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Friday, February 23, 2024

Broadway Games: Pop Quiz! by JK

If Broadway was a class, this is the pop quiz you might get... Good luck!  BROADWAY GAMES: Pop Quiz! 1. What was the prior name of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre?         A. The Cort The…

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Broadway Collections: Playbill Cards by JK

Somewhere between the baseball card boom and the advent of Lights of Broadway cards, Playbill gave us their version to trade.  Broadway Collections: Playbill Cards While cleaning off and …

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Monday, February 19, 2024

2023 - 2024 Broadway Musical Logos: The Notebook by JK

I think, though I'm not positive, that I read Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel, The Notebook in the late 90s, not long after it was published. And I just saw the popular film over the we…

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Name That Show! 2010s Broadway Songs (Part Two) by JK

Hello, show tune lovers! Today's game is all about songs from Broadway musicals that opened in the 2010s - not that long ago! You've probably at least heard of most of the shows included h…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Play It Again: Cabaret's "Cabaret" by JK

PLAY IT AGAIN: Cabaret’s “Cabaret”  For this new series, Jeff has invited me to choose some classic Broadway show tunes and compare versions of these songs from several different cast…

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Monday, February 12, 2024

At This Theatre: The Music Box by JK

Despite having over 1000 seats, when I think of The Music Box, I remember it as feeling both intimate and grand at the same time. Over the years, I've had seats all over the theater, and I t…

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Broadway Games: The Many Roles of Chita Rivera by JK

Beloved Broadway legend, the late, great Chita Rivera had a Broadway career that spanned some 60 years, from her debut as a dancer in the original production of Guys and Dolls to her final …

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

2023 - 2024 Musical Logos: How To Dance In Ohio by JK

Unfortunately, time was not on our side when it came to seeing How To Dance In Ohio, as the show will close before our next chance to get to New York. But that won't stop us from taking a cl…

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Monday, February 5, 2024

One That Got Away: Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life by JK

One That Got Away: Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (2005) Chita Rivera has been a performer I've looked up to and revered almost since I began following and learning about Broadway musical…

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Name That Show! 2010s Broadway Songs (Part One) by JK

Hello, show tune lovers! Today's game is all about songs from Broadway musicals that opened in the 2010s - not that long ago! You've probably at least heard of most of the shows included her…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Play It Again: Fiddler's "Do You Love Me?" by JK

PLAY IT AGAIN: Fiddler on the Roof's “Do You Love Me?”  For this new series, Jeff has invited me to choose some classic Broadway show tunes and compare versions of these songs from seve…

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Review: Days of Wine and Roses by JK

Review of the Sunday evening preview performance on January 7, 2024 at Studio 54 in New York City. Starring Kelli O'Hara, Brian d'Arcy James, Byron Jennings, David Jennings, and Tabitha Lawi…

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Broadway Games: Name That Show! (Round 3) by JK

Broadway Games: Name That Show! (Round 3) They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Today's game is all about pictures - pictures of original Broadway casts.  It's pretty simple. Look…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Star-To-Be: Danny Kornfeld by JK

Years of theater-going have helped me develop a sort of sixth sense when it comes to recognizing new talent that has the goods to have a long, successful career. When it came to the show Har…

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Monday, January 22, 2024

2023 - 2024 Musical Logos: Gutenberg! The Musical! by JK

2023 - 2024 Broadway Musical Logos: Gutenberg! The Musical! The first first thing you notice about the logo for the soon-to-close Gutenberg! The Musical! is the warm orange color. Accordin…

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Broadway Games: Who or What's That Line About? by JK

Broadway Games: Who's (or What's) That Line About? This week's game should test your knowledge of Broadway show tunes! Read each lyric and tell who or what it is about. BONUS: Name the song…

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Review: Harmony by JK

Review of the Sunday matinee performance on January 7, 2024 at the Barrymore Theatre in New York City. Starring Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess, Julie Benko, Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, E…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Play It Again: Evita's "A New Argentina" by JK

PLAY IT AGAIN: Evita’s “A New Argentina”  For this new series, Jeff has invited me to choose some classic Broadway show tunes and compare versions of these songs from several differen…

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Monday, January 15, 2024

Review: Purlie Victorious by JK

Review of the Saturday, January 6, 2024 evening performance at The Music Box in New York City, NY. Starring Leslie Odom, Jr., Billy Eugene Jones, Jay O. Sanders, Heather Alicia Simms, Vaness…

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Review: Here We Are by JK

Review of the Saturday matinee performance on January 6, 2024 at The Shed's Griffin Theater in New York City, New York. Starring Francois Battiste, Tracie Bennett, Bobby Cannavale, Micaela D…

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Friday, January 5, 2024

Broadway Games: Name That Show! (Round 2) by JK

Broadway Games: Name That Show! (Round 2) They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Today's game is all about pictures - pictures of original Broadway casts.  It's pretty simple. Look…

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Play It Again: "Our Time" by JK

PLAY IT AGAIN: “Our Time”  For this new series, Jeff has invited me to choose some classic Broadway show tunes and compare versions of these songs from several different cast recordings…

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Monday, January 1, 2024

Theatrical Resolutions: 2024 Edition by JK

Happy New Year, friends, readers and fellow theater lovers! What would ringing in a new year be without a little introspection and goal setting? Around this time every year, I try to make a …

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Friday, December 29, 2023

2023 in Review: Our Favorite Productions by JK

Before we sign off for 2023, Mike and I thought we'd weigh in on our favorite productions that we saw over the past twelve months. Overall, the shows we loved far outweighed those we didn't.…

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

2023 in Review: Our Favorite Performances by JK

2023 in Review: Our Favorite Performances (6 Categories) We were fortunate enough to see 21 different productions in 2023: 14 Broadway, 3 off-Broadway, and 4 regional; these are the shows…

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

2023 in Review: The Movers and Moments of the Year by JK

Every year, there are huge hits, bog flops, news makers and fan favorites, scandals and groundbreaking ideas in the theater scene. And when we pause to review the year just ending, we always…

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Friday, December 22, 2023

Broadway Games: Theater Vocabulary-ish Quiz by JK

I thought we'd have a nice, easy quiz to send us off on the holiday weekend. So, here's a vocabulary-ish quiz on theater related words. You probably know them all... Broadway Games: Theate…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

2023 in Review: Our Favorite Design Elements by JK

2023 in Review: Our Favorite Design Elements (8 Categories + 2 Special Citations) We were fortunate enough to see 21 different productions in 2023: 14 Broadway, 3 off-Broadway, and 4 regi…

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Monday, December 18, 2023

2023 in Review: Our Favorite Writing and Directions by JK

2023 in Review: Our Favorite Writing & Direction (6 Categories) We were fortunate enough to see 21 different productions in 2023: 14 Broadway, 3 off-Broadway, and 4 regional; these ar…

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Friday, December 15, 2023

Name That Show!: 2000s Broadway Songs by JK

Hello, show tune lovers! Today's game is all about songs from Broadway musicals that opened in the first decade of the 2000s. You've probably at least heard of most of the shows included her…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

by JK

ReDISCoveries: The Beautiful Game (Original Cast Recording) Jeff has kindly invited me to revisit and review some of the older cast recordings in my collection. Every other week or so, I’l…

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All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards