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THE BIJOU’S THEATRE ON FILM: “Company”

Posted June 16, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> One of the most heartening developments of the past couple of years has been the spreading popularity in theaters of cultural events presented in HD video.  Operas and ballets have become monthly features in many cities, and stage shows are now joining in:  Britain’s National Theatre has been presenting several productions on screen for […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY BROADWAY JOURNAL: “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”

Posted September 7, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Haven’t all the jokes been made?  In the history of Broadway, there may never have been a show as relentlessly ridiculed as SPIDER-MAN:  TURN OFF THE DARK.  At this point, it may be that the only interesting thing that could be said about the show would be if it weren’t as bad as you’d […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY NY THEATRE JOURNAL: ‘Death of A Salesman”

Posted February 24, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Although a great work of art is great forever, the relevance of a given piece to a current moment in time does tend to fluctuate.  It turns out that Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, written 63 years ago, is so remarkably attuned to this here and now that despite its period setting, it […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY NY THEATRE JOURNAL: “Carrie”

Posted February 18, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> CARRIE the musical is no longer a joke, and since it’s been a reliable punchline for almost a quarter of a century (a book about Broadway disasters was titled “Not Since Carrie“), that’s quite an accomplishment. Carrie carried a load of baggage before it even opened to a paying Broadway crowd. The original novel […]

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BROADWAY JOURNAL: “Anything Goes”

Posted April 20, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Once there was a time when Broadway musicals didn’t have to say anything about society, politics, art, literature, or really much of anything.  They were exercises in style, excuses for glamorous people to get up on stage in fancy costumes and sing tuneful, ingenious songs while dancing up a storm.  That’s the world of […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY BROADWAY JOURNAL: “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”

Posted September 8, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Few things bring audiences as much joy as the sight of a well-known actor or actress revealing a side of their talent that’s never been seen before.  (It’s not just general audiences, either–those roles become instant favorites for Oscar nominations and wins.)  It can be as simple as Halle Berry, Julia Roberts or Nicole […]

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BROADWAY JOURNAL; “Catch Me If You Can”

Posted April 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>Steven Spielberg week on Broadway continues:  after War Horse, the director’s next film, we have CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, based on his 2002 comedy-drama (that film was written by Jeff Nathanson).   Spielberg’s movie may have been the sleekest entertainment of his career, a near-perfect piece of craft that boasted two great star performances from […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY NY THEATRE JOURNAL: “Venus In Fur”

Posted February 22, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> VENUS IN FUR exists, at this point in its Broadway life, as two overlapping but not identical entities:  it’s a deft new play by David Ives, but also, and more prominently, it’s become the Star-Is-Born vehicle for its lead actress, Nina Arianda, who’s currently giving about as dazzling a performance as you’re likely to […]

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