Broadway needs to change the ‘preview’ system – pronto!

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Lost in a lot of the international press coverage of the first Broadway performance of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” Sunday night was the fact that the show was the first “preview” and that the Julie Taymor/U2 musical won’t officially “open” until next month. Theater people know that previews are meant to test a new […] [Read More]
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Celebrating Hanukkah with Woody Allen

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The Epix premium cable service has come up with a great special offering for the next eight days — an HD remastered Woody Allen Hanukkah double feature every night. The programmers have steered away from recent Allen films such as “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” in favor of pictures he made in the 1970s and 1980s, what […] [Read More]
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‘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]
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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]
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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]
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‘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]
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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]
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