Friday, June 14, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Times Broadway Had Puppets by JK

In honor of the closing of Avenue Q and the Tony-winning King Kong, we use this week's Friday 5 to celebrate the art of puppetry. Over the years, we've seen some awesome, jaw-dropping stuff…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ms. Broadway 2019: Tootsie's Lilli Cooper by JK

Ms. Broadway June 2019 has an impressive resume in film, TV and, of course, theater. And she's just getting started - she's our youngest honoree yet. Whether she's creating roles in big new…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mr. Broadway June 2019: The Prom's Brooks Ashmankas by JK

Mr. Broadway June 2019 is that increasingly rare creature - a constantly working stage actor. He's constantly in regional theaters, and has done a few TV shows and a movie. And he's been a s…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The 2019 Tony Awards: A Few Thoughts... by JK

It is finished. The 2018-2019 Broadway season is officially in the books, and the post-Tonys haze begins to lift. Like most of you, we were glued to the screen on Sunday night watching event…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Broadway Heat: Beetlejuice and Tootsie: The Elite 8 Round by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Beetlejuice / Tootsie Edition Last week's elimination was a real nail biter, wit…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Jeff and Mike's 2019 Tony Awards Picks by JK

It's finally here! The weekend we all look forward to. Am I right, theater fans? Seems like just yesterday that The Band's Visit took home 10 awards. Yet here we are again! It's 2019 Tony A…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: Pippin: April 2013 by JK

One of the greatest thrills of seeing live theater is when you see a favorite work in a whole new light. Such is the case with the 2013 revival of Pippin, which completely blew me away. Ther…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

One That Got Away: Bob Fosse's Big Deal by JK

After spending a lot of time looking back at 300 different Broadway shows, and feeling so grateful for every single one of them, I also started thinking about shows I missed. It seems... I d…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

300 Shows: Favorite Play Revivals by JK

Of the 300 distinct Broadway productions I've seen over the past 35+ years, and 22 of them play revivals. And they've run the gamut in quality, as you might expect. In looking over my lists …

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Broadway Heat: Beetlejuice and Tootsie: Sweet 16 Round by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Beetlejuice / Tootsie Edition This week begins the final edition of Broadway Heat …

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Looking Forward to Summer: June - August 2019 by JK

The heat is on, and we aren't taking a break from great theater because of a little summer sweat! There's a variety of stuff on our agenda over the next three months - a re-visit to the firs…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

CD Review: OBCR The Cher Show by JK

The song is called "Woman's World," but let's face it, we live in Cher's World. For proof, you need look (or listen) no further the Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Cher Show which i…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Fosse/Verdon: Episodes 7 - 8 by JK

Sure, it was soapy, but the musical theater nerd and Bob Fosse fanatic in me loved every single minute of the miniseries Fosse/Verdon. And I am sad to see it go. I'll especially going to mis…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

300 Broadway Shows: My Favorite Musical Revivals by JK

Since my first Broadway show and my 300th were both revivals, it seems only fitting that my looking back over nearly 36 years of shows begins with my favorite revivals. Over the years, I've …

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Monday, May 27, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: Oklahoma! and Hadestown Edition: The Championship Round! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor. BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Oklahoma! / Hadestown EditionLike we said last week, in order to get through the re…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

300 Broadway Shows! (...and Counting!) by JK

Well, it took just short of thirty-six years, bit I finally reached a big milestone in my Broadway theater-going career! As of last Sunday, I have seen 300 different Broadway productions. Th…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

REVIEW: Oklahoma! by JK

Review of the Sunday, May 19, 2019 matinee performance at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. Starring Will Brill, Damon Daunno, James Davis, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Allie Stroke…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

REVIEW: Tootsie by JK

Review of the Saturday, May 18, 2019 evening performance at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. Starring Santino Fontana, John Behlmann, Lilli Cooper, Andy Grotelueschen, Julie Halston, Mi…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

REVIEW: Hadestown by JK

Review of the Saturday, May 18, 2019 matinee performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Starring Reeve Carney, Andre de Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page. Book, music and lyrics …

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REVIEW: Hadestown by JK

Review of the Saturday, May 18, 2019 matinee performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Starring Reeve Carney, Andre de Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page. Book, music and lyrics …

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Monday, May 20, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: Oklahoma! and Hadestown Edition: The Final 4! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Oklahoma! / Hadestown Edition Like we said last week, in order to get through t…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Standing @ Zero: Tootsie's Harris Milgrim by JK

So, why "Standing at Zero"? You know the numbers across the front of the stage? Zero is center, and we are putting one performer front and center.At the end of April, this month's honoree op…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

FOSSE/VERDON: Episodes 4 - 6 by JK

Bob Fosse, Nicole Fosse and Gwen Verdon As the FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon continues, I admire the show more and more, and I am completely smitten with the brilliant Michelle Williams. I've …

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

REVIEW: Grand Hotel: The Musical by JK

Review of the Sunday, May 12, 2019 matinee at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Book by Luther Davis. Music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest. Additional music and lyric…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: Oklahoma! and Hadestown Edition: The Elite 8! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Oklahoma! / Hadestown Edition Like we said last week, in order to get through t…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Favorite Show Logos of the 2018 -2019 Season by JK

With the 2018-2019 Broadway season now in the history books, it's time to take a look back at the year in logos. It's one of my favorite topics, so it makes sense to start there! So, this we…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ms. Broadway May 2019: Beetlejuice's Kerry Butler by JK

I've had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Broadway May 2019 in nine different shows over the years, from her Broadway debut in Blood Brothers all the way through to her triple-role turn in last …

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mr. Broadway May 2019: Tootsie's John Behlmann by JK

Some actors find success in all mediums. Such is the case with Mr. Broadway May 2019, who has found steady work in television, film, and, of course, the stage. He's the kind of actor whose f…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

REVIEW: OBCR: The Prom - On Vinyl! by JK

The nostalgic/stubborn side of me is thrilled that vinyl cast recordings are back in style. I know, I know. I've written about this before. But now I have reason to write about it again, bec…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

BROADWAY HEAT: Oklahoma! and Hadestown Edition: The Sweet 16! by JK

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; has "buzz"; has "it" factor.BROADWAY HEAT X 2: Oklahoma! / Hadestown Edition In order to get through the rest of the season's show…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Thoughts on the 2019 Tony Awards Nominations by JK

As I mentioned earlier this week, for the first time in decades, I was unable to see the Tony nominations live as they happened. Frustrating!!! Well, the good news is that 6 items on our "wi…

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