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Is Smash’s Fictional Musical ‘Bombshell’ Headed to the Great White Way ?

June 24th, 2015 Comments off
Katharine McPhee in ‘Bombshell’ (Photo: Jay Brady/The Actors Fund via The Broadway Blog.)

Katharine McPhee in ‘Bombshell’ (Photo: Jay Brady/The Actors Fund via The Broadway Blog.)

Is Broadway ready for Marilyn Monroe? Following the well-received Actors Fund benefit that featured the music of Bombshell from the NBC television series Smash, Universal Stage Productions has begun development on Bombshell as a musical for the stage.

The announcement was made by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, who run Universal Stage Productions together.

In the wake of the June 8 benefit concert, the New Yorker proclaimed Bombshell “the best Broadway musical that doesn’t exist,” and the New York Post said, “Technically there was never a Marilyn Monroe musical, but after a production like this, maybe there should be.”

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…


We Sit Down with Multi-Talented and Über-Hunk Cheyenne Jackson

June 11th, 2015 Comments off
Cheyenne Jackson (photo: Karl Simone via The Broadway Blog.)

Cheyenne Jackson (photo: Karl Simone via The Broadway Blog.)

In terms of entertainment mediums, Cheyenne Jackson has covered it all. From his leading man roles on Broadway, to guest spots on television’sGlee and 30 Rock, (and a recently announced stint on FX’s American Horror Story), an award-winning portrayal of 9/11 hero Mark Bingham in the feature film United 93, to sold out concerts around the country, Jackson’s appeal has won him loyal and enthusiastic devotees who can’t wait to see what lies in store for the consummate entertainer.

Fans will have reason to rejoice this Friday, June 12, as Jackson and his band roll into New York’s famed Town Hall for an evening of song. Another Broadway star, Laura Benanti, will join him.

The Broadway Blog caught up with Jackson to discuss his upcoming concert, favorite artistic genres, co-star Benanti, and some personal insights (including the hint that another Broadway credit might be in the works).

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog.

2015 Tony Awards… and the Winner Is

June 8th, 2015 Comments off
Fun Home Circle in the Square Theatre Cast List: Michael Cerveris Judy Kuhn Beth Malone Sydney Lucas Emily Skeggs Joel Perez Roberta Colindrez Zell Morrow Oscar Williams Production Credits: Sam Gold (Direction) Danny Mefford (Choreography) David Zinn (Set and Costume Design) Ben Stanton (Lighting Design) Kai Harada (Sound Design) Chris Fenwick (Music Direction) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Lisa Kron Music by: Jeanine Tesori Book by Lisa Kron

Fun Home

Wow! What a year… Tony voters surprised us by crowning Fun Home the best musical of the year. Well deserved and certainly a less mainstream title than some of the other nominees. Other big winners include Kelli O’Hara for The King and I and Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography for An American in Paris. Big nominees that failed to snag significant awards include Hand to God and Something Rotten!—though they’re both fantastic shows, too. Our final word? … Go to the theater!

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…



Watch as Broadway Casts of ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Aladdin’ Dazzle Crowd at La Guardia Airport

June 4th, 2015 Comments off
Screen Cap via Facebook

Screen Cap via Facebook

La Guardia Airport isn’t known as the most beautiful or convenient airport in the world, but that wasn’t going to stop the cast of Disney’s Aladdin and the Lion King from bringing a little Broadway cheer.

Watch after the jump as the casts dazzle the crowd with an impromptu performance.

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Broadway by the Numbers

May 29th, 2015 Comments off
The cast of “Gigi” (photo: Margot Schulman via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Gigi” (photo: Margot Schulman via The Broadway Blog.)

Wondering how many people attend a Broadway show throughout a year? The Broadway League has released end-of-season statistics for the 2014–2015 season, which began May 26, 2014 and ended May 24, 2015. For the 2014–2015 season, total attendances reached 13,104,078 million, and Broadway shows yielded $1,365,232,182 billion in grosses, the best attended and highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history! All new and continuing productions ran a total of 1,626 playing weeks, a record that shows this was Broadway’s healthiest season!

Find out how your favorite Broadway show ranked this season over at The Broadway Blog…


Win Tickets to ‘It Shoulda Been You’ on Broadway

May 22nd, 2015 Comments off
Photo via 'It Shoulda Been You'

Photo via ‘It Shoulda Been You’

Here’s your chance to win two tickets to the new Broadway hit ‘It Shoulda Been You’ for use during the month of June! Enter here.

For a full review of this hilarious new show, check out the Broadway Blog. If you don’t want to roll the dice and enter our contest, get your hands on discounted tickets by clicking here, then select a performance date & enter code: LSP1

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Theater Buff: Julius Anthony Rubio of “Finding Neverland”

May 20th, 2015 Comments off
Julius Anthony Rubio (photo: Michael Charles via The Broadway Blog.)

Julius Anthony Rubio (photo: Michael Charles via The Broadway Blog.)

Julius Anthony Rubio

Miami, Florida

If you could fly like Peter Pan, where would your first destination be and why?
Since Peter Pan originated in London, I think Big Ben would be my first stop. I could literally hang out on the hands of the clock as it’s in motion—taking in that view and feel of the city. I have a huge obsession with that town, let alone that monument, and still have never been. It’d be a dream to visit—flying or not!

Keep reading over at the Broadway Blog…

The Tony Award Nominations Are In!

April 28th, 2015 Comments off
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Ethel Barrymore Theatre ALEXANDER SHARP TAYLOR TRENSCH FRANCESCA FARIDANY IAN BARFORD ENID GRAHAM HELEN CAREY MERCEDES HERRERO RICHARD HOLLIS BEN HORNER JOCELYN BIOH DAVID MANIS KEREN DUKES STEPHANIE ROTH HABERLE TOM PATRICK STEPHENS Production Credits: Marianne Elliott (Direction) Bunny Christie (Scenic and Costume Design) Paule Constable (Lighting Design) Ian Dickinson for Autograph (Sound Design) Finn Ross (Video Design) Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly (Movement) Adrian Sutton (Music) Other Credits: Written by: Adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The

We’ve survived side shows and Russian revolutions (barely), foul-mouthed puppets and dreamlike trips to Paris… but what resonated with the Tony nominating committee this year? Since 1947, the theater community has honored its own with the coveted Antoinette Perry Award. Here are this year’s nominations. Who do you predict will take home the coveted medallion?

We’ve highlighted shows that we’ve reviewed this season. Click to see if our opinions stack up with Tony voters and see you on the red carpet this June!

Nominations for the 2015 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards®
Presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing

Click here to see the full list.

Review: An American in Paris

April 27th, 2015 Comments off
"An American in Paris" (photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

“An American in Paris” (photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

Boy meets girl. Actually, three boys meet girl in An American in Paris—the spectacular new musical now playing at the Palace Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the story follows Jerry (Robert Fairchild), a World War II vet and exuberant ex-pat who has stayed in Paris to pursue his passion of becoming an artist. He meets Henri Baurel (Max von Essen), a wealthy Parisian who dreams of becoming a nightclub singer; and Adam (Brandon Uranowtiz), a scrappy American composer also trying to find his way in the City of Light.

Through a series of events, each man encounters Lise (Leanne Cope), a beautiful young ballet dancer, and the game is on to see which one of them will woo her heart. Meanwhile, Jerry is taken under the wing of art benefactor Milo Davenport (Jill Paice), who hopes that his brushstrokes go beyond the canvas. With just enough plot to keep things interesting, An American in Paris is an absolute visual feast from the moment the house lights dim.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Review: ‘Hand to God’

April 20th, 2015 Comments off
The cast of "Hand to God" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Hand to God” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Broadway has gone to hell and a hand puppet—and that’s a good thing. Hand to God, the alarmingly visceral new American play by Robert Askins is a jolt of theater that the Great White Way has been waiting for.

The violent and funny work takes place “somewhere in Texas where the country meets the city” and follows the emotional wreckage of teenager Jason (Steven Boyer) as he attempts to come to terms with the death of his father with the help of a Christian after-school puppet workshop taught by his widowed mother Margery (Geneva Carr). Fellow students Timothy (Michael Oberholtzer) and Jessica (Sarah Stiles) play witness to Jason’s odd behavior and exceptional talent for puppetry as he finds his voice through his alter ego/sock puppet, Tyrone. Enter Pastor Greg (Marc Kudisch) as the hands-on man of the cloth, who persistently tries to persuade Margery to let go of her grief in a more carnal manner. Meanwhile, Timothy has his own pinings for Margery and his teenage testosterone gets the both of them. As the days wear on, the puppet (a.k.a Tyrone) becomes a more consuming presence in Jason’s life, giving voice to Jason’s tormented emotional state through a series of verbally and physically violent episodes.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…