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Monday, September 9, 2019

Where Are They Now? Mr. Broadway: Joshua Henry by JK

In November 2010, we highlighted the brilliant Joshua Henry as Mr. Broadway (HERE), and celebrated his success in such shows as In the Heights, American Idiot and The Scottsboro Boys. So, …

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Friday, September 6, 2019

The Friday 5: Broadway Logo ABCs (U - Z) by JK

We come now to the end of this series of Friday 5 fun with Broadway Logo ABCs. We continue to be amazed at how much you all seem to love this little game! As you know, I am personally obsess…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

#TBT: Carousel: The 2018 Broadway Cast Recording by JK

True, it closed just short of one year ago. But it sure feels longer than that, so I think it qualifies as a #TBT! I'm speaking, of course, of the either-you-loved-it-or-you-hated-it 2018 re…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Ms. Broadway September 2019: The Sound Inside's Mary-Louise Parker by JK

Like this month's Mr. Broadway, Ms. Broadway September 2019 has amassed an impressive, critically-acclaimed, award-winning resume of acting credits. She is remarkable in every media, of cour…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Mr. Broadway September 2019: The Men of Sea Wall/A Life by JK

A summer gives way to fall, we thought we'd celebrate the change of season with not one, but two Mr. Broadways September 2019! Both of these amazing actors have had terrific success on the b…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Looking Forward to Fall: September - November 2019 by JK

Happy Labor Day! The unofficial end of summer is here - already! But, as always, we look ahead. And as the show announcements continue this whole season is really starting to sound exciting.…

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Friday, August 30, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Burning Question of Broadway - The Masters by JK

A couple weeks ago, The Friday 5 revealed some of Broadway's most burning musical questions. They came from a variety of shows by a variety of writers. So we got to thinking... did the Musi…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: Black & Blue: August 1989 by JK

1988 - 1989 was a bad season for musicals. But there were two great shows, and they were perfect for theater lovers of all types. And both were musical revues (not to be confused with jukebo…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

ONE HIT WONDERS: Tony Winners Won and Done by JK

Anais Mitchell won the 2019Tony for Best Score for herBroadway debut, Hadestown.Will she be back? Last week, we ran a very successful article about Tony Award winners who have been missing i…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Around the U.S.A. in 80 Musicals: Part VI: The Pacific by JK

As the summer draws to a close, so does our national tour Around the U.S.A. in 80 Musicals. Today, we close out this series with a look at nine shows that take place in the Pacific states. D…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Happy National Dog Day! Broadway Goes to the Dogs! by JK

I always chuckle when I hear all of those National XYZ Day announcements. You know, "Happy National Wart Day" or "Today we are celebrating National Belly Button Lint Day" followed by Tweets …

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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Friday 5: Broadway Logo ABCs (P - T) by JK

How have you been doing so far? Do you really know your Broadway show logos? So far, we've been through A to O.  Here are the next five. Remember: the letters can be from anywhere in the lo…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

#TBT: 2013's HBO Documentary Six By Sondheim by JK

This week's #TBT is likely a true throwback to most of you, as it should be for real theater fans. Sadly, it is all new to me. Somehow, the Peabody Award-winning HBO Documentary: Six by Son…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fall Openings: Are They Really That Bad? by JK

The Lightning Thief opens this fall Just over a year ago, when we had a spate of summer openings, I ran the numbers for long-running Broadway shows (HERE), and despite all three musicals tha…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

REVIEW: Assassins (Signature Theater, Arlington, VA) by JK

Review of the Saturday, August 17, 2019 preview performance at The Max at Signature Theater in Arlington, VA. Starring Christopher Bloch, Kurt Boehm, Evan Casey, Vincent Kempski, Sam Ludwig,…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

MISSING: Tony Winners Who Haven't Been Back by JK

Every season, actors and actresses give award-winning and (many times) career-defining performances.  For those performers, winning a Tony Award is a pinnacle of their stage resumes. A lot …

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Friday, August 16, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Burning Questions of Broadway by JK

The other day, I got a flyer for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and it got me to thinking that when that show starts previews, there will be two shows that feature the song "What's Love Got …

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

#TBT: Shubert Alley by JK

Today's Throwback Thursday is more about history than a personal recollection of a show or other Broadway thing. Today, I thought I'd take a look at someplace that is such a part of the Broa…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Standing @ Zero: Aladdin's Jeffrey C. Sousa by JK

This month's Standing @ Zero honoree is one of the many really unsung heroes of the Broadway musical - he's a swing. Jeffrey C. Sousa is a part of the Disney's Aladdin company over at the Ne…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

CD REVIEW: The Will Rogers Follies by JK

I recently revisited this blast from the past, and loved it so much I couldn't wait for another Throwback Thursday. So, I guess this is a Throwback Tuesday... Anyway, back in 1991, while eve…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

LOGOS: Beetlejuice by JK

There are many things to enjoy about Beetlejuice, and the show's logo is one of them. This is especially true when it is used in conjunction with other aspects of its advertising. It's prima…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

The Friday 5: Broadway Logo ABCs (K - O) by JK

A few weeks ago, we started a little game that combines our love for logos and Broadway. It's a simple game - we provide a letter from an original Broadway show logo, and you name the show. …

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

One That Got Away: Chess by JK

Chess played the Imperial Theatre - Spring 1988 The last article in this series (about Rags) got me to thinking about another musical that starred Judy Kuhn. I guess you could say Chess didn…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Around the U.S.A in 80 Musicals: Part V: The Rockies by JK

As the summer boils on... a trip to the crisp cool air and stunning vistas of the Rocky Mountains sounds like bliss to us! Can't get there? How about getting there via our favorite outlet fr…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Ms. Broadway August 2019: Hadestown's Amber Gray by JK

In both shows we've seen her in, she is so magnetic. She just exudes energy and passion. When she's on stage she's the one your eye is drawn to. She also has this unique quality that makes h…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Mr. Broadway August 2019: Beetlejuice's Alex Brightman by JK

We always admire an actor who has paid his dues. You know, worked his way up, learning his craft, and so forth. This month's Mr. Broadway is just that kind of actor. In a few short years, he…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Broadway Lights...Sort of... by JK

They say the devil is in the details, so this week I'm getting really specific. Some people obsess over costumes.  Others pay close attention wigs. Or furniture (remember that table that ne…

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

#TBT: Looking Back at Hal Prince Shows We Loved by JK

Somehow it seems only fitting that his last Broadway credit was called Prince of Broadway because Harold Prince was true theater royalty. We feel so fortunate that our lives were so enriche…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Remembering Harold Prince by JK

Are there really words adequate enough to express the loss we all share with the theater community upon the passing of Harold Prince? He was an influencer before it was even a term. "Genius"…

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2nd Chance Shows: American Idiot by JK

I'm pretty set in my ways. Anyone who really knows me will tell you that. But that doesn't mean my mind can't be changed - even when it comes to shows. Most recently, my mind was completely …

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

300 Shows: Favorite Original Musicals (Part 2) by JK

As I said last week, one of the greatest pleasures in life for a theater fan is sitting down in a Broadway house excited to see a brand new musical. I've seen hundreds in the past 36 or so y…

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