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Monday, April 23, 2018

Logos: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two by JK

FINAL HOURS! VOTE NOW FOR TEAM CAROUSEL! CLICK THE LOGO TO THE LEFT AND GET STARTED. BE SURE TO CLICK "FINISH SURVEY" AT THE VERY BOTTOM!As someone who has read all of the books and see…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

REVIEW: My Fair Lady by JK

Review of the Saturday, March 24, 2018 evening preview performance at Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont. Starring Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Dame Diana…

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LOGOS: My Fair Lady by JK

The Master at work...I make no secret of my love for the artwork of James McMullan. From the cool sophistication of his Anything Goes for the 1987 revival to the sensual heat of his Hel…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Broadway Olympics: TEAM Carousel by JK

Love it (I did!) or hate it, the new Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel is the talk of the Rialto these days.  Better to have people talking than ignoring it, r…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Where Do Best Musicals Come From? by JK

As we inch ever closer to the end of another Broadway awards eligibility season, I thought it might be interesting to look at the ultimate winners of the last 20 years. What were their prima…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

REVIEW: Carousel by JK

Review of the Sunday, March 25, 2018 matinee preview performance at the Imperial Theatre in New York City, New York. Starring Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller, Renee Fleming, Lindsay Mendez, Ale…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

LOGOS: Carousel by JK

If there were a higher grade, I'd give it to the stunning logo for the current revival of Carousel. It is my favorite show logo in many years. I literally like everything about it, and I kno…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

LOGOS: Mean Girls by JK

If I had to pick the best version, it would be this oneSometimes, show logos reveal a lot of thought in creating a meaningful image that conveys the essence of the play or musical it is repr…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

12 of Broadway's Other Mean Girls by JK

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE FOR WHO'S HOT ON TEAM MEAN GIRLS!  CLICK THE SHOW LOGO IN THE LEFT COLUMN TO GET STARTED - AND DON'T FORGET TO CLICK "FINISH SURVEY" AT THE BOTTOM TO MAKE YOUR VOTE…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

The Broadway Olympics: Team MEAN GIRLS by JK

Ultra bitchy girls, clueless parents, a couple of outcasts and a burn book are all the ingredients of the new musical Mean Girls which opened yesterday on the Great Pink Way (only on We…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

The Friday 5: My Favorite 2017 - 2018 Broadway Logos by JK

Long time readers of this blog know of my love for all things show logo. Truthfully, this season has been kind of lackluster in that department, and picking my 5 favorites was pretty easy.&n…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

CD Review: The Band's Visit by JK

I've been a fan of David Yazbek since his first Broadway score for The Full Monty.  I've loved every one of his subsequent scores, even the love-it-or-hate it Women on the Verge of…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Ms. Broadway April 2018: Alison Pill by JK

She's had success in television, on film, and on the stage.  Her career spans comedy, drama, and even horror.  And now she's co-starring with two of the greatest actresses in the b…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Mr. Broadway April 2018: John Riddle by JK

He first caught my eye in the haunting Broadway run of The Visit, playing Young Anton to Roger Rees' Anton. What a beautiful dancer. Since then, I've followed his career in regional theater,…

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Thoughts on JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE by JK

 I decided instead of a considered, thought out review of the broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE on NBC, I'd jot down my thoughts as the show is happening.  I mean, if they h…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

REVIEW: Three Tall Women by JK

Review of the Saturday, March 24, 2018 matinee preview performance at the Golden Theatre in New York City, New York. Starring Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill, with Joseph Mede…

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Friday, March 23, 2018
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

#MyBroadwayThing: Show-Specific Merch by JK

As you may have guessed from my previous #MyBroadwayThing blogs, I'm a collector.  And so it follows that over the last three and a half decades, I've done my fair share of show merch c…

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

THE BROADWAY OYMPICS: Team FROZEN by JK

The end of season push has begun again, and there are a ton of shows opening this spring! That means we've got lots of work to do to add new members to the Broadway Olympics Team.  This…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Remembering Sammy Williams by JK

I'm sad to have learned of the death of Tony Award-winning actor Sammy Williams over the weekend. I never had the privilege of seeing him perform, and I never had the honor of meeting t…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

THE FRIDAY 5: LOVE, SIMON for Musical Theater Fans by JK

I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the new film, Love, Simon at a preview screening last night.  I wish a film like this was around when I was a teenager struggling with my iden…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

2017-2018 Broadway Playlist: Once On This Island (Revival) by JK

This week, we'll be picking the ONE song from the New Broadway Cast Recording of Once On This Island.  If you've seen this spectacular revival, you know how beautifully sung this score …

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Friday, March 9, 2018

THE FRIDAY 5: Theater District Watering Holes by JK

JEFF'S TOP 5THEATRE DISTRICT WATERING HOLESOver the years, Mike and I have been known to enjoy an adult beverage or three during our Broadway binge trips. We like to try new places, but tend…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

It's 1994 All Over Again by JK

Broadway loves repeating itself - nearly back to back revivals of The Glass Menagerie, and the so-soon-after-the original-closed production of Into the Woods, and the every-few-years return …

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ms. Broadway March 2018: Tamyra Gray by JK

I think I may be the only person in the USA who has never seen a single episode of American Idol. Though I have enjoyed many of the finalists in various Broadway shows, I'm always surprised …

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mr. Broadway March 2018: Ari'el Stachel by JK

If you Google Ari'el Stachel, you'll find a ton of articles. (Heck, Playbill posted a pictorial about him over the weekend!) You'd think he was the breakout star of The Band's Visit or …

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Monday, March 5, 2018

REVIEW: Once On This Island by JK

Review of the Sunday, February 25, 2018 matinee performance at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City.  Starring Tamyra Gray, Norm Lewis, Alex Newell, Lea Salonga, Hailey Kil…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

REVIEW: Come From Away by JK

Review of the Saturday, February 24, 2018 evening performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City.  Book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Scenic design b…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

REVIEW: The Band's Visit by JK

Review of the Saturday, February 24, 2018 matinee performance at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City.  Starring Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, John Cariani,  Ari'el Stachel,…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

REVIEW: Sweeney Todd by JK

Review of the Friday, February 23 performance at the Barrow Street Theatre. Starring Hugh Panaro, Carolee Carmello, Jake Boyd, Michael James Leslie, Eryn Lecroy, John-Michael Lyles, John Rap…

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