This new movie song is unbearably manipulative … so why the fuck can’t I stop listening?

"This is Me," the original song written for the film musical The Greatest Showman by Oscar-winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (of La La Land fame) just won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, and is probably on track to win Pasek and Paul another Oscar in the same category. Here's the video:   https://youtu.be/xthfyWV2sQk   I don't …

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Oscar Wilde, the Bible, and some Oscar-Winning Boobs

One of the most memorable plays I saw in my time as a quasi-regular Broadway attendee was a production of "Salomé" by Oscar Wilde.  Directed by Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons, it starred Oscar-winner Al Pacino as Herod; Oscar-winner Dianne Weist as Herodias; Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei as Salomé; and Oscar-nominee David Straithairn as John the Baptist. This …

“Oh, Hello on Broadway” (on Netflix) holds a mirror up to theater geekery

I have been repeatedly watching "Oh, Hello! On Broadway" ... on Netflix.  In addition to finding it hysterical, it has me digging deep into my theater-geek past. https://youtu.be/YPQL8RbwckU Inhabiting the role of foul-mouthed senior citizen George St. Geeglund, stand-up comedian John Mulaney describes the audience, to their faces, as a collection of "comedy nerds, theatre …