When Steve & Eydie Ruled the Earth

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Over the weekend, I caught the last performance of “Pete ‘n’ Keely” at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Westport and felt nostalgia I didn’t even know I had in me. The 2000 off-Broadway show is a gently satirical send-up of a form of show business that came crashing to the ground in the late […] [Read More]

‘Thrillers’: from Theseus to ‘The Da Vinci Code’

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Next month, the International Thriller Writers will hold their annual four-day gathering at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, where fans of the genre will be able to attend panels with everyone from Lee Child to Lisa Scottoline and Ken Follett to Sandra Brown. The event which runs July 7 to 10 is designed both for […] [Read More]

The trouble with Tony, or: grading on the curve

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Tonight’s telecast of the Tony Awards on CBS at 8 should be fun. Sean Hayes of “Promises, Promises” is doing the hosting chores and the producers have rounded up a starry bunch of presenters that is supposed to include Cate Blanchett, Angela Lansbury, and Daniel Radcliffe. The show is almost always a good infomercial for […] [Read More]

‘Insatiable’: fed up with vampires

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Meg Cabot stakes out fresh territory in the overcrowded vampire field with her delightful — and scary — new novel, “Insatiable,” which was published by William Morrow on Tuesday. Cabot is best known for her hugely popular young adult books — including the “Princess Diaries” series — but she has made regular forays into adult […] [Read More]

‘Word is Out’: the return of a classic documentary

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On Tuesday, Milliarium ZERO released the classic 1977 documentary, “Word is Out,” on DVD. The film was an art house hit and was shown on PBS outlets a few years later, but the documentary went out of circulation for many years and the existing prints and source materials deteriorated to the point that screenings became […] [Read More]

‘Amerissiah’: What if God showed up in The Bronx?

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The terrific downtown theater troupe known as The Amoralists have another hilariously off-center hit on their hands — “Amerissiah” written and directed by Derek Ahonen (above, left). Earlier this year, the company examined a dysfunctional Brooklyn family in “Happy in the Poorhouse.” The new production takes us to the present-day Bronx where the zany Ricewater clan […] [Read More]

Why go out when you can see ‘Curb’ at home?

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Movie people have been in a panic the past few weeks over the dismal start of the 2010 summer season. Memorial Day weekend was horrendous. In terms of dollars spent by moviegoers, the summer season kickoff weekend was the worst since 2001; if you talk simply about the number of tickets sold, it was the […] [Read More]

One last ‘Solo Strip’ from Jerry Mitchell

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Jerry Mitchell is a Broadway big-shot now — his choreography credits include “Hairspray” and “Legally Blonde” (above) and he has several new shows in development — but back in the day he was a chorus boy who danced his ass off in shows such as “The Will Rogers Follies.” It was while Mitchell was doing […] [Read More]

Does ‘Sex and the City 2’ cause cancer?

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I can’t remember a batch of reviews as vicious as the ones “Sex and the City 2” received when it opened last week. Was “Ishtar” so thoroughly trashed in 1987? (Actually, Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave that Warren Beatty-Dustin Hoffman bomb a mixed review.) Some of the notices were so hysterically negative […] [Read More]

12 week staring contest (and nude doorway) closes at MOMA

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How sad that “Seinfeld” and “Sex and the City” and “Law & Order” are not still around to make hay of the Marina Abramovic “show” that closed yesterday at the Museum of Modern Art. It was the talk of the town for three months, or at least that part of New York City that gets […] [Read More]