Monday, October 22, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: King Kong Edition (The Final 4) by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: KING KONG EDITIONThe Men of King KongWe are so close now! And speaking of close, …

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Friday, October 19, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Sondheim Shows On Video by JK

One of the best things about being a Sondheim fan is that there is no lack of material to watch or listen to. It seems almost every major show or Stephen-related event is recorded (though I'…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

#TBT: Playbill: RENT: May 1996 by JK

Sometimes when you see a brand new show you can tell it is going to be a success. Other times - rarely - you can just tell a brand new show will be a game-changing phenomenon. When I saw REN…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Welcome To The Theater! The Broadway Debuts in Plays October/November by JK

Over the next three weeks, five new plays are opening, and with four of them come twenty-five Broadway debuts! The cast of the fifth, The Lifespan of a Fact, is made up entirely of veterans.…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Around the World in 80 Musicals: Part I: The United Kingdom and Ireland by JK

Today, we begin a new series, Around the World in 80 Musicals. Over the next several weeks, we will take a brief look at 80 different musicals that take place in different parts of the world…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: King Kong Edition (The Big 8) by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: KING KONG EDITIONA few weeks ago, we started was a super talented cast of 35! Thi…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 As Good or Better Replacements by JK

There's something special about seeing the original cast of a Broadway show. But seeing replacement casts (and/or individual replacements) can be great, too.  In fact, over the years, w…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

#TBT: CD Review: OBCR: The Scarlet Pimpernel by JK

After you read this, you may think less of my taste in musicals, but I have to tell it like it is. Though he's Broadway's favorite whipping boy, Frank Wildhorn is really only responsibl…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

LOGOS: King Kong by JK

I was interested to read the initial reports of previews of King Kong, as I always am. But I was really interested to read on one of the message boards about a reaction to the merch, and in …

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Short Broadway Run? Saw It Anyway! by JK

I'm sure we can all agree that we all have favorite shows that ran for far too short a time. And we probably all have seen shows that we can't believe ran at all. Over the years, I've seen p…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: King Kong Edition (The Sweet 16) by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: KING KONG EDITIONWell, in the past week, Kong has taken over Broadway, and YOU ha…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

The Friday 5: Broadway Flea Market Thoughts by JK

Last Sunday, Mike, our mutual friend and I made our annual trek to the big city for The Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction. We, along with several thousand of other theater-loving fans s…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Broadway Boys: Mr. October 2018: Ben Crawford by JK

What better a choice for Halloween month's Mr. Broadway than a multi-talented actor who has played not one but two of the Main Stem's most notorious monsters? A few years ago, he played that…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Broadway Ladies: Ms. October 2018: Taylor Louderman by JK

It is October 3rd and a Wednesday, Mean Girls fans. Can you think of a more fetch way to celebrate the fun than a tribute to the meanest of the mean girls, Regina George herself? T…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

REVIEW: The Band's Visit (Re-visit) by JK

Review of the Sunday matinee on September 30, 2018 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City. Starring Katrina Lenk, Sasson Gabay, Ari'el Stachel, Ahmad Maksoud, John Cariani, George A…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: King Kong Edition (Round 1) by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT: KING KONG EDITIONSo far, you've crowned THREE winners in the BROADWAY HEAT competition for …

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Remembering Joe Masteroff by JK

Seems like we are always talking about scores we love. And that we are always blaming the book for a show's shortcomings. I'm generalizing, of course. But the passing yesterday of Joe Master…

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The Friday 5: 5 Favorite Shows Based on Books by JK

We talk so much these days about shows based on films. Rarely, it seems, much is discussed about shows that come from books. Some of the greatest musicals of all time are based on novels and…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of The Nap by JK

The NapOpening Night: Thursday, September 27, 2018Samuel J. Friedman TheatreCongratulations to the following cast members making their Broadway debut tonight!Alexandra Billings(Waxy Bush)&nb…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Finishing What Playbill Started: Musicals With Actors Playing Their Own Instruments by JK

Late last week, Playbill ran THIS  article about 9 plays and musicals that used actors as an onstage band.  For some reason, they drew the line at nine!  And in doing so,…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Welcome to the Theatre! The Broadway Debuts of Bernhardt/Hamlet by JK

Bernhardt/HamletOpening Night: Tuesday, September 25, 2018American Airlines TheatreCongratulations to the following cast members making their Broadway debut tonight!Matthew Amendt(Understudy…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

REVIEW: Passion (Signature Theatre) by JK

Review of the Sunday, September 23, 2018 matinee performance at the Max at Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia. Starring Natascia Diaz, Claybourne Elder, Steffanie Leigh, John Leslie Wo…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

The Friday 5: 5 Once-Wasn't-Enough Shows by JK

Previously, on The Friday 5...Mike and I shared the 5 shows we saw that we were glad we saw, but once was enough. And we shared those shows we wished for a refund after seeing them…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

#TBT: Damn Yankees Baseball Cards by JK

So I was cleaning my bookcases the other day, and I pulled out a large 3-ring binder from the oft-forgotten bottom shelf. Inside were pages and pages of Broadway memories. The back pages inc…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

#MyBroadwayThing: Playbill Binders by JK

I must be finding it therapeutic to share my obsession with all things Playbill with you, loyal reader. Today's #MyBroadwayThing is all about Playbill binders. I have two kinds, both of…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

LOGOS: The Waverly Gallery by JK

The Waverly Gallery is a play I'm looking forward to this season, mainly because Kenneth Lonergan is a writer I've gained quite an appreciation for, as well as the all-star cast. I admit tha…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

BROADWAY HEAT: Pretty Woman (The Championship Round!) by JK

THIS IS IT! THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND!THE BROADWAY HEAT: PRETTY WOMAN EDITION!HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.After several weeks, and t…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Remembering Marin Mazzie by JK

Like so many of you, I am completely devastated by the passing of Marin Mazzie. It just seems to impossible to believe.My history of enjoying the power, grace and beauty of her spirit and es…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

#TBT: CD Review: OBCR City of Angels by JK

Next up on our weekly trip down memory lane is a look back at the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the 6-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 1990, City of Angels. Proof that if a show…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

At the Stage Door: Passion by JK

I'm pretty sure I've shared with you that I was not particularly fond of Passion the first time I saw it. But as a life-long fan of Sondheim, I knew I could never fairly judge a piece o…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Most Shows at One Theater (Part 3) by JK

Over the past weeks, I began to celebrate the start of my 36th year of going to Broadway shows, by looking at the theaters where I've seen multiple distinct productions. Miss the first part?…

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