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Lobby Bar – May 12: In-Flight Scuffles, Bette Midler Tries Rapping, and How to Become Famous

The Lobby Bar – A Mellifluous Melody of Travel News and Reviews, Now in E Flat
Animals matter. Join Jonathan Spira at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre for “The Little Foxes,” a play that is not about foxes at all. The play’s original title “Grumpy Old White Ladies,” more accurately described the plot, but ended alienating audience members. Due to the play’s revised title, however, foxes and their friends have all …

Review: Six Degrees of Separation at Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Paul Poitier, meet Frank Abagnale Jr. of “Catch Me If You Can.” You owe him a small debt of gratitude in your masterful series of scams.
Not to be left out is 19-year-old David Hampton, whose story is the basis for “Six Degrees of Separation” and who, in the 1980s, infamously posed as Sidney Poitier’s son, calling himself David Poitier. Armed with a stolen address book containing the names of well-off …

‘Come From Away,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Sweep 2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards

The Outer Critics Circle award winners for the 2016-2017 Broadway season were announced Monday morning. The awards encompass 27 categories and cover Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
“Oslo” and “Come From Away” were awarded Outstanding New Broadway Play and Outstanding New Broadway musical, respectively, while “Hello, Dolly!” took home honors for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.
Christopher Ashley won Outstanding Director of a Play for his direction of “Come From Away,” while Warren …

Review: ‘The Little Foxes’ at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre – Manhattan Theatre Club

When Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” opened on Broadway in 1939, it starred Tallulah Bankhead as Regina Hubbard Giddens, a long-suffering and equally conniving woman who would stop at nothing to achieve her goals, which included a far more glamorous life in Chicago.
But who could possibly fill Bankhead’s shoes today? It turns out it takes two actresses to play the charming and manipulative Regina, three-time Academy Award and Tony Award …

Lobby Bar – May 5: Pasta’s Worst Enemy, a Blast from the Past, Cognitive Toys, and Shrinking Planes

The Lobby Bar – A Finely Blended Mélange of Travel News and Reviews, Now in Pill Form
Bored? Perhaps Just hungry. Join Jonathan Spira for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, and find out why Mr. Spira was inspired to create his own show, “Jonathan and the Concession Stand.” Hint: it’s because he spent more time there than with the audience.
Stuck in the past. Jesse’s back in his …

‘Great Comet’ and ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Lead 2017 Tony Award Nominations

“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” and “Hello, Dolly!” came out on top of this year’s Tony Award nominations that were announced Tuesday morning.
“Comet,” which earned 12 Tony nominations and is based on a few pages of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” is so complex and has so many characters that a tutorial – in the form of a song of course – is necessary to set the scene.
A …

Review: ‘Babes in Toyland’ at Carnegie Hall

While Victor Herbert is hardly a household name today, he was well known to audiences at the turn of the last century. Herbert was born in Dublin, Ireland, and began his career as a musician in Vienna so it was not surprising that, when he immigrated to the United States, he became best known for the operettas he composed, including the smash hit, “Babes in Toyland,” which made its debut …