You call that a Broadway musical?

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The chat rooms devoted to Broadway have been buzzing lately with debate over the new musical, “American Idiot” (above), based on an album by Green Day, that has just started previews at the St. James Theatre. The “All That Chat” blog — bookmarked on this page — is one of my favorite daily reads because […] [Read More]
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‘Hush’: paying a big price for one night of sex

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Cosmopolitan editor Kate White has a thriving second career as a crime writer. If you haven’t read one of her five Bailey Weggins novels, you’ve missed one of the strongest contemporary mystery series. Bailey is a young and hip Manhattan journalist — with a career running parallel to that of her creator — and the […] [Read More]
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‘Bass Ackwards’: lost in America

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Linas Phillips’ new movie, “Bass Ackwards,” has the feel of one of those quirky and very personal Hollywood movies from the 1970s — something that might have been made by Paul Mazursky or Hal Ashby in their prime. Director Phillips (above) has given himself the lead role in a road movie that defies easy description. […] [Read More]
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Sony launches new Broadway site

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Sony Masterworks is officially launching a new Website devoted to its large catalog of Broadway music tomorrow — MasterworksBroadway.com — and it’s not just a treasure trove of information on cast albums for sale, it’s a major new archive of theater history. The site traces the history of the cast album from the original production […] [Read More]
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‘The Temperamentals’: sexual politics in the 1950s

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It’s not easy to mix a good personal story with history and sweeping cultural changes, but that’s exactly what Jon Marans has done with great skill in his off-Broadway play, “The Temperamentals.” The piece started in a tiny developmental space, moved to a slightly larger off-off Broadway venue last year and is now installed in […] [Read More]
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Internet stalking, prostitution collide in thrilling ‘212’

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The new Alafair Burke novel, “212” (Harper), is a humdinger, set in Manhattan, that takes us on a wild ride through the dark new 21st century worlds opened up by the Internet. The book is the third in a series Burke has been writing about New York Police Department detective Ellie Hatcher, but you don’t […] [Read More]
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A $2.5 million secret — what happens in the next ‘SATC’

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People in the world of movie publicity are debating the top-secret status Warner Bros. is trying to maintain over its forthcoming “Sex and the City 2” — the sequel to the 2008 spin-off of the HBO series. The studio made everybody who worked on the film sign NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) that could levy $2.5 million […] [Read More]
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‘Repeat Until Rich’: down the casino rabbit hole

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As a major non-fan of Las Vegas (and gambling) I wasn’t sure that Josh Axelrad’s “Repeat Until Rich” (The Penguin Press) was a book for me. On the surface, the true-life adventures of a professional card counter seemed like another trip to the “21” well. Boy, was I wrong. With wit and more than a […] [Read More]
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