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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Kwamina, Applause, and More

Looking back at Cole Porter's Happy New Year. The joys of resolutions. Discussing Applause and the length of those songs. Fangirling on social media. Saraving Under The Influence. The backstage saga of Kwamina. Richard Adler and Sally Anne Howes have some 'creative differences.' Party lines are not so fun. Finding a Law and Order with a laugh track. Charlotte Rae wants to love Little Miss Pioneer. Lainie Kazan gets dumped for Katherine Helmond while Jean Stapleton stands by. George S. Irving sings a solo and 142 Tickets on the Aisle.
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Debbie Reynolds: Her 11 Best Musical Moments on Screen and on Stage

Debbie Reynolds: Her 11 Best Musical Moments on Screen and on Stage
Debbie Reynolds, who died on Wednesday at the age of 84, was one of the last icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Throughout her nearly seven decade career, Reynolds made a name for herself as a triple-threat singer, dancer, and actor — with roles in big-screen MGM musicals and Broadway shows. She was also chart-topping recording artist and dynamic live performer, who toured the country for years as a night club entertainer.

Music was an inescapable part of Reynolds career. Here are 11 of her best musical moments.

“Aba Daba Honeymoon” (1950)

Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan’s “Aba Daba Honeymoon” was first recorded
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Photo Coverage: Inside Project Shaw's The Portrait Of Mr. W. H. Reading

Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw, under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director David Staller, presents Oscar Wilde's short mystery, The Portrait of Mr. W. H., on Monday, April 14 at 7pm, at Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre 2895 Broadway at 95th St..Adapted and directed by David Staller, The Portrait of Mr. W. H. features Tony nominee Daniel Davis Sir George Erskine, Wesley Taylor Mr. Cyril Graham, Josh Grisetti Basil, and Bill Kux Shakespeare. The evening will also feature a musical interlude by Tony winner George S. Irving.Stepping away from Shaw for the first time, Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw presents an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's notorious short story that offers a theory about whom Shakespeare might truly have written his infamous Sonnets about. In Wilde's hands, the inspiration for the world's most famous poems is a beautiful young actor in Shakespeare's company. In attempting to prove this theory,
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Richard Easton, Michael Cumpsty & Alison Fraser Star in Project Shaw's Don Juan In Hell Today at Symphony Space

The debut Shaw play to inaugurate Project Shaw's new home will be Shaw's Don Juan in Hell today, October 28 at 7pm. Directed by David Staller, Don Juan in Hell stars Tony Award winner Richard Easton The Statue, Tony Award nominees Michael Cumpsty The Devil and Alison Fraser Dona Ana with Max Gordon Moore Don Juan. The evening is hosted by Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies. There will be special performances by Tony Award winner George S. Irving and Tony Award nominee Charlotte Rae, with Beth Ertz on the piano.
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Geek Out: Listen to the Audio Books of ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’

Geek Out focuses on collectibles, videos, or just random stuff that reminds us of or pays tribute to a film. Geek Out will feature these types of things that we can…well, geek out on.

Having been born in 1985, the early years of my horror education consisted of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books, and the short story anthology Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Plus, the occasional Really scary movie was thrown in there for good measure such as The Frighteners – which I saw in theaters when I was eleven and preceded to have nightmares. Thanks dad. The Scary Stories books always made a lasting impression on me thanks to the exquisitely creepy charcoal illustrations by Stephen Gammell. They were a perfect pairing to Alvin Schwart’s eerie tales of ghosts, old houses, and haunting sounds in the darkness. Countless nights were spent
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!

Have you ever heard of the creepy kids horror book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? I grew up on these book, and as a kid I thought they were pretty awesome. They definitely screwed with my head. The art created for the books were incredibly dark and terrifying. 

I was talking with my brothers about these recently and thought I'd see if I could find them online, and thanks to Youtube all three of the audio books are available to listen to right now! Each videos also contains the art used in the books. 

Finding these was actually really exciting for me, so I thought they would make a perfect post especially since Halloween is right around the corner! They may be a little cheesy now, but they're still fun, especially if you grew up reading the books or listening to the tapes. I hope you enjoy them!
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Underdog: Complete Collector’s Edition DVD Review

With the world of children’s entertainment being what it is today, revisiting some of the amazing classics can be a real treat, and for a variety of reasons. Just when you might have put some of these things out of your mind, there’s a new wave of titles being brought back, and Underdog: The Complete Collection is one that stands out in the crowd.

Not only a cultural treasure and classic of the “Saturday morning” era, it’s a fun-filled adventure that delivers to children today as well as it ever did.

The (fairly) zany adventures of Shoeshine Boy delighted audiences, and the non-superhero superhero approach became its own cultural force as the show continued to run in syndication for nearly a decade. More than just an animated adventure as we might think of one today, it was truly The Underdog Show, running almost as a kind of cartoon variety show,
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Christmas Flicks for the Family

With only a few days left until Christmas day is upon us, chances are your kids are now out of class until next year and spending their free time in some mixture of snowball fights outside and curled up in front of the television inside (we'd love for them to be reading, but we know how kids are). While the time they spend outside frolicking in the snow equates to peaceful R&R time for you parents, you can help even if out by putting in some of these high-quality Christmas classics that are guaranteed to be as entertaining for the grown-ups as they are for the kids.

For infants through 8-year-olds...

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas, released in 1965, was (and remains) a huge hit. It came out at the height of Peanuts’ popularity, but also marked the transition Peanuts made from a comic strip about kids
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[DVD Review] A Miser Brothers' Christmas

This may be as close to “updating” a Rankin-Bass production as possible without causing outcry from fans of the classics. ABC Family commissioned an all new feature in the style of the beloved holiday films, and quite frankly they did a stellar job of recreating it all. The original molds of the two main characters were used to create new and noticeably polished duplicates. Now, maybe it’s just the higher quality of the recording format but the feature has a sharper visual aesthetic, smoother motions and the same old campy cheer that made the old ones so popular. At first glance, the only real shortcoming of A Miser Brothers’ Christmas is the story which seems disingenuous in the face of the animation style which carries with it a long tradition of folksy charm; after a little bit of retrospection, however, the holes in this new take on Rankin-Bass begin to show.
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Gringold Theater Presents Their First Benefit Evening 3/16

Gingold Theatrical Group will celebrate the fourth year of Project Shaw with their first Benefit Evening on Monday, March 16, 2009 at the Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South. The all-star evening of Shaw with Marian Seldes, Jane Powell, Michael Cerveris, Brian Murray, George S. Irving, KT Sullivan and others. The evening starts with a 6Pm reception with dinner at 7Pm. Songs and a reading of Shaw's O'Flaherty V.C. is at 8Pm
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Buoyant Billions, Galas, And More Coming Up At Project Shaw

BUoYANT BILLIoNS by George Bernard Shaw Monday ? 16 February 7pm @The Players 16 Gramercy Park South (20th St. east of Park Av) with Bryan Batt? Veanne Cox ? Loni Ackerman? Emma Archid Ezra Barnes ? Ashley Wren Collins? William DeMeritt? Ed Dixon Teddy Eck? Marsh?ll Factora? George S. Irving? John Martello Charlotte Moore? Graham Rowat and host David Sheward Produced and directed by David Staller Join us for one of Shaw's wittiest and least known plays, written towards the end of his Very long life. The plot: after WWII, a rich young man (Bryan Batt) decides to venture forth into the world and become a professional 'world betterer.' Along the way he meets the saxophone playing Buoyant heiress, (Veanne Cox) who treats him so curiously that he becomes utterly fascinated by her... and her eccentric family. Don't miss this one: it's a rich opportunity!
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