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Carnegie Hall's West Side Story, Staged in a Queens Warehouse with Skylar Astin and Newcomer Morgan Hernandez, is a Musical Miracle

Carnegie Hall's West Side Story, Staged in a Queens Warehouse with Skylar Astin and Newcomer Morgan Hernandez, is a Musical Miracle

There’s nothing like a multi-million dollar slick staging of a classic Broadway musical featuring the best acting talents available and the greatest creative team money can buy. Then again, seeing the same classic on a high school or community theater level can prove just as exhilarating, with raw, wide-eyed talents giving the material a freshness that’s undeniable. The Carnegie Hall ...

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Thumbs Up! Annaleigh Ashford's Lost in the Stars Brings Disco, Whimsy & Sparkle Back to Studio 54

Thumbs Up! Annaleigh Ashford's Lost in the Stars Brings Disco, Whimsy & Sparkle Back to Studio 54

Sylvia star Annaleigh Ashford could blend right in in any decade, but with the recording of last year’s 54 Below act Lost in the Stars, now available through Broadway Records, she’s clearly an honorary child of the ‘70s. Ashford, who was a club kid herself in the ‘90s, seamlessly blends her fantastical aesthetic with an appreciation of the vibrant (and—as she’s ...

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Thumbs Up! Darren Criss and His Electrifying Elsie Fest Are Exactly What Broadway Needs

Thumbs Up! Darren Criss and His Electrifying Elsie Fest Are Exactly What Broadway Needs

Darren Criss is exactly what today’s Broadway needs.

The multimedia wonder kid—who became famous for a YouTube musical spoof of the Harry Potter franchise—is clearly the next generation of stage star. Musically talented, wildly passionate about theater and in touch with the uber-connected younger set of Broadway fans whose energy can fuel the kind of buzz that professional marketers couldn’t ...

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Thumbs Up! Benedict Cumberbatch Conquers Hamlet Despite Slings and Arrows

Thumbs Up! Benedict Cumberbatch Conquers Hamlet Despite Slings and Arrows

Long live the Prince! On August 25, one of the most talked-about productions of Hamlet in the play’s 400 or so years in existence will officially open at London’s Barbican Theatre. That, of course, has everything to do with the Shakespeare classic's headliner, Olivier winner and Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, who has chosen, at the height of a dizzying screen ...

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Thumbs Up! Tony Hosts Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming Are Wonderfully Wacky on Broadway's Biggest Night

Thumbs Up! Tony Hosts Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming Are Wonderfully Wacky on Broadway's Biggest Night

Now that the 2015 Tony Awards are over, can we take a second to talk about how ridiculously entertaining Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming were? Hosting Broadway's biggest night is no walk in the park (please, you try keeping an entire theater full of show people amused and on schedule) but Cheno and Cumming pulled it off with fabulous flying colors. The ...

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Thumbs Up! Chicago's Carousel, Featuring Career-Defining Star Turns by Laura Osnes & Steven Pasquale, Must Come to Broadway

Thumbs Up! Chicago's Carousel, Featuring Career-Defining Star Turns by Laura Osnes & Steven Pasquale, Must Come to Broadway

Seventy years old, Carousel remains the rich jewel in the crown of songwriting titans Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, whose collaboration has given birth to 11 Broadway musicals. Although the rich, complex show has been gone from the main stem since Lincoln Center Theater’s ravishing 1994 revival, we keep crossing our fingers that it’ll be back, and the time may have ...

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Thumbs Up! Can-Can Has All the Makings of a Broadway Winner

 Thumbs Up! Can-Can Has All the Makings of a Broadway Winner

Stop waiting around for that Moulin Rouge! musical and check yourself into another bawdy Parisian nightclub currently winning over audiences in the unlikely locale of Millburn, New Jersey. We’re talking about Can-Can, Paper Mill Playhouse’s completely revamped take on the 1953 Cole Porter musical, featuring direction by David Lee and a new script by TV writer Joel Fields and Lee ...

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Thumbs Up! Tim Federle's New Book Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Deserves a Standing Ovation

Thumbs Up! Tim Federle's New Book Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Deserves a Standing Ovation

Katniss Everdeen fought to the death in a televised battle and Harry Potter overcame Lord Voldemort, but Nate Foster has an even bigger challenge ahead of him: Making his Broadway debut as Alien Number Seven in E.T.: The Musical! Broadway alum Tim Federle's newest middle-grade novel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, the follow-up to last year's outstanding Better Nate Than ...

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Thumbs Up! Sleep No More’s Elegant Masquerade Ball Dazzled on New Year’s Eve

Thumbs Up! Sleep No More’s Elegant Masquerade Ball Dazzled on New Year’s Eve

While Applebee’s in Times Square charged partiers $375 to eat boneless buffalo wings and see the ball drop this New Year’s Eve, downtown revelers donned tuxes and gowns to attend a very different (and oddly, less expensive) kind of glittering ball: The King’s Winter Masquerade at the McKittrick Hotel, home of the interactive off-Broadway spectacle Sleep No More. After the ...

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Nobody Does It Better! Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Sheds Light on a Legend

Nobody Does It Better! Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Sheds Light on a Legend

We already knew that the late Tony, Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-conductor Marvin Hamlisch was a singular sensation. But the documentary Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love, which airs on PBS on December 27, reveals the kind-hearted, complex and dessert-loving man behind the legend. A musical prodigy accepted to Juilliard at age six, the A Chorus Line ...

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