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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Phantom of The Opera</i> Still Wows at 29

Phantom of The Opera Still Wows at 29

Anyone who's familiar with Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera knows that it’s one of the most memorable productions in the history of Broadway. Originally written in 1986 by Webber with lyrics by Charles Hart, the musical is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Surroundstage


Before the theater was about expensive tickets and Andrew Lloyd Webber productions that run 1,300 weeks, it was often an exuberant, even rowdy affair in which the audience was as central to the experience as the players. The younger generation…
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Culture, Stage Mom's the Word

Mom's the Word

They called him "the Butcher of Broadway" for a reason. During his tenure as chief theater critic for The New York Times between 1980 and 1993, Frank Rich was widely known as the man who could make or break a…
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Film, <i>Phantom</i> Menace

Phantom Menace

By all accounts, the only living creatures who've never taken in a stage production of The Phantom of the Opera are Osama bin Laden and Uncle Elmer's deaf hound dog Bart -- which means that everyone else on the planet…
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Music, Reviewed The Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields

Stephin Merritt isn't a genius; i proves it. Sure, the Magnetic Fields' seventh long-player sounds great -- a determinedly non-synthesized, proto-classical layering of cello, banjo, harpsichord, piano, etc. -- but the giddy thrill of previous offerings is missing. Here's a…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Superstar</i> Resurrected

Superstar Resurrected

To today's sweet young things, Jesus Christ Superstar conjures up unbearably hippie-ish images of hirsute Israelites in hand-knotted beige duds, swinging shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen hair while shrilling about Jesus in perfect I'd-like-to-buy-the-world-a-Coke harmony. It's true that Tim Rice…
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The House of Tudor

For some of us, Jesus Christ Superstar is a guilty pleasure somewhere between Deepak Chopra and Three's Company: It's cheesy as all hell but can be exorcised by neither time nor liquor. On a recent occasion when a delirious curbside…
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News, Feature

Bring in 'Da Bucks

Jonathan Reinis has a dream. It is deeply rooted in the American Dream. He has a dream that one day, on the sweltering plains of Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico, the sons of former field workers and the sons of…
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Night Crawler

Under a canopy of imitation palm fronds, 30 men in form-fitting white turtlenecks and black tuxedo pants mouth the words to "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)." Abundant squeals and whistles from the audience cannot distract the chorus from…
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Culture, Stage


The Audience Is The Thing Shear Madness. By Paul Portner. Directed by Bruce Jordan. Starring Matt Callahan, Francine Torres, and Christopher Tarjan. At the Mason Street Theater, 340 Mason, on an open run. Call 982-5463. It's hilarious, it's ribald, it's…
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