Q&A: Caught in the Act with… Steve Kazee →
The Craptacular interviews Steve Kazee before his show at 54 Below.
No Big Deal, I Just Sang on Pippin’s Broadway Cast... →
Yesterday, Stephen Schwartz composed a new harmony, just for me. Then, I promptly laid it down on a new track for his next album. And what were you doing, again? …Okay. I’m embellishing. Or lying. Whichever. Mr. Schwartz was
The Best Part of Aaron Tveit’s First Show at 54... →
The best part of Aaron Tveit’s concert at 54 Below on Friday night was a moment he never expected. In fact, if I were to wager a guess, it’s a moment he dreaded and possibly wishes he could forget.
Pop Quiz: Who’s Your Tonys Dream Date (Ladies... →
In case you needed some assistance in deciding which lovely lady you’d be best suited to ask, we’ve put together a quick little quiz to guide you in the right direction.
Tony Nominees 2013: The Left Field →
Kinky Boots Dominates Everyone Since basically September, anyone who was anyone viewed the Tonys as the race for second place to Matilda. In basically all relevant categories. And then, Ben Brantley jizzed all over it, and that seemed like a
Tony Nominees 2013: The Bad →
Bring it On for Best Musical Really, though? This hot mess of a musical — the moral of which is that cute, popular white girls can get away with anything and still get the boy — is nowhere near good
Tony Nominees 2013: The Good →
Strap on in, dear readers. The Tony noms have been announced. Here’s our take on what made us happy, what made us frown, and what came out of nowhere. First, The Good…
Review: Jekyll and Hy-zzzzzzzz →
The truth is, I judge Frank Wildhorn on a completely different scale than just about anything else. Well, besides maybe a Michael Bay flick, I suppose. Because, let’s be real here, Sondheimian quality is just not the reason anyone
Live From… Drew Gasparini’s Living Room →
So, on the off chance that you didn’t already know, this Drew Gasparini guy has a new album coming out on April 23rd. “I Could Use a Drink” is chock full of musical theater tunes, and some of Drew’s show-less pop ditties as well. Since we love the shit out of you guys we wanted to give you a sneak peek at a few of the songs that are about to be all up in your life. So we had Drew gather a bunch...
Showbituary: Hands on a Hardbody →
Fuck it all, Hands on a Hardbody, we hardly knew ‘ye. And tomorrow, 28 previews and 28 performances into your life on Broadway, you’re closing up shop.
39 Minutes and 51 Seconds with Michael Kimmel, Who... →
When you see a show at the Williamstown Theater Festival, the first thought that runs through your brain usually isn’t, “In three years, I’m going to be sitting down with the writer of this show talking about how it’s going to be staged at The Old Globe in California.”
43 Things That May or May Not Be In Hunter... →
Okay. It’s really his character, big hick Benny Perkins’ fanny pack. But still. We couldn’t take our eyes off it from the minute it hit the Hardbody stage.
'Smash' Recap: Episode 4, 'The Song' →
This week on “Smash,” we see Veronica Moore rehearsing her televised one-night-only concert that’s directed by Derek, only it’s going badly….
Four Things About Les Miserables on the Oscars →
Last night, on an Oscars telecast that you could have easily confused for the Tony Awards if there’d been just a tiny bit more Patti LuPone, Les Miz was front and center. Theater people went nuts. Even non-theater people noticed what was up. Obsessed with Les Miz as we are, we thought it was worth a quick round up…
Happy Monday: Cute Photos of Claybourne Elder... →
Here’s something to jumpstart your week: Cute photos of Claybourne Elder — late ofBonnie and Clyde and Kansas City Rep’s Pippin — at a reading of a new play…
This Week on Broadway for February 17, 2013: Celia... →
Hey hey! Check out our radio interview with Celia Keenan-Bolger. We also discuss Much Ado About Nothing, From White Plains, the passing of Kevin Gray, 2013 Shakespeare in the Park and The 10 hottest chorus boys and girls opening in Broadway musicals this spring…
11 Broadway Characters Who are Guaranteed to Be... →
Love sucks, right? Particularly when you’re not in it. And especially on the one day a year when every inch of the earth seems to be covered in red and pink hearts and the streets of every town all suddenly turn into Paris, where some new couple is making out on every corner. We thought it was high time to celebrate the great loners of musical theater. Just to remind you that even if you’re alone...
Poll: Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful —... →
Look. We get that you wrote this in the 50s, Oscar. And we get that a lot of people accept this romantic trope that our beloved becomes even more beautiful in our eyes by nature of the fact that we love them. But let’s be real. We don’t want to hear a bro hemming and hawing. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
‘Smash’ Season 2 Premiere Recap: The Awesome, The... →
Heyyo, we’re recapping Smash for Backstage this season. It’s rad, and, the first edition is live!
Win Tickets to see David Yazbek with Patti LuPone... →
You know what you really want to be doing on February 4? You clearly want to be seeing composer David Yazbek at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca with his special guest, Patti LuPone. Because that’s going to be amazing and because where Patti goes, you go…
Boys Don’t Even Go Here, or, Eric Michael Krop... →
This is the song that made me fall in love with Eric Michael Krop forever. It’s “Bless the Lord” from Godspell, and Krop was singing the shit out of it last Sunday night at 54 Below in Shoshana Feinstein’s Not at This Performance concert.
I Want to Make a Starlight Express Joke So Bad,... →
You guys, there’s a play about roller derby. We saw it last week at the Atlantic Theater Company and it was pretty great. Herewith, please find a short list of stuff that kind of rocked our socks about The Jammer…
Briefly, on Barbra Streisand →
But it’s January and there’s nothing else going on, so let’s take two seconds and talk about Barbra Streisand, all right? Specifically, let’s talk about Barbra Streisand in one of my favorite videos on all of YouTube, and that video is right here…
This Week on Broadway for Broadway Radio: January... →
This is us on Broadway Radio a) interviewing Ryan Steele, b) discussing shirtless men in theater, and c) talking about how Javert cracks in half. And other things!
Norbert Leo Butz Has a New Album, David Yazbek... →
When Broadway actors do cabaret — or “concerts” as the kids call them — so many things can, and often do, go wrong. “Rock” arrangements of showtunes abound. Medleys are hastily patched together. Vibrato gets in all the wrong places. I get that Broadway actors are looking for their breaks everywhere, but on most nights, that A&R guy from Arista isn’t lurking in the booth at Joe’s Pub, and...
Only In My Dreamz: The Pippin Press Release →
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FG Productions Announce Final Casting for Broadway’s 2012-13 Season, Pippin Tumbles into Role of Fangirl Favorite New York, New York – 16 January 2012 – Fangirl Alliance Productions, LCC (the FGs) has announced that casting for the 2012-13 Broadway season has finally been completed—and not a moment too soon—with Diane Paulus’ production of Pippin filling the role of Obvious...
Drew Gasparini Records an Album in 6,000 Photos or... →
In the control room at Kilgore studios the Sierra Nevada has given way to Bud Light and between moments of quiet awe, listening to songs for Drew Gasparini’s new compilation I Could Use A Drink roar to life, there is an almost constant stream of insults and dick jokes.
GTFO, 2012: The Worst Theater Things of the Year →
Just in case you were huffing glue and thought that the last year in theater was utterly perfect and special, we’d like to remind you that a lot of shows kind of sucked. Here they are, in no particular order of suckage. And may the stagedoor not hit them on the way to non-recoupment…
GTFO, 2012: The Best Theater Things of the Year →
Here are the shows and performances and scandals we loved with all our theater-obsessed hearts. As we wait with bated breath for Stark Sands in drag, Cinderella, and the inevitable announcement of a Miss Saigon movie, let’s take a minute to celebrate the last 12 months of theater. Because every once in a while, Times Square has more balls than just that one giant one…
Outtake #2 from our Aaronjolras (Aaron Tveit...)...
Here’s another piece that ended up on the cutting room floor. Check out The Craptacular tomorrow morning for much more. Like, 2500 words more. We asked Aaron about his Broadway crushes. As one does… M: Okay, I would like you to name six Broadway crushes – three girls and three guys. A: Let’s see. Caissie Levy. She’s been a friend of mine for a long, long time and I just think she is...
Heeeeey... Outtake #1 from our Aaron Tveit...
Here’s a cool thing: We interviewed Aaron Tveit. For real. The whole thing will go live on The Craptacular tomorrow morning. But here’s an outtake to get you through the night… Check out what Aaron said about working on the Les Miz set… M: Do you have a favorite barricade story? A: The coolest was when we built the barricade. It was a whole street that they built inside...
No Big Deal, We Just Found Your Next Broadway... →
You know the song we’ve been singing all season, right? ‘Someday My Santino Fontana Will Come.’ Because at this point, it’s pretty clear that Broadway’s collective fangirl heart is just counting down the moments until Santino hits the stage as Prince Charming in Cinderella.
In Which Broadway Gives a Shit About Enjolras! →
Fear not, Broadway, we’ve got your back. Because we are your people. And we adore Aaron Tveit, and Enjolras – a character Broadway loved hard enough to award a Tony (forget that Marius guy) – just as much as you do. We know what you want to know.
31 Moments in Les Miz: The Movie Musical that Will...
againstatroubledsky: The precise amount of time you’ve been waiting for this film depends entirely upon how long it’s been since you first heard the score, or saw the stage show, or both. Suffice it to say, you feel like you’ve been imagining what this movie will look like inside your head for, well, forever. (For Lucky, it’s 20 years. For the Mick, it’s 18.) That is exactly why you, Les...
31 Moments in Les Miz: The Movie Musical that Will... →
Yes. You’re going to feel every line Tom Hooper and co. have moved or changed. Every line they dropped. But you know what else? You’re going to lose your ever-loving fangirl/guy mind in that theater on the 25th. Probably a hojillion times over. We’re here to help you prepare by compiling a list of mind-melting moments in Les Miserables: The Movie Musical. Gird your loins.
The 7 Hottest Onstage Henleys →
Ah, the henley. The historical origins of his men’s fashion item aren’t totally clear, but let’s make a wild guess here: It was probably underwear. Hence our love and passion for this simple shirt, and for its endless uses in the modern American musical.
Win Some Tickets to Dead Accounts, Starring... →
(And Katie Holmes…) Get on over to our Facebook page, Like us, and you could win some tickets! Cool beanz, no?
'Rebecca,' 'Spider-Man,' and 'Mormon' Oh My! Plus... →
Last week we talked about movies. This week, in the continuing epic of the Theater Season That Isn’t, we (naturally) lead with “Rebecca.” You know, the show whose spectacular, slow-motion collapse has fueled a zillion boozy gab sessions around the city for months — nay, years. We were honestly sad to see it go…
7 Broadway Halloween Costumes that No One Will... →
You know what’s a terrible idea? A Broadway-inspired Halloween costume. No, really. If you want to be That Person at every single party, you should definitely start rummaging around thift stores for the perfect Fantine costume. So then, everyone can walk up to you and drunkenly ask, “So what are you supposed to be? A milkmaid?”
Starcatcher Contest: We Have a Winner
Hey blasiandiaries — give us a holler here or on Twitter @thecraptacular. YOU WON SOME TICKETS!
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'Les Mis' Film Stars May Take the London Stage;... →
Check our new column on Backstage…
Who wants Starcatcher tickets? You do, you do!
We have a winner! Congrats to blasiandiaries Peter and the Starcatcher is peacing out of NYC at the end of the year, but you still have time to see it! The best part? Enter our slammin’ contest, and you can see it FOR FREE. Here’s how to get it done: Follow us on Tumblr Reblog this post THAT’S IT! You must be following us to win, so don’t forget that part. ...