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This week was filled with excitement and drama for some of our favorite and new favorite productions.

The top news, of course, is what the heck to call Shuffle Along.

Michael Paulson of the “New York Times wrote about the controversy over what to label this musical starring the transcendent Audra McDonald. Is it a revival or a new musical? The problem with being considered new is competing with favorites like Hamilton for the 2016 Tony Awards. Spoiler: It’s a New Musical.

Of course, we were there for the opening of Shuffle Along, which in the midst of battling for a category, just happens to be a phenomenal show.

Meanwhile, The Royale continues to be a critics darling snagging a Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble and a nomination for Outstanding play, when the Drama Desk Award nominations were broadcast this week.   The play already won a John Gassner Award when the Outer Critics Award nominations were announced.

Whorl Inside A Loop seems to be slowly trudging its way to the Broadway Stage. We reported just this week that the show is getting a private “industry” reading, which could be a step towards the Great White Way. This is good news for many of the amazing actors in the cast including Derrick Baskin , Nicholas Christopher , Ryan Quinn , Daniel J. Watts , and Donald Webber Jr.,as well as newcomer to the cast Tyrone Davis Jr. 

And lest we forget how this week began – with drama. Oh ya’ll remember when a particular “fan” tried to call our Cynthia Erivo for having the audacity to be tired after a performance of singing, dancing and riveting a crowd. The “fan” had a very interesting POV about the role of performer and audience member. So you know we had to weigh in on that madness.

Here’s to another week of good drama and amazing theater.

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