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71st Tony Awards Nominations Announced!

The 71st Tony Awards nominations were announced this morning – with Natasha, Pierre & The Great comet garnering twelve nods including Best Musical.

Other impressive showings include: Hell, Dolly! (10), Dear Evan Hansen (9), A Doll’s House Part 2 (8) and Groundhog Day: The Musical (7).

The 71st Tony Awards® will be televised by CBS on June 11th (8/7C). Kevin Spacey will Host.

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Exclusive: Mamma Mia Star Lizzie Markson Talks about the Final Tour

Based on the music of Abba, the long running hit show Mamma Mia is in the middle of it’s farewell tour. The tour stops at Baltimore’s France-Merrick Hippodrome Theater this weekend for a very limited engagement. I caught up with one of the stars of the current production – Lizzie Markson. She plays the Sophie a young woman who is about to get married. Ahead of her wedding she wants to find out who her real father is. She invites the 3 candidates to her wedding and music and hi-jinks ensue. Really it’s just an excuse to wear funky 70’s outfits and sing Abba. Nothing wrong with that. Mamma Mia is at the Hippodrome, January 13 – 15th. Check out the official tour site for a stop near you.

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Percy Jackson – The Musical?

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Chris McCarrell, will star in a brand-new production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical this March at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street). Written by Joe Tracz (Netflix “Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Rob Rokicki (Strange Tails), and directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar), the strictly limited engagement will begin performances on March 23, opening on Tuesday, April 4 and will run through May 6, 2017.

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Broadway’s Stars In The Alley is Tomorrow (Friday)!

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The cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical performs at the 2014 Stars in the Alley Concert Photo by Amanda Schwab

One of my favorite events of the years is Broadway’s Stars In The Alley. Every year for the last few years, the Broadway League puts on a free outdoor concert. The 2 hour event is sort of an unofficial dress rehearsal for the Tony Awards and features appearances and performances from over 30 different Broadway shows. The event is held Friday, June 3rd, in the historic Shubert Alley on West 44th, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, rain or shine.

The nice thing is, it’s usually a well organized event and normally starts on time, so get there early! This year’s participants include performances from the cast of Something Rotten, The Color Purple, Get On Your Feet and more. The cast of Hamilton will make an appearance as well, although not performing. Here’s a full list.

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The Waitress Musical Previewed!

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Sometimes life makes you feel like you’re stuck. Sometimes it’s your own choices that get you there – the people who spend your time with or the activities where you put your energy that leave you feeling like you have nowhere to go. Other times, it’s other people’s decisions that seem to trap you.

Once in awhile, it’s factors out of anyone’s control, and simply the twists and turns of happenstance. For Jenna, the main character in Waitress, it feels like all of the above. The various events that led her there aside, Jenna feels stuck – and Waitress is a musical about how people can move forward even when they don’t know exactly where forward is.

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Soars in Baltimore!

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Be our guest! Disney’s classic Beauty and the Beast lavish Broadway production arrives at Baltimore’s glorious France-Merrick Hippodrome theater for one week only – May 10 – 15. This production is a shining example of all the things that make Disney great and the one glaring thing that always annoys me.

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Washington DC’S National Theater Getting in on Hamilton Action

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This is going to be a total cluster. In order to even hope to get tickets to Hamilton over a Year away, you pretty much have to subscribe to The Kennedy Center’s Broadway Subscription for the next 2 seasons. That’s several thousand dollars just to see this stupid show. Now to muddle the waters even further.

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Hamilton Sets Record For Tony Award Nominations!

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As expected, Hamilton dominated the nominations for the 70th Annual Tony Awards® when they were announced this morning.

The revolutionary play garnered a record-setting 16 nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music & Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, several technical awards and a handful of acting awards.

For a complete list of the nominations, follow the jump.

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Al Pacino Returns To Broadway This Week in China Doll!

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The anticipated limited Broadway engagement of David Mamet’s new play CHINA DOLL, which stars Academy Award winner Al Pacino under the direction of Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (The Heidi Chronicles, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), will start performances tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street).  Tickets for CHINA DOLL are also available for purchase online at www.telecharge.com, or by calling (212) 239-6200.

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Theater Review (DC): The National Tour of Beautiful The Carole King Story Shines

Abby Mueller as Carol King. Photo by Nathan Johnson
Abby Mueller as Carol King. Photo by Nathan Johnson

I love watching Musicals where I “learn” something new or discover that some of my favorite songs were written by the same person. One of the biggest and most celebrated musicals of the last few years – The National Tour of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical iscurrently doing an extended stint (October 6 – 25th) in Washington, DC at The Kennedy Center.

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Broadway’s Finding Neverland Changes Hours and Gets New Hook

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Finding Neverland is one of the hottest tickets on Broadway right now and the show is undergoing some changes. Starting with Broadway veteran Terrance Mann (Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserable) will take over the roles of “Charles Frohman” and “Captain Hook”.  The show is released it’s new upcoming fall/winter schedule. Starting November 3rd, the show is cancelling it’s Wednesday evening performance in favor of adding Sunday evening shows. The new show will now have performances Tuesday at 7:30pm; Wednesday at 2pm; Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm & 7:30pm. I desperately need a Broadway weekend!