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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 Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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