Monthly Archives: November 2015

ICYMI: This Week’s Broadway Buzz

The Lion King Reigns On Broadway


The Lion King became the third-longest running Broadway show in history earlier this week. This production has run for 18 years and has played over 7,486 performances.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Welcomes Broadway Lineup


Cast members of The Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, The King and I, On Your Feet! and Something Rotten! will perform during the first hour of NBC’s broadcast of the 98th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. School of Rock will be jamming out later on in the broadcast. Make sure to tune in at 9 a.m on Nov. 26.

We Just Can’t WAITress

A casting update has been announced for Waitress: A New Musical starring Tony Award-winning actress Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). The cast includes Eric Anderson (South Pacific, Kinky Boots, Rocky, The Last Ship) as Cal, Christopher Fitzgerald (An Act of God, Chicago, Young FrankensteinFinian’s Rainbow) as Ogie, Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Dr. Pomatter, Kimiko Glenn (“Orange Is The New Black,” Spring Awakening, Love’s Labour’s Lost) as Dawn, Dakin Matthews (The Audience Rocky, The Best Man) as Joe and Keala Settle (LES MISERABLES, Hands On A Hard Body) as Becky. This production will begin previews on March 25, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

On Your Feet! opens on Broadway


The musical based on the story of Grammy Award winners Emilio and Gloria Estefan opens tonight at the Marquis Theatre. Check back here for review updates!

You’re Just Too Good To Be True, Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys Richard Blake Matt Bogart Quinn VanAntwerp Joseph Leo Bwarie

Jersey Boys celebrates 10 years on Broadway, tomorrow! This production has played over 4,140 performances and is the 12th longest-running Broadway show in history. Check out an interview on TODAY with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio!

Journalism Activists V.S. Activist Journalists

“It is a matter of being honest or dishonest. All activists are not journalists, but all real journalists are activists. Journalism has a value, a purpose — to serve as a check on power.” – Glenn Greenwald

Throughout my journalism education, I have been taught that a journalist must report fairly and objectively. As I look at independent and mainstream outlets, objectivity is sometimes lost in the midst of bias and activism.

According to Society of Professional Journalists, a journalist’s job is to seek the truth and report it; minimize harm; act independently; be accountable and transparent. David Carr wrote in a New York Times article that an “activist has become a code word for someone who is driven by an agenda beyond seeking information on the public’s behalf.”

Activism in regard to journalism can push a journalist to be fully immersed in their reporting. The passion a journalist has for a certain subject can lead to the uncovering of something that has been previously overlooked. On the other hand, this passion can blind a reporter.

We all hate to be told that we’re wrong, especially when it comes to a topic that we love. When the word activist comes before journalist, it is easy to get caught up in personal biases and report less objectively. When the word journalist comes first, passion and a skeptical eye can create an amazing story.

As journalists, we must find the balance between exploring our passions and remaining skeptical. This type of reporting leads to learning new things that you might not have noticed before and writing a story that the public can trust.