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Friday, May 10, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: CABARET by Ben Rimalower

Cabaret is one of the most successful, popular and influential musicals ever written. You can call it's Kander and Ebb's masterpiece or a defining triumph for Hal Prince or Bob Fosse and in …

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH by Ben Rimalower

I can remember so well senior year of college when my friend Claudio came back from a trip to New York all abuzz over little drag rock show he'd seen Off-Broadway called Hedwig and the Angry…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: SONG & DANCE by Ben Rimalower

The West End and Broadway musical Song amp Dance has taken up a lot of space in my CD collection. In addition to the Original London Cast Recording starring Marti Webb recorded live at the P…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS by Ben Rimalower

Nothing quite got me going like hearing Alice Whitfield and the cast of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris braggadociously belting about 'the time when Brussels was king.'

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: SWEET CHARITY by Ben Rimalower

Like the rest of you, I've spent this week obsessing over 'Fosse Verdon' on FX and especially Gwen Verdon, played brilliantly on the series by Michelle Williams, in a performance that makes …

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: LES MISERABLES by Ben Rimalower

Oh my god, I have literally nothing to say about Les Miz. Well, maybe not nothing... not literally It's not gonna be hard to throw these out, I'll tell you that much. I have so many freaking…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: GYPSY by Ben Rimalower

As I'm going through all my Gypsy CDs yes, to ensure I have them all either on my hard drive or accessible in the cloud, before throwing them out, I'm finding myself weirdly most drawn to Ty…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: CHESS by Ben Rimalower

Well, the next step in my declutteringdigitizing journey is throwing out my Chess CDs, not that they take up much space. I only have the Original Concept Recording and the Broadway cast. I'm…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: OKLAHOMA! by Ben Rimalower

In 10th Grade, I was in the chorus of a production of Oklahoma in the auditorium of my synagogue and it was the best theatrical experience I've ever had. I remember getting home from the clo…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: ANNIE by Ben Rimalower

I thought throwing out my Annie CDs would be easy--I thought I only had one Obviously that would be the indispensable Original Broadway Cast Recording with Dorothy Loudon and Andrea McArdle.…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: FALSETTOS by Ben Rimalower

Okay, this week, I only have to throw out two CDs, but it hurtsI'll never forget May 31, 1992--the 46th Annual Tony Awards. I had just turned 16 and was eagerly tuning in to absorb the Broad…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE WIZ by Ben Rimalower

This week's decluttering is only freeing up a tiny bit of space in my collection, but it represents an enormous place in my heart. The only version of The Wiz I have on CD is the AMAZINGIF Y…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: INTO THE WOODS by Ben Rimalower

Well, my little piggies and wolves, the next CDs I'm eliminating from my apartment are all the recordings of all the versions of Into The Woods. I'm talking London cast, movie version, Broad…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: GUYS AND DOLLS by Ben Rimalower

Well, next up in decluttering my apartment is clearing out the big, tall stack of different Guys and Dolls CDs I've spent a few decades collecting. I think I could hack this particular task …

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE RINK by Ben Rimalower

Ben Rimalower revisits favorite musical theater recordings as he digitizes and declutters his collection. This week's spotlight is on the Original Broadway Cast CD of The Rink starring Chita…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Donna McKechnie On the Origins of 'Turkey Lurkey Time' From Promises, Promises by Ben Rimalower

The Tony-winning Broadway legend explains to Ben Rimalower how the iconic Act 1 finale came about in this 2013 interview.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Recounting Highlights from Nothing Like a Dame Concert, Honoring Marin Mazzie by Ben Rimalower

Playbill was on hand at the 20th anniversary event celebrating Broadway’s best female actors. Find out who sang what and how cancer survivor Marin Mazzie was celebrated.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

10 Showtunes We Never Tire of Hearing by Ben Rimalower

No matter how often you hear them, these popular showtunes never get old.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"I'm the Greatest Star" — The Essential Barbra Streisand on Disc by Ben Rimalower

Our list of the essential recordings by award-winning singer and actress Barbra Streisand.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Rufus Wainwright On What Makes Judy Garland a Gay Icon by Ben Rimalower

In anticipation of singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright’s return to Carnegie Hall, we talk all things Judy Garland and what she means to the LGBT community.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Kiki and Herb Talk Reuniting and the Possibility of Patti LuPone as Kiki by Ben Rimalower

Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman chat about Kiki and Herb coming out of retirement following their Tony-nominated run in 2007.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Art of Juggling: How Three Broadway Notables Wielded Major Stage and TV Roles at the Same Time by Ben Rimalower

We're all aware of the crossover of actors between stage and screen, but what about the performers who do both concurrently? Krysta Rodriguez, Conrad Ricamora and Santino Fontana managed…

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

9 Musicals Deaf West Theatre Company Needs to Tackle Next by Ben Rimalower

The current Broadway revival of Spring Awakening broke new ground with its production for hearing and Deaf audiences. It got us thinking: What other shows' artistry could be ele…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Christian Borle We Want to Get You Alone (Onstage, at Le by Ben Rimalower

They've razzle-dazzled us on a Broadway stage, but there are some big-time stars theatre lovers would like to get up close and personal with on a smaller stage. We present a list…

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

If You Liked Lion King, You’ll Enjoy Once On This Island! 10 Suggestions for Theatre People Based on by Ben Rimalower

One of the only activities theatre lovers enjoy more than seeing a live performance is recommending a new show to a fellow Broadway baby. Pre and post-show cocktail hour conversations ar…

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Secret Loves, Offstage Trials and a One-Woman Show That Never Was: A Look at the Life of Madeline Ka by Ben Rimalower

In honor of the late Madeline Kahn's birthday, Playbill.com offers a few tidbits of information about the comedic great from the new book "Madeline Kahn: Being The Music, A Life.&qu…

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Another Opening! The 10 Most Thrilling Opening Numbers in Musicals by Ben Rimalower

In Gypsy, Rose says, "If you have a good strong finish, they'll forgive anything." That may very well be true, but I think the most important thing in a musical is the opening …

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sisterhood On Set and No Make Up: “Orange is the New Black” Stars On the Perks of Playing In Prison by Ben Rimalower

"Orange is the New Black" took the entertainment world by storm as its first season introduced a new audience to binge-watching on Netflix. The hit series features a number of …

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

From Ancient Greece to Angry Inch, Take a Look at the History of Drag in Theatre by Ben Rimalower

Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower takes readers through a tour of the history of drag performances.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Grande Dames in Great Roles: Women Who Found a Second Career Onstage by Ben Rimalower

As part of Playbill.com's Women in Theatre week, correspondent Ben Rimalower reflects on actresses who found second careers on Broadway. 

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

10 Pop Singers We Want To See Write a Broadway Musical by Ben Rimalower

Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of pop singer-songwriters that he thinks should bring their talents to the genre of musical theatre. 

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