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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Broadway Review: Christian Borle to the Rescue

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In my nearly half century of Broadway theatergoing, I’ve never witnessed such a second-act reversal of fortune as what’s going on now at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” opened Sunday. Only in retrospective can you see glimmers of hope in the musical’s desultory first half. Just one song by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman hits the mark in this retelling of Roald Dahl’s tale of four children who win golden tickets to Willy Wonka’s long-shuttered chocolate factory. In “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” the media-obsessed Mike Teavee (the devilishly good Michael Wartella) and his doting mother, »

- Robert Hofler

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Scott Baio Lovingly Remembers Erin Moran: ‘God Has You Now, Erin’

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Scott Baio took to Twitter Sunday to acknowledge the death of his one-time “Happy Days” leading lady, Erin Moran, who died Saturday at the age of 56. “May people remember Erin for her contagious smile, warm heart, and animal loving soul. I always hoped she could find peace in her life. God has you now, Erin,” he wrote. “My sincere condolences.” My sincere condolences. #ErinMoran #HappyDaysFamily pic.twitter.com/5b0AbioZEc — Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) April 23, 2017 Baio and Moran were iconic young lovers Joanie Cunningham and Chachi Arcola in the classic sitcom of the ’70s and ’80s, “Happy Days.” Although he joined the show three. »

- Rosemary Rossi

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