TrueTheatergoers’ TheaterThoughts: Spring NYC Season, Rate Your Shows & Win $100 in Tickets & Predict Helen Hayes Awards & Win $200 by John and Stephen Hauge

Every week we will be sharing John and Stephen Hauge’s TheaterThoughts from their popular site TrueTheatergoer.

John Hauge.
John Hauge.

From John Hauge: “My brother Stephen and I created the website in October 2011 to promote theater in Washington, DC and on Broadway by providing an enriching collection of information on current shows and composite audience reviews and ratings of these shows. Our hope is to further develop a community excited about theater and willing to write short comments of shows so others can benefit from their experiences.”




Review and rate the shows you have seen and you have a chance to win $100 worth of Tix Certificates, which you can use to buy tickets to several theatres in the DC Metro Area.



This Week’s TheaterThoughts:

Spring Season on Broadway

Broadway’s spring season will open tonight and run to April 24, the deadline for shows to open so they can receive Tony Award nominations. This season 15 shows will open in this seven-week window. We’ll look at the five March openings this week, and the 10 April openings next week.

March 6 — All The Way — VP Lyndon Johnson has just become President in November, 1963 and in the next 12 months he wants to push through the Civil Rights Bill and become President in his own right. This three-hour show examines the political savvy and arm-twisting necessary to achieve both as he interacts with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sen. Richard Russell, J,. Edgar Hoover and others of the time. Bryan Cranston stars as LBJ, with Brandon J. Dirden, John McMartin, Michael McKean and Robert Petkoff.


March 13 — Rocky — This adaptation of Sylvester Stallone’s 1986 film follows the journeyman boxer Rocky Balboa as he gets a shot at the title and falls in love with the shy Adrian. A love story and boxing story, with an extravaganza of the title fight. Music & lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Stars DC’s own Andy Karl, and with Margo Seibert, and Terence Archie, and Dakin Matthews.

March 20 — Aladdin — Disney’s 1992 film is re-created on stage, with Aladdin’s finding of a magic lamp that ushers him into adventure and romance. Music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. With Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, Jams Monroe Iglehart, and Jonathan Freeman.

March 24 — Mothers and Sons — Terrence McNally’s play looks at the meeting of an angry mother who has lost to her son to AIDS and his ex-lover who now has married another man with whom they have a six-year-old son. Stars Tyne Daly, with Frederick Weller and Bobby Steggert.

March 30 — If/Then — As Elizabeth moves to New York City to re-start her life, this musical looks at two paths she could take. Music by Tom Kitt, and lyrics and book by Brian Yorkey. Stars Idina Menzel, with LaChanze, Anthony Rapp.



When you have reviewed both lists, please look directly above for the Award Ballot, click on it, and choose your winners in these categories.

The voter with the highest correct total will win $200.

All ballots must be submitted electronically by April 18th.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical: Bruce Dow (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), James Gardiner (The Last Five Years), David Gregory (In the Heights), Bryan Knowlton (A Chorus Line), Paul Scanlan (Cabaret) and Thom Sesma (Miss Saigon).

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Sherri L. Edelen (Gypsy), Diane Huey (Miss Saigon), Nancy Opel (Hello, Dolly!), Maria Rizzo (Cabaret), Jessica Vaccaro (A Chorus Line), Erin Weaver (The Last Five Years), Roz White (Gee’s Bend), Lauren Williams (Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play”) and Lori Williams (Ladies Swing the Blues).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical: Matthew Dewberry (The Full Monty), James Konicek (Peter Pan and Wendy), John Loughney (The Full Monty), Bobby Smith (Spin), Tobias Young (In the Heights) and Edward Watts (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Jennifer Cordiner (A Chorus Line), Lora Lee Gayer (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Maria Rizzo (Gypsy), Erin Weaver (Company) and Brittany N. Williams (Three Little Birds

Outstanding Ensemble, Musical: A Chorus Line, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Full Monty, Gee’s Bend and Hello, Dolly!.

Outstanding Director, Musical: Joe Calarco (Gypsy), Thomas W. Jones II (Gee’s Bend), Alan Paul (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Aaron Posner (The Last Five Years) and Eric Schaeffer (Hello, Dolly!).

Outstanding Musical: A Chorus Line, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cabaret, Gypsy, Hello, Dolly!, The Last Five Years and The Rocky Horror Show.


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