I can hardly believe it but I published the first Broadway & Me post 15 years ago on Valentine’s Day. So this post should have gone up yesterday. However I was so busy celebrating V-Day with my beloved husband K that I forgot to mark this very special anniversary here. Then I got a special present today: the news aggregator site Flipboard notified me that it had chosen to feature Broadway & Me alongside Playbill and Deadline under the rubric “All the World’s a Stage” to showcase stories for theater buffs (click here to see it).
I am, of course, thrilled by that honor. But I’m also excited about the fact that after two very long years, the pandemic seems to be receding. So—triple vaxxed and often double masked—I’ve been inching out to see a few shows and I’ve been making plans to see even more and to once again share my thoughts about them with you here, which is something else to celebrate.
That celebrating will continue this Sunday when I’m scheduled to join my friends James Marino, Peter Filichia and Michael Portantiere on Broadway Radio’s “This Week on Broadway” podcast to talk about some of the things we’ve already seen.
I’ve also continued producing my podcast "All the Drama" about the plays and musicals that have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The latest episode is on the 1998 winner How I Learned to Drive, which is being revived on Broadway this spring with its original stars Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse. I had the great honor of discussing the show with its playwright—and one of my theatrical heroes—Paula Vogel (you can listen to it by clicking here).
So many blessings! And as always—but even more so this year—my heartfelt thanks to those of you who have subscribed to this blog over the past decade and a half, followed me on Twitter, befriended me on Facebook, read my Flipboard magazine or who have just stumbled onto this post for the first time. Thank you for helping to make the past 15 years so special. I hope both you, I and B&Me will be around for many more years of theatergoing. Cheers, jan