There are many Stephen Sondheim fans, including myself, who would do pretty much anything for the chance to meet and chat with the 83-year-old, internationally worshipped songwriter and pick his brain about his musicals.
For those unable to score such a rare opportunity, at least there's "Six by Sondheim," a comprehensive, very satisfying HBO documentary that, through extensive archival...Read more »
Just as recent episodes of the television series "Glee" have revolved around the songbooks of the Beatles, Billy Joel and Lady Gaga, "What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined" -- Kyle Riabko's hipster chic revue of Burt Bacharach hits at New York Theatre Workshop -- looks and sounds like a "Glee"-style tribute to Bacharach.
Riabko, who appeared on Broadway in...Read more »
‘Fun Home’ extends run for fourth time, Socha exits cast The hit Off-Broadway musical “Fun Home” has extended its run at the Public Theater for the fourth time to Jan. 12. But in a strange turn of events, Alexandra Socha, who scored much praise from critics for her performance as Medium Alison, has left the show due to unspecific personal reasons and been replaced by understudy Emily Skeggs. However,...Read more »
While it was a marvelous idea to pair up Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as the quintessential tramps Vladimir and Estragon in "Waiting for Godot," this revival of Beckett's existentialist classic is weighed down by Sean Mathias' problematic direction and the decision to perform it in repertory with Harold Pinter's 1975 drama "No Man's Land."
McKellen makes a strong impression...Read more »
"The Commons of Pensacola," film actress Amanda Peet's debut as a playwright, also marks Sarah Jessica Parker's first performance on the New York stage since the end of "Sex and the City" about a decade ago.
Parker plays Becca, a middle-aged actress whose father is a Bernie Madoff-like financier recently caught by the authorities, leaving him in jail and her mother Judith...Read more »
Thanksgiving is still a week away, but Lincoln Center Theater is already serving up a giant turkey in the form of Jack O'Brien's bloated, poorly acted and strangely conceived production of "Macbeth" starring Ethan Hawke.
Lincoln Center Theater's decision to do "Macbeth" now is questionable. Alan Cumming's streamlined version, in which he played virtually every character,...Read more »
'Romeo' to close a month early on Dec. 5
The Broadway revival of "Romeo and Juliet" starring Orlando Bloom, which received unenthusiastic reviews when it opened back in September and has done lackluster business since then, will end its run on Dec. 8 instead of Jan. 12, the previously announced closing date. Last week, it filled only 38.9% of the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Gypsy of...Read more »
Simmons asked to play Goblin in 'Spider-Man'
Rock musician Gene Simmons revealed last week via Twitter that he has been offered the role of the Green Goblin in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" that was originated by Patrick Page and is currently being played by Robert Cuccioli. Although Simmons did not say whether he would accept the chance to join the production, he made a point...Read more »
The 2006 film comedy "Little Miss Sunshine," about a highly stressed family attempting a long road trip in a broken-down van in order to make it to a beauty pageant for little girls, no doubt had the potential to make a fine musical.
With songwriter William Finn and director-playwright James Lapine, who previously collaborated on "Falsettos" and "The 25th Annual Putnam...Read more »
Revues of Stephen Sondheim songs generally don't work. Given how carefully integrated his songs are into the shows for which they were originally written, they lose impact in a different context.
Yet "A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair," which marks an unusual collaboration between Sondheim and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, manages to provide a great deal of vibrant entertainment...Read more »