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COMING UP ON BROADWAY:
Girl From the North Country - Opens: 3.5.20 Six - Opens: 3.12.20 The Minutes - Previews: 2.25.20, Opens: 3.15.20 Hangmen - Previews: 2.28.20, Opens: 3.19.20 Company - Previews: 3.2.20, Opens: 3.22.20 Diana - Previews: 3.2.20, Opens: 3.26.20 The Lehman Trilogy - Previews: 3.7.20, Opens: 3.31.20 Caroline, or Change - Previews: 3.13.20, Opens: 4.4.20 Mrs. Doubtfire - Previews 3.9.20, Opens 4.5.20 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Previews: 3.3.20, Opens: 4.9.20 Plaza Suite - Previews: 3.13.20, Opens: 4.13.20 American Buffalo - Previews: 3.24.20, Opens: 4.14.20 Flying Over Sunset - Previews: 3.12.20, Opens: 4.16.20 Sing Street - Previews: 3.26.20, Opens: 4.19.20 Birthday Candles - Previews: 4.2.20, Opens: 4.21.20 How I Learned To Drive - Previews: 3.27.20, Opens: 4.22.20 Take Me Out - Previews: 3.31.20, Opens: 4.23.20 Tony Awards Cut Off - 4.23.20 Tony Awards Nominations - 4.28.20 Tony Awards - 6.7.20 MJ: The Musical - Previews: 7.6.20, Opens: 8.13.20 American Utopia - Opens 9.18.20

THIS WEEK ON THE SITE: 2/17: Broadway Heat: Girl From the North Country Edition: Elimination Round - 2/18: Standing @ Zero - 2/19: CD REVIEW: Original Broadway Cast Recording Hadestown - 2/20: Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of West Side Story - 2/20: Musical of the Month: Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Cast - 2/21: SHOW REVIEW: West Side Story

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of West Side Story

Congratulations to the entire company of West Side Story on your opening night! Special congratulations to the following 32 cast members who are making their official Broadway debuts tonight! Dreams really do come true.

Here's to a successful run and many more opening nights!





The Broadway Debuts of
West Side Story


      
Marissa Brown (Francisca)  Elijah A. Carter (Action)  Daniel Ching (Snowboy)

      
Audrey Collette (Swing)  Marc Crousillat (Juano)  Stephanie Crousillat (Teresita)

      
Roman Cruz (Luis)  Alexa De Barr (Graziella)  Israel Del Rosario (Anxious)

      
Tyler Eisenreich (Big Deal)  Armando Eleazer (Swing)  Marlon Feliz (Estella)

      
Satori Folkes-Stone (Marguerita)  Zuri Noelle Ford (Anybodys)  Ui-Seng Francois (Minnie)

      
Yesy Garcia (Swing)  Jennifer Gruener (Pauline)  Matthew Johnson (Baby John)

      
Dharon E. Jones (Riff)  Jarred Manista (Swing)  Michaela Marfori (Nibbles)

      
Ilda Mason (Swing)  Adolfo Mena-Cejas (Mouthpiece)  Michelle Mercedes (Clarice)

      
Paul Morland (Swing)  Mia Pinero (Swing)  Gus Reed (Gee-Tar)

      
Michael Seltzer (Swing)  Sheldon True (Toro)  Madison Vomastek (Velma)

   
Bridget Whitman (Swing)  Kevin Zambrano (Moose)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

CD Review: Hadestown OBCR

Frankly, the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hadestown is one of the best in many years. Of course, it helps that it preserves one of the best in many years, too. But it is the details that make it just that much better. The CD version is quite deluxe, with a gorgeous, high quality booklet with complete lyrics, liner notes and great full-color show photos. This alone sets this one apart from most others.

First of all, whether you've seen the show or not, you'll find that listening to the performances will transport you. Truly, I think you could close your eyes and fully imagine what is going on. Each cast member brings such full character to their vocals, the recording is nearly as emotionally satisfying as seeing the show live. The ensemble, including The Fates, is wonderful, with tight harmonies and terrific jazz-stylings. Just as impressive is the show's band, a character unto themselves, frequently reminding me of those bands you hear on a boozy, warm New Orleans evening.

The Principal Cast of Hadestown
The principals are also as good here as in the theater, starting with Tony-winner Andre De Shields. What a force of nature! He really is the glue that holds the whole thing together as he guides us through the story. I'm a sucker for a great opening, and he delivers ("Road to Hell"). Patrick Page's deep, dark timbre is both unsettling and thrilling, perfect for Hades, right? "Why We Build the Wall" with its eerie call and response is a cautionary tale for our times, whether it was intended or not. Eva Noblezada brings a powerful, yet sweet, presence to every song she sings. Is it any wonder Orpheus falls so fast and hard for Eurydice?  For me, though the biggest two stars on this recording are the brassy Amber Gray (especially "Our Lady of the Underground") and the sweet Reeve Carney. Both are superb on every track; she delights with every plot twist, and his sweet innocence is heartbreaking. 

All of this really has to do with Anais Mitchell's masterpiece of a score. There isn't a dud on either disc. Her lyrics are poetic, emotional perfection. Kudos, too, to Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, whose orchestrations and arrangements are sheer perfection.

Grade: A+

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Standing @ Zero: Jagged Little Pill's Kei Tsuruharatani

The ensemble of Jagged Little Pill plays an enormous part in nearly every aspect of the story and staging. As a group, they are extraordinary, but they are just as wondrous individually. One of those individuals stuck a personal chord with me during the song "Ironic." That person was Kei Tsuruharatani. His character in the scene is a classmate of Frankie's (Celia Rose Gooding), who calls her out for not actually being ironic. It hit me in a personal way because I, myself, have had that argument many times. From that point on, I kind of followed what he was doing as part of the ensemble. What a dancer! What an actor! I have a feeling he is going places.




Standing @ Zero
Jagged Little Pill's
Kei Tsuruharatani






In addition to JLP, his New York theater credits include the recent revivals of The King and I and Miss Saigon, as well as six seasons with the Metropolitan Opera. He has danced with several companies, is a freelance artist, and teaches mindfulness meditation.  Here he is in action:




In rehearsal with Kathryn Gallagher

JLP at A.R.T. (center front right)

At a JLP P.R. event (far right) 
JLP on Late Night with Seth Meyers (top left)



JLP - He's under the table!

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Monday, February 17, 2020

BROADWAY HEAT: The Girl From the North Country: The Elimination Round!

There's no doubting that Girl From the North Country has been one of the buzziest shows of the season. Between script and cast changes, injuries and controversial staging choices, it is no wonder everyone is talking! Last week, your votes eliminated half of the cast. Now it is really up to you! That's right, you will vote for up to 11 cast members that you think are deserving of the title of THE HOTTEST BROADWAY MUSICAL CAST MEMBER OF 2019-2020! Will it be a lead? Or how about a featured cast member? An ensemblist? A Swing? Vote today! The person with the most votes wins!

The poll starts after the instructions!



🔥🔥BROADWAY HEAT🔥🔥
Girl From the North Country Edition 
The Elimination Round!

HOT on Broadway (adj): fierce, talented, big potential; 
has "buzz"; has "it" factor.

REMEMBER:
  • You may vote for UP TO 11 cast members in this round. There is a photo and check box for each person. You may tap or click to make each selection.
  • You will need to scroll down the ballot box to see all of them.
  • When you have made all of your selections, scroll to the bottom of the ballot and tap/click the "CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT" button. You MUST tap/click this button or your vote WILL NOT count! (The little "OK" button does NOT complete your ballot.)
  • Your vote/device information is completely anonymous. The ballot is secure and is NOT collecting any data other than votes.
  • You may vote more than once!

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🔥🔥THIS POLL WILL CLOSE AT 5 PM ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21!🔥🔥

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