| Jun 11, 2013
| 5:00 AM
NEW YORK — For Broadway shows, a Tony Award can spell the difference between a long life and an untimely demise.
Just ask the producers of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."
A day after winning the Tony for best play over the Tom Hanks-...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 6:21 PM
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts' upcoming season doesn't feature a musical based on the songs of Billy Joel. But if it did, a couple of lines from "Piano Man" might summarize a good deal of the schedule: "Son, can you play me a memory? / I'm not really...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 11:19 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has, when you think about it, been a remarkably good sport when it comes to "The Book of Mormon."
As that money-spinning, massively irreverent musical lampooning the Mormon religion and many of its...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 3:27 PM
There will come a day when regional theaters — and then colleges and even high schools — will be fighting over the rights to "Wicked." But there is no evidence that day is coming any time soon.
On Oct. 30, the phenomenally successful...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 4:24 AM
When "The Book of Mormon" visits the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in November, the raunchy musical penned by Matt Stone and Trey Parker will deliver scatological lyrics, cursing Mormon missionaries and cameo "appearances" from Adolf Hitler,...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 8:54 AM
BRANSON, Mo. — Known simply as "Six," the Knudsen Brothers (Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis) have a wholesome variety show out here on Highway 76, wherein they use only their own voices to create a plethora of sounds. As the needs of a...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:07 PM
"The Book of Mormon," which ends its Chicago engagement at the Bank of America Theatre on Oct. 6 after 43 weeks and 344 performances, is coming back to Chicago, likely during the fall or winter of 2014. The dates and the length of the return engagement...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 7:34 AM
The biggest box-office hit of the new Broadway season hasn't even officially opened yet.
"Betrayal," the latest revival of Harold Pinter's reverse-chronological tale of adultery, is in previews and set to open Oct. 27 with a cast that includes real-life...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:58 AM
The show: The tour of "Flashdance" at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.
First impressions: In terms of the movie musicals of the '70s and '80s, "Flashdance" may be the most incredulous. Adrian Lyne's visually arresting (in an...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 3:00 PM
The daily ticket lottery for the Broadway production of "The Book of Mormon" is a show in itself. Each day, theatergoers gather outside the Eugene O'Neill theater and submit their names for a random drawing. The lucky winners score tickets to cheers...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 3:00 PM
"Will I like this show?"
A critic is often asked that question — by total strangers, no less — as if it's possible to know the precise taste of any theatergoer.
With "The Book of Mormon," the touring Broadway hit that opens Tuesday, Oct....