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Friday, January 17, 2020

The Friday 5: 5 Broadway "Rain" Songs by JK

I was rifling through some things the other day, and came across a flyer for Ghost: The Musical and saw this picture. It reminded me of that show's song "Rain" and how much I enjoyed Caissie…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Broadway Heat: West Side Story Edition: The Elimination Round by JK

This revival has been the talk of the town for months! Yes, West Side Story has been the talk of the town. 23 of these cast members are making their debuts, and the rest of the cast is buzz-…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

The Friday 5 Quiz: 3 Shows - 1 Actor by JK

How well do you know your actors and the roles they've played, theater fans? This week's Friday 5 Quiz is a good test of what you know. We will name 3 shows. You name the actor who appeared …

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

MUSICAL OF THE MONTH: Applause: The Cast Recording by JK

The next installment of our new Musical of the Month series is here! Today, we look at the Original Broadway Cast Recording of this month's featured show, Applause.The winner of the 1970 Be…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wicked's Nancy Opel: Ms. January 2020 by JK

Ms. Broadway January 2020 Wicked's Nancy Opel With her current role as Madame Morrible in Wicked, this month's Ms. Broadway has been in 14 Broadway shows! Congratulations, Nancy Opel! (If…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Broadway Eats: The Meatball Shop by JK

In late fall of last year, we tried a new place (for us, anyway) to eat before a Sunday matinee. We made our way to The Meatball Shop in Hell's Kitchen shortly after it opened, and found the…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

To Kill a Mockingbird's Kyle Scatliffe: Mr. Broadway January 2020 by JK

Mr. Broadway January 2020 To Kill a Mockingbird's Kyle Scatliffe Broadway's newest Tom Robinson (Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird) is the first Mr. Broadway of 2020! Congratulations and …

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Friday, January 3, 2020

The Friday 5: 5 Favorite Jerry Herman Tunes by JK

Like many of you, I'm sure, news of Jerry Herman's passing caused me to reflect on his shows. I realized that Mame is my favorite score of his, but each one is a bounty of tuneful toe-tappe…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020


New year, new feature! Starting this month, we will feature a Broadway Show of the Month, with weekly installments covering such things as the plot, its origins, the show's stats, cast, crea…

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Broadway Resolutions 2020 by JK

Happy 2020, theater fans and friends!Before I look ahead and make new resolutions, it might be a good idea to look back at the goals I set exactly one year ago today. Last time around, I set…

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 in Review: Mr. and Ms. Broadway 2019 by JK

As you know (we hope), each month we honor two people each month by naming them Mr. Broadway and Ms. Broadway. Now that we are at the end of another year, it is time to name two individuals …

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Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 in Review: The 5 Best Shows by JK

As the year comes to a close, we take one last look at the shows we saw in 2019. It was very difficult to narrow it down to just five. Each of these gave me such joy, and all for different r…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Remembering Jerry Herman by JK

The passing of Jerry Herman earlier this week hit me pretty hard. As I see it, he is largely responsible for my love of musical theater. It was a revival of Mame that started it all for me, …

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The Friday 5: 5 Shows We Saw...Again by JK

I see and read on social media of fans who have seen their favorite shows dozens of times. I find myself both shaking my head (why don't they try and expand their horizons and see other show…

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Favorite Theater of the Year by JK

Normally, we select a Broadway theater each year where we have had a particularly grand experience for our annual review. This year, we didn't select one whole theater, but rather the upstai…

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas! by JK

We hope this holiday season brings you joy and time with those you love. Two things: 1. Yes, this IS a Christmas song! (And it is 50 years old!) 2. Donna McKechnie is made of rubber. My ne…

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

CD Review: Moulin Rouge!: The Musical by JK

From the minute Moulin Rouge!: The Musical started when we saw the pre-Broadway run in Boston last year, I knew I needed a cast recording. Of course, that desired was tempered by concerns …

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Monday, December 23, 2019

2019 in Review: The Best Songs & Numbers by JK

Over the past twelve months, we have heard and seen some magnificent singing and dancing on stages all around the East Coast. The gamut is pretty wide, too. Radical reinterpretations of clas…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

The Friday 5 Quiz: EXCEPTional Broadway 2019 by JK

A lot of things happened in 2019. It has been a crazy year pretty much any way you look at it, including the theater scene. This week's Friday 5 is about shows that opened on Broadway or we…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

2019 in Review: The Best of Broadway (and Off) in Performance by JK

2019 is rapidly coming to a close (which may not be such a bad thing these days) and today we are going to celebrate some of our favorite performances over the past twelve months. We came up…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

2019 in Review: Off-Broadway & Regional Theater by JK

Over the past twelve months, we only had the opportunity to see three off-Broadway and four regional theater productions, but they were all terrific and all for different reasons. Off-Broadw…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Standing @ Zero: Chicago's Michael Scirrotto (NSFW) by JK

We close out 2019 with a Standing @ Zero hero from the longest-running American musical of all time, Chicago. He's been with the show for a long time, working those "Me and My Baby" Trios wi…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

2019 in Review: The Best of Broadway (and Off) in Technical Theater by JK

Over the past calendar year, we saw 23 shows: 16 on Broadway, 3 off-Broadway and 4 regional productions. They were Assassins (regional - Signature  Theater), A Chorus Line (regional - Sig…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Things About 13 by JK

Being that it is Friday the 13th, I felt it only appropriate that this week's Friday 5 is dedicated to the 2008 Broadway musical 13. When I started looking into it, I was really interested …

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

#TBT: OBCR: Bonnie and Clyde by JK

Long time readers may be feeling a sense of deja vu with today's column. Yes, we reviewed the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Bonnie and Clyde before, way back in 2012. (You can read tha…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

2019 in Review: The Best of Broadway (and Off-Broadway) Media by JK

Next up in our 2019 in Review series is a look at what we think were the best in Broadway-related media. From logos to marquees to recordings and online presence, we weigh in on 21 categorie…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

2019 in Review: The Unforgettables: The Movers & Shapers & Newcomers by JK

In the next of our 2019 in Review series, we take a look at 40 - yes, 40! - individuals who made an indelible mark on the year in theater. Some are acclaimed award winners, others are fantas…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Opinion: West Side Story Part 2 by JK

As of the time this editorial posts, no one outside of the production will have seen a single second of West Side Story. And, outside of friends and family who are at the invited dress tonig…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

The Friday 5 Quiz: The Broadway Costumes of Sutton Foster by JK

It's Friday 5 Quiz time! And, thanks to a great suggestion sent in by Marcus T. from Queens, today's game is all about the costumes 2-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster has worn on the Bro…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

#TBT: Vintage Playbill: A Christmas Story: November 2012 by JK

I was at a distinct disadvantage when I saw A Christmas Story: The Musical. I had never seen A Christmas Story: The Movie! The good news is, the musical was wonderful, and though I may not h…

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Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of Jagged Little Pill by JK

Tonight, these twelve incredible cast members from Jagged Little Pill will be making their official Broadway debuts! Dreams do come true! Congratulations to you and everyone in the show. He…

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