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Friday, October 18, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Musicals Based on Children's/Young Adult Novels by JK

With this week's opening of The Lightning Thief, we though we'd take a Friday 5 look five of our favorite (and not so favorite) shows based on other young adult/children's novels. How many …

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

#TBT: OBCR: Finding Neverland by JK

The Peter Pan story resonates with me much like Harry Potter resonates with the generations after mine (for the record, I love Harry Potter). And the Peter Pan story has come in many forms, …

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Welcome to the Theatre! The Broadway Debuts of The Lightning Thief by JK

Congratulations to the entire company of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical on the opening of your show tonight on Broadway. Here's to a successful run!We'd like to send specia…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

One That Got Away: The History Boys by JK

The good news is that the entire original cast of The History Boys was in the wonderful film version of this Olivier and Tony Award-winning play by Alan Bennett. The bad news is that I miss…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Standing @ Zero: The Lightning Thief's Sam Leicht by JK

This month's featured ensemblist is actually only on the verge of making his Broadway debut. But Sam Leicht from The Lightning Thief is no stranger to the footlights. In addition to being …

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Friday 5 Quiz: 5 Broadway Costumes by JK

You asked for it! By popular demand, we are starting a new series of Friday 5 Quizzes. In honor of the upcoming Halloween celebration, this time around, we thought we'd see how much you know…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of Linda Vista and The Rose Tattoo by JK

Congratulations to the entire companies of Linda Vista and The Rose Tattoo on the upcoming opening of your show. Here's to a successful run!We'd like to send special congratulations to t…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

REVIEW: Indoor Boys by JK

Creators and stars, Alex Wyse and Wesley Taylor The award-winning web-series Indoor Boys recently released its third season, and, Broadway fans, it is a doozy. Created by and starring Broad…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Where Are They Now? Mr. Broadway Update: Jeremy Jordan by JK

Back in October 2011, we highlighted an "up and coming" new talent, Jeremy Jordan as Mr. Broadway (HERE). He had already been in Rock of Ages and West Side Story, and was just finished hea…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of Slave Play by JK

Congratulations to the entire company of Slave Play on the opening of your show last night on Broadway. Here's to a successful run!We'd like to send special congratulations to playwright Je…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

The Friday 5: Broadway Boats by JK

Yesterday's 58th anniversary of Noel Coward's musical, Sail Away got me to thinking about all the boats I've seen on Broadway. It is amazing how many I've seen, really. Now, that's stage ma…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Ms. Broadway October 2019: Broadway's Jennifer Ashley Tepper by JK

The only thing surprising about this month's Ms. Broadway is that we've waited so long to celebrate her. She lives the life most of us hardcore theater fans dream of. And she has earned it.…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Mr. Broadway October 2019: Dear Evan Hansen's Alex Boniello by JK

With Mr. Broadway October 2019, we have a theatrical bad boy. He's played the King, St. Jimmy, a 90's sociopath, and, currently, a suicidal outcast. Stans of this guy know all of this, from …

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock: An Inside Look at the Hit Musical. Music, lyrics and book by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Text by Laurence Maslon. Forward by Prime Minister Justin Trud…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: The Lightning Thief Edition: Finals! by JK

Judging by the number of votes that were cast last week, I can see that you think this cast of mostly Broadway newbies is bringing the heat! The vote was very close - clearly you can feel th…

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Looking at LOOKING AT YOU: A Dialogue by Amy and Dan Gijsbers Van Wijk and O'Neil

I think there’s less a question of “what’s to be done” and more is a question of “how do we know what’s really going on.” It’s less about privacy in some ways and more about …

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Friday, September 27, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Current Shows We'd Like To See Again by JK

Over the years, we've been fortunate to have seen favorite Broadway shows multiple times. Sometimes, it is an embarrassing number of times. Sadly, with the ever-climbing rise in ticket price…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

#TBT: Broadway Playbill: Getting Away With Murder: March 1996 by JK

Being the devout Stephen Sondheim fan that I am, there was no way I was going to miss a play that he wrote. Add George Furth - his co-playwright and book writer of Company - and there was…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

REVIEW: Come From Away (Re-Visit) by JK

Review of the Sunday, September 22, 2019 matinee performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Starring Patrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, Alex Finke, De'Lon Grant, Joel Hatch, John Jellison, …

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A Few Thoughts on the 2019 Broadway Flea Market by JK

As Mike said as we hit the Lincoln Tunnel, another Broadway Flea Market is in the books. $870,167 was the final tally - way to go, theater fans! We all braved the heat, the crowds and the sc…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: The Lightning Thief (Elimination Round) by JK

New show! New round of Broadway Heat! That's right - since The Lightning Thief began previews last week, we have a job to do!In our annual quest to name the buzziest Broadway actor or actres…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 BC/EFA Flea Market Things I Hope to Find by JK

The third Sunday of September is one of my favorite days of each year. I love the BC/EFA Flea Market! (I appreciate the auction, but it is way out of my price range...) So this Friday 5 is w…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

#TBT: A Chorus Line: Original Broadway Cast Recording by JK

I make no secret that A Chorus Line is my all-time favorite musical. I've seen it so many times, I know most of the choreography, and can recite most of the line. So it probably will come a…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

LOGOS: The Lightning Thief by JK

The Broadway version Both Mike and I are looking forward to this show, hoping that this latest entry in the Broadway race to be a big show for a younger audience. We both hope it does better…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Theater Can Be Anywhere: My Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by JK

You know I love a good tagline! I rarely go anywhere that I don't see theatricality. Sometimes, it is seeing the possibility of a stage version in some movie or experience. Sometimes it is t…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Where Are They Now? Ms. Broadway Update: Krysta Rodriguez by JK

Last week, we did an update of a former Mr. Broadway (the great Joshua Henry HERE). This week, we take a look at what Ms. Broadway April 2010, Krysta Rodriguez has been up to. The last time …

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Friday, September 13, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Broadway 'One' Songs by JK

Numbers. Numbers. Everywhere numbers! Palindrome week... For theater fans it might be, "a 5...6...7...8" or it might be the list of musical numbers in a musical's Playbill. This week's Frida…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: Me and My Girl: May 1987 by JK

During the 1986-1987 season, my favorite new musical wasn't everyone else's favorite new musical. Actually, my favorite new musical wasn't really a new musical at all. While everyone was wee…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Standing @ Zero: Beautiful's Ryan Vona by JK

Baseball has utility players. So does Broadway. Right now, one such utility player on Broadway is this month's Standing @ Zero guy. Over his growing career, he's replaced a supporting charac…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

One That Got Away: Nick and Nora by JK

My direct knowledge of the 1991 flop musical Nick and Nora starts and ends with the Original Broadway Cast Recording. As all of this was happening well before the social media revolution, th…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Where Are They Now? Mr. Broadway: Joshua Henry by JK

In November 2010, we highlighted the brilliant Joshua Henry as Mr. Broadway (HERE), and celebrated his success in such shows as In the Heights, American Idiot and The Scottsboro Boys. So, …

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