Rise Falls: “Opening Night” Episode is the NBC Series Finale

Now that the hard-working, good-looking students of Stanton High School in dreary Stanton, Pennsylvania have put on the musical “Spring Awakening”  in the season finale of “Rise,” it will be the last show they ever do. NBC has canceled the TV series. Lou Mazzuchelli, the drama teacher played by Josh Radnor, will disappear from your TV after only two months and ten episodes — unless another network picks up the show for a second season.

Watch all 10 episodes of Rise on NBC

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Watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live online in its entirety

John Legend as Jesus

Miss Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” on NBC on Sunday, April 1st? Watch it below:

Jesus Christ Superstar Tops Live TV Musical Critical Ranking

Jesus Christ Superstar Live, the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Andrew Rice musical that was broadcast live on NBC Sunday, April 1, 2018, has received ecstatic reviews — 100 percent on the tomato meter of Rotten Tomatoes. That is the highest of any of the live musicals on network TV since the trend began in December 2013 with The Sound of Music Live. (The number of viewers was below that of the Sound of Music, Grease and The Wiz.)

Below is a list of ten of those shows, ranked in order of critical response as measured by Rotten Tomato.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC: Dress Rehearsal Pics

Below are a dozen images from the dress rehearsal of the NBC live broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. ET of “Jesus Christ Superstar” the rock opera about the final week in the life of Jesus that began life as a double album composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber when he was 21 years old.  The musical debuted on Broadway in 1971 and has been revived three times there since. NBC’s  fifth live musical production stars John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon, Ben Daniels, Norm Lewis, Jin Ha, Jason Tam, Erik Grönwall.

Click on any photograph to see it enlarged, and read the caption.


Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber NBC tribute in its entirety

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Tribute to a Superstar, NBC’s celebration of the the 70th birthday of the composer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Cats,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “School of Rock.”

#AChristmasStoryLive on Fox. Ranking Live TV Musicals

When A Christmas Story is broadcast live tonight on Fox (starting at 7 p.m. ET), a reworked version of the Broadway musical by Pasek and Paul, it’ll be the latest example of a trend that began four years ago, with NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood.

How has this new trend/tradition fared?

Below is a ranking of nine of these live musicals, with links to my recaps/ reviews (and/or features or photo galleries), and the shows’ scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Update: Rotten Tomatoes has now included A Christmas Story, and it isn’t pretty. Preliminary reports also reveal the show had the lowest viewership of any of the live musicals since 2013.

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“Broadway 2017” on Jeopardy: Test Your Knowledge

Jeopardy boardJeopardy had the following answers in a “Broadway 2017” category during the Double Jeopardy Round of the Tournament of Champions earlier this week. Guess the questions:

$400 – COME FROM AWAY tells how Gander, Newfoundland hosted 7,000 airline passengers stranded due to this tragic event.

$800 – CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY features Christian Borle singing the following [“The Candyman”] as this character.

$1200 – Revived in 2017 and set during the final days of the Vietnam War, MISS SAIGON was inspired by this Puccini Opera.

$1600 – Ben Platt won the 2017 Tony for his performance as a high school senior coping with a classmate’s death in this musical.

$2000 – WAR PAINT stars Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden and this legendary performer as Helena Rubinstein.

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J.K. Rowling on Harry Potter Play on Broadway

After seven books and eight movies, J.K. Rowling thought she was done with Harry Potter. “I genuinely, I didn’t want Harry to go onstage,” Rowling said in the video below. “I felt that I was done.”

Nevertheless Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is set to open at Broadway’s Lyric Theater on April 22, 2018.
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2017 Emmy Winners (NY Theater Vets Highlighted)

Below is the list of Emmy winners, with Broadway veterans in red. (Off-Broadway vets in green.)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – John Lithgow, The Crown
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series – Donald Glover, Atlanta
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie – Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series – Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe, Master of None
Outstanding Reality Competition Program – The Voice
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie – Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series – Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Variety Talk Series – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Donald Glover, Atlanta
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Outstanding Comedy Series – Veep
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Outstanding TV Movie – “San Junipero,” Black Mirror
Outstanding Limited Series – Big Little Lies
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Outstanding Drama Series – The Handmaid’s Tale

Complete list from the Academy

John Lithgow, the first winner of the night, is about to star in his 24th show on Broadway, “John Lithgow Stories of the Heart.”  He’s been nominated for the Tony Award six times, and won twice.

Laura Dern performed in “The Palace of Amateurs” at the Minetta Lane Theater in 1988.

Alec Baldwin has performed on Broadway five times, most recently in Orphans in 2013, and Off-Broadway four times, and was nominated for a Tony Award for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992.

Ann Dowd is a veteran of three Broadway plays, and three Off-Broadway, most recently Night Is a Room in 2015.

Nicole Kidman starred in “The Blue Room” on Broadway in 1998-1999.

Sterling K. Brown has performed in five plays Off-Broadway, most recently Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Father Comes Home from the Wars” at the Public Theater in 2014.

Elisabeth Moss is a veteran of both Off-Broadway and Broadway most recently nominated for a Tony for The Heidi Chronicles in 2015.


(Jackie Hoffman is a veteran of five Broadway and four Off-Broadway shows; she’s currently in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.)

Watch Christopher Jackson sing Stevie Wonder’s “As” for the In Memoriam segment

Broadway’s Best on PBS This Fall

“She Loves Me,” “Falsettos,” “Noël Coward’s Present Laughter” “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” and “Indecent” will all be broadcast on Friday nights this Fall on PBS, with the full episodes of each show streaming for free for two weeks after the broadcasts.

Here’s the schedule, with links to my original reviews:


10/20 She Loves Me

10/27 Falsettos

11/3 Present Laughter

11/10 In The Heights documentary “Chasing Broadway Dreams”

11/17 Indecent

11/24 Holiday Inn