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Friday, March 22, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber Shows by JK

I know I spend a great deal of time writing about Sondheim and Kander and Ebb on this blog. That's not to say I don't enjoy others. Having recently enjoyed a re-visit to The Phantom of the O…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: Meet Me in St. Louis: May 1990 by JK

The look and scale of Meet Me in St. Louis was emblematic of shows in the late 80's/early 90's. Everything about it was huge - the sets (including a gigantic, multi-floor, rotating Victoria…

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Welcome to the Theater: The Broadway Debuts of Ain't Too Proud by JK

Today we celebrate the 5 cast members from Ain't Too Proud who are making their Broadway debut tonight.Congratulations to everyone making their dreams come true! Here's to great reviews, a…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

When "The Best" Isn't Your "Favorite: The Producers vs The Full Monty by JK

It was the 2000-2001 Broadway season, and we didn't know it, but the world was in the brink of changing forever. The fall of 2000 brought me one of my all-time favorite musicals; the spring …

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Standing @ Zero: King Kong's Ashley Andrews (Partly NSFW) by JK

So, why "Standing at Zero"? You know the numbers across the front of the stage? Zero is center, and we are putting one performer front and center. This month's honoree is one of many unsung …

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Broadway Heat: Kiss Me, Kate Edition: The Final 4 by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT: KISS ME, KATE EDITION Just 4 cast members left! Too darn hot, indeed. Once again, th…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

The Friday 5: Broadway Jeopardy! by JK

This week's Friday 5 is a fun Jeopardy! style quiz - 1 category, 5 answers. Don't forget - you must answer in the form of a question! Good luck! The category is:  3 ROLES1 ACTRESS The an…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Welcome to the Theater: The Broadway Debuts of Kiss Me, Kate by JK

Today we celebrate the 3 cast members from Kiss Me, Kate who are making their Broadway debut tonight.Congratulations to everyone making their dreams come true! Here's to great reviews, a te…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Around The U.S.A. in 80 Musicals: Part I: Northeast by JK

With the success of last year's Around the World in 80 Musicals (and thank you for your support on that!), we are happy to bring you a new series: Around the U.S.A. in 80 Musicals! Over the…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

LOGOS: Kiss Me, Kate by JK

So, for a change I'll be blunt. If ever there was a show logo/advertising element that defines the idea of "phoning it in," the logo for Kiss Me, Kate the revival being presented by Roundab…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Broadway Heat: Kiss Me, Kate Edition: The Elite 8 by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT: KISS ME, KATE EDITION And then there were 8. There were some shocking eliminations a…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of Be More Chill by JK

Today, we celebrate 7 new Broadway debuts from the first new musical of 2019, Be More Chill. Congratulations to everyone making their dreams come true! Here's to great reviews, a terrific …

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Friday, March 8, 2019

The Friday 5 by JK

In honor of her birthday yesterday, we celebrate our 5 favorite performances of one of our favorite Broadway legends, Donna Murphy. This two-time Tony winner is a wonderful gem. We are still…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

#TBT: The Fireside Theatre Book Club by JK

Back in the days of snail mail and definitely pre-Amazon, there were things I really looked forward to getting in the mail. In my high school and undergrad years, I belonged to two mail orde…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Broadway Ladies: Ms. March 2019: Jennifer Simard by JK

She is comedy gold in everything she does. And she's spread laughter on stages across the country on national tour, off-Broadway and on. She's played a spelling bee hostess, a fairy tale wit…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Broadway Boys: Mr. March 2019: Jarrod Spector by JK

Hard to believe he began his career at age 6, on Star Search (for you youngsters that was my generation's American Idol and The Voice). He began his Broadway career as Gavroche in the origin…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Broadway Heat: Kiss Me, Kate Edition: The Sweet 16! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT: KISS ME, KATE EDITION Last week, you narrowed the cast of Kiss Me, Kate down to your…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Looking Forward to Spring: March - May 2019 by JK

2019 is in full swing, and now we are approaching the crunch of spring openings, with shows trying to get in under the wire for all of the awards. Exciting times for sure! This spring, we ar…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: The Who's Tommy: July 1993 by JK

Looking back on it, The Who's Tommy was pretty advanced thinking for Broadway in the early 90's, and not just because it had three actors playing the main character. A true rock opera that…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Hamilton: The Revolution by JK

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. Published by Grand Central Publishing. Copyright 2016. Hardcover. 288 pages.Regardless of how I feel about the show itself…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

LOGOS: Be More Chill by JK

I would imagine that creating a logo for a show so firmly rooted in its fandom was a difficult task. Internet fans are famously loyal, and just as famously (infamously) easy to lose. I'm bet…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Broadway Heat: Kiss Me, Kate Edition: Elimination Round by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT: KISS ME, KATE EDITION There's even a song in Kiss Me, Kate called "Too Darn Hot!" And,…

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Friday, February 22, 2019

The Friday 5: The Broadway...How Many? Quiz by JK

A few weeks ago, we had a Friday 5 Broadway Quiz, and the response was a bit of a pleasant surprise. Seems you liked it, so we'll do it again. Maybe we'll make it a regular thing, once a mon…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

#TBT: 2011 OBCR: The Book of Mormon by JK

Mike will tell you that after we saw an early performance in the now legendary run of The Book of Mormon, I predicted a 3 year run, max, and that after all the South Park fans were depleted,…

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

REVIEW: Fun Home @ Baltimore's Center Stage by JK

Review of the Sunday, February 17, 2019 matinee performance at Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland. Starring Laura Darrell, Michelle Dawson, Jeffry Denman, Liam Hamilton, Justin Gregory Lope…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Standing at Zero: Hamilton's Ryan Vasquez by JK

So, why "Standing at Zero"? You know the numbers across the front of the stage? Zero is center, and we are putting one performer front and center. This month's honoree is a true utility play…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Broadway Heat: Be More Chill Edition: The Championship! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: BE MORE CHILL EDITIONTHIS IT IT! After weeks of voting, we are down to your 2 fav…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Takeaways from Sitting Near Kids at a Broadway Show by JK

During my most recent Broadway trip, I had the opportunity to sit next to and around kids of a fair age range. Normally, I don't even notice such things, except that just prior to that weeke…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Broadway Valentines by JK

Move over, Romeo and Juliet! Love is in the air on Broadway this season! There's a little something for everyone - Cupid's arrow is a liberal one. Straight, gay, bi - every couple has their …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two by JK

Review of the Sunday, February 3, 2019 matinee (Part One) and evening (Part Two) performances at the Lyric Theatre in New York City. Starring Anthony Boyle, Sam Clemmett, Noma Dumezweni, Jes…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

REVIEW: Puffs by JK

Review of the Friday, February 1, 2019 performance at New World Stages Stage 5 in New York City. Featuring Madeleine Bundy, Jessie Cannizzaro, Anna Dart, Kullan Edberg, Alex Haynes, Reginald…

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