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Ethan Lipton Has 'No Place To Go'

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 03.26.2012 | Arts

In Ethan Lipton's new "musical ode to the unemployed," we find a man down on his luck as he faces the reality of his company moving to a place very f...

Stage Door: Tis Pity She's A Whore, Once

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.23.2012 | Home
Fern Siegel

Even in our shockproof age, the shattering production of Tis Pity She's a Whore grabs our attention. Now at BAM, John Ford's 17th-century drama is about the incestuous love between a brother and sister, or what the local friar calls "a leprosy of lust."

Theater: Once Conquers Broadway; Salesman Can't Quite Deliver the Goods

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.19.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

When you're tackling a towering masterwork like Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman, words like "respectable" and "solid" seem like faint praise. When you hope to scale the mountaintop, getting most of the way up is cold comfort.

Chicago Storefront Theatre Update: A Sleepy Falling: A Wake and a Radiant The Light in the Piazza

Robert Bullen | Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

After 16 years renting spaces around town, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble -- Chicago's only producing organization dedicated to women's voices -- has finally found a permanent home.

Just in Case It Matters: Biographer Jeffrey Spivak on the Magic of Busby Berkeley

Dan Lybarger | Posted 05.13.2012 | Books
Dan Lybarger

In the 1930s and '40s, Busby Berkeley (1895-1976) staged a series of movie dance numbers that could rival the paintings of Salvador Dali in their outlandishness. His movies were loaded with jaw-dropping optical illusions and wound up influencing everyone from the Coen Brothers to Mel Brooks.

Donuts, Catered Affairs and Experimental Cabaret: A Chicago Storefront Theatre Update

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

With 200-plus theatre companies in Chicago, at any given day there is always something to see -- particularly if you've a daring theatrical appetite. So where to start?

WATCH: A Jimmy Fallon Musical?

Posted 02.21.2012 | Comedy

Jimmy Fallon is pretty well known for his song parodies, so it's not too difficult to imagine a world where the "Late Night" host took his goofy lyric...

Actors Discuss Legacy Of Phantom Of The Opera (VIDEO)

Posted 02.08.2012 | Arts

For the past 25 years, Andrew Lloyd Weber's epic musical, "The Phantom of the Opera," has ruled Broadway and beyond. Actors Trista Moldovan and Hugh P...

An Open Letter to Ms. Anjelica Huston Regarding Her Involvement in NBC's Smash

Meghan O'Keefe | Posted 04.09.2012 | Comedy
Meghan O'Keefe

Dear Ms. Huston: I saw you on Smash last night and I just wanted to send you a quick note that says, "You don't have to do this."

An Amazing Performance!

Liz Neumark | Posted 04.07.2012 | Arts
Liz Neumark

In the course of two evenings on a stage at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, to packed audiences of peers, family members, co-workers and strangers, the cast gave a Broadway quality 'great performance.'

6 Books We Wish Were Musicals

| Posted 02.06.2012 | Books

By Margaret Bristol and Robbie Olson for Bookish: The upcoming premiere of NBC's "Smash" got us thinking: With all the books finding their way to t...

Lucas Kavner

Why An All-White Production Of 'Hairspray' Is Raising Eyebrows | Lucas Kavner | Posted 02.01.2012 | Home

"Hairspray" is a musical based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. It takes place in Baltimore in the early 1960s and follows an overweight...

Theater: Glorious Porgy And Bess

Michael Giltz | Posted 03.21.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The title is the only clumsy thing about this smartly mounted, beautifully sung and movingly acted new production of the landmark musical theater work.

New Report Claims Broadway Audience 'Whiter Than Ever'

Posted 01.04.2012 | Arts

A new report shows that Broadway's audience is becoming increasingly homogeneous. The 2010-11 season saw a large dip in foreign patrons, while caucasi...

Theater: The Best Shows of 2011

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.29.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

Here's a list of my favorite shows of the year, followed by other highlights, a recap of the year and a brief word on each show.

Theater: "Shlemiel The First" Klezmer Musical Sings But What's With The Restraint?

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.15.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

SCHLEMIEL THE FIRST ** 1/2 out of **** NYU'S JACK H. SKIRBALL CENTER Writer Isaac Bashevis Singer helped popularize folk tales about the foolish men ...

Theater: Cloudy Skies for Harry Connick Jr. and On A Clear Day

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.14.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Even with an entirely new book and complete re-imagination of the central story, On A Clear Day remains a muddied, unsatisfying work that -- except for one promising Broadway debut -- has little to offer.

Lysistrata Jones: Aristophanes Done Right

Danny Groner | Posted 02.13.2012 | New York
Danny Groner

While it's a lighthearted and funny story, the play does carry some complicated issues related to identity and sexuality. For these characters -- and the show in general -- there's usually more than meets the eye.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Howard Kissel | Posted 02.11.2012 | Arts
Howard Kissel

I hope enough time passes that every time I listen to the cast album that will accompany the revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane's 1965 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever -- and I know I'll listen to it often -- I won't be reminded of the tackiness of the production itself.

Theater: Once Turns Into Moving Musical Headed To Broadway

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

The fairytale hasn't ended for the movie Once. That shoestring budget of a movie captured lightning in a bottle by showcasing two non-actors and their music in a story of bittersweet almost-romance.

Theater Exclusive: Jeremy Jordan Of "Bonnie & Clyde" In Backstage Interview (Video)

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.31.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Actor Jeremy Jordan is enjoying one of the splashiest moments on Broadway for a newcomer in recent memory. Jordan starred in the new musical Newsies a...

Theater: "White Christmas" Early Present For Holidays

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS *** out of **** PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE Almost any Christmas-themed property you can name is being turned into a musical...

DVDs: "West Side Story" (Almost) Perfect In New BluRay Set

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

WEST SIDE STORY 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLURAY ($69.99 BuRay Deluxe or $29.99 BluRay; MGM) -- West Side Story buzzes with contradictions in this lavi...

Jersey Boys Is Back At The National Theater (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.11.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- "Jersey Boys" is back at the National Theater. The multi-award winning musical tells the story of the Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, B...

Theater: Hugh Jackman Razzle Dazzles Broadway in New Show

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

2011-11-11-Screenshot20111111at8.27.44AM.jpg The moment Jackman appears, the audience relaxes -- this is gonna be fun.