Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pop Covers Of Broadway Showtunes by Mark Robinson

Broadway showtunes rarely get the exposure that music from the world of pop music enjoys. However, everyone once and a while someone with mass exposure records a song from a Broadway music…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Remembering I Love My Wife by Mark Robinson

Some musical are period pieces, written with the intention of telling a story in another and place. Other musicals are written as contemporary stories, starting out relevant and feeling ed…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Remembering Barnum by Mark Robinson

Long before there was a film called The Greatest Showman, Broadway had its own musical version of the life of P.T. Barnum. This show, simply called  Barnum, featured a score with music by…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Remembering Paint Your Wagon by Mark Robinson

Lerner and Loewe certainly wrote some gorgeous music together for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. From Brigadoon to My Fair Lady, from Gigi to  Camelot, the duo crafted lush, elegant m…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Remembering Big by Mark Robinson

Movies have long been the inspiration for Broadway musicals. It is easy to say that this is a recent trend, but that simply is not so. Just as there have been many musicals that have taken…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Remembering Steel Pier by Mark Robinson

The composing team of Kander and Ebb were often attracted to properties that allowed them to tell a show-within-a-show story, often using the show or entertainment style within to provide …

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Married to Showtunes: A Playlist that Requires a Prenup by Mark Robinson

Summer is such a popular time for weddings, everyone betting the bank on happiness and receiving gifts for trying. I’m not a fan of weddings and I often find myself drifting into distrac…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Remembering The Life by Mark Robinson

A musical that seems to have those who remember it divided, with some people having enjoyed it and others just absolutely disgusted by it, was the 1997 Broadway production of The Life. Wi…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Remembering Grind by Mark Robinson

An eagerly anticipated musical of the 1984-1985 Broadway season was Grind, set to be Harold Prince’s big project of the time, but ultimately part of a sequence of lulls in what was an o…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Murder on Broadway! Broadway’s Murder and Mystery Musicals by Mark Robinson

I don’t know why, but I have murder and mystery on the mind lately and it got me thinking about Broadway musicals that have these two intriguing elements central to their makeup. Though …

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Remembering Hazel Flagg by Mark Robinson

Helen Gallagher is an actress who came very close to being one of Broadway musicals’ biggest stars, on a par with Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, or Gwen Verdon. Always one of the standout su…

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Remembering King of Hearts by Mark Robinson

When I was in college in the 1990s, my favorite course was The History of the American Musical Theatre. The stories, the evolution of the form, the music, the musicals themselves all playe…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Remembering The Happy Time by Mark Robinson

The composing team of Kander and Ebb are typically first remembered as the creators of the edgy, flashy, razzle-dazzle music of such shows as Cabaret  and Chicago. It would be wrong, how…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

More or Loesser: 15 Great Songs by Frank Loesser by Mark Robinson

When I sat down to write a “Top 15” list of Frank Loesser songs, the composer-lyricist behind such Broadway musical hits as Guys & Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, and How to Succeed…

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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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