Category Archives: Broadway Buzz

Best Tony Performances

The Tony Awards are in 5 days and what better way to celebrate than watching some the best Tony performances:

17. “You Don’t Know”/”I Am the One” from Next to Normal, 2009

16, “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray, 2003

15. “Forget About the Boy” from Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2002

14. “Magic To Do” from Pippin, 1973

13. “Ragtime” from Ragtime, 1998

12. “96,00” from In the Heights, 2008

11. “Anything Goes” from Anything Goes, 2011

10. Bernadette Peters sings “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy, 2003

9.”All That Jazz”/ “Hot Honey Rag” from Chicago, 1997

8. “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George, 1984

7. Christine Ebersole sings “The Revolutionary Costume for Today” from Grey Gardens, 2007

6. “Turkey Lurkey Time” from Promises, Promises, 1969

5. “Tomorrow”/”You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”/”Easy Street” from Annie, 1978

4. Patti LuPone sings “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from Gypsy, 2008

3. “A New Argentina” from Evita, 1980

2. “I Hope I Get It” from A Chorus Line, 1976

1. Jennifer Holliday sings “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls, 1982

Tune into the Tony Awards June 12th 8pm EST on CBS.

2015 Showstopping Playlist

It’s been a great year of diverse theatre! Here’s a roundup of this season’s best numbers:

ICYMI: This Week’s Broadway Buzz

Motown Returns To Broadway

Callin’ out around the world are you ready for a limited engagement of Motown The Musical? This production will run for 18 weeks beginning July 2016 at the Nederlander Theatre.

Sylvia Announces Its Last Broadway Wag

This production starring two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick (It’s Only a Play, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Producers, How to Succeed…), Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You, Kinky Boots, Hair) and Tony Award winner Julie White will play its final performance on Jan. 3, 2016. At closing, this show will have played 79 performances and 27 previews. Sylvia is currently playing at The Cort Theatre.

Dames At Sea Sets Closing Date

This production will play its final performance Jan. 3, 2016. At closing, this production will have played 85 regular performances and 32 previews. Dames At Sea is currently playing at the Helen Hayes Theater. In addition, The Broadway Booking Office is scheduling the first national tour of Dames At Sea which is set to sail in fall 2017.

Grease: Live Releases a Summer Lovin’ Brand-New Promo

Fox’s live musical special stars Julianna Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo and Keke Palmer as Marty. This one-night special airs Jan. 31, 2016 from 7:00-10:00p.m (ET live/PT tape-delayed).

The Tony Awards Announces Date and Theatre

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The American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Tony Awards will take place at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016.  The award ceremony will air on CBS from 8:00-11:00pm(ET/PT delayed).

Theater Review: Fiddler On The Roof

 

A reimagined, earthy production, combined with the traditions of exciting and goose bump-inducing dancing, created a nostalgic night of theatre at Bartlett Sher’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” This breathtaking production began previews on Nov. 20 at the Broadway Theatre.

“Fiddler on the Roof,” with music by Jerry Block, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein, is based on Sholem Aleichem’s short stories of Tevye, a dairyman living in a small Jewish village in 1900s Russia. He struggles to support his wife and daughters during a time of prejudice and poverty.

Sher’s recent productions including “South Pacific” and “The King and I,” all share a commonality with “Fiddler on the Roof.” Each production is beautifully simplistic, allowing for ones imagination to go wild.

Danny Burstein, who plays the role of Tevye, delivered a passionate performance. His portrayal of a progressive father who wants the best for his children was natural and heart-felt. Burstein’s rendition of ‘If I Were A Rich Man,’ a highlight of the night, showed off his vocal chops and comedic timing.

Samantha Massell and Adam Kantor gave star-quality performances as Hodel and Motel, respectively. Massell, the vocally strongest of Teyve’s daughters, sang a heart-rending rendition of ‘Far From The Home I Love.’ Her performance resulted in sniffles throughout the house of over 1,500 patrons.  Kantor brought charisma and animation to his role making the loyal tailor loveable to all.

The artistic and energetic characteristics of this production were thanks to Israeli-born, United Kingdom-based choreographer, Hofesh Shechter.  Shechter’s “refreshed” choreography married a new movement language with Jerome Robbins’ iconic dances. ‘The Bottle Dance,’ in particular, drew gasps from the audience. This culturally realistic choreography made the audience feel like they were transported to Anatevka.

This production is sure to make a rich man out of Burstein and Shechter during Tony Award® season. The original production in 1964 won nine Tony Awards®.  These awards included Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, Best Performance by a Featured Actress, Best Producer, Best Director, Best Composer and Lyricist and Best Choreography.

With a current running time of two hours and 45 minutes, the show has some pacing issues to work out. In addition, there were apparent blending problems that can hopefully resolve over time.

“Fiddler On The Roof” opens on Broadway Dec. 20th.

Oh, What A Night: Broadway’s Best Frankie Valli’s

In honor of Jersey Boys‘ 10th Anniversary, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Frankie Valli’s on Broadway:

4. Michael Longoria

3. Ryan Molloy

2. Jarrod Spector

1. John Lloyd Young

ICYMI: This Week’s Broadway Buzz

The Lion King Reigns On Broadway

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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

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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

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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

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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!