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All The Money

Dear Friends,

We were reading a review yesterday in the New York Times about our dear friend, Christopher Plummer.

He has a new movie, All The Money in The World, and it is just fantastic!

According to Manohla Dargis’s review in the New York Times:

Mr. Plummer can be an aloof, fairly cool screen presence and he chills Getty Sr. with cruel glints, funereal insinuation and a controlled, withholding physicality. A lot of actors soften their heavies, as if nervously asserting their own humanity. With Mr. Scott, Mr. Plummer instead creates a rapacious man whose hunger for wealth and power (and more money, always more) has hollowed him out and whose fatherly touch, at its most consuming, brings to mind Goya’s painting of Saturn eating his son. The horror of Getty Sr. is that he is never less than human, but that he’s hoarded everything, including every last vestige of love, for himself. It’s a magnificent portrait of self-annihilation.

Of course, we aren’t surprised by this—we have known Chris for a very long time and we’ve seen him in many memorable performances.
Chris Plummer
All The Money in The World is showing at a movie theater near you.

Best regards,
Philip and Marilyn

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A Couple of Reviews

Dear Friends,

Today we are sending you couple of reviews of the musical we recently told you about, Marry Harry, which is currently playing at the York Theatre (619 Lexington Ave—between 53rd and 54th Streets / phone: 212.935.5824) until May 21st.
marry harry times
For the New York Times review, click here.
Click here to read the ZealNYC review.

Both reviews tell you what a charming show it is and we hope that you will be able to see it.

For tickets and information, click here.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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La La Land

Dear Friends,

We have just seen the movie La La Land and it is a once-in-10-years kind of movie!

The two actors—Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling—are incredible and have delivered the movie of the year (or perhaps 10 years?).    La La Land won 7 Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical (Gosling) and Best Performance by Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical (Stone).


It is still showing in movie theaters.  Click on the picture for the full review from Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Live “Theatre”

Dear Friends,

We are writing you today about a most interesting television event that took place last night—the musical Hairspray Live on NBC at 8pm (New York time).

It was so interesting to watch this musical, which instead of being rehearsed and running on Broadway for years, one could tune in for one night only on your television screen.

So here are our thoughts about the evening:

It was certainly interesting to see a full-scale musical, with all the actors/singers/dancers/choreography that one could possibly want.


It was not like seeing a Broadway musical.  One of its disadvantages was the fact that there must have been at least 30 commercial interruptions throughout the evening.   These interruptions made it very disruptive and this was more tedious than seeing it all at one time.  In this regard, it was very much like a television show, where the commercials were inserted into any—and all—parts of the show.

So we said to ourselves “this is certainly not like seeing Hairspray on Broadway, but on the other hand we do not have to pay for it and do not have to leave our house.  However, the interrupts caused choppiness AND we have to see it on a 3’x4’ television screen, which is nothing like having 40 actors on a Broadway stage.”

Our final summary: “it’s a very good television show, but nothing like the play.”

If you’d like to read the USA Today Review, click here.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner


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Brilliant Theatre!

Dear Friends,

As we mentioned in an earlier post, our newest play, Me & Jezebel, played for two nights in Las Cruces, NM to rave reviews!


We are so happy that the audiences loved Loretta and Norman and that the benefit shows (for the Las Cruces Community Theatre) was a huge success!

Here is the review:


Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Absolute Brightness

Dear Friends,

We have just returned from our vacation and yesterday went to a ONCE IN 10-YEAR EVENT!

At this very moment, an utterly extraordinary play is being performed in New York at the Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rd St. 212-541-8457).  It is called The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written by and starring James Lecesne.

As we said above, this is a once-in-10-year theatre event and we strongly urge you to see it.  The orchestra tickets are $85.  You can call the box office for tickets at 212-239-6200 or you can click here and purchase them online.  Performances are Monday through Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm.

Charles Isherwood of the New York Times gave the play a glowing review, which you can read here.

must see ASAP!


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Great Excitement!

Very rarely in the theatre does what we call a “once in 10 year” event take place on Broadway.

And hurray! It has just taken place on August 6th. It is the opening of the great new hit—Hamilton, which received incredible reviews of the likes of Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and Les Misérables.

We are so happy about this—it is so amazing to anticipate seeing such a wonder hit!

You can read the New York Times review, who tell their readers:

I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But “Hamilton,” directed by Thomas Kail and starring Mr. Miranda, might just about be worth it — at least to anyone who wants proof that the American musical is not only surviving but also evolving in ways that should allow it to thrive and transmogrify in years to come.

photo from New York Times review

photo from New York Times review

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Something Hilarious!

Something Rotten! is currently in previews on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. It is being billed as “the musical about the first musical.” It is a comedic farce about two brothers struggling to best William Shakespeare in the realm of theatre—complete with Shakespeare in the Park, Puritans, and a musical about an Omelet (don’t ask—just go see it!).

It was a fun night and there was much laughter, starting from the very beginning to the very end. Brian D’Arcy James, John Cariani, and Christian Borle lead a wonderful cast and you can tell that the actors are having a great time—honestly there were times when I wasn’t sure how they could deliver some of their lines without laughing.

There is one caveat, however: the majority of the jokes and songs and plots and hilarity comes from knowing Broadway productions.  As such, newbies to the world of musical theatre might be feel a bit lost from time to time.

If you looking for lighthearted theatrical fun, look no further than Something Rotten! I think their website sums it up best—

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!


The Epicurious Texan

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