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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Standing at Zero: Hamilton's Ryan Vasquez by JK

So, why "Standing at Zero"? You know the numbers across the front of the stage? Zero is center, and we are putting one performer front and center. This month's honoree is a true utility play…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Broadway Heat: Be More Chill Edition: The Championship! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: BE MORE CHILL EDITIONTHIS IT IT! After weeks of voting, we are down to your 2 fav…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Takeaways from Sitting Near Kids at a Broadway Show by JK

During my most recent Broadway trip, I had the opportunity to sit next to and around kids of a fair age range. Normally, I don't even notice such things, except that just prior to that weeke…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Broadway Valentines by JK

Move over, Romeo and Juliet! Love is in the air on Broadway this season! There's a little something for everyone - Cupid's arrow is a liberal one. Straight, gay, bi - every couple has their …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two by JK

Review of the Sunday, February 3, 2019 matinee (Part One) and evening (Part Two) performances at the Lyric Theatre in New York City. Starring Anthony Boyle, Sam Clemmett, Noma Dumezweni, Jes…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

REVIEW: Puffs by JK

Review of the Friday, February 1, 2019 performance at New World Stages Stage 5 in New York City. Featuring Madeleine Bundy, Jessie Cannizzaro, Anna Dart, Kullan Edberg, Alex Haynes, Reginald…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Broadway Heat: Be More Chill Edition: The Final 4 by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: BE MORE CHILL EDITIONAnd then there were four! Last week's voting was remarkably …

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Friday, February 8, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Title Songs: 2003 - 2008 by JK

Today's Friday 5 returns to a reader favorite - title songs from Broadway musicals. This batch includes a huge pop hit, a cartoon, and operatic masterpiece, the first musical from a master a…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

REVIEW: Hamilton by JK

Review of the Saturday, February 2, 2019 matinee performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. Starring Michael Luwoye, Denee Benton, Daniel Breaker, Mandy Gonzalez, Ryan Vasq…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Broadway Ladies: Ms. February 2019: Laura Benanti by JK

She's been a Broadway favorite for years. And while she's made quite a name for herself on television with her hilarious Melania impression and appearances on such programs as Supergirl, we …

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Broadway Boys: Mr. February 2019: Frederick Weller by JK

Back in December, we honored the wonderful Gideon Glick as our man of the month. Currently co-starring with Mr. December in To Kill a Mockingbird is Frederick Weller, who plays a w…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Broadway Heat: Be More Chill Edition: The Elite 8 by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: BE MORE CHILL EDITIONJust like the show, which just moved into the Lyceum Theatre…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Bio-Musicals We'd Actually Like to See by JK

With last week's announcement that the Michael Jackson bio-musical Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough is Broadway-bound, (not to mention the forthcoming Tina Turner show Tina) I've bee…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical: January 2014 by JK

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical recently celebrated its 5th anniversary, and as it turns out, we saw the show 5 years ago this past week. Since then, it's been great to see the original …

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Around the World in 80 Musicals: Part VI: The Americas by JK

With today's entry, we conclude our world tour with the final 10 musicals which all hail from the Western Hemisphere. This batch of classics covers hits, misses, masters of musical theater, …

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

#MyBroadwayThing - Souvenir Programs by JK

They say confession is good for the soul. Sharing my struggles with collecting all things Broadway with you has, in fact, been very cathartic. Today, I bring you #MyBroadwayThing for so…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Broadway Heat: Be More Chill Edition: The Sweet 16! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: BE MORE CHILL EDITIONIt's been the talk of the internet among the teen theater geek ni…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Thoughts on RENT LIVE by JK

Like I did with Jesus Christ Superstar Live, I'll share my thoughts about RENT Live as they happen. It only seems fitting that a live show gets a live response. Depending on how it goes…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

The Friday 5 by JK

It's Friday and it's time for some fun! We haven't done a quiz of any kind in years, so today's Friday 5 is remedying that! These 5 questions are all about people and shows of the 2018 - 201…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

#TBT: 1964 OBCR: Anyone Can Whistle by JK

Haven't talked much about the great Stephen Sondheim in awhile, and I've really missed his work. I've seen productions of all but four of his shows; only Saturday Night, The Frogs, Do I Hear…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Around the World in 80 Musicals: Part V: The Middle East and Africa by JK

Today our world tour continues to the Dark Continent and the desert region, with stops in 7 countries. This week's adventure covers 10 more musicals - some are blockbusters, others criticall…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Standing at Zero: Pretty Woman's Alex Michael Stoll (Possibly NSFW) by JK

Over the past year, we've been taking note of your requests and suggestions for improving this site, and we are listening. The two biggest requests have been to highlight ensemble members an…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Broadway Heat: The Cher Show Edition: The Championship! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: THE CHER SHOW EDITIONTHIS IS IT, CHICKADEES! This week, your votes will name the …

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Friday, January 18, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Title Songs: 1996 - 2002 by JK

Next up, we run the gamut from two turn of the century musical sensations to an outright flop from one of the greatest composing teams in Broadway history.  And there's one of the …

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

REVIEW: The Phantom of the Opera by JK

Review of the Saturday, January 12, 2019 matinee performance at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.  Starring Ben Crawford, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Jason Forbach, Raquel Suarez Groen, Ca…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

REVIEW: To Kill a Mockingbird by JK

Review of the Sunday, January 13, 2019 matinee performance at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre in New York City. Starring Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Frederick We…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Remembering Carol Channing by JK

Some people you think will always be with us. Carol Channing was one such person. She just always seemed to be around, attending shows, doing interviews, pitching in with charitable causes. …

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REVIEW: The Cher Show by JK

Review of the Saturday January 12 evening performance at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City.  Starring Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector, Emily Skinne…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Broadway Heat: The Cher Show Edition: The Final 4! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: THE CHER SHOW EDITIONWe are SO CLOSE to naming the HOTTEST cast member from The C…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Title Songs: 1988 - 1995 by JK

This week, we start with the biggest hit with the longest run, and end with a high-profile, star-powered flop. Just goes to show that the longest-running show and a disappointing show can bo…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

#TBT by JK

As I mourn the loss of Head Over Heels this week, I am reminded of a very similar (and short-lived) show. Music Theatre International describes that show this way: "an anachronisti…

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