The Other Goosebumps Show

Saw the Goosebumps film over the weekend with my children, and I couldn’t stop me thinking about a theatrical Goosebumps production of 1998 which was much truer to R.L. Stine’s […]

In Awe of Scott Woodside

I’ve been listening to what may be the worst-read audiobook I’ve ever heard. Worst professionally narrated audiobook, I should qualify. Any audiobook junkie (and we are legion) has encountered severe […]

Full-Blown Fosse

Fosse By Sam Wasson (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) Sam Wasson’s mammoth Fosse autobiography is out in a new trade paperback edition. Its 700-plus pages give it an appealing boxy […]

Arthur Laurents Being Direct

Mainly on Directing—Gypsy, West Side Story and Other Musicals By Arthur Laurents (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2014) Arthur Laurents did so much for so long that it took two […]

Were You the Doctor and I Knew You Not?

Doctor Who—The Shakespeare Notebooks By James Goss, Jonathan Morris, Julian Richards, Justin Richards and Matthew Sweet (Harper Design, 2014) Here’s a book that my 12-year-old daughter Mabel and I both […]

Bombshell-Shocked, and all ran the news that Bombshell, the musical that fueled all the backstabbing action in the TV show Smash, is getting a concert staging in June, […]

The wickedly talented Barbara Allan

Here’s a theatrical dialogue from Antiques Con, the latest wonderful Trash ‘n’ Treasures mystery by Barbara Allan (aka the cosily married writing team of Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins, both […]

Boho Comics

    Bohemians—A Graphic History Edited by Paul Buhle and David Berger (Verso, 2014) Here are some of the noted thespians who make the cut for Bohemians: A Graphic History, […]

Belafonte’s Battles

Becoming Belafonte—Black Artist, Public Radical By Judith E. Smith (University of Texas Press, 2014) This new Harry Belafonte bio by Judith E. Smith an American Studies prof at UMass, contains […]