Keith Girard

Hugh Jackman Was Energizer Bunny in Stellar Tonys Opening (watch!)

Hugh Jackman scored as host of the American Theatre Wing’s 68th Annual Tony Awards last night (June 8). Could the Oscars be next? Jackman showed off his versatility with an extended song and dance number that featured Neil Patrick Harris and other Broadway stars. The 45-year-old Australian actor, who had a recent scare with skin cancer, opened the show from the red carpet outside.... Read More...

Bryan Cranson Breaks Bad as 2014 Tony Nominees Announced (video)

Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff unveiled the 2014 Tony Award nominations today. As expected, the list includes lots of well-known Hollywood names, but a darkhorse, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, led the field with ten nominations. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris followed with eight nominations. “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston was one of the big Hollywood names in the running for best performance by an actor in a play. But conspicuously absent from any list was “Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe.... Read More...

Broadway Big-Wig Lawsuit Against Valerie Harper on Flimsy Ground

Broadway big-wig Matthew Lombardo claims in a Manhattan Federal District Court lawsuit that Valerie Harper and husband Tony Cacciotti never told him she was ill with cancer before he signed her to perform in his play “Looper.” Harper, 74, appeared in the play on Broadway, and earned a Tony Nomination, but had to drop out of the national tour last year after the cancer spread to her brain. ... Read More...

James Franco, Leighton Meester Take Bows at Mice, Men Opening

James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and “Gossip Girl’s” Leighton Meester all made their Broadway debut last night (Apr. 16) in an adaption of John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men and put together a nuanced performance that drew mostly critical raves. The story has oft been told on stage and the big screen since Steinbeck published the short novel in 1937, providing plenty of material for comparison.... Read More...

Les Miserables Opens on Broadway to a Celebrity Crowd (photos!)

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka added some glitz last night (Mar. 23) to the opening of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables on Broadway. The revival at the Imperial Theatre is a re-imagined telling of the classic tale, with Ramin Karimloo in his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean. He’s best known for his work on London’s West End. Tony Award nominee Will Swenson plays his determined pursuer Inspector Javert.... Read More...

Rocky on Broadway Connects For a Blockbuster Opening (15 photos!)

Sylvester Stallone’s famous movie line, “I ain’t no bum,” could apply to his rockin’ new musical Rocky on Broadway. It’s no tanker either. Opening night drew a celebrity crowded that flocked to an after-party to celebrate what looks like a sure crowd pleaser. Actress Katrina Bowden, actress Margo Seibert, actors Terence Archie and Andy Karl, Director James Cameron, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg, Wesley Snipes and designer Ralph Lauren were all spotted in the crowd. ... Read More...

John Grisham Play ‘A Time to Kill’ Debuts on Broadway (photos!)

John Grisham, the celebrated author who wrote “A Time to Kill” attended the Broadway opening of a play based on his work at the John Golden Theatre, Sunday, Oct. 20. Sebastian Arcelus and John Douglas Thompson star in the play and Tom Skerritt makes his Broadway debut. Adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes and directed by Ethan McSweeny, the play which is staged in a racially charged courtroom, with the audience acting as jury.... Read More...

Keith Girard

Keith Girard is Editor and Pubilsher of TheImproper Magazine, New York City’s cutting edge arts, entertainment and lifestyle Web magazine. Before that, he was editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine and a reporter for the Washington Post.