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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The 5 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in New York City by Mark Robinson

Autumn turns the city’s parks into an artist’s palette

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Remembering Call Me Madam by Mark Robinson

An old school musical comedy that was not only a perfect star vehicle for an over-the-top leading lady, but also a fine example of a lost art of comedy filled with melody, romance, and pur…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

The 7 Best Comedy Clubs in Manhattan by Mark Robinson

Get ready to laugh at these classic NYC comedy joints

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Remembering Milk and Honey by Mark Robinson

Most musical theatre fans think of Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles when they hear the name Jerry Herman. For this beloved composer-lyricist of the Great White Way, these wer…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Remembering Destry Rides Again by Mark Robinson

The musical western isn’t exactly a commonplace subgenre of the Broadway musical. Only a handful of westerns have been crafted for the musical stage, with varying results. The best known…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The 10 Most Highly Anticipated Shows of Fall 2019 by Mark Robinson

New musicals, star-studded plays and more

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Monday, September 2, 2019

A Broadway Playlist for Labor Day by Mark Robinson

It’s that time of year again, that three-day weekend celebration commemorating the That unofficial end of summer and officially celebrates hardworking labor in America. That’s right, i…

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Remembering A Day In Hollywood/A Night In the Ukraine by Mark Robinson

A musical that we rarely see anything written about, but one that has always fascinated me as a concept is A Day In Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. Each act of this clever, lighthearted…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The 7 Best Broadway Shows to See This Back To School Season by Mark Robinson

Fall 2019 on Broadway will be full of family-friendly fare

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Remembering Pacific Overtures by Mark Robinson

Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, particularly when he was paired with director Harold Prince, moved and shaped musical through bold experiments that challenged audiences while unearthi…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Greeking Out: 6 Musicals Inspired by Greek and Roman Mythology by Mark Robinson

‘Hadestown’ and ‘Hercules’ are the latest musicals inspired by myths

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Remembering Seesaw by Mark Robinson

A musical that was plagued with troubles during its gestation, that seemed to solve most of them before officially opening on Broadway, only to fold after approximately five months, was th…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Remembering Minnie’s Boys by Mark Robinson

Some musicals you just know are going to bomb from the moment they are announced. It’s just clear that it is half-baked idea that is going to struggle. Something just doesn’t feel righ…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pop Covers Of Broadway Showtunes by Mark Robinson

Broadway showtunes rarely get the exposure that music from the world of pop music enjoys. However, everyone once and a while someone with mass exposure records a song from a Broadway music…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Remembering I Love My Wife by Mark Robinson

Some musical are period pieces, written with the intention of telling a story in another and place. Other musicals are written as contemporary stories, starting out relevant and feeling ed…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Remembering Barnum by Mark Robinson

Long before there was a film called The Greatest Showman, Broadway had its own musical version of the life of P.T. Barnum. This show, simply called  Barnum, featured a score with music by…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Remembering Paint Your Wagon by Mark Robinson

Lerner and Loewe certainly wrote some gorgeous music together for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. From Brigadoon to My Fair Lady, from Gigi to  Camelot, the duo crafted lush, elegant m…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

The 5 Best Romantic Songs from Broadway Disney Musicals by Mark Robinson

Which amorous Disney show tune strikes your fancy?

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Remembering Big by Mark Robinson

Movies have long been the inspiration for Broadway musicals. It is easy to say that this is a recent trend, but that simply is not so. Just as there have been many musicals that have taken…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Remembering Steel Pier by Mark Robinson

The composing team of Kander and Ebb were often attracted to properties that allowed them to tell a show-within-a-show story, often using the show or entertainment style within to provide …

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Married to Showtunes: A Playlist that Requires a Prenup by Mark Robinson

Summer is such a popular time for weddings, everyone betting the bank on happiness and receiving gifts for trying. I’m not a fan of weddings and I often find myself drifting into distrac…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

7 of Broadway’s Most Beautiful Theaters by Mark Robinson

These Broadway theaters are as spectacular as the shows they house

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Remembering The Life by Mark Robinson

A musical that seems to have those who remember it divided, with some people having enjoyed it and others just absolutely disgusted by it, was the 1997 Broadway production of The Life. Wi…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Prince of Broadway: 10 Unforgettable Musicals Directed by Harold Prince by Mark Robinson

The quintessential musicals helmed by the late, great director

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Remembering Grind by Mark Robinson

An eagerly anticipated musical of the 1984-1985 Broadway season was Grind, set to be Harold Prince’s big project of the time, but ultimately part of a sequence of lulls in what was an o…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Murder on Broadway! Broadway’s Murder and Mystery Musicals by Mark Robinson

I don’t know why, but I have murder and mystery on the mind lately and it got me thinking about Broadway musicals that have these two intriguing elements central to their makeup. Though …

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Remembering Hazel Flagg by Mark Robinson

Helen Gallagher is an actress who came very close to being one of Broadway musicals’ biggest stars, on a par with Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, or Gwen Verdon. Always one of the standout su…

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Remembering King of Hearts by Mark Robinson

When I was in college in the 1990s, my favorite course was The History of the American Musical Theatre. The stories, the evolution of the form, the music, the musicals themselves all playe…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Remembering The Happy Time by Mark Robinson

The composing team of Kander and Ebb are typically first remembered as the creators of the edgy, flashy, razzle-dazzle music of such shows as Cabaret  and Chicago. It would be wrong, how…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

More or Loesser: 15 Great Songs by Frank Loesser by Mark Robinson

When I sat down to write a “Top 15” list of Frank Loesser songs, the composer-lyricist behind such Broadway musical hits as Guys & Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, and How to Succeed…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Friend Like Me: Disney's Best Musical Sidekicks by Mark Robinson

These sidekicks steal the show

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