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Doug Strassler’s Fearless Tony Awards Predictions

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By Doug Strassler Yesterday I posted my predictions for the winners on Sunday’s 66th Annual Tony Awards telecast. Below, my feelings about who will and who should go home with the gold in the musical categories:   Best Musical: Nominees include the already-shuttered Leap of Faith, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and [&hellip
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Fun For More than Just Children

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

Kevin Del Aguila and Christian Borle in "Peter and the Starcatcher". Photo by Joan Marcus Peter and the Starcatcher is far more fun than this knowingly clever mash-up of children’s theater and English pratfall should have been. Carefully adapted from the Dave Barry- and Ridley Pearson-penned children’s novel, Peter and the Starcatchers, by Rick Elice and directed with aplomb by the team of Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter may [&hellip
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The Big C: Making Cancer Funny

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Never has television programming had such commitment issues as it does when concerning the issue of cancer, which, according to late comedienne Gilda Radner, is “the most unfunny thing in the world.” First, as I wrote about yesterday, Walt White’s cancer went into remission on Breaking Bad. Then, in the second season of The Big [&hellip
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AMC’S Cop Show The Killing Doesn’t Pay Off

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

I don’t envy The Killing. Almost done with its second season, Veena Sud’s adaptation of the Danish crime drama Forbrydelsen had quite the uphill battle after rabidly vocal super-viewers attacked its cliffhanger finale last summer. You see, Killing promised to solve its central premise – who killed teen Rosie Larsen? – by season’s end, and [&hellip
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Musical on Jack the Ripper Offers Laughs But No Bite

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

The true story of a mass murderer may sound like anathema to the world of musical comedy, but Jack’s Back!, currently getting its world premiere at T. Schreiber Studio, aims to find a way to meld its source material into a lighthearted musical romp. Does it entirely succeed? No, but given that this resourceful studio’s [&hellip
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The Summer’s Five Hottest Shows

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, Summer Guide, Theater, West Side Spirit

Best Theater-HARVEY by Andrew Eccles School may be out, but the hardworking kids in the New York theater scene still have homework to do this summer. Below, a list of the five most anticipated events of the 2012 summer season.   Harvey Hot on the heels of last year’s debut in The Normal Heart, two-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons (The [&hellip
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Remembering Donna Summer: A lady who was more than just a disco diva

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

The world of popular music has incurred quite a few tragic early losses recently – Don Cornelius, Whitney Houston, Adam Yauch come instantly to mind. And each of them, rightly, have been lionized for their achievements in breaking new ground and crossing the audience color barrier with their music. Another recent loss took place just [&hellip
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‘Raisin in the Sun’ 50 Years Later, a Worthy Homage

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

: Nathan Johnson Caption: Damon Gupton, Annie Parisse, Crystal A. Dickinson and Jeremy Shamos in Clyborne Park. Photo by Nathan Johnson Clybourne Park arrives bearing serious dramatic lineage. Bruce Norris’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama, which, under Pam McKinnon’s adroit direction has already enjoyed a successful run at the Off-Broadway Playwrights Horizons in addition to London and Los Angeles tours, is a direct descendant of Lorraine Hansberry’s milestone work A Raisin in the Sun, set in [&hellip
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‘Proof’ Playwright Turns to Lithgow to Tackle David Alsop

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JOhn Lithgow and Grace Gummer in "The Columnist". Photo by Joan Marcus Is it fair to ascribe the sophomore slump to a Broadway writer whose second play hit the stage nearly 12 years after the first? Because that seems awfully close to what happened with The Columnist, David Auburn’s follow-up to the Tony and Pulitzer grabber Proof. Columnist, a peek into the life of powerful mid-20th-century journalist [&hellip
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Children’s Favorite Peter and the Starcatcher Comes to the Stage

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

William Faulkner might not be the first author one expects writer and one-time actor Rick Elice to quote when describing his adaptation of Peter and the Starcatcher, the current hit Broadway show he adapted from the children’s novel entitled Peter and the Starcatchers, penned by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. But to hear Elice discuss [&hellip
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