Monday, March 31, 2008

"Cry Baby" is fun, fun, fluffy fun!

I caught the new musical "Cry-Baby", last week at the Marquis Theatre. It's based on the John Waters film that starred Johnny Depp and Ricki Lake. That's the same John Waters who brought you the mega hit "Hairspray", which is still running on Broadway and continues to sell out nightly.

This show comes to us from the same producers of Hairspray hoping lightning will strike again! And I believe a storm is a brewing!! It certainly has the same high energy performances we saw in Hairspray. It's probably some of the best dancing currently on Broadway.

What a talented cast, led by a lot of newcomers and the always funny and delightful Harriet Harris (Tony Award winner as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie) (Emmy nominated for Desperate Housewives) and Chester Gregory II (Hairspray, Tarzan) and was just cast as Donkey in the new Shrek muscial. I laughed along with the entire audience throughout this show. Run and catch it now while it's at a great insider deal price. Call an Applause Theatre Service Sales Expert now to book at 800-451-9930. You are sure to have a great time, I did!!

It's Unanimous! Nothing but Raves for "Gypsy" and its star Patti Lupone!

I cannot remember a show that has opened to such amazing reviews across the board. "Gypsy", received raves from all the major New York theatre critics including the NY Times (who just gushed over the show and Patti), NY Daily News, NY Post, TimeOut, The New Yorker and Variety.

Gypsy is absolutely my favorite musical of all time and this production does not let you down by any means but I had my problems with the show and wouldn't say it's the best Gypsy that I've seen. Tyne Daly's performance was the best one that I was lucky enough to catch. But now with these amazing write ups, tickets are selling like crazy and don't miss this chance to see this classic musical. Because who knows after 3 revivals of this show in the last 15 years and no other Mermanesque female performer out there at the moment, we may not see it again for quite sometime.

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Planning a trip to London in the near future? Why not see a show? London is home to some of the most exciting new shows not to mention thrilling productions of the theatre's most classic plays. What's your pleasure? How about a musical version of Gone With The Wind? Or maybe We Will Rock You, featuring the music of Queen. But what if musicals aren't your cup of tea? Well luckily for you London is home to some of the finest plays ever written for the english language. I mean nobody writes a play like William Shakespeare. Am I right? With all these choices how can you possibly go wrong? Give us a call and let Applause Theatre Service give you a theatrical experience that you will never forget. What do you have to lose?

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Tony Award Winner Curtains Set To Close On June 29

Curtains, the musical comedy whodunit from composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, and writers Peter Stone and Rupert Holmes, will play its final performance on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on June 29 at 3 PM.

The musical Curtains stars 2007 Tony Award winner and four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi and Tony and Emmy Award winner Debra Monk as producer Carmen Bernstein. According to the shows press release Curtains "unfolds backstage at Boston's Colonial Theatre in 1959, where a new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady. When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (David Hyde Pierce) arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn toward making the show a hit, as he is in solving the murder."

I myself loved this charming show within a show musical, not to mention that this is the last collaboration between the Tony Award songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb. Get your Curtains tickets now. You've only got until June 29th.

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Get Tickets to The Country Girl On Broadway

Set to begin previews on April 3rd is Clifford Odets' The Country Girl. Starring Oscar Winners Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand, with direction by Tony and Oscar winner Mike Nichols, The Country Girl is one of the most anticipated shows of the season. Playwright Clifford Odets' scored a big hit two years ago with Awake and Sing which won the Tony Award for Best Revival.

The Country Girl features the title character, Georgie, who is married to actor Frank Elgin, once a great theater star and now down on his luck. When Frank is offered a major role by hotshot director Bernie Dodd, he has the chance to make a major comeback. Being a huge Morgan Freeman fan, I personally can not wait to see it. Opening night for The Country Girl is April 27th. Get your tickets now to what is sure to be one of this season's biggest hits!

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Get Tickets To See South Pacific, sure to be a Tony Award Winning Musical in 2008

I had the great pleasure of seeing the first revival of the fantastic Rodgers and Hammerstein II classic "South Pacific" last night in The Lincoln Center Theatre production at The Vivian Beaumont Theater. And what a superb show it is, even after the 58 years since its debut on Broadway. The original show played at New York's Majestic Theater then moved to the Broadway Theater and ran for 5 years and 1925 performances.

South Pacific is a musical based on two short stories found in a book called Tales of the South Pacific, written by the extremely talented novelist James A. Michener. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for "fiction" in 1948 and the original musical won the Pulitzer Prize for "drama" in 1950. The action takes place on a South Pacific Island during World War II.

In the original Broadway staging of South Pacific, the show explored the difficult issues of racial prejudice in a very candid fashion for that time. Many long time Broadway theater-goers have said that this show is often considered to be "one of the greatest musicals ever".

Even though I, myself was born in 1956, I knew most of the songs in last night's musical. Some of the classics that you might be familiar with are "A Wonderful Guy", "Bali Ha'i", "Nothing Like a Dame", "Some Enchanted Evening", "Younger Than Springtime" and what seemed like close to 30 songs in all. The original show was nominated for 9 Tony Awards and "won them all", something that I don't think was ever done again for excellence in the theatre.

This version of South Pacific at The Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center holds up very nicely to the expectations I have often read about. The show stars Kelli O'Hara, most often remembered for her leading roles in A Light in the Piazza and The Pajama Game. Kelli portrays a Navy nurse, Ensign Nellie Forbush, a young girl from Little Rock, Arkansas now serving in the Navy, somewhere in the South Pacific.

Kelli's love interest is Emile de Becque, played by Paulo Szot. Mr. Szot is an internationally accomplished baritone having been seen in several New York City Opera productions including Le Nozze de Figaro, L'Elisir d'Amore and Carmen. Emile is a local plantation owner and he falls "head over heals" for Nellie.

Mary. Lt. Joe Cable, played very capably by Matthew Morrison, an American Navy officer falls for a local girl named Liat, the daughter of a local middle-aged Polynesian woman called BloodyBloody Mary "keeps the American G.I.s busy selling them grass skirts and other trinkets" that they can send back home to their girlfriends. The Americans are sorely missing home, not to mention a little "recreation", not having seen their loved ones for so long.

On stage we get to see dozens of locals from the island and many Navy personnel as well. I must make mention of the wonderful Scenic Design by Michael Yeargan ("it's worth the price of admission") just to see the fantastic way in which he re-creates his vision for what the surroundings were at the time. In addition, Catherine Zuber does a great job with Costume Design with special mentions for Lighting Design and Sound Design by Donald Holder and Scott Lehrer. Bartlett Sher is the director of this first time revival of South Pacific and he does a superb job at giving us "just the right feel" for what was taking place at the time over 50 years ago.

I've been in the Broadway industry my entire career, having seen several hundred Broadway productions. This beautiful production of South Pacific is coming to Broadway at "just the right time". Many new shows have opened over the past several months, mostly to mixed reviews. I often don't share the views of New York critics and my guess is that they'll have their own interpretation of what takes place on stage when the show opens to reviews on April 3, 2008. For my opinion, although I tend to enjoy most Broadway shows that I get the opportunity to see, I really feel that this revival of South Pacific very capably captures the story about 2 different personal relationships that deal with people of different racial backgrounds as well as the general feeling for what our military people go through emotionally, as well as how "local people" are affected by their presence on native island.

When you are ready to get tickets for an amazing Broadway show, treat yourself to tickets for South Pacific. I'm so glad I got a chance to see Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot in this show and am certain you'll be glad you got the chance as well.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Broadway Insider's Need To Know The Latest Ticket Deals for April and May of 2008

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Rent Extends Thru September 7

Rent has been extended through September 7th! This is by far the best news I've heard all day. Back in January when they first announced that Rent was closing I knew they would extend. And why not? Even after 12 years, Rent still has a pretty loyal following. Myself included. Now I will admit nothing will ever replace seeing Rent with the original cast. But it's not about that. What brings audiences to the show year after year is the message. It's about acceptance and believing in yourself no matter what others may think about you. It's about acheiving your hopes and dreams in the face of adversity. I can honestly say that it changed my life the first time I saw it. It will change yours as well. See Rent now before it is too late.

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Get Tickets This Spring To 39 Steps Thru Applause Ticket Service

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, the critically acclaimed 2007 Olivier Award-winner for Best New Comedy, will transfer to Broadway’s Cort Theatre, following its smash hit sold out limited engagement at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre. This tongue-in-cheek thriller features four actors playing over 150 roles. If the reviews are any indication this looks to be a strong contender in this year’s Tony race for best play. And guess what? We sell tickets to the show. So give us a call and see what Applause Theatre Service can do for you.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Day In The Life Of A Ticket Broker At Applause Theatre Service

Having been in the ticket selling business for over a decade now I can honestly say I have seen it all. I've seen shows that got amazing reviews and yet struggled to find an audience. I've also seen shows that while maybe not my cup of tea run for years and years.

So what is your favorite show? Rent has been my favorite ever since it opened twelve years ago. However after seeing In The Heights for the second time last week, I think Rent might have some competition. Now don't get me wrong. I love Rent. And nothing will ever change that. But it's nice to see something new and original again on Broadway instead of cartoon and movies turned into musicals. Yes I know they have a place just like revivals do. But that's the good thing about Broadway. There is something for everybody. So see a Broadway show. It is an experience you will never forget.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Get Tickets To The Hottest Sporting Events Thru Applause Theatre Service

Having worked for Applause for almost four years now I would have to say about 80-85% of our calls and or sales are for Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre. But how about those of you who don't want to see a show? Who do they call if they want tickets to a Yankees or a Mets game? Or how about tickets to the Knicks or the Rangers? Not only do we sell those hard to get events in New York but events all around the country. Call Applause and see what we can do for you. Any wrestling fans out there like me that want to see WrestleMania 24? Why not give Applause a chance? You won't be disappointed. Until next time sports fans.

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Get Tickets To Avenue Q Thru Applause Theatre Service

Avenue Q has been called “Sesame Street meets South Park.” Entertainment Weekly called it “One of the funniest shows you’re likely to ever see.” And USA Today, Time Out New York, Newsday, and NY1, just to name a few, called it the best show of 2003.

Having seen Avenue Q I can personally attest to how funny this show really is. And if you have seen it I say go again. It is even better the second time around. I should know. Since Avenue Q opened over four years ago, I must have seen it at least 7 or 8 times. It is that funny. Get your tickets to Avenue Q now.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Get tickets now with Applause Theatre Service for the Incredible production of "South Pacific"









Lincoln Center Theater presents the first Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific", which is currently in previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

I saw South Pacific this past Saturday's matinee performance. The owner of Applause Theatre Service was supposed to attend with his wife but had some other matter to attend to and I couldn't turn this opportunity down to see this classic musical. I have been looking forward to seeing South Pacific since I first heard it was finally returning to Broadway and I certainly was not disappointed.

I get a lot of ribbing from my coworkers who make fun of me because I told them of the time I first saw South Pacific with my cousin Johnny at his High School Production and was just blown away by the show, its music and his performance. He played the lead Emile (his performance helped in my interest and pursuit of being an actor!). The show and almost every song gave me the goosebumps and I teared up many times throughout the play (that is why they make fun of me!).

The music moves me even more now and the tears are still there! What classic numbers, each and every one of them. From Some Enchanted Evening, Younger Than Springtime, Bloody Mary, Bali Hai, This Nearly Was Mine, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair and on and on. South Pacific is one of the most stunning sets and Broadway productions that I (and my manager Todd who attended with me), have ever seen. A postcard of the South Pacific! Every performer was wonderful with two standouts for me, Paulo Szot (as Emile de Becque) and Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary (Both Tony nominees in my book). She's a bit creepy but played wonderfully! He is sheer perfection, What a Voice!! Gypsy, has always been my favorite show but now after finally seeing this production of South Pacific, I think I may have to change my choice of shows. Don't get me wrong, this Gypsy with Patti LuPone is great and not to be missed, but if I had to choose Best Revival of a Musical at this years Tony Awards, South Pacific would win hands down.

This is sure to be a huge hit and tickets will be scarce because the critics are going to eat this production up. So order South Pacific tickets now by calling an Applause Expert, 800-451-9930 and get your seats to what is sure to be this seasons most difficult ticket. The theatre is great because it is not a very large house and the seats surround the stage so there is not a bad seat, grab anything you can to see Some Enchanted Evening!!

Bartlett Sher directs and Christopher Gattelli choreographs the new production starring Kelli O'Hara (as Nellie Forbush) and Paulo Szot (as Emile de Becque). Matthew Morrison, Danny Burstein, Li Jun Li and Loretta Ables Sayre also appear in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan.

"Set on a tropical island during World War II," according to LCT, "the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples — US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush & French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Navy Airman Joe Cable & a young local native girl Liat — and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of the war and by their own prejudices."
Above is a glimpse at the production!

Get Tickets To Gypsy Thru Applause Theatre Service

Having never seen a production of Gypsy I walked in with no expectations. From the moment the overture started I was in heaven. I have always been a big fan of Boyd Gaines stage work and I loved him as Herbie. Except for The Wedding Singer, I've never seen Laura Benanti in anything. I thought she was perfect. Now to the star of the show. The diva of all divas. Mama Rose herself Miss Patti Lupone. In all my years of seeing shows, I have never seen anyone command the stage like she did. What a powerhouse. Even if you have seen the show Gypsy before, I strongly suggest that you see this production. You will not be disappointed.

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Run Don't Walk To See In The Heights

Haven't seen In the Heights yet? Well what are you waiting for people? I saw In the Heights this past Saturday and I enjoyed it even more the second time. What an amazing show. From the very first moment, I was drawn into the exiting world that is Washington Heights. From the music, to the dancing, to the performances, In the Heights is one show that you do not want to miss. Get your tickets to In the Heights now. Maybe I'll see you there.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

John Lithgow Returns To NYC Stage This Spring

Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow returns to stage this spring in a brand new show directed by his Dirty Rotten Scoundrel's director Jack O'Brien. This one man show called John Lithgow: Stories By Heart begins performances at the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre on April 20 and plays Sunday and Monday evenings thru June 2.

According to press notes Stories By Heart,"is a touching and funny meditation on the art and essence of storytelling. Invoking memories of his grandmother and father before him, Lithgow traces his own history as an actor and storyteller, a history spanning three generations, culminating in a tour-de-force performance of the P.G. Wodehouse story 'Uncle Fred Flits By,' in which the actor performs a bravura, forty-minute comic monologue, spouting Wodehouse's dazzling language – portraying nine distinct, outrageous characters with zany abandon."

This limited engagement should be a hot ticket so don't delay. Want tickets to any other show On or Off Broadway? Call Applause Theatre Service now. The best seats at the best prices. That's Applause.

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Billy Elliot The Musical Announces Official Opening Date

As previously announced, Billy Elliot The Musical will play its first Broadway preview Sept. 17 at the Imperial Theatre with an official opening set for October 16.

Based on the award winning 2000 film of the same name Billy Elliot The Musical has won the hearts of audiences around the world. Following an acclaimed sold out run in London, Billy Elliot The Musical makes it's Broadway debut this fall. Set against the backdrop of the 1984 miners' strike, Billy Elliot tells the story of one boy's dream to become a ballet dancer and his triumph over adversity. Winner of the 2006 Olivier Award for Best Musical, and featuring music by Tony and Grammy Award winning singer song-writer Elton John, Billy Elliot is poised to be one of the big hits of the 2008-2009 Broadway season.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Get Amazing Seats Now for the New production of GYPSY on Broadway

I have had the great pleasure of seeing a revival of GYPSY at the St. James Theatre last night in New York City. And what a great night it was.

Gypsy tells the story of an over-bearing "stage mother" and her relentless, and almost abusive way in which she pushes her 2 daughters in the vaudeville business. Their "act" is bad to say the least. When she "pushes away" her younger daughter "June",after years and years of trying to make her a "star", Mama Rose then makes it her mission to do the same with her younger daughter Louise.

Somewhere down the road, after years of chasing success and getting nowhere with their act, Herbie (Mama Rose's prospective 4th husband and the girls manager, mistakenly books the act into an old run-down burlesque house. Down to their last dollar, Louise is pushed into becoming "top of the bill" one night and we get to see in person the act that would become known as "Gypsy Rose Lee".

Although I have been fortunate enough to have seen 23 Broadway musicals and plays over the past year, I can honestly say that this new, very lively and entertaining production "aims to please" from beginning to end. This GYPSY has an amazing cast that includes Boyd Gaines, who plays Herbie. Mr. Gaines has won 3 Tony Awards for Contact, The Heidi Chronicles and She Loves Me. He is an outstanding actor and adds just the right amount of seriousness to this production.

In addition, we get to see another great performance by Laura Benanti, who plays Louise. Ms. Benanti adds a wonderful blend of comedy, singing and acting to her role as Mama Rose's "no talent" younger daughter. She has been nominated for 2 Tony Awards and has most recently been on Broadway appearing in The Wedding Singer.

Mamma Rose is played by one of Broadway's most favorite leading "divas", Patti LuPone. Ms. LuPone has been well known for her starring stage roles in Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables , Evita, Oliver, Anything Goes, Master Class, Sweeney Todd, Company and several others. She won Tony Awards in Evita and Anything Goes. Her acting is superb and she is well known for her Ethel Merman like "belting out the high notes" quality in her songs. It was a real treat to see her last night.

My co-workers know that I usually like most of the theatre that I go to see. They are right for sure but it is not every day that one gets an opportunity to see a "solid" revival of a classic musical, especially with great acting and fantastic vocal talent as well.

Do yourself a favor. Get yourself a ticket to see GYPSY as soon as possible. Right now the friendly team at Applause Theatre Service in New York City has access to some "insider prices" for this production of Gypsy. The show officially opens to critic's reviews on March 27, 2008 and my guess is that it could very well become one of Broadway's hottest tickets. I really hope it does, the cast deserves the acknowledgement for a job very well done.

Bravo! to Gypsy on Broadway, still holding up to the test of time in 2008.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Great Applause Theatre Service Insider Deal for Boys Night at 'Xanadu' Every Wednesday, Beginning March 12

Due to popular demand, Xanadu, has decided to make every Wednesday night (starting March 12) "Boys Night at Xanadu!"

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This is the perfect opportunity for you to see Xanadu, the roller-skating, disco-dancing, glow-stick-waving smash-hit musical! Taking audiences back to 1980 California, this hilarious new musical follows the beautiful Kira, who travels to earth to inspire a struggling young artist named Sonny. A vision in leg warmers and wind- swept hair, she helps this hunky painter find his voice, discover true love and build the world's first roller disco (not necessarily in that order).

The shows legendary score includes such hits as "Xanadu," "All Over the World,", "Evil Woman," "Strange Magic" and "Have You Never Been Mellow?"

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Get your tickets now with Applause Theatre Service to see Mario Lopez who will be "A Chorus Line's" next Zach

Producer John Breglio announced March 4 that Mario Lopez, known for TV's "Saved by the Bell," "Extra TV" and "Dancing with the Stars," will make his Broadway debut by joining the cast of "A Chorus Line", beginning April 15th and you can get your tickets right here with Applause Theatre Service.

Lopez will play the shows mostly-unseen god-like director (heard on mic for most of the show) through Sept. 7 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Zach is "the demanding director who is casting the chorus roles for a new Broadway musical," according to producers.
(Die hard Lopez fans take note: Lopez will be on hiatus from A Chorus Line May 11-June 3.)

"Mario is an enormously talented actor and dancer and we are thrilled to have him make his Broadway debut in A Chorus Line," stated producer Breglio. "His talents and charm will transfer beautifully to the Broadway stage."

"Every actor dreams about appearing on a Broadway stage," Lopez stated. "I have as well, and have been searching for the right time and opportunity. A Chorus Line is a legendary musical and I am so honored to have been chosen to join the amazing cast and be a part of the Broadway family."

This is one of the all time Broadway classics and if you haven't caught this great production yet, now you have even more reason to catch one of my favorite shows ever!

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Applause Theatre Service has your Broadway Shows that play on Mondays!

Most shows on Broadway perform Tuesdays-Sundays with very few playing on Mondays. The following list below are shows that are currently performing on Mondays and some may switch schedules after their official opening nights, back to a Tuesday-Sunday schedule.

Always performs on Monday nights at 8pm (Unless special Holiday schedule changes);

Doing a Monday show throughout previews and will switch to Tuesday-Sundays after Opening;
Gypsy, Tuesday-Sunday schedule starts 3/31
Cry-Baby, Tues (7pm)-Sunday starts 4/29
A Catered Affair, Tues-Sunday starts 4/5

As one of the sales experts here at Applause Theatre Service, I like to keep our customers up to speed on the latest schedules and Broadway updates (Gossip!). Call anyone of the sales experts to order tickets or have us answer any questions about all the other Broadway show schedules. You may want to mention the Applause Insider Deal, to your expert, to see if the show your looking for is available at a great savings!

Call us at 1-800-451-9930 or 212-307-7050, or visit us online and chat live with an expert.

A Day In The Life Of A Ticket Broker At Applause Theatre Service

Having been in the ticket business for almost ten years now I have seen and done it all. I first started out as a Ticket Rep with the Roundabout Theatre Company before eventually moving to Studio 54 to work in the box office as assistant manager. By moving from the phone room to the box office my relationship with the general public obviously changed dramatically. Instead of dealing with their questions and complaints over the phone I would now be forced to handle any problems or issues face to face. Now to me I don't care if it's face to face or over the phone when it comes to selling tickets. We are here to provide a service to the theatre going public. A service I think that we here at Applause Theatre and Entertainment do very well. Working in the box office I was pretty much limited to selling one show. Now don't get me wrong. Cabaret was a great show. But after 4 years it was time for a change. Thankfully I got a job here. Now I get to not only sell every show but I get to write about them through our website. Until by boss Rich Gladstone, AKA The Ticket Man told me about it I really didn't know that much about blogging. Now I do. It is hand's down the best way to get your message out there. So if you have a free moment and want to read up on the latest theatre news or want the best deal on tickets check out our website. And if you have any questions give us a call or send us a message on our new Live Chat Service.

Want tickets to any other show On or Off Broadway? Call Applause Theatre Service now. The best seats at the best prices. That's Applause.

1-800-451-9930 or 212-307-7050, or visit us on the web at http://www.applause-tickets.com/.

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Get Tickets To Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Thru Applause Theatre Service


Starring Tony Award Winners James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, and Academy Award nominee and Broadway newcomer Terrence Howard is Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof tells the story of a ambitious Southern family who are gathered at the birthday celebration for family patriarch Big Daddy, who unknown to him is dying of cancer. In order to secure their own share of the estate his two sons decide to hide his diagnosis from him and Big Mama. Also taking centerstage is the marriage between Brick and his sexually frustrated wife Maggie "The Cat". As their troubled realationship comes to a climax, deep secrets are finally revealed. Ever since this show was announced several months ago the phone has been ringing off the hook with people eager to get their hands on tickets for this limited engagement. Originally scheduled to run thru April 13, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has just announced an extension now thru June 15. Please note that Terrence Howard will not be in the show from April 15-May 4. So what are you waiting for people? Get your tickets now to what I think is going to be one of the highlights of the season.

Want tickets to any other show On or Off Broadway? Call Applause Theatre Service now. The best seats at the best prices. That's Applause.

1-800-451-9930 or 212-307-7050, or visit us on the web at http://www.applause-tickets.com/.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Save This Spring Thru Applause Theatre Service


I can't believe it's already March. Winter is almost over and Spring is just around the corner. And you know what that means theatre lovers? It's time to Save! Save! Save! Now is the best time to see some of your favorite shows at an incredible savings. Below is just a sampling of the shows the we sell.

Avenue Q
Chicago
Chorus Line, A
Curtains
Grease
Gypsy
Hairspray
Legally Blonde
Mamma Mia!
Rent
Spring Awakening
Xanadu


So many choices. And don't forget we also sell Off-Broadway as well. So give us a call. What do have to lose?

Want tickets to any other show On or Off Broadway? Call Applause Theatre Service now. The best seats at the best prices. That's Applause.

1-800-451-9930 or 212-307-7050, or visit us on the web at http://www.applause-tickets.com/.

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Applause Theatre Service Broadway Update; Openings and Closings

Well we are nearing the end of this Broadway Season and we will see where the cream of the crop rises and where it falls and in some cases have already sunk! This is just an update of the shows that have just closed or are closing(and you should hurry and see these gems) and the shows that are opening or have just opened.
Openings;


Gypsy MAR 3 http://www.applause-tickets.com/gypsy.asp
Cry-Baby MAR 15 http://www.applause-tickets.com/cry-baby.asp
Jackie Mason:The Ultimate Jew MAR 18 Call Applause Theatre Service, http://www.applause-tickets.com/ for ticket info 212-307-7050
A Catered Affair MAR 25 http://www.applause-tickets.com/catered-affair.aspaffair.aspaffair.aspaffair.asp
The Country Girl APR 3 http://www.applause-tickets.com/country-girl.asp

Macbeth APR 9 Call to order tickets 212-307-7050
Les Liaison Dangereuses APR 11 http://www.applause-tickets.com/les-liaisons-dangereuses.asp
Thurgood APR 12 http://www.applause-tickets.com/thurgood.asp
Top Girls APR 15 http://www.applause-tickets.com/top-girls.asp
Boeing-Boeing APR 19 http://www.applause-tickets.com/boeing-boeing.asp

Closings;
Just Closed;
A Bronx Tale, The Farnsworth Invention

Final Chance to see the following shows(Don't Miss Them!!!) ;

Is He Dead? MAR 9 http://www.applause-tickets.com/is-he-dead.asp
Rock 'n' Roll MAR 9 http://www.applause-tickets.com/rock-n-roll.asp
Come Back, Little Sheba MAR 16 http://www.applause-tickets.com/come-back-little-sheba.asp
The 39 Steps MAR 29 http://www.applause-tickets.com/39-steps.asp
The Seafarer MAR 30 http://www.applause-tickets.com/seafarer.asp
The Homecoming April 13 http://www.applause-tickets.com/homecoming.asp

It is now rumored that The 39 Steps may move to another Broadway house by popular demand. It is currently playing to sold out houses each night and is only leaving because there is another show scheduled for the American Airlines Theatre.
Also on the good news front, the critically acclaimed play "August: Osage County" http://www.applause-tickets.com/august-osage-county.asp scheduled as a strictly limited run will not be so limited soon. It is moving from its current house at the Imperial theatre, April 22, right next door to the more intimate Music Box Theatre starting on April 29. The only reason it is leaving the Imperial is that the new Elton John musical "Billy Elliot the Musical", http://www.applause-tickets.com/billy-elliot.asp has that house reserved for a September opening and they need to start rebuilding the theater for this show.

So get your tickets now for the new shows before they disappear and go see the shows closing before it's too late! Mention the Applause Insider Deal, http://www.applause-tickets.com/insider-deals.asp to receive some big savings on all of the shows mentioned in this blog. Just mention the insider deal to our expert sales staff and we'll find you the best seats at a great price. Call us at 800-451-9930 or 212-307-7050.

Let Applause Theatre Service Get You Tickets To Wicked Broadway's #1 Show


Since 2003 Wicked has been delighting audiences and breaking box office records worldwide. And why not? It is one of the most exciting and thrilling shows that Broadway has seen in years. I first saw the show when it opened four years ago and I absolutely loved it. And you will too. And better yet Applause Theater Service has tickets anytime you want to go. Want to see Wicked on a Saturday night? Give us a call. How about Thanksgiving or Christmas week? No problem. We have tickets to all performances. Now what if you want to see Wicked but you don't want to come to New York? Good news. Not only do we sell Wicked on Broadway but we sell it for London and every city in between. How can you beat that? Call now and see what Applause Theatre Service can do for you.

Want tickets to any other show On or Off Broadway? Call Applause Theatre Service now. The best seats at the best prices. That's Applause.

1-800-451-9930 or 212-307-7050, or visit us on the web at http://www.applause-tickets.com/.

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Let Applause Theatre Service Get You Tickets For Hairspray


Now in it's 6th year on Broadway Hairspray is still going strong. What? You haven't seen it yet? What are you waiting for people? This show is great. I dare you to walk out of the Neil Simon Theatre without a smile on your face. It is that good. Oh sure you can run to your local Blockbuster store and rent the 2007 movie with JohnTravolta. But what is the point in that? Sure it's good. But there is nothing like seeing the real thing on stage. That is the magic of live theatre. See Hairspray now. You won't be disappointed. I guarantee.

Want tickets to any other show On or Off Broadway? Call Applause Theatre Service now. The best seats at the best prices. That's Applause.

1-800-451-9930 or 212-307-7050, or visit us on the web at http://www.applause-tickets.com/.
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