2018 Tony Award Predictions

Katrina Lenk “The Band’s Visit” Photo: Barry Gordin

The Band’s Visit and SpongeBob will square off at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, televised live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall Sunday at 8pm.

By: Patrick Christiano

June 9, 2018:  The Awards season is upon us, and tomorrow night Broadway’s biggest event, the Tony Awards will be televised on CBS at 8pm in a live ceremony hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban from Radio City Music Hall in New York. The nominations were announced back on May 1st and all the votes have been tallied. Here are my choices for Broadway’s most coveted awards from the 2017-2018 season.

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Tony Awards

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards Will Showcase Broadway’s
Biggest and Best  Live from Radio City on CBS;  Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban Host

By: Ellis Nassour

The 72nd annual Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will have enough star power to light not only 50th Street and Avenue of the Americas but also all of Times Square. The list of mega talent guests could light the world! The Awards will telecast live Sunday from 8 – 11 P.M. from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, proudly entering its 60th year as Tony’s network.

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

Here’s to The Mucus Man

June 9, 2018:  Ask anyone for the funniest moment they’ve had in the theater and you’ll get a lot of different answers. Many scenes from Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest come to mind. Others may think of spoofs like Spamalot or The Producers. For me, the funniest moment came years ago at a student production.

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2018 Tony and Drama Desk Predictions

By: David Sheward

Just like last year the Tony and Drama Desk Awards are going to be very different. In 2017, Dear Evan Hansen and Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 dominated the Tonys, but were ineligible for the Drama Desks because they were in the running for 2016 because of their earlier Off-Broadway runs. The Tonys are only for Broadway shows and the Drama Desks include on and Off.

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When Girls Become Women

By: Isa Goldberg

Woman empowered, and the multitude of issues that surround women’s empowerment, sparked the imagination of the Broadway musical this season. Frozen and Mean Girls, in particular, reflect the impact of #MeToo, and the explosion of women demanding that their voices be heard. Indeed, both of these musicals are about sisterhood, in its various guises. And they are each based on stories written primarily for girls, and teenagers.

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Frozen

Frozen: Disney’s Blockbuster Musical Has Birthed a Mutual Admiration Society  Among Cast Members

By: Ellis Nassour

May 13, 2018:  Disney’s 2013 Oscar-winning animated worldwide phenomenon Frozen, with colossal grosses in excess of $1.300-trillion, is now a Tony-nominated Broadway live-action musical phenomenon by the film’s Oscar-winning husband and wife composers Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Coco). Robert’s also the Tony-winning co-writer of The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q. Loosely-inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen, Frozen: The Broadway Musical is the story of fearless Princess Anna who sets off with a rugged mountain man in search of her sister Elsa, now Queen, whose curse of cryokinesis has inadvertently trapped their kingdom in eternal winter.

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New Jersey Hall of Fame

Bruce Springsteen

By: Magda Katz

May 6, 2018: The Paramount Theatre on the  famed Jersey Shore boardwalk was the setting for the 10th annual ceremony of The New Jersey Hall of Fame. The distinguish class of 2017 included astronauts, sports greats, rock stars, business titans and other great New Jerseyites. The evening was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and the house band was led by New Jersey’s Glen Burtnik (formerly of Styx).

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American Theatre Wing Centennial Concert

THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING CENTENNIAL GALA with Performances By Broadway Favorites Heather Headley, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell and more! NOW STREAMING on BroadwayHD

Broadway favorites Natalie Cortez, Evie Dolan, Santino Fontana, Heather Headley, Rebecca Luker, Norm Lewis, Beth Malone, Howard McGillin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Taylor Trensch and more, perform as part of the celebration of the centennial of the American Theatre Wing. 

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Escape To Margaritaville

Lisa Howard as Tammy, Alison Luff as Rache, Paul Alexander Nolan as Tully and Eric Petersen as Brick in “Escape to Margaritaville”.

5 Reasons Not to Escape From Margaritaville

By: Iris Wiener

Yes, it was completely shut out of the Tony Awards race, and yes, critics have not been incredibly kind to the Jimmy Buffett extravaganza, and it is with good reason. Due in large part to a highly problematic, lazy book from television vets Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, Escape to Margaritaville is a scatterbrained, hallucinatory hodgepodge of nonsensical mayhem. However, its few redeeming qualities are like diamonds in the ruff, thus deserving recognition. Here, we celebrate these gems:

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Chicago Lyric Opera Presents North American Premiere of London’s 2017 Olivier-winner Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

By: Ellis Nassour

What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening. The buzz right now is at Chicago Lyric Opera (20 North Wacker Drive) where the much-lauded house, soon to celebrate its 65th anniversary, is presenting the North American premiere of the Regent’s Park 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, through May 20. The production also won the 2016 Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical [voted by listeners].

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2018 Olivier Awards

Hamilton, Angels Score at the 2018 Oliver Awards

By: Ellis Nassour

At the 2018 Olivier Awards, held in massive Royal Albert Hall, it was no surprise that Hamilton and Angels in America scored big. The musical captured seven of its record 13 nominations.

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The Sting @ Paper Mill Playhouse

Broadway-Bound The Sting, Starring Harry Connick Jr.,
Receives Rousing Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse

By: Ellis Nassour

April 10, 2018 – Is Broadway ready for a high stakes street con? No, not the three-card monte of days gone by, but a rousing singing and dancing one in the era where smoke-filled  gin and jazz joints and sleazy bawdy houses reigned, the house always won, and the crap game dice were loaded. 

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Warren Carlyle

Warren Carlyle: Living the Dream and Going Places – For Now, Segueing from Hello, Dolly! to the Premiere of  The Sting

By: Ellis Nassour

British-born choreographer/ director Warren Carlyle says, “Every day I pinch myself. It’s a wonder I’m not black and blue. I can’t believe it’s not the dream I spent my life dreaming.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert: a Colossal, Moving, and Defining Project for TV

By: Ellis Nassour

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has stated, “Jesus Christ Superstar has always been at its best when it’s presented live and close to a rock concert.”

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Jesus Christ Superstar Part Two


            Part Two
     By: Ellis Nassour

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber worked in earnest on the Jesus Christ project. From the very beginning Lloyd Webber knew what he wanted. It would be a mash-up: a fusion of symphony orchestra, rock, and soul. But first they needed capital and a label.

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