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Happy 1st Anniversary, The Broadway Blog!

March 9th, 2012

Tom Berklund. Photo by Kevin McDermott.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last year of editing The Broadway Blog, it’s this: theater people like looking at cute guys.

One year and 252 posts later, the most clicked pages have been our monthly Theater Buff profiles, kicked off by the gorgeous Tom Berklund (pictured to the left because my Momma didn’t raise no dumb babies; I had to get your eyeballs here somehow.) I’m not judging. I enjoy editing the Buff posts. I’d also like to think that it’s about more than just the beefcake pictures; it’s about getting the chance to chat with the hardworking people who make theater happen every day and doing it in a fizzy fun way.

Anyway, that’s been my plan since March 9, 2011 when the curtain went up on the blog with a review of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark¬†(I’d never have guessed it would still be open after all they were going through, so good on them) and a dishy conversation with the divine¬†Kate Baldwin (who is now a Mom and starring in the Broadway-bound Giant.) I wanted to go inside the theater world and make readers feel like they were part of the family, hanging out with the cast after a two show day, catching up on the latest news over a celebratory cocktail and a few laughs. I also wanted to post video of Angela Lansbury getting busy with herself.

But what do you want? I’ve had my chance to guide the content but I’d love for it to be a conversation. Tell me what you like and what you want more of. Tell me what you don’t like (gently though, I’m a fragile little bird) and what you could do without. Be as specific as “I don’t comment because I don’t like using my Facebook profile” (if that’s true and you want your comments private, feel free to send your note via the “contact us” button up above) or as general as “How about some cute Theater Buff girls?” All that matters is that you participate. It’s not much of a cocktail conversation if I’m chattering away to myself.

Finally, big thanks to Don and Robert at Passport Magazine for making this possible, being so supportive and letting me have a long leash. Much gratitude to the other contributors to the blog, particularly the ever-mysterious Patrick Barrett and my Buff procurer and music theater guru Andrew Glaszek. And thank you for reading and, in advance, for all your comments and suggestions–now go see a show!


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