Broadway Shutting Down

Written by Jason Singer on . Posted in Posts, Theater

As the busiest season of the year approaches, Broadway is turning off its lights, and no, it’s not so we don’t have to watch “Young Frankenstein,” the scarily unfunny new comedy from Mel Brooks (at least according to Ben Brantley). Last night, the stagehands’ union received the go-ahead from its parent union to begin striking, [&hellip
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Scary Profit Margins or Young Frankenstein’s Bluff?

Written by Nida Najar on . Posted in Posts, Theater

In quite possibly the most hyped Broadway debut of our time, Mel Brooks’ "Young Frankenstein" opens to audiences in New York on November 8 amid much speculation over the never-before-seen price of "premier" seating.  Brooks & Co. have decided to sell the 225 best seats at 350-450 dollars a pop, to compete with scalper’s prices [&hellip
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Little Mermaid Drowning

Written by Jason Singer on . Posted in Posts, Theater

The Little Mermaid stage adaptation is scheduled to open in New York in December, but early reviews suggest the stargazing sea heroine won’t be able to swim in the high-expectations waters of Broadway. The production, based on Disney’s beloved 1989 animation film which in turn was based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1836 fairy tale, has [&hellip
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Fringe Fest: Cancer! The Musical

Written by Summer Banks on . Posted in Posts, Theater

Dancing lab rats, choreography featuring an IV stand and a pharmaceutical executive with a thing for bobble heads? Who knew that cancer could be so fun! With the future of the American musical as uncertain as always, Cancer! the musical—one of many such exclamation point musicals at the fringe festival this year (see Bukowsical! And Slammer!)—is refreshingly [&hellip
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Fringe Fest: Finding Humor in an Un-Funny Affliction

Written by Charlotte Eichna on . Posted in Posts, Theater

Director James Duff faced a tricky situation when tackling his latest theater production, 36-24-36. The subject was eating disorders, and the material was mostly derived from cast members’ lives. But he didn’t want audiences to feel as if they were tuning in to an after-school special. The solution, he found, involved a delicate balance of [&hellip
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Fringe Fest: Hillary Agonistes

Written by Christopher Moore on . Posted in Posts, Theater

She’s traveled a long way from being a sitcom siren. Priscilla Barnes, the last of the blond actresses to follow in Suzanne Somers’ footsteps in “Three’s Company,” has a new, tough gig. She’s starring as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the NY Fringe Fest production, Hillary Agonistes.    Only Clinton’s no Senator in this one. [&hellip
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