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Friday, July 31, 2020

Broadway Games: Which Came First?

Congratulations! You've made it through another week, in good health we hope. Here's our weekly game to bring you some theater related fun and stress relief. Today we bring back a favorite - Which Came First? Your job is to tell which thing happened first in each pair below. Good luck!

(Answers to last week's game are also below.)

Broadway Games
Which Came First?


1. Reeve Carney's Broadway debut OR the release of the Hadestown concept album?

2. The year Fiorello! and The Sound of Music tied for Best Musical OR the year Gwen Verdon won her last Tony Award for Best Actress in a musical?

3.  Benj Pasek OR Justin Paul?

4. The Minskoff Theatre OR the Uris (now Gershwin) Theater?

5. In Mean Girls: "I'd Rather Be Me" OR "I See Stars"?

6. In Broadway's Mamma Mia!: Carolee Carmello as Donna Sheridan OR Beth Leavel as Donna Sheridan?

7. The original Broadway productions of Hello, Dolly! OR How to Succeed... OR Fiddler on the Roof?

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ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S GAME:

CARD #1
GWhat are the three Broadway theaters with actual Broadway addresses?
EWhat was the venue for the 2019 Tony Awards?
HTRUE or FALSE: The miner's strike portrayed in Billy Elliot: The Musical really happened.
ALWhat is the most recent Broadway musical to win the Tony Award for Best Musical that was based on a novel?
SNWhat natural disaster is mentioned in Wicked and performed in The Wiz?
SLWhat team is featured in the musical Damn Yankees?

GThe Palace, Winter Garden and, appropriately, the Broadway all have addresses on Broadway.
EThe 2019 Tony Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall.
HTRUE: Events in Billy Elliot include the 1984-1985 UK miner's strike in County Durham.
ALFun Home, based on a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, won the Best Musical Tony in 2015.
SNA tornado
SLThe Washington Senators

CARD #2
GWhat Broadway theater is the furthest uptown?
EWhat famous Broadway producer insisted that all of his shows had a predominantly red logo?
HWhat war is depicted in the play War Horse?
ALWhat show features "the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York?"
SNWhat natural phenomenon is the basis of the show 110 in the Shade?
SLThe short-lived play Magic/Bird centers around what famous basketball players?

GThe Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center
EDavid Merrick, whose shows included the famous red and white Hello, Dolly! logo.
HWorld War I
ALGuys and Dolls
SNA drought
SLEarvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird


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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Ms. Broadway July 2020: Moulin Rouge's Amber Ardolino

In just a few short years, Ms. Broadway July 2020 has assembled an impressive resume of roles in high profile shows. Yes, Amber Ardolino has been a part of national tours, Broadway shows, and even a pair of television programs. Perhaps you saw her on tour or on Broadway in Hamilton, or as a part of the sassy ensemble of Head Over Heels. Lately (and soon again, we hope) she's been can-can kicking in Moulin Rouge!, and to the delight of her many fans, she has gone on as the star of the show, Satine! We are certain that once things improve and Broadway comes back, her star will continue its rise. Congratulations!

Ms. Broadway July 2020
Moulin Rouge's
Amber Ardolino

GETTING TO KNOW AMBER ARDOLINO
BIRTH DATE: August 23
HOMETOWN: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
EDUCATION: Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
SELECT THEATER CREDITS: Broadway: Moulin Rouge!, Head Over Heels, Hamilton; National Tours/Sit-Downs: Hamilton (Chicago/Eliza Company/Philip Company), Rock of Ages (Las Vegas), Flashdance, West Side Story, Legally Blonde; Television: Fosse/Verdon, The Glee Project





Hamilton
(Chicago/Eliza Company/Philip Company/Broadway)







Head Over Heels 
(Broadway)






Moulin Rouge! 
(Broadway)





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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

BEST OF THE DECADE: 2010s Career Theater People

Our Best of the Decade series continues this week with a look ten theater professionals who made their mark and established a full Broadway career during the 2010's. These are actors, designers, writers, directors and producers have given us hours of lifetime memories that span the gamut of comedy and drama, play and musical. They've been critically acclaimed and embraced by the audiences they serve. The best part is that all of them have, we hope, decades ahead of them to continue pushing the boundaries of the art form we love.

BEST OF THE DECADE:
Career Theater People of the  2010s


  

    

Miriam Buether (Designer)
5 Broadway productions
2 Tony Award nominations - Best Scenic Design of a Play - Three Tall Women, To Kill a Mockingbird

    

Marianne Elliott (Director, Producer)
3 Broadway productions
4 Tony Award nominations - Best Revival of a Play - Angels in America (winner); Best Director of a Play - War Horse (winner), The Curious Incident of the Dog on the Night-Time (winner), Angels in America


    

    

Joshua Henry (Actor)
6 Broadway productions
3 Tony Award nominations - Best Featured Actor - Violet; Best Actor in a Musical - The Scottsboro Boys, Carousel

      

Jeremy Jordan (Actor)
4 Broadway productions
1 Tony Award nomination - Best Actor in a Musical - Newsies: The Musical
Theatre World Award - 2012

    

  

Rob McClure (Actor)
5 Broadway productions
1 Tony Award nomination - Best Actor in a Musical - Chaplin
Theatre World Award - 2013

  

Patina Miller (Actor)
2 Broadway productions
2 Tony Award nominations - Best Actress in a Musical - Sister Act, Pippin (winner)

    

    

Jessie Mueller (Actor)
6 Broadway productions
4 Tony Award nominations - Best Featured Actress in a Musical - On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Best Actress in a Musical - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (winner), Waitress, Carousel
Theatre World Award - 2012

  

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Composer/Lyricists)
2 Broadway productions
2 Tony Award nominations - Best Score of a Musical - A Christmas Story: The Musical, Dear Evan Hansen (winner)

      

    

Diane Paulus (Director, Producer)
7 Broadway productions
4 Tony Award nominations: Best Musical - Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Best Direction of a Musical - Hair*, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Pippin (winner)

    

      

Alex Timbers (Director, Writer)
7 Broadway Shows
2 Tony Award nominations: Best Direction of a Play - Peter and the Starcatcher, Best Book of a Musical - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson








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