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Behind the Curtain: 'Bombers' bombs

"Bronx Bombers" is closing on March 2.

(Credit: Joan Marcus)

'Bronx Bombers' bombs on BroadwayThe sentimental New York Yankees salute "Bronx Bombers," which opened at Broadway's Circle in the Square two weeks ago to generally unenthusiastic reviews, will play its final performance on March 2. Last week the show grossed about $175,000, a paltry sum for any Broadway show. This leaves open the possibility that something else will open at Circle in the Square...

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Theater review: 'Love and Information' -- 1 star

"Love and Information" is the latest work from

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Imagine that there is something wrong with your television that causes it to switch channels every minute. That, in a nutshell, is "Love and Information," Caryl Churchill's fast-paced, kaleidoscopic and absolutely infuriating new work.

Not only is it an absolutely pointless, puzzling and pretentious bore, it runs two hours long without an intermission, making the play that much more painful.

Churchill,...

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Behind the Curtain: Sting's 'Last Ship' set for Neil Simon Theater

Sting's "Last Ship" will be cruising into the

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Sting’s ‘Last Ship’ sails into Neil Simon“The Last Ship,” the forthcoming Broadway musical with songs by Sting, will have a cast that includes Michael Esper (“American Idiot”), Aaron Lazar (“The Light in the Piazza”) and Fred Applegate (“The Producers”). As expected, it will play the Neil Simon Theatre, where the LBJ drama “All the Way” is now in previews. Opening night is currently slated for Oct....

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Theater review: 'Dinner with Friends' -- 3.5 stars

Darren Pettie, left, Heather Burns, Jeremy Shamos and

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The new Off-Broadway revival of Donald Margulies' 1999 Pulitzer-winning comedic drama "Dinner with Friends," which is probably the finest production of the play any of us are ever likely to see, also serves as a reminder of Margulies' importance as a sober-minded, psychologically astute and socially observant writer.

Margulies has never achieved the same name recognition as some of his fellow...

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Theater review: 'The Tribute Artist,' 2 stars

Charles Busch in "The Tribute Artist."

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There's a fine line between a drag queen and a tribute artist -- at least according to the character played by Charles Busch in his latest Off-Broadway comedy, which is hardly one of the prolific performer-playwright's best but will still appeal to his fans.

In "The Tribute Artist," Busch attempts to bridge the gap between his parodies of legendary actresses and movie genres, which usually...

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Theater review: 'Bronx Bombers' -- 2 stars

"Bronx Bombers, starring, from left, Francois Battiste, Peter

(Credit: Joan Marcus)

The tender-hearted, super- sappy New York Yankees tribute "Bronx Bombers," which just transferred to Broadway's Circle in the Square after a short Off-Broadway run, really ought to be playing in Cooperstown as a sort of side show for tourists visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame. It could be done with animatronics instead of actors, a la "The Hall of Presidents" at Disney World.

Eric Simonson,...

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Theater Review: 'Little Me' -- 3.5 stars

Rachel York and Christian Borle in "Little Me"

(Credit: Joan Marcus)

Although it is generally considered a classic, the relentlessly silly, fast-paced musical comedy "Little Me," which sports a dynamic score by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, has never really gotten its full due.

The original 1962 production with Sid Caesar ran only about half a year, and two subsequent Broadway revivals that tinkered with the show's structure...

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Behind the Curtain: Stritch back in NYC, 'Back to the Future' musical

Broadway icon Elaine Stritch is as sassy as

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Stritch to appear at 92Y for one-on-one talk

Elaine Stritch, who left NYC last year, will appear at a public talk at the 92nd Street Y on Feb. 17 with Chiemi Karasawa, who directed the new documentary "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me." In recent interviews, Stritch has hinted at a possible Broadway comeback in a revival of Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women."

'Back to the Future' show to premiere...

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Theater review: 'Queen of the Night' -- 2.5 stars

"Queen of the Night"

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Apparently "Queen of the Night," the latest in the line of immersive and puzzling spectacles such as the "Macbeth"-themed "Sleep No More," has something to do with Mozart's "The Magic Flute," but it's hard to tell at this busy affair.

"Queen of the Night" is being presented at the newly renovated Diamond Horseshoe, a supper club that just reopened for the first time in six decades, underneath...

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Behind the Curtain: 'King Kong' coming to Foxwoods, and more

King Kong poses on stage during a "King

(Credit: King Kong poses on stage during a "King Kong" production media call. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images))

‘King Kong’ to play the Foxwoods TheatreThe musical-spectacle “King Kong,” which is about to wrap up its premiere staging in Melbourne, will apparently hit Broadway next season. The show’s producer confirmed on Australian radio that the show will play the oversized Foxwoods Theatre, recently home to “Spider-Man.” The title character is portrayed by, according to previous press materials, “the most...

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