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

(April 04, 2019) - 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...)

A Loverly Conversation with My Fair Lady’s Harry Hadden-Paton

(December 11, 2018) - In many ways, the brilliant Broadway revival of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater is very much like the smash musical when it premiered on Broadway in 1956, starting with the plot. (read the story...)

License to Chill: Broadway Escapes to Margaritaville

(May 11, 2018) - Heaven for Parrot Heads (usually wherever Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band are playing) has a new home in New York. At Broadway’s Marquis Theatre you’ll find Buffet’s rom-com musical Escape to Margaritaville, which uses his familiar songs about island getaways, grapefruit, pirates, and lost shakers of salt to breathe joyous, relaxed life into a rather enchanting love story with no shortage of comedy on the side. (read the story...)

SpongeBob on Broadway: An Exhilarating Postcard From Bikini Bottom

(May 01, 2018) - SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical quickly and emphatically answers the question on the minds of audiences at the Palace Theatre: can a tender-hearted animated yellow sponge (who lives in a pineapple) and the other creatures of the undersea world of Bikini Bottom survive—and thrive—onstage? (read the story...)

Derek Klena and Anastasia—Broadway’s Mysterious 'Journey to the Past'

(October 27, 2017) - In the early scenes of the musical Anastasia, the setting morphs from the extravagant Imperial Palace ballroom in St. Petersburg, Russia, 1917, to a drab street scene in what has become Leningrad, 1927, filled with desperate and struggling locals. Yet even with political banners touting the success of the Russian Revolution looming in the background, a rumor is rapidly spreading: the Grand Duchess Anastasia survived the Bolsheviks’ killings of her family—Czar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, and her four siblings—nine years earlier. (read the story...)

Jackie Burns, Defying Gravity in Wicked on Broadway

(October 13, 2017) - Jackie Burns and her family attended a preview of Wicked in 2003 at the Gershwin Theatre, starring Idina Menzel, defying gravity as Elphaba, the green-skinned Ozian who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. Witnessing Menzel embody this fierce female character—who could really belt a ballad—moved Burns to make a vow. “I turned to my mom and I said, ‘I have to play Elphaba,’ ” she said. ‘She’s my dream role.’ It was mind blowing.” (read the story...)

Take It Sleazy: Jon Jon Briones in Miss Saigon’s First Broadway Revival

(June 14, 2017) - The acclaimed Broadway revival of Miss Saigon brings back the tragic love story of Chris (Alistair Brammer), an American soldier, and Kim (Eva Noblezada), a 17-year-old Vietnamese bargirl, shortly before United States troops evacuate Saigon in 1975. As for the third key player in this compelling musical, look to “The Engineer”—the sleazy opportunist who runs the bar-and-brothel where Kim and other young women work. Dressed in shades of purple and red, his long hair looking sweaty, Jon Jon Briones captures The Engineer’s shadiness from his first seconds onstage. (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...)

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...)

Eric Petersen Takes the Lead in School of Rock

(December 08, 2016) - The talented children at the exclusive Horace Green prep school in School of Rock: The Musical are taught to strive (but conform); to achieve (but stick to old traditions). Their parents don’t listen to them. Clearly, these kids are ripe for change, and they get it from an unlikely source: schlubby Dewey Finn (Eric Petersen), who has scammed his way into a job as a substitute teacher after being ousted from his hard-rock band. (read the story...)

Christopher Sieber Commands Broadway's Matilda as Trunchbull

(September 25, 2015) - Christopher Sieber continues to steal as the menacing Agatha Trunchbull in Broadway's Matilda, now at the Schubert Theatre. (read the story...)

Matthew Morrison on Finding Peter Pan in Neverland

(September 08, 2015) - Matthew Morrison shines as J.M. Barrie in Broadway's Finding Neverland, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. (read the story...)

Amazing Grace: A Stirring New Musical

(July 07, 2015) - Broadway's newest musical tells the story behind the beloved, inspirational hymn Amazing Grace. (read the story...)

Mamma Mia!: Thank You For The Music

(May 15, 2015) - Mamma Mia! prepares to end its run as the eighth longest running musical in Broadway history. (read the story...)

Les Misérables' Leading Man: Ramin Karimloo

(March 17, 2015) - As Jean Valjean in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Les Misérables, Ramin Karimloo is a physical and vocal powerhouse firmly in tune with the complexities of his character. (read the story...)

It's Only a Play: Broadway's Biggest Celebrity Menagerie

(February 21, 2015) - In the revival of It’s Only a Play, Terrence McNally demonstrates how gathering six showbiz types (and one naïve coat-checker) in a Manhattan townhouse can be an exercise in uproarious humor and serial celebrity name-dropping. (read the story...)

Jennifer Nettles Razzle Dazzles 'Em in Chicago

(January 28, 2015) - Country superstar Jennifer Nettles, of the Grammy Award-winning duo Sugarland, steps into the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway smash Chicago. (read the story...)

Aladdin's Genie Brings "A Whole New World” to Broadway

(January 23, 2015) - James Iglehart appreciates a good challenge; while he’s on stage playing Genie in Aladdin, he frequently targets an apathetic dad, grandfather, or uncle in the second or third row and “breaks” them. (read the story...)

Jersey Boys on Broadway - Oh, What a Night!

(December 09, 2014) - Jersey Boys has always been more than a jukebox musical; it's the story of a quartet that entranced baby boomers and put song after song on the Top 40 charts before the Beatles led the British invasion. (read the story...)

Matilda the Musical: Smart, Funny, Endearing - And With a Side of Trunchbull!

(November 11, 2014) - Christopher Sieber brings the Broadway musical's villainess to life with a fat suit and unsettling, raccoon-rimmed eyes. (read the story...)

Being Berry Gordy: Josh Tower Talks Motown the Musical

(September 08, 2014) - "Motown" has been one of Broadway’s top-ten hits from the moment it opened, winning over audiences with music and lyrics culled from “The Legendary Motown Catalog.” (read the story...)

Bullets Over Broadway - Figuratively & Hilariously!

(June 24, 2014) - When Marin Mazzie saw Woody Allen’s 1994 Prohibition-era film Bullets Over Broadway, she thought to herself: this would make a great musical and I would love to play Helen Sinclair — the role that won Dianne Wiest an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. (read the story...)

Rocky Delivers a Knockout Blow on Broadway

(May 26, 2014) - Another actor has stepped into the fictional boxer’s trunks for the Rocky musical: Andy Karl, a Broadway veteran who makes a boxing and singing Rocky come to vivid life. (read the story...)

Motown: The Musical Brings the Detroit Sound to the Great White Way

(February 11, 2014) - Berry Gordy is the beating heart of Motown: The Musical. He founded the legendary record company, and wrote and produced songs. And he not only wrote the book to the musical—he is the show’s central character. (read the story...)

Laura Osnes Casts a Magic Spell in Broadway's Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

(December 11, 2013) - Laura Osnes would be the first to admit that the role of Cinderella fits her like, well, a glass slipper. Her loving and sweet personality, both onstage and off, coupled with an amazing voice, is just right for the fairy tale character at the center of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which opened on Broadway for the first time last March. (read the story...)

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