Natalie Dessay returns to the scene of an earlier triumph

The great French soprano Natalie Dessay played a key role in blowing some of the cobwebs off the Metropolitan Opera four years ago when new general manager Peter Gelb plastered strikingly
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Rent it now: Francois Truffaut’s ‘The Wild Child’

Black-and-white moviemaking more or less ceased in the mid-1960s when the movie studios began to receive significantly lower fees from TV networks for movies that were not shot in color. Despite the
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‘Spider-Man’ goes back to the drawing board

After filing my report here on the Sunday matinee of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” — where the widely reported technical problems with the show finally seemed to be under control — the musical was
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Redford vs. Goldman on ‘All the President’s Men’ creation

An excerpt from Michael Feeney Callan’s new biography of Robert Redford in the April Vanity Fair should stir up controversy in Hollywood. The book fragment is about the making of the 1976 classic
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‘Spider-Man’: a legendary flop or ‘Wicked’ for boys?

Yesterday at the Foxwoods Theatre in Manhattan, you would have never guessed that “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” was a famously troubled show that has now played more “previews” than any other
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WTF!: or, squeezing more money out of ‘The King’s Speech’

You might think that the distributors of the movie that won the best picture Oscar Sunday night — “The King’s Speech” — would be thrilled by the prize and a box-office gross already over $100 million
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Notes on a preview of ‘How to Succeed in Business…’

Wednesday night I saw the fourth preview of the new revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, and I’m happy to report that the show is in great shape.
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‘Public Speaking’: Fran Lebowitz explains it all to us

Martin Scorsese’s 90-minute talkfest, “Public Speaking” — in which essayist and humorist Fran Lebowitz explains almost everything — is the best thing of its kind since Louis Malle’s “My Dinner with
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