Monthly Archive for June, 2011

: June, 2011

‘The Book of Mormon’: first top 10 cast album since 1969 (!)

Business on Broadway has been fine for the past several years — the just-ended 2010-2011 season set an all-time ticket sales record — but the music of Broadway disconnected from the mass audience a

Look out! The Amoralists are going site-specific (in a hotel room)

As movies have gotten bigger and more impersonal, some theater artists are going smaller and highly personal with site-specific productions that put the audience in real spaces with the actors only

‘Catch Me’: a tasty collection of 1960s-style tunes

The backlash to “The Book of Mormon” began right after it received the best set of notices given to a musical since “The Producers” opened in 2001, and the chorus of disapproval will probably grow

The Tony Awards, or: Grading New York theatre on the curve

The American Theatre Wing is a great organization and like most other stage fans I enjoy watching the group’s televised Tony Awards telecast (CBS will be airing the show tonight at 8.) It’s fun to see

‘Shock Value’ from ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ to ‘Alien’

Jason Zinoman has written a very smart and very entertaining look at the radical changes in the horror movie genre from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, “Shock Value” (The Penguin Press). The

‘Right Time, Right Place’: William F. Buckley Jr. without tears

On the surface, William F. Buckley Jr. was one of the most charming people you could ever hope to meet. I interviewed him several times at his beautiful home on Long Island Sound in Stamford — in most

Staying in the here and now at ‘Now. Here. This.’

The charming and super-talented quartet of actors and writers who were responsible for the cult musical “(Title of Show)” — Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff — are in the

How Agatha Christie and Philip Roth can save your sanity

Just published today, Nina Sankovitch’s “Tolstoy and the Purple Chair” (Harper) is a gripping and inspiring book about the year the author spent reading a book-a-day while trying to recover from the

Must see TV: HBO’s ‘Bobby Fischer Against the World’

Tonight at 9 p.m., HBO is unveiling Liz Garbus’s terrific documentary, “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” which is as good as any theatrical movie I’ve seen so far this year. I had a chance to talk to

Brigitte Bardot, Strauss-Kahn and other French ‘seducers’

Elaine Sciolino proves to be a perfect guide through French culture — with an emphasis on the role of seduction in nearly every aspect of life — in the wonderful new book, “La Seduction” (Times