Broadway/Theater

James Franco Calls Theater Critic A 'Little Bitch' Following Review

April 17th, 2014 7:35pm EDT
James Franco
James Franco wasn't afraid to tell New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley how he felt about his review.

Brantley gave Franco's Broadway performance in Of Mice and Men three-and-a-half stars out of five, saying Franco is "often understated to the point of near invisibility" and is "begging for a camera's close up."

Franco took to Instagram to share his disapproval of the review, posting a link to a positive piece from Variety and writing, "Sadly Ben Brantley and the NYT have embarrassed themselves. Brantley is such a little bitch he should be working for Gawker.com instead of the pap...
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8 Things You Need To Know About The Beautiful And Talented 'Frozen' Star Idina Menzel

March 24th, 2014 9:00pm EDT
8 Things You Need To Know About The Beautiful And Talented 'Froz
The 2014 Oscars ceremony was a banner moment for the Walt Disney Company. The House of Mouse received official confirmation that its storied animation studio has finally rekindled its glory days. "Frozen" won best animated feature and the movie's main theme song, "Let It Go" won best song.

The success of "Let It Go" can be attributed largely to "Frozen" star Idina Menzel, who voices Elsa in the film. Menzel brought the house down when she sung the song at the Oscars. Menzel's song is the biggest hit Disney has had arguably since the days of Elton John and "The Lion King" soundtrack.

Idin...
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Rocky Musical Is A Knockout On Broadway

March 15th, 2014 9:43pm EDT
Rocky Musical Is A Knockout On Broadway
Sylvester Stallone scored a knockout with his Rocky musical by winning over critics on opening night with a big budget Broadway boxing bout.

The Hollywood action man spent nearly 15 years working on transferring his beloved boxing movie to the stage, and his hard work paid off as the the show opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City on Thursday night.

Critics were full of praise for the show's star, Andy Karl, who takes on Stallone's iconic role, with The Huffington Post's Rex Reed, describing the actor as "the biggest thing since Hugh Jackman" adding, "He looks like a movie s...
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Bryan Cranston Was Mark Harmon's Understudy

March 15th, 2014 3:25pm EDT
Bryan Cranston Was Mark Harmon's Understudy
Bryan Cranston once served as Mark Harmon's understudy in a Los Angeles production of Wrestlers.

The Breaking Bad star, who is currently portraying former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway, had to step in to take over for the NCIS star on three separate occasions.

However, during one show, Cranston found himself struggling to remember his lines.

He recalls, "It's a three-character play, mostly about these two brothers, and I was asked to understudy both of these characters and one of the actors was Mark Harmon and the other was the playwright...

"One time we were doing the p...
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Bryan Cranston Praised For 'All The Way' Performance

March 8th, 2014 12:36pm EST
Bryan Cranston Praised For 'All The Way' Performance
Bryan Cranston won rave reviews for his performance in All The Way after its opening night on Broadway on Thursday.

The Breaking Bad actor impressed critics with his portrayal of America's 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson, in the Bill Rauch directed play about the struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Cranston's performance was hailed as "effortlessly captivating" by theatre critic Mark Kennedy at Associated Press, while Joe Dziemianowicz at the New York Daily News called him "a force to be reckoned with".

USA Today's Elysa Gardner writes, "Strutting gut-first and affecting a ...
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Theater Review: 'Criss Angel MAGICjam'

February 14th, 2014 12:10pm EST
Theater Review: 'Criss Angel MAGICjam'
Criss Angel MAGICjam is not Criss Angel BeLIEve. Yet it never pretended to be. The limited-engagement show, which began its two-month run at Luxor Hotel and Casino last Tuesday, is an entirely different experience - the best variety show in Las Vegas.

Nothing can ever compare to BeLIEve, one of the great entertainment experiences in the world. And no one can match Criss Angel, who's well earned his Magician of the Century title. Yet after he suffered a severe shoulder injury during his double straightjacket escape in Times Square last year, a Plan B was needed for his intense live show. La...
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Theater Review: 'Nathan Burton Comedy Magic'

February 14th, 2014 12:02pm EST
Theater Review: 'Nathan Burton Comedy Magic'
Magic isn't all life and death. Sure, watching something like David Copperfield vanishing the Statue of Liberty is epic, but there's something to be said for an illusionist who doesn't induce a heart attack. For an act you can enjoy with your friends or your family, and leave just appreciating instead of trying to figure out how it was done. Enter Nathan Burton, whose nightly show at Planet Hollywood will induce laughs and warm fuzzy feelings while still impressing you.

You'll likely remember Nathan from his multiple appearances on America's Got Talent (he competed in seasons one and four,...
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Carly Rae Jepsen Makes Her Broadway Debut In 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella'

February 5th, 2014 10:17pm EST
Carly Rae Jepsen
Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen made her Broadway debut in the title role of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" Tuesday night.

The "Call Me Maybe" singer, who took over for Tony Award winner Laura Osnes after being named her successor back in December, looked like a true princess in a white wedding gown during the curtain call of opening night (Feb. 4).

The 28-year-old told the winter issue of New York's Paper magazine that her family is more excited about her 12-week run on Broadway than when she went to the Grammys.

"It’s always been on my bucket list," she says of performing on stage....
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Neil Patrick Harris Honored By Drama League

February 4th, 2014 2:30pm EST
Neil Patrick Harris
On Monday night, Neil Patrick Harris was honored by his peers at The Drama League's 30th annual all-star gala in New York City.

The 40 year-old performer's career was celebrated at the organization's Musical Celebration of Broadway event at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.

Celebrities including Zachary Levi, Kal Penn, Audra McDonald and Harris' TV reporter partner David Burtka were in attendance at the bash, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.

Drama League Executive Director Gabriel Shanks says, "We are overjoyed to add Neil Patrick Harris to the legendary roster of artists who have been honored...
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'Back To The Future' Musical To Debut In London In 2015

January 31st, 2014 12:00pm EST
'Back To The Future' Musical To Debut In London In 2015
A "Back To The Future" musical will debut in London's West End on the 30th anniversary of the film's release next year.

Robert Zemeckis's sci-fi comedy adventure, which hit theaters in 1985, starred Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. It centers on teenager Marty McFly who befriends a scientist working on a time machine and is accidentally sent to the 1950s where he inadvertently interferes with his parents' romance.

The film's composer Alan Silvestri will join Grammy-winning producer Glen Ballard to write the music and lyrics for the theatrical production, while Zemeckis and Bob Gale w...
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