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Thursday, January 24, 2019

BWW Album Review: Falling In Love Again With A Mid-Century EMMA by Amanda Prahl

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there can never be enough Jane Austen adaptations - at least not for Austenites like me. Coincidentally, the theatre world is newly home to not on…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

BWW Album Review: BAND GEEKS EP Marches To Its Own Drum by Amanda Prahl

In 2010, the musical comedy Band Geeks premiered at Goodspeed, and now, almost nine years later, its score is finally available for listening. The EP of Band Geeks features seven of Mark All…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

BWW Album Review: MARY POPPINS RETURNS Steps In Time For A New Era by Amanda Prahl

There are few things as difficult as penning a follow-up to a beloved classic. That's the challenge that faced the writers of Disney's Mary Poppins Returns, the next-generation sequel to the…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

BWW Album Review: BRIGADOON at New York City Center Is Almost Like Being In Love by Amanda Prahl

When it comes to sweeping, grand romances, the musicals from the golden age of the mid-20th century can't be beat - including Brigadoon, which most recently received a production at New York…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

BWW Album Review: Sarah Brightman's HYMN To Faith And Music by Amanda Prahl

The intersection of Broadwayopera and sacred music seems like a natural fit. Both are often larger than life, both speak to a very specific message, and both use a wide range of instrumentat…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

BWW Exclusive: All We Want For Christmas Is The Broadway Princess Holiday Party by Amanda Prahl

Since its inception in 2015, the Broadway Princess Party concert series has gone from a cute one-time show to a fan favorite at Feinstein's54 Below to a nationwide tour complete with a full-…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

BWW Album Review: Alfie Boe's AS TIME GOES BY Is Full Of Old-Fashioned Elegance by Amanda Prahl

With his latest album, As Time Goes By, Boe tackles a slightly different genre, covering a variety of mid-century standards with a lounge-style, big-band sound. This branching out is a delig…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

She Believed She Could: ?sta Hostetter On Collaboration and Design by Amanda Prahl

When it comes to how I got here stories, sta Hostetter's is both incredibly unique and incredibly familiar. The costume designer, currently represented off-Broadway by Roundabout's Usual Gir…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

BWW Album Review: Melissa Errico's SONDHEIM SUBLIME by Amanda Prahl

Melissa Errico is one of the most reliable theatre divas in contemporary musical theatre. With her fierce belt and a knack for finding the most interesting moments in music, it's no surprise…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

BWW Album Review: TONYA AND NANCY Gets High Marks by Amanda Prahl

Figure skating and musical theatre feel like perfect partners both involve heightened drama, intense training, and occasionally questionable costume choices. So it seems incredible that ther…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

BWW Album Review: WHO'S YOUR BAGHDADDY Deserves Everything And More by Amanda Prahl

As far as wacky titles go Who's Your Baghdaddy Or, How I Started The Iraq War is a doozy. First-time listeners might be a little wary of this wacky, weird concept, but they'd be missing out.…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

BWW Album Review: An Instrumental Journey with THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE Score Recording by Amanda Prahl

The album for the new dance musical The Beast in the Jungle is not your typical cast recording. Actually, it's not a cast recording at all, but a score recording that's purely instrumental. …

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

She Believed She Could: Abby DePhillips On Finding Your Path by Amanda Prahl

If you haven't heard of Abby DePhillips yet, now would be a good time to get acquainted. The social-media maven and up-and-coming producer is a rarity in the theatre world a star in the maki…

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

BWW Album Review: Linda Eder's IF YOU SEE ME by Amanda Prahl

Linda Eder's career has had the kind of variety many performers would envy everything from Broadway to solo albums to concert halls. If You See Me, her latest release, is her seventeenth sol…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

She Believed She Could: Lynn Ahrens Succeeds One Step At A Time by Amanda Prahl

There's a fairly good chance that Lynn Ahrens wrote one of your favorite songs. Over the past few decades, she's written songs for beloved titles such as Schoolhouse Rock, Anastasia, Once on…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

BWW Album Review: DESPERATE MEASURES Revisits A Wild West by Amanda Prahl

There's a good reason that Measure For Measure is considered one of Shakespeare's problem plays. It's a weird blend between comedy featuring that immortal device of classical theatre, the be…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

She Believed She Could: Lindsay Roberts, Educator and 'Ingenue with a Twist' by Amanda Prahl

Most performers have a youthful origin story - some memory of watching a musical or being in a community production that introduced them to the magic of the stage and inspired their future p…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

She Believed She Could: Ariana DeBose Takes Center Stage by Amanda Prahl

If there's a word to define Ariana DeBose, it's 'authentic.'The actress - currently appearing in her Tony-nominated role of Disco Donna in Summer The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway - revel…

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

BWW Album Review: Jason Robert Brown Teaches Us To React And Recover by Amanda Prahl

The name Jason Robert Brown on a piece of music can strike joy in the hearts of singers and listeners and mild trepidation in the hands of pianists everywhere. The Tony-winning composer has …

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

She Believed She Could: Princesses, Producing, and PUFFS with Sally Cade Holmes by Amanda Prahl

Finding the art in forward motion. That's how producer Sally Cade Holmes describes her work, and it's an apt - and elegant - description of the nebulous, multifaceted world of theatre produc…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

She Believed She Could: A Dresser's Day with SUMMER's LJ Wright by Amanda Prahl

Six days a week, a hour or so before the stars of Summer The Donna Summer Musical sign in on the callboard, dresser LJ Wright arrives at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to help lay the groundwork …

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

She Believed She Could: Laura Osnes & Benjamin Rauhala on the Fairytale of The Broadway Princess Party by Amanda Prahl

What place does a fairytale have in the modern world Unlike Cinderella's slipper, there's no one perfect fit of an answer, but two of Broadway's favorites have been exploring this question t…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

BWW Review: The Best and Worst of the 2018 Tonys Broadcast! by Amanda Prahl

Last night, the 72nd annual Tony Awards rewarded some of the biggest and smallest shows on Broadway. Missed the broadcast or want to relive the highlights I've got you covered I watched the …

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Friday, June 8, 2018

BWW Album Review: MY FAIR LADY Is Beyond 'Loverly' by Amanda Prahl

If you've ever been involved in high school or community theatre, you probably have a My Fair Lady memory. Mine is of my junior year of high school, waltzing around in a vintage amber-colore…

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

BWW Album Review: Versatility on Display with Mandy Gonzalez's FEARLESS B-Sides by Amanda Prahl

Mandy Gonzelez's Fearless, released last winter, combined original tracks with some sweet Broadway nostalgia. More than that, it became the jumping-off point for an online community, nickedn…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

BWW Album Review: Audra McDonald Sings Us All Happy by Amanda Prahl

When you listen to an Audra McDonald album or concert, you can probably have a pretty good idea of what you're signing up for exquisite vocals and a broad swath of the best selections of the…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

BWW Album Review: Lesli Margherita Is Queen Of Her KINGDOM by Amanda Prahl

The first thing you ought to know about Lesli Margherita is that her Twitter handle is QueenLesli. Actually, that might tell you all you need to know about this always wry, deeply fabulous s…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

BWW Album Review: Kate Rockwell Embraces Her Roots by Amanda Prahl

Kate Rockwell has made a career out of the peppy, poppy musicals that have been the hallmark of the past decade of Broadway, most recently as the hilarious ditzy Karen Smith in Mean Girls. B…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

BWW Album Review: PRINCE OF BROADWAY Honors Broadway Royalty by Amanda Prahl

Among the Broadway names of the past several decades, producer and director Hal Prince surely stands as one of the greatest. His name has been attached to some of the most iconic musicals of…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

BWW Exclusive: Girl Gangs and Backstage Antics with the Backstage Blonde by Amanda Prahl

Teale Dvornik is not easy to categorize. On the one hand, she works in one of the least visible jobs in the theatre industry, as a dresser at Wicked on Broadway. On the other hand, she's qui…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

BWW Album Review: WORKING Hard For Its Money by Amanda Prahl

Joining the ranks of the thoroughly-revised musicals is Working, whose latest cast recording debuted from its recent London cast. The musical, with a score by Stephen Schwartz and book and l…

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