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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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Friday, May 15, 2015

Flashback Friday: 15 Seasons Ago: The Full Monty by JK

There are a lot of similarities between the 2000 - 2001 Broadway season and the one just ended.  There are similar performers and creative types aplenty.  And it's fun to look back…

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

TheatreScene Thursday: Friends of JKTS Working Hard by JK

With a slight lull in Tony mania this week, the TheatreScene was more about future shows and friends of this blog getting some high profile press.  But first, a little Tony business:Don…

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Trendsday Poll: Vote for the Winners of The #MissingTonyAward by JK

You voted for the Tony Award you think should be given on June 8th.  Then you made your nominations.  Below are your Top 5 nominees for Best Ensemble of a Play and Best Ensemble of…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TROUPER TUESDAY: The Angry Inch in Pictures by JK

They are the ultimate Broadway backup band.  They've been the guys behind 5 Hedwigs and 2 Yitzhaks.  They are The Angry Inch!Left: Skszp aka Justin Craig (Music Director, Guitar, K…

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Monday, May 11, 2015

MEDIA MONDAY: A New Broadway Marquee by JK

Installing a new marquee at Studio 54The 2015 - 2016 season is already underway, with An Act of God already in previews, and the first new musicals starting up in June and July (Amazing Grac…

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Flashback Friday: The King and I - 1996 by JK

One of the biggest hits of the season is the wonderful revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center.  I found it to be wonderfully directed and acted.  Bartlett Sher proves again th…

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

TheatreScene Thursday: Lifetime Achievers by JK

We are at the point in the awards season where all of the nominations have been announced and the predictions and Monday morning quarterbacking are in full swing.  But some of the nices…

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Trendsday Poll: Which Ensemble Should Get a Tony? by JK

It's hump day and you know what that means, readers!  It's time for quick survey of your theater thoughts of the week.This week's poll has to do with last week's.  You'll see that …

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TROUPER TUESDAY: The Youth of The Visit by JK

Not since Follies has there been such a ghostly, ethereal presence so integral to the plot and staging as there is when Young Anton and Young Claire take the stage in The Visit.  And th…

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Monday, May 4, 2015

MEDIA MONDAY: The Last Ship Original Broadway Cast Recording by JK

The Last Ship was one of my favorite shows of the season just past.  As I mentioned in my review (HERE), I did not go into it thinking I'd like it, let alone love it after seeing the to…

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Flashback Friday: The 1993 (and 2015) Tony Awards by JK

Kander and Ebb have a Best Score nomination; Terrence McNally has a Best Book nomination.  Chita Rivera has a Best Actress nod, too. And all of them are associated with a Best Musical n…

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

TheatreScene Thursday: Tonys, Tonys, Tonys (and Darren Criss) by JK

Well, the TheatreScene was all about the Tonys this week, right?  Well, almost!The Serious and Tony-Nominated Moves of The Curious IncidentFirst things first - even though I only correc…

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Trendsday Poll: What is the "Missing" Tony Award? by JK

It's "Trendsday" on Tony Nominations Week! I'm speaking for myself here, but I think there are some areas of the Broadway season that deserve some serious recognition.  I can't tell you…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Trouper Tuesday: SYTYCD Alums and Broadway Babies Ricky Ubeda and Melanie Moore by JK

For my first Trouper Tuesday, I thought I'd focus on two awesome dancers with one thing in common.  I'm talking about On The Town's Ricky Ubeda and Finding Neverland's Melanie Moor…

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Monday, April 27, 2015

The 2015 Tony Awards: Jeff and Mike's Nomination Predictions by JK

I can't think of a better way to come back to the blogosphere than to carry on a JKTS tradition with our Tony Awards nominations predictions.  My best buddy and theatre companion Mike a…

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in Review: The Best and Worst Shows of the Year by JK

I was fortunate enough to have seen more than thirty shows during 2014.  Some were pretty good.  Others were awful.  And some were really excellent.  Okay, so this year d…

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Best of 2014: The Unforgettables: Theatre Movers and Shakers by JK

There have been a ton of big names on the boards in 2014.  Many of them made a big impact on the theater scene.  Others had surprisingly little influence. Be that as it may, I've w…

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2014 in Review: The Best of the Best by JK

Yesterday, I named my best musical and play moments of the year (HERE).  Today, I'll name my favorite/best individual elements of the shows on and off Broadway in 2014.Non-Performance B…

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2014 in Review: The Best Musical Moments (And a Few Play Moments, Too!) by JK

I say it every year, but it always shocks me just how fast a year just flies by!  Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be blogging about the very best (and occasionally the worst) of the…

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

REVIEW: Allegro by JK

Review of the Friday, November 7 preview performance at Classic Stage Company in New York City.  Starring Claybourne Elder, Elizabeth A. Davis, Malcolm Gets, Alma Cuervo and Jessica Tyl…

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

REVIEW: Side Show by JK

Review of the Saturday, November 8 matinee preview performance at the St. James Theatre in New York City.  Starring Emily Padgett, Erin Davie, Ryan Silverman, Matthew Hydzik, David St. …

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Friday, November 14, 2014

HOT or NOT 2015: Side Show Edition by JK

The season is really heating up now!  This week, the latest revival to open, Side Show, is ready for your HOT or NOT votes!  So far you've selected the finalists for this…

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

REVIEW: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Michael C. Hall) by JK

Review of the Sunday, November 9th performance at the Belasco Theatre in New York City.  Starring Michael C. Hall and Lena Hall.  Musical Staging by Spencer Liff.  Direction b…

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Broadway Game: The Side Show Twins Game by JK

With and the haze of the Halloween starting to wear off this morning, I thought I'd make up a little game to start the week.  The revival of Side Show is now fully in the thro…

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Broadway Ladies: Ms. October 2014: Charlotte d'Amboise by JK

Ms. October 2014Charlotte d'AmboiseWHY SHE'S MS. BROADWAY: You know I love a real Broadway baby.  Ms. October is the real thing.  She's originated roles; she's been a replacement. …

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Broadway Boys: Mr. October 2014: Michael Esper by JK

Mr. October 2014Michael EsperWHY HE'S MR. BROADWAY: One of my favorite things about frequently attending Broadway (and off-Broadway) shows is watching performers whose work I love grow and t…

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