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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.

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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.

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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!

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Get Connected With Bway Zone

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A new, interactive website for the Broadway babies launched this week. Bway Zone allows the littles to be a part of the Broadway family by connecting with Broadway stars and sharing pictures and stories of their own.

Happy Anniversary, Wicked

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Wicked celebrates its 12th year on Broadway TODAY! This show has played over 5,000 performances and is number 11 on the list of Broadway’s long-running productions.

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New York City Center presented Annie Get Your Gun: In Concert for two night only starring Megan Hilty (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), Andy Karl (Rocky), Chuck Cooper (Amazing Grace), Judy Kaye (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!) and Ron Rains (Follies). If you missed out, watch the clip above to see this Tony-honored cast.

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Snapchat Broadcasts Broadway
IMG_6667On Wednesday, Broadway fans and performers gave Snapchat a little razzle dazzle! Snapchat featured an “On Broadway” live story which showcased shows including Hamilton, The Phantom of The Opera, The Lion King, Aladdin, An American in Paris, Jersey Boys and Wicked. Check out some of the great Snapchats from the night.  IMG_6658 IMG_6660 IMG_6659

Two Award Winning Hollywood Actors Star On The Great White Way

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This week marked the beginning of previews for Misery starring Bruce Willis and China Doll starring Al Pacino. Both productions are scheduled as limited engagements. Misery is set to close on Feb. 14, 2016, and China Doll on Jan. 21, 2016. You will not want to miss these performances.

Real Housewives Star Heads Back To Broadway
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NeNe Leakes is joining the cast of the hit musical Chicago for 4 weeks only! She will be stepping in as Matron “Mama” Morton from Nov. 23-Dec. 20, 2015.

Dames at Sea Opens on Broadway

The production docked at the Helen Hayes Theatre last night to mixed reviews. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter said, “…with an appealing cast of six that makes its featherweight pleasures infectious.” Read all of the reviews here.

The Broadway League Announces Kids’ Night On Broadway Ambassadors
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The League names Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and I) and Academy and Golden Globe winner Marlee Matlin (Spring Awakening) as the 2016 Kids’ Night On Broadway National Ambassadors. Kids’ Night On Broadway allows for kids ages 18 years or younger to see a show for free with the purchase of a full-priced ticket. This event takes place in many cities across the country and throughout the year. Check kidsnightonbroadway.com for dates and locations.

Andrew Lloyd Webber “Rocks The Schools”
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And the music kept rolling out in all of New York City. The award-winning musical theatre writer donated $150,000 towards new musical instruments to the City Of New York’s Fund for Public Schools. This is a part of a new initiative called “Rock the Schools”. Webber’s donation will help twenty public middle schools across the city.

 

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School of Rock Goes 360

It’s time to join the band, folks! The School of Rock released an immersive 360 music video for their song, “You’re In The Band”. School of Rock will be in session starting Nov 9, 2015. DON’T BE LATE!  Be sure to check out the cast this morning on TODAY.

The Gin Game Opens On Broadway

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The Gin Game starring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson opened on Wednesday to positive reviews. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times stated, “Mr. Jones and Ms. Tyson draw out all its nuances, as Weller and Fonsia bicker and make nice over a card table. These two superlative performers establish beyond doubt, if we needed any reminding, that great talent is ageless and ever-rewarding.” The Gin Game will be playing at the Golden Theatre through Jan. 10, 2016. Check out pictures from the starry opening night here.

“Miracles of Miracles”! Watch A Sneak Peak of The Fiddler On The Roof

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Yesterday was Press Day at Fiddler on The Roof! Listen to this extremely talented cast sing a few favorites. IMPORTANT: Danny Burstein should start preparing his Tony speech…

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On Your Feet! Begins Previews

The new musical based on the life story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan began previews on Monday. On Your Feet! stars Broadway newcomer Ana Villafañe. The production is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) with an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris. On Your Feet! opens on Nov. 5, 2015.

The Fiddler on The Roof Box Office Opens Today

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Sunrise, sunset, the box office at The Broadway Theatre opens today at 10am. In honor of Fiddler on The Roof’s 50th Anniversary, the box office will be selling seats to select performances for $50. Tickets must be purchased in person at the box office in order to receive the special offer.

Bob Saget Joins Hand To God

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Saget will be returning to Broadway as Pastor Greg in Hand To God. He will be replacing current cast member Marc Kudisch starting on Nov. 3, 2015. This Tony-nominated play will close its Broadway curtain on Jan. 3, 2016, after which it will transfer to London’s West End. Casting has not been announced for the West End production.

A New King Will Reign in Hamilton

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Tony Award-nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) will step into the role of King George III from Oct. 27- Nov. 29 while Tony Award-nominee Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) works on his HBO series. Groff plans on returning to the role after this hiatus.

Now You (Really) Just Can’t Wait To Be King

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Disney Theatrical is holding open call auditions around the country for Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway.  Casting is seeking dancers, singer and children of all cultural backgrounds. Check here to see where auditions will be happening.

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All That’s Known” is Spring Awakening is a Hit

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Spring Awakening opened on Sunday to positive reviews. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times called it, “A first-rate production of a transporting musical.” What an exciting time to be a part of the theatre. Take a look at more of their reviews here.

American Psycho Finds a Home

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It was announced earlier this week that American Psycho will begin previews on March 24, 2016, at the Schoenfeld Theatre. This production stars Benjamin Walker (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Patrick Bateman and will feature music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik.

Grease: Live Welcomes Frenchy

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Carly Rae Jepsen was recently announced as the newest Pink Lady in Fox’s Grease: Live TV production. I’ve got to be honest, I’m super excited about this casting. Tune in to Fox on Jan. 31, 2016 and watch this star-studded cast remember those summer nights.

Tony Awards Set Date

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The American Theatre Wing’s 70th annual Tony Awards will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2016. As usual, the broadcast will air live from NYC on the CBS Television Network from 8:00-11:00pm. The Tony Awards will not be held at Radio City Musical Hall and a new home has yet to be announced. Stay tuned…

The Show Must Go On

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Hurricane Joaquin was increased to a category 4 hurricane yesterday. As of today, no shows have made any official announcements regarding cancellations. Hey, maybe this weekend will be YOUR weekend at the Hamilton lotto!

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School Is In Session

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The littlest rock stars of Broadway took to the streets earlier this week for the School Of Rock photo shoot. I’m excited to this cast really stick it to the man! Check out their photo shoot video here.

The Gin Game Begins Previews

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It’s time to watch some gin rummy between two acting legends, James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson at the Golden Theater. Previews began on Wednesday and the show is scheduled to run through January 10, 2016. No rush or lotto policies have been announced.

Dames At Sea Begins Previews

Dames at Sea starring John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp, Laurence Olivier, Lesli Margherita and Cary Tedder began previews at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Thursday night. The show announced that they will offer a student rush at the theatre for every performance. A limited number of $32 tickets will be available to students with a valid student ID. Only one ticket will be given for each transaction.

Corden Takes on Phantom Of The Opera…Again 

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Theatre lovers rejoice! The Late Late Show with James Corden is NOT one to miss. This week Corden finally had the chance to play his dream role, The Phantom. This newly imagined production took place right on a L.A. crosswalk. Watch this hilarious version of the musical here.

Hamilton Drops Digitally Today

The day is finally here! Hamilton is now available for digital download. On Monday, NPR had a First Listen and fans took to social media about their excitement.

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Buy the entire album here.