Friday, April 18, 2014

THE 2014 HOT OR NOT FINALS BALLOT 3: MALE AND FEMALE ENSEMBLE AND MALE SWING by JK

Less than a week from today is the cut-off for productions that want to be considered for the 2014 Tonys, and awards season will begin.  But, since all of the new musical productions ha…

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

JKTS Chat: An Interview with Submissions Only's Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Part 2) by JK

He was Mr. Broadway back in April 2012, and now Andrew Keenan-Bolger is back at JKTS with a pretty cool interview!  Earlier this week, he talked about his family ties to Broadway, polit…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CLICK BOX TO YOUR LEFT TO TAKE NEW POLL! THE 2014 HOT OR NOT FINALS BALLOT 2: FEATURED ACTOR AND FEATURED ACTRESS by JK

DUE TO A SERVER ERROR, YOU WILL NEED TO CLICK THE "HOT OR NOT" LOGO TO YOUR LEFT TO ACCESS THE POLL AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLOG ENTRY!  THANK YOU!THIS IS A NEW POLL - THE SECOND OF T…

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

JKTS Chat: An Interview with Newsies' Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Part One) by JK

If you follow my blog at all, you know that I am a huge fan of the Keenan-Bolger siblings.  Maggie is an accomplished writer, and her sister, Celia, is an accomplished actress (if there…

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Monday, April 14, 2014

THE 2014 HOT OR NOT FINALS BALLOT 1: LEADING ACTOR, LEADING ACTRESS AND FEMALE SWING by JK

Ten days from today is the cut-off for productions that want to be considered for the 2014 Tonys, and awards season will begin.  But, since all of the new musical productions have eithe…

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

REVIEW: Bullets Over Broadway by JK

Review of the Saturday, April 5th matinee preview performance at the St. James Theatre in New York City.  Starring Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Brooks Ashmanskas, Nick Cordero, Vincent Pas…

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FACE of the FUTURE: Aladdin's Jonathan Schwartz by JK

His kinda nerdy, but definitely cute looks caught my eye when I was watching Aladdin.  His charming, high energy performance as Aladdin's buddy Omar kept my attention.  As it turns…

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

REVIEW: Les Misérables by JK

Review of the Sunday, April 6 matinee performance at the Imperial Theatre in New York City.  Starring Ramin Karimloo, Will Swensen, Caissie Levy, Nikki M. James, Samantha Hill, Andy Mie…

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

HOT or NOT Round 16: The Hedwig and the Angry Inch Edition by JK

Well, it seems like it has been a long season, with a tidy 16 musicals opening on Broadway - 12 new (!) and 4 revivals. Way back in July, First Date began previews, and then in March, the fi…

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Monday, April 7, 2014

REVIEW: The Most Happy Fella by JK

Review of the Saturday, April 5th evening performance at the New York City Center.  A presentation of the Encores! series.  Starring Shuler Hensley, Laura Benanti, Cheyenne Jackson…

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Fanboy Confessions: My Heidi Blickenstaff Crush by JK

According to the Miriam-Webster online dictionary, a "fanboy" is defined as "a boy who is an enthusiastic devotee (as of comics or movies)." Well, since I can actually admit that I…

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Broadway Things That Make Me Happy - April Edition by JK

So, April isn't even a full 3 days old yet, and I am already really Broadway HAPPY!  (If things keep going like this, there might be one of these each week!  OK... nobody's that&nb…

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CONTEST: WIN Tickets to Off-Broadway's UNDER MY SKIN by JK

I'm excited to bring you a contest for a new Off-Broadway play that has some great stage and TV stars, and written by the duo that provided scripts for three of my favorite classic TV sit-co…

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HOT or NOT Round 15: The VIOLET Edition by JK

Among the most beloved musicals in the modern era, Violet finally comes to Broadway!  Starring Broadway favorite Sutton Foster, the entire cast is filled with actors at the top of …

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

REVIEW: If/Then by JK

Review of the preview matinee on Sunday, March 16 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City.  Starring Idina Menzel, La Chanze, Anthony Rapp, and James Snyder, with Jenn Colella, …

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Friday, March 28, 2014

LOGOS: New and Improved Beautiful Bridges by JK

Whether it is because a show is settling in for a long run and the logo needs some Times Square level sprucing up, or because the marketing needs some serious overhauling, most shows update …

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

CD REVIEW: Jarrod Spector: A Little Help from My Friends (Live at 54 Below) by JK

I think this may be the first time that I'm reviewing a CD that one of my former "Broadway Boys" has put out.  Jarrod Spector, who is one of the main reasons to even bother with Beautif…

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Broadway Things That Make Me Happy March Edition by JK

Here's a few things in the TheatreScene that make me really happy!Tony-winner Turns Billboard Top 10 ArtistShe was the surprise story at the Oscars (Thank you, John Travolta!).  She's (…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Another ABBA Musical? "Act One" by JK

It is always interesting for me and my best buddy and theatre companion Mike to figure out what we are going to do for that long wait until a 3 o'clock curtain on a Sunday afternoon.  L…

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Monday, March 24, 2014

HOT or NOT Round 14: The Cabaret Edition by JK

Sixteen years ago, the revival of Cabaret raised the bar for what audiences expect from a musical revival.  Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall brought the already classic back in a gritty, har…

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Friday, March 21, 2014

REVIEW: Aladdin by JK

Review of the evening preview performance on Saturday, March 15 at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.  Starring Adam Jacobs, James Monroe Iglehart, Courtney Reed and Jonathan F…

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Star-Gazing: The Power Behind the Broadway Scene This Spring (M - Z) by JK

Here's the last in my series of blogs that takes a look at the award-winning pedigree of the stars, writers and creative teams behind all of the shows opening this spring. (Behind the Scenes…

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CD REVIEW: Big Fish by JK

Big Fish the Original Cast Recording is pretty much like Big Fish the musical.  And that's not necessarily a good thing.  At least everyone involved can be proud of their consisten…

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

REVIEW: ROCKY by JK

Review of the matinee performance on Saturday, March 15 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.  Starring Andy Karl, Margo Seibert, Terence Archie, Dakin Matthews, Danny Mastrogi…

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Monday, March 17, 2014

HOT or NOT Round 13: The BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Edition by JK

 This could be just what Broadway needs this season - a big musical comedy extravaganza!  Bullets Over Broadway is all singing, dancing, and hi-jinx!  A score of timeless clas…

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Broadway Ladies: Ms. March 2014: Les Miserables' Keala Settle by JK

Ms. March 2014Keala SettleWHY SHE'S MS. BROADWAY: How do you make your return to Broadway after a Tony-nominated turn?  Well, if you are Ms. April, you tackle an iconic role in a great …

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Broadway Boys: Mr. March 2014: Rocky's Andy Karl by JK

Mr. March 2014Andy KarlWHY HE'S MR. BROADWAY: He's been slowly and steadily building a solid resume of roles in touring, Off-Broadway, and Broadway shows since he moved to the big city …

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Star-Gazing: The Power Behind the Broadway Scene This Spring (A - L) by JK

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about all of the star power coming to Broadway this spring.  Several of you wrote to express that I was leaving out the other half of the equation by no…

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CONTEST: CD Giveaway! Enter To Win Les Misérables Live! Dream The Dream by JK

Hey, Les Miz fans, have I got a giveaway for you!  Read on!I'm giving away THREE copies of Les Misérables Live! Dream The Dream !The live 2010 recording of the 25th Anniversary of Came…

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Monday, March 10, 2014

HOT or NOT Round 12: The IF/THEN Edition by JK

Whether you call her Idina Menzel or Adele Kazeem, that wickedly talented gal is headlining one of the most star-studded, talked about new musicals of the season.  And I do mean st…

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Re-Imagined: The New Les Miserables Poses Many Questions... by JK

Previously, I blogged about the "re-imagined Phantom of the Opera" (HERE), without the onus of seeing that show anytime soon.  But the "re-imagined Les Miserables, " now in previews, is…

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