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Happy Tony Awards eve! Today is all about what’s brand new on Broadway. This year’s nominees for Best Play and Best Musical tell stories that run the gamut. For Best Play there’s a sequel to a 19th century play, a look at the 1993 Middle East peace talks in Oslo, a Pulitzer-winning play about the working class in Reading, PA, and a play about the controversial debut of another play. For Best Musical we visit a remote town in Canada dealing with the aftermath of 9/11, 19th century Russia, the inner workings of an anxious teen’s mind, and the greatest small town in the USA.

As you can see, that’s a lot to cover. So if you don’t mind, I’ll dive right in with this year’s nominees for Best Play and Best Musical. Read the rest of this entry


…Raise the Curtain

It’s day two of our week at the theater, and I thought I’d take a moment to discuss theater’s accessibility. The theater has acquired a reputation for being a pastime for the elite. While some of the top ticket prices on Broadway don’t help with that reputation, the truth is that theater is for everyone, not just those who can afford to sit front and center at a Broadway show.

As any theater fan who has sat in the dark on a folding chair crammed into a space with 30 (or fewer) of their new best (or at least closest) friends can tell you, most theater performances aren’t that glamorous.

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…Hit the Heights

Happy Sunday, fellow crusaders! This week the 2017 class of  Tony nominees was revealed, which has me tapping my toes and humming a few more show tunes than usual.

Whether you’re feeling the same way, or you need a little help getting in touch with your inner theater nerd, you’ve come to the right place. In honor of this year’s nominees and those who were overlooked, I’m declaring this a Broadway Sunday Funday. Read the rest of this entry

…set the stage

tony_awardCan you fee the electricity in the air? Maybe you sense some extra pep (or jazz square) in your step? Have you had the urge to break forth in song or monologue? That, folks, is the Tonys buzz.

This morning, theater fans around the world held their collective breaths as the nominees were announced for the 2017 Tony Awards. Read the rest of this entry

…Play Many Parts

This sunny, spring Sunday we celebrate the 453rd birthday of the Bard. While the exact date of William Shakespeare’s entrance into the world is not known, the mark that he made on it is immeasurable.

To say that William Shakespeare’s plays and other works have stood the test of time seems like a gross understatement. They have thrived. They started as a product of the time in which they were created and turned into works that have shaped the world for centuries. Read the rest of this entry