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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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                      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                      Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                      The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                      1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                      Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                       I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                      To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                      And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                       2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                      Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                      3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                      Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                      4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                      The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                      5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                      Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                      6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                      Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                      7. Positive people smile a lot!

                      When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                      8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                      They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                      9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                      One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                      10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                      Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                      How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                      I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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