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Friday, January 18, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Title Songs: 1996 - 2002 by JK

Next up, we run the gamut from two turn of the century musical sensations to an outright flop from one of the greatest composing teams in Broadway history.  And there's one of the …

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

REVIEW: The Phantom of the Opera by JK

Review of the Saturday, January 12, 2019 matinee performance at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.  Starring Ben Crawford, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Jason Forbach, Raquel Suarez Groen, Ca…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

REVIEW: To Kill a Mockingbird by JK

Review of the Sunday, January 13, 2019 matinee performance at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre in New York City. Starring Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Frederick We…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Remembering Carol Channing by JK

Some people you think will always be with us. Carol Channing was one such person. She just always seemed to be around, attending shows, doing interviews, pitching in with charitable causes. …

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REVIEW: The Cher Show by JK

Review of the Saturday January 12 evening performance at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City.  Starring Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector, Emily Skinne…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Broadway Heat: The Cher Show Edition: The Final 4! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: THE CHER SHOW EDITIONWe are SO CLOSE to naming the HOTTEST cast member from The C…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Title Songs: 1988 - 1995 by JK

This week, we start with the biggest hit with the longest run, and end with a high-profile, star-powered flop. Just goes to show that the longest-running show and a disappointing show can bo…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

#TBT by JK

As I mourn the loss of Head Over Heels this week, I am reminded of a very similar (and short-lived) show. Music Theatre International describes that show this way: "an anachronisti…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Broadway Ladies: Ms. January 2019 by JK

I've long been a fan of Ms. Broadway January 2019. Her songs make me feel good, and her positive attitude toward life inspires me. And her love and respect for the theater takes my admiratio…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Broadway Boys: Mr. January 2019 by JK

This month, we congratulate Taylor Trensch on a job well done as he nears the end of his acclaimed run as the title character in Dear Evan Hansen. We are betting he's pretty tuckered out aft…

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Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of Choir Boy by JK

Today, we celebrate 7 new Broadway debuts from the first new show of 2019, Choir Boy.Congratulations to everyone making their dreams come true! Here's to great reviews, a terrific run, and m…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Broadway Heat: The Cher Show Edition: The Elite 8 Round! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: THE CHER SHOW EDITIONHappy New Year! A couple weeks ago, your votes selected the …

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Friday, January 4, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Title Songs: 1983 - 1987 by JK

Last year, we began a series of the Best Title Songs From Broadway Shows. Over the next few weeks, we'll finish that up. This week, it's all about the mid-80's. There were so many wonderful …

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

#TBT: Broadway Magic on Vinyl by JK

When I switched to CDs years ago, and started replacing my favorite albums, I got rid of my turntable along with of most of my record collection. The only vinyl I kept was a small collection…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

#MyBroadwayThing: Lights of Broadway Trading Cards by JK

January 2nd seems like the perfect time to break a New Year's resolution, right? Well, I think I've fallen down another rabbit hole of Broadway collectibles: The Lights of Broadway Trading C…

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Theater-ish Resolutions by JK

I read somewhere that, among other things, if you make more than three New Year's resolutions, you are more likely to not achieve any of them. I guess that makes sense. Anyway, I made a list…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

10 Favorite Broadway Shows of 2018 by JK

JKTS' 10 FAVORITE BROADWAY SHOWS OF 2018We were fortunate to have seen 20+ shows this year. Here are our 10 favorites, from 10 - 1:10. The Boys in the BandAn excellent production of a histor…

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Friday, December 28, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Top Breakthrough Performances of 2018 by JK

Our last Friday 5 of 2018 celebrates the 5 Breakthrough Performances by an Actor and the 5 Breakout Performances by an Actress from the last 365 days! These are those performances that we fe…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Mr. and Ms. Broadway 2018 by JK

All year long, we celebrate the people of Broadway who influence, create and represent the very best of the art form. Mr. and Mrs. Broadway 2018 are the very definition of the best. This tim…

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Best of 2018 JKTS Awards: The Performances by JK

THE 2018 JKTS AWARDS(Slightly) Naughty Fun(17 Awards)After taking a couple of seasons off, we are super excited to re-start our annual tradition! Up first, our awards for the media and techn…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Best Not Broadway Shows of 2018 by JK

Well, unfortunately, we didn't get to as much off-Broadway and regional theater as we usually do this year. BUT what we did see was uniformly excellent. And we are already excited for 2019 -…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Top Broadway Debuts on 2018 by JK

Every year, the Broadway season is full of stars, fan favorites and hard-working "regulars." It's always great to see what our favorite performers, writers, directors, choreographers and des…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

2018 Theater Trends and Traditions by JK

2018 Broadway Trends and TraditionsOver the past year it seems that, fueled by and shared on social media, there are some great (and positive) new-ish trendy traditions.First up, some positi…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Best of 2018: JKTS Awards: Broadway Media by JK

THE 2018 JKTS AWARDSMedia Categories(10 Awards)After taking a couple of seasons off, we are super excited to re-start our annual tradition! Up first, our awards for the media and technical a…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Best of 2018 JKTS Awards: More Fun, Fun, Fun! by JK

THE 2018 JKTS AWARDS(Slightly) Naughty Fun(11 Awards)After taking a couple of seasons off, we are super excited to re-start our annual tradition! Up first, our awards for the media and techn…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

The Broadway Heat: The Cher Show: The Sweet 16! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: THE CHER SHOW EDITIONLast week's opening round was fierce. As fierce as the icon …

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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Most Underrated Performances of 2018 by JK

Today's Friday 5 continues our celebration of the Best of 2018 with a look at 5 male performers and 5 female performers whose work this season we feel has been underappreciated. They, o…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Best of 2018 JKTS Awards: Fun, Fun, Fun! by JK

THE 2018 JKTS AWARDSGood Clean Fun(9 Awards)After taking a couple of seasons off, we are super excited to re-start our annual tradition! Up first, our awards for the media and technical aspe…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Best of 2018: JKTS Awards: Broadway Tech by JK

NOTE: We made the decision that 2018 was dark and ugly enough, so this year (at least) we will only celebrate the positive. We will try to be snark-free, and there will be no "worst of." It …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

We Need A Little Christmas...Now! by JK

MERRY CHRISTMAS!#1968

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Favorite Theater of 2018: The Hudson Theatre by JK

We had the great fortune of visiting many different theaters in 2018. The one we enjoyed the most this year is Broadway's newest (and one of its oldest), The Hudson Theatre. From the outside…

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