McCLURE: I genuinely don’t, and that is heartbreaking for me to say. Anytime I ask anyone who I think will know, they genuinely have no clue. Every time a strategy comes up it is thwarted by new information. We still don’t know if this wave has crested yet. That’s the hardest part of all of this. I am sitting at home ready to star in a Broadway show, and I have no idea when that will be. It’s a weird thing to just wait for. But it’s a fantastic thing to have to look forward to on the other side of this thing. That is 100 percent true, both to actually perform and to do it for the audiences. I’m excited – this is a show that has a gigantic amount of heart, and it’s a show that ends similarly to the film where Mrs. Doubtfire turns to the audience and says, You’re going to be all right. And, I can’t…it chokes me up to think about…I can’t wait to be able to look at a full house again, and be able to deliver the … [Read more...] about Coping With COVID-19 Crisis: Broadway’s ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Star Rob McClure Knows He’s A Lucky Guy, But Still…
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Malkmus is the Robyn of indie rock: an absurdly long run in a genre that prizes novelty (both went pro in 1989); superhuman consistency (neither has come close to making a weak or phony record); a cultish mystique; a weird mix of emotionally opaque serenity and unzipped enthusiasm; still rocking their 1994 haircut; somehow always the grown-up in the room. Sparkle Hard might be his Honey, but it’s also his best Jicks record since Mirror Traffic (which was his Body Talk). “Middle America” is one of the 10 most beautiful songs he’s ever written, a bittersweet ballad that takes the Pavement guitar buzz to new places. Advice to the graduates: “Men are scum, I won’t deny/May you be shitfaced the day you die.” … [Read more...] about Rob Sheffield’s Top 25 Songs of 2018
The Beatles couldn’t cut it as Seventies celebrities. They flunked the course of obligatory stupid rock-star misbehavior. Sure, there’s John’s L.A. “Lost Weekend” binge with Harry Nilsson, the night he drank too many Brandy Alexanders and got thrown out of the Troubadour with a tampon on his head. Yet this story is famous only because (1) it happened to a Beatle, and (2) it happened once. It would have been a slow night for John Bonham or Keith Moon or Steven Tyler. (Nobody was even wearing the tampon at the time.) The Stones or Zeppelin or Rod were gathering material, so every night they spent out on the tiles meant another “Star Star” or “Hot Legs” or “The Wanton Song.” But the former Beatles, like Dylan, looked out of place in the fleshpots, for better or worse; nobody wanted to hear them sing about groupies, and it’s a tribute to their integrity they didn’t try, though Ringo’s “You’re … [Read more...] about Rob Sheffield on the Beatles’ Solo Wilderness Years
The What If...? series first began as a line of comic books from Marvel in 1977. Behind the idea was simply to present fans alternate versions of events for what happens with their favorite superheroes in the canon stories. They began innocently enough with stories imagining things like, "What if Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four?", depicting an alternate version of the events from Spider-Man #1. Fans had taken to the interesting comics, leading to Marvel's continuation of them over the years ever since. Just last year, the company released a new set of What If...? comics, depicting new scenarios such as how it would be if Flash Thompson were really Spider-Man instead of Peter Parker. … [Read more...] about Is What If…? Logo Teasing a Marvel Zombies Episode?
The musical, directed by Jerry Zaks and based on the 1993 Robin Williams hit movie, will begin previews March 9, 2020, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with an opening night set for Sunday, April 5. (Though its venue will be the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Sondheim, Mrs. Doubtfire is not a Roundabout production). … [Read more...] about ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Musical Sets Date For Broadway, Announces Cast