Peter Pan Live!, did NBC delight the musical’s fans?

Peter, Wendy, Michael and John fly to Never Never Land (Photo: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

When The Sound of Music Live! aired on NBC last year, reactions were, you could say, mixed. And yet, despite the devil’s advocates, the optimists, the doomsdayers and naysayers, one thing was pretty consistently said: “YES. Please try again!” And so we’re back, one year later. This time the musical is Peter Pan, and the […]

Peter Pan Live! tonight on NBC – first look at Christopher Walken’s Hook


Last year, beyond anyone’s wildest expectations, NBC’s broadcast of The Sound of Music Live!, starring Carrie Underwood, managed to shatter ratings records and break the Internet in ways Kim Kardashian could only dream. (For my complete thoughts on both the broadcast and the social media firestorm, click here.)

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love on PBS tonight


Composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch is profiled in the newest episode of the PBS series American Masters.  Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love premieres tonight, Friday, December 27, 2013, 9 -10:30 p.m. ET on PBS, with new interviews his family, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Woody Allen, John Lithgow, Lucie Arnaz, Ann-Margret, and many others.

Slings and Arrows: Season 3:06 “The Promised End”

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“I could have done this all summer.” – Ellen  “Me, too.” – Barbara There’s a boatload of quotes in this episode, about finality, theatre, art, redemption, transience, and all sorts of beautiful concepts, and I had a harder than usual time picking one. After all, this is it, the last time I do this! I […]

Slings and Arrows: Season 3:05 “All Blessed Secrets”

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Geoffrey: “Lear loses everything…and it is only when he is all alone, naked in a storm, that he is able to find…” Oliver: “His dignity.” The thing about rock bottom is this…it’s always far below where you thought it was. Secrets are seeping out all over the place around the companies of King Lear and […]

Slings and Arrows: Season 3:04 “Every Inch a King”

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“At the end of it all, you’ve got to have some spectacular cock-ups, because THEN, you’ll have stories…and you’ll have had a life.” – Cyril It’s a long way to rock-bottom, isn’t it?

Reviewing The Sound of Music LIVE! and those hate Tweets

(l-r) Jessica Molasky as Sister Berthe, Elena Shaddow as Sister Sophia, Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, Christiane Noll as Sister Margaretta (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

Last night, I watched something awful. And it wasn’t on TV. We’ll get to that later. Reviewing the broadcast of Sound of Music LIVE! is actually pretty simple for me, so we’ll address that first. From top to bottom, we were treated to a gorgeously sung affair. Robust choruses, talented kids, dynamo supporting actors, and […]

Broadway featured in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade – who to watch for

50 million people are expected to watch the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, including 3.5 million seeing it in person.  That group includes many lovers of Broadway since the parade usually features some current theatre productions among the 30 floats, 52 balloons, 900 clowns, and countless marching bands. Theatre lovers will have to choose between the […]

Slings and Arrows: Season 3:03 “That Way Madness Lies”

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“Charles has run raving into the storm. The irony is breathtaking!” – Oliver Every week, Slings and Arrows pulls a quote from the play it’s focusing on that season to reflect the themes of that episode. Here, at the episode 3 “tipping point” of the six-episode, “That Way Madness Lies” proves to be more on-the-nose literal […]

All-star Company with NY Philharmonic on PBS


And in the 1970th year anno dominum, God created the concept musical. Only in this particular case, “God” would be Stephen Sondheim. Ask any musical theatre nerd, though, and they’ll probably respond, “Yeah, that sounds about right.”

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