Friday, June 7, 2019

Predicting the 2019 Tony Winners by Mark Robinson

As I typically do, I have made my pre-Tony Award predictions, my educated guesses as to who will win in each category. This is not particularly my forte, but I am going to do my best here.…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 2005 by Mark Robinson

The 2005 Tony Awards represented a season where all four Best Musical nominees could have easily walked away with the Best Musical prize, each show offering something very different and sp…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1961 by Mark Robinson

1961 was an interesting year in Tony history for a couple of reasons. First, it was a year where there were only three Best Musical nominees instead of four, and second because there were …

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tony Talk: Assessing the Best Musical and Best Play Tony Nominations by Mark Robinson

When I was a teenager, I would pace back and forth waiting for the Tony nominations to come out each spring. I’d walk to the gas station on the corner and pick up a copy of The New York…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1987 by Mark Robinson

In writing about these the Tony-nominated Best Musicals of various seasons and making a judgment as to which nominee deserved to win, I take full ownership of my opinion and realize that m…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1973 by Mark Robinson

This week’s debate takes us back to 1973, a year were anything was likely to happen and where two musicals (out of four nominees) were really the chief contenders for Best Musical, and t…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 2004 by Mark Robinson

I find this particular Tony year the most oft-debated on social media. Of course, it was a year with incredibly diverse offerings, and the four nominated Best Musicals each had a great dea…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1966 by Mark Robinson

1966 was an interesting year in Tony Award history. Three of the four nominated Best Musicals, Man of La Mancha, Mame, and Sweet Charity, ultimately achieved iconic status and could hav…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1993 by Mark Robinson

Going into the 1992-1993 theatre Season, most theatergoers were anticipating the forthcoming musical The Goodbye Girl to be the big hit and Best Musical victor at the Tony Awards. By Jun…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

The Name on Everybody’s Lips is Gwen Verdon by Mark Robinson

With the TV miniseries Fosse/Verdon on is way to the small screen this April, I thought I would take some time to look back on one of Broadway’s most captivating triple-threats and honor…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1958 by Mark Robinson

Oh, you knew that sooner or later I was going to have to address this one, easily the most debated Tony Awards Best Musical outcome in history. Many people feel that West Side Story shou…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

10 For 10: Ten Flop Musicals of the Last Ten Years That Deserve a Second Look by Mark Robinson

A while back, I wrote a piece about flop musicals that deserved a second chance on Broadway. Many of you wrote to me and wondered why I hadn’t mentioned any recent shows. When I write ab…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Time for a Parade: Hugh Jackman to Return to Broadway in The Music Man by Mark Robinson

Break out the marching band uniforms, the brass instruments, the banners and batons! The Music Man is headed back to Broadway and it is time for a parade. Producer Scott Rudin has announce…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1984 by Mark Robinson

For “The Best Musical Tony Award Debate”, my new weekly series, I will take a look at the musicals nominated for Best Musical in one Tony Season, discuss and debate the contenders, the…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Remembering The Grand Tour by Mark Robinson

Jerry Herman is best remembered for his splashy musical comedies, including Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles. In fact, Herman often is unfairly criticized (in some circles) fo…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1991 by Mark Robinson

After taking a short hiatus and some much needed rest and relaxation, Theatreguy is back to continue write about Broadway musicals of the past, present, and the future. One of the new addi…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Best Musical Theater Album - The Grammys by Mark Robinson

The Grammy Awards are set to air this Sunday, February 10th, and with all the pop superstars about to take center stage to receive accolades on national television, I thought it might be n…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Remembering Bloomer Girl by Mark Robinson

The other night I was making my way through Amazon Prime video, looking for something to watch. After sorting through hundreds of movies and television shows that I just knew wouldn’t ho…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Remembering Shirley Jones in Maggie Flynn by Mark Robinson

Shirley Jones proved her mettle as a star of musicals, albeit predominantly in film musicals. She found her early start when the casting director for Rodgers and Hammerstein, John Fearnley…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Remembering Bajour by Mark Robinson

In 1964, a musical opened on Broadway that neither a runway hit, nor was it a calamitous flop. The musical drew its inspiration from two Joseph Mitchell New Yorker short stories: “The G…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Broadway Musical Magic: Remembering The Magic Show and Merlin by Mark Robinson

Hardly anyone ever speaks of this long-running musical of the 1970s, and a revival of the show most certainly will never happen, but it is hard to dismiss the Broadway success of The Magi…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Bareilles Returns to Waitress with Creel In Tow by Mark Robinson

As the Broadway musical Waitress enters its third-year on the Great White Way, producers have a bit of exciting news to go with the anniversary. Sara Bareilles, the singer-songwriter who …

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Remembering Applause by Mark Robinson

Imagine setting out to write a musical based on one of the most celebrated screenplays of all time, only to find that you cannot secure permission to use it, but you can get the rights to …

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Remembering Goldilocks by Mark Robinson

When a musical flops, it hurts, especially when it has a score that is fun and infectious, superseding a troubled book that doesn’t quite create the structure needed to make the whole pi…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Cockeyed Optimist: The Broadway Musicals of Mary Martin by Mark Robinson

One the most beloved performers of the Broadway musical is the late, great Mary Martin. Mary Martin possessed a lovely, distinctive voice, a coquettish smile, and a persona that evoked opt…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Remembering Plain and Fancy by Mark Robinson

Not every Broadway musical is a runaway hit, but then not every musical is a calamitous flop. Over the years, there have been many musicals, also-rans, that lasted a season and offered man…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

When the West End and Broadway Came Together for Christmas by Mark Robinson

This week I was thinking about a holiday special that ran on Britain’s ITV that captured the beauty and spectacle of musical theatre in the late 1980s. Save the Children was the name of…

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tony Nominations - Where We Are Wrong — Mark Robinson Writes by Mark Robinson

Earlier this week the 2015 Tony Award nominations came out and we have seen the usual barrage of whines and complaints that “so-and-so was snubbed” or “this show was entirely overlooke…

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