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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Stars and the City: Trisha Yearwood’s New York by Dei Lewison

I’m from Georgia. What I knew about New York was what I had seen on TV or read in a book or magazine. It was this elusive city. Then to actually come and spend time here, I just got i…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Favorite Song: Alan Mingo, Jr. of ‘Kinky Boots’ by Dei Lewison

My shower song to work on my bass notes is “I’ll Cover You.” The song deals with the low area of the voice. So I use that in my shower to warm up the low area. It’s s…

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10 Things You May Not Know About Me: Chester Gregory of ‘Motown The Musical’ by Dei Lewison

The Great White Way can’t get enough of Motown The Musical  magic, which returns to Broadway for a limited engagement starting today, July 12, 2016. Chester Gregory — who has st…

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My Favorite Song: Chilina Kennedy of ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ by Dei Lewison

What don’t I love about doing Beautiful? I love the cast, I love the music, I love Carole King’s story. It’s just such a beautiful message to share, especially with women a…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Confessions of a Broadway Understudy by Dei Lewison

Today, Mo Brady is a proud husband, father, podcast host and talented video editor. Years ago, though, Brady was an actor on Broadway, performing eight shows a week. Brady’s work in th…

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Stars and the City: Alex Brightman’s New York by Dei Lewison

When I first got to New York, I thought, “I’m going to be broke real soon.” It was 2005. I had no money, and I knew that I liked to spend it. I never thought that I would b…

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Monday, June 27, 2016

10 Shows Not to Miss on Broadway in Fall 2016 by Dei Lewison

With powerful Broadway shows — one word: Hamilton — swaying the public spotlight on theater marquees, many have hypothesized that Broadway is entering its second Golden Age. The…

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Friday, June 24, 2016

My Favorite Song: Rory O’Malley of ‘Hamilton’ by Dei Lewison

Performing in Hamilton, I love the electricity from the audience every night. They work so hard to get there.  And they’re so excited. And I’m so privileged to get to perform in…

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‘An American in Paris’ to Close on January 1, 2017 by Dei Lewison

An American in Paris, the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning MGM movie musical, will close at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on Jan. 1, 2017. The show, featuring a score from the classic …

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‘Shuffle Along’ to Close on Broadway on July 24, 2016 by Dei Lewison

Despite announcing that it would be playing longer, Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed will close at the Music Box Theater when star Audra McD…

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

How a Tony Award Turns Into Box Office Gold (And Vice Versa) by Dei Lewison

Anyone watching last week’s Tony Awards might have thought the only winner was Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit rap-hip-hop history lesson took awards in every category f…

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Monday, June 20, 2016

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Booking Broadway by Dei Lewison

You haven’t experienced New York until you’ve experienced Broadway. But, you don’t want to throw away your shot to see a top show due to an easily avoided booking error. Fo…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Top 10 Tips for Taking a Selfie With Your Favorite Broadway Star by Dei Lewison

As NewYork.com’s 2015 Ultimate Broadway Fan contest winner, I have had an amazing year! From attending the 2015 Tony Awards and Gala to this year’s Meet the Nominee’s press…

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Meet the 2016 Tony Nominees: Best Featured Actor in a Musical by Dei Lewison

History pervades the category of Best Featured Actor in a Musical in this year’s Tony Awards. Three of the nominees play real-life figures in the the hip-hop hit Hamilton, while remain…

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10 Things You May Not Know About Me: Alex Brightman of ‘School of Rock’ by Dei Lewison

Real rock music has made its way back to Broadway. And that’s a reason to rejoice. And Alex Brightman, who plays the sloppy slacker with a heart of gold in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s…

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Meet the 2016 Tony Nominees: Best Featured Actress in a Musical by Dei Lewison

The Tony nominees for Best Featured Actress in a Musical are playing women who overcome tremendous obstacles. Whether it’s physical abuse, romantic disappointment, racism in the theate…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

My Favorite Song: Christopher Fitzgerald of ‘Waitress’ by Dei Lewison

Waitress tells a really great tale. It’s the kind of a tale you don’t see told on Broadway in this way. The relationships are complicated and interesting. It’s sweet. Sara …

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon to Star in ‘The Little Foxes’ on Broadway by Dei Lewison

Tony nominee, Laura Linney, and Tony winner, Cynthia Nixon, will star in Lillian Hellman’s classic drama The Little Foxes, alternating in the lead roles. Manhattan Theatre Club will pr…

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Sets Broadway Dates, Theater and Cast by Dei Lewison

Dear Evan Hansen, the hit Off-Broadway musical which ended its limited run at Second Stage on May 29, has set dates, a theater and the cast for its Broadway transfer. The show which premiere…

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Meet the 2016 Tony Nominees: Best Featured Actress in a Play by Dei Lewison

The women nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play are each part of an expert ensemble of actors playing a struggling middle-class family, a group of captive women caught in a brutal ci…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Review Roundup: ‘An Act of God’ by Dei Lewison

An Act of God, the return engagement of David Javerbaum’s comedy in which the Almighty sets some new ground rules for us mortals, opened June 6 at the Booth Theater for a limited run t…

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Sally Field and Joe Mantello to Star in ‘Glass Menagerie’ on Broadway by Dei Lewison

Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field and two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello will return to Broadway in a new production of Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie. Tony winner Sam …

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Angela Lansbury, Jake Gyllenhaal Among New Tony Presenters by Dei Lewison

Angela Lansbury, Jake Gyllenhall and Clare Danes are among the newly announced stars who will be presenting at the Tony Awards on June 12. The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Beacon…

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Meet the 2016 Tony Nominees: Best Actor in a Musical by Dei Lewison

Will the sixth time be the charm for Tony nominated Best Actor in a Musical Danny Burstein of Fiddler on the Roof? Or will Lin-Manuel Miranda add yet another trophy to his collection for the…

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‘The King and I’ to Close on Broadway on June 26 by Dei Lewison

The King and I, Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, will play its final performance at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on June 26. The show, currently …

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Angela Lansbury to Star in ‘The Chalk Garden’ on Broadway by Dei Lewison

Five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury will return to Broadway in a revival of Enid Bagnold’s play The Chalk Garden, set for the 2017-18 season. Lansbury, 90, last appeared on the New Y…

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Farewell, Lin-Manuel! Miranda to Exit ‘Hamilton’ on July 9, 2016 by Dei Lewison

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the author and star of the smash hit Hamilton, will reportedly leave the show on July 9, 2016, less than a month after the Tony Awards. Hamilton is nominated for a recor…

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My Favorite Song: Sandy Duncan of ‘Roots: The Complete Original Series’ by Dei Lewison

Musical comedy is very freeing to my soul, especially dancing and singing. I haven’t done it in a while, and I miss it. There comes a time where you just can’t. You say, “I…

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

10 Things You May Not Know About Me: James Monroe Iglehart of ‘Aladdin’ by Dei Lewison

Two years into it, James Monroe Iglehart is still reveling in what he calls the role of a lifetime: Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, which is still playing to sell-out crowds at BroadwayR…

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10 Broadway Shows You MUST See this Summer by Dei Lewison

Get ready for a theatrical summer adventure. From the charming Waitress to the nostalgic She Loves Me to the soaring Cirque du Soleil Paramour, Broadway is heating up with a wonderful variet…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Meet the Tony Nominees: Best Actress in a Play by Dei Lewison

Each of the women played by the Tony nominees for Best Actress in a Play is in a difficult situation to put it mildly. Whether battling drug addiction, holding a best-selling novelist captiv…

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