Austin Powers may be coming to a stage near you

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According to recent news reports, an Austin Powers musical may be in the works. The show would serve as a sort of prequel to the movie series, revealing just how Powers came to have his "mojo" in the first place. Judging by the star-studded list of those who are rumored to be working on the project (Mike Myers is writing, Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw is directing, and Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello are likely to contribute music) it could be a big hit on Broadway.

However, the actual cast is still very much up in the air. It has been reported that, while Myers will be heavily involved in the production, he will not be reprising his lead role. Who on earth could they get to replace him as Austin Powers? Many other movies that have been made into musicals obviously had star power that did not end up playing a part in the musical, but to me Mike Myers IS Austin Powers. I'm curious to see how they pull this one off.

Who do you think they should get for the stage version of Austin Powers? Tell us in the comments!

5 family-friendly holiday activities in New York City

New York City is a great place to visit and have fun. This is even truer during the holidays as the city hosts a great number of activities that are perfect for the family. You might not want to visit the top of the Empire State Building (unless you want to freeze), but there is plenty else to do. Here are five options:

Central Park

Central Park in the winter.
Central Park in the winter. Credit: Siobhan Thompson/Shutterstock

Central Park is a great place to visit at any time of the year, but if you can get there after a fresh snowfall, it looks like a postcard, as you can see above.

The park is 2.5 miles long and contains 21 playgrounds, so your kids will have no reason to complain of boredom. There are also plenty of winter-themed activities within it such as ice skating at Wollman Rink near the Central Park Zoo and, of course, visiting animals that love cold weather at the zoo itself.


Fall 2011 Broadway show predictions

Broadway Sign

October's almost here, and that means that the new Broadway season is really starting to kick into gear. There are a lot of new shows hitting the Great White Way this fall, and some are sure to be great hits, while others...not so much. I asked several sites that deal with theatre to comment on what they're most looking forward to, what will be amazing, and what will do a giant belly-flop in the middle of Broadway. Shows are presented in alphabetical order for your convenience.

  • An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin: “[This show] takes the talents of two seasoned performers and presents them in an irresistible way. The duo has proven its talent and this show should be no exception.” — Melissa Hall, Stage Write Indy
  • Bonnie & Clyde: “…could be a break out hit, or a disaster like Wonderland – we will have to see. The critics infamously hate Frank Wildhorn (the composer), but the cast is fantastic and the director great! I'm looking forward to seeing what this one is all about.” — Spencer Williams, The Broadway Critic

This guide is a slightly abbreviated version of our full New York City Guide. Visit the full guide to learn more about the New York and find tickets for events in the city.

New York City skyline

About New York

Since the British claimed Manhattan from the Dutch in 1664, New York City has grown into one of the central cities in the world for economic activity, cultural exchange, the arts, and tourism. It is the host to some of the world's most critically acclaimed theater productions, is a frequent stop for artists and bands, and is called home by at least one team from every major professional sports league.


New York has been a haven for the arts since the 18th century. Theater expanded throughout the 19th century and the first musical was performed in New York in the 1850s. Broadway rose to prominence in the early 20th century and has been dominant in the theater world ever since. New York theaters host some of world's best known productions, with everything from the works of William Shakespeare to modern productions such as Wicked.

New York is also a major setting for many bands and artists, due to its central location in the northeast United States. Carnegie Hall was the location of The Beatles' second concert in the United States in 1964 and Shea Stadium was the location of their first 1965 tour date, as well as the first major stadium concert ever played. Since then hundreds of acts have come through New York every year.

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How to Succeed: Daniel Radcliffe vs. Nick Jonas

How to Succeed marquee

If you recall, I did a comparison of Daniel Radcliffe's two major roles, Finch vs. Harry Potter. Daniel's leaving How to Succeed in January, and it was recently announced that Nick Jonas will be taking over the lead role. So, I couldn't resist a follow-up comparison. Enjoy.

Daniel RadcliffeNick Jonas
Full nameDaniel Jacob RadcliffeNicholas Jerry Jonas
NicknameDanNick, Mr. President
HometownLondon, EnglandDallas, TX
Occupation(s)ActorMusician, actor, singer-songwriter, preteen swoon-inducer
Best known forPlaying Harry Potter in the moviesBeing one of the Jonas Brothers
Acting debutThe BBC One TV movie David Copperfield at age 10On Broadway at age 7
Fan baseHarry Potter fans, mostlyTeenage/preteen girls
Broadway experienceHow to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingA Christmas Carol, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables
Advantages in a Daniel vs. Nick fightBritish accentHair

Did I miss any important categories? Who would you rather see star in a Broadway show? Let us know in the comments.