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Thursday, July 24, 2014

TBT: The Winter Garden Theatre by JK

The recent announcement that Rocky will be closing soon got me to thinking about the huge billboard that adorns the front of the Winter Garden Theatre.  It is hard to believe that …

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Friday, July 18, 2014

FAREWELL: Elaine Stritch by JK

Like many a young theatre novice, I was introduced to the classic scores by listening to the original Broadway cast recordings since the shows were long gone.  That was how I was first …

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

TBT: Follies (2011) by JK

I am ashamed to admit that as a Sondheim fan, I had never seen Follies until the revival that opened at the Marquis Theatre on September 12, 2011.  Even more, I am ashamed to admit…

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Broadway Things That Make Me Happy: July Edition by JK

IT COULD BE WORSE SEASON 2 STARTS TOMORROW!Love, love, loved Season 1!!!  Can't wait to see what happens to Jacob (Wesley Taylor), Ben (Adam Chanler-Berat) and Sam (Mitchell Jarvis) whe…

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Killer Theatre: Dream-Casting DEXTER: The Musical by JK

With yesterday's announcement that American Psycho would be coming to New York.  This won't be the first time a killer gets to sing - Assassins had a rogue's gallery of one-time killers…

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Monday, July 14, 2014

REVIEW: If/Then (Re-visit) by JK

Re-visit review of the Wednesday, July 2nd matinee performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City.  Starring Idina Menzel, LaChanze, Curtis Holbrook, James Snyder, Jenn Col…

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Friday, July 11, 2014

How to Market a Show: On The Town by JK

These days for a new Broadway show to be heard above the din of Times Square, the buzz and squawking of social media, and the one-upsmanship (for the good and bad) of critical notices and pu…

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

TBT: Xanadu by JK

It was seven years ago today that Xanadu opened on Broadway.  Given the pre-show buzz, it is truly AMAZING that it had a year plus run (49 previews, 512 performances at the Helen H…

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CD REVIEW: Fun Home by JK

It has been called "exciting," "ground-breaking," and I, myself, called Fun Home "brilliant" and "monumental."  (Review HERE) This beautiful collection only serves to solidify…

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

REVIEW: Side Show by JK

Review of the Saturday, July 5 matinee at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Eisenhower Theatre in Washington, DC.  Starring Emily Padgett, Erin Davie, Ryan Silverman, Matthew …

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Monday, July 7, 2014

CONTEST! Win Your Own Copies of Plays by Martin McDonagh! by JK

It's hard to believe, but the critically-acclaimed Tony-nominated revival of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan (show website HERE) is nearing the end of its limited run in…

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Monday, June 30, 2014

CD Review: Aherns and Flaherty: Nice Fighting You (Live at 54 Below) by JK

Broadway has had famous composing teams throughout is long history - Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Lerner and Loewe, Bock and Harnick, Kander and Ebb... For the last twenty-four…

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Sunday, June 29, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014

TBT: Brief Encounter and The Normal Heart by JK

In my very first Throwback Thursday blog, I thought I'd take a look back to five seasons ago (2010-2011) at the two plays that really wowed me and continue to be standard setters.  One …

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Broadway's Summer Cleaning by JK

Well, we're now nearly two weeks post-Tony Awards, and the annual purge of shows is fully under way.  Summer, like the dead of winter, can be a slow time on Broadway, and producers pull…

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

LOGOS: Holler If Ya Hear Me by JK

I haven't seen the show yet, so I can only give my impressions based on what I see, which is probably the most honest and exactly the experience most theatre consumers should have with a new…

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Broadway Ladies: Ms. June 2014: Jessie Mueller by JK

Ms. June 2014Jessie MuellerWHY SHE'S MS. BROADWAY: DUH!  It's been a long time coming... after a very successful career in Chicago, she made her Broadway debut (and earned her first Ton…

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Friday, June 20, 2014

The 2013 - 2014 Box Office Final Summarry by JK

#1The numbers are in, and the 2013 - 2014 Broadway season showed gains in all three indicators (attendance, grosses and playing weeks)  For more about the record books, click HERE.…

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

CD Review: Bullets Over Broadway by JK

This may the shortest review I've ever written. Why? Because Bullets Over Broadway is as disappointing as a cast recording as it is as a show. (My review of the show HERE.) It is amazin…

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Broadway Boys: Mr. June 2014: Kevin Adams by JK

Mr. June 2014Kevin AdamsWHY HE'S MR. BROADWAY: If it is possible to have a lighting designer as a hero, then Kevin Adams is a hero to me.  I love that his lighting always makes the stor…

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Monday, June 16, 2014

HOT OR NOT 2014/2015: Holler If Ya Hear Me Edition by JK

Right out of the gate, the new Broadway year is starting off with a bang.  A brand new musical is getting things started just three weeks into the 2014 - 2015 season - an original story…

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Broadway Things That Make Me Happy: June Edition (Mildly NSFW) by JK

June is one of my favorite Broadway months!  Not only does June have The Tony Awards, but it is also Broadway Bares time!Some of the Tony Nominees!I love these pictures... the camarader…

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Box Office: 2013 - 2014 Season: Quarter 4 by JK

#1 Again!The numbers are in and the entire 2013-2014 Broadway Season was one for the record books, in terms of the box office.  Below, all 41 shows that played during the last 13 weeks …

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

CD Review: The Bridges of Madison County by JK

You don't need to get much further than about 5 minutes into the cast recording of The Bridges of Madison County to understand why Jason Robert Brown won the Tony for Best Orchestration…

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

REVIEW: Driving Miss Daisy (Film) by JK

Review of the filmed Australian production of Driving Miss Daisy as presented nationwide, June 4 - 10. Starring Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines. A play by Alfred Uhry.…

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CD Review: If/Then by JK

I thought, as I watched the fantastic, original new musical, If/Then, that it wasn't what I expected. It certainly wasn't Next to Normal.  It certainly wasn't boring.  And it certa…

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Monday, June 9, 2014

The 2014 Tony Awards: Keep It, Dump It or Fix It - Some Final Thoughts by JK

Let the speculation end and the Monday morning quarterbacking begin.  Just like every other year, last night's Tony Awards show had its high points and its cringe-worthy moments. &…

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Friday, June 6, 2014

The 2014 Tony Awards: Jeff and Mike's Predictions by JK

This has been one heck of a season.  Lots of really great stuff has been going on on Broadway stages from performances to design elements to direction.  And, while no show really s…

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

The 4th Annual JKTS Awards: The Winners! by JK

This Sunday, the Broadway community will celebrate the 2013 - 2014 season one final time.  Today, readers, we'll celebrate it ourselves!  Thanks for another great season together, …

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The 2014 Tony Awards: Special Tonys and Tony Honors by JK

Congratulations to this year's Special Tony Award and Tony Honors recipients!  And thank you for your service to the theater community and the world at large.LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT&n…

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Broadway on TV: The Best Musical Tony Award Nominees by JK

For the last time this season, I'm taking a look at how the four nominees for Best Musical are using their nominations to woo us into seeing them.  I find it interesting that one doesn'…

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