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In the magazine this week, Hilton Als considers Michelle Williams’s Broadway performance in “Cabaret”: http://nyr.kr/1h7RwwV
“She is not a creature of Broadway, so she doesn’t play anything bigger than it needs to be played; it would go against her m.o. Instead, she digs and digs for those moments, in herself and in the script, that will lift the production to a level that can’t be explained.”
In the magazine this week, Michael Schulman writes about Tim Minchin, the singer-songwriter-comedian who composed the music and lyrics forÂ “Matilda the Musical” (an adaptation of theÂ Roald Dahl book), which just opened on BroadwayÂ after a celebrated run in London. Here, Schulman listens to and explains a few of the songs that made Minchin famous in his native Australia and in the U.K. Also, a phone call with Minchin himself: http://nyr.kr/Zj0sJ4
Richard Brody on Eddie Cantor, “a street-smart New York comedian and singer, a big hit on the Broadway stage, and a strange, exuberant, yet hauntingly circumspect and reflective character, whose contribution is one part hard-nosed practicality and one part surprisingly symbolic.” Continue reading: http://nyr.kr/WFq4Qv
"Everybody knew the words to the finale, the big finish of big finishes: Manilow is music, of course, and he writes the songs. Another sing-along, an explosion of confetti over our heads, and then home, in white limousines, black limousines, and subways."
After watching Mike Tyson’s one-man show on Broadway, it all seems so obvious: his life has always been a one-man show. Unlike those fighters whose legacies were carved out in collaboration with rivals—Louis vs. Schmeling, Liston vs. Patterson, Ali vs. Frazier—Tyson never had a true antagonist. His opponents always seemed beside the point.
Avi Steinberg attends “Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth” (directed by Spike Lee) on Broadway: http://nyr.kr/MBOLES
We sent Lauren Lancaster to photograph the revival of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man,” a play about three men running for President, starring James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, and Eric McCormack, of “Will & Grace.” I asked Lancaster, who has recently photographed Ron Paul and Mitt Romney for the magazine, how it compared to some of her actual political shoots. “Of course, there’s a lot of crossover with theatre and politics,” she said. “The most striking similarity for me was the waiting and the repetition. While photographing the Republican primaries over the past few months, it sometimes amazed me that the candidate would give the same ‘off-the-cuff’-style speech in town after town, regardless of the sometimes vast demographic differences.”