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Broadway Buzz: Broadway.com's Picks for the Top Five Shows of 2012

Broadway.com editorial staffers put our heads together and had a powwow about the best Broadway shows of the year. After stating our cases, we voted and agreed on the top five shows of 2012. Take a look at our favorites below.


1. Once
This Tony-winning musical romance bucked conventional wisdom (bigger is better, sex sells, celeb headliners are required ...

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Broadway Buzz: Fans Name Once Headliner Steve Kazee Broadway.com's 2012 Star of the Year!

The votes have been counted, and Broadway.com readers definitely have their "Minds Made Up": Steve Kazee is Broadway.com’s 2012 Star of the Year! Kazee has dazzled Broadway audiences all year long with his passionate, Tony-winning portrayal of aspiring singer-songwriter Guy in the hit musical Once.

While starring (and folk-rocking out on the guitar!) in the Tony-winning musical, Kazee ...

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Broadway Buzz: Elf Songwriters Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin Share Tales of Their Jolly Score

Everyone’s favorite over-sized elf, Buddy, is back on Broadway in a return engagement this season in the holiday musical Elf. Based on the popular 2003 movie of the same name, the musical follows Buddy (Jordan Gelber), a human orphan raised by Santa Claus at the North Pole, who believes he is a Christmas elf. When Buddy learns the identity of ...

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Broadway Buzz: Corey Cott and the Newsies Carry the Banner at the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

The Newsies are making headlines all over the country! Corey Cott and the rest of the toe-tapping Broadway cast of Disney’s hit musical took a trip to sunny Florida to participate in the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, which will air on ABC on Christmas morning. Cott and company performed the show’s opening number “Carrying the Banner” all the ...

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Broadway Buzz: Lilla Crawford on the Sisterhood of Annie and the Magical Hobby She Shares With Co-Star Anthony Warlow

Age & Hometown: 11; Los Angeles, CA

Current Role: Anchoring the big Broadway revival of Annie as the show’s title character, an optimistic yet tough red-headed orphan.

Tale as Old as Time: It may be hard to believe that at age 11, Lilla Crawford has already appeared in two Broadway shows—but then again, this pint-sized belter has known she wanted ...

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Broadway Buzz: Broadway.com Celebrates The Lion King's 15th Anniversary with Special Character Study Video Series

Disney’s The Lion King continues to wow theatergoers, and on November 13 the blockbuster show celebrated its 15th year on Broadway! To mark the milestone, Broadway.com unveiled a series of Character Study videos featuring the musical's leading actors.

The videos go backstage at the Minksoff Theatre to see how show stars Andile Gumbi (Simba), Patrick R. Brown (Scar), Chantel ...

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Broadway Buzz: Get a First Look at Lilla Crawford, Anthony Warlow and Katie Finneran in the Classic Musical Annie

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The show may be set during the Depression in New York City, but the characters in the classic Tony-winning musical Annie, which opened on Broadway this week, never cease to smile. The musical, which charts Little Orphan Annie's journey from Miss Hannigan’s orphanage to Daddy Warbucks’ mansion, is back on Broadway in a beautiful revival directed by James Lapine. Luckily ...

Broadway Buzz: Watch the Cast of A Christmas Story Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Rehearsal

Remember sneaking a peek at your Christmas gifts before you actually got to unwrap them? We feel the same way about A Christmas Story, The Musical, the big Broadway adaptation of the 1983 holiday classic, which begins previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 5. The cast and creative team gave the press an early holiday present by letting us ...

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Broadway Buzz: Catch a First Look at Kathie Lee Gifford's Scintillating Scandalous, Starring Carolee Carmello

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Two-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello began performances of her new musical Scandalous on October 13 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre, and Broadway.com has your very first peek at the almighty spectacle. With a book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, the tuner centers on real-life evangelist and trailblazing media superstar Aimee ...

Broadway Buzz: Billy Ray Cyrus Gets Ready to Razzle Dazzle as Billy Flynn in Chicago

Welcome to Chicago! Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus is all dressed up and ready to make his Broadway debut as lawyer Billy Flynn in the long-running musical hit Chicago. Cyrus will begin a seven-week limited engagement on November 5 at the Ambassador Theatre, and we've got a Hot Shot portrait (by Andrew Eccles) of the star flanked by Merry ...

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Broadway Buzz: Leapin' Lizards! Meet Molly, Duffy, Pepper and More as Broadway.com Introduces the Orphans of Annie

Broadway is being invaded by an adorable group of youngsters as the classic family musical Annie returns to the Great White Way. Broadway.com is introducing audiences to each of the talented rising stars who play the orphans (including Annie herself, Lilla Crawford!) in Broadway.com's exclusive new video series Little Girls, Little Girls: Meeting the Orphans of Annie.

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Broadway Buzz: Once Stars Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti Answer Readers’ Questions about Life in the Tony-Winning Musical

Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti achieve a gorgeously believable onstage bond in the Tony-winning musical Once, and now Broadway’s favorite Guy and Girl are here to answer questions from fans. In a special double whammy Ask A Star, the charming duo interview each other about their road to Broadway, the romantic appeal of Once and how it feels to star ...

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Broadway Buzz: Photo Exclusive! Birthday Parties, Costume Changes & More Backstage Fun at Newsies

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The acrobatic and talented cast of Broadway's Newsies gives it their all eight times a week at the Nederlander Theatre. But before they seize the stage, this company of friends unwinds together, gets silly and performs some pre-show rituals. The Newsies crew recently invited Broadway.com photographer Jenny Anderson backstage to capture life behind the scenes at their hit show ...

Broadway Buzz: Meet the Stars of the New Annie Revival

The sun is about to come out on a new revival of Annie! The beloved family musical is readying its return to Broadway at the Palace Theatre and Broadway.com was on the scene when all its stars—and Sunny the dog—came out to meet the press. Watch the video below to see Tony winner Katie Finneran dish on what it’s ...

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Broadway Buzz: Broadway.com Readers Excited for Chita Rivera to Return to the Great White Way

The fall season has arrived on Broadway as a slew of new plays and musicals prep to begin their runs in the coming weeks. Broadway.com asked readers which Broadway show they are most excited to see this fall. The results are in, and despite the major stars headlining many of the fall’s dramas, three musicals were among readers’ picks ...

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Broadway Buzz: All the Scoop on 17 New Fall Shows on Broadway

With at least 17 Broadway shows set to open before the end of 2012, now’s the time to book seats for the fall season’s hottest musicals and star-packed plays. Not sure which show is right for you? Consult our cheat sheet, then grab a calendar and plan a night out with Paul Rudd, Jessica Chastain, Al Pacino, Little Orphan Annie ...

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Broadway Buzz: Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon & Ed Asner Say Grace and Chat About Their New Play

Movie favorite Paul Rudd is headed back to Broadway in Grace as the would-be entrepreneur of a chain of gospel-theme motels in Florida. Joining Rudd for a fall run at the Cort Theatre will Oscar-nominated Boardwalk Empire star Michael Shannon, multiple Emmy winner Ed Asner and Kate Arrington. On August 21, the stars gathered poolside at the Grace Hotel near ...

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Broadway Buzz: Genson Blimline Hosts a Wacky Backstage Tour of Broadway’s Rock of Ages

Genson Blimline and the gang at Rock of Ages are just as crazy backstage as they are in the spotlight! Don’t believe us? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the wild bunch at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Blimline, who stars as Lonny, takes Broadway.com on a guided tour backstage to see what life is like at Rock of Ages on ...

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Broadway Buzz: Watch Rob McClure & the Cast of New Broadway Musical Chaplin in Rehearsal

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the first new Broadway musical of the season! Rob McClure is gearing up to star in Chaplin, beginning on August 21 at the Barrymore Theatre. Based on the iconic movie star, the show reveals the story of Charlie Chaplin, the man behind the legend of films like The Gold Rush, The Kid and City Lights ...

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Broadway Buzz: Bring It On: The Musical Backflips Onto Broadway on Opening Night

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The game was on August 1 as Bring It On: The Musical officially opened at the St. James Theatre. Set in the high-stakes world of competitive high school cheerleading, the show offers a spectacle that is anything but routine as stars Taylor Louderman, Adrienne Warren and Ryann Redmond jump, leap and tumble into the hearts of the crowd. After the ...

Broadway Buzz: See Nice Work If You Can Get It Star Judy Kaye’s Regal Transformation Into Estonia Dulworth, the Duchess of Woodford

In Nice Work If You Can Get It, the new Gershwin tuner, Kelli O’Hara plays a rough ‘n’ tough bootlegger who falls in love with a rich playboy, played by Matthew Broderick. But as their romance blooms, trouble is on their tails. Stage vet Judy Kaye does just about everything (including swinging from a chandelier) to catch Billie and stop ...

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Broadway Buzz: Raven-Symoné, Star of Sister Act on Broadway, Answers Questions

After making her showbiz debut at three years old on The Cosby Show and becoming a Disney Channel staple with That’s So Raven and The Cheetah Girls, Raven-Symoné is making her Broadway debut as the “fabulous” Dolores Van Cartier in Sister Act. The star dropped by Broadway.com’s Times Square studio to answer readers’ questions. Watch the beloved performer dish ...

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Broadway Buzz: The Book of Mormon Star Nic Rouleau Reveals the Curse of the Standby and Goes Gaga Over Kelli O’Hara

Age & Hometown: 25; Los Altos, California

Current Role: A Broadway debut as Mormon missionary Elder Kevin Price, “the smartest, best, most deserving Elder” in the blockbuster musical The Book of Mormon.

Standby Me: Rouleau is the first actor to assume the role of Elder Price after the role’s creator, Tony nominee Andrew Rannells, left the production on June 10 ...

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Broadway Buzz: Spider-Man Star Reeve Carney on the Amazing Andrew Garfield: ‘He Makes Me Proud to Put on the Suit!’

Reeve Carney has been dazzling crowds as teenager-turned-superhero Peter Parker since Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark begin performances in 2010, so it makes sense that Broadway's resident webslinger would be the first in line to catch Death of a Salesman alum Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man. Broadway.com recently chatted with the actor, who couldn’t stop gushing about the ...

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Broadway Buzz: Aaron Lazar on Being a ‘Super Trouper’ in the ‘Sexier’ New Cast of Mamma Mia!

Aaron Lazar has established himself as one of the Great White Way’s most passionate and dramatic leading men, wooing the heroine in Italiano in The Light in the Piazza, leading a revolution in Les Miserables, and carrying on an obsessive affair in A Little Night Music, among other smoldering roles. Now, Lazar is showing off his comedic side (and a ...

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