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Glee-Cap: 'Child Star': The New-New Directions Shine, Find Romance, and Begin A New Dynasty! Review Glee-Cap: 'Child Star': The New-New Directions Shine, Find Romance, and Begin A New Dynasty!
by Robert Lawlor - February 28, 2015

Last week, wedding bells rang for two of Glee's finest couples, and there was lots of bliss and good times for all involved. With Brittany and Santana's wedding, one didn't expect anything less than something grand, and it was certainly grand. Brittany planned a big wedding in the barn she was born in, and despite panicking over all the details and things that could go wrong, Brittany had her lady there to give her an open mind. Of course, Santana was determined to keep Sue from attending their wedding and ruining the spirit of their love with her usual ways, but in usual Sue form - she got her way in the end and made a big splash by bringing Santana's Abuela to boot. After some real talk, Santana's Abuela was on the bandwagon, and Sue was part of the Brittana walk down the aisle. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' ANTHONY NEWLEY SINGS 'THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS!' is Interesting Review BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' ANTHONY NEWLEY SINGS 'THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS!' is Interesting
by David Clarke - February 25, 2015

For me, Anthony Newley is Matthew Mugg. It wouldn't be until 2015 that I discovered that Anthony Newley is responsible for some of my favorite music, and that he wrote a ton of material with Leslie Bricusse. This piqued my curiosity in Stage Door Records' release of ANTHONY NEWLEY SINGS " THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS!," which is an altogether fun and somewhat important album for historical reasons. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Broadway Records' SIDE SHOW (Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) Will Be Stuck With You Review BWW Reviews: Broadway Records' SIDE SHOW (Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) Will Be Stuck With You
by David Clarke - February 24, 2015

With the tagline "It Will Never Leave You," the much anticipated Broadway revival of SIDE SHOW closed at the St. James Theatre faster than most expected it to. Spanning 26 tracks and totaling 1 hour and 19 minutes worth of music, SIDE SHOW (Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) is an album that is sure to be stuck with you! (more...)


Glee-Cap: 'Wedding' (2/20): Brittana and Klaine get hitched in a GLEE-ful double wedding! Review Glee-Cap: 'Wedding' (2/20): Brittana and Klaine get hitched in a GLEE-ful double wedding!
by Robert Lawlor - February 20, 2015

TGIGD - Thank God It's Glee Day, am I right, Gleeks? Last week, transitions were abound as Coach Bieste returned to the halls of McKinley, Rachel and Sam began to find where they stand in terms of being friends or being more than friends, while Blaine and Kurt continued moving toward reclaiming their epic love story. Despite support all around McKinley, Coach Bieste, now going by the name Sheldon, becomes the target of Vocal Adrenaline to get back at Will for not being the coach they wanted him to be. Despite his best efforts to teach Vocal Adrenaline a lesson, Will struggles to decide whether it's worth it to continue with his job at the price of his morals. Meanwhile, Rachel's childhood home goes up for sale and Rachel looks back on the memories gathering the current crop of glee clubbers and the former ones around for a party to say goodbye. Sam helps Rachel begin to put the past behind her, while possibly forming a new future together. Kurt and Blaine continue to get closer, dueting together and sharing a kiss - leading to Blaine telling Dave that there is no letting go of the romance he shares with Kurt. With Dave accepting and supporting Blaine's efforts, Blaine heads to McKinley to get his man back - only to be put off by Kurt going out with Walter. (more...)


BWW Review: Revolutionary HAMILTON Is a Crowning Achievement Review BWW Review: Revolutionary HAMILTON Is a Crowning Achievement
by Michael Dale - February 17, 2015

Lin-Manuel Miranda's historical hip-hop musical is fine musical theatre disguised as freestyle. (more...)


Glee-Cap: 'Transitioning': It's All About That Bass, No Vocal Adrenaline! Review Glee-Cap: 'Transitioning': It's All About That Bass, No Vocal Adrenaline!
by Robert Lawlor - February 13, 2015

Love is in the air, Gleeks! Last week, Brittany and Santana kicked off the Valentine's Day vibe with last week beginning to really get into planning their upcoming nuptials. Brittany attempted to get Santana's Abuela to make up with her and come to their wedding, but despite both of their attempts to get Abuela to step outside of her close minded ways, Abuela failed to see the fruits of their love (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (Original Score) is a Glorious Slice of Americana Review BWW CD Reviews: THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (Original Score) is a Glorious Slice of Americana
by David Clarke - February 13, 2015

I adore well written scores and gorgeous orchestral pieces, so I was thrilled when THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (Original Score) landed in my mailbox. This music was chosen and written to accompany the film by the same title by Ken Burns, and it also serves as a gorgeous slice of Americana. (more...)


VIDEO: OSCAR Preview - Who Will Be the Next 'Let It Go'? Nominees for Best Original Song! Review VIDEO: OSCAR Preview - Who Will Be the Next 'Let It Go'? Nominees for Best Original Song!
by TV News Desk - February 13, 2015

This year's Academy Award's Best Original song category include musical numbers from Selma, Beyond the Lights, Begin Again, The Lego Movie and the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Mine. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Alysha Umphress and Joshua Henry's ROMANTIC DUETS is Heartwarming Review BWW Reviews: Alysha Umphress and Joshua Henry's ROMANTIC DUETS is Heartwarming
by David Clarke - February 11, 2015

It's mid-February and all the stores are filled with red hearts and chocolates in an effort to bamboozle us into thinking love is in the air. Frankly, it may still be too chilly for love to survive in the air. Despite this, Alysha Umphress and Joshua Henry heated up 54 BELOW earlier this week with their sizzling, jazzy cabaret Romantic Duets. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Sh-K-Boom's THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Delightfully Intimate Review BWW CD Reviews: Sh-K-Boom's THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Delightfully Intimate
by David Clarke - February 10, 2015

Since THE LAST FIVE YEARS' New York debut, this intimate musical about failed romance has been an evergreen favorite. Just in time for Valentine's Day audiences are being given the opportunity to fall in love with the material all over again. Today, Sh-K-Boom and Razor & Tie released the hotly anticipated THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), and the record is anything but disappointing. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BEYOND THE BARRICADE is Electrifying Entertainment Review BWW Reviews: BEYOND THE BARRICADE is Electrifying Entertainment
by David Clarke - February 09, 2015

The ensemble of the smash-hit musical Les Miserables has got to be one of the hardest working ensembles on Broadway. Last night this talented group impressed audiences by casting the wigs, dirt, and grime aside and singing the music that makes them tick at 54 BELOW. (more...)


Glee-Cap: What The World Needs Now: What The World Needs Now is Glee, Sweet Glee. Review Glee-Cap: What The World Needs Now: What The World Needs Now is Glee, Sweet Glee.
by Robert Lawlor - February 06, 2015

A funny thing happened on the way to doing last week's recap: I somehow ended up trapped in an elevator and was taunted by Sue Slyvester - isn't that the craziest thing? Anyway, just to give you a little recap of last week: Spencer and Kitty both decided to join the glee club, due in no small part from words of wisdom from Sam and Rachel respectively. The Warblers performed 'My Sharona' and 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)' while their captain of the ship, Blaine was trapped in an elevator with his lovely ex, Kurt, and forced to kiss and make up (literally) by Sue herself. Wow, she certainly got around last week trapping people in elevators stuff. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Marin Mazzie Enchants at 54 BELOW Review BWW Reviews: Marin Mazzie Enchants at 54 BELOW
by David Clarke - February 06, 2015

In her current cabaret show at 54 BELOW, Marin Mazzie is taking audiences on a whirlwind ride through her formative years in Rockford, Illinois. She deftly interprets the hit music from the 1970s, making each of the iconic songs her own. With her brand of majestic power, dazzling belt, and her supple alto instrument, Mazzie enchants with her song selections and stories alike. (more...)


VIDEO: Rosie Perez Talks First Preview of FISH IN THE DARK on 'The View' Review VIDEO: Rosie Perez Talks First Preview of FISH IN THE DARK on 'The View'
by TV News Desk - February 04, 2015

Rosie Perez returned to her post as co-host of ABC's THE VIEW yesterday, after taking a brief hiatus to rehearse for her role in Larry David's new Broadway play, Fish In the Dark (more...)


BWW Recap: Nothing Says THE BACHELOR Like Love Gurus and Sombreros Review BWW Recap: Nothing Says THE BACHELOR Like Love Gurus and Sombreros
by Patti Murin - February 03, 2015

Hola, mis amigos! Monday night is here again, and after a long week of rehearsal (come see us at City Center this week in the Encores! production of 'Lady, Be Good!' (get tickets here), I'm ready to put my feet up and watch some ladies be crazy. And lucky for me, this episode of THE BACHELOR is SO nuts, it's not allowed in lunch boxes at fancy elementary schools. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Original Cast Records' LOST BROADWAY, VOLUME 6: JEROME KERN is a Treasure Trove of Tunes Review BWW CD Reviews: Original Cast Records' LOST BROADWAY, VOLUME 6: JEROME KERN is a Treasure Trove of Tunes
by David Clarke - February 02, 2015

Original Cast Records is continuing to shed light on forgotten Broadway tunes with their Lost Broadway and More series. Most recently, they highlighted the overlooked tunes of the legendary Jerome Kern by releasing LOST BROADWAY AND MORE, VOLUME 6: JEROME KERN. The disc is a treasure trove of hit ditties from the early 20th century, and each gem is delightfully sung. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: Kimberly Faye Greenberg's FABULOUS FANNY: THE SONGS & STORIES OF FANNY BRICE Channels the Icon Review BWW CD Reviews: Kimberly Faye Greenberg's FABULOUS FANNY: THE SONGS & STORIES OF FANNY BRICE Channels the Icon
by David Clarke - January 28, 2015

Kimberly Faye Greenberg, again playing the legendary Fanny Brice, released FABULOUS FANNY: THE SONGS & STORIES OF FANNY BRICE last summer. With deft skill, she brings Fanny Brice back to life on the recording, allowing modern audiences a chance to enjoy a taste of the woman who inspired the hit musical FUNNY GIRL. (more...)


BWW Recap: THE FLASH Pays the Pied Piper; Guest Starring LES MIS' Andy Mientus Review BWW Recap: THE FLASH Pays the Pied Piper; Guest Starring LES MIS' Andy Mientus
by Misha Davenport - January 27, 2015

Barry (Grant Gustin) crosses path with the Pied Piper (Broadway's Andy Mientus), a metahuman whose weapon of choice is sound on tonight's ep, 'The Sound and the Fury.' Let's catch you up to speed. (more...)


BWW Recap: Patti Murin Breaks Down THE BACHELOR; Two Virgins, One Chris Review BWW Recap: Patti Murin Breaks Down THE BACHELOR; Two Virgins, One Chris
by Patti Murin - January 27, 2015

Happy Snowmageddon 2015, my friends! Tonight, on a very special episode of 'Patti Watches 'The Bachelor,' Patti sits on her couch, cozy in her pink fuzzy onesie, drinking a bottle glass of champagne with her fiancee who may or may not like this show more than she does. Rehearsal was canceled for tomorrow on account of the blizzard that has fallen upon the East Coast (come see us in 'Lady, Be Good!' at Encores! City Center, February 4-8!), so we have hunkered down with our staples (ice cream, wine, cheese, candy, chips) ready to watch some bitches be cray. Here we go! (more...)


Glee-Cap: The Hurt Locker (Part One): SUE PLOTS, RACHEL PLAYS, AND SAM GETS HYPNOTIZED! Review Glee-Cap: The Hurt Locker (Part One): SUE PLOTS, RACHEL PLAYS, AND SAM GETS HYPNOTIZED!
by Robert Lawlor - January 23, 2015

So, in case you've been living under a rock or not reading my recaps (how dare!), here's what you've been missing on Glee! Most of the original glee club has somehow found their way back to Ohio to help relaunch their favorite club and basically anger Principal Sue Slyvester to no end. Rachel, suffering from that harsh burn of TV cancellation (RIP That's So Rachel #gonetoosoon) has teamed up with Kurt, who is using getting glee club back up and running as part of his NYADA credits, to get the glee club back up and grooving. (more...)


BWW Reviews:  YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (But You Can Go Back and See It Again) Review BWW Reviews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (But You Can Go Back and See It Again)
by Michael Dale - January 22, 2015

Anna Chlumsky and Richard Thomas have been added to the top-flight ensemble. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: THE NEW PICASSO (Original Concept Cast Recording) is Stirring but Familiar Review BWW CD Reviews: THE NEW PICASSO (Original Concept Cast Recording) is Stirring but Familiar
by David Clarke - January 19, 2015

With Max von Essen returning to Broadway in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at The Palace Theatre, it's the perfect time to dig up the concept cast albums for Jonathan David Sloate's THE NEW PICASSO. Spanning two discs, the music to this romantic fantasy piece is equal parts stirring and familiar. (more...)


BWW CD Reviews: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is a Sure-Fire Ball of Fun Review BWW CD Reviews: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is a Sure-Fire Ball of Fun
by David Clarke - January 17, 2015

It is really no surprise to me that the first musical to open on Broadway in 2015 garnered impressive raves from New York critics. This smartly crafted piece of theatre candy is just sweet and sassy enough. One of the reasons why it is such a gem is because of its fantastically constructed score. Jason Robert Brown layers glitz and glamour on HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, but his trademark nuances and subtleties also add delightful zest and depth to this appealing score. (more...)


Glee-Cap: Alanis, Carole, and a 'Britana' Proposal on 'Jagged Little Tapestry' 1/16; Full Recap! Review Glee-Cap: Alanis, Carole, and a 'Britana' Proposal on 'Jagged Little Tapestry' 1/16; Full Recap!
by Robert Lawlor - January 16, 2015

There are certain things that just pair together well - peanut butter and jelly, Liza and a cabaret, Kurt and Blaine - oops, did I say that last one out loud? Anyway, there's also certain things that get paired together that you didn't realize how weirdly perfect that fit. Tonight, Alanis meets Carole - yes, you heard me, Ms. Jagged Little Pill meets the recent Broadway season's singer/songwriter darling in an epic mash up. It looks like it's going to be quite the tapestry being weaved tonight in song. Join me as I continue my quest of LIVE recapping to the very end, and enjoy some Carole King while I'm at it. (more...)


BWW Review:  HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, What Happened in Jersey is Finally on Broadway Review BWW Review: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, What Happened in Jersey is Finally on Broadway
by Michael Dale - January 15, 2015

Jason Robert Brown dumps the artsy stuff for a big fat hilarious musical comedy. (more...)