Lansbury & Sondheim: artistic partners for 45 years

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Jesse Green does an excellent joint interview with Angela Lansbury and Stephen Sondheim in the current New York magazine to mark last week’s opening of “A Little Night Music” on Broadway. The revival of the 1973 hit marks the third time Lansbury has worked on a Sondheim show on Broadway. The duo met on the […] [Read More]
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Yasmina Reza: The Neil Simon of our time?

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Back in Neil Simon’s prime, almost every Broadway season would bring with it a new contemporary comedy in which that hit-maker would invariably make a direct connection with the mainstream audience. Simon tended to write about rather ordinary middle-class New Yorkers faced with a sudden crisis — things like a marriage in trouble (“Barefoot in […] [Read More]
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’: creepy & beautiful

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Joan Lindsay’s novel “Picnic at Hanging Rock” was suggested by an actual Australian mystery — the disappearance of three schoolgirls and one of their teachers on a country outing in 1900. No one ever figured out what happened to those who vanished, but speculation has included everything from murder-suicide to abduction by UFO to passing […] [Read More]
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Whatever happened to ‘A Solo Act’?

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Dominick Dunne’s final novel — “Too Much Money” (Crown) — goes on sale today. It pains me to report that the book is a dud Dunne clearly had trouble with in the final months of his life. In place of the good storytelling and well-drawn characters in the writer’s best novels — “A Season in Purgatory” […] [Read More]
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‘Pop!’: Andy Warhol & his tortured ‘superstars’

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The brand new Yale Institute for Music Theatre has gotten off to a great start with the world premiere production of “Pop!” that’s on the boards at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven through Saturday. The Institute was established by the Yale schools of drama and music to develop new work by composers and playwrights […] [Read More]
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Paul Rudd: GQ cites king of the ‘bromance’

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The December GQ has honored actor/comedian Paul Rudd as one of its “men of the year” for his hit summer “bromance” with Jason Segel (above left) - “I Love You, Man.” Rudd’s transition from a rather bland young romantic leading man in “Clueless” and “”The Objection of My Affection” into a full-out, ticket-selling comedian is worth noting.  I’ve been off for the […] [Read More]
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Nicole’s knee & other tales of Hollywood finance

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The folks at Melville House Publishing in Brooklyn were nice enough this week to send me an early draft manuscript of a portion of Edward Jay Epstein’s forthcoming book, “The Hollywood Economist: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies” which will be on sale Feb. 23. The book should be much discussed in the run up […] [Read More]
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Why Broadway adores Hugh Jackman (& Daniel Craig)

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The smash-hit drama “A Steady Rain” closed on Broadway over the weekend after several months of SRO business, but stars Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig made more news yesterday. The performers in the two-character police play broke the all-time Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fund-raising record (for the annual Gypsy of the Year Competition) by raising […] [Read More]
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