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Be So Good...

Nathan Timmel | Posted 09.07.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

On Tuesday, August 23rd, I saw two items back-to-back on Facebook. The first was a clip of an old Charlie Rose interview with Steve Martin. It focuse...

Carmen Cusack's New York: Why She Loves The City

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 08.16.2016 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

A Tony nominee for the musical Bright Star, Carmen Cusack makes her solo concert debut at Feinstein's/54 Below, where she shares stories and songs that brought her to Broadway.

The Joy of Theater & the Joy of 'Bright Star'

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I feel compelled to write about the amazing theatrical experience I had watching Bright Star at the Cort this Tuesday. But first a little introduction...

Bright Star & the Art of the Tony Number

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.15.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The thing about the Tony Awards is most people outside of the theater community don't care who wins the awards (other that perhaps the super big ones)...

There's a New Bright Star on Broadway and her Name is Tony-nominated Actress, Carmen Cusack

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.13.2016 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

The first time Carmen Cusack knew she had the performing bug was when she was 5 years-old and singing at church. In fact, what first really motivated ...

On the Culture Front: American Psycho, The Father and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.29.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

One of the more potent arguments made by people who don't like musicals is that it's hard to convey something truly terrifying through a medium steepe...

My Own Tony Nominations, 2016 Edition

Cara Joy David | Posted 04.29.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Each year I write about people/shows I'd like to see get Tony nominations. These are people/shows that aren't necessarily going to get nominated. Inde...

Talking With Broadway's Bright Star Choreographer, Josh Rhodes

Cara Joy David | Posted 04.15.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Sitting in the Steve Martin/Edie Brickell bluegrass musical Bright Star I knew the show would divide critics, but I also knew that it was impossible to leave and not at least respect the work of choreographer Josh Rhodes.

13 Hilarious Memoirs From Our Favorite Comedians

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.14.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Leora Bernstein | Off the Shelf Life is hard, and sometimes you just need to laugh at the absurdity of it all. Lucky for us, recent years have see...

'Bright Star:' But Clueless

Barry Singer | Posted 04.13.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

Moments into the jolly entr'acte orchestra hoedown that affably yanks Bright Star back after Intermission, inscrutably ignoring the un-jolly infanticide finale that has just closed out Act One, I turned my eyes heavenward.

A Revealing Q & A with Suzanne Whang of the New Comedy Film, A Weekend With The Family

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.30.2016 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

A Weekend With The Family plays like an African-American version of Meet The Parents with just as many, if not more, laughs. In the film, Whang plays Sue Clancy, a traditional Korean-born woman married to a black man named John (Dorien Wilson).

Steve Martin Plays Banjo for Bright Star's Opening Night

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.25.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Working with Steve Martin, a not so wild and crazy guy in his current incarnation as Americana icon, the two have composed country songs for a band that plays from inside an A-frame house.

Steve Martin Presents: The Greatest Painter You've Never Heard Of

Michael Levin | Posted 03.25.2016 | Arts
Michael Levin

If I asked you to name the most famous artist born in Canada, you might reply, Celine Dion. Or if you like hockey, Wayne Gretsky. How about Lawren H...

Thoughts on Broadway's Current and Next Spring

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.24.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

In terms of musicals, there are two that have opened already this spring, the Roundabout revival of She Loves Me and the jukebox musical Disaster!

Re-Discovering Egypt's Boy Pharoah: No Ifs, ands or Tuts

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 03.03.2016 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

There's the impatient saying, TUT TUT; the orchestral term TUTTI; the Olde English game TUT ball. And then of course there's our old pal King TUT. ...

Steve Martin Has A Musical Meltdown Before 'The Tonight Show'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment

Steve Martin just had a freakout so bad that it makes Kanye's "SNL" meltdown look reasonable. Sure, Martin is a wild and crazy guy, but even he runs o...

Steve Martin Just Did Stand-Up For The First Time In 35 Years

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 02.20.2016 | Entertainment

Steve Martin Just Did Stand-Up For The First Time In 35 Years...

How Television (and Plays) Can Change the Religion/Science Discussion

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Can drama change the way we talk about religion and science? A fan of "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" and a former theater professional believe so. As pa...

Finding Love in the Morning Mirror Fog

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 12.15.2015 | Women
Heather Gillis-Harris

They either want to give it or don't. Does it suck when you've opened up your heart because you were led to believe this was more than a casual affair? Hell yeah! But I have to believe that there is someone out there who will finally get it, who will match my depth.

Movie Review: 'Love the Coopers'... Not

Carole Mallory | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

It is always good to see Diane Keaton in a film and executive producing at that, but Love the Coopers simply misses. A yearning for saccharin sweetness permeates.

Andrea Martin's Lady Parts...Really!

Christopher Atamian | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Christopher Atamian

There are no lies here: just honest reflection and heartfelt truth. Even if you don't know Martin well as an actress you'll enjoy this flowing account of one of our best actress's colorful life.

5 Best Books For Adults With A Short Attention Span

Pat Gallagher | Posted 10.26.2015 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

So you say you can't read more than five paragraphs at a time without heading for the cookie jar? Then this is the list of books for you.

From Vassar to Sexy-Sixties Feelgood Flick: Magic Meryl/Rick Springfield in "Ricki and the Flash"

Lonna Saunders | Posted 08.20.2016 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

Flash forward, years later, it seems as if I am still back at Vassar on the promotion crew for Meryl Streep as I write this blog, publicizing her latest dramatic work, Ricki and the Flash, but this time, seeing Meryl in a darkened movie theater on a Wednesday afternoon.

The Real Secret Behind Steve Martin's Oddball Appeal

Quiet Revolution | Andy Hinds | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Steve Martin has had a wide-ranging and wildly successful career, spanning over half a century. He’s been a magician, comedian, screenwriter, actor,...

Is Donald Trump the Steve Martin or the Zsa Zsa Gabor of American Politics?

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.13.2016 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

I don't mean to insult the comedian/actor/author/musician Steve Martin, whose mega-talents I admire, but I can imagine Donald Trump echoing one of Martin's favorite lines from his old comedy routine: "I can't believe I get paid for doing this."