If you’re looking for a new version of a Christmas classic, The Night Before Christmas with Hedda Lettuce (produced by Francis Legge) definitely spreads a special type of Christmas cheer.
You can watch the video here, but it is probably NSFW (or many other places for that matter). However, Hedda’s holiday tale might get a few giggles if you whip it out at the company Christmas party… but I certainly wouldn’t share it with the kids!
Forbidden Broadway has relentlessly and lovingly assaulted the Great White Way since 1982, when Gerard Alessandrini, then a struggling singer-actor, created the first edition for himself and his friends to perform. After a break between 2009 and now, Forbidden Broadway is back with a vengeance in this new edition sub-titled Alive and Kicking. The show, as always, is wickedly clever from the “Prologue”: A quartet wanders around the theatre district, stumbling down the aisle, saying “isn’t this the theatre where Forbidden Broadway used to play?” and then break into music from Brigadoon – a distant chorus chanting “Broadway’s on the brink-of-doom, brink-of-doom.” Alessandrini always has an obvious soft spot for certain shows, and this season it’s Newsies, which he mostly dishes for its almost-too-frenetic energy. Some of the harshest barbs go to Once in “Once is Enough”. The “Finale”, as often is the case for Forbidden Broadway, is a love note to the future of musical theater. Alessandrini seems to see plenty of hope (which he didn’t in 1982), and that’s a very good sign.
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For more reviews and interviews by Jonathan Warman, see his blog Drama Queen.
In Golden Boy, I can see more clearly than ever the influence of playwright Clifford Odets on my favorite 20th Century American playwright, Tennessee Williams. In this tragic drama Odets hits on a theme that would be central to Williams work: the struggle of the fragile, precious artistic spirit to survive in brutal circumstances.
Hillary Clinton made the list of Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People of 2012″ and, of course, her political future was one of the many topics the two women discussed.
Clinton has already said she will step down as Secretary of State early next year, but will she run for President in 2016? Here’s what Hillary told Barbara: