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Eight Questions With Newsies' Director Jeff Calhoun

Danny Groner | Posted 06.25.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

Newsies on Broadway is an absolute joy to see. The music and choreography help make it a modern classic, but what stands out most is the immaculate set that caters to and escorts in a New York unseen since the turn of the 20th century.

American Star!!! A Great Musical With an Honest Plot

Greg Jacobs | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
Greg Jacobs

While being unorthodox in its approach, the plot of the show revolves around a high schooler struggling to keep up with the competition. She eventually goes on a wild goose chase in hopes of becoming America's next pop sensation.

Amanda Seyfried Reveals Secret Desire For 'Mean Girls' Musical

Posted 04.19.2013 | Arts

Guess who's excited about the potential "Mean Girls" musical? According to Allure magazine, Amanda Seyfried -- the "Les Misérables" actress who p...

'The First Thing You Notice About A Person Is Their Shoes'

Rex Reed | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

The audience cheering so loud at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre that it drowns out the noise of the traffic on W. 45 St. has turned a loud, vulgar, mediocre drag show called Kinky Boots into an unqualified hit. How I wish I could join the applause without reservation, but what they've done to cheapen, coarsen and knuckle-sandwich the freshness and charm out of the delectable 2005 British film it's based on shouldn't happen to a sequined jock strap.

Stage Door: Kinky Boots, Bullet Catch

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Kinky Boots is loud, mundane and best suited for suburbanites who consider drag risqué. It's another movie turned Broadway musical, sans the great score and story. Bullet Catch, however, featuring the multitalented Rob Drummond, is a clever show.

'School Of Rock' Musical Is Actually Happening

Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts

Just as the hype surrounding the potential "Mean Girls" musical was beginning to die down, the king of musical theater, Andrew Lloyd Webber, has annou...

F#%king Up Everything: Parody Rock

Danny Groner | Posted 05.28.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

The rock musical by David Eric Davis (music and lyrics) and Sam Forman (book) returns to New York at the Elektra Theatre with updated cultural and local references that will elicit giggles and snickers from the audience.

As Broadway's Mary Poppins Gets Ready to Close, Regional Productions to Begin Popping Up

Jim Hill | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As any good Mary Poppins fan will tell you, when the wind shifts from the East to the West, it's then time for that practically perfect nanny to pack up her carpet bag and fly off for parts unknown.

Five Athletes Who Performed on Broadway

Danny Groner | Posted 04.05.2013 | Sports
Danny Groner

On Broadway, much like in the big game, you only get one shot at the glory. Here's a look at five athletes who have gone for it on The Great White Way and lived to tell the tale.

Jermaine Jackson Speaks About Musical Theater Debut

Charles Thomson | Posted 03.24.2013 | Arts
Charles Thomson

Probably somewhere near the top of your list of 'things you didn't expect to see in 2013' was Jermaine Jackson staging a touring one-man comedy musical in French. Nonetheless, this week the Jackson Five star launched his touring production, 'You Are Not Alone: The Musical', in Bordeaux.

Review: Les Misérables (2012)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The harshest thing I can say about Tom Hooper's Les Misérables is that I can only imagine those who have not seen the original show wondering what the fuss has been all about.

The Bare Essentials

Carol Smaldino | Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment
Carol Smaldino

Jon Hartmere, Bare playwright, does the rare achievement of presenting issues in the midst of feelings, and with no motivation to preach.

2008 Election's Biggest Videos: YouTube Flashback

Shira Lazar | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Shira Lazar

Take a ride down YouTube's memory lane with the best news flubs, pop culture parodies, musical tributes, dug-up footage, and celebrity endorsements from one of the most revolutionary political events in American history.

RIP Nyan Cat: A Musical Tribute by Keyboard Cat

Shira Lazar | Posted 01.03.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Courtesy of What's Trending, YouTube's famous Keyboard Cat pays a chill, musical tribute to Marty the cat -- the inspiration behind the wildly famous...

Bad Apples Is Destined for the Big Apple

Natalie Pace | Posted 12.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Natalie Pace

It's rare that you walk into a garage and see the next great work of art. That is exactly what happened when I stumbled upon Jim Leonard's new masterpiece, Bad Apples being performed into Atwarter Village Theater.

Stage Door: Chaplin

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.17.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Charlie Chaplin was the consummate artist: He produced, directed, wrote and scored his films. But his cinematic genius, coupled with his sex scandals and progressive politics, made tabloid fodder. They are also fertile ground for a Broadway musical, Chaplin.

Stage Door: Forbidden Broadway

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

There is cause for celebration -- after a three-year hiatus, Forbidden Broadway is back. One can almost hear strands of Gypsy in the background: "You'll be swell, you'll be great." And it is. Proving you can't keep a good parody down, "Like Jesus and Judy, we're resurrected."

Stage Door: Into The Woods

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.10.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Based on the Regent's Park production in London, this Into the Woods is extraordinary theater. A treasure trove of psychological insights is neatly gleaned from the interlocking stories of fairy tale characters.

WATCH: "CinderFella," A Hilarious Pro-Gay Take On A Disney Classic

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Following the viral success of "Beauty and the Beat," Todrick Hall -- self-proclaimed "Broadway performer, 'American Idol' finalist, Singer, Dancer, '...

The Beast of Mental Illness

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Tara Woodard-Lehman

A few months ago musician Phill Eason asked me to make a prop for a musical. But this was not your average musical. In part, because it used cosmic, apocalyptic images from scripture. In part, because it was set in a modern-day mental-health ward.

Stage Door: Ghost, The Columnist

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.28.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

There is a difference between an apparition and the real thing -- and the same can be said of a Broadway show. It can be rendered cinematically, as in Ghost, The Musical, thereby becoming a musical that thinks it's a movie.

Stage Door: Nice Work If You Can Get It, The City Club

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.24.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Nice Work If You Can Get It has a glorious Gershwin score, frothy, screwball plot, strong ensemble and Kelli O'Hara. What it doesn't have is a leading man. Matthew Broderick suffers through his dance routines, moving as little as possible, and frequently mopping his brow.

Stage Door: Newsies, Barb Jungr's Man in the Long Black Coat

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.18.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

It's impossible not to cheer for the boys in Newsies as they war against press barons Pulitzer and Hearst. The Broadway musical is based on the Disney movie, which was based on a real-life event: the 1899 newsboy strike.

Stage Door: Evita

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Fern Siegel

The Broadway revival of Evita at the Marquis Theater may have star power, but it lacks sizzle.

Stage Door: Tokio Confidential

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.16.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The exotic can be seductive. Especially when you blend artistry with sex. That's the premise behind the flawed, but hypnotic, musical Tokio Confidential.