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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Broadway Boys: Mr. November 2018 by JK

He's made the news worldwide for decades. He's appeared in several Hollywood films. And he's well-know for his temper, though his closest friends know he can be warm, caring and fiercely pro…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Broadway Heat: The Prom Edition (The Big 8!) by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: THE PROM EDITIONLast week, you voted (A LOT, thank you!) to select your 8 favorit…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

REVIEW: King Kong by JK

Review of the Saturday, November 3 evening preview performance at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. Starring Christiani Pitts, Eric William Morris and Erik Lochtefeld. Written by Jack T…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of King Kong by JK

King KongOpening Night: Thursday, November 8, 2018Broadway TheatreCongratulations to the following cast members making their Broadway debuts tonight!Ashley Andrews (Swing)Rhaamell Burke-Miss…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

REVIEW: The Waverly Gallery by JK

Review of the Saturday, November 3, 2018 matinee performance at the John Golden Theatre in New York City. Starring Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, Michael Cera and David Cromer. Writte…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Broadway Ladies: Ms. November 2018 by JK

These days it seems a career Broadway star is more an exception than a rule. But there are still a few around. A few that always bring it, and always can be counted upon, no matter the mater…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: The Prom Edition: Round 1 by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: THE PROM EDITIONWhich of these amazing cast members will you give a "prom-posal" …

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Friday, November 2, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Best Title Songs: 1970 - 1982 by JK

Thanks for making last week's Friday 5 such a big success! (For those of you how asked, YES!, I will be glad to do a title song list prior to 1964.) We left off with 1970. And I put Com…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

#TBT: Playbill: Into the Woods: October 1987 by JK

I don't think I could name all of the different productions of Into the Woods I've seen over the years, and I'm positive that I couldn't give you an exact number of times I've seen the …

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Around the World in 80 Musicals: Part II: France, Spain and Portugal by JK

Today we continue our world tour by crossing the English Channel into France. There, we'll get passport stamps for 12 musicals that cover everything from the Atlantic coast to the Riviera, t…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

REVIEW: Wicked Turns 15: The NBC Special by JK

HAPPY 15TH, WICKED!Last night, NBC aired A Very WICKED Halloween, and I really loved it. It is hard to believe it was fifteen years ago TODAY, that the show opened at the Gershwin Theatre. A…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: King Kong Edition (The Championship!) by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: KING KONG EDITIONTHIS IS IT!!! After weeks of very close voting, you have narrowe…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Title Songs: 1964 - 1970 by JK

Broadway musicals throughout history are known for their eleven o'clock numbers, mid-show ballets and jaw-dropping production numbers. I have my favorites in all categories. But I have speci…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

#TBT: CD Review: OBCR: Something Rotten by JK

Okay, so this isn't too far back for a throwback, but roughly three and a half years ago, a rarity opened on Broadway: an original musical based on an original idea with a completely origina…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

At the Stage Door: Meeting Angela Lansbury by JK

"Never meet your heroes, because they're sure to disappoint you." I've heard that many times over the course of my life, and I always took it to heart. Of course, that never really stop…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

LOGOS: The Prom by JK

The Longacre Theatre is certainly colorful these days.Let me say from the outset that I am really looking forward to seeing The Prom in a few weeks. It is topical. It is new and origina…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: King Kong Edition (The Final 4) by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: KING KONG EDITIONThe Men of King KongWe are so close now! And speaking of close, …

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Friday, October 19, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Sondheim Shows On Video by JK

One of the best things about being a Sondheim fan is that there is no lack of material to watch or listen to. It seems almost every major show or Stephen-related event is recorded (though I'…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

#TBT: Playbill: RENT: May 1996 by JK

Sometimes when you see a brand new show you can tell it is going to be a success. Other times - rarely - you can just tell a brand new show will be a game-changing phenomenon. When I saw REN…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Welcome To The Theater! The Broadway Debuts in Plays October/November by JK

Over the next three weeks, five new plays are opening, and with four of them come twenty-five Broadway debuts! The cast of the fifth, The Lifespan of a Fact, is made up entirely of veterans.…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Around the World in 80 Musicals: Part I: The United Kingdom and Ireland by JK

Today, we begin a new series, Around the World in 80 Musicals. Over the next several weeks, we will take a brief look at 80 different musicals that take place in different parts of the world…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: King Kong Edition (The Big 8) by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: KING KONG EDITIONA few weeks ago, we started was a super talented cast of 35! Thi…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 As Good or Better Replacements by JK

There's something special about seeing the original cast of a Broadway show. But seeing replacement casts (and/or individual replacements) can be great, too.  In fact, over the years, w…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

#TBT: CD Review: OBCR: The Scarlet Pimpernel by JK

After you read this, you may think less of my taste in musicals, but I have to tell it like it is. Though he's Broadway's favorite whipping boy, Frank Wildhorn is really only responsibl…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

LOGOS: King Kong by JK

I was interested to read the initial reports of previews of King Kong, as I always am. But I was really interested to read on one of the message boards about a reaction to the merch, and in …

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Short Broadway Run? Saw It Anyway! by JK

I'm sure we can all agree that we all have favorite shows that ran for far too short a time. And we probably all have seen shows that we can't believe ran at all. Over the years, I've seen p…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: King Kong Edition (The Sweet 16) by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: KING KONG EDITIONWell, in the past week, Kong has taken over Broadway, and YOU ha…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

The Friday 5: Broadway Flea Market Thoughts by JK

Last Sunday, Mike, our mutual friend and I made our annual trek to the big city for The Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction. We, along with several thousand of other theater-loving fans s…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Broadway Boys: Mr. October 2018: Ben Crawford by JK

What better a choice for Halloween month's Mr. Broadway than a multi-talented actor who has played not one but two of the Main Stem's most notorious monsters? A few years ago, he played that…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Broadway Ladies: Ms. October 2018: Taylor Louderman by JK

It is October 3rd and a Wednesday, Mean Girls fans. Can you think of a more fetch way to celebrate the fun than a tribute to the meanest of the mean girls, Regina George herself? T…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

REVIEW: The Band's Visit (Re-visit) by JK

Review of the Sunday matinee on September 30, 2018 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City. Starring Katrina Lenk, Sasson Gabay, Ari'el Stachel, Ahmad Maksoud, John Cariani, George A…

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