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Your favorite movies are now Broadway musicalsAndy Karl (Phil Connors) in Groundhog Day at The Old Vic. P.jpg

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:30:40 -0400

Loved the movie? See the show! Broadway hopes you’ll do just that this spring, when the curtains rise on “Groundhog Day,” “Anastasia,” “Amélie” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — the musicals. Name recognition aside, there’s no guarantee that what worked on-screen will fly onstage. For every hit like “The Producers,” there are dozens of...

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Danny Devito used to be a New Jersey beauticianArthur Miller's "The Price" Broadway Opening Night

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:54:25 -0400

Broadway loves an overnight sensation — a newcomer heralded by critics and adored by audiences. The fresh face this season belongs to . . . Danny DeVito. OK, so he’s not exactly an unknown, having made his mark on TV’s “Taxi” and in a slew of hit movies, including “Throw Mamma From the Train,” “Ruthless People” and...

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Monopoly is becoming a musicalshutterstock_252368665

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:37:53 -0400

Broadway loves brand-name titles, from movies (“Groundhog Day”) to books (“Wicked”) to television shows (a “Wonder Years” musical is in the works). So why not . . . board games? Hasbro recently hooked up with Broadway’s Araca Group to exploit its cache of hugely popular games. First up is “Monopoly, the Musical” — though I was hoping...

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Musical spoof of pharma bro Shkreli to run off-BroadwayUS-POLITICS-PHARMACEUTICAL-SHKRELI

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:47:33 -0400

It’s springtime for Martin Shkreli! A satirical musical about the life of the so-called “pharma douche” will get a proper off-Broadway run in May, just weeks before the former hedge fund manager is set to go to trial for securities fraud. The tawdry, 85-minute production — titled “Pharma Bro: An American Douchical” — will feature...

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A hit ‘80s play is coming back to Broadwaychildren

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:19:33 -0400

When Mark Medoff attended a reading on Monday of his Tony Award-winning play “Children of a Lesser God,” he was apprehensive: He hadn’t seen the play in a few years and was worried it might be dated. The play — a smash on Broadway, where it opened in 1980 — tells the story of a...

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Playwright Terrence McNally is living NYC historymcnally

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:53:52 -0400

Most people in the theater world run to the spotlight. Not Terrence McNally. Modest, shy and industrious, he’s let his work speak for itself. Fortunately, his plays — “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” among them — have plenty to say. But lately he’s been trailed by microphones, cameras and lights...

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This is Justin Trudeau’s ‘Hamilton’comefromaway

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:35:50 -0400

It may be Canada’s 150th birthday, but suddenly our neighbor to the north is setting the pop culture agenda. The world’s most talked about Ryans — Gosling and Reynolds — both hail from Canada. So, too, do hugely popular musicians Drake and The Weeknd. And, like a reincarnated JFK, the nation’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau,...

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This Tony-winner walks his pet lizard in Central Park2014 Tony Awards - Arrivals

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:27:16 -0400

In 1974, Reed Birney dropped out of Boston University and came to New York at 19, to become an actor. “I was ambitious and I wanted to get going,” he tells BARBARA HOFFMAN. “I’ve been here ever since.” After winning a Tony for “The Humans” in 2016, this minister’s son is playing a man who’s...

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Liberace’s sordid life story is hitting the stageLiberace

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:38:57 -0400

After the high ratings and great reviews for “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO’s 2013 ghoulish but absorbing bio about Liberace, producer Jerry Weintraub wanted to turn it into a Broadway musical. As The Post reported at the time, he hoped to entice Nathan Lane to star and John Logan (“Red”) to do the adaptation. It sounded...

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Robert Evans’ scandalous Hollywood memoir takes the stageOnetime head of Paramount Studios, Robert Evans, who has a new autobiography entitled THE FAT LADY

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 18:47:26 -0400

If Norma Desmond is ready for her Broadway close-up, surely Robert Evans is, too. Hollywood’s suntanned, sunglasses-wearing legend is putting the finishing touches on the stage adaptation of “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” his scandalous 1994 memoir. Directed by Simon McBurney, of last season’s critical hit “The Encounter,” “The Kid Stays in the Picture”...

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Let’s face it: Weddings sucksignificantotherbway

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:57:21 -0400

“Don’t know when I’ve seen such a lovely wedding. But I always cry. Don’t know why it is, but I always cry,” says Louella Soames in a famous speech from the play “Our Town.” Here’s why you cry, Louella. Weddings are utterly depressing affairs, whether you’re trapped in the bowels of introspection — What is...

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Rip Torn’s daughter salutes her actress motherTurning-Page-6.jpg

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 18:43:14 -0400

Angelica Page developed her one-woman show about her mother, Oscar-winning actress Geraldine Page, at the Actors Studio in New York. It was a fitting place to work, since her mother was a member of the famous acting company. As a child, Angelica played with coloring books at the theater while her mother worked on scenes...

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The ‘Game of Thrones’ live concert is bonkersGOT-3.jpg

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:13:49 -0400

Restless “Game of Thrones” fans who are traumatized that this year’s seventh season of their favorite show won’t start till summer — later than usual — can get a Westeros fix Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. That’s when the “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience” will attack the arena with 65 musicians, pyrotechnics, moving...

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‘Mean Girls’ musical is searching for its starmeangirls

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:01:29 -0400

Tina Fey and “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels are revving up for what they’re calling a “developmental lab” of their “Mean Girls” musical. The script, which Fey adapted from her popular 2004 movie, has gone out to just about every Broadway actress under 30 who can pass for a teenager. Casey Nicholaw, who’s...

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‘Devil Wears Prada’ is this comedy legend’s first musicaldevilprada

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:43:51 -0400

Paul Rudnick is one of the funniest writers around. Reading his collected plays the other day, I burst out laughing at lines from “I Hate Hamlet,” starring the vainglorious ghost of John Barrymore; “The Naked Eye,” a sharp satire of the art world, and “The New Century,” featuring Palm Beach public-access host Mr. Charles, who...

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Agatha Christie’s ‘Orient Express’ steaming toward B’way?MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, facing front from left: Martin Balsam, Albert Finney, 1974

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:21:49 -0400

There’s something for everybody on Broadway this spring: comedies (“The Play That Goes Wrong”), dramas (“Sweat”), star vehicles (“War Paint”) and revivals (“Hello, Dolly!”). One thing’s missing, though — a good old-fashioned mystery thriller. For that, we’re going to have to hop the train to Princeton, NJ, for a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder...

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‘Billions’ attorney flirts with the dark side this seasonEpisode 202

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:07:14 -0400

Billions Sunday, 10 p.m., Showtime The return of “Billions” finds U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) digging out from the aftermath of their scorched-earth confrontation in last year’s finale. As for Rhoades’ No. 2, chief assistant US attorney Bryan Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore), he’s still reeling...

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Broadway’s two best performances can’t win Tonysgclosejgyllenhaalsplit_riedel

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:07:05 -0400

The two performances Broadway’s raving about — Glenn Close in “Sunset Boulevard” and Jake Gyllenhaal in “Sunday in the Park With George” — are ineligible for Tony Awards. For Close, it’s the rule. For Gyllenhaal, it’s the money. Close won the Tony in the role of faded movie queen Norma Desmond in 1995, and therefore...

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A new play’s cast has some harsh words for Michael Riedel"The Play That Goes Wrong" Theatre Marquee Installation

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:01:33 -0400

My column last week about the nonmusical plays struggling at the box office prompted all sorts of emails and calls from producers imploring me to give them a chance. Nobody likes to come out of the gate a dud. “Our numbers are growing — word of mouth is great!” one producer said. “We’ll be just...

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Where ‘American Idol’ Justin Guarini likes to skate and get his hair done2016 Tony Awards - Red Carpet

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:00:13 -0400

He was born in Georgia and lives in Pennsylvania, but Justin Guarini’s spiritual home is Broadway. “I was probably 11 when I saw ‘Les Miz,’ ” the first “American Idol” runner-up tells BARBARA HOFFMAN. “I remember being so blown away, I wanted to get into that genre!” He did. After “A.I.,” he played five Broadway shows,...

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