Lovely, Lovely, Lovely Interview with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin in the Times

November 13, 2011

An interview with the stars who are about to open their revue on Broadway: 

Q. But you’re both such big personalities. Is it a challenge to share a stage together?

LUPONE There’s no challenge at all. I think insecure big personalities can’t share a stage. [Laughs]

Smoky Joe’s Cafe just got dimmer…

August 23, 2011

Sad news — one of the greatest pop composers of the 20th Century, Jerry Leiber, passed away Monday.

Get it while it’s $1.99

June 10, 2011

The Book Of Mormon [Explicit] [+Digital Booklet]I paid retail for The Book of Mormon CD.  But that doesn’t mean you have to.  Amazon has the digital download of the whole CD on sale for $1.99.

Sunset Blvd Silent Film Contest

November 22, 2010

I have to admit that Sunset Blvd is probably one of my favorite musicals (along with Follies and Merrily We Roll Along).  Here’s a fun-sounding event that Signature has in conjunction with its upcoming production:

Signature Theatre to Conduct “With One Look” Silent Film Competition

Contest to Accompany the Washington premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning musical, Sunset Boulevard at Signature Theatre

Arlington, VA – November 19, 2010 – In celebration of the Washington premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical sensation Sunset Boulevard about faded silent film legend Norma Desmond, Signature Theatre is holding the “With One Look” silent film competition open to anyone and everyone who loves the golden age of Hollywood. Prizes will be awarded to five finalists (announced on December 22nd) with a grand prize winner chosen by the fans who vote on the Signature website, Facebook, Twitter and at the Theatre.

Movie-lovers are encouraged to sit in the director’s chair and step into Cecil B. DeMille’s shoes, creating their very own, original silent films for consideration. Films can be in color or in black-and-white and are not to exceed 5 minutes in length. Musical accompaniment is permissible as are subtitles and silent film placards. The submission deadline for all filmmakers is December 17th. Submitting your film is as easy as lights, camera, action. Contestants simply upload their homemade masterpieces on YouTube, then send us their link at – then let the voting begin.

The five finalists’ films will be screened in the Signature Theatre lobby during the run of the show. The finalists will also receive tickets to Sunset Boulevard’s “Perfect Year” New Year’s Eve performance and party, with the director extraordinaire garnering a Signature Theatre subscription for two (for the remainder of the 2010-11 season), a signed Sunset Boulevard poster, and a dedicated article on Signature’s March e-newsletter. Fame and fortune soon to follow.

Based on the classic Billy Wilder film, Sunset Boulevard continues Signature Theatre’s successful 21st season and plays from December 7th through February 13th. The production is directed by Signature Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and stars Florence Lacey (star of Signature’s Follies and Broadway’s Evita).

For more information on the “With One Look” Film Competition please check out or contact Peter Eramo, Jr. (571-527-1833).

Stephen Holden on the Cabaret Convention

October 12, 2010

The NYTimes opines on the opening of the Cabaret Convention: “Stately grandeur and youthful intensity: the annual New York Cabaret Convention at the Rose Theater has never lacked for great ladies and refined gentlemen. But as for youth (performers under 50), it has always struggled to forge a credible connection between a nightclub tradition nearly done in by rock ’n’ roll and television and the idea of a future. This year was different. All it takes to demonstrate that somehow or other the tradition goes on is a couple of exceptional rising talents.”

Stephen Holden on Lainie Kazan

October 9, 2010

The NYTimes on the showbiz survivor: “But calculated excess, outlandish as it may appear, is Ms. Kazan’s stock in trade. Among the handful of performers who deserve to inherit Tucker’s sobriquet, “the last of the red-hot mamas,” she is high on the list.”

Michael Feinstien’s American Popular Song Series

October 8, 2010

OK, I’ve TiVoed the first episode, but I haven’t watched “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook” yet.  But it looks great.  Here’s the Times review.

Don’t cry for her…

September 29, 2010

Patti LuPone: A MemoirWhen I got Patti LuPone’s new memoirs, I couldn’t put my Kindle down.  The book is dishy, fast-paced, and incredibly insightful.  It’s probably the most candid memoir I’ve read since since Beverly Sills’s — I would love to have read the draft before the lawyers got to it. 

However, LuPone is clearly committed to her art.  It’s terrific to get her insights on the acting process, the theatrical process and communicating to an audience.  Just watch out if you’re Andrew, Lord Lloyd Webber or Bill Smitrovich!

It’s my annual grumpy day…

September 28, 2010

Another year, no MacArthur.  But congratulations to this year’s very deserving winners.  I’m thrilled for you.  You all totally deserve it.  Really.

Peter Fox works to Change the World…

September 28, 2010

In an admirable combination of music and activism, Peter Fox just released “Change The World,” a commemorative rock-anthem that will be the official song of the upcoming AIDS Walk Washington.

The single, composed by Holly Montgomery, Tom Nichols, and Fox, is available for download now . Fox’s organization is donating all sales proceeds from every downloaded single for four weeks to the Whitman-Walker Clinic, through October 23, 2010.

Fox will perform “Change the World” live for the first time at the 24th Annual AIDS Walk Washington scheduled to take place at Freedom Plaza in Washington the morning of Saturday, October 2. Benefiting the HIV/AIDS programs of DC’s Whitman-Walker Clinic, AIDS Walk Washington is a fundraising 5K walk and timed run.

“I have always wanted my music to inspire people,” said Fox. “I hope this song will encourage those that hear it to become more involved in the issues dearest to their hearts. I truly believe that a simple song that really evokes a truth can change the world for the better.” Nichols, who also serves as Fox’s producer added “It’s really very simple…we want folks to download and enjoy the song, support the Clinic, and if possible, join the AIDS Walk!”

For more information about joining the AIDS Walk, or supporting those that are registered, please visit For information about the programs and services of the Whitman Walker Clinic, plea visit

In short, it’s just $1.29 and you get to support both a large-hearted local artist and a good cause !!!