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Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Internet Finds

Happy Friday! Or rather, Friday evening as this is going up a bit late in the day. I've taken three exams in the past day and a half and only have one more left now. Are any of you dealing with exams right now? Thank goodness for the Broadway news that gets me through the day.

No One Else: I was so excited when I saw this "Which Great Comet Character Are You?" quiz from Buzzfeed earlier this week. (Though I think this one is actually better.) I got Natasha on both of them; let me know what you get in the comments!

Happy Easter: NBC has announced that their next televised live musical will be Jesus Christ Superstar on Easter Sunday of this coming year. Thoughts?

Ben Platt, the Unicorn?: This New York Times article examines Ben Platt's nightly transformation into anxiety-riddled teen Evan Hansen, how he got the role, and how he's taking care of himself mentally and physically.

Wait for It: In the fall, I wrote my communications capstone paper on how Hamilton's marketing team has dealt with the issue of ticket scarcity. It was published in Elon's Communications Journal which came out this week, so now you can read it here.

Broadway's Favorite Vlogger: Need a recap of every show that's been on Broadway this year? Check out Playbill's Tyler Mount, who is without a doubt one of the best Broadway vloggers ever.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: Kinky Boots Broadway

A Kinky Boots review is better late than never, right? In March, I finally got the chance to see my favorite actor Killian Donnelly as Charlie Price on Broadway. Kinky Boots is actually one of my favorite shows, as I saw it last summer on Broadway and I saw the tour in the fall. However, it's the West End cast album with Killian that I've always listened to so I was so excited to finally see him in the role.


There was definitely something in the air because the audience went wild over the show. I was lucky to have an amazing orchestra seat (thanks, Mom and Dad!) for this moment that I'd been waiting for. I think that the show's message of acceptance and love has become even more important with our current political climate. I recommend it to anyone going to New York!

I loved Taylor Louderman as Wendy in Peter Pan Live! so I was so excited to see her as the quirky and too relatable Lauren, who works at Price & Sons. Her Lauren was so adorable that I don't think anyone could not root for her! She gave her a depth that I think the character sometimes lacks, much as I love her. And her "History of Wrong Guys" was absolutely amazing!


I was lucky enough to see J. Harrison Ghee as Lola on tour and he has only improved since making the leap to Broadway. His Lola is absolutely legendary, as he handles humor and drama equally well. His "Hold Me In Your Heart" made me cry once again! I also never fail to be impressed by his dancing, which is utterly fantastic.


Killian Donnelly as Charlie Price was everything I'd hoped for and more. If only we could keep him on Broadway for longer! Charlie is a difficult character in some ways because he's really not very likable to be honest. But Killian manages to make him sympathetic and really portrays his crisis about how to proceed with his life. Killian's "Soul of a Man" is the stuff of legends, but he also shines in songs like "Everybody Say Yeah" and Charlie's soliloquies.


While Kinky Boots is always an amazing show, the current cast truly shines and makes the source material even better. I highly recommend going to see it if you're in the city!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday Internet Finds

Happy Friday! This was a big week for the theatre fans with the Tony Awards nominations on Tuesday. There were some definite surprises (Allison Janney getting snubbed, Mike Faist winning out the Featured Actor nomination over Will Roland), but I was so pleased for everyone nominated! What did you guys think?

Style through the Years: This absolutely beautiful People Magazine article chronicles the different time periods of fashion present on Broadway right now from Anastasia to The Bandstand. 

A Little Preview: The Broadway cast album for Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 will be released later this month on May 19, but they've uploaded their new recording of "Letters" to their YouTube channel. It's my absolute favorite song in the show!

I Got Lina??: I was so excited when I saw Buzzfeed's new "Which 'Singin' in the Rain' Character Are You?" quiz, but then I got Lina? Please let me know what you guys get!

You Get To Choose: The Broadway.com Audience Awards are now allowing you to vote for nominations. Make sure to fill out the form and vote for all your favorites (but especially vote for Alistair Brammer!).

City of Stars: Now, my friends will tell you that I absolutely hated La La Land. However, I'm in love with this beautiful cover of "City of Stars" by my faves, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Pete Bucknall.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Tony Award Nomination Predictions

Tomorrow is one of the most important days of the year for theatre nerds everywhere...Tony Award nomination day. I was lucky enough to be a part of an exciting new podcast series, Next Best Theatre, where we discussed our predictions for all the main awards. You can check out the podcast here and keep reading for all my predictions for the musicals categories.

Featured Actress in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Brittain Ashford, Great Comet
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly! 

Featured Actor in a Musical
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Michael Xavier, Sunset Boulevard
Lucas Steele, Great Comet
Nick Cordero, A Bronx Tale

Best Actress in a Musical
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Patti LuPone, Warpaint
Christine Ebersole, Warpaint
Denée Benton, Great Comet
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

Best Actor in a Musical
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Jon Jon Briones, Miss Saigon
Josh Groban, Great Comet

Best Musical Revival 
Hello, Dolly!
Falsettos
Miss Saigon 

Of course, there's a high chance that Sunset Boulevard will take the third nomination but I have to keep hoping for Miss Saigon.

Best Musical 
Dear Evan Hansen
Come from Away
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Groundhog Day 

Don't forget that the Tony nominations are live-streamed on their website tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m., which will be hosted by Hamilton's Chris Jackson and She Loves Me's Jane Krakowski this year. Check back for my predictions for who will win each award later this month!
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