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Sunday, March 7, 2021

A Look at The Ensemblist’s Tribute to Broadway a Year Into the Pandemic by Marc J. Franklin

In honor of the artists navigating the pandemic, the popular platform reunited over 90 performers to the theatre district in its portrait series with Michaelah Reynolds.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Check Out London-Based Theatre Photographer Johan Persson's 16 Favorite Production Shots by Marc J. Franklin

Persson reflects on some of his favorite theatre photos including Follies, Macbeth, and more.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Revisit Lincoln Center Theater’s King Lear Starring Christopher Plummer by Marc J. Franklin

The production of the Shakespearean drama opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater March 4, 2004.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Can You Finish the Missing Lyrics to Once On This Island? by Marc J. Franklin

Test your theatre knowledge of the Tony-nominated score.

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Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the venue.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A First Look at Fionn Whitehead, Alfred Enoch, and More in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Marc J. Franklin

The digital production is set to premiere March 16.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Celebrate More Than 40 Years of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony-winning musical, starring Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou, opened at the Uris Theatre March 1, 1979.

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Celebrate Tony Winner Lindsay Mendez With a Look at Her Theatre Highlights by Marc J. Franklin

The Carousel and Wicked celebrates her birthday March 1.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Take a First Look at Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer at Asolo Rep by Marc J. Franklin

The production continues through March 3 in Florida, launching the show’s rolling world premiere.

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Check Out These Broadway Zodiac Trading Cards Featuring Cast Members from Hamilton, Beetlejuice, and More by Marc J. Franklin

Theatre photographer Mati Ficara reinterpreted the astrology signs as a project to benefit the Actors Fund.

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Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the Vivian Beaumont Theater Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the venue.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Black History on Broadway: Celebrating the Legacy of Shuffle Along by Marc J. Franklin

The groundbreaking musical revue was the first all-Black musical hit on Broadway and helped to usher in the Harlem Renaissance.

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57 TV Shows Broadway Stars Are Currently Binge-Watching by Marc J. Franklin

From Insecure to The Mandalorian, take a look at what Broadway has been watching during the shutdown.

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Revisit Sunday in the Park With George Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford by Marc J. Franklin

The revival of the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical opened at the Hudson Theatre February 23, 2017.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

How Cody Renard Richard Became One of Broadway’s Brightest Stars From Backstage by Marc J. Franklin

In the same year theatres shutdown, his profile skyrocketed. After nearly a decade on Broadway, the stage manager is not just working in theatre—he’s shaping it for the better.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Revisit Kelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale, and More in The Bridges of Madison County by Marc J. Franklin

The musical, featuring music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Marsha Norman, opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre February 20, 2014.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at Studio 54 Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the venue.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Black History on Broadway: Celebrating the 1976 Revival of Guys and Dolls by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony-nominated production, directed by Billy Wilson, featured an all-Black cast with Motown-style musical arrangements.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Check Out These 10 Swoon-Worthy Moments on Broadway for Valentine’s Day by Marc J. Franklin

Make your heart melt with Hadestown, The Bridges of Madison County, and more.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

From Moulin Rouge! to My Fair Lady, Catherine Zuber Unpacks Her Favorite Broadway Costume Designs by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony Award–winning costume designer gives Playbill an inside glimpse at her creative process.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play the historic venue.

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Can You Finish These Missing Lyrics to In the Heights? by Marc J. Franklin

The Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes musical made its Off-Broadway premiere at 37 Arts February 8, 2007.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Celebrate Alex Brightman With a Look Back at Beetlejuice by Marc J. Franklin

The two-time Tony Award nominee celebrates his birthday February 5.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

11 Stars Who Got Their Start on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

Check out the Broadway debuts that gave these television, film, and music stars their launching pad.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the St. James Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the venue.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Black History on Broadway: Celebrating Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun by Marc J. Franklin

The seminal drama, acclaimed for its honest portrayal of the Black experience in America, was the first play by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway.

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Check Out These Stunning Comic-Inspired Theatre Illustrations of Wicked, Hadestown, and More by Marc J. Franklin

Illustrator, writer, and comic artist Arielle Jovellanos shares her showstopping artwork, re-imagining Broadway from stage to page.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Honoring Cicely Tyson With a Look Back at Her Stage Highlights by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony-winning star, known for her distinguished stage and film career, died January 28.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Can You Finish the Missing Lyrics to Rent? by Marc J. Franklin

As Jonathan Larson’s seminal musical turns 25, revisit its Tony-winning score.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

9 Broadway Stars Who Made Their Debut as Swings by Marc J. Franklin

In honor of the theatre's unsung heroes, take a look back at some of the performers who got their start as swings.

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Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the venue.

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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre