Sunday, January 26, 2020

Blue Directed By Phylicia Rashad To Play New York's Historic Apollo Theatre This Spring

Prior to working for Applause, I worked in the box office for the Roundabout Theatre Company, where I had the opportunity to see each and every one of their shows during their season. One of those shows was a Blue, by Charles Randolph Wright.

That production, which had it's Off- Broadway premier at the Gramercy Theatre in 2001, starred Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, and Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy. Cut too almost nineteen years later, and the show is set to return to New York once again, only this time with Mrs. Rashad at the helm.

Now when the show was first announced in 2019, the play was scheduled to play at a Broadway theatre during the 2019-2020 season. Wouldn't you know it, but all of the venues are booked up. Well you know what they say? "When one door closes, another door opens."

The show, which is set to star Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams and Emmy Award winner Lynn Whitfield, is set to play a 16-week engagement beginning on April 27. Oh and did I mention that we are selling tickets for it? Well we are. Get your tickets to see Blue at the Apollo Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

North American Tour Of Hairspray To Open This Fall

Image result for hairspray broadway logoThat's right theatre fans. One of Broadway's most popular shows of the past two decades is making a comeback. Hairspray, which won seven 2003 Tony Awards including Best Musical of the Year, is set to embark on a National tour beginning on November 10, in where else but Baltimore.

Which by the way in case you didn't know is where this awesome musical takes place. Following it's initial run thru November 15, it will then go on to play over sixty cities thru out North America.

It was also announced that the shows original Tony Award winning creative team Jack O'Brien (Director), and Jerry Mitchell (Choreographer) will reunite for the tour as well. As of now no casting or venues have been announced. Be sure to check this website for further updates.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Grand Horizons Reviews

in <i>Grand Horizons</i>What's that? Two Broadway plays opening in the same week? What is this April? Last night, marked the Broadway premier of Grand Horizons.

Written by Bess Wohl, and directed by Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk winner Leigh Silverman, Grand Horizons stars Tony and Emmy winner Jane Alexander and Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner James Cromwell as Nancy and Bill, who have been married for fifty years.

As they settle into their new home, Nancy unexpectedly walks out, leaving their sons Brian and Ben to pick up the pieces of their once happy family. Rounding out the cast are Michael Urie (Torch Song) and Ben McKenzie (Gotham) as the two bothers, as well as Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez, Ashley Park, and Maulik Pancholy. So what did the critic's have to say? Let's find out.

Daily Beast

Deadline

The Hollywood Reporter

New York Magazine

New York Theatre Guide

The New York Times

New York Stage Review

NY1

Time Out New York

The Wrap

Pretty good reviews I have to say. By the way, for those of you who want tickets to see Grand Horizons, you have come to the right place. We sell it. In fact, we sell every new play and musical set to open this season. Get your tickets to see Grand Horizons on Broadway at the Hayes Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Customer Story

To Kill A MockingbirdToday's customer story comes all the way from the great state of Texas. Austin to be exact. A couple of days ago, I received a call from one of my regular customers who's client was planning a trip to New York in March, and wanted to see a few shows while they were here.

I asked him when they would be here, and most importantly what they wanted to see. Well of course two of the shows they picked, are among some of the most popular shows on Broadway. Care to take a guess? Why it's none other than To Kill A Mockingbird and Ain't Too Proud.

Two good choices don't you think? Now even though she picked a weekend, I knew I would still be able to find her great seats for both as it was not a holiday weekend. For To Kill A Mockingbird I get them excellent seats in the Center Orchestra, and for a price that was lower than even I was expecting. One down. Two to go.

To say that I was thrilled that they picked Ain't Too Proud is an understatement. Not only are The Temptations my favorite group of all time, but I have also seen the show several times. That means I know where the best seats are at to see the show. Once again, I got them amazing seats in the Center Orchestra, and of course once again at a great price. Two down. One to go.

Their third and final pick was The Book of Mormon. Now believe it or not but in all the years that I have lived here, I have never seen it. However I have seen other shows in the same theatre, and it is one of the smallest ones on Broadway. Translation, all the seats are great. Which means once again I got them great seats, and wouldn't you know it, but at a great price too. So there you have it folks. Three great shows, with great seats and amazing prices to boot. Another satisfied customer. Will you be next?

JWB
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Soldier's Play Reviews

A Soldier's PlayThat's right theatre fans. It's that time again. Time to celebrate another opening on the Great White Way. A Soldier's Play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1982, stars Blair Underwood and Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier, and is directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. Written by Charles Fuller, this new production also marks the shows Broadway debut. So what did the critic's have to say? Let's find out.

am New York

Broadway News

Daily Beast

Deadline

Hollywood Reporter

New York Magazine

NY1

NY Daily News

NY Stage Review

New York Times

Theatre News Online

Time Out New York

Now those are what I call some amazing reviews. By the way, for those of you who want tickets to see this award winning drama, you have come to the right place, we sell it. Get your tickets to see A Soldier's Play on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre thru March 15. Until next time theatre fans.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Winter Savings With Applause Theatre Service

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2Heading to the "Big Apple" in the next month or so? Well of course you are going to see a show or two while you are here right? But why stop at two? How about three or four? After all, New York is the "Theatre Capitol of the World" is it not? In the almost three decades that I have lived here, I have seen hundreds of shows both On and Off-Broadway. And you know what? I bet I've only paid full price a dozen or so times.

Now I know what you're thinking. How is that even possible? Well to be honest, being in the industry that I am in I often get free tickets to shows. Does that mean that I get free tickets to everything? Certainly not. I mean I certainly didn't get a deal when I saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. However since the show has been playing for a while now, prices have never been lower. That's the great thing about going to the theatre this time of year. So many savings.

In fact as we speak, there are over thirty plays and musicals that are now available at prices that can't be beat. Some of those include recent Tony Award winners like Come From Away and To Kill A Mockingbird, as well as such long running favorites like Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera. I mean who doesn't love a bargain? I know I sure do. Oh and did I mention that we sell all of those shows, as well as each and every show and event in New York City? Well we do. So why not give us a try? You'll be glad you did. Until next time theatre fans.


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Saturday, January 18, 2020

What To See In London's West End

EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIEHeading across the pond in the next few months? Well have I got exiting news for you theatre fans. Now is the best time to see some of the finest plays and musicals this side of well....Broadway.As we speak, there are over forty plays and musicals playing in London.  The only question you have to ask yourself is, "Which ones do I see?"

Thankfully, you have come to the right place. Now while I have personally never been to London, I am very familiar with it's theatre scene. How you ask? Well it helps that a lot of it's shows have either played in New York before, or are playing here now. One of those shows, happens to be a personal favorite of mine.

Care to guess which one I'm talking about? Why it's none other than City of Angels, which won six 1990 Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the Year. Since then, it has played London twice, both in 1994 and 2015. Not only that, but both also went on to win Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, and Best Musical Revival.

Now you see why it's coming back for a third time? Performances for this award winning musical are set to begin at the Garrick Theatre on March 5, 2020. Another show you might want to check out while you are over there is Pretty Woman The Musical. Now while the show had a short run on Broadway last year, I really enjoyed it. Was it the greatest thing that I had ever seen? No. But I was entertained, and sometimes that's all you need.

Now for those of you Disney fans out there, do I have some exciting news. Next month will mark the West End premier of The Prince of Egypt. Winner of the 1998 Academy Award for Best Song of the Year, the show features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), and a book by Phillip LaZebink. Performances are scheduled to begin at the Dominion Theatre on February 5. Now what if musicals aren't your thing?

To be honest when I first moved here twenty-eight years ago, all I wanted to see was a big splashy musical. However in the last ten or eleven years,I have seen more plays than ever. One that stands out was the 2008 production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull starring Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas. This new production, which begins performances a the Playhouse Theatre on March 11, stars Emmy Award nominee Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones).

One of Broadway's biggest hit's of the past decade is To Kill A Mockingbird. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee, and adapted Academy and Emmy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, the show is scheduled to begin performances at the Gielgud Theatre on May 21.One of the funniest shows that I have seen in years is The Play That Goes Wrong.The show, which is now in it's sixth year at the Duchess Theatre, is a laugh out loud riot that you do not want to miss theatre fans. Now besides that shows that I wrote about, here is a list of others I suggest checking out during your visit to "Merry Old England."

Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Les Miserables
Matilda
School of Rock
Thriller Live 
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Mousetrap
Waitress
The Woman In Black

By the way, for those of you that want tickets to any of these shows that I talked about you are in luck. We sell it. In fact, we sell every play and musical in the West End. Not only that, but we sell tickets to all events in London including opera and ballet, as well as all sporting events including soccer as well as this Summer's Wimbledon. Who knew? Also don't forget that Applause is open seven days a week. 365 days a year. That means we are always here to help with all of your ticket needs. Until next time theatre fans.

JWB
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