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Entries by David Finkle from 02/2012

First Nighter: NBC's Smash Is No Such Thing, Leading-Lady Katharine McPhee Is

| Posted 02.03.2012 | Entertainment

She's landed a role in Smash, which is about -- if you haven't seen the boob-tube promos plugging its Feb. 6 kick-off the day after the Super Bowl XLVI kick-off -- a group of B'way vets and newbies readying a tuner based on Marilyn Monroe's life.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along Does and Doesn't

| Posted 02.18.2012 | Entertainment

Ever since the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth-Harold Prince Merrily We Roll Along opened in 1981, rolling along merrily is one thing it hasn't done.

Damien Hirst: See Spot Run

| Posted 02.19.2012 | Arts

Damien Hirst is the leading flim-flam man of the contemporary art scene, perhaps the all-time greatest. That alone makes him worth noting, if not entirely admiring.

First Nighter: London's Matilda as Entertaining a Musical as They Come

| Posted 02.23.2012 | Entertainment

It's delicious, delightful and delirious from first to last and has the power to affect adults as thoroughly as it does children. That'll extend to children and adults everywhere, though there's some silly talk circulating about the tuner's being "too British" to travel. Phooey on that.