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The Nathan Lane Show

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.10.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

You will not likely find anything funnier onstage, just now, than Nathan Lane in the opening scene of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play. Lane, as a humble off-Broadway actor turned top-tier sitcom star, is given a barrage of robustly funny jokes to launch at us, mostly of the lacerating variety.

Aisle View: Don't Speak! Don't Sing!

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Susan Stroman, the director/choreographer who worked with Mel Brooks on the aforementioned blockbuster, has now joined forces with Allen but lightning is not striking twice. The main culprit, it turns out, is those songs.

Human Smoke and Nazis: The Good, the Bad and the Annoying

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

Human Smoke is chock-full of small, often powerful but unrelated scenes. What you get is a Jackson Pollack painting in audio: a lot of vivid colors and absolutely no shape to any of it. It's a helter-skelter of disjointed events and it's up to us to connect the dots.

Weeklings!: What's the Gayest Musical? (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

2013-12-10-headshot.pngThe hills are alive... with the shrieks of homosexuals who either loved or hated NBC's live version of The Sound of Music. Personally, I thought it could've been a smidgen gayer. In fact, we have so many great gay musicals that I decided to rank them all.

Comedy Nerds, Your Dream Has Come True

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.24.2013 | Comedy

The latest installment of Conan O'Brien's chat show "Serious Jibber Jabber" has hit Team Coco. This one features an eighty minute interview with Mel B...

First Nighter: Westport Country Playhouse's "Room Service" on a Gold Tray

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

About the 1937 Room Service, now revived at the Westport Country Playhouse, I'm tempted to say things like "They don't write 'em like they used to" or...

Jonathan Tolins, the Weird and Wonderful Playwright Who Transformed Barbra's Passion

Myra Chanin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts
Myra Chanin

Playwright Jonathan Tolins' comedic gem has, in addition, supplied me with a new definition of genius -- an artist who can transform the most narcissistic book ever written into a comic masterpiece.

Amy Glazer On 'Abigail's Party' And Other Creative Passions

Greg Archer | Posted 07.20.2013 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

photo by Lisa Keating It's hard to walk away from a Mike Leigh production and not appreciate the brilliance in the Brit's wit and ability to make...

Mel Brooks on Immortality, His Inspiration for The Producers, and the Racial Joke Left Out of Blazing Saddles

Vanity Fair | Posted 04.14.2013 | Entertainment
Vanity Fair

By Mike Sacks, Vanity Fair Although responsible for such comedy classics as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Spaceballs, not to mention 2001'...

The Book of Mormon Takes San Francisco by Storm

George Heymont | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the blessings of having an unfettered imagination is a willingness to take greater risks than many other artists. When it was first announced t...

Dane Cook To Make Theatre Debut

Posted 06.28.2012 | Comedy

Dane Cook will make his stage debut in the Hollywood Bowl’s production of Mel Brooks' "The Producers," playing the role of Nazi playwright Franz Lie...

Tony Awards: The (Next) Movie?

Mark Juddery | Posted 07.29.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

Though Hollywood doesn't make musicals as much as they used to, they still look to Broadway for possible hits. So what will be the next hit movie musical?

Mel Brooks Talks About Getting His Comedic Revenge On Hitler

Posted 03.09.2012 | TV

Mel Brooks sat down with David Steinberg on "Inside Comedy" (Thu., 11 p.m. EST on Showtime) and joked about how he's "made a fine living from Nazis!" ...

Nights On Earth: Conversations with Vince Mendoza and Elf's Matthew Sklar

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.25.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to Vince Mendoza, the idea of his latest record was partly to embrace the various musicians that he's met over the years and to invite his old friends to participate in his music.

"BU On Broadway" Puts on Controversial Musical

Cody Brotter | Posted 01.15.2012 | College
Cody Brotter

It's a rare event to see a stage full of people in Nazi uniforms who heil Hitler several times within an hour. It's especially rare on a Bostonian college campus.

Matthew Broderick Returns To Broadway

AP | Posted 08.16.2011 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Matthew Broderick is returning to Broadway in a musical next spring built around George and Ira Gershwin's songs. Producers said Thursday...

Matthew Broderick, Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Matthew Broderick found success at an early age with his memorable performance in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. His efforts to trace his family history unearthed a legacy of quiet heroes.

Moseley Braun Wins Big Endorsement, Compares Rahm's Persona To Hitler

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: Rahm Emanuel said during a Monday night mayoral forum that Carol Moseley Braun's comments were not being interpreted correctly. Read more here...

A Nutcracker to Shun

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
George Heymont

Over the years, I've seen some pretty awful movies. None, however, has been as expensive, as overproduced, as idiotic, as appalling, or as stupefyingly reprehensible as the The Nutcracker in 3D.

"The Producers," The Maverick Theater

James Scarborough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
James Scarborough

Giving nifty little twists to each imaginable theatrical stereotype, the cast had the audience eating out of their hands, as did the formidable Ensemble.

2010: The Year We Make Contact

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Can the music business take a page from the movie industry's playbook and figure out how to reconnect people to music in a more personal way?

2,000+ Words for the 2,000 Year Old Man: Mel Brooks Is Saluted by the Academy

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Cloris Leachman aptly put it, "There is much that is serious about Mel Brooks. Inside that rapid-fire humor machine is a man with deep emotions, with a great capacity to care, and to love."

A Hilariously Tasteless Birth of a Notion

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Without films like Carl Reiner's Where's Poppa? we wouldn't have had the Farrelly brothers, the Judd Apatow machine or a lot of other comedy that's fairly commonplace today.