- Each week, we'll open the voting for a different segment of the bracket, and you will select your favorite from each pairing.
- Your selection should be based on the logo/window card ONLY. We are NOT looking for your favorite show! It is possible to like a logo from a show you've never heard of before!
- We will provide pictures of the full window card (in most cases) or logo above each week's ballot, then you scroll down and make your selections. You MUST click/tap the "Click Me to Count Your VOTES" button at the bottom of the survey.
- THIS ROUND WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 4TH AT 5 PM!
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Monday, May 31, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
True or False
1. TRUE or FALSE: The 74th Tony Awards, airing on September 26th, will be the first to air the ceremony on two different networks.
3. TRUE or FALSE: To date, West Side Story is the only Broadway musical that has not announced a re-opening date.
5. Which of these actors has had the MOST Broadway credits between 2000 and 2020?
Thursday, May 27, 2021
In the original Broadway run of American Idiot, Van Hughes served as understudy for all three of the young men whose story the show is about: restless wanderer Johnny, sudden family man Will, and injured soldier Tunny. In this blog, Jeff has invited me to reflect on my experience seeing Hughes in all three of these roles during my multiple trips to the show.
I first saw Hughes take on the role of Will, who is unable to accompany his friend Johnny on his adventure when he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. While this seems to me like the most straightforward of the three roles, it’s also true that the actor playing Will is on stage almost the whole time and has to create some kind of character arc out of a small amount of material. Van Hughes’ take on the role was just as compelling as – and, to be honest, very similar to – that of Michael Esper, the regular performer. The main difference that I noticed was their vocal delivery in “Novacaine” and “Nobody Likes You,” for which Hughes gave a more traditional reading alongside Esper’s deliberately strained thinness. They were both great in the part, and they even looked a little bit alike.
I was finally able to see Hughes’ take on the central character of Johnny for the first - but not nearly the last - time when he played the role opposite Melissa Etheridge as St. Jimmy. And even though Etheridge is a genuine star in real life, it was Hughes who gave the standout performance, delivering a stunning interpretation of this very enigmatic role. It would be impossible to give a ranking of his performance with respect to that of regular star John Gallagher, Jr.; it doesn’t even feel quite right to compare them. While both performances were finely tuned to the role, their choices were categorically different, with very different benefits and rewards proceeding from these choices.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
As a theater-goer, I recognize that it (like most shows, honestly) was not exactly "theat-ah." But I'm sure it was plenty entertaining. Also, and most importantly, I missed the opportunity to see a number of now-beloved Broadway actors making their debuts on the Main Stem. Among them were dancer Ron Todorowski, the legendary Orfeh, and the entire company was led by two newbies - Jennifer Laura Thompson as the rebellious preacher's daughter, Ariel, and Jeremy Kushnier as the city slicker upstart, Ren. Among the show's notable replacements were such actors as Jenn Gambatese, Mary Gordon Murray, Curtis Holbrook, and future multi-Tony-winner, Christian Borle.
Footloose began its 18 previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 5, 1998, and opened there on October 22, 1998. The production was nominated for Best Choreography, Best Actress in a Musical (Dee Hoty), Best Original Musical Score, and Best Book of a Musical. Footloose closed on July 2, 2000 following 709 performances.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
This Week in Broadway History:
May 25, 2016: Cirque du Soleil came to Broadway with Paramour on this date at the Lyric Theatre, where it stayed for 366 performances.
May 31, 2018: The 2019 Tony-winning Best Revival of a Play, The Boys in the Band, opened its limited engagement at the Booth Theatre.