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Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Event Are You Most Excited to See This Summer?

Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Event Are You Most Excited to See This Summer?

Summer is the best time for barbecues, pool parties and of course, seeing Broadway shows! Wendy Williams, Zachary Levi and Orlando Bloom are all making their Broadway debuts this summer, and hit shows Wicked, Annie and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike are welcoming some brand new stars. If that weren’t enough excitement, two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster will ...

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Fly Girl: Backstage at Wicked with Lindsay Mendez, Episode 1: ‘Greenifying’ with the Fam

Fly Girl: Backstage at Wicked with Lindsay Mendez, Episode 1: ‘Greenifying’ with the Fam

For the inaugural episode of Fly Girl, Wicked headliner Lindsay Mendez introduces viewers to Team Green and introduces her co-stars Katie Rose Clarke and Derek Klena.

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From Patti LuPone to Lindsay Mendez, Count Down the 10 Hottest Shows at 54 Below This July

From Patti LuPone to Lindsay Mendez, Count Down the 10 Hottest Shows at 54 Below This July

Looking for a way to escape the hot summer sun and see all your favorite Broadway stars? Well, search no further than 54 Below, where July heats up with return engagements and brand new shows from Broadway's elite. Read on for Broadway.com's countdown of the 10 concerts making fireworks this July at the hotspot.

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Darren Criss Wants to Be a Princess, Justin Guarini Needs Some Tights & More Lessons of the Week

Darren Criss Wants to Be a Princess, Justin Guarini Needs Some Tights & More Lessons of the Week

As another fun-filled week on the Great White Way comes to a close, Broadway.com is revisiting our top headlines from the past seven days. What have we learned? For starters, we know a whole lot more about Darren Criss’ socks, Lilla Crawford’s baking tips and Kate Rockwell’s (purported) love handles! Check out what else we discovered this week below ...

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Squigs Returns to Oz to Sketch Wicked’s Popular New Duo Lindsay Mendez and Katie Rose Clarke

Squigs Returns to Oz to Sketch Wicked’s Popular New Duo Lindsay Mendez and Katie Rose Clarke

Fan favorite Wicked is having a hot summer with several new cast members, including Broadway.com’s newest video blogger Lindsay Mendez. The Broadway blockbuster (which recently celebrated 4,000 performances) explores the untold story of Oz’s green sorceress Elphaba, her friend Glinda and the mystical Wizard. Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson spent one short day in Emerald City to ...

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Welcome to Oz! Wicked Star Lindsay Mendez Is Broadway.com’s New Video Blogger

Welcome to Oz! Wicked Star Lindsay Mendez Is Broadway.com’s New Video Blogger

Let us be glad! Let us be grateful! Broadway.com has a brand new backstage video blogger this summer: Wicked headliner Lindsay Mendez. The star will take viewers behind-the-scenes at the Gershwin Theatre in her video series: Fly Girl: Backstage at Wicked with Lindsay Mendez.

Wicked is the untold musical story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of ...

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Lindsay Mendez, Katie Rose Clarke & the Cast of Wicked Celebrate 4,000 Magical Performances

Lindsay Mendez, Katie Rose Clarke & the Cast of Wicked Celebrate 4,000 Magical Performances
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“Oh what a celebration we’ll have today! Thank Goodness!” The Broadway blockbuster Wicked celebrated an astounding 4,000 performances on the Great White Way on June 18. To mark the occasion, the company gathered at the Gershwin Theatre to enjoy a Wicked-themed cake created by The Chocolate Swirl. Click below to see Jenny Anderson’s photos of Oz’s leading ...

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Top 10! Hot Stories Include Les Miz's Return, Lindsay Mendez's Wicked Debut & Aaron Tveit's TV Dish

Top 10! Hot Stories Include Les Miz's Return, Lindsay Mendez's Wicked Debut & Aaron Tveit's TV Dish

This week's most-read features are all over the map, from news items and polls to video clips and exclusive interviews and roundups Miss anything? Click below to get up to date on the most popular features on Broadway.com from May 31 to June 6.

1. NEWS: Les Miserables Comes Home to Broadway’s Imperial Theatre; Dates Announced

2. INTERVIEW: Lindsay ...

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First Look! See Stage Fave Lindsay Mendez Go Green as Elphaba in Wicked

First Look! See Stage Fave Lindsay Mendez Go Green as Elphaba in Wicked
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Dogfight headliners Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena officially joined the cast of Broadway mega-hit Wicked on May 28, and fans are excited about this onstage reunion! As Elphaba, Mendez takes on her first leading role on the Great White Way; while Fiyero marks a Broadway debut for Klena. Get a first look at Oz’s two newest residents, as well as ...

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The Broadway.com Show: Ladies Love Lauper! Homeland Hires! Judith Light Grabs Ass!

The Broadway.com Show: Ladies Love Lauper! Homeland Hires! Judith Light Grabs Ass!

In the week's eye-popping episode, Broadway.com staffers reveal which new musical you think will win big, where Tony winners stash their trophies, why Lea Salonga wants to play a hooker and how Cheyenne Jackson is keeping busy!

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Lindsay Mendez on Her Emotional Debut as Elphaba in Wicked

Lindsay Mendez on Her Emotional Debut as Elphaba in Wicked

It took just six years for musical theater powerhouse Lindsay Mendez to conquer Broadway. Mendez made her debut in 2007 as funny second banana Jan in Grease (opposite Laura Osnes), and now she takes center stage at the Gershwin Theatre as the 10th anniversary Elphaba in the blockbuster Wicked. In the meantime, of course, she's recorded the jazz album This ...

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Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena Step into Broadway’s Wicked May 28

Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena Step into Broadway’s Wicked May 28

Wicked welcomes Dogfight duo Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena as the 10th anniversary Elphaba and Fiyero beginning May 28. Klena makes his Broadway debut at the Gershwin Theatre.

Mendez and Klena join current Wicked stars Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible, Adam Grupper as The Wizard, Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose, F. Michael Haynie as Boq and ...

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Lindsay Mendez Goes Green, Potted Potter Waves Its Wand & Matthew Morrison Gets Personal in This Week's Datebook

Lindsay Mendez Goes Green, Potted Potter Waves Its Wand & Matthew Morrison Gets Personal in This Week's Datebook

Welcome to June! In this Memorial Day holiday week, we're taking a break from Tony madness to enjoy a few low-key stage-related events, performances and concerts. Read on to get the scoop on the most exciting happenings in theater, TV, music and films in our ultimate weekly datebook.


MONDAY, MAY 27
BROADWAY BURNS BRIGHT ON MEMORIAL MONDAY
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Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, Zach Braff & More Stars Light Up Second Stage Theatre’s Spring Gala

Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, Zach Braff & More Stars Light Up Second Stage Theatre’s Spring Gala
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Stars of stage and screen unite! Zach Braff, new Wicked sweethearts Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena, Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block and more flocked to the Best Buy Theatre on May 21 to pay tribute to playwright and screenwriter Paul Weitz (Lonely, I’m Not) at the annual Second Stage Theatre spring gala. The soiree, which featured dinner and a live ...

Laura Benanti Heads Downtown, Santino Fontana Swings & Cristin Milioti Goes to the Pub in This Week's Datebook

Laura Benanti Heads Downtown, Santino Fontana Swings & Cristin Milioti Goes to the Pub in This Week's Datebook

What's going on in New York City this week? The short answer is...plenty! Take a look at this week's Broadway Datebook for the hottest theatrical events, including the opening of the sexy Murder Ballad, Lea Salonga's new cabaret act and a special Dogfight performance. Look ahead!


MONDAY, MAY 20
LAURA BENANTI GETS IN A CABARET MOOD
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Derek Klena to Make Broadway Debut as Fiyero in Wicked Opposite Lindsay Mendez

Derek Klena to Make Broadway Debut as Fiyero in Wicked Opposite Lindsay Mendez

There’s a Dogfight reunion brewing in Oz! Broadway newcomer Derek Klena will make his debut as Fiyero in Wicked beginning May 28. He’ll star opposite the show’s incoming Elphaba Lindsay Mendez, with whom Klena starred in the off-Broadway musical Dogfight in 2012 (directed by Wicked helmer Joe Mantello).

Klena joins Mendez in a cast that includes Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda ...

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Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Book Additional Dogfight Concert at Joe’s Pub

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Book Additional Dogfight Concert at Joe’s Pub

Tony-nominated composing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have scheduled an additional Dogfight concert at downtown concert venue Joe’s Pub on May 15. Along with Pasek and Paul, members from the original off-Broadway production of Dogfight are expected to perform at 9:30 and 11:30 PM, along with surprise guests to celebrate the release of the show's new cast ...

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Lindsay Mendez on Her New Leading Role in Broadway’s Wicked: 'I’m Really Excited and Really Terrified'

Lindsay Mendez on Her New Leading Role in Broadway’s Wicked: 'I’m Really Excited and Really Terrified'

The Broadway blockbuster Wicked welcomes a new green girl on May 28 as musical theater fan favorite Lindsay Mendez steps into the starring role of Elphaba. We caught up with Mendez to get her reaction to joining the "all-time best" Broadway musical.

“I was so thrilled,” Mendez exclaimed about learning she landed the role of Elphaba. “I got ...

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Top Five! Darren Criss Tour Talk, a Dogfight Duet & Matilda Musings Lead the Week’s Hottest Videos

Top Five! Darren Criss Tour Talk, a Dogfight Duet & Matilda Musings Lead the Week’s Hottest Videos

Broadway.com’s sizzling hot video features offer something for everyone, and the week of May 1 through May 7 was no exception: Fan favorite Darren Criss made a surprise appearance on Show People, Dogfight admirers got a sneak peek at the musical’s recording session, and more. If you missed any of our top five videos, click below to catch up ...

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Exclusive Music Video! Lindsay Mendez & Derek Klena Sing "First Date/Last Night" from Dogfight Album

Exclusive Music Video! Lindsay Mendez & Derek Klena Sing

Watch the awkward first date song from the original cast recording of Dogfight, now available for digital download on Ghostlight Records.

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Hear Lindsay Mendez Preview a Song from the New Shakespeare in the Park Musical Love's Labour's Lost

Hear Lindsay Mendez Preview a Song from the New Shakespeare in the Park Musical Love's Labour's Lost

This year's Shakespeare in the Park season will feature a new musical adaptation of the Bard's classic Love's Labour's Lost, penned by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson composer Michael Friedman. Performances for the new show don't begin until July 23, but you can preview one of the tunes that will fill the summer air at the Delacorte Theatre now. Godspell and ...

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Arthur Darvill Does It All, Stephanie J. Block Rules at Karaoke and More Lessons of the Week

Arthur Darvill Does It All, Stephanie J. Block Rules at Karaoke and More Lessons of the Week

The last Broadway show of the 2012-13 season opened this week, which means that the upcoming madness of the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards (and something called the Tonys) is soon upon us! But before awards season takes over, we’re looking back at the past seven days and giving you our favorite lessons learned from the week that was. Check ...

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Lindsay Mendez to Defy Gravity as Broadway's Next Elphaba in Wicked

Lindsay Mendez to Defy Gravity as Broadway's Next Elphaba in Wicked

Lindsay Mendez is going to defy gravity nightly at the Gershwin Theatre. The fan favorite will take over the lead role of Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked beginning May 28. For Mendez, her Elphaba casting reunites her with her Godspell composer Stephen Schwartz and her Dogfight director Joe Mantello. Current Elphie, Willemijn Verkaik, plays her final performance May 26.

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Release Date Set For Dogfight Cast Recording, Featuring Lindsay Mendez & Derek Klena

Release Date Set For Dogfight Cast Recording, Featuring Lindsay Mendez & Derek Klena

Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena and the cast of Dogfight are coming to an iPod near you! The cast recording of the 2012 Second Stage Theatre production of Dogfight is set for digital release on Ghostlight Records April 30. The album will hit stores on May 21.

Featuring music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by ...

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Lindsay Mendez Is Curiously Kinky, Alec Baldwin Wants to Get in Bed with You and More Lessons of the Week

Lindsay Mendez Is Curiously Kinky, Alec Baldwin Wants to Get in Bed with You and More Lessons of the Week

Thank Fosse it's Friday! Broadway taught us a whole bunch of lessons over these last seven days, from Andrew Lloyd Webber's surprising love of Jack Black flicks to Will Swenson and Caissie Levy's steamy makeout sesh. What else did we learn from the week that was? Read on for our top 10 lessons learned this week on the Great White ...

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