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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.

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.

The Most Spooktacular Broadway Playlist

Halloween is right around the corner! Celebrate the day with your favorite witches, murderesses, mean girls, kooky families, and many more…

ICYMI: This Week’s Broadway Buzz

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…

ICYMI: This Week’s Broadway Buzz

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.

ICYMI: This Week’s Broadway Buzz

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!

ICYMI: This Week’s Broadway Buzz

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.

Who Do You Think You Are, AT&T?

Cell phone disturbances and poor etiquette are unfortunately nothing new to the theatre community. We’ve had Patti LuPone stop a show (2009), Patti LuPone take an audience member’s phone mid-performance (2015), a college student try to charge his phone on stage (2015), etc. Just when we thought this madness had ended AT&T released this ad…

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I spent most of my summer inside Broadway theatres and was shocked by the lack of etiquette when it came to phone use during a performance. When I saw “An American In Paris”, I had to ask the man next to me to turn off his phone as he started to play a game during the overture. I mean, I get it. “An American In Paris” isn’t for everyone. Gershwin music and Tony Award-winning choreography are SO boring (HA!). With the price of a Broadway ticket skyrocketing, I find it ridiculous that someone would feel the need to do anything besides sit and enjoy the experience.

This ad is distasteful and extremely offensive to anyone who admires the theatre. It baffles me that this ad was even approved. Thankfully, AT&T is #NotMyService!

Here’s what the Broadway community had to say:

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The ad has been removed from all AT&T’s social channels but people are still voicing their opinion on social media.

So, before you pull out your phone mid-performance, remember who’s watching…

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ICYMI: This Week’s Broadway Buzz

Choreographer On Board For The SpongeBob SquarePants Musical

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Are ya ready, kids? Tony Award-winning choreographer, Christopher Gattelli joined the creative team of the Broadway-bound The SpongeBob SquarePants Musical. I’m excited to see some airborne choreography to music written by T.I., David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and many others.

Hand To God Sets Closing Date
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The lead producer of Hand To God announced on Wednesday that the Tony-nominated play will be closing on Jan. 3. Not to worry puppet lovers, the terrible Tyrone will make his way to the West End on Feb. 5.

5. Sugar Daddy, Bring Us Home
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Hedwig and the Angry Itch starring Taye Diggs is closing this Sunday. Originally set to be a limited engagement 16-week run, Hedwig has made audience members lift up their hands for over a year! Check out Taye’s interview with Broadway.com here.

Spring Awakening Begins Previews
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Deaf West’s innovative production of Spring Awakening began previews this week. This exciting theatrical experience features a mix of 28 speaking and non-speaking actors, 20 of which made their Broadway debut! Spring Awakening opens on Sept. 27.

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder Sets Closing Date
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The Tony Award-winning musical announced this week that it will be committing its final murders on Jan. 17. The closing cast features Tony Award-winning actor, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham.


2. Thank You For The Music, Mamma Mia!
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This Saturday, Mamma Mia! dances and jives one last time after over 6,000 performances. Mamma Mia! has featured some of our favorite Broadway leading ladies over the last 14 years including Judy Kaye, Carolee Carmello, Dee Hoty and Beth Leavel.

1. I ❤ NY

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Today we reflect on America’s heroes, innocent lives lost and our beautiful city. Here’s what I believe is one of the most iconic advertisements following the 9/11 attacks.

Now, go see some theatre!