‘The Sting’ Theater Review: Harry Connick Jr Aims to Go From Ragtime to Riches

Photo: Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade It’s not hard to see why someone imagined a stage musical could be made out of “The Sting,” that 1973 Oscar Best Picture winner starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Depression-era con artists who pull off the ultimate heist. After all, George Roy Hill’s artfully constructed film leaned heavily … Read more

Cirque du Soleil Performer Killed in Onstage Accident

Cirque du Soleil acrobat Yann Arnaud was killed in an onstage accident in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday night, prompting the Canadian troupe to cancel its final two performances of its traveling show, “Volta.” Arnaud, who was a 15-year veteran of Cirque du Soleil, was performing the aerial straps routine during the show when he fell … Read more

Jimmy Buffett Tells Lin-Manuel Miranda He Wants to Play King George in ‘Hamilton’ (Video)

Jimmy Buffett, the singer-songwriter behind the new Broadway musical “Escape to Margaritaville,” seems to have caught the theater bug — and he’s not throwing away his shot. In a joint interview with Tony-winning “Hamilton” composer-star Lin-Manuel Miranda that aired on Sirius XM Friday, Buffett said that he really would like to play King George in … Read more

Judy Garland’s Daughter Lorna Luft Diagnosed With Brain Tumor After Backstage Collapse

Getty Singer Lorna Luft, the daughter of Judy Garland and half-sister of Liza Minnelli (above right), has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after she collapsed backstage at a concert in London, Associated Press reported. The singer’s representative, Victoria Varela, told TheWrap’s via email that Luft, 65, collapsed backstage Friday night following the second of her … Read more

‘Hello, Dolly!’ Broadway Review: All Bettes Are Off as Bernadette Peters Takes Center Stage

Photo: Julieta Cervantes Don’t pity Bernadette Peters for taking over for the force of nature known as Bette Midler in the title role of the Tony-winning hit musical revival “Hello, Dolly!” The Broadway veteran is, as the Act 2 song goes, back where she belongs and bringing a distinctly Broadway energy to this warhorse of … Read more

‘Kings’ Theater Review: Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington and Confronts Big, Bad Lobbyists

Mrs. Smith goes to Washington in Sarah Burgess’ new play, “Kings,” which opened Tuesday at the Public Theater. Rep. Sydney Millsap (Elsa Davis, “House of Cards”) is as high-minded as James Stewart’s senator but much tougher. The joke of Frank Capra’s 1939 classic movie is that, while Stewart’s character meant well, he’s essentially incompetent, and … Read more