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Thursday, July 16, 2015

REVIEW: Amazing Grace by JK

Review of the Sunday, July 12 matinee preview performance at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City. Starring Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tom Hewitt, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Cry-Baby by JK

I was shocked to find out that Cry-Baby closed SEVEN years ago this week!  Shocked!  For me, that realization was one of those "what? only seven years? it seems so much longer than…

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

THEATRESCENE THURSDAY: Your Broadway Musical Report Card by JK

Last week's Trendsday Poll asked you to grade all of last season's new musicals and musical revivals. Almost 150 of you took on the challenge of being an armchair critic, and here are your r…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TRENDSDAY POLL: Your Summer Theater Plans by JK

Does your summer lovin' include any theater?  That's what this week's one-and-done survey is all about! Check all that apply (use the scroll bar to see all the choices), and be sure to …

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TUESDAY TROUPER: Matilda's Lesli Margherita by JK

As one of my all-time favorite musicals approaches its 1,000th performance later this summer, I thought it was time to celebrate the robbed-of-a-Tony-nomination Lesli Margherita!  This …

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Monday, June 22, 2015

MEDIA MONDAY: The Amazing Grace Logo by JK

With the first new musical of the 2015 - 2016 season beginning previews this week, I thought it would be a great time to look at its logo.  Amazing Grace sets sail at the Nederland…

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Friday, June 19, 2015

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ruthie Ann Miles in Here Lies Love by JK

It isn't just the distance between the Public Theatre and Lincoln Center that tells just how far Tony-winner Ruthie Ann Miles has come in just a couple of years.   Before she made her g…

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

THEATRESCENE THURSDAY: The Hamilton Dilemma by JK

I'll bet that if you are reading this blog, you probably had the same immediate thought I did when the U.S. Treasury made their big announcement regarding the $10 bill."Oh my God! What is Li…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TRENDSDAY SURVEY: Grade Last Season's Musicals by JK

During my break from writing, I did see every musical and musical revival that opened, but did not review them for the blog.  (I saw and reviewed all of the fall musical openings, save …

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday Troupers": The Dancers of Broadway Bares 25 (NSFW) by JK

TODAY'S BLOG IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK!25 years after it all started, Broadway Bares has continued to grow, while it remains, sadly, relevant.  This year, the sexy show looks ready to d…

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Monday, June 15, 2015

MEDIA MONDAY: Playbill's Pride Designer: Robbie Rozelle by JK

I started out with today's blog as just my musings on the Playbill Pride Poster, which I recently added to my collection.  I love all of the Playbill posters (and the rest of …

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Flashback Friday: The 1990 Tony Awards by JK

I can't believe it has been 25 years since the 1990 Tony Awards!  Aside from it being a quarter century ago, it represents a milestone for me, too.  It was the first time I saw all…

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THEATRESCENE THURSDAY: Tony Wrap Up by JK

This will be the last blog about the 2015 Tony Awards from me.  I hope. Time to close the book on those... But first!TheatreScene image of the week:This is how you make lemonade out of …

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

MEDIA MONDAY (On Wednesday!): CD Review: An American in Paris (OBCR) by JK

Over the years, Broadway has seen several Gershwin "jukebox" musicals.  The shows themselves vary in quality (Crazy For You - spectacular, Nice Work If You Can Get It - not so much).&nb…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

TROUPER TUESDAY: Catching Up With SOMETHING ROTTEN's ERIC SCIOTTO by JK

It is always great to see terrific performers in great show after great show.  And I hope it is obvious how much I appreciate the truly amazing folks whose names aren't above the title …

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Monday, June 8, 2015

TRENDSDAY POLL (On Monday!): Rate the 2015 Tony Awards! by JK

I figured that this poll was a little  more time sensitive than most, so I moved this week's Trendsday Poll to today.  (Media Monday will be on Wednesday!)So, I enjoyed The Tony Aw…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Jeff and Mike's 2015 Tony Awards Predictions by JK

As has become tradition, Mike and I offer our predictions for the winners of the Tony Awards.  This year, we streamlined it, naming only who we think will win, not who we hope will in, …

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

THEATRESCENE THURSDAY: Know-It-All Quiz Answers by JK

Boy, you sure are an inquisitive bunch!  Hundreds of you took last week's Musical Know-It-All Quiz and I hope you did well!  Here are the answers and results - looks like a co…

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

TRENDSDAY POLLS: You and the Tony Awards by JK

It's the biggest week of the year for Broadway fans, and Sunday is the biggest night!  For a lot of shows, how things turn out at the awards show could make or break them.  For oth…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TROUPER TUESDAY: WINNER! #MissingTonyAward for Best Ensemble in a Musical by JK

The very first winner of the #MissingTonyAward for Best Ensemble of a Musical is the Ensemble of An American in Paris!In the course of just one performance this impressive group sings, acts …

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Monday, June 1, 2015

REVIEW: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (with Darren Criss) by JK

Review of the Saturday matinee performance on May 30, 2015 at the Belasco Theatre in New York City.  Starring Darren Criss, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Tits of Clay as The Angry Inch.  …

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: 15 Years Ago: Jane Eyre by JK

Marla Schaffel and James BarbourJane Eyre, based in the novel of the same name, was the third of the four nominees for Best Musical 15 years ago that I've talked about.  What really set…

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

THEATRESCENE THURSDAY: Your Playbill Habits Revealed! by JK

Wonder Woman poses with hers!Last week, the Trendsday Poll asked you to tell what you do with your Playbill before, during and after the show.  Here's what 207 of you told us:BEFOR…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TRENDSDAY QUIZ: Are You A Musical Know-It-All? by JK

Holler If Ya Hear Me was the first musical of the 2014 - 2015 seasonWith the great news about the season just ended - record attendance, record grosses - I thought it would be fun to see wha…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TROUPER TUESDAY: Fun Home's Emily Skeggs by JK

Every once in awhile, the Tony Awards nominating committee gets it right.  This year, they really did when they nominated everyone in the principal cast of the already award-winning Fun…

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Flashback Friday: 15 Years Ago: A Class Act by JK

This week, I'll continue my look back at the Best Musical Tony nominees from 15 seasons ago.  Just as with  The Full Monty last week, this week's show was full of established …

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

TheatreScene Thursday: Sailors, Dames and Squigs by JK

Ladies, first!  You know you are Something Special! when (theater) royalty pays a visit, likes the show, and poses with the cast afterwards.  That's exactly what happened when Dame…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Trendsday Poll: What do you do with your Playbills? by JK

You get one at every Broadway show, most off-Broadway shows and many national theaters.  I'm talking about the Playbill magazine the usher hands you before you head off to your seat, fu…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TUESDAY TROUPERS: WINNER! #MissingTonyAward for Best Ensemble of a Play by JK

The very first winner of the #MissingTonyAward for Best Ensemble of a play is the Cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time!Though he's the lead, Alex Sharp (and the equally …

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Monday, May 18, 2015

MEDIA MONDAY: Something Rotten! Logo by JK

Mike and I are sharply divided on one thing about Something Rotten!: the show logo.  I LOVE IT! Mike, not so much.  I love the smooshed tomato.  I love the very detailed carto…

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