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Friday, December 6, 2019

The Friday 5 Quiz: The Broadway Costumes of Sutton Foster

It's Friday 5 Quiz time! And, thanks to a great suggestion sent in by Marcus T. from Queens, today's game is all about the costumes 2-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster has worn on the Broadway stage. Her career has afforded her the chance to wear some pretty spiffy and glamorous clothes from different eras. By looking at just a small piece of each, can you name the show and the character Sutton is playing? Good luck!

The answers will appear at the end of next Friday's column. And if you have any ideas for future quizzes, send an email or Tweet. Our addresses are at the top!

The Friday 5 Quiz:
The Broadway Costumes
of Sutton Foster

Example: Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

#TBT: Vintage Playbill: A Christmas Story: November 2012


I was at a distinct disadvantage when I saw A Christmas Story: The Musical. I had never seen A Christmas Story: The Movie! The good news is, the musical was wonderful, and though I may not have been able to anticipate beloved scenes, I laughed right along with everyone else. Even better was the fun score by relative unknowns Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. And there was some riotously funny choreography by Warren Carlyle. I mean, come on! A kick line with chorus cuties and leg lamps!!?? Too funny. It was also great fun to see a college idol of mine, Dan Lauria, as the narrator, as well as three other Broadway favorites: Caroline O'Connor, Erin Dilly and John Bolton. It speaks volumes (I think) that despite its limited engagement and being closed several months before the Tonys, it was still nominated for three major 2013 Tony Awards: Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical.

Well, I still haven't seen the movie version. But maybe I won't. Why ruin a fond memory?




A Christmas Story: The Musical
Lunt-Fontanne Theater
15 previews, 51 performances
November 2012 Cast (Opening Night!): Dan Lauria, John Bolton, Erin Dilly, Caroline O'Connor, Zac Ballard and Johnny Rabe
Book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Based upon the film A Christmas Story and the book In God We Trust, All Other Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd

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As befitting the holiday season, there was no shortage of family fare on Broadway in November 2012. There was A Christmas Story, Annie, Cinderella, Elf and Peter and the Starcatcher. Of course there were 3 Disney extravaganzas to choose from as well: Mary Poppins, Newsies and The Lion King. There was no shortage of star power, either: Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Jessica Chastain, Paul Rudd, Debra Winger, Ed Asner, Cheyenne Jackon, Henry Winkler, Ricky Martin, Matthew Broderick and Broadway celebs including Kelli O'Hara, Carolee Carmello, Rob McClure, Patti LuPone, Norbert Leo Butz, Laura Osnes and Michael Cerveris. Revivals included Evita and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. At the time, who knew Scandalous, The Performers, Dead Accounts and The Anarchist would be huge flops? Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a whole other story! November 2012 was also the last time Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? played the Rialto!






📸: J. Kyler, C. Rosegg
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Welcome to the Theater! The Broadway Debuts of Jagged Little Pill

Tonight, these twelve incredible cast members from Jagged Little Pill will be making their official Broadway debuts! Dreams do come true!

Congratulations to you and everyone in the show. Here's to a successful run and many more opening nights!


Jagged Little Pill
Opening Night: Thursday, December 4, 2019
Broadhurst Theatre

    
Annelise Baker (Chorus)
Yemen Brown (Swing)
Jane Bruce (Chorus)

    
John Cardoza (Chorus)
Antonio Cipriano (Phoenix/Chorus)
Celia Rose Gooding (Frankie Healy)

    
Logan Hart (Andrew/Chorus)
Ezra Menas (Chorus)
Kelsey Orem (Swing)

    
Yanna Perrault (Swing)
Nora Schell (Chorus)
Ebony Williams (Chorus)

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

2019 in Review: Trend of the Year: Teens Playing Teens

2019 in Review:
Trend of the Year

One may have thought that eleven years ago, Broadway would have tried a little bit harder at getting actual teenagers to play teenagers when the musical 13 opened. After all, it did bring Ariana Grande to the stage. But that show was a resounding flop. And so, Broadway kept on hiring 20-somethings to play high schoolers, and they still do. (At least one current show has 30-somethings playing teenagers!) It looks like that may be changing.

2019, it seems, was a breakthrough year for teen-somethings getting hired to play age appropriate roles. Five (maybe more) teenaged actors have played major characters of high school age this year. Here they are, in alphabetical order:


Sophia Anne Caruso (Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice): Her voice is a zillion times bigger than her diminutive stature, and her presence is even bigger than that. Considering that she's up against larger than life scenery and effects, not to mention the larger than life Alex Brightman, she'd have to be. She nails that teen angst thing perfectly!










Antonio Cipriano (Phoenix in Jagged Little Pill, 2017 Jimmy Award Finalist): We haven't seen him perform live yet, but the videos that Jagged Little Pill has put out certainly show that this young man has an amazing voice, chemistry with his co-star Celia Gooding, and presence to spare. And he's brave, too. He appears to be completely unflappable singing in front of no less than Alanis Morissette!








Micaela Diamond (Babe in The Cher Show): I will never forget that huge voice coming out of that fur vest/bell bottom clad whirlwind of energy! She had two of the best numbers in the show, "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On." Let's see her in another show and soon!











Andrew Barth Feldman (Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen, 2018 Jimmy Award Winner): There is something particularly wonderful and genuine about seeing an actual high school student going through what Evan Hansen goes through. Regardless of age, Mr. Feldman gives one of the best performances in any role I've ever seen. I worry for his well-being, he is so convincing. Here's to the long, brilliant career we will all be able to enjoy from this phenom.








Renee Rapp (Regina George in Mean Girls, 2018 Jimmy Award Winner): We haven't had the pleasure of seeing this young woman in action, but I'll bet it is quite a hoot to see a just out of high school girl playing the queen bee of a nasty clique! Her video of "Watch the World Burn" is chilling and a lot of fun, so I can only imagine what a full performance may be like!







Will this trend continue? We hope so. The authenticity and level of talent can only add to the experience. Besides being grateful for the work, don't you think 30-somethings would like the chance to play adults?


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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Ms. Broadway December 2019: The Joannes of Company

Last month's look back at the all of the Broadway Elder Prices proved to be quite popular, so we thought that we'd honor all those ladies who lunch by lifting a glass to all who have played the iconic Joanne in Company. Some pretty amazing women have played the role as you'll see. From the brilliant original Elaine Stritch all the way to the upcoming Broadway turn by the equally brilliant Patti LuPone. (We are reminded of the Sondheim Birthday Celebration moment when Elaine gave a standing ovation to Patti after the latter's blistering "Ladies Who Lunch." Icons doing iconic things - the perfect reason to be named Ms. Broadway December 2019. Everybody rise!

Ms. Broadway
December 2019
The Joannes of Company

The Original
Broadway, First National Tour, West End
Elaine Stritch


The Original Production Replacements
Jane Russell and Vivian Blaine




1995 Broadway Revival
Debra Monk



Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration
Lynn Redgrave




2006 Broadway Revival
Barbara Walsh





2011 New York Philharmonic Concert Staging
Patti LuPone





2018 West End Revival and 2020 Broadway Revival
Patti LuPone

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