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Here are the highlights from my very vivid three-hour viewing experience. Hold your applause till the end: Interviewed on the red carpet, Tyne Daly dismissively said the Tonys are a race meant for everyone else, "not for us." She wasn't nominated. How bad were the musicals this year? So bad that ... More >>
Broadway's finest have been honored by the Tony nominating committee, the results announced just moments ago as theater folk all over town felt some real emotion for a change. Among the nominated are, well, approximately two thirds of the people I predicted yesterday. But more interestingly, who g ... More >>
I've seen almost everything this season except Magic/Bird--which to me sounds like a wildlife puppet show, and it's quite possible that's what it is--and I'm ready to tell you who will definitely maybe probably almost get Tony nominated tomorrow morning. Here goes: BEST PLAY *Clybourne Park *Othe ... More >>
Surely you know the song "Some People" from the musical Gypsy. Oh, you're straight and under 50?
This has been a really good year for tough teachers on Broadway. In Master Class, Tyne Daly played Maria Callas, the opera diva ripping her students a new one in her inimitable prima-donna style. In Venus in Fur, Nina Arianda is a mystery lady who comes to audition for writer Hugh Dancy and/or exc ... More >>
As you know, Barbra Streisand is reportedly going to make a movie where she's Grandma Rose--I mean Mama Rose--in Gypsy. Well, I have a great idea as to who should play the worn out yet educational ecdysiasts who sing "You Gotta Get A Gimick" to young Gypsy Rose Lee as they show off the shtic ... More >>
MTC and Terrence McNally try to revive an opera great
Photo: Joan Marcus"No applause. We're here for work," says faded but still powerful opera diva Maria Callas at the outset of Master Class, silencing us as she enters for her day's business. Callas is there to instruct her students--and us--on how to get the most out of their work by trusting ... More >>
The screen version of Master Class--directed by Oscar winner Faye Dunaway, who stars as opera diva Maria Callas--was scheduled to come out in 2010. But it ain't ready, divas. A while ago, I had gotten an anonymous tip that people had stormed off the set for some reason and there was major t ... More >>
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Chatting with perennial Guest star Jane Lynch.
Rosalind Russell always swore that she did her own singing for the 1962 movie Gypsy. That may be, but they sure didn't use it! Lisa Kirk (from Broadway's Kiss Me Kate) dubbed Roz in the film, except for the pattery portions of the singing, the kind Rex Harrison probably could have done (though Roz s ... More >>
Gypsy is younger than ever, but LuPone's Madam Rose is the maddest yet
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's world reveals an unexpected alternate universe inside