Friday, March 19, 2021

Netflix Limited Series "The Queen's Gambit" May Be Coming To Broadway

During the pandemic this past year, we have certainly watched more than our fair share of television series and movies in the Gladstone household.  Personally, I can't wait till my wife Celeste and I are in a Broadway Theater again.  Hopefully sooner rather than later.  I can imagine that I speak for lots of people these days. 

One of our favorite series that we watched was The Queen's Gambit.  In the Best Limited Series category, The Queen's Gambit won both the Golden Globe and Critic's Choice Awards.  The story tells of the amazing journey of a young orphaned girl named Beth Harmon, who not only learned the game of chess from the custodian of the home for girls where she lived- but she went from prodigy to become a world class chess champion.

Walter Tevis wrote the novel in 1983.  It was turned into a mini-series launched by Netflix in October 2020, The Queen's Gambit immediately became Netflix's most watched own "scripted" mini-series logging over 62 million viewers during the first month alone. That's incredible.

In the series, the main character's early life starts out in Kentucky and as Beth constantly develops an uncanny knack for studying the game of chess, we get to witness her beating all of the previous experts, one after the other.  First she travels all thru the Unites States then to Paris, Moscow and all over the world.  Although the story begins with us feeling so sorry for this young person's lot in life, we get to see her battle with overcoming an extremely difficult childhood including addiction as well as entering the practices and prejudices of a male-centered world.

Level Forward is the company that owns the rights to the story and is looking forward to bringing this fascinating story to the live stage at some point in the not too distant future.  It's a very good time to bring this particular story that deals with racial equality and gender struggles.  Allot to be learned from The Queen's Gambit.  If you have a chance, I highly recommend that you watch this amazing limited series.

Cheers and I look forward to attending live Broadway Theatre again in the not too distant future.


Rich Gladstone



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Friday, March 05, 2021


Exciting News. Starting April 2, 2021 a few Broadway theaters will participate in allowing small audiences to attend some non Bwy show type events after negative Covid tests as a means of helping the city to start to bring back Broadway.
Checkout this link below under LATEST BROADWAY UPDATE and click on the exciting article in the RED BOX


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Wednesday, February 17, 2021


I always loved the song "I'm Working My Way Back To You", made popular in 1966 by The Four Seasons and also The Spinners in 1980.  Hence the title of my post today regarding the future of Broadway Theater reopening's this year.

So far, there are a handful of shows that are selling tickets, hopefully for performances beginning at the end of May 2021 (although I think it'll get pushed back somewhat).  Those shows include, Chicago The Musical, Hadestown, Jagged Little Pill, Jersey Boys (Off Broadway),The Music Man with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster (coming in December 2021), Mrs. Doubtfire and The Play That Goes Wrong (another Off Broadway show).

In an effort to try and revive the entertainment life of New York City, Governor Cuomo and local authorities are allowing some large venues like Madison Square Garden and Barclay Center in Brooklyn to start selling tickets to a 10% capacity audience.  The NY Knicks and The NY Rangers as well as the Brooklyn Nets will start within days.  Along with a ticket of admission, which for sports will probably only allow for some season subscribers to attend before the general public, all attendees will need to present a negative Covid 19 test prior to entry.  

Theaters will be more complicated as they are very old and will require improved ventilation.  And of course, Broadway doesn't really want to reopen to 10% capacity as show producers will only lose lots of money.  Their cost of doing business requires at least 3/4 of the audience to be filled.  Otherwise the business model they have simply won't work.

It's worth noting that "testing" is the only way to safely reopen our entertainment venues.  We'll need to get used to this.  Luckily for us, I think we will see local and fast testing places popping up all over New York in the coming days and weeks ahead.

The Governor himself is on the record as recently saying he would attend a Broadway Show with 150 people in the theater if everyone tested negative.  Again, that will not sustain a Broadway Show profit wise unfortunately, although maybe a few wealthy producers might go along with this just a test the future viability regarding larger capacity possibilities in the months ahead.  I'm sure a show like "Hamilton" can afford this type of Broadway comeback test.  And how cool would it be to happen on July 4th weekend of 2021?  Awesome idea right?

Beginning on February 20 and following the successful test with January Buffalo Bills football games that allowed 6700 fans to be tested then attend playoff games, the Governor and his team have helped coordinate the "NYPopsUp" program.  The program can be found at

Over 300 entertainment events will be presented through the five boroughs as well as all over NY State.  The program is being designed to be a bridge to New York's safe return and entertainment comeback.  It sure makes sense to me.  How about you?  Exciting stuff my friends.

The events will be free of charge and take place over 100 days or so.  I'm sure the state will gather plenty of Covid 19 test information and follow up contact tracing so that hopefully it will lead to a big comeback with entertainment, including Broadway Theater.  Wouldn't that be great?

Artists including Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster are just a few of the headliner names that will be performing in various shows.  Shows and venues will be announced fairly close to performance dates so as not to create too large of a crowd.

As we see the Covid 19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths coming way down (at the moment) along with the ramping up of vaccinations, I'm personally looking forward to seeing a show- any kind of show quite frankly. Maybe we can find a way to remember the dear people we lost to this pandemic prior to the shows.

I've been providing a personal ticket service for Broadway theatergoers all of my working career- 43 years now.  Although I'm somewhat looking more toward retirement these days, I just didn't want to "go out' this way.  I'd like to see my native New York City make a "comeback", not just so I can sell some tickets.  I always loved coming into the city (when we didn't live there).  There's nothing like the pulse of New York City for me, whether it's strolling along the Broadway Theater District or just walking the "highline" or watching the changing personalities of each neighborhood every several minutes or so as we walk through them.  

Sure, a full comeback will take time, especially waiting for the over 60 million visitors New York has been receiving for years now to return.  Let's all keep our fingers crossed.  Stay well my friends.


Rich Gladstone


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Broadway performers hustle to survive

Much of the state’s plan hinges on a pilot program it conducted in January, where nearly 7,000 football fans were allowed to attend the Buffalo Bills’ home playoff game as long as they presented a negative Covid-19 test.

The governor previously announced at the end of January that New York would allow some venues to reopen for wedding ceremonies with limited capacity beginning on March 15. People will be able to hold a wedding if everyone attending is tested before the event and the organizers receive approval from their local health department beforehand, he said.

“Opening sites with testing is something where New York wants to lead the way,” Cuomo said on Monday.

New York’s first steps to reopen its beleaguered entertainment industry will begin on Feb. 20 with the start of a new “NY PopsUp” initiative. The program will organize more than 300 pop-up performances over 100 days that will be free to watch, though their locations won’t be disclosed beforehand to prevent crowding, Cuomo said.

The initiative will include some big names, such as Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Chris Rock, Billy Porter, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patti Smith and Mandy Patinkin, among others, Cuomo said.

The events will lead up over the summer to the 20th anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival in June, Cuomo said. The governor said the program will start with the spontaneous performances and hopefully “migrate” to the opening of some indoor entertainment venues.

“New York leads, and we’re going to lead in bringing back the arts because we’re at a point in time where the future, my friends, is what we make it,” Cuomo said.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020



I just read something interesting about a new musical that is being worked on right now. The musical will be called Houdini which will be an original musical based on the life and career of Harry Houdini, the stunt performer and illusionist.  Houdini was most noted for his “escape” acts. 

Two seasoned actors recently performed a virtual reading for this new musical prospect. Laura Osnes, well known for playing in the Broadway revival of South Pacific, also played Bonnie Parker in the musical Bonnie and Clyde in its premier at La Jolla Playhouse. She later played in the same show on Broadway.  Additional Broadway credits include starring roles in the Broadway revival of Anything  Goes and Cinderella.  Ms. Osnes does a good amount of film and television work and has two solo music albums as well.  In this virtual reading Laura Osnes plays the role of Bess Houdini.

Playing opposite Laura Osnes in the reading was Ramin Karimloo, who would play the lead role of Harry Houdini.  On Broadway he played John Valjean in Les Miserables and he also appeared in Anastasia. His first professional acting role occurred when he joined the UK touring cast of the Pirates of Penzance in 2001. Later that year he played the role of Artie Green in Sunset Boulevard. After this role he made his West End debut when he joined the cast of Les Miserables. He also played various roles in London’s The Phantom of the Opera.  He was most recently seen on Broadway playing in Anastasia in 2017.

Houdini has not selected a show synopsis as of yet but the setting is expected to take place at Houdini‘s final performance in Detroit in 1926. Apparently his life will be told through a series of flashbacks that take place on stage.

The city of Detroit will hold the world premiere of this new musical. After that, it’s very likely that the show will move on to Broadway with hopes of then casting a theatre company to play in London’s West End.  No dates for the show's potential opening have been selected as it is too early in the creative process.

You never know what will become a hit in the theater world but I kind of like the chances for Houdini.

Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone.  


Rich Gladstone                                                     


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Wednesday, December 23, 2020


It seems like a lifetime ago when I saw my last Broadway Show, which I think was Hadestown at New York's Walter Kerr Theatre.  The show is fabulous and I'm looking forward to seeing it again not to mention so many others on my list.  That brings me to today's blog post topic, which could also be named Broadway Shows Plan To Reopen in Summer 2021, Maybe?

I believe The League of New York Theatres and Producers have announced 6 or 7 dates when they planned on Broadway's show reopening's since Broadway lights dimmed in March 2020.  I think they know better now and I'm pretty sure that the public doesn't really believe any of these announcements, since they've never come true.  The last date given the public is May 30, 2021 and a few shows are selling tickets with others simply staying more conservative saying they are choosing reopening dates of September through December 2021.  Most shows are adopting a wait and see attitude.

The word on the street is that some of the smaller productions might try to reopen with larger, more difficult to mount shows evaluating how their smaller colleagues are making out first.  Again, no one really knows for sure when the first shows can safely reopen right now.

In order to reopen, every show will need to prove they can limit the spread of the Covid 19 infection inside their theaters.  And realistically, in my own opinion, I would think that theatre staff as well as ticketholders will need to be vaccinated.  Without vaccination, it would be nearly impossible for a safe return.  It would be hard to limit infection spread seeing as how theaters have lots of tight spaces with rows and rows of seats that are all attached to one another.  Backstage, dressing rooms and orchestra pits are extremely tight and would be a problem for sure.  Again, vaccination makes the most sense to me, leaving little or no risk that people would get sick.

Even if everyone wore masks and gloves there would be no way to social distance unless capacity was cut severely, to somewhere between 25-50%.  Reducing capacity is not sustainable for Broadway as most shows need to sell around 80% of their seats to make a profit.  Again, it looks like we'll need everyone to get the vaccine before shows start again.  Thank goodness that the vaccinations have begun and that some medical experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci have said we may get to go to live events somewhere around September 2021, when the entire nation will have been inoculated.  

Although I like to write about Broadway Theatre, most of my posts are written about the actual productions.  What I like about them, the cast of actors that makeup the show as well as what the shows are about.  Most of the time, I write excitedly about the shows as I always try to find the redeeming characteristics a show has.  After all, I'm a ticket broker, a reseller of tickets, not a "critic".

Even though it looks like Broadway has a way to go until we get to see "live theatre" again, the vaccinations should give all of us hope that we are well on our way to putting this horrible pandemic behind us.  Cheers to that my friends.

As this will be my last blog post of 2020, I'd like to take this time to wish all of my family, friends, hotel & travel industry colleagues and everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.  Please stay safe dear friends.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.


Rich Gladstone

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Friday, December 04, 2020

Will the Broadway Theatre Return In June, 2021? Will Hamilton Steal The Show?


Will Broadway Shows Start Reopening In June 2021?

My friends, that may be the $64,000 question. Broadway shows last played on March 11, 2020, nearly 9 months ago.

Although New York’s Governor Cuomo last mentioned that he would like some theaters to begin to reopen in June 2021, it’s possible that limited capacity audiences might be introduced. Although the League of New York Theaters and Producers did say several times that selling tickets with limited capacity is not a sustainable model for the theater. This would only result in huge losses for Broadway. 

A few shows have gone on sale, starting May 30, 2021.. They are
Ain’t Too Proud, Chicago, Hadestown, Mrs. Doubtfire and Jagged Little Pill. The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman will start on December 20, 2021. For Off Broadway Theatre, Jersey Boys and The Play That Goes Wrong are now on sale for performances beginning May 30, 2021.
And if the above shows decide to push back their plans to start playing at the end of May, I recently found out that the producers of New York’s biggest hit show Hamilton, are starting to plan a possible “restart date” of July 4th. It would allow Hamilton the ability to tie its reopening to an end to Broadway’s “shutdown” and the celebration that surrounds the Declaration of Independence signing, something that is of major significance in the musical production.
Many other shows are planning to restart in September 2021, theoretically several months after the public has been vaccinated. Of course, it is also possible some may push up their restart plans depending on the success of the vaccines. Let’s hope so.
I’d love to hear from anyone on their thoughts about Broadway’s comeback or anything relating to the theatre. Cheers to everyone.
Stay well
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Monday, November 30, 2020

Wednesday Dec 2, 2021- NBC's Christmas Spectacular featuring The Rockettes

 A Somewhat Modified Christmas Spectacular with the Radio City Rockettes comes to television on December 2, 2020

With the live performances of the 2020 Radio City Christmas Spectacular canceled due to the pandemic, NBC will treat us to a TV special called Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City
Rockettes. It will air on Wednesday, December 2 at 10 PM eastern time.
This special will feature performances as well as holiday greetings from Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend, Josh Groban and many others. The segments were previously recorded at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
This television special will directly follow NBC‘s broadcast of Christmas in Rockefeller Center. Savanna Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Craig Melvin will anchor this broadcast and will feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Fallon and the Goo Goo Dolls. This broadcast will start at 8 PM eastern time on NBC.
Being a ticket broker for over 40 years now, I have sold tens of thousands of tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes. The show has been a tradition for 88 years now. Although audiences won’t be allowed to attend this year in person or to the tree lighting as well, I’m looking forward this special night of television.
Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas my friends. Please stay safe and keep your loved ones close.
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