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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Gay Son of a Preacher Man: ‘The Crusade of Connor Stephens’ by Matthew Wexler

Extreme loss shakes a Texas family as it comes to terms with a tragic act of violence. A new play by Dewey Moss.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Naughty Bits: ‘Bastard Jones’ at The Cell by Matthew Wexler

Based on Henry Fielding's bawdy 18th-century novel, Bastard Jones is a rollicking adventure of deception, misunderstanding and bed-hopping.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

5 Must-Watch Musical Theater Numbers to Celebrate Pride by Matthew Wexler

Watch scenes from some of our favorite LGBT-themed musicals.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Don’t Miss: ‘Long Stories Short: The Songs of Mizer and Moore’ by Matthew Wexler

Winners of the 2016 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theater songwriting, Mizer and Moore present a one-night-only concert of their work.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Jellicle Ball Hits the Road: ‘CATS’ Announces National Tour by Matthew Wexler

Mamie Parris in ‘CATS’ on Broadway. (Photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.) Producers The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization announced today that the…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Crime, Punishment and Resilience: ‘Acquittal’ at Pan Asian Rep. by Matthew Wexler

Cover photo: Aizzah Fatima as Zahida Zaman in ‘Acquittal’ at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. By Ryan Leeds Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, which began in 1977…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

‘Sing for Hope’ in Central Park by Matthew Wexler

Cast members from three of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit Broadway shows will come together on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the Central…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Suspicious Minds: ‘Attack of the Elvis Impersonators’ by Matthew Wexler

By Ryan Leeds Before attending the Off-Broadway show Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, I met a friend at a nearby café. When the check arrived, I offered her money for the iced coffee I h…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ingrid Michaelson Steps into ‘The Great Comet’ by Matthew Wexler

Multi-platinum recording artist Ingrid Michaelson will join the cast of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 as ‘Sonya’ beginning July 3,…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pride Week at Joe’s Pub by Matthew Wexler

The Public Theater took a major hit this week as Delta Air Lines and Bank of America both pulled sponsorships in response to the theater’s controversial production of Julius Caesar. H…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Broadway Sings for Pride: June 26 by Matthew Wexler

On Monday, June 26, 2017, Broadway Sings for Pride will premiere their 7th anniversary benefit concert in New York City at the JCC Manhattan. This milestone event will be filled with singing…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

The 71st Annual Tony Awards: Recap and Winners by Matthew Wexler

Last night’s broadcast of the 71st Annual Tony Awards revealed a few surprises, some unexpected wins, and a couple of sigh-worthy missteps that had theatergoers wondering where the the…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

More ‘Hamilton’ Swag Hits the Market – Who Needs a Pillow? by Matthew Wexler

Hamilton, winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, has announced a collaboration with the 150-year-old Faribault Woolen Mill of two distinctive new products: Hamilton-themed pillows…

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5 Tony-Worthy Performances That Didn’t Get Nominated by Matthew Wexler

The Broadway Blog continues our partnership with, one of the best online resources for choosing, purchasing, and saving on the most popular shows nationwide. We’ve combin…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Little Shop of Piranhas: ‘The Artificial Jungle’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter You can feel the influence of Little Shop of Horrors on Charles Ludlam’s The Artificial Jungle, a campy takeoff on film noir and B-movies, the minute you see Bert Scott…

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Don’t Miss: Broadway Barks, July 8 by Matthew Wexler

Broadway Barks co-founder Bernadette Peters announces her Mozart in the Jungle co-star, Malcolm McDowell, to co-host the 19th annual dog & cat adoption event with her on July 8, 2017. Th…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cyndi Lauper Slated to Co-Write ‘Working Girl’ Musical by Matthew Wexler

Producers Fox Stage Productions and Aged In Wood Productions are pleased to announce plans to adapt the blockbuster film Working Girl into a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Grammy…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Heads to Broadway by Matthew Wexler

Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman, and Beth Williams announced this week that Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical featuring the songs of iconic singer-songwriter-autho…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Drama Desk Award Winners! by Matthew Wexler

Winners for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced last night at The Town Hall. In keeping with Drama Desk’s mission, nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Musical Theater Confection: ‘Sweetee’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter If your theatergoing sweet tooth craves a sugar bun of a rags-to-riches show business musical, you might consider tasting Sweetee at the Pershing Square Signature Center.…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Gogol Marx the Spot: ‘The Government Inspector by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter Jesse Berger, director of Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 Russian classic, The Government Inspector (a.k.a. The Inspector General, as in the 1949 Danny Kaye movie version), must h…

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Culture Shock: ‘The Boy Who Danced on Air’ by Matthew Wexler

By Ryan Leeds Composer Tim Rosser and book writer/lyricist Charlie Sohne are relative newcomers to the musical theater scene, but their New York debut of The Boy Who Danced on Air proves tha…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Quick-Fire Politics: ‘Building the Wall’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter It’s not even six months since Donald J. Trump took office as the 45th president of the United States, but New Yorkers are already seeing a mainstream play, Building th…

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

8 Characters in Search of a Play: ‘The Whirlgig’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter At the opening of The Whirligig, Hamish Linklater’s rambling but often richly listenable new play presented by The New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center, Ju…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Play it Again, Phil: ‘Groundhog Day’ by Matthew Wexler

By April Stamm When the whole point is inane, frustrating, and annoying repetition, how could there possibly be hope for entertainment? Moviegoers asked themselves the same question in 1993,…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Theater Buff: ‘Miss Saigon”s Christopher Vo by Matthew Wexler

Every month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out editor Matthew Wexler’s questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. “The heat i…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Actors’ Equity Says Save the National Endowment for the Arts by Matthew Wexler

Kate Shindle, President of Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers, released the following statement in reaction to Pre…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

To Read or Not to Read: ‘Can You Forgive Her?’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter Gina Gionfriddo’s dark comedy, Can You Forgive Her?, now at the Vineyard Theatre after premiering last year at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, takes its title fr…

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Provincetown Art House Lines Up Stars for Summer Season by Matthew Wexler

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of Provincetown’s famed Art House theater, has announced four more additions to his largest music and comedy lineup yet. Alice Ripley, winner of t…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Inside Royal Caribbean’s Royal Theatre by Matthew Wexler

Broadway-caliber technology is raising the bar for at-sea entertainment. Take a look!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Oh, Brother!: Mint Theater’s ‘The Lucky One’ by Matthew Wexler

By Samuel L. Leiter By 1922, British writer A.A. Milne (1882-1956), soon to become world-famous for his Winnie the Pooh children’s stories, was already recognized as a promising, prolific …

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