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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Favorite Musicals Based on Movies by JK

The much-anticipated (and much-chatted about) Broadway-bound musical Moulin Rouge! began previews this week, and I'm going on Saturday! I'm super excited! And it got me thinking ab…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

LOGOS: Gettin' the Band Back Together by JK

If you know me or read the blog with any regularity, you know that I LOVE show logos. Not only is it advertising, but it is art as well. Fortunately, there are more hits than misses logo-wis…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

When a Show Closes... by JK

Earlier this week, SpongeBob SquarePants announced a closing date of September 16.  That's 10 weeks from now.  As with any show closing announcement, I'm always intrigued by t…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Battle of the Bands... by JK

As many of you know, I love finding trends in a Broadway season. From actual trends like the proliferation of jukebox musicals and the "American Idol-ization" of musicals to fun "coincidence…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: Head Over Heels: (The Big 8) by JK

THE BIG 8 ROUND of BROADWAY HEAT: HEAD OVER HEELS starts TODAY! GREAT NEWS! Whether or not you voted in the first two rounds, you can still vote in this round! AND&n…

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Friday, July 6, 2018

The Friday 5: Five Favorite Betty Buckley Performances by JK

She's one of my favorite performers of all time. Like many people of my generation, I was first introduced to her by TV's Eight Is Enough, and was shocked to hear her gorgeous voice belting …

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Broadway Ladies: Ms. Broadway July 2018: Christy Altomare by JK

If you follow Twitter and/or Instagram, or if you are a young Broadway "stan," you probably know that Anastasia star Christy Altomare is a beloved presence at the stage door.  I do…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Hamilton: The American Revolution by JK

Nothing else currently on Broadway both honors our country's history and speaks to the ugly state of the Union today than Hamilton. Resist and revolt. It's how we were born, and it's how we …

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Broadway Boys: Mr. July 2018: Charlie Stemp by JK

It's a steamy July in New York City, and there's no shortage heat on the Broadway stage these days, either. Take a look at the dazzling Charlie Stemp, who is heading into his final couple of…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: Head Over Heels (The Sweet 16!) by JK

Last week, we started with all of the Head Over Heels cast members; you voted. Now we are down to your 1 favorites! You have until Wednesday to vote again - this time, it's the SWE…

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Remembering Dame Gillian Lynne by JK

Dame Gillian Lynne passed away today, July 1, 2018, at the age of 92. She choreographed seven Broadway shows, including two iconic productions, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. I will…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

The Friday 5: Gay Characters That Influence by JK

In honor of the last days of Pride Month, I offer 5 Gay and Lesbian characters from plays and musicals that have had a huge impact on my life.  There are many more than five, of course,…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Trends of the Season: Movie to Musical Stars by JK

Well, not yet, but maybe someday...Well, the idea of movies being turned into musicals goes way back (despite some people thinking this is a new trend), and, in fact all four nominees for Be…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

When the "Best" IS Your "Favorite": 2012 by JK

I've done a couple of columns about when my "favorite" show of the season was not the "best" musical of the season. So, in an effort to be more positive...This may be a tad prematu…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

At the Stage Door: Pippin by JK

A few weeks ago, I shared my stage door story of meeting Scott Bakula outside the Helen Hayes Theatre after Romance/Romance. Today, I thought I'd share a pair of experiences Mike and I share…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Broadway's HOTTEST: Head Over Heels Round 1 by JK

The new season is off to a rockin' start already with Head Over Heels, which started previews last Saturday at the newest/oldest theater on Broadway, The Hudson.  And the search fo…

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BROADWAY'S HOTTEST: Head Over Heels Edition Round 1 by JK

The new season is off to a rockin' start already with Head Over Heels, which started previews last Saturday at the newest/oldest theater on Broadway, The Hudson.  And the search for thi…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

The Friday 5: Broadway Merch I Don't Get by JK

Loyal readers know I'm a Broadway hoarder collector. I have collected an embarrassing amount of things over the years, from a HUGE window card collection to an even HUGER Play…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Logos: Head Over Heels by JK

Why not start of the new season with a look at the logo for the first new musical? It's bright, colorful and fun - just like summer, and just like it's probable target audience.  I'm ta…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A David Yazbek Revue... by JK

Many of Broadway's biggest musical talents have had revues done of their works - From Maltby and Shire (Closer Than Ever), Rodgers and Hammerstein (A Grand Night For Singing), Kander and Ebb…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CD Review: Once On This Island (New Broadway Cast) by JK

The score to Once On This Island was one of my favorites of the 90's, and it is probably my favorite of all of Aherns and Flaherty's oeuvre. It is alternately exciting, moving and trans…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Excited About hhe Broadway Summer Season by JK

There's a mini-season happening this summer on the Great White Way! 5 shows will have opened between the end of last season and Labor Day.  There's a little bit of something for everyon…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Friday 5: Jeff's 5 Favorite Things About the 2018 Tonys by JK

Mike and I did very well with our Tony Awards pics this year - better with the "Should Win"s than the "Will Win"s, which makes us both very happy. And this year, my favorite show actually wo…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Ms. Broadway June 2018: Ariana DeBose by JK

These days, she's dancing under the mirror ball in her Tony-nominated turn as Disco Donna in Summer.  But audiences have been dazzled by this versatile triple-threat in such wide-rangin…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Broadway Boys: Mr. June 2018: Anthony Boyle and Sam Clemmett by JK

They are, arguably, in the biggest play to hit Broadway since Angels in America, bringing to life the next generation of characters in, arguably, the biggest literary juggernaut of the last …

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

And the (Other) Winners are... by JK

Readers, apparently, if you had your way, they'd have gotten 11 Tonys...Your choice for the Best Ensemble of a Musical Tony Award goes to...The Band's VisitFirst things first, thank you all …

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Tony! Tony Tony! by JK

Thoughts from my recliner on last night's festivities... a night full of pleasant surprises...BEST MUSICAL NUMBER: "For the First Time in Forever/Let It Go" from Frozen. So why was it on at …

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Jeff and Mike's "Should Win/Will Win" 2018 Tony Awards Predictions by JK

I can't believe it's Tony time already! As has been tradition over the years, my theater buddy, Mike, and I offer our thoughts on who we think SHOULD win the coveted spinning medallion, and …

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Friday 5: Looking Forward to Sunday! (Plus a fast vote!) by JK

Yes, I know it's only Thursday, but tomorrow will be our annual Tony Awards "Should Win/Will Win" Predictions. So here we are!FIRST, THOUGH! PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO VOTE FOR THE 2018 BROADWA…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

THE 2018 BROADWAY OLYMPICS: THE FINALS!! by JK

After 10 surveys, hundreds of Broadway hotties, and more than a thousand of your votes, we are finally at the end of the season and it is time to give out the last medals of the competition!…

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THE 2018 BROADWAY OLYMPICS: THE FINALS!! by JK

After 10 surveys, hundreds of Broadway hotties, and more than a thousand of your votes, we are finally at the end of the season and it is time to give out the last medals of the competition!…

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