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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Musical of the Month: Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Cast by JK

The original cast of Disney's Beauty and the Beast was full of newbies, seasoned players, up-and-coming stars, future Tony Award winners and even a bona fide Broadway/TV legend! What, if …

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Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of West Side Story by JK

Congratulations to the entire company of West Side Story on your opening night! Special congratulations to the following 32 cast members who are making their official Broadway debuts tonig…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

CD Review: Hadestown OBCR by JK

Frankly, the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hadestown is one of the best in many years. Of course, it helps that it preserves one of the best in many years, too. But it is the details t…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Standing @ Zero: Jagged Little Pill's Kei Tsuruharatani by JK

The ensemble of Jagged Little Pill plays an enormous part in nearly every aspect of the story and staging. As a group, they are extraordinary, but they are just as wondrous individually. On…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

BROADWAY HEAT: The Girl From the North Country: The Elimination Round! by JK

There's no doubting that Girl From the North Country has been one of the buzziest shows of the season. Between script and cast changes, injuries and controversial staging choices, it is no…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

The Friday 5: 5 Shows I'm Surprised I Did See by JK

A couple of weeks ago, The Friday 5 was about 5 shows I'm surprised I've never seen. This week I thought I'd list 5 shows I'm surprised I actually did see! Maybe they were short running sho…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Musical of the Month: Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Creative Team by JK

The first Disney show on Broadway, Beauty and the Beast, went on to become the 10th longest-running show in history. Sure it was based on a beloved animated classic, but the stage version su…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

#MyBroadwayThing: Special Edition Playbills by JK

I haven't shared a #MyBroadwayThing in awhile, but after a recent purchase, I realized I had another one. That purchase was a copy of the Special Edition Playbill for Moulin Rouge! I was li…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Broadway Eats: John's Pizzeria by JK

We haven't had pizza in New York in years, but during our last trip, the craving for it hit. With tickets for Jagged Little Pill in hand, we set out for the only place we'd consider in that…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

CD REVIEW: Jagged Little Pill OBCR by JK

As a teen/college guy of the 80's, I missed the generational hysteria surrounding Alanis Morissette's landmark album Jagged Little Pill. I mean, I knew her big mainstream hits from it, of co…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

The Friday 5 Quiz: New Broadway Jeopardy: Broadway Sets by JK! This Friday 5 Jeopardy round is all about set design on Broadway! Good luck - and don't for get to answer in the form of a question! (Look for the questions at the bott…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Musical of the Month: Disney's Beauty and the Beast by JK

We are so glad you seem to like our new feature series, Musical of the Month! This month's featured show is Disney's Beauty and the Beast, a show that is (gulp!) over a quarter of a century …

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Ms. Broadway February 2020: My Name is Lucy Barton's Laura Linney by JK

Just like our choice for Mr. Broadway this month, our Ms. Broadway is probably better known by the world at large for her TV and film work in such shows as Frasier, Sully, and every iteratio…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Mr. Broadway February 2020: A Soldier's Play's David Alan Grier by JK

He's got well over a hundred movie and television credits, including In Loving Color, The Proud Family, and A Soldier's Story. It is that last title, however, that has landed David Alan Grie…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

REVIEW: Mean Girls (Re-visit) by JK

Review of the Saturday, January 25, 2020 evening performance at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City. Starring Erika Henningsen, Renee Rapp, Krystina Alabado, Kate Rockwell, Barrett Wi…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

The Friday 5: 5 Surprising Shows I've Never Seen by JK

Now that I'm well into 300+ different Broadway productions, I thought I'd take a look through my list of shows and see what is missing! This week's Friday 5 is about those really famous show…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

MUSICAL OF THE MONTH: Applause: The Creatives by JK

In this final installment of January's Musical of the Month series, we take a look back at the creative team behind Applause.  The writing and design teams are chock full of Broadway royal…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

REVIEW: Emojiland by JK

Review of the Saturday, January 25, 2020 matinee performance at The Duke on 42nd Street in New York City. Starring George Abud, Felicia Boswell, Max Crumm, Jacob Dickey, Ann Harada, Josh Lam…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

REVIEW: Jagged Little Pill by JK

Review of the Friday, January 24, 2020 performance at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. Starring Elizabeth Stanle, Sean Allan Krill, Derek Klena, Celia Rose Gooding, Lauren Patten, Ka…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

BROADWAY HEAT: West Side Story Edition: Run-off! by JK

Well, this was a first in all of the years we've been having polls like this. Last week, your votes were supposed to select a winner (and 2 runners up). Instead, the vote ended up with a sta…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

The Friday 5 Quiz: Broadway Debut True or False by JK

There will be many Broadway debuts this season (most of them in West Side Story!). Of course, even Broadway icons had to start somewhere. That's what this week's quiz is all about.  Read c…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

MUSICAL OF THE MONTH: Applause: The Cast by JK

This week, let's take a look at the people who were in the Musical of the Month - the multiple Tony nominated company of Applause. Among them are once and future TV and movie stars, legends …

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

LOGOS: Jagged Little Pill by JK

It prominently features an open palm. Open palms facing out symbolize honesty and openness. In this case, given that the content of Alanis Morissette's album is the basis of Jagged Little Pi…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Standing @ Zero: West Side Story's Jarred Manista by JK

Happy New Year, Ensemblist fans everywhere! We are so thrilled by your overwhelming response to these pictorial tributes to the men who stand at 0 every night when they bring their hard work…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Broadway Heat: West Side Story Edition: The Finals by JK

There's no doubting that West Side Story has been one of the buzziest shows of the season. Between script and cast changes, injuries and controversial staging choices, it is no wonder ever…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

The Friday 5: 5 Broadway "Rain" Songs by JK

I was rifling through some things the other day, and came across a flyer for Ghost: The Musical and saw this picture. It reminded me of that show's song "Rain" and how much I enjoyed Caissie…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Broadway Heat: West Side Story Edition: The Elimination Round by JK

This revival has been the talk of the town for months! Yes, West Side Story has been the talk of the town. 23 of these cast members are making their debuts, and the rest of the cast is buzz-…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

The Friday 5 Quiz: 3 Shows - 1 Actor by JK

How well do you know your actors and the roles they've played, theater fans? This week's Friday 5 Quiz is a good test of what you know. We will name 3 shows. You name the actor who appeared …

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

MUSICAL OF THE MONTH: Applause: The Cast Recording by JK

The next installment of our new Musical of the Month series is here! Today, we look at the Original Broadway Cast Recording of this month's featured show, Applause.The winner of the 1970 Be…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wicked's Nancy Opel: Ms. January 2020 by JK

Ms. Broadway January 2020 Wicked's Nancy Opel With her current role as Madame Morrible in Wicked, this month's Ms. Broadway has been in 14 Broadway shows! Congratulations, Nancy Opel! (If…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Broadway Eats: The Meatball Shop by JK

In late fall of last year, we tried a new place (for us, anyway) to eat before a Sunday matinee. We made our way to The Meatball Shop in Hell's Kitchen shortly after it opened, and found the…

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