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Friday, September 21, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Once-Wasn't-Enough Shows by JK

Previously, on The Friday 5...Mike and I shared the 5 shows we saw that we were glad we saw, but once was enough. And we shared those shows we wished for a refund after seeing them…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

#TBT: Damn Yankees Baseball Cards by JK

So I was cleaning my bookcases the other day, and I pulled out a large 3-ring binder from the oft-forgotten bottom shelf. Inside were pages and pages of Broadway memories. The back pages inc…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

#MyBroadwayThing: Playbill Binders by JK

I must be finding it therapeutic to share my obsession with all things Playbill with you, loyal reader. Today's #MyBroadwayThing is all about Playbill binders. I have two kinds, both of…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

LOGOS: The Waverly Gallery by JK

The Waverly Gallery is a play I'm looking forward to this season, mainly because Kenneth Lonergan is a writer I've gained quite an appreciation for, as well as the all-star cast. I admit tha…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: Pretty Woman (The Championship Round!) by JK

THIS IS IT! THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND!THE BROADWAY HEAT: PRETTY WOMAN EDITION!HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.After several weeks, and t…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Remembering Marin Mazzie by JK

Like so many of you, I am completely devastated by the passing of Marin Mazzie. It just seems to impossible to believe.My history of enjoying the power, grace and beauty of her spirit and es…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

#TBT: CD Review: OBCR City of Angels by JK

Next up on our weekly trip down memory lane is a look back at the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the 6-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 1990, City of Angels. Proof that if a show…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

At the Stage Door: Passion by JK

I'm pretty sure I've shared with you that I was not particularly fond of Passion the first time I saw it. But as a life-long fan of Sondheim, I knew I could never fairly judge a piece o…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Most Shows at One Theater (Part 3) by JK

Over the past weeks, I began to celebrate the start of my 36th year of going to Broadway shows, by looking at the theaters where I've seen multiple distinct productions. Miss the first part?…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: Pretty Woman (THE FINAL 4!) by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.As summer ends, it's fitting that the last of the three musicals of this early season is nearing the end o…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Back-to-School Shows by JK

With summer unofficially over, it's time to head back to school - even in the theater world! Here are 5 of my favorite shows that take place entirely or partially in the classroom.THE FRIDAY…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Broadway Ladies: Ms. September 2018: Orfeh by JK

Music has Madonna and Cher. The 70's had Charo. Broadway has Orfeh. When your show needs a strong, confident woman, she's the go-to. When your show needs someone who can belt with an aching,…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Broadway Boys: Mr. September 2018: Andrew Durand by JK

One of my favorite moments in Head Over Heels is when Andrew Durand's Musidorus announces that he's not ready/willing to give up his feminine side after spending much of the show in drag. He…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: Pretty Woman (THE BIG 8!) by JK

HOT: (adj) on Broadway: fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.It's Pretty Woman: The Musical time! This week, we are going to narrow it down to The Final 4!&…

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Looking Forward to Fall: September - November 2018 by JK

Today's Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. Instead of being sad that the summer season is over, I'm choosing to be optimistic about the coming fall. But first, let's have quick review …

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Remembering Carole Shelley by JK

Most of the younger generation of theater fans will likely remember the late Carole Shelley as the villainous original Madame Morrible in Wicked. But her career spanned decades, so depe…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Neil Simon Memories by JK

With the passing this week of Neil Simon, I thought I'd share my five favorite memories/shows by the prolific playwright. It was difficult to narrow it down to just five; I was a big fan. I …

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

#TBT: Playbill: Blood Brothers: February 1994 by JK

I knew when I was going through my Playbill collection looking for a new #TBT subject, I had to include this one!Blood Brothers is one of my all-time favorite shows. I saw it an em…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Why Some Movies-To-Musicals Work (I Think) by JK

What ingredients made Waitress a hit?If we could define the perfect formula for guaranteeing that a musical will be a smash hit, we'd all be very wealthy, wouldn't we theater fans? I su…

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Most Shows at One Theater (Part 2) by JK

As we continue to celebrate the start of my 36th year of going to Broadway shows, let's take a look at more of the theaters where I've seen multiple distinct productions. Miss the first part…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: Pretty Woman Edition (Round 1) by JK

(POLL STARTS AFTER THE DIRECTIONS.)HOT on Broadway (adj.): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.Last week, we announced the winner of BROADWAY HEAT: Gettin'…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Remembering Neil Simon by JK

Earlier this summer, as we waited to get in to Angels in America, Mike and I got to talking about Neil Simon, and his impact on American Theatre. His impact on comedy will be felt for genera…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

The Friday 5: Five "I-Want-My-Money-Back" Shows by JK

A couple of weeks ago, The Friday 5 was all about five "One-and-Done" shows. Those that we were glad we saw, but once was enough. This week, Mike and I share with you five shows that were so…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

#TBT: CD Review: OBCR Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by JK

Going through my CD collection last week, I came across one I haven't played in years - The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In the mid-80's …

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

When the "Best" Isn't Your "Favorite": Kinky Boots vs Matilda by JK

Next in an occasional series, the year is 2013. There are musical revivals I  love - The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Pippin, Cinderella, - a couple I really didn't care for hate&n…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Most Shows at One Theater (Part 1) by JK

I'm pretty sure that if you take the time to read theater blogs, you love going to the theater. And you probably keep track of which shows you've seen. Maybe you keep all of your tickets, or…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: Gettin' the Band Back Together Edition: The Championship Round! by JK

HOT: (adj) on Broadway: fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.THIS IS IT! THE BATTLE OF THE BAND MATES IS HERE!At last! We started out with 20 cast members, and now we…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

REVIEW: Pretty Woman: The Musical by JK

Review of the evening performance on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City. Starring Samantha Barks, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Eric Anderson, Jason Danieley and Ezra K…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Welcome to the Theater! The Debuts of Pretty Woman: The Musical by JK

Pretty Woman: The MusicalOpening Night: Thursday, August 16, 2018Nederlander TheatreCongratulations to the following cast members making their Broadway debut tonight!SAMANTHA BARKS(Vivian Wa…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

#MyBroadwayThing: Playbill Merch 2: The Trays by JK

If you read my blog with any frequency, you know that I have my Broadway "things." I'm pretty sure many of you do, too. And as many of you know, I have a particular affinity for anything Pla…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: Gettin' the Band Back Together - THE FINAL 4 ROUND! by JK

HOT: (adj) on Broadway: fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.It's Gettin' the Band Back Together time! They opened last night, but we still have a little wo…

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