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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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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

10 Cheap Eats in the Theater District by Mark Robinson

Here are the best spots to save on pre-show eats

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Ultimate New York City 4th of July Fireworks Guide by Mark Robinson

Get a prime viewing spot with our tips

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Last Chance: Catch Tony Winners ‘The Cher Show’ and ‘King Kong’ Before They Close by Mark Robinson

Don’t miss your chance to see these stunning shows this summer

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Great Gatsby Guide to New York City by Mark Robinson

Relive the roaring ‘20s this summer at these NYC sites and events

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Monday, June 24, 2019

The 10 Best Musical Numbers from Disney’s Stage Musicals by Mark Robinson

From 'Be Our Guest' to 'A Whole New World'

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Monday, June 17, 2019

20 Sizzling Shows to See in New York City This Summer by Mark Robinson

New musical ‘Moulin Rouge!’, Disney’s ‘Hercules’ in Central Park & more

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

The 8 Best Musical Numbers from the 2019 Tony Awards by Mark Robinson

Relive the best musical moments from Sunday’s ceremony

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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Top Tony-Winning Shows to See Now by Mark Robinson

Don’t wait to book these award-winning shows

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Friday, June 7, 2019

The Best Broadway Shows to See with Dad This Father’s Day by Mark Robinson

Broadway is full of Dad-friendly fare this season

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Predicting the 2019 Tony Winners by Mark Robinson

As I typically do, I have made my pre-Tony Award predictions, my educated guesses as to who will win in each category. This is not particularly my forte, but I am going to do my best here.…

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Friday, May 24, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

10 Formidable Actors Starring on Broadway This Season by Mark Robinson

These actors are giving audiences a masterclass

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A Guide to New York City Cabarets by Mark Robinson

These Broadway favorites are sure to ignite your NYC nightlife

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A Look Back at 25 Years of Disney on Broadway by Mark Robinson

In honor of the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast' revival and DTG's 25th Anniversary

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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 2005 by Mark Robinson

The 2005 Tony Awards represented a season where all four Best Musical nominees could have easily walked away with the Best Musical prize, each show offering something very different and sp…

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