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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Heat is On: ‘Miss Saigon’ Returns to Broadway by Matthew Wexler

  I didn’t leave the Broadway Theatre with tears in my eyes after seeing Miss Saigon, the mega-musical revival by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Richard Maltby, Jr., and Alain Boublil. Ab…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Theater Buff: Transport Group’s David T. Patterson by Matthew Wexler

This month’s Theater Buff offers you a slice of Americana via the good looks and charm of David T. Patterson, currently starring in Transport Group’s ambitious William Inge reper…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

‘Broadway Backstage’ Heads to Brooklyn by Matthew Wexler

On April 1, Broadway Backstage will give audience members a behind-the-scenes look at Broadway with an all new show. Six Broadway stars will belt out tunes from the world’s grandest stages…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tangled: Keen Company’s ‘When It’s You’ by Matthew Wexler

by Samuel L. Leiter Courtney Baron’s When It’s You, the Keen Company’s latest offering, is a one-person play about a woman coming to terms with her grief. For 70 minutes, she stands o…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

‘Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!’ Heads to Chicago by Matthew Wexler

Don’t miss CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! Featuring Chita Rivera, Melissa Manchester, Alice Ripley, Ana Gasteyer, the Chicago cast of Hamilton, Sharon Gless, Lynne Jordan, M…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Telly Leung to Debut at The Green Room 42 by Matthew Wexler

Telly Leung — the Broadway and television star of “Glee,” Godspell and Rent, currently starring on Broadway in In Transit — will debut at the new concert space The Green Room…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

All That Jazz And More: The New York Pops Celebrate Kander and Ebb by Matthew Wexler

By Ryan Leeds There was more than enough razzle dazzle to blind Manhattan on Friday night as The New York Pops presented Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb. The always-stunni…

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2017 Drama League Special Recognitions Announced by Matthew Wexler

The Drama League will honor two outstanding stage luminaries at this year’s 83rd Annual Drama League Awards, set for Friday afternoon, May 19, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. T…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Billy Porter: The Soul of Richard Rodgers by Matthew Wexler

Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter’s new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers, will be released April 14, 2017 and is now available for pre-order. The alb…

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Then and Now: ‘The View UpStairs’ by Matthew Wexler

By Ryan Leeds Thank goodness for Max Vernon, the 28-year-old wunderkind who continues to carry the torch of gay history to a new generation. Vernon, an NYU graduate, is the author, composer,…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Curtain Up! All Broadway Shows Will Perform Tonight by Matthew Wexler

All Broadway shows will perform evening performances tonight as scheduled. For questions about exchange policies, theatregoers should contact their point of purchase. Charlotte St. Martin,…

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The Beat, Beat, Beat of the Tom-Tom: ‘The Emperor Jones’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter The Irish Repertory Theatre has a rather liberal interpretation of its titular mission, which can be seen by its occasional production of plays by Irish Americans, like E…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

15 Minutes with Michael Cerveris by Matthew Wexler

by Ryan Leeds Michael Cerveris has sunk a ship (Titanic), shot a U.S. President (Assassins), slashed a few throats (Sweeney Todd), and committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a …

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Laughing through Tears: ‘Cry Baby: My (reluctant) Journey into Motherhood’ by Matthew Wexler

by April Stamm Motherhood is no f-ing joke. And comic Jamie Aderski will be the first to agree with me on that. Terrible stuff happens when you carry, birth, and try to raise a baby; vividly…

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The Family Ties That Bind: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Matthew Wexler

I have no doubt that Sam Gold’s stark, contemporary interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ masterwork, The Glass Menagerie, will polarize audiences and critics alike. The current Broadway…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

The View From Above: ‘The Outer Space’ by Matthew Wexler

What happens when life on earth just becomes too much? It’s a not-so-existential question asked by Ethan Lipton in his latest quirky musical story adventure, The Outer Space, which opened …

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Exclusive: Interview with Telly Leung by Matthew Wexler

“There’s no people like show people!” (Or so says Mama Rose.) The Broadway Blog is thrilled to announce our partnership with, one of the best online resourc…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

3 to See: March by Matthew Wexler

Spring is around the corner and the means a whole new crop of Broadway shows bursting on the scene. Here are our three picks of the month: The Glass Menagerie It’s Tennessee Williams like …

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Monday, March 6, 2017

15 Minutes with Tony Yazbeck by Matthew Wexler

Mrs. Yazbeck might not have had a dream about her son being on the Orpheum circuit, but she knew that her son, Tony, was meant for a Broadway stage. For two years, she drove the future Tony …

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Cupid’s Fleeting Arrow: ‘Significant Other’ by Matthew Wexler

by Ryan Leeds You might, as Rihanna sings, “find love in a hopeless place,” but you won’t find anything particularly worth the hefty price of an orchestra seat at the Booth Theatre, wh…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jurassic Classic: ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ by Matthew Wexler

by Samuel L. Leiter Thornton Wilder’s 1942, Pulitzer Prize-winning “tragicomedy” The Skin of Our Teeth has received only two Broadway revivals (1955 and 1975) and a Central Park stagin…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Empty Angst: The New Group’s ‘All the Fine Boys’ by Matthew Wexler

by April Stamm What could be better fodder for a play than the oppressive wretchedness and frenetic glee of being a middle school girl in small town America in the 80s? You’ve got your dis…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

‘Miss Saigon’ Returns to Broadway by Matthew Wexler

Previews begin Wednesday, March 1 at 8 pm for Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon, at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broad…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Lost at Sea: ‘Kid Victory’ at the Vineyard Theatre by Matthew Wexler

  Kid Victory, the new musical that opened last week by Greg Pierce (book and lyrics) and John Kander (music) at the Vineyard Theatre, is not easy to watch. That’s not always a bad th…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

15 Minutes with LaChanze by Matthew Wexler

One of Broadway’s biggest voices will be rolling into the Highline Ballroom on Monday, February 27, but don’t expect show tunes. LaChanze will be celebrating the launch of her new EP, Fe…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Illuminating a Blank Page: ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ by Matthew Wexler

“White. A blank page or canvas. The challenge: bring order to the whole.” These words embody the gauntlet thrown down before generations of artists. The opening line of Stephen Sondheim …

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hooked: ‘Fish Men’ at INTAR Theatre by Matthew Wexler

By Ryan Leeds Near the end of playwright Cándido Tirado’s well-crafted play Fish Men, one of his characters looks offstage, reflecting on the events that have just occurred. “People are…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

One Night Only: ‘Tales of the City’ on Broadway by Matthew Wexler

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced the New York City Broadway premiere of the musical, Tales of the City on March 27, 2017 at the Music Box Theatre. The iconic ensemble st…

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

But What Are They Saying? ‘Evening at the Talk House’ by Matthew Wexler

by Ryan Leeds Have you ever been caught at a cocktail party with someone who prattles on about people and events and in the middle you think to yourself, “Where are they going with this an…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

What You See May Not Be What You Get: ‘Girl X’ by Matthew Wexler

by Samuel L. Leiter The advent of texting and e-mails as ways of instant communication has not only changed the nature of human interaction; it’s also become a significant factor in plays …

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Giving Face: Glenn Close’s Return to Broadway in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ by Matthew Wexler

by Samuel L. Leiter Talk about star power! No, I’m not referring to Glenn Close, the estimable star of Sunset Boulevard, now in glittery revival at the Palace Theatre. I mean Hillary Clint…

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