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Friday, May 6, 2016

This Is About Life and Theater and Waitress by The Mick

Writing about theater is hard. I mean. Writing is hard, just in general. Some days it’s there, and some days it’s not and honestly more days it’s not and nothing hurts like missing the…

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Drew Gasparini Goes Downtown (and We Use It As An Excuse to Sneak Backstage at Webster Hall) by The Mick

A drop of… something, some kind of splooge, has just fallen from the dressing room ceiling backstage in Webster Hall. Lucky and I started a fanfic like that once– with a splotch …

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Revolutionary Women: The Schuyler Sisters on Broadway by The Mick

Heads up, if you’re concerned about SPOILERS you might not want to read this… Listen, it would have been really easy for Lin-Manuel Miranda to fuck this up. Broadway proves that …

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Theater Tripping: To Bucks County and Back by The Mick

As we launch our newest project, The Dressr, Lucky and I thought you might like a preview of what to expect over in the wilds of Tumblr. As a part of The Craptacular, The Dressr will be a h…

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

A (Very Calm) Rant About Broadway Style This Awards Season by The Mick

Leanne Cope wore Rent the Runway to the Drama Desk Awards. I know this for two reasons: 1) As a Rent the Runway user myself, I recognized the dress. 2) She talked about it a few times that n…

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Monday, June 1, 2015

OMG BE COOL HELEN MIRREN IS AT THE DRAMA DESKS HAHA JUST KIDDING YOU CAN’T by The Mick

It is astonishingly impossible to be cool when you are anywhere in the vicinity of Helen Mirren. I don’t know if it’s because she’s played royalty so frequently that she…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

In Which John Arthur Greene’s Hotness Fails to Distract Me From His Talent by The Mick

Saturday night my roommate and I caught John Arthur Greene's acoustic gig at The Metropolitan Room and I had two jobs: 1. Keep mind out of gutter 2. Come back with something to write JAG did…

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Remembering Jonathan Larson by The Mick

15 years ago today most of Broadway's hot new stars were still living in the suburbs, or the country, or a city far away from New York. Spring Awakening wasn't even a glimmer in Duncan Shei…

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Hair on Tour is Great and Other Important Things of Note by The Mick

I thought I was done with Hair. I'd seen it in several productions, with several casts, on more than one continent, and I'd bid it farewell. Packed the Playbills into the memory box beneat…

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Q&A: Caught in the Act with… Steel Burkhardt by The Mick

Hair pulled up its roots and set off on a US tour this past fall. Leading the way is actor Steel Burkhardt, who plays Berger, the loin cloth wearing third of the show's central love triangl…

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Poll: Double Take—How Did Fiyero Get so Fly? by The Mick

Last week Kyle Dean Massey posted a Twitpic of himself in his Fiyero costume and, to quote the state of Massachusetts, he looked wicked sexy. But we here at The Craptacular remember when Shi…

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Weekend Agenda: Sponsored by Spider-Man Edition by The Mick

We're so tired of talking about Spider-Man it's beyond ridiculous. And yet, here we are. It's like we're drugged. Which…come to think of it, doesn't seem that impossible. Maybe the…

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Weekend Agenda: Short and Sweet Edition by The Mick

Lucky is in Barcelona. I have a migraine. The weather in NYC is still unseasonably beautiful and you should be outside enjoying it and not inside near a computer. We’ll keep this sh…

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I've Never Seen Wicked (And My Father is Concerned) by The Mick

While the spring shows get ready to open, and we get psyched about seeing some faves on stage again, it seemed high time for me to purge some of my theater demons. To confess, as it were, to…

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Just Barely SFW Friday: Gavin Creel in Prometheus Bound by The Mick

Remember that time Gavin Creel was the only person who didn't get naked in Hair? And you were really upset because you know he's a hottie with a body? Well, in his new gig up at ART, Prometh…

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A Star is Born, Baby: Damon McToy Takes the New York Stage by The Mick

See that guy up there? His name is Damon McToy, and he's going to be a big star. We're calling it here first, y'all (you know how we like to be the first ones to do that). McToy won a YouTub…

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The Craptacular’s Obligatory Looking-Forward-to-2011 Post, Sort Of by lucky and the mick

Don’t get us wrong. We’re looking forward to the coming year in theater. If all goes as planned, we’re slated to see Dan Radcliffe singing, Aaron Tveit with his shirt off (…

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Weekend Agenda: Blizzardly Edition by Lucky and The Mick

19 inches of snow may or may not be enough to keep us inside—seriously, Billie Joe Armstrong is still on the Broadway stage, its mighty tempting to brave the elements. But. If we man…

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Some Shows We're Trying to Be Excited About, Really, We Swear by Lucky and The Mick

After a few long, quiet months in which half our favorite shows closed and Spider-Man was the only new thing to talk about—if you were willing to break the embargo, that is—The C…

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Weekend Agenda: Spring is… Springing Edition by Lucky and The Mick

Most of the new shows are finally going to enter previews in the next couple days. We’re getting more rain and less snow. And there’s suddenly a truckload of new stuff to talk …

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Poll: Fill in the Blank “Matt Morrison’s New Single is…” by Lucky and The Mick

Broadway expat Matthew Morrison released the first single off his debut album this week. We could say lots of things about it, but frankly, we’re more curious about what you have to s…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This is a Lortel Awards Piece That Is Not About Hamilton by The Mick

I mean, I guess there’s no real way to NOT mention Hamilton, because there was no real way that Hamilton was not going to win every damn thing at the 30th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards …

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Monday, April 27, 2015

UGH The Heidi Chronicles, or, What Are You Even Trying to Say, Wendy Wasserstein? by The Mick

Much though I often wish otherwise, going to the theater is never a completely pure experience. Even when you don’t know anything about the show when you walk through those doors. Even…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

So Here We Are: The Langauge of Talking About Abuse in the Theater by The Mick

You guys, I’m still really struggling with this New York Times article by Patrick Healy about Marin Ireland, and the proposals in front of Actor’s Equity for improving “pro…

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On My First Time With Hamilton, or, Shit, You Guys. Shit. by The Mick

So here’s my current dilemma. Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hip Hop musical about Alexander Hamilton) was so fucking good — yes, Dad, that f-bomb was extremely necessary &…

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

And Also One More Thing About the James Barbour Situation by The Mick

Which is an addendum to this post: Dear Broadway, Honestly, Why the Fuck Am I Even Here? In the past few days, there’s a lot that I’ve thought and a lot that could be said here a…

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dear Broadway, Honestly, Why the Fuck Am I Even Here? by The Mick

Welp, internet. I’ve hit my limit. It’s finally happened. After five years running The Craptacular, and more years loving theater than I can accurately tally, I just cannot take …

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Galavant on TV, or, This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things by The Mick

  It feels like a travesty, every time this happens. Every time we manage to snatch an hour or two of the general public’s time and make them face a thing about musicals, or a mus…

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

#BroadwayatSea: Where Mamma Mia Was Pretty Badass (No, Really) by The Mick

Sometimes you have these moments where you’re just like “What is my life?” Sometimes they happen when you’re in the office, on an average Monday, and you catch your c…

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Phantom of the Side Show #ThereIFixedIt by The Mick

Look. Here’s the deal. I really didn’t like Side Show. I didn’t hate it. It didn’t make me hellaciously mad, or want to like… stab everyone in a seven foot radi…

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I’m Bad at Headlines But This Awesome One Just FOUND Me by The Mick

So this one time, Lucky and I had a chance to interview Alex Timbers for Broadway Radio. And we were both so staggeringly nervous I’m not entirely sure how our racing hearts remained w…

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