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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Around the U.S.A. in 80 Musicals: Part IV: The Southwest by JK

Maybe it's the summer heat and we are feeling like we live in a desert, but it seems like the perfect time to visit the Southwest in our tour of American musicals. Here's the fourth part of …

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Standing @ Zero: Moulin Rouge's Kyle Brown 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.The summer is heating up and Broadway is hav…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

300 Shows: Favorite Flops by JK

My celebration of hitting the milestone of seeing 300 different Broadway shows continues today with a look at my favorite sub-genre of show - the flop. Now I don't mean "flop" in the stricte…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Broadway Heat: The Moulin Rouge! Round - The Finals by JK

HOT: (adj) on Broadway: fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. OK, and sexy, too! đŸ”„đŸ”„BROADWAY HEATđŸ”„đŸ”„Moulin Rouge! Edition: Elimination Round Last week, …

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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Friday 5: Broadway ABC's by JK

It's summertime, so let's have some fun! This week's Friday 5 is a little quiz to see how well you know your Broadway ABCs. Over the summer, we'll look at each letter of the alphabet by way …

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: Sweeney Todd: March 1979 by JK

I have the Broadway Cares Flea Market to thank for this week's #TBT. It was there that I found one of my most treasured Playbills in my entire collection: the original Broadway cast Playbill…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

One That Got Away: Rags by JK

Rags played the Mark Hellinger Theater in August 1986 Another mid to late 80's musical that I never got to was Rags. It's really not surprising - it only ran for 18 previews and 4 performanc…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

300 Shows: Greatest Performances By an Actress and Best Replacements by JK

As I said last week when discussing the greatest performances by an actor (HERE), when you are fortunate enough to have seen 300 different Broadway productions, you are even more fortunate t…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Broadway Heat: The Moulin Rouge! Edition - Elimination Round by JK

HOT: (adj) on Broadway: fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. OK, and sexy, too! đŸ”„đŸ”„BROADWAY HEATđŸ”„đŸ”„Moulin Rouge! Edition: Elimination Round New season,…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Musicals on the Immigrant Experience by JK

Yesterday gave me a chance to reflect on our country and its current state. It wasn't a pleasant reflection, I'm sorry to say. My thoughts went to what is happening at our southern border, a…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Ms. Broadway July 2019: Moulin Rouge!'s Karen Olivo by JK

I've had a small crush on Karen Olivo ever since I first saw her off-Broadway almost 15 years ago in Miracle Brothers. She has a strength that pervades any performance she gives, and yet, sh…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Mr. Broadway July 2019: Moulin Rouge!'s Aaron Tveit by JK

Who's our favorite Broadway Bohemian? This guy! Who's one of only a few people who made the Les Miz movie worth watching? This guy! Who was the very first Mr. Broadway on this blog - Septem…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

300 Shows: Best Performances by an Actor & Most Disappointing Performances by JK

Pretty much every show has wonderful performances, and with 300 different Broadway shows under my belt, I've been so fortunate to see many unbelievably talented people. After all, with the r…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: THE HOTTEST BROADWAY MUSICAL STAR OF 2018-2019 FINAL by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. What a ride it has been this season! Last week's final happened exactly one year after the first week of …

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Friday, June 28, 2019

The Friday 5: Pride: 5 Favorite LGBTQ Broadway Songs by JK

As we head into the final weekend of Pride 2019, I thought it appropriate to take a brief look at some Broadway songs that I turn to when I'm feeling alone or any emotional time in my life. …

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

#TBT: CD Review: OBCR The Full Monty by JK

From the zippy, jazzy and unrelated overture to the catchy "Let It Go" finale, David Yazbek's freshman Broadway score for The Full Monty is fun and funny from start to finish. The show itse…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

LOGOS: Moulin Rouge! by JK

It's a new season, and it looks like things are going to start with a scorching summer on Broadway. And I don't just mean the city heat. We saw this season's first musical last summer in Bos…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

300 Shows: Awesome Design by JK

After some 36 years of seeing Broadway shows, I have to admit it takes a lot to impress me. But I can guarantee that if everyone on the creative team is on the same page, and everything abou…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Broadway Heat: Beetlejuice and Tootsie: The Championship! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Beetlejuice / Tootsie Edition Well, this is it! The LAST Championship roun…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Best Broadway Mezzanines by JK

Seating preferences are a pretty personal choice. Some people have physical considerations when selecting a seat, others have financial constraints. Sometimes you have to go with what's avai…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Around the U.S.A. in 80 Musicals: Part III: The Midwest by JK

With the spring rush and awards season behind us, it's time to get back to our regularly scheduled content! Today, we continue our popular series Around the U.S.A. in 80 Musicals, focusing t…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

300 Shows: Guilty Pleasures and the Worst Shows by JK

Ah, reminiscing... So, over the first 300 Broadway shows, I've enjoyed many a show that others dislike. You know the ones I'm talking about - shows that are "too popular," "too silly," or a …

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Standing @ Zero: The Prom's Drew Redington 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, we are celebrating a relative ne…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Broadway Heat: Beetlejuice and Tootsie: The Final 4 by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Beetlejuice / Tootsie Edition  Once again, the voting for both shows was VER…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Times Broadway Had Puppets by JK

In honor of the closing of Avenue Q and the Tony-winning King Kong, we use this week's Friday 5 to celebrate the art of puppetry. Over the years, we've seen some awesome, jaw-dropping stuff…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ms. Broadway 2019: Tootsie's Lilli Cooper by JK

Ms. Broadway June 2019 has an impressive resume in film, TV and, of course, theater. And she's just getting started - she's our youngest honoree yet. Whether she's creating roles in big new…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mr. Broadway June 2019: The Prom's Brooks Ashmankas by JK

Mr. Broadway June 2019 is that increasingly rare creature - a constantly working stage actor. He's constantly in regional theaters, and has done a few TV shows and a movie. And he's been a s…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The 2019 Tony Awards: A Few Thoughts... by JK

It is finished. The 2018-2019 Broadway season is officially in the books, and the post-Tonys haze begins to lift. Like most of you, we were glued to the screen on Sunday night watching event…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Broadway Heat: Beetlejuice and Tootsie: The Elite 8 Round by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Beetlejuice / Tootsie Edition Last week's elimination was a real nail biter, wit…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Jeff and Mike's 2019 Tony Awards Picks by JK

It's finally here! The weekend we all look forward to. Am I right, theater fans? Seems like just yesterday that The Band's Visit took home 10 awards. Yet here we are again! It's 2019 Tony A…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: Pippin: April 2013 by JK

One of the greatest thrills of seeing live theater is when you see a favorite work in a whole new light. Such is the case with the 2013 revival of Pippin, which completely blew me away. Ther…

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