‘Unanswered Prayers’: the road you didn’t take

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Does anyone remember the Sissy Spacek-Kevin Kline movie, “Violets are Blue”? It was a 1984 flop — written by Naomi Foner (mom to Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal) and directed by Jack Fisk — that rarely turns up on TV these days and has never appeared on DVD, but is fondly recalled by at least one […] [Read More]

The return of David Campbell

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The good news is that Australian singer-actor David Campbell has returned to the United States with a new CD and a cabaret tour. The bad news is that Campbell’s East Coast stint is a brief one — a five night gig at Manhattan’s Feinstein’s at the Regency that starts tonight. A little more than a […] [Read More]

The most generous folks in show business?

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You could make an argument that stage actors are among the hardest working people in show business. Eight times a week — no matter what their mood or personal problems — the performers in Broadway shows deliver the goods for a live audience that expects to be thrilled by the play or musical that they’ve […] [Read More]

‘My Passion’: searching for beauty in Malibu

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Will even the most rabid Barbra Streisand fans shell out 65 dollars for the superstar’s first book, “My Passion for Design” (Viking)? Instead of a memoir about one of the great careers in modern show biz, Streisand has delivered a profusely illustrated coffee-table volume that details her mammoth renovation/construction projects on the beautiful seaside property […] [Read More]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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‘Empty Nest’: the return of the flying Scottolines

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Some people take vitamins every day. I do, too, but they don’t seem to do much for my mental health. For the past few weeks, I’ve found the perfect daily picker-upper — a chapter or two from the recently published “My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space” (St. Martin’s Press), by Lisa […] [Read More]

Stephen Sondheim gets a phenomenal birthday party

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How great it is that Stephen Sondheim has lived to be 80 and to witness his transition from being a Broadway cult figure to a full-fledged national treasure. 2010 has been a year-long celebration of Sondheim that has included a star-studded Broadway revue (“Sondheim by Sondheim”), the naming of a Broadway theater after him, and the […] [Read More]

‘Time Stands Still’: the return of the well-made, realistic play

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The play’s style might be traditional, but there’s nothing old-fashioned in the subject matter or the performances in the Broadway production of Donald Margulies’s “Time Stands Still,” now on at the Cort Theatre. The play takes place now — or as close to “now” as a work of art can get — and is powered […] [Read More]

‘Playbill Yearbook’: Broadway as an incredible high school

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Whether you page through it for fun or put it on your theater reference shelf, “The Playbill Broadway Yearbook” is the best annual account of what happens on those fabled few blocks in midtown Manhattan where masses of people see great — and not so hot — shows 8 times a week, 52 weeks a […] [Read More]

The zany, irascible dame behind Judy & Liza & Eloise

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Kay Thompson’s status as a show business cult figure — 12 years after her death — is bolstered by the impressive crew that contributed jacket blurbs to the new biography by Sam Irvin. Pre-publication raves were assembled from Liza Minnelli, Andy Williams, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Maltin, Michael Feinstein and a few more notables. Irvin’s book, […] [Read More]