Four Showbiz Notes

Observations about four recent showbiz stories that caught my eye: a screen duo’s return, a magazine redefines time, a David Mamet stage play bombs, and why movie comedies are struggling at the box office.

Come From Away Again

Two years ago, after seeing it on Broadway, I raved about the musical “Come From Away.” Last night, I attended a performance by the national touring company and am happy to report it is still a great show — though I have one complaint about the audience.

Liza with a Z

If you’ve been watching “Fosse/Verdon” on FX, you’ve seen scenes in which Bob Fosse directed Liza Minnelli in “Cabaret.” But you may not her 1972 TV special, for which both of them won Emmys. Here’s some history and a highlight from that show.

When Ed Sullivan Saved La Mancha

Yesterday, I wrote about the 1965 Broadway musical “The Man Of La Mancha,” which my parents saw, but I didn’t because I was too young. Then I found this rare video of the cast on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” along with an interesting back-story.

Theater Review: “Oslo”

My review of the St. Louis Rep’s production of “Oslo,” the award-winning play about secret peace negotiations between Israel and the PLO in the early 1990s.

Theater Review: “Alabama Story”

Here’s my review of the St. Louis Rep production of “Alabama Story,” a new play about a librarian standing her ground against a bigoted politician upset about a children’s book in 1959 Alabama.