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Monday, November 18, 2019

Broadway Heat: Jagged Little Pill Edition: The Finals! by JK

We are head over feet about Jagged Little Pill , and it looks like you are, too! Last week, you voted in a new record number! This week, your vote will determine THE WINNER! Who do you th…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Favorite Jane Krakowski Roles by JK

While reminiscing about Grand Hotel's 30th anniversary, I of course got to thinking about one of its great stars, Jane Krakowski. Whenever I hear her name attached to any project, my ears pe…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Standing @ Zero: Frozen's Adam Perry (NSFW) by JK

This month we give thanks for an ensemblist with seven Broadway shows (and three national tours) under his dance belt. His career spans classic shows, both revivals and modern, and he's work…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

REVIEW: A Chorus Line (Signature Theatre) by JK

Review of the Sunday, November 10, 2019 matinee at Signature Theatre, Arlington, Virginia. With Joshua Buscher, Zeke Edmonds, Adena Ershow, Samantha Marisol Gershman, Jeff Gorti, Ben Gunders…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

30 Years Ago Today: Grand Hotel: The Musical by JK

Following 31 previews which began on October 16, 1989, Grand Hotel: The Musical opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre 30 years ago today.Like most of you, I call many shows my "favo…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Broadway Heat: Jagged Little Pill Edition: The Elimination Round by JK

Looks like Jagged Little Pill is the talk of the town these days. So, you ought to know that we are  gearing up for the first of two Broadway Heat rounds in our quest to name the show's h…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

The Friday 5 Quiz: Broadway Costumes: Cats Edition by JK

Let me start off this week's Friday 5 with an apology. I'm sorry that I forgot to give the answers to the last Broadway Costumes Quiz under last week's Friday 5! Those answers are below this…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical by JK

Congratulations to the entire company of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on your opening night! Special congratulations to the following 10 cast members who are making their official Broadway…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Ms. Broadway: November 2019: Tina's Adrienne Warren by JK

Ms. Broadway November 2019 joins a growing list of actresses taking on the role of iconic singer. Like Stephanie and Ana and others before her, Adrienne Warren has the daunting task of crea…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

When the "Best" IS Your "Favorite": 2015 by JK

Over the past year, we've taken a look at several shows that were not our favorites, but did win the Tony for Best Musical. A long while ago, we looked back at the 2011-2012, when the Tony w…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Mr. Broadway: November 2019: The Elder Prices of The Book of Mormon by JK

Hello! We thought we'd do something a little different in celebrating Mr. Broadway (and thanks to Janet V from Boston - are you drowsy? - for the suggestion!). This month, we are taking a l…

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Friday, November 1, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Favorite Rock Album Musicals by JK

Seems like most of us have a love/hate relationship with jukebox musicals. For every one that works, there seems to be two or three that don't. There is one sub-genre I pretty much love thou…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Broadway Monster Mash by JK

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, THEATER FANS! At any given time, Broadway is full of monsters - and I'm not talking about mean directors, cheap producers or screaming divas. Over the years, the Rialto ha…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Where Are They Now? Ms. Broadway Update: Stephanie J. Block by JK

Six years ago, we named Stephanie J. Block as Ms. Broadway November 2013. At the time, she was starring in off-Broadway's Little Miss Sunshine. Between now and then, she's kept pretty busy w…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Q & A with Broadway's Alex Wyse (Part II) by JK

It's always great to catch up with old friends! After seven and a half years, I finally caught up with a very busy friend of this site, Alex Wyse. Last week we got the ball rolling by chatti…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Broadway Heat: Tina: The Musical Edition: The Finals! by JK

The turnout for last week's vote was excellent - thank you, as always, dear readers! Your votes cut the cast of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical by half, and now the 14 cast members are up for…

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Friday, October 25, 2019

The Friday 5 Quiz: 5 More Broadway Costumes by JK

Two weeks ago, we launched a new quiz that you seemed to love, so here's another Friday 5 quiz with 5 more iconic Broadway costumes. All you need to do is name the show and the character ba…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: Hello Again: March 1994 by JK

The 1993 and 1994 were two of my favorite years, on- and off-Broadway. Easily the best of the off-Broadway things I saw then was Hello Again the now well-known musical version of La Ronde, …

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

LOGOS: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical by JK

Sometimes simple is best. Simply the best, you might say. If you are a Tina Turner fan, you might have giggled at that last sentence. But it remains true. Simple can also be elegant, and th…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Q & A with Indoor Boys' Alex Wyse (Part I) by JK

I am so thrilled to bring you this interview with long-time friend of this site, Alex Wyse. One of the great pleasures of the privilege of years of seeing New York theater is discovering an …

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Monday, October 21, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: Tina Edition: The Elimination Round by JK

For decades, the subject of Broadway's latest bio-musical, has been one of the hottest, greatest performers off all-time. So it only seems to make sense that that musical's cast gets the JKT…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Musicals Based on Children's/Young Adult Novels by JK

With this week's opening of The Lightning Thief, we though we'd take a Friday 5 look five of our favorite (and not so favorite) shows based on other young adult/children's novels. How many …

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

#TBT: OBCR: Finding Neverland by JK

The Peter Pan story resonates with me much like Harry Potter resonates with the generations after mine (for the record, I love Harry Potter). And the Peter Pan story has come in many forms, …

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Welcome to the Theatre! The Broadway Debuts of The Lightning Thief by JK

Congratulations to the entire company of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical on the opening of your show tonight on Broadway. Here's to a successful run!We'd like to send specia…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

One That Got Away: The History Boys by JK

The good news is that the entire original cast of The History Boys was in the wonderful film version of this Olivier and Tony Award-winning play by Alan Bennett. The bad news is that I miss…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Standing @ Zero: The Lightning Thief's Sam Leicht by JK

This month's featured ensemblist is actually only on the verge of making his Broadway debut. But Sam Leicht from The Lightning Thief is no stranger to the footlights. In addition to being …

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Friday 5 Quiz: 5 Broadway Costumes by JK

You asked for it! By popular demand, we are starting a new series of Friday 5 Quizzes. In honor of the upcoming Halloween celebration, this time around, we thought we'd see how much you know…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of Linda Vista and The Rose Tattoo by JK

Congratulations to the entire companies of Linda Vista and The Rose Tattoo on the upcoming opening of your show. Here's to a successful run!We'd like to send special congratulations to t…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

REVIEW: Indoor Boys by JK

Creators and stars, Alex Wyse and Wesley Taylor The award-winning web-series Indoor Boys recently released its third season, and, Broadway fans, it is a doozy. Created by and starring Broad…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Where Are They Now? Mr. Broadway Update: Jeremy Jordan by JK

Back in October 2011, we highlighted an "up and coming" new talent, Jeremy Jordan as Mr. Broadway (HERE). He had already been in Rock of Ages and West Side Story, and was just finished hea…

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