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Theatre NYC: Shaken and Stirring on Broadway

(April 26, 2017) - Basketball fans eyeing the finals have nothing on theatre aficionados—and the stakes are just as high now that Tony season is upon us. And while you might think landing a shiny statuette is the carrot that entices big name players to Broadway each season, this just isn’t the case. (read the story...)

Beautiful Music: Abby Mueller Channels Carole King on Broadway

(April 19, 2017) - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has become something of a sister act. First Jessie Mueller portrayed the singer-songwriter—and won the Tony Award for best actress in a leading role in a musical. (When Mueller left to star in Waitress, Chilina Kennedy stepped in.) But this past March, the stage of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre was back in the Mueller family when Jessie’s older sister, Abby—fresh from playing King in Beautiful’s national tour—took over the lead on Broadway. (read the story...)

Kevin Spacey to Host 2017 Tony Awards

(April 18, 2017) - Radio City Music Hall will be welcoming Kevin Spacey back into Broadway’s inner circle on June 11th when he steps onto the iconic stage as host of the 71st Annual Tony Awards. (read the story...)

Avenue Q: NYC’s Part-Puppet, Part-Human, Off-Broadway Sensation

(April 10, 2017) - Thought puppets were for kids? Think again. Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the ageless story of a bright-eyed college graduate arriving in New York City with big dreams and a near-empty bank account — and it’s not necessarily the type of show you want to take your children to see (the storyline touches on issues like sex, drinking, and porn-surfing). Part-puppet, part-person, next time you’re looking for a show that will have your sides aching from so much laughter, Avenue Q is your stop. (read the story...)

Broadway's Gideon Glick and the Search for a Significant Other

(March 28, 2017) - It’s been more than a few weeks since I saw Gideon Glick in playwright Joshua Harmon’s funny, poignant, strikingly human Significant Other which—as it spiraled beyond its heartfelt conclusion into curtain call—left a young woman sitting behind me in tears. The kind of heavy-duty tears that speak to an emotional connection with the characters that inhabited our hearts for the previous two hours and fifteen minutes. (read the story...)

Jonathan Freeman and Aladdin's 'Whole New World' on Broadway

(March 22, 2017) - In Aladdin, there is no doubt about the source of all infamy: Jafar, the sultan’s manipulative vizier scheming for control of the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah. And without question, Jonathan Freeman—who has played Jafar for a quarter century, in Disney’s animated film version and its sequel, television series, and video games—personifies Jafar’s fiendishness. (read the story...)

Broadway Goes Full Throttle for Spring

(March 22, 2017) - It happens every spring: Broadway’s rip-roaring, all-star running of the new show bulls. And April, my theatre-craving friends, is mondo month for taking in previews and openings as the shows stampede towards June 11th’s Tony Awards. (read the story...)

Circus 1903: A Golden Age Returns at Madison Square Garden

(March 17, 2017) - Think back for a minute to the golden age of the circus, when traveling acts went from town to city hoisting up their tents and bringing a memorable spectacle to ticket-holders time and time again. It might be 2017, but Madison Square Garden is about to recreate some of that early twentieth century magic with Circus 1903: The Golden Age of the Circus. Serving as an ode to unforgettable decades when circuses ruled the entertainment world, Circus 1903 brings back to life the circus in all its glory in the heart of New York City. (read the story...)

Bit Parts: Breaking Theatre News & Reviews in a New York Nutshell

(March 06, 2017) - The latest gossip on this spring's newest Broadway shows-with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, Allison Janney, and more. (read the story...)

Stomp: Off-Broadway's Finest Spectacle

(February 28, 2017) - If you’ve never bothered to see an Off-Broadway show during your time in New York City, then we think it’s fair to say that you’re missing out… big time. STOMP, a spectacular theatrical performance is one of Manhattan’s most beloved resident performances with its musical presence, and as you’re about to learn, it’s a show that everybody must see at least once in their lives (if not many, many more times). (read the story...)

Discount Theatre in NYC: Off-Broadway Week 2017

(February 24, 2017) - Though Broadway typically gets the spotlight, New York City’s theatre scene goes far beyond the Great White Way. Explore some of the city’s smaller stages this February and March by taking advantage of Off-Broadway Week. Sponsored by NYC & Company, Off-Broadway Week gives theatergoers the chance to purchase 2-for-1 tickets to select Off-Broadway shows. The promotion will run from February 27–March 12, 2017. (read the story...)

March Magic: What's New on Broadway

(February 24, 2017) - Just when you thought selecting the perfect Broadway show would be a slam-dunk, a hefty March preview count turned the New York theatre decision-making process into a supersized challenge. From the month’s first heady days, when the long-awaited revival of Miss Saigon helicopters in (3/1), and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s Sweat transfers from Off-Broadway to Studio 54 (3/4), it’s a pedal-to-metal landscape. (read the story...)

Broadway’s On Your Feet! | The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

(February 17, 2017) - If you plan to be backstage at the Marquis Theatre between shows on any given Saturday, it’s a good idea to brush up on your Spanish. The bilingual cast of On Your Feet!—the high-octane musical bio about Emilio and Gloria Estefan—has reserved the day to converse exclusively “en Español,” or, as leading lady Ana Villafañe explains, “It’s a game we play every week to honor our cultures and the two people [who] brought these cultures together through their music.” (read the story...)

Preview Season for New York Theatre: 1984 & More!

(February 07, 2017) - Football season? Over. Theatre season? Just revving up. In the now, previews: the new offerings of On-, Off-, and Off-Off-Broadway are entering the theatrical arena at an exhilarating rate. (read the story...)

The Big BroadwayCon 2017 Wrap Up!

(February 02, 2017) - BroadwayCon—the theatre-addict’s pipeline to merchandise, networking, cavorting, hobnobbing—with each other and the celebs who make the Great White Way great—may be over but, like reliving a favorite show in your mind’s eye, the takeaway is indelible. (read the story...)

Happy Bubble Birthday (A Gazillion Times Over!)

(January 30, 2017) - On Saturday, February 15th the family-friendly, ultra-popular, über-delightful, mega-awesome Gazillion Bubble Show will celebrate its tenth anniversary at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages. (read the story...)

The Devil Wears Prada Heads to Broadway

(January 30, 2017) - Books–to-movies-to-mega-stage-musicals may be business as usual by now, but sometimes the stakes are high enough to celebrate—like when Sir Elton John (music) and Paul Rudnick (book and lyrics) team up to write a musical version of The Devil Wears Prada for Broadway. (read the story...)

New York Theatre's February Celebrity Scene

(January 25, 2017) - The crush of powerhouse players steamrolling their way onto Broadway this February says it all: 2017’s superstar muscle has arrived. (read the story...)

A Bronx Tale's Nick Cordero and Bigger-Than-Life Life

(January 20, 2017) - Few Broadway shows have the professional pedigree brought to life in the memory musical A Bronx Tale. Born of actor-writer Chazz Palminteri’s hit one-man stage/childhood-through-young-adulthood 1960s flashback, this indelible production shines brightly thanks in part to the performance by Nick Cordero as complicated gangster/mentor to Calogero (Chazz) that strikes the loudest and most poignant chord with theatergoers. (read the story...)

Broadway Behind the Scenes: BroadwayCon Update, Aladdin Changes, and More

(January 18, 2017) - For the next couple of weeks leading up to BroadwayCon’s three days kicking off on January 27th, I expect there will be one, two, or several more updates to my original story. This is the first. (read the story...)

Unprecedented Broadway: Cirque de Soleil PARAMOUR

(January 10, 2017) - It may be teeming with virtuoso acrobats, tumblers, aerialists, unicyclists, and an irresistible clown (Nate Cooper), but Cirque de Soleil PARAMOUR is a world apart from conventional circus creations. Here these acts serve as a Cirque celebration and as a backdrop to one of Broadway’s most creative productions to date. (read the story...)

BroadwayCon 2017: Broadway's Biggest Names Come Out to Play

(January 10, 2017) - BroadwayCon, Broadway’s seismic annual event, has outgrown last year’s New York Hilton Midtown venue. For 2017, from Friday, January 27th through Sunday the 29th, BroadwayCon will “play” NYC’s Jacob Javits Center with a star-spangled “cast” of celebs, both onstage & behind the scenes. Carpe BroadwayCon! (read the story...)

Save on NYC's Best Theater During Winter Broadway Week!

(January 06, 2017) - Broadway is home to some of the highest quality productions in the world—and, unfortunately, also some of the highest ticket prices. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to save money on tickets to the Great White Way. Theatergoers heading to Broadway this January and February, for instance, can take advantage of Broadway Week, which will offer 2-for-1 tickets to top Broadway shows. (read the story...)

A Confident and Compelling 'Othello: The Remix'

(January 04, 2017) - I first read Othello in high school; I directed a scene from it in college; I’ve sat through countless stage productions and I’ve caught a few film versions here and there (thank you, TCM). But I have never been as swept up in the emotional trajectory of the characters as I was in the Q Brother’s hip-hop take, Othello: The Remix. (read the story...)

New to Broadway: Debuts from Cate Blanchett, Mel B & More!

(January 03, 2017) - When it comes to New York in the throes of winter, the thrill of the chill is a plus only for those who get a kick out of all things arctic. For the rest of us, it’s not as alluring to be hopping giant puddles at street corners and scaling grungy piles—January’s slush fund concept isn’t so much an illicit nest egg as it is an investment in waterproof boots. (read the story...)


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