All stories by JK on BroadwayStars

Monday, June 3, 2019

Broadway Heat: Beetlejuice and Tootsie: Sweet 16 Round by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Beetlejuice / Tootsie Edition This week begins the final edition of Broadway Heat …

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:54AM
Friday, May 31, 2019

Looking Forward to Summer: June - August 2019 by JK

The heat is on, and we aren't taking a break from great theater because of a little summer sweat! There's a variety of stuff on our agenda over the next three months - a re-visit to the firs…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 06:42AM
Thursday, May 30, 2019

CD Review: OBCR The Cher Show by JK

The song is called "Woman's World," but let's face it, we live in Cher's World. For proof, you need look (or listen) no further the Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Cher Show which i…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:06AM
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Fosse/Verdon: Episodes 7 - 8 by JK

Sure, it was soapy, but the musical theater nerd and Bob Fosse fanatic in me loved every single minute of the miniseries Fosse/Verdon. And I am sad to see it go. I'll especially going to mis…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:33AM
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

300 Broadway Shows: My Favorite Musical Revivals by JK

Since my first Broadway show and my 300th were both revivals, it seems only fitting that my looking back over nearly 36 years of shows begins with my favorite revivals. Over the years, I've …

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:24AM
Monday, May 27, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: Oklahoma! and Hadestown Edition: The Championship Round! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Oklahoma! / Hadestown EditionLike we said last week, in order to get through the re…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:24AM
Friday, May 24, 2019

300 Broadway Shows! (...and Counting!) by JK

Well, it took just short of thirty-six years, bit I finally reached a big milestone in my Broadway theater-going career! As of last Sunday, I have seen 300 different Broadway productions. Th…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:36PM
Thursday, May 23, 2019

REVIEW: Oklahoma! by JK

Review of the Sunday, May 19, 2019 matinee performance at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. Starring Will Brill, Damon Daunno, James Davis, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Allie Stroke…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 11:03PM
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

REVIEW: Tootsie by JK

Review of the Saturday, May 18, 2019 evening performance at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. Starring Santino Fontana, John Behlmann, Lilli Cooper, Andy Grotelueschen, Julie Halston, Mi…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 09:54PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

REVIEW: Hadestown by JK

Review of the Saturday, May 18, 2019 matinee performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Starring Reeve Carney, Andre de Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page. Book, music and lyrics …

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 09:42PM

REVIEW: Hadestown by JK

Review of the Saturday, May 18, 2019 matinee performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Starring Reeve Carney, Andre de Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page. Book, music and lyrics …

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:33AM
Monday, May 20, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: Oklahoma! and Hadestown Edition: The Final 4! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Oklahoma! / Hadestown Edition Like we said last week, in order to get through t…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 12:54AM
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Standing @ Zero: Tootsie's Harris Milgrim by JK

So, why "Standing at Zero"? You know the numbers across the front of the stage? Zero is center, and we are putting one performer front and center.At the end of April, this month's honoree op…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 12:54AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

FOSSE/VERDON: Episodes 4 - 6 by JK

Bob Fosse, Nicole Fosse and Gwen Verdon As the FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon continues, I admire the show more and more, and I am completely smitten with the brilliant Michelle Williams. I've …

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:24AM
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

REVIEW: Grand Hotel: The Musical by JK

Review of the Sunday, May 12, 2019 matinee at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Book by Luther Davis. Music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest. Additional music and lyric…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 08:36AM
Monday, May 13, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: Oklahoma! and Hadestown Edition: The Elite 8! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Oklahoma! / Hadestown Edition Like we said last week, in order to get through t…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:42AM
Friday, May 10, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Favorite Show Logos of the 2018 -2019 Season by JK

With the 2018-2019 Broadway season now in the history books, it's time to take a look back at the year in logos. It's one of my favorite topics, so it makes sense to start there! So, this we…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:36AM
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ms. Broadway May 2019: Beetlejuice's Kerry Butler by JK

I've had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Broadway May 2019 in nine different shows over the years, from her Broadway debut in Blood Brothers all the way through to her triple-role turn in last …

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:33AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mr. Broadway May 2019: Tootsie's John Behlmann by JK

Some actors find success in all mediums. Such is the case with Mr. Broadway May 2019, who has found steady work in television, film, and, of course, the stage. He's the kind of actor whose f…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:42AM
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

REVIEW: OBCR: The Prom - On Vinyl! by JK

The nostalgic/stubborn side of me is thrilled that vinyl cast recordings are back in style. I know, I know. I've written about this before. But now I have reason to write about it again, bec…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:42AM
Monday, May 6, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: Oklahoma! and Hadestown Edition: The Sweet 16! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Oklahoma! / Hadestown Edition In order to get through the rest of the season's show…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:36AM
Friday, May 3, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Thoughts on the 2019 Tony Awards Nominations by JK

As I mentioned earlier this week, for the first time in decades, I was unable to see the Tony nominations live as they happened. Frustrating!!! Well, the good news is that 6 items on our "wi…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:33AM
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

ASK JEFF: Your Questions Answered by JK

I really appreciate that so many of you take the time to email with comments and questions, and I try to answer you quickly. Haven't done this in awhile, but I thought I'd take some time tod…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:36AM
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The 2019 Tony Awards: Lifetime Achievement in the Theater Honorees by JK

I'm a bad theater fan! I will be out of town when the Tony Award nominations are being announced. Actually, to be more specific, I will be en route to my destination and unable to see them f…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:33AM
Monday, April 29, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: Ain't Too Proud Edition: The Championship Round by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT: Ain't Too Proud Edition THIS IS IT! These are final 2 cast members from Ain't Too Prou…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:10AM
Friday, April 26, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Things We Hope The Tony Nominators Don't Forget by JK

Normally, Mike and I like to offer up our Tony Award nomination predictions list at this time of year. This season, however, we won't have seen four major productions before the nominees are…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:00AM
Thursday, April 25, 2019

2018 - 2019: The Season That Was... by JK

With today's opening of Beetlejuice, the Broadway 2018 - 2019 is in the record books. Actually, the season doesn't officially end until May 26th, but unofficially, the Tony Awards cut off is…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:00AM

Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of Beetlejuice by JK

Today we celebrate the 5 cast members of Beetlejuice who are making their official Broadway debut tonight.Congratulations to everyone making their dreams come true! Here's to great reviews…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 12:01AM
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Fosse/Verdon: The First 3 Episodes by JK

I've had a thing for Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon since almost the beginning of my lifelong love of musical theater. It all started with a framed copy of the original Broadway poster from Swee…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:00AM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Broadway's a Real Drag by JK

With Santino Fontana opening tonight in Tootsie, once again, Broadway has one of its favorite things - an actor in drag. This season's Torch Song is also a potential nominee this season, i…

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 07:00AM

Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of Tootsie by JK

Today we celebrate the 2 cast members of Tootsie who are making their official Broadway debut tonight.Congratulations to everyone making their dreams come true! Here's to great reviews, a …

Linked From JK's TheatreScene at 12:01AM

All that Chat