Cosmetic moguls’ rivalry revealed in ‘War Paint’

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out“)

What truly establishes “War Paint” as one of the most unusual Broadway experiences is that rarely are two Tony Award winning actresses allowed to share the stage with one another and stand strongly pound-for-pound, song-by-song next to each other and sing and...
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Artists ask Lincoln Center to boycott play supported by Israeli government

(JTA) — A group of more than 60 artists has called on Lincoln Center to retract a play that has backing from the Israeli government.

The play, “To the End of the Land,” is a part of the Lincoln Center Festival at the famed arts complex in New York. It...
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Producers for ‘Indecent’ change their minds; hold show till August

In a rare decision, the producers of “Indecent,” the Tony Award-winning play that describes the controversial mounting of Sholom Aleichem’s play in the 1920s, have decided to rescind their closing notice that would have shuttered the play in early July.

The decision has been made to keep the play running...
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SLT’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ a surefire hit

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

For those who truly love classic Broadway theatre, there are few shows that pack as much firepower as Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun.” It was a tour de force for Ethel Merman, perhaps the greatest belter known on the Great White...
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‘Oslo,’ Bette Midler and Ben Platt take Tony Awards

(JTA) — “Oslo,” a play about the 1993 Oslo Accords, won the Tony Award for best new play and its Jewish lead actor, Michael Aronov, was recognized as best featured actor in a play.

Bette Midler, the veteran Jewish actress and singer, won for best actress in a musical for...
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Tonys 2017: The 7 Jewish shows to watch

(JTA) — This Sunday is the biggest night of the year for theater lovers: It’s the Tony Awards.

Unfortunately, our crystal ball is at the shop for repairs — so we can’t say with certainty who the winners will be. But there’s one thing that’s for sure: The past year has...
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‘Yiddishe Shtunde’ concluding its run Sat. night

“Yiddishe Shtunde,” a play written by Elliott Raisen and based on the old Yiddish radio shows he grew up with in New York, will enjoy its final two performances tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. at the Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Avenue.

The play with some...
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Josh Radnor, beyond ‘How I Met Your Mother’


(JTA) — Josh Radnor is starring these days in Richard Greenberg’s off-Broadway play “The Babylon Line.” For the 42-year-old actor, it is the latest in a long and impressive list of credits.

However, the odds are that no matter what else he accomplishes in life, for most...
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Alessi is sensational as Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl’

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

When Barbra Streisand tackled the challenge of playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl in 1964, she had been seen on the Broadway stage only once previously. Her role as Miss Marmelstein in I Can Get It For You Wholesale had garnered attention for her...
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Stop the presses! Nathan Lane, Goodman star in ‘Front Page’

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out”)

There’s little doubt that the nature of the ensemble cast of The Front Page could draw large audiences for the entirety of its strictly limited run on paper (pun intended). First, there’s Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Jefferson Mays as headliners and New...
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