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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!

Jeff

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Broadway Boys and Girls: Making the List (s)


Two fun and interesting lists came out this week regarding theatre.  One is pure fun - just sexy admiration of AfterElton.com's  The 40 Hottest Guys in New York Theatre.  The other is more serious, and infinitely more interesting - admiration and awe (and a bit of good-natured jealousy!) at ArtInfo.com's Top 25 Under 35 Emerging Broadway Players.  It is also cool and validating to find that so many of these people have already been featured on this blog!


Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Stark Sands

Interestingly, though not surprisingly at all, only two people made BOTH lists: former Mr. Broadway (April 2012) Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Stark Sands.  One of the stars of Newsies, Andrew is also recognized for his writing and directing talents as seen in his original webseries, Submissions Only.  Stark is on both lists, cited for his work on American Idiot, Bonnie and Clyde and the upcoming Kinky Boots.




Gavin Creel, Cheyenne Jackson,
Telly Leung,
Leslie Odom, Jr. and Charlie Williams

Other former Mr. Broadway's that are included on the 40 Hottest Guys list include: Gavin Creel (Mr. 2009), Cheyenne Jackson (Mr. December 2009), Steve Kazee (Mr. March 2012), Telly Leung (Mr. November 2011), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Mr. Mat 2012), and Charlie Williams (Mr. April 2011).

Among the others on that list that have been featured prominently on this blog are: Nick Adams, Joshua Buscher, Darren Criss, Hugh Dancy, Colman Domingo, Richard Fleeshman, Andrew Garfield, Norm Lewis, Ricky Martin, Rory O'Malley, Adam Pascal, and Tony Vincent.



Jeremy Jordan and Joshua Buscher


Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman; Hugh Dancy and Nina Arianda


Alex Timbers and Lin-Manuel Miranda


Benj Pasek and Justin Paul


Cristin Milioti and Steve Kazee


Nikki M. James and Nina Arianda

Brawn, sweaty six packs and abs of steel are all fine and well, but the second list, the Top 25 Under 35 Emerging Broadway Players is, I think, more impressive.  The accomplishments of these young people are remarkable.  And just think of all the great things that are ahead of them in their 30's, 40's, 50's and beyond! Those on the list that have been featured here on JK's TheatreScene include: Nina Arianda (Ms. June 2012), Sam Gold, Katori Hall (Ms. 2011), Nikki M. James (Ms. June 2011), Jeremy Jordan (Mr. October 2011), Thomas Kail, Cristin Milioti (Ms. March 2012), Lin-Manuel Miranda, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Condola Rashad, Alex Timbers, and Benjamin Walker (Mr. October 2010).

You do have to wonder about the people who didn't make either list, like Laura Osnes, Adam Chanler-Berat, Aaron Tveit, Jennifer Damiano, Matt Doyle, Seth Numrich, Joshua Henry, Molly Ranson, Derek Klena, Patti Murin...

Before you go...
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Jeff
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