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Thursday, September 19, 2019

#TBT: A Chorus Line: Original Broadway Cast Recording by JK

I make no secret that A Chorus Line is my all-time favorite musical. I've seen it so many times, I know most of the choreography, and can recite most of the line. So it probably will come a…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

LOGOS: The Lightning Thief by JK

The Broadway version Both Mike and I are looking forward to this show, hoping that this latest entry in the Broadway race to be a big show for a younger audience. We both hope it does better…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Theater Can Be Anywhere: My Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by JK

You know I love a good tagline! I rarely go anywhere that I don't see theatricality. Sometimes, it is seeing the possibility of a stage version in some movie or experience. Sometimes it is t…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Where Are They Now? Ms. Broadway Update: Krysta Rodriguez by JK

Last week, we did an update of a former Mr. Broadway (the great Joshua Henry HERE). This week, we take a look at what Ms. Broadway April 2010, Krysta Rodriguez has been up to. The last time …

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Friday, September 13, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Broadway 'One' Songs by JK

Numbers. Numbers. Everywhere numbers! Palindrome week... For theater fans it might be, "a 5...6...7...8" or it might be the list of musical numbers in a musical's Playbill. This week's Frida…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: Me and My Girl: May 1987 by JK

During the 1986-1987 season, my favorite new musical wasn't everyone else's favorite new musical. Actually, my favorite new musical wasn't really a new musical at all. While everyone was wee…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Standing @ Zero: Beautiful's Ryan Vona by JK

Baseball has utility players. So does Broadway. Right now, one such utility player on Broadway is this month's Standing @ Zero guy. Over his growing career, he's replaced a supporting charac…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

One That Got Away: Nick and Nora by JK

My direct knowledge of the 1991 flop musical Nick and Nora starts and ends with the Original Broadway Cast Recording. As all of this was happening well before the social media revolution, th…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Where Are They Now? Mr. Broadway: Joshua Henry by JK

In November 2010, we highlighted the brilliant Joshua Henry as Mr. Broadway (HERE), and celebrated his success in such shows as In the Heights, American Idiot and The Scottsboro Boys. So, …

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Friday, September 6, 2019

The Friday 5: Broadway Logo ABCs (U - Z) by JK

We come now to the end of this series of Friday 5 fun with Broadway Logo ABCs. We continue to be amazed at how much you all seem to love this little game! As you know, I am personally obsess…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

#TBT: Carousel: The 2018 Broadway Cast Recording by JK

True, it closed just short of one year ago. But it sure feels longer than that, so I think it qualifies as a #TBT! I'm speaking, of course, of the either-you-loved-it-or-you-hated-it 2018 re…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Ms. Broadway September 2019: The Sound Inside's Mary-Louise Parker by JK

Like this month's Mr. Broadway, Ms. Broadway September 2019 has amassed an impressive, critically-acclaimed, award-winning resume of acting credits. She is remarkable in every media, of cour…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Mr. Broadway September 2019: The Men of Sea Wall/A Life by JK

A summer gives way to fall, we thought we'd celebrate the change of season with not one, but two Mr. Broadways September 2019! Both of these amazing actors have had terrific success on the b…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Looking Forward to Fall: September - November 2019 by JK

Happy Labor Day! The unofficial end of summer is here - already! But, as always, we look ahead. And as the show announcements continue this whole season is really starting to sound exciting.…

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Friday, August 30, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Burning Question of Broadway - The Masters by JK

A couple weeks ago, The Friday 5 revealed some of Broadway's most burning musical questions. They came from a variety of shows by a variety of writers. So we got to thinking... did the Musi…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: Black & Blue: August 1989 by JK

1988 - 1989 was a bad season for musicals. But there were two great shows, and they were perfect for theater lovers of all types. And both were musical revues (not to be confused with jukebo…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

ONE HIT WONDERS: Tony Winners Won and Done by JK

Anais Mitchell won the 2019Tony for Best Score for herBroadway debut, Hadestown.Will she be back? Last week, we ran a very successful article about Tony Award winners who have been missing i…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Around the U.S.A. in 80 Musicals: Part VI: The Pacific by JK

As the summer draws to a close, so does our national tour Around the U.S.A. in 80 Musicals. Today, we close out this series with a look at nine shows that take place in the Pacific states. D…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Happy National Dog Day! Broadway Goes to the Dogs! by JK

I always chuckle when I hear all of those National XYZ Day announcements. You know, "Happy National Wart Day" or "Today we are celebrating National Belly Button Lint Day" followed by Tweets …

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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Friday 5: Broadway Logo ABCs (P - T) by JK

How have you been doing so far? Do you really know your Broadway show logos? So far, we've been through A to O.  Here are the next five. Remember: the letters can be from anywhere in the lo…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

#TBT: 2013's HBO Documentary Six By Sondheim by JK

This week's #TBT is likely a true throwback to most of you, as it should be for real theater fans. Sadly, it is all new to me. Somehow, the Peabody Award-winning HBO Documentary: Six by Son…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fall Openings: Are They Really That Bad? by JK

The Lightning Thief opens this fall Just over a year ago, when we had a spate of summer openings, I ran the numbers for long-running Broadway shows (HERE), and despite all three musicals tha…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

REVIEW: Assassins (Signature Theater, Arlington, VA) by JK

Review of the Saturday, August 17, 2019 preview performance at The Max at Signature Theater in Arlington, VA. Starring Christopher Bloch, Kurt Boehm, Evan Casey, Vincent Kempski, Sam Ludwig,…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

MISSING: Tony Winners Who Haven't Been Back by JK

Every season, actors and actresses give award-winning and (many times) career-defining performances.  For those performers, winning a Tony Award is a pinnacle of their stage resumes. A lot …

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Friday, August 16, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Burning Questions of Broadway by JK

The other day, I got a flyer for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and it got me to thinking that when that show starts previews, there will be two shows that feature the song "What's Love Got …

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

#TBT: Shubert Alley by JK

Today's Throwback Thursday is more about history than a personal recollection of a show or other Broadway thing. Today, I thought I'd take a look at someplace that is such a part of the Broa…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Standing @ Zero: Aladdin's Jeffrey C. Sousa by JK

This month's Standing @ Zero honoree is one of the many really unsung heroes of the Broadway musical - he's a swing. Jeffrey C. Sousa is a part of the Disney's Aladdin company over at the Ne…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

CD REVIEW: The Will Rogers Follies by JK

I recently revisited this blast from the past, and loved it so much I couldn't wait for another Throwback Thursday. So, I guess this is a Throwback Tuesday... Anyway, back in 1991, while eve…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

LOGOS: Beetlejuice by JK

There are many things to enjoy about Beetlejuice, and the show's logo is one of them. This is especially true when it is used in conjunction with other aspects of its advertising. It's prima…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

The Friday 5: Broadway Logo ABCs (K - O) by JK

A few weeks ago, we started a little game that combines our love for logos and Broadway. It's a simple game - we provide a letter from an original Broadway show logo, and you name the show. …

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

One That Got Away: Chess by JK

Chess played the Imperial Theatre - Spring 1988 The last article in this series (about Rags) got me to thinking about another musical that starred Judy Kuhn. I guess you could say Chess didn…

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