review of the Cyrano de Bergerac re-mounting on Broadway, just my rather nasal musings about it. The star of this production, directed by Jamie Lloyd from a translation by Ranjit Bolt, is definitely the nose. It's more elaborate than in past versions--bigger, ... More >>
I love predicting Tony award categories 10 whole months before they're announced because there's something so perverse about guessing who'll get the nominations before some of the shows have even started rehearsing! Even more deliciously, I usually get at least 60% right. So here are my predix f ... More >>
With her amazing belt and wry wit, Molly Pope has stolen events like "You Like Me!" and "Night of 1000 Judys," also turning up at Feinsteins at Loews Regency, and in a Gallery Players production of Wonderful Town. I caught up with the fearless chantoozie on the road to even bigger and brighter thin ... 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 >>
And I'm in it! It's a Judy Garland-obsessed show that benefits the Ali Forney Center. And guess who's going to be there, preaching at the shrine of Judyism?
Tonight at 1 A.M. on Channel 13, the long-running Theater Talk presents its usual array of experts offering educated guesses as to who'll cop the Tony awards on June 10. Jesse Green (New York magazine), Patrick Pacheco (LA Times, NY 1), and I offer our picks as to whether it'll be:
A week of Broadway torture proves that hope lies with the scruffy
With Newsies, Leap of Faith, and Ghost all upon us this season, Broadway is more than ever turning to old flicks to transform into stage dollars. But which movies haven't been muscalized for Broadway yet? Not that many, actually, but I do have some ideas. Hey, Mr. producer, next season let's plea ... More >>
Well, I'm Italian! (And she's half.) It's part of You Like Me!, a wacky revue in which an assortment of wonderfully offbeat performers re-enact classic acceptance speeches in all their weepy glory.
No, it's not about NAMBLA. Shut up. It's a 1961 Terence Rattigan play set in the Village in 1934, about a Ponzi schemer and all-around fraud who uses his son as a pawn against his gay financial opponent, whom he calls "that silly, pink-faced old fairy!"
The NYMF presents 30 new musicals
No, not Judi Dench. Anyway, tonight's attractions: Jackie Hoffman will sing "Swanee." Tony winner Daisy Eagan will do "The Trolley Song." Emily Bergl (Desperate Housewives) will croon "Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart" And there will be more. They'll sing 'em all and they'll stay all n ... More >>
And that night is tonight! At the Laurie Beechman Theater at 9:30, Michael Schulman and Rachel Shukert are presenting "You Like Me: An Evening of Classic Acceptance Speeches," with an all-star cast of people serving lots and lots of gratitude. But I'll be reciting a classic anti-acceptance ... More >>
Done with the pee, Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann dive into the ooze
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 >>
Plus Amy Ryan: not your everyday Jane
We've seen a lot of "wedding dance" videos over the last year, whether they're epic proposals, or walks down the aisle, or whatever: YouTube has empowered the wedding party beyond any reasonable stretch of the imagination. Well, anyone who ever wants to reach at greatness in this regard now ... More >>
Joan MarcusMillion Dollar Quartet has proven that by throwing together a low-budget show with actors imitating four music legends (in this case Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins), the tourists will come and you can make lots of cash while nabbing some acclaim and even a To ... More >>
Richard TermineThat's what I'm hearing, and it'll surely be a rewarding read. After all, Vanessa Williams came to national attention as a lovely beauty queen whose crown was ripped off her pretty head when a lesbo-nudie spread surfaced.
More thoughts on Broadway and the state of theater in New York
Friday, June 11th: Isle of Wight Festival Oh, what am I doing Friday night? Yeah, I don't really know. Maybe fly to England and open the Isle of Wight Festival. Kanye West said he might come through and do "Run This Town." Thinking I'll maybe play in front of a tens of thousands of people wearing ... More >>
At newest Chelsea gay bar, baseball and beer. Plus: Broadway and bears
America and England join hands for Sam Mendes
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.
One of the funniest people alive, Andrea Martin is the SCTV genius who went on to become a Tony award winner on Broadway and a familiar punim on the social scene.
"By Any Means Necessary" just ran smack into "The Show Must Go On," and the latter blinked. The cast of the Tony-winning revival of Hair are cancelling their Sunday matinee performance on October 11 so they can stand with marriage equality supporters at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C ... More >>
He lives. He types. Per Vulture comes news of Bret's official statement regarding his rather unfortunate run-in with a piece of scenery live onstage at the Tony Awards Sunday night. A few rather unpleasant pictures, too. He's trying to laugh this off, people, give him credit. Key graf:
Fighting off the recession with priceless gems. Plus, a few Debbie taunts.
Rehab as a beautiful experience, plus cracks about pies. Psst! Ted Haggard was a top.
What exactly should an Asian-American theater fest celebrate?
The picks of the litter. In other business: Travolta's not exactly Divine, is he?
Alpha choreographer and a clutch of improvisers commit themselves to the printed page
Slurry With the Fringe on Top
Is It Time To Move Beyond Multiculturalism?