Monday, January 16, 2017

What To See In 2017: Part Three

Last week I posted my thoughts on several of the new Broadway shows that are set to open in the next few months. Here is Part Three in this ongoing series. Enjoy!

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryGroundhog Day
First Preview: March 16
Opens: April 17

Let me just start off by saying that I love the movie. Therefore I admit that I was a little skeptical when it was announced that they were turning one of my favorite movies into a big Broadway musical. However when I heard that the creative team behind Matilda was behind it, I knew that I had nothing to worry about. The show, which opened to rave reviews from the critic's in London last Summer, will star Tony nominee Andy Karl (Rocky On The Twentieth Century) in the lead role of Phil Connors. Here's hoping lighting strikes twice.

Anastasia
First Preview: March 23
Opens: April 24

Now I'll be honest. I have never seen Anastasia. The truth is animated films aren't really my thing. It's mostly why I have avoided seeing shows like The Lion King and Aladdin all these years. Don't get me wrong. They certainly have their place. After all if it wasn't for Disney, most kids would never get the chance to experience their first Broadway musical. For that alone they should be commended. Saying that however, I am a fan of the show's writers, Tony winners Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Terrence McNally. That alone makes me a little intrigued. Plus the fact that it is based on a true story makes me think I just might have to check it out. Who knows? Stranger things have happened.

Groundhog Day
Oslo
First Preview: March 23
Opens: April 13

Well would you look at that. Another original play On Broadway set to open this season. That's number three so far for those of you keeping count. Oslo, which is based on the real life 1993 negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, first premiered at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre last Summer, where it played to sold out audiences eight times a week. Now you see why it's moving to Broadway? Although to be honest, it won't have to move very far, as it's new theater is right upstairs. Plus with an extra nine hundred and one seats. Here's hoping the show does just as well.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
First Preview: March 28
Opens

Wait a minute. One of my favorite books is coming to the Broadway stage? I must be dreaming right? Now I know what you're thinking. Wasn't there also a very successful movie as well too? Yes there was. However this new version is based more on the Roald Dahl novel, as opposed to the beloved 1971 film. Don't get me wrong. I love the movie. It's just that I love the book just a little more. The show, which is being directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brian (Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia) features a score by Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash), and stars two-time Tony winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten, Falsettos) as Willy Wonka.

The Little Foxes
First Preview: March 29
Opens:

Now wait just a minute. Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon on stage at the same time? Oh and did I mention that both actresses will be alternate in the leading roles of Regina and Birdie Hubbard? Now if that doesn't make you want to see the show then I don't know what will. The show, which is being directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, is scheduled to play a limited run thru
June 18. Although if reviews are good I wouldn't be surprised if it extends a least a couple of weeks.

BandstandBandstand
First Preview: March 31
Opens: April 26

What's that? A new musical that's not based on a movie or a book? Count me in theatre fans. Bandstand, which takes place during the "Band Era" of World War II, stars Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Bonnie and Clyde, Cinderella) and Corey Cott ( Newsies, Gigi). Not only that, but the show is being directed by two-time Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In The Heights). I smell a hit.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

What To See In 2017: Part Two

Hello Dolly! TicketsA few days ago I posted my thoughts on several of the new Broadway shows that are set to open in the next few months. Here is Part Two in this ongoing series. Enjoy theatre fans.

Miss Saigon
First Preview: March 1
Opens: March 23

Growing up in the Midwest, I was not exposed to a lot of theatre except for the shows I performed in during my junior high and high school years, as well as at my local community theatre. So when a show like Miss Saigon come along I was thrilled. Now here we are over twenty-six years later and the show is ready to take Broadway by storm once again. The show, which is based on the recent highly acclaimed London production, is set to begin previews at it's former home, the Broadway Theatre on March 1. I can't wait.

Sunset Boulevard
First Preview: February 2
Sunset BoulevardOpens: February 9

Now I'll be honest. As much as I enjoyed Sunset Boulevard when it first opened over two decades ago, I never expected the show to come back to Broadway. After all while it did win several Tony Awards, it was by all account purposes a failure financially. Thankfully for this new production they have scaled it down. Plus I guess if you're going to do it again it helps to have it's original Tony Award wining star back again. I am of course talking about the one and only Glenn Close. Previews for the limited engagement is set to begin on March 2. Expect the show to be one hot ticket theatre fans.

War PaintWar Paint
First Preview: March 7
Opens: April 6

Now except for what I have read online, I know nothing about this show. Well except that it stars Tony winners Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole as cosmetic titans Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden, and that is was the most successful production in the history of the Goodman Theatre. But let's be honest shall we? Isn't that all we need? Two Broadway divas in a brand new show? That's enough for me.

Sweat
First Preview: March 4
Opens: march 26

Finally. A brand new American play by one of the theatre's most critically acclaimed writers is opening on Broadway. I know. I know. It's not like it's never happened before. It's just that with the exception of last season's Eclipsed it doesn't happen that often. In fact after a little research, I discovered that prior to Eclipsed the last play produced on Broadway by a black female writer was back in 2002. Here's hoping we won't have to wait another decade or so for the next one.

AmélieAmelie
First Preview: March 9
Opens: April 3

Well would you look at that. A new Broadway musical based on a movie What will they think of next theatre fans? All kidding aside I have heard nothing but good things about the show during it's recent run last year at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The show, which is scheduled to begin previews at the intimate Walter Kerr Theatre on March 9, stars Tony nominee Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) in the title role. Here's hoping lighting strikes twice for this talented ingénue.

Hello Dolly
First Preview: March 15
Opens: April 20
That's right theatre fans. Dolly Levi is back where she belongs. Bette Midler too. Now in case you've been living under a rock the last six months you know that the Divine Miss M is making her return to the musical theatre stage in a brand new production of Hello Dolly. The show, which is scheduled to begin performances a the historic Shubert Theatre on March 15 is already selling like gangbusters. In fact it sold over nine million dollars on it's first day of sale. A record by the way. I smell a hit!

So there you have it theatre fans. Stay tuned for Part Three on the 2016-2017 Broadway season. Until next time theatre fans.

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Tony Awards Set To Return To Radio City Music Hall In 2017

Image resultExciting news theatre fans. The Tony Awards are coming home. It was just announced that this years Tony Awards will be held at the historic Radio City Music Hall on June 11. Last year's awards were held at the Beacon Theatre, which holds over 3,000 less seats than Radio City Music Hall.

Now there was speculation that the show may not return due to the upcoming Summer Spectacular. Thankfully the schedules worked out and the show will return back where it belongs. This year's Tony nominations are set to be announced on May 2. Stay tuned to this site for more info as we get closer to the date. Until next time theatre fans.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Avenue Q Celebrates Milestone

Avenue QOne of the funniest shows that I have ever seen is Avenue Q. In fact, I just saw it for the sixth time at the end of 2016. What can I say? I'm a fan. Trust me. I'm not the only one. After all a show doesn't survive all these years if it isn't good right? In fact, today will mark the show's 3,000 performance.

Pretty impressive for a show featuring a bunch of beer drinking, sex crazed puppets. O.K. There not that bad. Not all the time that is. The show, which won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical, is one show you do not want to miss. Plus if you call right now, you can tickets to see this award winning musical at prices that can't be beat.

Be advised that while this "Special Offer" is good thru February 26, it is for select seats, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see Avenue Q Off-Broadway at New World Stages. You will laugh your a** off. I know I did.Until next time theatre fans.

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What's Playing In NYC

Want to know where your favorite show is playing? Well are you in luck theatre fans. Here is a full listing of every theatre on Broadway, as well as their show. Oh and don't forget we sell tickets to each of those shows as well. Not only that but most of them are available at "Insider Prices". Now on to the list. Enjoy!

Al Hirschfeld: Kinky Boots

Ambassador: Chicago

American Airlines: The Price (Performances begin on February 16, 2017)

August Wilson: Groundhog Day (Performances begin on March 16, 2017)

Barrymore: The Present (Closes March 19, 2017)

Six Degrees Of Separation (Performances begin on April 5, 2017)

Belasco: The Glass Menagerie (Performances begin on February 7, 2017)

Bernard B. Jacobs: Bandstand (Performances begin on March 31, 2017)

Booth: Significant Others (Performances begin on February 14, 2017)

Broadhurst: Anastasia (Performances begin on  March 23, 2017)

Broadway: Miss Saigon  (Performances begin on  March 1, 2017)

Brooks Atkinson: Waitress

Circle in the Square: In Transit

Cort Indecent (Performances begin on April 4, 2017)

Gershwin: Wicked

Hudson:  Sunday In The Park With George  (Performances begin on Feb. 11, 2017)

Imperial: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

John Golden: A Doll's House Part 2 (Performances begin on April 1, 2017)

Longacre:  A Bronx Tale

Lunt-Fontanne: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Performances begin on March 28, 2017)

Lyceum: The Play That Goes Wrong (Performances begin on March 9, 2017)

Lyric: Paramour (Closes April 25, 2017)

Majestic: The Phantom of the Opera

Marriott Marquis: On Your Feet

Minskoff: The Lion King

Music BoxDear Evan Hansen

Nederlander: War Paint (Performances begin on March 7, 2017)

Neil Simon: Cats

New Amsterdam: Aladdin

Eugene O'Neill: The Book of Mormon

Palace: Sunset Boulevard (Performances begin on February 2, 2017)

Richard Rodgers: Hamilton

Samuel J. Friedman: Jitney

Schoenfeld: Come From Away (Performances begin on February 18, 2017)

Shubert: Hello Dolly (Performances begin on March 13, 2017)

Stephen Sondheim: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

St. James: Present Laughter (Performances begin on March 10, 2017)

Studio 54: Sweat (Performances begin on March 4, 2017)

Vivian Beaumont: Oslo (Performances begin on March 23, 2017)

Walter Kerr: Amelie (Performances begin on April 3, 2017)

Winter Garden: School of Rock

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Get Your Tickets To See Miss Saigon With Applause Theatre Service

Miss SaigonThat's right theatre fans. In less than two months Miss Saigon will be back on the Great White Way. Not only that, but it is returning to it's original home, the Broadway Theatre. Previews for the highly anticipated revival are set to begin on March 1, with opening night set for March 23.

The show, which premiered in the West End in November 2015, is scheduled to play thru January 14, 2018. Now I've been in this business for a long time. So unless there is a star in the show, there is always a chance that a limited run, turns into an open-ended one. Here's hoping the show sticks around for a while. I know I would happy about it.

Now for those of you who want tickets to see the show, you have come to the right place. We sell it. In fact we sell every new play and musical opening on Broadway this year. Get your tickets to see Miss Saigon on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre. It is one show you will never forget. Until next time theatre fans.

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Get Tickets To See Glenn Close In Sunset Boulevard For Less With Applause Theatre Service

Sunset BoulevardThat's right theatre fans. One of this season's most highly anticipated shows is now available at some incredible savings. Sunset Boulevard, which is set to begin previews at the historic Palace Theatre on February 2, stars Tony Winner Glenn Close as fading movie star Norma Desmond.

Ms. Close, who won a Tony Award in 1995 for her captivating performance, reprises her role once again in the award winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. In fact come February, Mr. Webber will have a total of four shows running on the Great White Way.

What is this the 1980's? Just kidding. Besides you came here to find out how you can get tickets to see Sunset Boulevard at prices that can't be beat. Be advised that while this "Special Offer" is good thru March 9, it is for select seats, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see Glenn Close on Broadway in Sunset Boulevard. Until next time theatre fans.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What To See In 2017: Part One

Sunday in the Park with GeorgeHard to believe that 2016 is over huh?  It seems like only yesterday that I was celebrating the end of 2015, and here we are in 2017. Time sure does fly doesn't it? Especially in the big bad city. So now, as we embark on a new year, I figured it was time to showcase all the brand new shows set to open on the Great White Way in the coming months. And away we go!

August Wilson's Jitney
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Opens: January 19

What's that? A new August Wilson play on Broadway? Now technically it's not new, as the show premiered in 1982. However this is the first time that the show has ever been on Broadway. The play, which is being directed by Tony Award winner, and August Wilson alum Ruben Santiago-Hudson, is set to open at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 19. Now I am a huge August Wilson fan. I have been ever since I saw Two Trains Running on Broadway back in 1992. That production started Lawrence Fishburne, who won a Tony Award for his performance. Are you seeing a pattern here theatre fans? August Wilson + Broadway = Tony Awards. I hope I didn't just jinx it. I guess we will soon find out.

Sunday In The Park With George
Hudson Theatre
First Preview: February 11
Opens: February 23
Closes: April 23

One of the most unexpected evenings I ever spent in the theatre was during the 2008 Broadway revival of this show. So there I sat in the Rear Orchestra getting ready for the show to begin. Cut to two and half hours later and I knew that I was just witness to one of the greatest productions I have ever seen. Now we are some nine years later and the show is poised to take Broadway by storm once again. This new production is starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford. Excited yet theatre fans?

The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
First Preview: February 14
Opens: March 23

One of the theatre's most celebrated plays, is headed back to the Great White Way in a brand new production, directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold (Fun Home, Othello). Oh and did I mention that it also stars two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field as Amanda Wingfield. That alone is worth the price of admission theatre fans. Expect The Glass Menagerie  to be a big contender at this year's Tony Award.

Significant Other
First Preview: February 14
Opens: March 2

A new American play by an up and coming playwright on Broadway? Count me in theatre fans. Writer Joshua Harmon, who's critically acclaimed production of Bad Jews opened Off-Broadway in 2012, will make his Broadway debut with Significant Other. Here's hoping it will be just as successful on the big stage. Fingers crossed.

The Price
First Preview: February 16
Opens: March 16

Let me just say that I can not wait to see this show. Not only am I a huge Arthur Miller fan, but I am super excited to see this production finally getting it's due on Broadway after all these years. Yes I know that it's only been seventeen years since the last revival. But who's counting? After all, Gypsy and La Cage Aux Folles have had multiple revivals in the last two decades. How about a little love for one of America's greatest playwright's am I right?

Come From AwayCome From Away
First Preview: February 18
Opens: March 12

For those of my fellow New Yorkers who were here on 9/11, you know that it is a day that we will never forget. It was a day that not only changed our lives, but the lives of a nation. It's hard to believe that this year will mark the sixteenth year since that terrible tragedy. Since that time, there have been countless films and television shows recounting that horrible day. Now here we are in 2017, and we are about to experience it once again. This time in musical form. Now when the show was first announced I wasn't sure what to think about it. To be honest I still don't. But I'm willing to give it a chance.

So there you have it theatre fans. Quite the upcoming season don't you think? Stay tuned for Part Two on the 2016-2017 Broadway. Until next time theatre fans.

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Emmy Winner Wayne Brady To Join Chicago Company Of Hamilton

HamiltonAnd here I thought that Hamilton couldn't get any better. It was just announced, that television star Wayne Brady will star as Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of Hamilton. Mr. Brady, who was last seen on Broadway in the role of Lola in the Tony Award production of Kinky Boots, is set to join the production on January 17, and play thru April 9.

Now for those of you who would like tickets to see the "Let's Make A Deal' host you are in luck. We sell it. Let me guess. I bet you thought we only sold tickets to the Broadway production didn't you? Well we don't. We offer tickets to every city around the world. Who knew? Get your tickets to see Hamilton in Chicago at the PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago. Until next time theatre fans.

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Broadway Revival Of The Front Page Recoups It's Investment

The Front PageThat's right theatre fans. One of this season's most celebrated show's is in the black. The Front Page, which opened to rave reviews from critic's and audiences alike, recouped their entire investment during the final week of 2016. The show which was capitalized at $4.875 million dollars, is scheduled to close on January 29. Just think how much more money they would make if they stayed open a little longer.

Oh well. Nothing lasts forever. By the way, for those of you who want tickets to see the show there is still time. Not only that, but it is now possible to see this classic play at prices that can't be beat. Be advised that while this "Special Offer" is good thru January 29, it is for select seats, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see the Front Page on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Monday, January 09, 2017

Broadway Grosses Week Ending January 8

That's right theatre fans. It's Monday afternoon. That means it's time for this week's Broadway grosses. As expected, a lot of shows saw a dip in sales last week. No surprise there as that always happens the week after New Years. But it wasn't all bad as fourteen different shows were part of Broadway's exclusive million dollar club. Here is a list of those shows.

Dear Even Hansen

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

The Front Page

Aladdin

Cats

Jersey Boys

Cirque Du Soleil Paramour

School of Rock

The Book of Mormon

The Color Purple

The Phantom of the Opera

Wicked

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The Present Reviews

The PresentThat's right theatre fans. The reviews are in for The Present. The show, which features two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett in her Broadway debut, opened last night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway.

Adapted from Anton Checkov's Platonov, The Present is scheduled to run thru March 19. So what did the critic's have to say? Let's find out.

AM New York

Daily Beast

DC Theatre Scene

EW.com

Hollywood Reporter

Huffington Post

NBC New York

New York Daily News

New York Times

The Telegraph

Time Out

Variety


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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Pop Singer Sheena Easton To Star In West End Revival Of 42nd Street

42nd Street TicketsExciting news theatre fans. One of music's best selling artists is headed back to the stage for the first time in over two decades. Sheena Easton, who has sold over twenty million records worldwide, will  make her West End debut in the role of fading musical theatre star Dorothy Brock in the London revival of 42nd Street.

Previews for the show are scheduled to begin at the Drury Lane Theatre on March 20, and will play thru July 22. Not only that but tickets for the show are now on sale. Oh and did I mention that we are selling them? Well we are. In fact we sell tickets to every show in London. Who knew? Get your tickets to see Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton in 42nd Street. Until next time theatre fans.

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New Jimmy Buffet Musical Headed To Broadway

Jimmy Buffett 1.jpgCalling all Parrot Head's. Now for those of you who don't get that reference, Parrot Head is the nickname commonly used for fans of the one and only Jimmy Buffet. Escape To Margaritaville, which features music from the "Cheeseburger In Paradise" singer, is making it's world premier at the La Jolla Playhouse in May 2017, followed by stops in New Orleans, Houston, and Chicago during it's pre-Broadway tour.

Here's hoping it's a hit. So what exactly is the show about? Well I'll tell you. Here's a brief synopsis about the show from a production source to give you a little more info. "Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean's warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful.

Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. This new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he's got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything."

Sounds like a great show to me. As of now no casting or on sale ticket date has been announced. However you can guarantee that when it does, we will be selling it. Stay tuned to this blog for more info in the coming months. Until next time theatre fans.

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