“After the movie’s over, she will be here answering your questions,” spluttered entertainment troublemaker Perez Hilton to an “animated” (read: gay) audience at the Crosby Hotel’s theater last Sunday. Shindigger and others had gathered for a sneak peak at Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, featuring the bawdy Broadway legend, back in Manhattan two years after allegedly retiring to sedate Birmingham, Mich., the town of her youth. Read More
There wasn’t a drop of red wine at the New York Historical Society’s perennial Strawberry Festival luncheon last week, and Shindigger was left to wonder: wasn’t it five o’clock somewhere? Sure, there was a delicious quinoa, truffle and herb salad, but that wasn’t why everyone had turned out. It was to see Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski receive the Women in Public Life award.
I adore Elaine Stritch-her racy sense of humor, her impeccable timing, her enormous charisma, her trouper’s chops. So did all the other musical-theater fans at the Walter Kerr Theatre last week, who cheered wildly-even whooped, as if they were at a sporting event-upon her entrance as the aged and imperious courtesan Madame Armfeldt in Trevor Read More
On March 31, New York Post theater columnist and Theater Talk host Michael Riedel settled into balcony seats at the Shubert Theater. His friend and long-suffering co-host, Susan Haskins, was somewhere else in the theater that night; they were there to take in the first preview of Gypsy , the much-anticipated revival directed by Sam Read More
As the most famous line in Broadway musical history goes, “Sing out, Louise!” And so I shall. The revival of Gypsy at the Shubert Theatre is triumphant in every way. The best backstage musical ever created touches greatness in the central performance of Bernadette Peters as the ultimate stage mother, Momma Rose. Tabloid gossip and Read More
Orgasms 101 With Diane Lane
Diane Lane’s progression from the screen’s most appealing ingenue to one of the screen’s most grounded and attractive women has been interesting to chart. It seems only days ago that she was skipping rope and climbing fences in such fare as A Little Romance and Cattle Annie and Little Britches Read More
The new production of Irving Berlin’s vintage Annie Get Your Gun is a key event in the history of the American musical: It is the first politically correct musical of our time. I believe that such political correctness is a form of censorship by and for people who have no sense of humor. Please permit Read More