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  Welcome to this destination for reviews, news
  and musings on Theater, Film and Culture (Music,
  Cabaret, Books and more) by veteran arts writer
  and New York Post/Hollywood Reporter
  critic Frank Scheck.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Todd Sklar's wacky comedy Awful Nice concerns estranged brothers who wreak havoc in Branson, Missouri. To read my Hollywood Reporter film review, click here.

War of the Worlds: Goliath, an animated sequel to H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic, depicts another Martian invasion fifteen years later. To read my Hollywood Reporter film review, click here.

-----Frank Scheck

Monday, March 10, 2014

The New York Philharmonic presented a dazzling staged concert production of Stephen Sondheim's classic Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. To read my review of this event to be shown on PBS's Great Performances, click here.

-----Frank Scheck

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dick Cavett plays himself in the new Off-Broadway play Hellman v. McCarthy. To read my New York Post feature story about the legendary talk show host, click here.

The most memorable character in Robert Askins' acclaimed  Off-Broadway play Hand to God is Tyrone, a demonic hand puppet who wreaks havoc at a Christian ministry group. To read my New York Post feature story in which I interview Tyrone, click here.

-----Frank Scheck

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bryan Cranston makes his terrific Broadway debut playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the ambitious historical drama All the Way. To read my review, click here.

The best-selling erotic trilogy by E.L. James has been given an irreverent stage treatment in 50 Shades! The Musical--The Original Parody. To read my New York Post feature story about the show, click here.

-----Frank Scheck

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The new version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, "edited and directed" by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, resets the action to 18th century Haiti. To read my New York Post review of this production being presented at the Public Theater, click here.

Oscar-winning actress/singer Shirley Jones delivers a nostalgic evening of songs from her classic movie musicals in her new cabaret show at the Cafe Carlyle. To read my Hollywood Reporter review, click here.

-----Frank Scheck