For some time Broadway has been the place for swellegant black revues, the most recent being last season's superlative After Midnight. One of the many reasons for that entry's standout status was cast member T. Oliver Reid.
One of the Broadway season's very highest lights, the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart You Can't Take It With You remains brightly illuminated now that replacements Richard Thomas and Anna Chlumsky have joined the hilariously accomplished ensemble under Scott Ellis's eloquent direction.
Truth is, Tyrell's effortlessly infallible phrasing has the effect of making what he does appealingly conversational. The emotion he's experiencing is a component of his seemingly off-handed -- smile-smile-smile -- style. Let's just say he's singing for all generations.
In her mid-80s, Barbara Carroll's still doing what she does best and what few others even begin to do as well as. Nowadays she does it more regularly at the Oak Room, where management is wise enough to turn the paneled room over to her every Sunday brunch.
Since Elaine Kaufman's death nearly a week ago, there has been an avalanche of words written and spoken by celebrities about this iconic New York restaurateur. So here's my modest, non-celebrity takeaway.