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It’s Playtime on the Great White Way!
If you’re reading this, you’re theatre-going timing couldn’t be better: previews and openings are swooping into Broadway theatres like mythical birds, each with high-profile celebrities riding their wingspan. In short, here is a sample of the shows and stars you can be among the first to see this season. (read the story...)

SILENCE! THE MUSICAL offers killer Halloween packages at Times Scare
Off-Broadway’s sellout sensation SILENCE! The Musical is celebrating Halloween with special combo package deals for all performances through November 4th at the new Elektra Theatre at Times Scare, 669 Eighth Avenue (at 42nd St.) (read the story...)

Rock of Ages’ Rocktoberfest kicks off with Military Appreciation (To)Night!
The five-time Tony Award-nominated hit musical Rock of Ages celebrates the 4th annual month-long Rocktoberfest celebration with parties and prizes throughout October, culminating in the first-ever Fan Appreciation Night on October 29. (read the story...)

Comedienne Andrea Martin To Perform at 54 Below, Oct. 9-11
Tony Award winner Andrea Martin will play a three-night engagement of her show “Andrea Martin: Laughing Matters” at 54 Below October 9, 10 and 11 at 7pm. Seth Rudetsky (Sirius XM Satellite Radio, The Ritz) will join Andrea at the piano. (read the story...)

A: Firing On All Cylinders - Q: What is NYC’s Theatre Scene Doing This September?
Building on Broadway’s musical success stories over the past two years—Book of Mormon, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and long-running champions such as Wicked, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, The Lion King, and the grandfather of them all, Phantom of the Opera (inching up on its quarter century celebration in 2013)—is the new fall season, led by showbiz rags-to-riches-to-scandal dazzler Chaplin (official opening 9/10), with Rob McClure in his breakthrough, tour de force performance as the Little Tramp. (read the story...)

As Fall Approaches, It’s Transition Time On and Off-Broadway
It’s a given: the New York theatre-scape is always in flux—sometimes in a good way, sometimes not so much. Still, from mid-August to mid-September there’s breaking buzz almost every day involving newsworthy entrances and exits. (read the story...)

New York International Fringe Festival 2012 Runs August 10-26
From August 10 through August 26, the sixteenth edition of the New York International Fringe Festival -- aka FringeNYC -- takes over multiple theatres located Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. Bearing the title of “the largest multi-arts festival in North America,” it reigns as the summer event for those Manhattan insiders and visitors whose radar is set to home in on all things creative, cutting-edge, and off-the-wall. (read the story...)

Election Year Heats Up for Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and Its Slate of New Stars
Towards the end of Act I in the current revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, James Earl Jones, as former President Arthur Hockstader, unleashes his bold face baritone on the line, “I tell you there is nothin’ like a dirty, low-down political fight to put the roses in your cheeks.” (read the story...)

Phillip Boykin of the Tony-Winning Musical Revival, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess
There is murder, music, dancing, joy, fear, gambling, racism, religion, and poverty on Catfish Row, the main setting of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre. There is also one of musical history’s most emotional love triangles. (read the story...)

Insider Alert: Summer Equals Showtime - From Broadway to Al Fresco Performances, Entertainment Escalates When Temperatures Soar in the Big Apple
Let’s begin with the latest round of newcomers to join two of Broadway’s super successes from the past season: Clybourne Park and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. (read the story...)

Nice Work If You Can Get It - A Retro Musical Feast That Proves to Be Absolutely “Delishious”
Nice Work If You Can Get It’s arsenal of star power doesn’t stop delivering the goods -- or cases of bathtub gin, as the plot dictates -- with its headliners. The show’s main comic foils are played by Michael McGrath and Judy Kaye. (read the story...)

Silence! The Musical - Ingenious Parody of a Big Budget Cult Film? Nirvana for Twisted Theatre Fans? Or Both?
Silence! The Musical is a tuneful romp through the whackadoodle psyches of two serial killers (Dr. Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter and Jamie “Buffalo Bill” Gumb), and the rookie FBI agent, Clarice “haunted by memories of her deceased papa” Starling, determined to ace her first official assignment. (read the story...)

Spiegelworld, the Big Show in the Little Tent, Transports Audiences to a Bygone Era, One Spectacular Act at a Time
Spiegelworld has made its Big Apple return pitching its “heritage” mirrored 440-seat Belgian spiegeltent and 2012 edition Empire in the thick of Times Square for a 15-week engagement. (read the story...)

Summer Spectacular: Big Apple Shows Custom-Made for “All in the Family!!”
You watched the Tony Awards (and if you haven’t, my live blog of the event will get you up to speed tout de suite), so you know who won what for the 2011-2012 Broadway season. And -- assuming the shows you most desire to see are still running (some, alas, are long gone limited editions) -- summer here in New York is known as prime time for scooping up the primo seats on the Great White Way. (read the story...)

Dicapo Opera Theatre's Most Happy Fella Returns June 14
Dicapo Opera Theatre, whose recent production of Frank Loesser’s Most Happy Fella garnered enormous critical success and sold-out performances, will bring back the musical this June for a limited run of four weeks. (read the story...)

Lincoln Center Summer Festival Theatrical Offerings
Imported classics and several must-see celebrities make this season’s collection of theatrical gifts from Lincoln Center one of their finest. Here’s a quick summary so you can get a jump on tickets before they fly off the box office shelves. (read the story...)

The West Village Musical Theatre Festival Runs June 13-17
The West Village Musical Theatre Festival(WVMTF), running June 13-17 at New York Live Arts' Bessie Schonberg Theatre (219 W. 19th St.), cultivates a new generation of composers, lyricists and book writers willing to innovate and reinvigorate the musical theatre genre. (read the story...)

Big Excellent 20th Reunion Opens Off-Broadway on June 6
Opening on June 6, 2012, for a three-week run at Theater 80 in the East Village, Big Excellent 20th Reunion is billed as "a new musical dramedy for the entire LGBTQA community." The final performance is on June 23, the night before NYC Pride Sunday 2012. (read the story...)

Mary Poppins - Still Flying High in Year Six on Broadway!
It’s a world where chimney sweeps take in the best view of London, where tongue-twisting, nonsensical words dominate the dictionary, and surprises lurk around every corner. In a “practically perfect” nutshell, it’s the awe-inspiring world of none other than the very marvelous, ultra-magical Mary Poppins! (read the story...)

The Best of Times (and Talent!) On & Off the Great White Way
In the event you’re in the process of coordinating your calendar for the next few weeks, be sure to include the 66th Annual Tony Awards broadcast set to air Sunday night, June 10 (8-11pm) on CBS. Unlike last year, when The Book of Mormon barely had time to leave tread marks as it rolled over the competition for Best New Musical, this season’s roster of contenders is about as diverse as it gets. (read the story...)

Perfect Crime Celebrates 25 Years Off Brodway
The longest-running play in recorded New York theatrical history, Perfect Crime, a complex romantic black comedy and thriller by Warren Manzi, reached another milestone recently: its 25th anniversary Off Broadway. (read the story...)

See Video of Corbin Bleu in Godspell in Broadway
Broadway's hit revival of Godspell released new videos of Corbin Bleu (High School Musical, In the Heights), who joined the cast as Jesus on April 17. (read the story...)

Free Tickets for Mom on Mother's Day to Godspell on Broadway
This Mother's Day, treat your mom the best -- a free ticket to the hit Broadway revival of GODSPELL! (read the story...)

Broadway's Sparkling Brush with Royalty - Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Priscilla Queen of the Desert surprises you. The year-plus-old musical at the Palace Theatre is about a three drag performers traversing the Australian outback in a bus. It moves to a rousing pop/disco score and sports Broadway’s most outrageous costumes. Yet, more than anything, it is a poignant show about family and fatherhood. (read the story...)

Spring Forward on the Great White Way
In case you hadn’t heard, New York City is celebrating that sparkling time of year dubbed (at least by me) The Preeminent Pre-Tony Playoffs (what can I say, I’m a sucker for alliteration). Still, 2012’s glam and glorious American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards -- set for Sunday night, June 10th on CBS -- is nothing if not the Super Bowl of Broadway: a star-a-thon deluxe featuring celeb wannabes and attractive relatives of theatrical VIPs as “seat fillers.” (read the story...)

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