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Dishing out daily (or almost daily) Broadway musical news and gossip. The companion site to The Broadway Musical Home (broadwaymusicalhome.com), a directory of Broadway musicals with the story, songs, merchandise, video clips, lyrics, tickets, rights & awards for almost 200 shows.

Archive for September, 2012

DAILY DEAL ALERT: Carrie Cast Album

Every day, we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

Though this one isn’t a huge price deal, we’re so excited the album is out, we had to include it in the blog here:

Carrie Cast Album

$14.99 on Amazon

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DAILY DEAL ALERT: Get the 2003 Gypsy Cast Album for $9.50

Every day, we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

2003 Gypsy Cast Album

Now $9.50 on Amazon

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DEAL OF THE DAY: Get Both Sondheim Books in Hat Box for $56.70

Every day, we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

Hat Box: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim

In Hat Box, Stephen Sondheim presents his complete collected lyrics from the acclaimed Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat. This box set includes lyrics from Sondheim’s most popular shows like West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods, richly annotated with anecdotes, pointed observations, and invaluable advice from one of the greatest songwriters of our time. This handsomely designed package is essential reading for any fan of the theater or this living legend’s work.

$56.70 on Amazon

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DEAL OF THE DAY: Save 30% on Chaplin Tickets

Every day, we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

Save 30% on Tickets to Chaplin on Broadway

CALL (212) 947-8844 and use code CLBWYWLD2
ONLINE BroadwayOffers.com and use code CLBWYWLD2
VISIT Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.

Find out more about the show

DAILY DEAL ALERT: Get the Legends of Broadway CD Bundle for $31.48

Every day, we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

Legends of Broadway CD Bundle – Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Angela Lansbury and Barbara Cook

Only $31.48 with coupon, plus free shipping from Masterworks Broadway
Use code popmarket2011 at checkout

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DAILY DEAL ALERT: Get Company on Blu-Ray for $14.93

Every day, we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

2007 Version of Company on Blu-Ray

Only $14.93 on Amazon

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DAILY DEAL ALERT: Get the 1992 Broadway Cast Album for Guys and Dolls for $5.37

Every day, we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

Starring Faith Prince, Peter Gallagher and Nathan Lane, this album is a great version of a fabulous show. And you can’t go wrong at this price!

1992 Broadway Revival Cast Album of Guys and Dolls

Only $5.37 on Amazon

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DAILY DEAL ALERT: Get Jekyll & Hyde on DVD for $10.30

Every day, we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

Today’s deal is:

Jekyll & Hyde on DVD

$10.30 on Amazon

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The Reviews for Chaplin are In…

The reviews for Chaplin are in…and they aren’t too sunny. Filled with clichés, the critics are not finding much good in this take on the little tramp. With unmemorable music and tiresome dance numbers, even the talents of relative newcomer Rob McClure can’t escape the show’s terrible writing unscathed; this is one show that’ll have to rely on its fans to get it through, cause these reviews sure aren’t going to help…

See for yourself:

NEW YORK TIMES

“This sour-smell-of-success story, which features songs by Christopher Curtis and a book by Mr. Curtis and Thomas Meehan, is steeped in a sense that Chaplin the person, as opposed to Chaplin the fabled silent comedian, has gone missing in action, devoured by a swarm of man-eating clichés….“Chaplin: The Musical” takes itself very seriously as it delivers the unsurprising news that a clown cries….The lens through which we see most of “Chaplin,” is blurred, as if with Vaseline….Yet a stolidly conventional heart beats beneath these airy trappings: a by-the-book rags-to-riches-to-loneliness saga, underscored by vaporous music (which includes, I swear, celestial choruses of “aahs”) and vaguely period dances that go on forever without going anywhere.”

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VARIETY

“The most treacherous part of producing a biomusical about an iconic performer is finding an actor who can convincingly handle the role. The producers of “Chaplin” — this fall’s first Broadway offering — have passed that difficult test, with relative newcomer Rob McClure proving a small wonder as the Little Tramp. But they have come up all thumbs, alas, in the writing and staging departments. In the hands of composer-lyricist Chris Curtis (who has penned theme songs for the Discovery Channel) and Curtis’ co-librettist Tom Meehan (“Annie,” “The Producers”), Chaplin’s remarkable life veers into cliche.”

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AM NEW YORK

“You’ve probably seen worse musicals than “Chaplin,” a forgettable biography of Charlie Chaplin. But how did this slow-paced and sentimental musical, which has the taste of a cup of coffee mixed with a dozen packets of sugar, make it to Broadway? The songs of Christopher Curtis – who has previously written theme songs for the Discovery Channel – are occasionally tuneful but mostly tacky. Still, they are far better than the show’s melodramatic and strange book.”

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“Despite an enigmatic, career-making performance from Rob McClure in the title role, an earnest turn from Wayne Alan Wilcox as his tag-along brother Sydney, and an engaging performance from Erin Mackey as Chaplin’s late-in-life love Oona, “Chaplin” is a musical where the material is just not up to the complexity of its enigmatic subject. It’s impossible to believe that the creator of such masterpieces as “Modern Times” and “The Gold Rush” would express himself in such prosaic, cliched terms.”

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BACKSTAGE

“It’s hard to know where to begin with “Chaplin,” the dismally dull musical by Christopher Curtis (book, music, lyrics), with an assist from Thomas Meehan (book), based on the life of perhaps the cinema’s finest auteur, Charlie Chaplin. The most the writing aspires to is mediocrity, which it rarely if ever achieves, something Warren Carlyle’s busy direction and choreography can’t disguise. The one performance of note comes from the extremely gifted Rob McClure in the title role, but the show’s relentless shopworn sentimentality erodes even his fine work. Nobody escapes “Chaplin” unscathed.”

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DAILY DEAL ALERT: The Broadway Musical Quiz Book

Every day, we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

Test your Broadway knowledge with over 1200 questions about 700 different shows with:

The Broadway Musical Quiz Book

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