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Songwriting Duo John Kander & Fred Ebb are Celebrated Tonight on PBS. Julia Murney Commemorates Their Achievements

Victor Legrá | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts
Victor Legrá

Broadway favorites come together to celebrate First You Dream - The Music of Kander & Ebb tonight on PBS. The musical songwriting duo that brought ...

5 Crucial Lessons From 'Wicked' So Your Kids Don't Become Mean Girls

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Helen I. Hwang

When I took my girls to see the musical Wicked, I wasn't sure how my 10-year-old and 5-year-old would react to the story of the Good Witch and the Bad Witch. It turned out to be a gorgeous musical that brought tears to our eyes for its honest, important lessons about friendships.

'Billy On The Street' Bros Out With Jason Sudeikis Before 'Wicked' Tailgate

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment

Billy Eichner has truly become a master of his craft: bombarding unsuspecting New Yorkers with celebrities and outrageous questions.   In...

Why You Should Start Over With Linda Lavin at 54 Below

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.11.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

This isn't Lavin's first visit to 54 Below, though it's the first time I've had the opportunity to enjoy it. Lavin's Starting Over is so named because she says "that's what I've been doing my whole life."

From Beach House to the White House: How 'Aladdin''s Courtney Reed Spent Her Summer Vacation

Jim Hill | Posted 09.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

After spending the last year and a half soaring high above the stage floor of the New Amsterdam Theatre aboard a magic carpet, Courtney Reed (who plays Princess Jasmine in the Broadway production of Disney's Aladdin) was ready for some more down-to-earth activities.

Why Gay Men Are Obsessed With Witches

Matt Baume | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Witches are the eternal outsiders, and so they must learn to be fearless and brave. Rejection by society teaches them strength, and they become self-made, self-reliant, self-confident. They're like Beyonce but with a broom.

Two-time Tony Nom Fitzgerald Is an Angel in Act of God

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I am going to estimate that 95 percent of audience members going into An Act of God believe it is a one-person show starring Jim Parsons as God. (While he doesn't like you to take his name in vein, the show's title does, and therefore I will spare you "G-d.") It is not.

First Nighter: The Marcy Heisler-Zina Goldrich Musical 'Ever After' an Unlikely Ever After

David Finkle | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Compounding the trouble for Heisler is that she hasn't constructed a taut version of the old story. Her treatment, perhaps due to unwisely hewing to the film, is overrun with plot diversions and digressions.

Disney's Cinderella Does $70 Million in First Weekend, Yet Leaves Money on the Table

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 05.16.2015 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

As a marketer, strategist, story consultant, and sometimes novelist who specializes in entertainment, I can both cheer the accomplishment of Cinderella and be disappointed at the opportunity lost.

8 Things That Frozen and Idina Menzel Might Have to Teach You About Grief, Happiness and the Unexpected Value of Mispronunciation

Tracey Cleantis | Posted 05.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tracey Cleantis

Some good things can come from what at first seemed like a loss. On this point, let me warn you that in real life, the turn-around time between disappointment and finding your silver lining may not be as fast. Be patient. Your silver lining is coming.

Mary Testa: 'Have Faith'

Barry Singer | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Mary Testa is a pro: a belter, a diva and a clown, in the most beloved Broadway sense. She is a star talent who has rarely gotten star billing. You could write a musical about her.

Big-Screen 'Wicked' Adaptation Eyeing 2016 Release

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.09.2015 | Entertainment

No one mourns the wicked, unless "Wicked" doesn't arrive in theaters soon. It looks like worries may be assuaged, though, as producer Marc Platt has s...

The Eye of Sauron Over Moscow, or, Revenge of the Orcs

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 02.10.2015 | Weird News
Eliot Borenstein

In honor of the final installment of the eighty-seven-part Hobbit film series, a Russian art group recently decided to crown the Moscow International Business Center with the All-Seeing Eye of Sauron.

Wicked the Musical Hits the Detroit Opera House for an End-of-the-Year National Tour Run

Kelly Frazier | Posted 02.03.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Currently, with two North American touring companies along with the Broadway production, Wicked is wrapping up another successful year and will be returning to Detroit for an end of the year run at the Detroit Opera House starting Dec. 10 going through until Jan. 4.

This A Cappella Medley Is Truly 'Wicked'

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment

It doesn't matter whether or not you're a fan of the musical "Wicked" -- after listening to this medley, you'll feel like you can ... defy gravity. ...

Celebrity Collector: Luis Figueroa

Reyne Haines | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Reyne Haines

When he's not acting, he has another passion; cooking. I'm not going to lie. I don't like to cook. Baking tasty treats...yes. Cooking..not so much. Alas, if I was to spy this guy in the meat department of the grocery store, I might be inspired.

Kristin Chenoweth And Lea Michele Perform 'Wicked' Ballad

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 06.23.2014 | Entertainment

Kristin Chenoweth and Lea Michele, two contemporary veterans of the Broadway stage, joined forces over the weekend for a rendition of the "Wicked" bal...

The 2014 Lilly Awards Burst Into Bloom

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

On June 2, the fifth annual Lilly Awards Ceremony lit up Playwrights Horizons. The Lilly Awards, affectionately called "The Lillies," were founded in 2010 by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman, and Teresa Rebeck to honor the work of women in the theater.

Week in Film: Maleficent, Million Ways to Die and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not going to apologize for laughing my ass off at Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West.

For the Love of Theater

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

A few weeks ago, I wasn't feeling so great. My allergies were bothering me and I was tired, as I often am this time of year. Then I went to the theater. Miraculously I felt better during Act One.

Kristin Chenoweth Knows Her Count -- Do You?

Joshua Estrin | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Joshua Estrin

While the recent announcement from the Roundabout Theater Company that Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will return to Broadway in February in On t...

Movie Adaptations Of 'Wicked' And 'Spring Awakening' Move Forward

Posted 04.03.2014 | Entertainment

What is this feeling? Enthusiasm -- because two popular Broadway musicals are making strides in their leap to the big screen. "Wicked" and "Spring ...

Jeremy Jordan Can't 'Let It Go' and Zosia Mamet Joins the Newsies at Miscast

Suzy Evans | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

At the annual Miscast Gala in 2013, which is presented by MCC Theater, Jordan sang the Smash hit "Let Me Be Your Star," when Jonathan Groff came onstage and stole his thunder.

How Idina Menzel's Portrayal of Frozen's Elsa Finally Set Wicked's Elphaba Free

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Sprayregen

Knowing Wicked as I do, it is impossible to ignore the soul of Elphaba resounding through the kingdom of Arendelle, permeating Elsa's words and actions in Frozen. Elsa and Elphaba both come to symbolize the need for each of us to embrace our individuality.

'Book Of Mormon' Breaks More Records On The Road

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 02.11.2014 | Entertainment

“The Book of Mormon” can add another impressive record to its already vast collection of accolades. The production’s national tour become the hi...