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Thursday, April 1, 2021

At This Performance: Andrew Call in American Idiot by JK

At This Performance: Andrew Call in American Idiot When I started this new monthly column, several performances by terrific understudies leapt to mind right away. One of them I didn't even …

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

One That Got Away: The 39 Steps by JK

One That Got Away: The 39 Steps (2008) I have often  said that one of the things I like best about theater is that it can do so many things that film just can't do, despite all of the techn…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

This Week in Broadway History: March 30 - April 5 by JK

This Week in Broadway History: March 30 - April 5 🎭OPENING NIGHTS🎭   March 30, 1898: The Ibsen classic Hedda Gabler premiered on Broadway. March 30, 2000: The 2000 Tony-winning…

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Monday, March 29, 2021

2010s Broadway Musical Logos Bracket Tournament - The Elite 8 by JK

Over the past months, we've been in search of the very best in Broadway musical logos, going back 40 years. And now, here we are starting a new tournament, looking for the very best logo of …

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Broadway Games: Pop Hits, Broadway Flops by JK

For every Kinky Boots and Waitress, there's The Last Ship and Taboo. Being a successful pop songwriter like Cyndi Lauper or Sara Bareilles doesn't automatically translate to being a hit ma…

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Favorite Designs: The Lighting Design of The Glass Menagerie (2013) by JK

The Glass Menagerie may just be my favorite play of all. That love has set a very high bar for what an excellent production of it would be to me. I've seen probably a dozen productions at al…

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Track By Track: Kinky Boots (Original Broadway Cast Recording) by JK

I really did enjoy Kinky Boots. It was spectacular, funny and touching. The performances across the board were excellent. A lot to appreciate and admire. And yet, I wasn't bowled over. Once …

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

This Week in Broadway History: March 23 - 29 by JK

This Week in Broadway History: March 23 - 29 🎭OPENING NIGHTS🎭   March 23, 1995: The revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying! opened its 548 performance run at …

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Monday, March 22, 2021

2010s Broadway Musical Logos Bracket Tournament - The Sweet 16 by JK

Over the past months, we've been in search of the very best in Broadway musical logos, going back 40 years. And now, here we are starting a new tournament, looking for the very best logo of …

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Broadway Games: Those Dancing Feet! by JK

For most of the 80's, this billboard enticed theater-goers in Times Square to "come and meet those dancing feet" in the smash hit musical 42nd Street. It must have worked - the show ran an i…

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Broadway Magazine Rack: Encore Monthly by JK

I'm old enough to remember looking forward to getting theater magazines in the mail. It was always a thrill when my Playbill Magazine and TheaterWeek would show up in the post box. I'd run u…

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Broadway Who's Who: Paul Tazewell by JK

Chances are you've seen his work, even if you don't recognize Paul Tazewell's name. With a Broadway career that began with 1996's Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk and continues through …

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

This Week in Broadway History: March 16 - 22 by JK

This Week in Broadway History: March 16 - 22 🎭OPENING NIGHTS🎭   March 17, 2005: The Tony-winning Best Musical of 2005, Spamalot, opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it would cl…

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Monday, March 15, 2021

2010s Broadway Musical Logos Bracket Tournament - The Big 32 Round Part 2! by JK

Over the past months, we've been in search of the very best in Broadway musical logos, going back 40 years. And now, here we are starting a new tournament, looking for the very best logo of …

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Broadway Games: Which Leading Lady? The Return by JK

This game proved so popular, we just had to come back with even more Leading Ladies! Remember, you can only use each name once! Broadway Games: Which Leading Lady...? A. Tonya Pinkins  …

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

At This Theatre: The Ethel Barrymore by JK

Having been a legit theater for just over 92 years, it should not be a surprise that during its history the Ethel Barrymore Theatre has had some notorious tenants on its stage. Among them, t…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

"Hit Songs" From Broadway Misfires: Character Revelations by JK

They say characters in a musical sing when plain spoken words aren't enough. Emotions come out in a number of ways in musicals, to be sure. But one of my favorite things about such songs are…

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

This Week in Broadway History: March 9 - 15 by JK

This Week in Broadway History: March 9 - 16 🎭OPENING NIGHTS🎭  March 9, 2008: The first musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights, opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where…

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Monday, March 8, 2021

2010s Broadway Musical Logos Bracket Tournament - The Big 32 Round Part 1! by JK

Over the past months, we've been in search of the very best in Broadway musical logos, going back 40 years. And now, here we are starting a new tournament, looking for the very best logo of …

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Broadway Games: Which Leading Man...? by JK

Broadway Games: Which Leading Man...? (use each answer only once) A. Ben Platt     B. Steve Kazee     C. Norbert Leo Butz D. Aaron Tveit     E. Danny Burstein F. Matthew James Thom…

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

At This Performance: Jordan Dobson and Mia Pinero in West Side Story by JK

At This Performance: Jordan Dobson & Mia Pinero in West Side Story The last time I was in a Broadway theater, literally, was January 26, 2020. Ironically, it was the Broadway Theatre…

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

One That Got Away: Shuffle Along... by JK

One That Got Away: Shuffle Along (2016) This month's One That Got Away didn't have to get away at all. You see, we went to the city specifically to see Shuffle Along, or the Making of the…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

This Week in Broadway History: March 2 - 8 by JK

This Week in Broadway History: March 2 - 8 🎭OPENING NIGHTS🎭 Bus Stop March 2, 1955: The new William Inge play, Bus Stop, opens at the Music Box, and stars Kim Stanley and Ela…

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Monday, March 1, 2021

2010s Broadway Musical Logos Bracket Tournament - Region 4 Elimination Round! by JK

Over the past months, we've been in search of the very best in Broadway musical logos, going back 40 years. And now, here we are starting a new tournament, looking for the very best logo of …

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Broadway Games: Which Leading Lady...? by JK

 Broadway Games: Which Leading Lady...? A. Laura Benanti      B. Victoria Clark     C. Patti LuPone D. Audra McDonald     E. Jessie Mueller      F. Donna Murphy     G. …

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Favorite Designs: The Scenic Design of The Great Comet by JK

At the risk of being repetitive, for the second month in a row, our Favorite Designs feature focuses on a scenic design. I promise there will be other design elements highlighted in future…

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Track By Track: Zorba (New Broadway Cast Recording) by JK

I was looking through my vinyl collection the other day, and came across my copy of the 1983 "New Broadway Cast recording" of Zorba. I had seen the show during its national tour, which starr…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

This Week in Broadway History: February 23 - March 2 by JK

 This Week in  Broadway History: February 23 - March 2 🎭OPENING NIGHTS🎭     February 23: Sunday in the Park with George (2017) & The Pajama Game (2006) February 23, 2006…

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Monday, February 22, 2021

2010s Broadway Musical Logos Bracket Tournament - Region 3 Elimination Round! by JK

Over the past months, we've been in search of the very best in Broadway musical logos, going back 40 years. And now, here we are starting a new tournament, looking for the very best logo of …

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Broadway Games: Which Came First? by JK

Broadway Games: Which Happened First? We made it through another week! Here's a new game to get your Broadway brain going! How To Play: Put each list in the order in which they occurred. …

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

CD REVIEW: Jay Records' Anyone Can Whistle by JK

I have long held a fascination with Anyone Can Whistle. The Original Cast Recording was the second Sondheim album I ever bought (Sweeney Todd was the first). And, like most Sondheim shows,…

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