Hamilton Lin Manuel Miranda
Movie

You Will Get to See “Hamilton” Without Taking Out a Second Mortgage

“Hamilton” is one of those Broadway shows that only rich people get to see, or those who go into deep debt. If you don’t monitor the buzz on new shows and swoop in to get tickets before the hype kicks in, you’re screwed. When we lived in New York, we rarely ever paid full price to see a show and as a result, we never saw “The Book of Mormon”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, or “Hamilton”. Instead, we stretched our dollars

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Scarlet Witch in Costume
TV

Teaser of Disney+ Shows “Loki”, “WandaVision”, “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier”

Disney+ launched with very few new shows but they were of such great quality (“The Mandalorian” and “Encore” have been among my favorite new shows) that it has become a runaway success; well, those shows plus the deep Disney library and rabid fanbase. The quality of these new shows bodes well for the announced but not yet aired Marvel Studios shows just teased during the Super Bowl. Check it out! WandaVision looks particularly odd. I think we get a shot

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Back to the Future The Musical Manchester
Theatre

“Back to the Future” the Musical, Of Course

It’s Back In Time. Uh, sorry about that. Well, if they’re going to do “Karate Kid” and “The Nanny”, might as well do “Back to the Future: The Musical”, I suppose. Or not. However, whether we want it or not, it’s coming next month, exactly on February 20th at the Manchester Opera House. UK. Still time to book your flights! On the upside, there are two hits from the movie, “Power of Love” and “Back in Time”, originally performed by

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Booksmart Beanie Feldstein
Movie

Review: Smart Kids Pack High School Fun Into One Night in “Booksmart”

Wow, this is a fun and smart film. I’d heard all the critical hype about “Booksmart” when it was released last year, but didn’t get around to seeing it, although I didn’t get around to seeing many films in the theatre. So I was happy when “Booksmart” showed up on Hulu recently and finally saw it. Yes, it’s another high school film, but this one like its characters is a bit smarter and funnier than the rest, I think. First-time

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RuPaul Season 12 The Crown
TV

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Debuts February 28th!

RuPaul’s Drag Race is pretty much a year-round series now, with short recesses so you can recover. You’d think RuPaul would be stretched too thin, producing series after series of Drag Race, opening up a UK franchise, releasing new albums at every turn, attempting a talk show, producing DragCon in LA and London, making promotional appearances, along with filming a scripted Netflix series “AJ and the Queen” (which is quite good), and who knows what else he’s up to. Have

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Daniel San and Miyagi San
Theatre

We’re Being Punk’d, Right? Now “Karate Kid” the Musical?

On the heels of my groundbreaking re-reporting of the upcoming adaptations of “The Nanny” and National Lampoon’s “Vacation”, comes news that the ’80s classic film “The Karate Kid” will now feature songs to amplify key moments of its narrative including of course “Wax On, Wax Off”, “Cobra Kai Kai”, and “Do the Crane”. You’re not surprised at all, are you, and it makes perfect sense, right? I guess so, yeah, whatevs. I’m sure that in short order we’ll see announcements

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Shrill Season 2
TV

“Shrill” Season 2 Drops Today on Hulu!

Adapted from Lindy West’s book, the first season of “Shrill” debuted in 2019 starring SNL’s Aidy Bryant, who showed she was not only brilliant at sketch comedy but also a transparent, subtle actress. Far from being shrill, her character Annie Easton had trouble asserting herself at all, not recognizing through most of it that people were treating her terribly, before slowly realizing her reality and doing something to correct it. But as anyone who has had difficulty with self-worth and

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Quentin as Elvis
TV

“Golden Girls” Responsible For Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs”

During an interview on Jimmy Fallon’s show (see below), Quentin Tarantino attributed his appearance on “The Golden Girls” as providing him with funds that helped him develop “Reservoir Dogs”. With Tarantino’s oddball and remarkable career, this makes perfect sense. For those familiar with “The Golden Girls”, you will know that Quentin appeared on the show before he was famous, while he was a movie-obsessed aspiring filmmaker, acting as an Elvis impersonator, in a line-up of similarly-dressed impersonators gathered for Sophia’s

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Vacation Poster
Theatre

John Hughes’ “Vacation” Hitting Broadway, Too?

I guess anything’s game to be turned into a musical nowadays. Thus, today’s film turned into improbable musical is National Lampoon’s “Vacation”. Yes, the John Hughes-created Chevy Chase-starrer that gave us the immortal image of a dead lady tied to the roof of a station wagon is now going to be peppered with songs and dancing. Really? It is happening, though. It will premiere this fall at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, also the launching pad for other out-of-town tryouts such

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Fran Drescher Is 'The Nanny'
Theatre

Fran Descher’s “The Nanny” Hitting Broadway? With songs by Rachel Bloom!

In a rather bizarre development, a Broadway musical version of “The Nanny” (you know, you know, Fran Descher’s starrer about the flashy nanny from Flushing, Queens who eventually married her employer, the Broadway impresario, Maxwell Sheffield) is coming whether we want it or not. I loved “The Nanny” but not sure it’s a natural for the stage. Well, in a way it’s a twisted version of “The Sound of Music”, so maybe. The most promising aspect of the venture is

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Making It
TV

“Making It” Season Three Greenlit!

The second series of “Making It” hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman just finished and was a huge advance over the first series in the way it was made, which is appropriate for a series about makers. Great interstitial bits, great graphic wipes, great challenges, and very talented contestants. Loved it! Very glad to hear now that Season Three will be forthcoming. Okay, now, Make It!

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Idina Menzel
Theatre

Idina Menzel as Fanny Brice?

Broadway Journal is reporting that Idina Menzel (you know, the “Rent” and “Wicked” superstar, who has made our lives a living hell for the past few years due to “Let It Go”) is in talks to star on Broadway this fall in a revival of “Funny Girl”! Idina stated in last month’s Jewish Journal, that the only revival she was interested in was “Funny Girl”. So I think it’s a go. There has been a lot of noise over the

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