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December 30, 2013 | By Susan King
Linda Lavin is getting the hang of Twitter. She's been practicing on Thursday nights when she tweets during both East and West coast airings of NBC's sitcom "Sean Saves the World. " In the series Lavin plays Lorna, the loving, albeit pushy, mother of Sean Harrison (Sean Hayes of "Will & Grace"), a gay divorced father with a demanding job who is now full-time dad to his 14-year-old daughter (Samantha Isler). "I'm getting a lot of response," said the vivacious, petite actress, an age-defying 76, about her tweets.
December 20, 2013 | By Kelly Merritt
NEW YORK - I'm standing on the stage of the Hudson Theatre. I'm 23 again, when I dreamed of stardom on the Great White Way. Though I hadn't the stomach to wait for fame and fortune and traded singing for paper and pen, I often return to indulge my love of New York City theaters. This year, on a trip to the city, I discovered that my favorite old theaters have become vibrant attractions all on their own, replete with tours and fans. Little did I know the Hudson Theatre (145 W. 44th St.)
December 7, 2013 | By Martin Tsai, Perhaps "Live at the Foxes Den" was never intended for Broadway, but actor Jackson Rathbone brings an unmistakably musical-theater quality to the proceedings
"Live at the Foxes Den" comes off like some long-unproduced Broadway musical finally dusted off when someone raised enough money to mount it as a film production instead. It seems unintentionally passé, and not only because the eponymous establishment is smoker-friendly and houses a rotary phone. The film's compassion for the upper class bearing such worldly burdens as nepotism and estate money seems out of touch post-recession. Jackson Rathbone of "The Twilight Saga" stars as Bobby Kelly, a young attorney coasting at work thanks to his engagement to the daughter of the firm's managing partner.
December 4, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Billy Crystal's Tony Award-winning one-man show, "700 Sundays," will get a curtain-raiser over at HBO. The autobiographical solo show, which made its return to Broadway earlier this year, will be taped Jan. 3 and 4 at the Imperial Theatre in New York, with the special set to air on HBO later in 2014. "700 Sundays" originally opened in 2004 at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 163 performances - and quickly set box-office records. The two-act play featured Crystal playing several characters who influenced him throughout his life.
December 3, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With a show called "Kirstie," it would be easy to dwell on TV Land's "Pet Sematary"-like attempt to resurrect the career of sitcom star Kirstie Alley, not to mention Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards. But here is what matters about the new half-hour comedy: It revolves around a Broadway diva. A Broadway diva! As in a woman who has made a career starring in hit Broadway plays, a feat that was becoming rare even when Bette Davis played Margo Channing. Who is this Madison "Maddie" Banks that Alley is playing?
November 30, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
On a recent weekday afternoon, Sting was sitting in a Burbank dressing room, quietly reading on a tablet computer as he waited to make an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. " A chat with Leno wasn't the English singer's only reason for being in L.A.; two nights earlier, he'd entertained a crowd of celebrities and show-biz executives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's annual Art + Film Gala. Asked how the gig went, Sting put down the tablet, took off his glasses and reported that no one had asked for his or her money back.
November 25, 2013 | By David Ng
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart -- better known as Magneto and Prof. Charles Xavier, respectively, to "X-Men" fans -- are currently taking a breather from the superhero franchise and starring together in Broadway repertory productions of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" and Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot. " The revolving productions, which officially opened Sunday at the Cort Theatre in New York, were performed at Berkeley Repertory Theatre earlier this year en route to Broadway.
November 21, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman has sold his West Hollywood condo for $3.2 million. The buyer is Danish restaurateur Ole Strecker. The chic double unit, created by combining two condos, contains three bedrooms, five bathrooms and 4,000 square feet of living space. Features of the updated home include a media room, an office, a den and a terrace. The building, constructed in 1962, has concierge service, 24-hour valet parking and a rooftop pool. There are city and mountain views.
November 19, 2013 | By David Ng
On paper, at least, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" had the makings of a sure-fire Broadway hit. It boasted a rock score by U2's Bono and the Edge. It had Julie Taymor, the visionary director of Disney's "The Lion King. " Above all, it starred one of Marvel's most enduringly popular superheroes, one who needed no introduction and who came with a built-in fan base. Several years and mountains of legal documents later, "Spider-Man" has become a cautionary tale of Broadway excess and artistic hubris.
November 19, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
- When "Side Show" first appeared on Broadway in 1997, the critics had plenty of nice things to say but audiences weren't rushing out in droves to see a musical about conjoined twins. The show closed after 91 performances. But this musical by Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and "Dreamgirls" composer Henry Krieger (music) has been haunted by its unrealized potential. A cult favorite that many musical theater aficionados feel deserves another crack at the big time, the show has just gotten a major overhaul at La Jolla Playhouse in a co-production with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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