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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.

Entries by Michael Giltz

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

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

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

FUN HOME ** 1/2 out of ****
CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE

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

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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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Theater: Kelli O'Hara Delights (Again) In "King And I"

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 6:10 PM

THE KING AND I *** out of ****
LINCOLN CENTER THEATER AT THE VIVIAN BEAUMONT

Western superiority has never seemed more charming than in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The King And I. This handsomely mounted revival helmed by Bartlett Sher boasts a clutch of...

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Theater: Matthew Morrison Finds A Hit In "Finding Neverland;" Peter Sarsgaard's Deadly "Hamlet"

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 2:12 PM

FINDING NEVERLAND ** 1/2 out of ****
HAMLET no stars out of ****


FINDING NEVERLAND ** 1/2 out of ****
LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE


I have high standards when it comes to Peter Pan for two reasons. First,...

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BookFilter: JK Rowling's Words of Advice, The Best Tales Since 'The Twilight Zone' and More Great New Books

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 3:13 AM

BOOKFILTER TOP PICKS -- THE WEEK OF APRIL 13

A great gift for grads, a brilliant collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Millhauser, a taut Western for those already missing the TV show Justified and more are among this week's top picks. Check 'em out!

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Theater: 'It Shoulda Been You' Ties the Knot, Clumsily

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 1:42 AM

IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU ** out of ****
BROOKS ATKINSON THEATRE


Some people like to go to weddings so they can sit in the back and make catty remarks about the bride's dress, the tacky reception, the hung-over best man and place bets...

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Theater: Nellie McKay Rocks Out; "Ludic Proxy" Confounds Pleasantly

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:07 AM

NELLIE MCKAY AT 54 BELOW *** out of ****
LUDIC PROXY ** 1/2 out of ****


NELLIE MCKAY AT 54 BELOW *** out of ****
54 BELOW

Nellie McKay celebrated her...

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Theater: 'Wolf Hall' Thrills (A Little), 'Skylight' Shines

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 1:53 AM

WOLF HALL PARTS I AND II ** 1/2 out of ****
SKYLIGHT *** out of ****


WOLF HALL PARTS I AND II ** 1/2 out of ****
WINTER GARDEN THEATRE

The king must have a son. That's the...

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DVDs: The Travesty That Is 'The Imitation Game,' 'Tootsie' as Funny as Ever, and Much More

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 4:14 AM

First, the tragedy of The Imitation Game. Then, I get to hear -- not see, but hear -- Tootsie. (Check out my review to understand.) Plus a clutch of films people will discover or enjoy or perhaps puzzle out, tons of new TV shows collected in boxed sets, and the...

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BookFilter: The Comma Queen, the King of Classical Music and More Great New Books

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 4:47 PM

BOOKFILTER NEW RELEASES -- THE WEEK OF APRIL 6

Memoirs and biographies dominate this week's new releases in books. Here are some of the best from every category. To find more great picks in every category (like a bio of Yankees great Billy Martin...

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BookFilter: A Billy Martin Bio, James Patterson at Augusta and More Sports Books

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 11:50 AM

BOOKFILTER NEW RELEASES IN SPORTS -- THE WEEK OF APRIL 6

Here's a look at some of the best books about sports just out this week. To find more great picks in every category (like Days Of Rage, an acclaimed and gripping look at...

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Exclusive: Nellie McKay's Funky, Funny New Video

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 2:00 AM

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MY WEEKLY READER
NELLIE MCKAY

Nellie McKay has a new album and she's ready to...storm the Bastille! Covering classic pop tunes from the 1960s, McKay brings alive the era when protest didn't seem pointless, without ever...

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Theater: Broadway's Golden Age; Seeing Double At 'Twelfth Night'

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 8:18 AM

BROADWAY BY THE YEAR 1941-1965 *** out of ****
TWELFTH NIGHT (OR, WHAT YOU WILL) *** out of ****
WHAT YOU WILL (OR, TWELFTH NIGHT) *** 1/2 out of ****


BROADWAY BY THE YEAR 1941-1965 *** out of...

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The Best Film of 2014 (and You Haven't Seen It Yet)

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 7:47 AM

What was the best film of 2014? The Oscars said Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance). The New York Film Critics said it was Boyhood. The LA Film Critics Association agreed, naming The Grand Budapest Hotel as the runner-up. But if the IRAs have anything to say about it,...

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Theater: Radio City Springs New Tradition; The Elisabeth Moss Chronicles

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 8:18 AM

NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR ** 1/2 out of ****
THE HEIDI CHRONICLES * out of ****
THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST * 1/2 out of ****


NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR ** 1/2 out of ****

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DVDs: 'The Hobbit' Ends Sadly, 'Gates Of Heaven' Delights and 'The Sure Thing' Is A Sure Thing

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 8:27 AM

Some lovely, under-appreciated animated features, two classic documentaries that Roger Ebert loved and the exhausting finale to what was once the highly anticipated Hobbit movies.

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THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES ($44.95 BluRay...

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Theater: Kristin Chenoweth Becomes a Legend in "On The Twentieth Century"

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:29 PM

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY *** out of ****
LONESOME TRAVELER ** out of ****


ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY *** out of ****
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY AT AMERICAN AIRLINES THEATRE

The bubbly is on tap at the Roundabout for...

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