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Lists 17 Broadway Social Influencers to Follow in 2017 The must-follow social media accounts for every Broadway fan.

Whether you’re living like a dream in Kansas City or have already made it to the Big Apple, social media influencers keep you connected up-to-the-minute with what’s happening on the ground in the Broadway scene. From anonymous parody accounts to artivism accounts, let's talk about social, baby.

1. Annoying Actor Friend — Andrew Briedis
Follow on: Twitter
Follow if you: Could use a dose of sarcasm

Annoying Actor Friend has been serving witty observations and sassy comebacks to the Broadway community since July 2012. The parody account tweeted anonymously until December 9, 2015, when the creator revealed his identity as Andrew Briedis. While the account is known for its sarcasm and jokes, it's also behind the social media campaigns #Dim4Joan, #Dim4Kyle, #PutSimardOn as well as the Lab versus Workshop discussion.

2. April Reign
Follow on: Twitter
Follow if you: Are ready for a more diverse, inclusive Broadway

April Reign, the creator of #OscarsSoWhite, is also the Managing Editor of Broadway Black. With a very noticeable lack of diverse voices in the Broadway scene, both Reign's Twitter and @BroadwayBlack have become necessary staples in Twitter feeds for Broadway fans who are ready to push the conversation forward.

3. BROadway
Follow on: Facebook
Follow if you like: Frat bros

If you've ever wanted to know what Broadway-lovin' frat bros would be like—or if you wanted to hear your own inner thoughts on the nitty-gritty details of Broadway performances—the BROadway series delivers. Matt Rodin and Reed Campbell have covered the 2016 Tony Awards and nominations, The Color Purple, and Hairspray Live!, all as snapback-wearin’, fist-bumpin’ bros.

4. BroadwayGirl NYC — Laura Heywood
Follow on: Twitter
Follow if you: Love infectious enthusiasm

@BroadwayGirlNYC, like Annoying Actor Friend, began anonymously. The Twitter account started in March 2009 as a way to document her love for New York Theatre, and quickly became an access point for those craving to get a glimpse into the scene. In February 2015, she revealed her identity at TedxBroadway as Laura Heywood, which has led to even more exciting coverage and content from Broadway’s OG internet fan girl.

5. Dave Quinn
Follow on: Twitter
Follow if you: Love when Broadway and pop culture mix

Dave Quinn’s Twitter brings a fresh take on theatre, especially when Broadway intersects with the larger entertainment world. You’ll catch him putting a Broadway twist on Twitter’s trending hashtags and live-tweeting national broadcasts, most recently #CriticsChoice and #HairsprayLive.

6. The Ensemblist — Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone
Follow on: Twitter (and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes)
Follow if you: Appreciate the unsung heroes of Broadway

The Ensemblist podcast focuses on the unsung heroes of Broadway—the ensemble members. Each episode, co-creators and hosts Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone gives listeners a look at Broadway shows from the inside out. They discuss and ask questions about how shows come together, what it means to be a successful artist on Broadway, and how everyone contains multitudes.

7. Fit for Broadway — Jane Jourdan
Follow on: Instagram
Follow if you: Want to know the fitness regimens of Broadway performers

Jane Jourdan’s Fit For Broadway blog features interviews with performers about their wellness practices and how they maintain their physical, vocal, and mental health during their eight-show weeks. Fit For Broadway’s Instagram is full of behind-the-scenes content from the interviews, as well as Jourdan’s recommendations on healthy eating and fitness tips.

8. Humans of Broadway — Aviva Sokolow
Follow on: Instagram
Follow if you: Are fascinated by the backstories of Broadway

Humans of Broadway launched in 2015 after taking a cue from Humans of New York and putting a Broadway spin on it. Followers of the Instagram meet their favorite Broadway performers through stunning portraits and intimate quotes. This year, Humans of Broadway has expanded coverage to give a look at the folks who make Broadway happen behind-the-scenes—like stage managers, costume designers, and TodayTix concierges.

"No we do not have Hamilton tickets." - @ssabinamamedova and @gollygeeitsmollyg Concierges for @todaytix #humansofbroadway

A photo posted by Humans of Broadway (@humansofbroadway) on

9. Jennifer Ashley Tepper
Follow on: Twitter
Follow if you: Know the year the Belasco apartment was built

Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s Twitter fills our feeds with fascinating facts about Broadway’s past with passion and delight. As Feinstein’s/54 Below’s Programming Director and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway, Tepper’s tweets radiate with the genuine excitement that comes with all of the adventures of a day in the life with her job.

10. Jordan Roth
Follow on: Facebook
Follow if you: Like to create and collaborate

Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn, began #MakingMondays in October 2015 as an interactive creative adventure. Artists of all varieties—actors, dancers, choreographers, playwrights, musicians, chefs, painters, and more—gather together to create as a community. You can take part in it—providing prompts for songwriters, song suggestions for choreographers, and more—through Facebook Live and Periscope.


11. Julie James
Follow on: Snapchat and Twitter
Follow if you: Are into the Broadway Buzz

Between Julie James’ Snapchat and Twitter, followers are sure to get a glimpse into the glitz and glamour of Broadway 24/7. As the Program Director of SiriusXM’s “On Broadway” and “Metropolitan Opera Radio,” James snaps with her radio show guests and constantly attends events in New York City, taking her followers along for the ride.

12. Louis Peitzman
Follow on: Twitter
Follow if you: Need an online Broadway spirit guide

Louis Peitzman’s Twitter feels relatable and familiar, kind of like if your best friend from your high school drama club but tweeted to nearly 40,000 followers. His articles for Buzzfeed contextualize and the relevance of current Broadway and Off-Broadway trends, and his Twitter often opens up conversations that lead to lively debates and some serious hot takes on theatre.

13. Seth Rudetsky
Follow on: YouTube
Follow if you: Yell “Ah-mahzing!” after listening to Kay Cole’s vibrato in “At the Ballet” from the original A Chorus Line cast recording

If you live in New York City, you can catch Seth Rudetsky at a number of Broadway events, like Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Gypsy of the Year earlier this month. If you live outside of the city, you can listen to him on SiriusXM and watch him on YouTube. His YouTube channel has garnered over 4.1 Million views, with his entertaining “Deconstruction” videos breaking down why certain technical elements of a song are so deliciously satisfying to our ears.

Rudetsky is also among the talent set for Playbill's Broadway On the High Seas 8.

14. Shakina Nayfack
Follow on: Twitter
Follow if you: Live at the corner of art and activism

As emotionally exhausting as it can be for a person in a marginalized group to continually educate others, transgender actor Shakina Nayfack is constantly educating her Twitter followers on transgender issues and beyond. She not only shares observations and commentary on current events, she chronicled moments from her Manifest Pussy tour that took place June 2016. In protest of HB2, the law that bars transgender citizens from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex, Nayfack took her two earlier solo shows, One Woman Show and Post-Op, on the road in North Carolina.

15. Shoshana Feinstein
Follow on: Twitter
Follow if you: Wish your address was 254 W 54th St.

Go behind the scenes of Feinstein’s/54 Below shows through Original Programming Producer, Shoshana Feinstein’s Twitter. By sharing sneak peeks and notable performance moments in real-time, Feinstein takes her followers into the famed cabaret spot, even from the comfort of their couch.

16. Theater People Podcast — Patrick Hinds
(and BroadwayCon Podcast) (and Broadway Backstory)
Follow on: Twitter
Follow if you: Enjoy hearing the voices of Broadway’s biggest stars in your headphones

Patrick Hinds’ first podcast creation, the Theater People Podcast, began in January 2014. Since then, his work has evolved to include creating and hosting BroadwayCon: The Podcast and Broadway Backstory with TodayTix. All three podcasts allow you to experience your favorite Broadway stars sharing behind-the-scenes stories and Hinds’ endearing exclamations and reactions.

17. The Tyler Mount Vlog
Follow on: YouTube
Follow if you: Cherish seeing Broadway stars cuddling, giggling, and having a good time

Tyler Mount invites viewers into his apartment to get up close and personal with Broadway’s favorite performers. Between energetically interviewing and playing outrageous games with his guests, Mount brings an energy equivalent to six espressos (at least).

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