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Lauren Bacall, Too ...

John Mauceri | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Inadvertent angels come in many sizes and shapes. They are not always angels of mercy, and -- as many can attest -- Lauren Bacall was no Mother Teresa. And yet there was at least one lesson to be learned from knowing her a little.

How Elaine Stritch Got Her Big Broadway Break

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Non-theatergoers will know her from her comic turn as Alec Baldwin's imperious mother in 30 Rock. I remember her from a sweeter moment, after a performance of her Tony-winning one-woman show, Elaine Stritch At Liberty.

Pushing the Envelope

George Heymont | Posted 02.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Many claim that theater holds a mirror up to society. But all too often, when society gets a look at its reflection, the results are not pretty.

When Comedy Went to School: The Catskills Were a Boot Camp for the Greatest Generation of Comedians

Kristin McCracken | Posted 09.02.2013 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

The Borscht Belt, the Jewish Alps, the Sour Cream Sierras... From the 1940s to the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York (primarily Sullivan and Ulster Counties) were the place to be for the growing Jewish community in the Northeast.

Will 2 Too Many Birthdays Spoil Danny Kaye's Centennial Celebration?

Jim Hill | Posted 03.20.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Yeah, it's been over a quarter of a century since we lost Danny back in March of 1987. Yet there are hundreds of thousands of people out there who still have extremely fond memories of this American icon.

Danny Kaye's Centennial Year: The Renaissance of a Renaissance Man

Liz Smith | Posted 12.31.2012 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

Danny Kaye was one of those rare performers -- and human beings -- who could literally do everything. He danced, he sang, he played comedy, he played drama. He was the darling of Broadway sophisticates and a box-office bonanza.

Everybody's Talkin': A Conversation With Derek Trucks and Kat Edmonson

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"There's a lot of ways to do a live album; you can just record a few shows and throw a quick mix on it and throw it out there and if the playing is good enough, it'll hold up."

First Nighter: Mark Nadler's Outstanding, Outrageous 'Crazy 1961'

David Finkle | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
David Finkle

When the amazing Mark Nadler performs, I never fail to find myself thinking about the talent/luck equation. If x (talent) + y (luck) = Big Star, how are x and y measured?

Funny Court Jester Clip: The Pellet With The Poison

Posted 08.25.2011 | Women

I wrote about this famous comedy scene in my memoir, "Growing Up Laughing." It's from the 1955 comedy, "The Court Jester," star...

Where's the Fun in Flying? Turning Guff Into Guffaws

Christine Negroni | Posted 07.12.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

As far as I'm concerned, laughter-as-a-corrective-force has never been more needed than in commercial aviation today, where there's an oversupply of cranky people and an under supply of laughs.

Kay Thompson: The Singer Has Ended But the Great Arrangements Linger On

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Think Pink, the recordings of Kay Thompson, former head of MGM's vocal department, is a must-have for anyone interested in first-rate singing, songs and arrangements.