What was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth like? What was going through his mind on the eve of his assassination in 1968? This is the theme explored by 30-year-old Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall in her compelling Broadway debut The Mountaintop, now playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater through January 15. Starring Hollywood luminaries Samuel L. Jackson as King and Angela Bassett as the maid who shows up with his evening meal ... Read More
  This past weekend I was lucky to catch the last show of the world premiere stage adaptation of Newsies, at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ.  The stage show was the cult movie, with all the loveable characters, dance moves, and all of my favorite songs, but also with notable differences.  There were changes to the details of the story, some new songs, and some lyric changes.  My favorite change from the movie was the addition of a lady ... Read More
Up until a few months ago, Kt Kieltyka felt like your average post-grad-- she moved to New York after school to pursue a career in writing, but found herself working a dismal desk job to make ends meet.  When a winter cold turned into a sickness she couldn't shake, Kt went to a doctor for an X-ray and was told she had a tumor (three tumors, to be exact). In April, the day after her 24th birthday, Kt was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma-- a form of cancer that ... Read More
 If ever there was a performing artist that could make me severely regret opting out of grade school music nerd extracurriculars prematurely, it is Shara Worden.  Today marks the U.S. release of her new album All Things Will Unwind. This past weekend, I saw Shara play in Brooklyn at combination gallery/performance space Littlefield and needed to restrain myself post performance from searching through the yellow pages for some sort of adult education ... Read More
Calling all deep-dish divas: The 7th Annual Casserole Party is coming up, and there's still time to register your recipe!  The Casserole Party is hosted by Emily Farris, BUST contributor and author of Casserole Crazy: Hot Stuff For Your Oven (Penguin, 2008), and takes place in Brooklyn, NY and Farris's native Kansas City, MO.  The Brooklyn Casserole Party will be held on Monday, October 24th at 8 p.m. at The Brooklyn Kitchen; details for the Kansas City ... Read More