A ghost and a prince meet/And everyone ends in mincemeat

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There was lots of drama on and off stage at the Metropolitan Opera Monday night. A smoking light — high up in the auditorium — caused some folks to flee before the management explained at intermission that there was no fire and that this sort of thing happens occasionally with theatrical lighting. Those who were downstairs […] [Read More]
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A return to the beautiful (and dangerous) Broward’s Rock

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The latest novel by Carolyn Hart — “Laughed ’Til He Died” (William Morrow) — is in bookstores today. The mystery is the 20th in a series Hart has been writing about Annie Darling and her bookstore, Death on Demand, on the South Carolina resort island of Broward’s Rock. Hart is one of the top contemporary […] [Read More]
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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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