The recently canceled, Broadway-themed television series "Smash" will lead to a staged concert of a fictional musical featured on the show -- just not the one you think. On Dec. 9, 54 Below will present two staged concerts of "Hit List," the rock musical written by Jeremy Jordan's character that competed against the Marilyn Monroe vehicle "Bombshell." It will star Jordan... » more
This fall's marathon of high-profile Shakespeare revivals, which started on a wan note with the bloodless "Romeo and Juliet" on Broadway with a motorcycle-riding Orlando Bloom, finally kicks into gear with Phyllida Lloyd's all-female, prison-set "Julius Caesar," which premiered at London's Donmar Warehouse and is now at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse.
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If a play about the Yankees is going to be produced in New York, you can bet that it'll be extremely sentimental and nostalgic. After all, would Yankee fans really want it served up any other way?
Eric Simonson's "Bronx Bombers," his third play about sports figures (following "Lombardi" and "Magic/Bird"), is undoubtedly the most enjoyable work... » more
Alicia Keys has conquered a lot of challenges over the course of her rise to music superstardom.
But "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" finds the 32-year-old Manhattan native, a 14-time Grammy winner, on new terrain.
She's an executive producer of the small independent film about two Brooklyn kids who spend the summer by themselves after their mothers disappear.
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There's no denying that the new Broadway musical "Big Fish" -- adapted from the visually spectacular 2003 Tim Burton film and featuring a creative team and cast comprised of musical theater pros -- contained all the ingredients to make an excellent stage musical.
So what went wrong?
A romantic adventure and fantasy-endowed bio-drama, "Big Fish," begins with Will Bloom... » more
"Are you a good witch or a bad witch?" Dorothy is asked in the Munchkinland sequence of "The Wizard of Oz." In Joshua Harmon's highly entertaining dark comedy, the question posed is "Are you a good Jew or a bad Jew?"
"Bad Jews" revolves around two very pushy cousins -- the college-age, frizzy-haired Daphna (Tracee Chimo), who proudly flaunts her Judaism, rabbinical aspirations... » more
Screenings added for London 'Merrily' revival
The recent London revival of Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along," which was originally going to be screened at just a single movie theater in New York on Oct. 23, has proved to be unexpectedly popular. Due to the demand, additional screenings have been added across the city. Might this positive sign of audience interest help pave the way... » more
If you tuned your radio dial to Z100 20 years ago, chances are you would catch a heavy rotation of alternative-rock tracks from bands like Blind Melon, Gin Blossoms and Soul Asylum. The latter's Grammy-winning smash hit "Runaway Train" reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993 and helped catapult sales of its breakout record, "Grave Diggers Unions," to more than 3 million copies.
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Over the course of five full-length albums and numerous mixes and collaborations, producer and songwriter RJD2 has always worked to stretch the definition of hip-hop, taking it to different audiences across the world (including the viewers of AMC's "Mad Men"; his "A Beautiful Mine" acts as the show's theme song). But to go perform for the house and trance enthusiasts of HARD,... » more