Exit Lines: Tony Time 2015

I meant to file a couple of preview/prognostication pieces before Sunday’s night’s big, big show. But…twas not to be, as a man of the theatre once said.

It started like this…

“The Tony Awards are upon us…and where plays are ...

Exit Lines: The 2015 Drama Desk Awards

New York’s theatre awards season wraps up next Sunday with the Tonys, broadcast on CBS. Last night, my member organization, the Drama Desk, celebrated its 60th anniversary, which can still be enjoyed here.

The Drama Desk is the only ...

Exit Lines: “Hamilton”

Broadway’s top ticket is Larry David’s Fish in the Dark, which has set a record for advance sales. (Pretty, pretty good!) Off Broadway, it’s…Alexander Hamilton? Founding father, Federalist Papers, Treasury Secretary, Aaron Burr...that Alexander Hamilton? Yes–but not your great-great-great-etc. grandmother’s Alexander ...

Exit Lines: “Come Look at the Freaks”

Where does one of the world’s sexiest men go to transform himself into one of the more celebrated grotesques in history? Why, Broadway, of course–where Bradley Cooper, following in the footprints of David Bowie and Billy Crudup, is covering himself in ...

Exit Lines: Leading Lights

In an era dominated by superheroes and other non-human factors, stars don’t mean much at the movies these days–if they did, would the likes of Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and Robert De Niro be turning up in slenderly budgeted VOD obscurities. ...

Earmageddon: Deemageddon!

Jeff Giles is a fucking asshole.

I know I’ve said that before. And I’ll say it again, partly because it’s fun, but mostly because it’s true. Here’s why:

Longtime readers will note that we have somewhat of a code here at Popdose. ...

Exit Lines: Talking Tonys

Neil Patrick Harris won’t be hosting the Tony Awards on CBS this Sunday night, leaving that task to its other perma-emcee, Hugh Jackman. In all likelihood he’ll instead be onstage winning a Tony Award, for the sensational revival of Hedwig and ...

Exit Lines: “…The Musical”

As the 2013-2014 Broadway season wound down I was spending a lot of time at the theatre, which means I spent a fair amount of time at the movies, too. We’ve seen musicals of Big Fish, The Bridges of Madison County, ...

Exit Lines: Great Performances

Star turns on and Off Broadway have enlivened our stages in New York. Whether you’re visiting town (these are torrid weeks at the boxoffice) or in town (winter is a great time of the year to see a show once the ...

Exit Lines: Summer Stock

In all my years of attending Shakeapeare in the Park productions I’ve never seen one as goofy as Love’s Labour’s Lost, which plays (free!) through Sunday. It’s worth standing on line for, in pleasant August weather, if you don’t mind ...

Exit Lines: It’s Tony Time

Face facts–Broadway, the fabulous invalid, didn’t have a fabulous 2012-2013 season. The second, post-Christmas half improved markedly, in part because it’s couldn’t get any duller. About all I recall a scant half-year later are the stunning revivals of Golden Boy and ...

Exit Lines: The Drama Desk Awards

The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards were held Sunday night. I was there in spirit, as my group (which at long last has a viable website), celebrated the best in New York theatre on, Off, and Off Off Broadway in ...

Exit Lines: “Ann”

“Do you like one-person shows?” I was asked before I became an awards nominator for the Drama Desk a few years back. Well, sure; Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore (Barrymore), Mary Louise Wilson as Diana Vreeland (Full Gallop), and Sian Phillips ...

Exit Lines: “Golden Boy”

The bad news: It’s been a weak season for new plays on Broadway. The good news: There are some worthwhile revivals. The worst  news: My very favorite, a 75th anniversary production of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, closes tomorrow ...

Exit Lines: “Glengarry Glen Ross”

How successful is the Glengarry Glen Ross revival? So successful that I, long-time theatre scribe and member of the prestigious Drama Desk, was seated in the mezzanine for my press performance. Oh, the indignity, to be plopped in ...

Exit Lines: Popdose Goes To The Theatre

Amidst the 2012-2013 theatre season in New York comes a new column about the scene, long overdue. And Dw Dunphy, at least, is happy about it–he created this delightful graphic for it somewhere toward the end of the 2011-2012 one, and ...

The #1 Albums: “Hair”

The changing mores of the 1960s eventually reached far beyond popular music. Motion pictures abandoned the production codes that had ruled since the 1930s and for the first time, the violence and sexuality of the real world could be shown on screen. ...

2011 Tony Awards Preview

I get it, very few non-theatre people give a good god damn about the Tony Awards. But let’s assume that if you’re reading this post, you do in fact have an interest in the commercial theatre world, or at least a secret ...

Theatre Is Easy: “The Motherf**ker With the Hat”

BOTTOM LINE: A comically fulfilling new play well worth seeing, that would be better served in a smaller venue.

“The Motherf**ker With the Hat” is a ballsy title for a ballsy play (at least of the commercial Broadway variety). Written ...

Random Play: “Angels in America”

Critical triumph and commercial success have collided in a new Broadway musical called The Book of Mormon. The dudes of South Park and the composer of Tony-winner Avenue Q teamed up to produce a broadly comic, exceedingly impolite, ultimately affectionate ...

Theatre Is Easy: “The Book of Mormon”

BOTTOM LINE: The Book of Mormon exceeds expectations (in production value as well as use of expletives).

I am a sucker for musical theatre and all the joyously cheesy emotions it can generate.  I am a bigger sucker for musical comedy that ...

Theatre Is Easy: “Good People”

BOTTOM LINE: Like watching a near-flawless indie movie live.

Pristine production values, heartfelt performances and a captivating personal conflict lie at the core of Good People, a new play (which could easily be a movie by a respected indie house), now ...

The Very Guest Of… Brian May

I’ll say this for Brian May — the man is not afraid to venture outside of his comfort zone when choosing his non-Queen collaborations. Tracking them all down was no easy task, mind you. Many of the albums he appeared on are ...

Theatre Is Easy: Broadway Exodus

It’s common that after the holidays Broadway shows that aren’t selling well decide to close up shop, especially as the tourist-light winter doldrums approach.  This year is no exception, with an astonishing 18 shows ending their runs before February 2011.  With about ...

Theatre Is Easy: “The Scottsboro Boys” (Broadway)

BOTTOM LINE: The best thing to happen on a Broadway stage in quite some time.

The musical often gets a bad rap, and understandably so. High kicks do not intrinsically make for enjoyable entertainment, and breaking into song is an unusual method ...

Theatre Is Easy: “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (Broadway)

BOTTOM LINE: A strikingly poignant political allegory, told through a totally silly (and incredibly offensive) new musical romp.

To say this musical is polarizing is barely cracking the surface of its intent to get under its audience’s skin. In only 90 minutes, ...

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