‘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
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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
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‘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
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‘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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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