| Mar 21, 2014
| 2:00 PM
"The Phantom of the Opera" has been running on Broadway for more than 25 years. This week, the musical announced a first: a black actor has been cast in the title role in the New York production.
Norm Lewis will join the company of "Phantom" at the...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 11:18 AM
A little something for everyone here. March 1993 offered some, well, interesting variety.
10. 'Bed of Roses,' Bon Jovi
As far as power ballads go this one's a tad creepy. Example lyric: "I wanna be just as close as your Holy Ghost is / And lay you...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 10:13 PM
My friends and I made one of our occasional pilgrimages to Disney Quest recently, and once again wondered how it is that Walt Disney World lets it muddle along, seemingly without as much care as is taken at other Disney properties.
DisneyQuest is the...
| May 27, 2014
| 2:35 PM
Despite the lack of any new "Book of Mormon"-sized runaway hits, Broadway saw an upswing in attendance and ticket revenue for the 2013-14 season, with the industry reporting $1.27 billion in total revenue, up 11% from last season.
The Broadway season,...
| May 31, 2014
| 12:00 PM
James Monroe Iglehart is a theater actor in the body of a professional wrestler.
This is not an exaggeration. The 39-year-old performer stands 6 feet tall, weighs 295 pounds and seems to fill a room with his ebullient personality.
"I almost became a...
| May 20, 2014
| 6:00 AM
NEW YORK — If you happened to notice hell freezing over this Broadway season, please don't assume that it was another fluky manifestation of climate change. There's something I need to confess: The musical I enjoyed most out of the top Tony...
| May 7, 2014
| 2:02 PM
In the devoted relationship between the men of singing group Il Divo and their fans, Lea Salonga is the other woman.
Salonga took London by storm in 1989, then conquered Broadway two years later, as the original star of "Miss Saigon." She's joining Il...
| May 12, 2014
| 9:43 PM
Marrying pop quartet Il Divo with musical theater was an idea made in over-the-top heaven. Musical theater, of course, is a genre that wears its heart on its sleeve. And the four gents of Il Divo never met a song they couldn't sing the subtlety out of....
| Jul 5, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Jasmin Banuelos wasn't even alive when "The Little Mermaid" hit theaters in 1989.
But the 19-year-old, named after Princess Jasmine from "Aladdin," said Disney is "in her blood." Like her mom, who grew up with Disney movies, Banuelos loves the classics....
| Jun 4, 2014
| 6:51 PM
At least on the screen, director Bill Condon has lately moved away from the musical roots that had his “Dreamgirls” a much-talked-about movie eight years ago, and his screenplay for “Chicago” even buzzier a few years before that....
| Jun 6, 2014
| 4:52 PM
"Crossbones" (NBC, Fridays), "Friday Night Spotlight: Pirate Pictures" (TCM, Fridays in June). Pirates! Their parrots, their peg legs, their eye patches; their planks for walking, their X'ed spot-markings; their swashbuckling ways and way of talking;...