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Saturday, April 27, 2019

She Believed She Could: Stephanie Hsu Is Ready For This Upgrade by Amanda Prahl

Origin stories are a weird thing, and nowhere on Broadway right now is there an odder origin story than Be More Chill. For star Stephanie Hsu, it started with a fake lemonade ad skit in the …

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Friday, April 26, 2019

BWW Album Review: THE CHER SHOW Takes a Triple Dose of an Icon by Amanda Prahl

The onslaught of jukebox musicals doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon, which, in turn, means that there are an awful lot of cast albums that also double as very well-sung cover albums. Th…

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

She Believed She Could: HADESTOWN's Anaïs Mitchell Could Change the World with a Song by Amanda Prahl

Previously a folk singer-songwriter, Anais Mitchell is blazing new ground on Broadway this season, both with her unique jazz-folk interpretation of classical Greek mythology and as the first…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

BWW Album Review: Max von Essen's CALL ME OLD-FASHIONED Makes Old Hits New Again by Amanda Prahl

With his new album Call Me Old-Fashioned, Tony nominee Max von Essen proves that he's found the perfect balance between modern Broadway star and golden age elegance.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

BWW Album Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD Lives Up To Legends by Amanda Prahl

Reviewing the cast album for Ain't Too Proud, the new bio-musical tracing the origins of the Motown vocal group the Temptations, is an unusually tricky task. How does one really review music…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

BWW Album Review: Michael Ball's COMING HOME TO YOU Has Mixed Results by Amanda Prahl

With his new album Coming Home to You, Michael Ball expands his reach with a sound that's part country, part easy listening pop. It's an admirable effort, but one that sometimes falls flat.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

She Believed She Could: Dancing into the Future with MARIE, DANCING STILL by Amanda Prahl

Musical theatre is the land of collaboration, and anyone who's ever tried to write a musical knows that it can be a land filled with landmines. But for the ladies of the new musical Marie, D…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

BWW Album Review: Welcome to HEATHERS' Sweet and Sour Candy Store by Amanda Prahl

The newly released West End cast recording of Heathers includes all the fan-favorite songs from the original version, as well as a few new additions. For longtime fans, it's a welcome treat …

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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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