Monday, August 20, 2007

Eriks Intro/Xanadu/Young Frankenstein report

Hi there. This is my first ever blog and it will be a quick one just to introduce myself. I’ve been selling tickets for 20 years now and have been with Applause for about 8 of those 20 years. I absolutely love the theatre and the industry I’m in.

What I’ll basically be doing is passing along my thoughts on the upcoming Broadway season on a daily basis and any inside information and or video/music clips that come my way.

The last show that I recently went to was the zany musical spoof of the Olivia Newton John movie “Xanadu”. It stars Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson. It was a wonderful little show that was only 90 minutes long with no intermission. Just the way I like it, short and sweet!! It has a hysterical supporting cast, most notably Mary Testa and Jackie Hoffman who literally stole the show!! It also has a wonderful turn by the Broadway and movie veteran Tony Roberts who plays the Gene Kelly role. If you’re looking for a harmless evening of pure fluff and big belly laughs, this will certainly do the trick and leave you with a smile on your face.

The other show that I’d like to mention is the upcoming new musical from the insane genius of Mel Brooks, “Young Frankenstein”. You may recall that Mel had a hit with a little show called “The Producers” that did pretty well and made mega stars of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. This current production has an amazing cast including: Roger Bart as Dr Frankenstein, Sutton Foster as Inga, Shuler Hensley as the Monster, Megan Mullally(From Will and Grace) as Elizabeth-The Madeline Khan Role and Andrea Martin as Frau Blucher-originally played by Cloris Leachman in the movie version.

I won’t say too much, but I have my fingers crossed that this show will be the Big Monster hit of the season!! I’m hearing mostly positive raves from the Seattle performances where it is currently playing out of town before beginning previews here in NY on October 11th at the Hilton Theatre.

Now for the Tip Of The Day: We Have Tickets on sale here at Applause!! And I personally would not wait until it is too late. The show is already selling extremely well and is sure to be the hot ticket this year. One of the Seattle television stations has an exclusive sneak peek of the show which I will now pass on to you through the magic of YouTube!! Click here:

Next blog should have something about Disney’s newest “Splash” hit “The Little Mermaid”! Until next time theater lovers!

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