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Entries by David Finkle from 05/2012

Easy Reader: Margery, Sheldon Harnick Visit 'The Outdoor Museum'

| Posted 05.04.2012 | Books

The idea behind the coffee-table tome is to tribute New York City as a sprawling site which may boast of being home to several actual museums but is -- more than those institutions imply -- a five-borough living-and-breathing museum.

First Nighter: Smash's Hilty Does Right by Gentlemen Prefer Blondes but Is No Marilyn Monroe

| Posted 05.10.2012 | Entertainment

The truth is that proficient as she may be, Megan Hilty lacks the whatever-it-is -- the je ne sais quoi -- that Channing and Monroe had that made Lorelei such a forceful, such an unforgettable presence.

First Nighter: Sheera Ben-David 'Rains' Supreme at Feinstein's

| Posted 05.16.2012 | Entertainment

Sheera Ben-David is, consciously or unconsciously, hewing closely to the small-room conventions that 1920s Germans called "kabarett." A dramatic mezzo, she's drawn to less well-known songs that plumb the darker emotional depths.

Easy Reader: Peggy Pope of Nine to Five Tells Her Irresistible Show-Biz Story

| Posted 05.23.2012 | Books

Her show-biz resume began accumulating credits not too long after she'd settled in Manhattan -- and all of it Pope recounts with great humor. She's a naturally funny woman when she's merely recounting the facts. Laughing out loud through these pages is a regular response.