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Michael Giltz is an award-winning freelance writer based in New York. He covers all areas of entertainment, including movies, music, books, theater, TV and DVD. Giltz also writes about politics, sports and religion. He is the creator of the website BookFilter, a book lover's best friend. Giltz cohosts Showbiz Sandbox, a weekly podcast on the entertainment industry from an insider's perspective; it can be found on iTunes. Giltz has written extensively for the New York Daily News, New York Post, Entertainment Weekly, The Advocate, Out magazine and New York magazine. Other publications he's written for include the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, the Denver Post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Weekly Standard, Disney's Adventures, and others. Giltz was also a frequent contributor to the political site Americablog in its early days. As an expert on pop culture, politics, and gay issues, Giltz has appeared on MSNBC, nationally syndicated radio programs, Sirius satellite radio (both the sports and gay channels), NPR in Boston, and French, German and Basque television.

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Theater: Jimmy Awards Light Up Broadway With Teen Talent

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:11 AM

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS *** out of ****
MINSKOFF THEATRE

Summertime may be slow for new shows on Broadway, but it's a great chance for other events to garner attention. The August Wilson Monologue Competition in May spotlights USA's greatest playwright and gives high school...

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BookFilter: Patti Callahan Henry And The Idea Of Breaking Out Nationally

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 12:13 AM

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THE IDEA OF LOVE
By Patti Callahan Henry
$25.99; St. Martin's Press

Telling lies can get you into trouble. Telling lies can keep you sane. And telling lies can lead to true love.

For novelist...

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Theater: 'God' Comes to Broadway; Sinners Still Prefer Patti LuPone

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:13 AM

AN ACT OF GOD ** out of ****
STUDIO 54

In the last 40 years or so, we've seen the Almighty embodied by a nice old man (George Burns), an authoritative black man (Morgan Freeman) and now a gay man (Jim Parsons). This is progress....

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Theater: 'Heisenberg' -- Be Certain It's Worth Seeing

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 10:16 PM

HEISENBERG *** 1/2 out of ****
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

Two people. Two tables. Two chairs. What more do you need for very satisfying theater? Nothing. Heisenberg is a world premiere play at Manhattan Theatre Club and it surely marks a very good week for author...

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Theater: Eisenberg's "Spoils;" Cinderella... Again

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 10:17 AM

THE SPOILS * 1/2 out of ****
EVER AFTER ** out of ****


THE SPOILS * 1/2 out of ****
THE NEW GROUP AT THE PERSHING SQUARE SIGNATURE THEATRE

It's shaping up to be a stellar...

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Exclusive: A Sneak Peek at Cirque Du Soleil's One-Night Only Special Event for Charity One Drop

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:45 AM

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP

Cirque Du Soleil owes a lot to water: one of their sexiest and most successful shows is the Las Vegas extravaganza O which makes excellent use of H20. Now they're going to return...

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BookCon and Book Expo of America In New York -- One City, Two Events and LOTS of Books

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 11:28 AM

The Book Expo Of America (BEA) and BookCon 2.0 just ended this weekend in New York City. If you love books, you should have been there. Actually, if you love movies or TV shows, you should have been there too, since lots of your favorite movies and TV...

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Cabaret: Betty Buckley Shines a (Ghost) Light at Joe's Pub

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 12:47 AM

BETTY BUCKLEY *** out of ****
JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC THEATER

Fans won't want to miss Tony winner Betty Buckley's all-too-brief stint at Joe's Pub through May 31. I'm still disappointed I missed her shows here last fall. First, Joe's Pub is...

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DVDs: "The Nanny," "The Fugitive," "MacGyver" -- It's A Boxed Set Feeding Frenzy!

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 8:16 PM

TV fans should be in hog heaven. Major studios have realized the era of people building libraries of BluRays and DVDs is fading fast now that more and more TV is available for streaming, more TV than anyone could ever watch. But I still love having a library of my...

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Theater: ERS's "Sound And Fury" Signifying...Something; Broadway By The Year's Season Finale

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 8:18 AM

THE SOUND AND THE FURY ** out of ****
BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1966-1990 *** out of ****


THE SOUND AND THE FURY ** out of ****
THE PUBLIC THEATER

When is a show a master stroke and...

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BookFilter Exclusive: Naomi Novik On Her Acclaimed New Fantasy Novel 'Uprooted'

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 1:48 AM

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UPROOTED
By Naomi Novik
$25 (hardcover); Del Rey

Naomi Novik is one of the most successful fantasy authors of the past decade. She splashed onto the scene in 2006 with three books published in three months...

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Music: Kaiser Chiefs Power Their Way Through Short, Sharp Set

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 4:31 PM

The Kaiser Chiefs returned to New York City on the final leg of their world tour promoting the 2014 album Education Education Education & War, one of the best albums of last year. I first saw them a decade ago; they were playing a tiny club in...

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Bernie Sanders, Meet Kaiser Chiefs and the Perfect Campaign Song!

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 1:11 AM

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OK, Senator Bernie Sanders is running for president. So first things first: what's gonna be his campaign song? Some folks had a little fun over the fact that Sanders actually recorded a folk album of sorts back in 1987....

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Theater: A Fine Fiasco; Chita Rivera's Memorable "Visit"

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 1:50 PM

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA *** out of ****
THE VISIT ** 1/2 out of ****

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA *** out of ****
THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE AT POLONSKY SHAKESPEARE CENTER

It puzzles me, but audiences...

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Theater: 'Early Shaker Spirituals' Are Resurrected; 'Airline Highway' Pile-Up

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:20 AM

EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS: A RECORD ALBUM INTERPRETATION *** out of ****
AIRLINE HIGHWAY * 1/2 out of ****


EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS: A RECORD ALBUM INTERPRETATION *** out of ****
ST. ANN'S WAREHOUSE

It's a cruel irony that every...

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Theater: Not So 'Fun Home;' Dying With 'Living On Love'

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 8:36 AM

FUN HOME ** out of ****
LIVING ON LOVE * 1/2 out of ****

FUN HOME ** out of ****
CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE

It's a treat to see a serious new musical with top flight talent involved. But it's...

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Theater: The Curse of 'Doctor Zhivago'

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 9:24 PM

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO no stars out of ****
BROADWAY THEATRE

Never try to conquer Russia in winter. Napoleon ignored this lesson and paid dearly. Hitler ignored this lesson and it cost him World War II. Now director Des McAnuff and his foolhardy team of craftsmen and...

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DVDs: Film School or Criterion? You Decide

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 2:54 AM

Every once in a while, a great director or screenwriter will offer up a list of their favorite films. Martin Scorsese just did it, sort of. (Actually, he gave an interview and talked at length or briefly or just referenced 89 films, which was immediately turned into The...

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Theater: City of Lights Musical Smackdown: 'Gigi' vs. 'An American in Paris'

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 4:18 PM

GIGI * ½ out of ****
NEIL SIMON THEARE

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ** ½ out of ****
PALACE THEATRE

Two musicals set in Paris opened on Broadway within four days of each other. Both are shows that began as...

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Theater: Marilyn Maye Toasts Sinatra At 54 Below

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 2:33 AM

MARILYN MAYE -- HER WAY: A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA *** out of ****
54 BELOW

Do I need to launch a Kickstarter campaign? Somebody, somewhere needs to get Marilyn Maye into a recording studio, pronto. She's been captured on record (The Lamp...

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