Friday, May 27, 2016
I was a big fan of Passing Strange and was enchanted by Stew and Heidi Rodewald's new one, The Total Bent. It was a treat chatting with Stew, who's articulate, informed and opinionated -- it's so rare to see those three qualities at once! Click here for the chat.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Lots of good stuff happening off-Broadway right now. In addition to the exquisite Indecent, I recommend Turn Me Loose, Daphne's Dive and Skeleton Crew.
Coincidentally two plays just opened in which homosexuality is put on trial, directly (Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss) and indirectly (the 1923 Broadway show God of Vengeance in Indecent). Check out which one you should see.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
I usually dread breakup/new hookups autobio records but Blake Shelton's pretty great! My review is here.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
As anybody who follows Broadway (and off) knows, Jennifer Simard killed as a gambling-addicted nun in Disaster! So much so that she nabbed a Tony nomination -- the only one for the show. Now a movement's brewing to get her on the Tonys telecast. More here.
Friday, May 13, 2016
If it's May, it must be Eurovision time! This year the contest is on a U.S. channel for the first time (why didn't they ask me to comment it?) and Justin Timberlake is the pre-vote entertainment. Neither of these things changes the ESC's fundamentally, defiantly European (as in non-American) nature. More here.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
There were a few great flubs at last night's Encores! but that's par for the course considering how little rehearsal time they have. Overall Do I Hear a Waltz? is exactly the kind of show that the City Center series was invented for. More here.
One of the hottest dramas on TV is ... Grey's Anatomy? Yes, that 12-year-old war horse is enjoying a ratings resurgence. Pound for pound, it's a lot more satisfying to watch than most critical darlings of the moment. Click here for my take on the phenomenon.
Monday, May 09, 2016
Friday, May 06, 2016
What a beautiful surprise Dear Evan Hansen was! And there's a good chance it's going to transfer, so I'm looking forward to seeing it again. As for Kiki and Herb, the only surprise was how well those old cranks have aged. More details here.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Monday, May 02, 2016
Broadway fans know Stephen Mangan from his playing the title role in The Norman Conquests, but for everybody else (and that's still not that many people!) he's Sean Lincoln on Showtime's Episodes. I talked to Mangan about his new series, Houdini & Doyle.