Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 by Brooke Weinbaum and Masha Arbisman
Willkommen, bienvenue, and welcome to the best of Broadway! Whether you need the lowdown on the best Broadway shows, to belt out to your fave show tunes, or to find a trustworthy website to buy cheap Broadway tickets, our latest top 10 list contains every website you need to fulfill your Broadway Dreams!
Whatever time of year, Broadway is always in season. You may be the kind of person to see a new show every month or maybe you’re dreaming about the day you march up to Herald Square and begin singing “Give my regards to Broadway”. But no matter who you are, we at All My Faves are here to guide you through the very best of Broadway on the web: All those wonderful little places where you can plan trips, buy tickets, and jam out to your favorite show tunes. Ready? Of course you are…
For the Broadway buffs looking for that same level of detailed information that IMDB provides, you can rejoice… yes, IBDB actually exists! Internet Broadway Database allows you to search for a specific person, show, award, or even theatre to find out the history for each. You can even view the various songs from each show with a detailed list of the characters who sang in the ensemble. Learn about current and upcoming shows on the main page to be constantly updated. Check out their mobile app on your phone for knowledge on the go. We got carried away with fact competitions at work while writing, so for an added bonus, our best question was: “What are the names of the three narrators of Little Shop of Horrors?” Masha cheated with IBDB and won. She still says it’s not cheating, it’s just using your resources correctly.
While some are lucky to live a hop, skip, and a jump away from theater-lined blocks in little, old New York, not all of us have it so easy. Luckily, Broadway Across America can save the day by “Bringing the Best of Broadway to a city near you”. Throughout the country there are countless on and off Broadway tours going on year round. Browse by city or show to see what will be coming, so you can get your theatre fix.
When you’re planning your next trip to New York, Broadway.com is the center for all things musical, play, and more. Sign up for the weekly newsletter to get the latest information on what’s happening with new cast additions, special ticket deals, and show announcements. Broadway.com is one of the most used sources when it comes to Broadway news! For our boss we called it research, but we spent half of the work day just reading reviews and planning out our dream trip to New York. Masha is obviously going to go see Wicked for the third time and Brooke is between Jersey Boys and Book of Mormon.
Besides our beloved Pandora Broadway station and the Sirius XM On Broadway station, it may seem that finding Broadway tunes is somewhat difficult. Luckily we have discovered what we consider a life changing online radio station providing you with the best of Broadway musicals, Accubroadway. What’s unique about Accubroadway is the ability to choose the decade, which part of the show, i.e. finale, age appropriateness, and for any theatre geek, composer. Listen to music at the office
like we do, or simply use their phone app so Broadway tunes go where you do. You can thank us later.
Playbill is your guide to on and off Broadway shows, West End London news, and ticket listings. Peruse the “Week in Review” for show reviews, actor gossip, and the best and worst of the year. Become a member and score big discounts on a variety of shows. Looking to take a piece of Broadway home with you? Check out “The DVD Shelf” to see if shows of years’ past are being released on DVD. If you really are the next breakout star, check the audition listing and jobs to get a sense of what Broadway life is really like.
Gossip of the week: “Picnic, William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of small-town women yearning for what’s beyond, is back on Broadway, opening Jan. 13 in a Roundabout Theatre Company production starring Mare Winningham, Elizabeth Marvel, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Grace and Madeleine Martin as some of the locals aroused by the arrival of a sexy stranger.”
For the center of all things theatre, Broadway World is the site to visit whether it’s tickets, reviews, or literally Broadway shows around the world. Click United States to see what is happening in your state, the shows playing on the West End, or shows as far away as the Philippines and Luxembourg. If your friends aren’t as concerned as whether or not the chosen actress for a show has a wide pitch range, discuss your thoughts on the message board. Learn about upcoming CD, DVD, and book releases from shows or even the stars. Interested in finding out if your favorite show will make an appearance on TV-look at the calendar of events to see what is happening every month. Broadway World will be there to answer your every question and leave you searching for more information than you ever believed.
Don’t make a decision on your next Broadway trip until you read Ben Brantley, of Did He Like it. Ben will give you his honest take on how the show that everyone is buzzing about fared. He gives you an in-depth take on why the show won him over…or didn’t. He also provides reviews from other sources including The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, and more. You can even sign up for his newsletters to read every review for the copious amounts of shows he sees. If he has you convinced, click the link to buy tickets! While I wish I was lucky enough to have Ben’s job, I’ll just read his work for now!
When we feature our top sites, blogs are always at the top of our lists. One of our favorites is “The Broadway Blog” written by Tom Mizner, an insider in the Broadway World. Tom gives us the low-down of legendary stars appearing on Broadway, interviews with the stars, and revivals of movies coming back to life as theatre productions.
Not everything about Broadway has to be about reviews, stalking stars, and where to get the cheapest tickets. Sometimes it’s fun to learn the lingo of the world. Theatre Dictionary does a great job of capturing what I imagine to be scenarios that happen in New York all the time. Instead of providing a lame definition of what a word means, they provide a hilarious, informative video acting in Broadway glory-basically a word performance. Our favorite is the definition of Cattle Call.
Broadway Spotted is the true Gossip Girl of Broadway: half paparrazzi and half fantasies about dream Broadway casts. If you ask me, I’m jealous I didn’t think of it first. The writers over at Spotted give their take on who would be cast in a hypothetical Toy Story-The Musical, even dreaming of a man dressing in drag for the role of Mrs. Potato Head. They also have the luxury of running around NYC in hopes of
not so subtly bumping into the stars that grace the stage and posing for a photo with the Spotted sign.
While these may be our top 10 best sites, we can’t forget about our good friends that have always been there for us. We can always rely on Time Out New York’s Theatre and The New York Times Theater guide to update us on new shows, tickets, and their reviews. When in doubt of the second verse to your favorite song of Jesus Christ Superstar, have no fear, Sheet Music Plus has got your back with the top 99 Broadway Show songs. Of course we can’t forget about the most fabulous awards show of the year,the Annual Tony Awards-read about the history of nominees and winners for the past few decades.
Masha and I decided the post wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t let you in on some of our favorite songs, and thanks to YouTube we can make that possible! Let us know your fave show tune on Facebook or Twitter!
We both agreed that Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth’s performance of “Defying Gravity” at the Tony Awards is one of our favorite videos to date. Watch Elphaba in all of her flying glory!
Masha’s favorite performance would be The Circle of Life because it “captures the essence of childhood and reminds everyone to live each moment to their fullest, and of course life is better with Hakuna Matata!”
While it’s really difficult choosing, out of all my faves 😉 , You’re The Top from “Anything Goes” was the perfect duet. This show had me laughing the whole time and the lines from this song were perfectly quipped.
If you’re in the mood for some Delta Nu and Bruiser in your life, you can watch the complete Legally Blonde Musical on Youtube! Omigod you guys!
We hope you enjoyed perusing through our favorite sites as much as we have. Whether you’ve been in love with Broadway since birth or you’re trying to find the perfect show tickets for your girlfriend’s birthday we hope you can find what you are looking for. As Broadway fans we’re always looking for the best sites to quench our thirst for show releases, discount tickets, and of course new radio stations. With All My Faves we now have a place to save and easily find all of our Broadway Faves! Take a look at my Broadway’s Best tab and add some of your own to create the best Broadway experience you can have.