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First Nighter: Little Me Big and Christian Borle Even Bigger

David Finkle | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

When Little Me opened in November 1962, its major pluses were Sid Caesar, the Carolyn Leigh-Cy Coleman score and the rarely-miss Neil Simon gags. Revived at City Center this weekend, it can crow about what could be called a breakout performance by Christian Borle.

When Virgins Decide

George Heymont | Posted 12.24.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

This fall the San Francisco Opera revived its 1997 production of Rigoletto. Featuring Michael Yeargan's handsome sets (inspired by Giorgio de Chirico) and Constance Hoffman's impressive period costumes, the opera has been double cast to gain maximum stage time.

Easy Reader: Peggy Pope of Nine to Five Tells Her Irresistible Show-Biz Story

David Finkle | Posted 07.23.2012 | Books
David Finkle

Her show-biz resume began accumulating credits not too long after she'd settled in Manhattan -- and all of it Pope recounts with great humor. She's a naturally funny woman when she's merely recounting the facts. Laughing out loud through these pages is a regular response.

When the Claws Come Out

George Heymont | Posted 12.03.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Who doesn't love a good cat fight? I'm not talking about old-fashioned ladies mud wrestling or a trailer trash hair-pulling contest. I'm referring to the kind of fight where acid thoughts fly across the stage on malicious darts guided by a frightening level of intelligence.

Revisiting West Side Story (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Although I did not see the original production of West Side Story, I've been lucky to see several others.