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10 Best NEW Broadway Shows You Need To Watch

10 Best NEW Broadway Shows You Need To Watch

While there are some tried and true, long running Broadway shows out there, new shows are being added pretty frequently. Whether you’re planning a trip to New York or London, or you’re waiting for the perfect show to hit the big time, here is our list of the best 10 new Broadway or West End shows. From Manhattan to Leicester Square, here are the best new shows playing on the big stages.

On Broadway

1. Newsies

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    Disney has been very successful in bringing its stories to the Broadway stage. Long running The Lion King is testament to that. However, the company decided to bring a new musical to the stage. It’s based on a 1992 Disney film of the same name, and follows the real-life newsboy strike against Joseph Pulitzer in 1899. This family friendly play is meant to entertain and to educate.

    2. Beautiful — The Carole King Musical

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      This biographical jukebox musical debuted in 2014. It stars Jessie Mueller as Carole King, and follows King’s beginnings as a singer in her native Brooklyn. By all accounts, Mueller’s voice is just as warm and captivating as the voice of the woman she portrays. This play runs until December 31, 2014.

      3. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

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        This play made its Broadway debut in late 2013, and is now back for a run from August to December of this year. The musical is a comedy loosely based on the 1949 film Kind Hearts and Coronets. One actor, Jefferson Mays, plays eight characters, all members of the same family. Time Out calls the play the “undisputed king of musical comedy.”

        4. If/Then

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          Debuted on Broadway in March of this year, If/Then is a musical that follows the parallel “what if?” scenarios in one woman’s life. Idina Menzel, of Wicked and Glee fame, stars in this play. The premise is to show a series of alternate paths based on potential different decisions or actions in her life.

          5. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

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            Audra McDonald stars in this musical as Billie Holiday. Singing some of Holiday’s more popular songs, the play centers around the jazz singer’s final days. It is set during a 1950’s concert, and shares some parallels with another play, Lady Day, which premiered in the fall of 2013 off Broadway. It runs until October 5, 2014.

            On the West End

            6. The Crucible

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              Though the play, by Arthur Miller and based on the Salem witch trials, is not new, the West End production certainly is. Richard Amitage, currently enjoying fame for his role as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit franchise, stars as John Proctor in this three-and-a-half hour long show. It’s on until September 13, 2014.

              7. Medea

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                This drama comes from the Greek playwright Euripides, and follows the tragic story of the titular character Medea, whose descent into semi-madness leads her to commit all kinds of atrocities. While the show has a running time of only 90 minutes, that hour and a half is action packed and full of dramatic moments.

                8. Julius Caesar

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                  Though this Shakespeare play is not new in and of itself, it has gotten new life on the West End with a new cast, director, and venue. Playing, appropriately, at Shakespeare’s Globe, the play delivers much of what it would have when performed back in Shakespeare’s days.

                  9. Bring Up the Bodies

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                    This play is based on the popular novel of the same name by Hilary Mantel, whose Wolf Hall was also a big success. Set in England, the play (as a part of the novel trilogy) follows the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell. Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, and of course Henry VIII are other famous historical figures that make an appearance in this thrilling play.

                    10. The Pajama Game

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                      Set in the 1950’s, this play opens on factory workers at a pajama plant. The musical numbers are diverse, and the dialogue is witty and quick. From dates to worker demands for a pay raise, the musical is lively and sure to please any theater-goers.

                      Featured photo credit: iwillbehomesoon via flickr.com

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                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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