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Toastmistress to Ladies Who Lunch Everywhere Has Left the Building

Toastmistress to Ladies Who Lunch Everywhere Has Left the Building

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Elaine Stritch, the legendary Broadway actress who won a 2002 Tony for her one-woman show but may be best known to  young audiences as Alec Baldwin’s mother on NBC’s “30 Rock,” died on July 17. Having long contended with diabetes and more recently stomach cancer, the 89-year-old Stritch gave up her […]

HOT! at 23

HOT! at 23

BY DAVID NOH | Ellie Covan’s annual HOT! Festival of live queer performance is celebrating its unbelievable 23rd year at Dixon Place, so I trekked down to her wonderful Lower East Side space to get the full dish, which she provided in her inimitably random yet wholly delightful way (161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & […]

Summer Camp, Summer Love, Summer Doldrums

Summer Camp, Summer Love, Summer Doldrums

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Summer camp takes on a whole new meaning with the silly and utterly winning revival of “Pageant,” now at the Davenport Theatre. First seen nearly a quarter of a century ago, this send-up of beauty pageants has men playing the girls as they compete for the sought-after title of Miss Glamouresse, […]

Shake It Up Baby, Now

Shake It Up Baby, Now

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Have you seen the latest rollicking jukebox bio-musical that showcases hits from the 1960s written by a plucky Jewish songwriter, based in New York’s legendary Brill Building, who helped performers become superstars while being forced to stand in the shadows? No, I’m not talking about “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” This one’s […]

Fierce Farce

Fierce Farce

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When an edgy, offbeat play transfers to Off Broadway, it’s easy to imagine the work has sprung from some fringy stage in the bowels of downtown Manhattan — or perhaps Bushwick. But “Drop Dead Perfect,” a madcap romp that manages to both skewer and honor noir melodramas from the 1950s, was incubated […]

Imperishable Vamps

Imperishable Vamps

BY DAVID NOH | The mesmerizing world of film noir offers the perfect dark, cool respite from summer’s heat and, starting July 18, Film Forum presents “Femmes Noir” (209 W. Houston St., through Aug. 7, filmforum.org). It’s a comprehensive run-down of titles featuring Hollywood’s most iconic actresses being alluring, mysterious, treacherous and even downright murderous. […]

Strike Up the Bland

Strike Up the Bland

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | One wouldn’t think that rapper and poet Tupac Shakur and the Beach Boys had much in common — at least until now. What they share — as of this month — are jukebox musicals based on their work that take their game-changing art and reduce it to a predictable show that […]

Pride in the Theater 

Pride in the Theater 

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Let’s say you want to make seeing a show part of your Pride Weekend, but haven’t planned ahead. It’s for that very situation that we publish our fourth annual roundup of what’s on, what’s hot, and how to get a pair of seats. If you want to see something, chances are […]

Romance in the Park 

Romance in the Park 

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | At just about the point the plot turns dark in Jack O’Brien’s rich, romantic, and lyrical production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” night had indeed descended and there was a chill in the air at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. While no doubt a matter of serendipity on the evening I attended, it […]

A Complete Cole Porter Find 

A Complete Cole Porter Find 

BY DAVID NOH | No one brings the intensity to confabs that lovers of musical theater manage when they get together. And my recent meet-up with essential bandleader Vince Giordano and director/ producer/ historian Ken Bloom proved an absolute Broadway nerd-fest. The two guys have collaborated to revive Cole Porter’s 1928 “The Ambassador Revue” at […]

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