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Matilda: Lice, lice baby


Cast members of Matilda on Broadway are dealing with a hairy situation.

Cast members of Matilda on Broadway are dealing with a hairy situation.

Lice are a royal pain in the… scalp. Tiny little parasites that gleefully jump from human head to human head sucking the blood out of you.
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All the Way with Bryan Cranston


Bryan Cranston is a tour de force on Broadway in All the Way.

Bryan Cranston is a tour de force on Broadway in All the Way.

Merriam-Webster defines “tour de force” as a feat or display of strength, skill or ingenuity. Next to that definition, there should be a picture of Bryan Cranston.
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Breaking Broadway: Bryan Cranston to star in ‘All The Way’


Bryan Cranston is coming to Broadway in All the Way.

Bryan Cranston is coming to Broadway in All the Way.

When the final episode of Breaking Bad aired last week, there was one notable cast member missing from Talking Bad, the live TV show following the finale — Bryan Cranston.  That’s because Cranston was in Boston that night starring in the dramatic play All the Way.

The good news for Breaking Bad fans is that  All the Way is headed to Broadway sometime this winter.
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Another reason to love Nathan Lane


NancePlaybillActor Nathan Lane injured himself last night during a performance of The Nance on Broadway.

An accident occurred during the first act when he was stepping off a spinning turntable as a scene changed. He misjudged what he was doing and injured his foot and leg, and had to be replaced by his understudy Stephen DeRosa.

But the Broadway vet isn’t missing a beat. He got medical treatment and will be back on stage tonight according to a report on BroadwayWorld.com.

What a trouper and professional. Read more…

The Third Man, the musical?


Colin Firth in the Harry Lime role created by Orson Welles? I could see it.

Colin Firth in the Harry Lime role created by Orson Welles? I could see it.

Could a story about a wartime racketeer who steals penicillin, dilutes it, and sells it on the black market injuring innocent children, be the premise of a musical?

That was a recent topic of discussion on a chat board on BroadwayWorld.com.

There’s talk that the classic 1949 film, The Third Man, written by Graham Greene and directed by Carol Reed, is being made into a musical in Vienna by an Austrian production company, Vereinigte Buehnen Wien (VBW). Read more…

Poetry Friday: Here’s to The Great White Way


Broadway - Bright lights, big city.

Spider-Man is just one of the many offerings that’s still here on Broadway.

There’s something magical about Broadway. The first time you stand in Times Square your jaw drops. Talk about not being in Kansas anymore. Bright lights, big New York City, a place for dreamers and schemers.

On the surface, Broadway is a fun place, a happy place, street after street of lit theater after lit theater, full of life and people, an entertainment paradise.

Behind the scenes the gears are turning. High hopes are sometimes realized and sometimes dashed. It’s not personal, it’s just business. Read more…

Broadway Vacay Staycay


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Wow, what a week! Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, music, magic, spectacle, and a “Who knew?” performance by Andrea Martin.

I had a great time on my Broadway Vacay Staycay! Saw a whirlwind of Broadway shows plus a special tribute to Eliza Doolittle.

Last month, I announced my plans to take a week of vacation time and do nothing but see Broadway shows. As W would say, mission accomplished!

In the course of one week I saw Pippin, The Book of Mormon, The Nance, Macbeth, and a private reading of My Fair Lady that knocked my socks off. For a theater fan it doesn’t get much better than that. Read more…

Google yourself!


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One of the first images of me to turn up in a Google search.

Did you ever google yourself, your name and images, to see what’s out there on Internetland?

Oh c’mon admit it, you have.

I hadn’t done it in eons until someone looking for another Patricia Gay recently came across my name on the internet and contacted me on Twitter.

Curious, I decided to google myself to see what would turn up. As I plugged in my name I started to get queasy. Would there be anything embarrassing or stupid? Perhaps my journalism career would be spotlighted? Or my former life as a chief elected official? Or worse, would there be nothing at all, as if I didn’t exist. Read more…

Tony Award Nominations: Madison Dirks was robbed


Madison Dirks in all his glory in Who's Afraid of Viriginia Woolf?

Madison Dirks in all his glory in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

I was really looking forward to the Tony announcements this week. But now I have a broken heart.

Madison Dirks was royally snubbed.

Not a household name yet, but give him time. Madison Dirks gave a great performance on Broadway this past season in a stellar production of Edward Albee’s American classic, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

He should have been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play, but he wasn’t. Read more…

Broadway: Decisions, Decisions


BroadwayShowsFor some, vacation means an island getaway to St. Bart’s, or a cross country trek to beaches or mountains. For me, it means venturing just 70 minutes from home. To Broadway.

I’m using one week of my precious vacation time in May to take in as much of the Great White Way as possible. That means shows, shows, and more shows. Comedy, drama, musicals, cabaret, readings, and hopefully more.

A cheap Yankee, rather than staying overnight at The Benjamin — my favorite hotel, I’ll be a day-tripper. That will allow me to save a few benjamins for lunch, dinner, and cocktails in the Big Apple. Not such a bad staycation after all, eh?

So here’s the deal. There are so many wonderful shows on stage right now, what should I see? Read more…

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