Celebrate Mandy Patinkin’s birthday with ‘Princess Bride’ clip

Still image of Mandy Patinkin in "The Princess Bride" (1987).
Still of Mandy Patinkin in “The Princess Bride” (1987).

Today is Mandy Patinkin’s 62nd birthday and he seems to still be going strong. That’s good because he is well-loved by fans of Broadway, TV and movies (especially “The Princess Bride.”)

For an absolutely great  DVD extra from Rob Reiner’s “The Princess Bride,” featuring interviews with  Patinkin, Cary Elwes and Christopher Guest about learning to swordfight for the film click here.

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Stars of ‘Jersey Boys’ featured in NJTV’s live ‘Midtown Men’ concert

"Midtown Men" debuts  at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 on NJTV, followed by its  sister stations THIRTEEN (8:30 p.m. Nov. 29) and WLIW (7 p.m. Nov. 30) in the New York metro area, beginning followed by a national rollout beginning in March 2015.
“Midtown Men” debuts at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 on NJTV, followed by its sister stations THIRTEEN (8:30 p.m. Nov. 29) and WLIW (7 p.m. Nov. 30) in the New York metro area,  followed by a national rollout beginning in March 2015. They are, from left, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, J. Robert Spencer and Daniel Reichard. 

If you loved “Jersey Boys” you’re gonna love “The Midtown Men Live in Concert!” premiering tomorrow (Nov. 29) on NJTV. The special not only features  four members from the original cast of the hit Broadway musical–still packing houses–it will be the New Jersey station’s first nationally-distributed show.

And, according to NJTV General Manager John Servidio, “The Midtown Men” is the first of what he hopes will be many more live events  for local or national broadcast staged at New Jersey performing arts venues.

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Sting joins cast of ‘The Last Ship,’ his struggling Broadway musical

Sting says, “It’s not like I’ve flown in from Planet Rock Star to save the day,” about joining the cast of his Broadway musical “The Last Ship” from Dec. 9 through Jan. 10. But, he really, kinda, has.

According to the NYTimes (11/2414), the $15 million musical has been losing $75,000 a week since performances began Sept. 29 at the Neil Simon Theatre on 52nd Street, . That’s not a good business model. Continue reading Sting joins cast of ‘The Last Ship,’ his struggling Broadway musical

David (‘Cheers’) Lee directs slimmed-down ‘Camelot’ at Two River Theater

The Company performing “The Jousts” in "Camelot" at Two River Theater Company.
The company performing “The Jousts” in “Camelot” at Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ, through Dec. 14.

Two River Theater Company opens Lerner and Loewe’s musical “Camelot” tonight, but it’s not going to be what you expect. Instead of a large cast in sumptuous costumes with a pit orchestra, you’ll get 8 musicians and 8 actors in Arthurian street clothes. Oh, and some nudity.

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Mike Nichols, 83, won 9 Tony Awards, Oscar for ‘The Graduate’

A immigrant from Berlin, Mike Nichols spoke virtually no English when he arrived in the U.S. He said he felt like an outside looking in for most of his life, which helped him greatly as a director./Photo courtesy PBS
An immigrant from Berlin, Mike Nichols spoke virtually no English when he arrived in the U.S. He said he felt like an outsider looking in for most of his life, which helped him greatly as a director./Photo courtesy PBS

Lots of tributes and remembrances for Mike Nichols following his death yesterday (Nov. 19, 2014) from a heart attack. The best one I’ve seen so far is, duh, on the New York Times website.

Read it here.

Playbill.com’s new list of off-Broadway shows

Poster image of "Pocatello" at Playwrights Horizon in Manhattan.
Against the harsh backdrop of Samuel D. Hunter’s Idaho, this heartbreaking comedy at Playwrights Horizon is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape.

If you’ve always dreamed of being born in a trunk in Pocatello, Idaho, with Judy Garland as you’re best friend singing by your side, check out Playbill.com’s new list of off-Broadway shows. It’s one way to avoid the tourist in the heart of  Times Square during the upcoming holidays.

Click here for the link. Playbill does this much better than I ever could.

Kristin Chenoweth is Queen of TV, stage, screen and new album

Besides releasing a new album and making many TV appearances this week, "Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home" will be featured  Nov. 28 on PBS.
Besides releasing a new album and making many TV appearances this week, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home” will air Nov. 28 on PBS.

It’s shaping up to be a Kristin Chenoweth week on TV and we have no problem with that. The Emmy and Tony Award-winner has released  her new album “Coming Home” and promoting it on the “TODAY Show” Wednesday, plus twice on Thursday on  “Live! with Kelly and Michael” and  “Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda” (all with performances). Yeah!

And it continues after that. Click here to see more TV and radio dates.

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‘Side Show’ Act 1 finale to air live on Times Square billboard Monday

Image of Erin Davie (left) and Emily Padgett play characters based on the real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the Broadway musical "Side Show."
Erin Davie (left) and Emily Padgett play characters based on the real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the Broadway musical “Side Show.”

Places other than NYC theaters to see great theater have expanded a bit more with the live airing of the Act 1 finale of “Side Show” scheduled for Monday night on a digital billboard in Times Square.

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‘Duck Dynasty’ sets sights on Broadway

Image of New York Times Theater Reporter Patrick Healy (from left), Cindi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein at  TimesTalks Presents "Kinky Boot."'
New York Times Theater Reporter Patrick Healy (left), Cindi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein at TimesTalks Presents “Kinky Boot.”‘

NYTimes reporter Patrick Healy is my new favorite theater writer. It’s not just because of his A1 story today on “Duck Dynasty” planning to mount a Broadway musical, or the insightful Hugh Jackman profile Sunday or yesterday’s fascinating business story about “It’s Only a Play” offering producers of “The Audience” $400,000 not to evict them.

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Paying struggling playwrights for all of their work

image of interior of Playwrights Horizons theater
Playwrights Horizon, 416 W 42nd St, NYC, is an off-Broadway theater producing works by contemporary American writers.composers and lyricists.

If you win an Oscar, movie stars can ask for more money the next time they land a role. Right? If you are a playwright and you win a Pulitzer Prize, how does your world — and bank account — change? Maybe not so much.

According to an article in today’s NYTimes, on average, American playwrights earn $25,000 to $39,000 annually from their endeavors and 62 percent of them earn less than $40,000. Ouch!

Sure, if their shows move to Broadway, becomes hits, tour the country and get made into movies, millions of dollars may be made. But how often does that happen. Continue reading Paying struggling playwrights for all of their work

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