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26
Aug

Stage Rush TV: Episode 76

Talking points:

  • A week of change on Broadway and at Stage Rush
  • Broadway on Broadway concert cancelled in lieu of 9/11 10th anniversary
  • Broadway Flea Market moves out of Shubert Alley
  • I join Broadway.com as its National Editor

What do you think, Rushers? Will you miss Broadway on Broadway this year? What is your favorite Broadway event? Have you ever been to the Broadway Flea Market? Do you think the change in venue will make the event better? While you ponder these questions and leave comments below, I want to thank you for watching this video and being a loyal Stage Rush reader. Each reader is responsible for Stage Rush’s success, and your valuable time means so much to me.

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17
Sep

Stage Rush TV: Episode 31

Talking points:

  • Broadway on Broadway concert lacks new material
  • Stage Rush’s top 3 most-anticipated musicals of the fall
  • Diving into John Tartaglia’s mind in Imaginocean
  • Broadway grosses

Were you at Broadway on Broadway, Rushers? Did you love the concert, or were you left wanting more performances from new shows? What show opening this fall are you most excited for? Have you seen Imaginocean? Leave your thoughts and questions in the comments!

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13
Sep

Concert recap: Broadway on Broadway

The new Broadway season swoops in with quite a homecoming when it takes over the area it inhabits. During the annual Broadway on Broadway concert, Broadway the art takes full control of Broadway the district. In its nineteenth year, the free outdoor concert in Times Square offered strong performances, many of theater’s biggest stars, and a lack of new offerings.

Sponsored by The Broadway League and billed as a kick-off to the new theater season, Broadway on Broadway should (and usually does) feature the new musical productions that will be bowing in the coming months. It’s an exciting sneak peak of shows that are opening in a few weeks, and some much further into the year. Last year, new productions like Finian’s Rainbow and Memphis were among those that debuted their songs and cast to the Times Square audience. This year, just two new musicals performed, out of the 10+ productions slated for Broadway this year.

Only one of those two productions, Elf, features original music. Beth Leavel was on hand to perform “There Is A Santa Claus,” which was pretty paint-by-numbers in melody, but embodied a strong seasonal flavor. Will Swenson (with newly cropped hair, much to the female audience’s audible disdain) performed “I Say A Little Prayer” from Priscilla Queen of the Desert—a jukebox musical. Not two of the strongest numbers of the day, but still exciting, being they were new.

Where was the cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, who is clearly ready to go? The Scottsboro Boys are still performing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, so they get a pass on this event. But why couldn’t Reeve Carney represent Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark like he did on Good Morning America on Friday? Were the A-list stars of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown above the free concert? Being that all these shows are set to open in the next two months, a one-song performance couldn’t have been too far out of their reach. Instead of performances, Sutton Foster, from the upcoming revival of Anything Goes (another production that didn’t perform—like she doesn’t know how to sing “Blow, Gabriel, Blow?) appeared on stage to read from the list of all these shows that are coming to Broadway and wouldn’t be performing. Some tease. Read more »