Monthly Archive for November, 2013

: November, 2013

‘Carols for a Cure, Vol. 15’: Holiday treat, Broadway souvenir

The annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS recording, “Carols for a Cure,” is one of my favorite holiday traditions. Each year, producer Lynn Pinto lines up cast members from all of the musicals

#FridayReads ‘Fosse’ by Sam Wasson — Mr. Show Biz

Director-choreographer Bob Fosse’s death in 1987 was closely followed by two biographies, but neither of those books has the depth or the appreciation for the man’s life and career that is evident on

Happy Thanksgiving!

‘All American: Born Ready’: Bruce Weber’s lucky 13

I wrote in this space a few weeks ago about the frustrating absence of Bruce Weber’s films on DVD (and the major download services), just before he was the subject of a major retrospective at Film

‘Big Fish’: not even Norbert Leo Butz can save it

The talent and energy of Norbert Leo Butz is reminiscent of two musical comedy stars of the past — Jerry Orbach and Robert Preston. Butz has an everyman quality coupled with an obvious love of

‘Dogfight’ cast album preserves short-lived off-Broadway musical

Cast albums are both mementos of musical productions gone by and invitations to other theaters and directors to revive a show that failed to click with the original audiences and critics. Goddard

#FridayReads ‘The Circle’ by Dave Eggers: ‘criminality of privacy’

Dave Eggers has written a perfect variation on “Brave New World” and “1984” for the early years of the 21st century. “The Circle” (Alfred A. Knopf) is set within a giant California company that feels

The ‘menace and quiet desperation’ of Harold Pinter’s films

The late Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter has one of the biggest hits on Broadway right now, a revival of “Betrayal” featuring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. Pinter was a very accomplished

‘All is Lost’: a defenseless Robert Redford

It’s no wonder that the sea disaster film, “All is Lost,” is not doing so well in theatrical release thus far. The movie is both grueling and austere — a rare combination — with only one character and

‘Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love’: dreaming men and women

Mallery Avidon’s new play at The Flea Theater — “Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love” — only runs a bit over an hour but it is jam packed with provocative ideas and strong performances. The comedy-drama mixes