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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

They Were The Ones That You Wanted

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(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Don't quit your day job, America. AP drama critic doesn't think you did such a keen job casting the latest Broadway revival of "Grease," you know, that "High School Musical" grandparent that starred John Travolta back when he was hot. Personally, we knew this whole thing was a train wreck from the beginning. Here's what Kuchwara has to say about your picks:

"As Danny, Max Crumm gives a cautious performance, vocally OK but short on swagger and sex appeal. Laura Osnes nicely gets Sandy's transformation, morphing with enthusiasm from good girl to bad babe. Check out her skintight outfit in the last scene, courtesy of designer Martin Pakledinaz. Osnes also sings well and throws herself into Marshall's spirited choreography."

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

We're Getting a "Dirty Dancing" Fever

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As if "Dirty Dancing — The Video Game" and WE's "Dirty Dancing" reality series didn't shake you enough, now comes news that "Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage" will premiere in Chicago in September. Don't get in line just yet. That's Sept. 2, 2008. For some reason, the stage version has been selling out for years in London's West End. Wowie zowie. We're probably not too far off from "Dirty Dancing — The Clothing Line." Oh, you so know you'd wear some Johnny Castle trousers.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

What's in the Trunk?

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Wowie zowie. What a night. The Slug spent part of the evening in the back of a pickup truck driving down 34th Street in Manhattan, in front of an elephant. The 137th edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to town. And it's become an annual tradition for the circus elephants and horses to be paraded into the city through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and over to Madison Square Garden. We were in the back of the truck shooting footage for an upcoming asap video series about a real-life circus family. The father is an animal trainer. It was without a doubt the most insane New York traffic jam we've ever been in.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Blue Light Special

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If you're ever in Vegas and want to see a show on the cheap without having to gamble your life savings away for some comp tickets, we suggest stopping by Tix 4 Tonight or Tickets 2 Nite. Unlike some touristy discounted ticket booths —  that's right, timeshare hawkers, we're looking at you —  these two establishments are legit. When we stopped by yesterday, we saw tickets for "Crazy Girls" for $19 (retail price: $34) and "Folies Bergere" for $32 (retail price: $64). Unfortch, these places don't sell discounted Cirque du Soleil admission. You may get "Mystere" if you show up early, one attendant told us, but definitely no "O" or "Ka." Looks like we're headed back to the craps table.