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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1987 by Mark Robinson

In writing about these the Tony-nominated Best Musicals of various seasons and making a judgment as to which nominee deserved to win, I take full ownership of my opinion and realize that m…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1973 by Mark Robinson

This week’s debate takes us back to 1973, a year were anything was likely to happen and where two musicals (out of four nominees) were really the chief contenders for Best Musical, and t…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

8 Must-See Performances from MCC Miscast 2019 by Mark Robinson

The annual gala casts Broadway stars against type

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 2004 by Mark Robinson

I find this particular Tony year the most oft-debated on social media. Of course, it was a year with incredibly diverse offerings, and the four nominated Best Musicals each had a great dea…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

A Theater Tour of NYC: 6 Must-See Sites Outside the Theater District for Broadway Fans by Mark Robinson

From Tin Pan Alley to Lincoln Center, here are the non-theater-district sites every Broadway fan needs to see.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1966 by Mark Robinson

1966 was an interesting year in Tony Award history. Three of the four nominated Best Musicals, Man of La Mancha, Mame, and Sweet Charity, ultimately achieved iconic status and could hav…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

A TV Show Tour of NYC: 8 Must-Visit Locations for the Showbiz Fan by Mark Robinson

From classic sitcom sets to historic studios.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1993 by Mark Robinson

Going into the 1992-1993 theatre Season, most theatergoers were anticipating the forthcoming musical The Goodbye Girl to be the big hit and Best Musical victor at the Tony Awards. By Jun…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

The Name on Everybody’s Lips is Gwen Verdon by Mark Robinson

With the TV miniseries Fosse/Verdon on is way to the small screen this April, I thought I would take some time to look back on one of Broadway’s most captivating triple-threats and honor…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

10 Formidable Actresses Headed to Broadway in Spring 2019 by Mark Robinson

These actresses are theatrical forces to be reckoned with.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1958 by Mark Robinson

Oh, you knew that sooner or later I was going to have to address this one, easily the most debated Tony Awards Best Musical outcome in history. Many people feel that West Side Story shou…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

10 For 10: Ten Flop Musicals of the Last Ten Years That Deserve a Second Look by Mark Robinson

A while back, I wrote a piece about flop musicals that deserved a second chance on Broadway. Many of you wrote to me and wondered why I hadn’t mentioned any recent shows. When I write ab…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Time for a Parade: Hugh Jackman to Return to Broadway in The Music Man by Mark Robinson

Break out the marching band uniforms, the brass instruments, the banners and batons! The Music Man is headed back to Broadway and it is time for a parade. Producer Scott Rudin has announce…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

"All That Jazz": The Game-Changing Musicals of Bob Fosse by Mark Robinson

In anticipation of FX’s limited bio-series, ‘Fosse/Verdon,’ we look back at the ‘Chicago’ choreographer’s achievements.

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A St. Patrick's Day Broadway Playlist by Mark Robinson

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with these showtunes.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1984 by Mark Robinson

For “The Best Musical Tony Award Debate”, my new weekly series, I will take a look at the musicals nominated for Best Musical in one Tony Season, discuss and debate the contenders, the…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Remembering The Grand Tour by Mark Robinson

Jerry Herman is best remembered for his splashy musical comedies, including Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles. In fact, Herman often is unfairly criticized (in some circles) fo…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Off-Broadway to Broadway: 6 Shows That Made the Jump by Mark Robinson

‘Be More Chill’ and ‘Hadestown’ aren’t the only Off-Broadway hits to do it.

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A Broadway Tour of NYC: 10 Iconic Landmarks Featured in Broadway Musicals by Mark Robinson

See the best of New York through the eyes of the theater.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1991 by Mark Robinson

After taking a short hiatus and some much needed rest and relaxation, Theatreguy is back to continue write about Broadway musicals of the past, present, and the future. One of the new addi…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Best Musical Theater Album - The Grammys by Mark Robinson

The Grammy Awards are set to air this Sunday, February 10th, and with all the pop superstars about to take center stage to receive accolades on national television, I thought it might be n…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

‘Bombshell’ on Broadway: 6 Actresses Who Could Play Marilyn Monroe by Mark Robinson

With 'Bombshell' set to arrive on Broadway sooner or later, here are a few ideas of who we think would sparkle in the iconic role of Marilyn Monroe.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Top Mistakes to Avoid When Visiting New York City in the Winter by Mark Robinson

If you're headed to New York to see a Broadway show this winter, here are some important things to consider.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

10 Cole Porter Love Songs to Celebrate the Valentine’s Day Debut of ‘Kiss Me, Kate!’ by Mark Robinson

Brush up your Cole Porter with this de-lovely playlist before 'Kiss Me, Kate!' begins previews on Valentine's Day.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

8 Rules Every Theatre Person Must Follow—Do You Know All of Them? by Mark Robinson

The lore behind why it's bad luck to whistle in a theatre and seven other theatrical superstitions.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

In Honor of MLK Day: A Broadway Playlist Celebrating the Fight for Equality by Mark Robinson

When we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, we as a nation reflect upon our history and the struggle to overcome racial oppression that African Americans have experienc…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Remembering Bloomer Girl by Mark Robinson

The other night I was making my way through Amazon Prime video, looking for something to watch. After sorting through hundreds of movies and television shows that I just knew wouldn’t ho…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Remembering Shirley Jones in Maggie Flynn by Mark Robinson

Shirley Jones proved her mettle as a star of musicals, albeit predominantly in film musicals. She found her early start when the casting director for Rodgers and Hammerstein, John Fearnley…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Remembering Bajour by Mark Robinson

In 1964, a musical opened on Broadway that neither a runway hit, nor was it a calamitous flop. The musical drew its inspiration from two Joseph Mitchell New Yorker short stories: “The G…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Broadway Musical Magic: Remembering The Magic Show and Merlin by Mark Robinson

Hardly anyone ever speaks of this long-running musical of the 1970s, and a revival of the show most certainly will never happen, but it is hard to dismiss the Broadway success of The Magi…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Bareilles Returns to Waitress with Creel In Tow by Mark Robinson

As the Broadway musical Waitress enters its third-year on the Great White Way, producers have a bit of exciting news to go with the anniversary. Sara Bareilles, the singer-songwriter who …

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