Sunday, November 30, 2008

All My Sons Comes to Broadway-Applause Theatre Service in New York City Has Amazing Seats

I love the Broadway Theatre and had the privilege of seeing Arthur Miller's second Broadway play, All My Sons, at New York City's Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. I was lucky enough to be sitting in the 4th row center at the early Tuesday night 7pm performance. And what excellent theater it was my friends.

All My Sons may have been only Mr. Miller's second Broadway play but it was his first play writing success. He won the 1947 Tony Award along with the shows director Elia Kazan in the "first ever Tony Awards ceremony honoring excellence in the Broadway theater". This great play was then made into a movie in 1948 starring Burt Lancaster and Edward G. Robinson.

The original production on Broadway ran for 328 performances with Karl Malden and Ed Begley in the lead roles.

The current production stars one of my favorite all time theater, television and film actors, John Lithgow (in the role of Joe Keller). Mr. Lithgow has played in many Broadway shows including The Changing Room and Sweet Smell of Success. He has also won four Emmy Awards (three for his role of Dick Solomon on the hit television comedy series 3rd Rock From the Sun). In addition he has received "back to back" Oscar nominations for the films The World According To Garp and Terms of Endearment. Mr. Lithgow is the proud author of many "bestselling" children's books as well.

Although another one of my favorite stage and screen actors, Diane Wiest did not perform at the performance I attended, her understudy, Lizbeth MacKay did a wonderful job in the role of Kate Keller.

The role of Chris Keller is played by Patrick Wilson, who I saw on Broadway recently in Neil Simon's comedy Barefoot in the Park. Mr. Wilson has been seen on Broadway in The Full Monty, Oklahoma! and Gershwin's Fascinating Rhythm. He has played in several Off Broadway shows and has starred in many films as well.

Rounding out the all star cast is the charming and very talented Katie Holmes. Ms. Holmes is making her Broadway debut in All My Sons. She became more than a "household name" by creating the role of Joey in the hit television series Dawson's Creek of some years back. She has since appeared in many films including Disturbing Behavior, Go, Wonder Boys, Abandon, Pieces of April, The Singing Detective, First Daughter, Thank You for Smoking,Batman Begins and Mad Money. She has magnificent stage presence and does a very capable job as the love interest of the Keller's surviving son Chris.

This production of All My Sons is a "shoe-in" to win Best Direction of a Play for the amazing work and creativity of Simon McBurney. His use of staging, sound, lighting, film and having the actors all working together "in sync" keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. He is truly a remarkable stage director indeed.

All My Sons is based on a true story about a successful businessman (Joe Keller) who knowingly manufactured and sold the government defective airplane parts during World War II. This unfortunately led to a great tragedy. A big secret is kept for years after the war. Joe and Kate have lost their younger son to war although Kate cannot give up hope that he may still be alive as his body was never found. Complicating matters is the intertwining relationship of Joe Keller's former business partner's daughter Ann, (played by Ms. Holmes). Ann returns to her hometown years later to visit Chris with hopes of marrying him. Although Kate is against Ann marrying Chris (as she always thought Ann would wait for and marry her older son), Chris tries desperately to convince him mom that he loves Ann and wants to spend his life with her. Kate simply cannot accept that her older son is gone and feels it would be wrong to allow Ann and Chris to be together.

Ann's brother then comes to town and the plot thickens as they both reveal the "secret" that tears the entire family apart, yet at the same time yearns to heal everyone at the same time.

The acting, staging, and direction are indeed a real theater lovers delight. You should consider getting a ticket or two to see this production of All My Sons, one of the all-time classic dramas of our time. And with an "all-star" cast as I had the pleasure to see.

If this sounds like a show you might want to see, you can call the friendly Broadway Ticket Experts at Applause Theatre Service in New York City. They are known to be able to secure the very best seats at the very best prices for All My Sons and all Broadway Theater of your choosing.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Shrek The Musical Comes To Broadway-Applause Theatre Service Has Amazing Seats

I was fortunate to receive an invitation from the gracious producers of Shrek The Musical, now playing on Broadway in New York City. And what a great night at the theatre it was indeed.

I have been working at Applause Theatre Service in New York City for over 21 years now in theatre ticket sales. Having seen several hundred shows, I know a thing or two about what the theater going public will like with regard to their live entertainment theatre options. Although I am not a critic, you may want to take some good advice and get yourself some reasonably priced tickets to Shrek the Musical, soon to be one of New York's biggest hit shows ever to play on Broadway. Applause sells tickets to all of Broadway but let's be honest, most people don't get to see more than a few shows in their lifetime. So why not get some tickets to a show that should be playing for many years to come.

Shrek The Musical is in previews at the Broadway Theatre in New York. Produced by Dreamworks Theatricals, which was established in 2007 by Dreamworks Animation SKG, Inc. Their goal seems to be to want to produce stage musical productions based on many of its many popular films. Similar to what Disney Theatricals has been able to accomplish on Broadway with The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, 3 currently running Broadway shows. Bill Damaschke, president of Dreamworks Theatricals, is a co-president of productions for Dreamworks Animation SKG and co-producer of Shrek The Musical along with its author William Steig. Mr. Steig was named the "king of cartoons" by Newsweek and can often be found as the long-running contributor to New Yorker Magazine, with more than 1600 drawings and 117 covers to his name. Quite an artistic feat these days for sure.

Shrek The Musical is based on Mr. Steig's fairytale of Shrek's adventures, in the classic William Steig book and" Oscar-winning" movie. Coming along for the journey from the swamp to the Broadway Theatre stage will be Steig's amazing characters. They are Princess Fiona (played by Broadway's own Sutton Foster), Shrek's sidekick "the donkey" (played by Daniel Breaker and most recently seen in Passing Strange on Broadway), Lord Farquaad (played by Christopher Sieber) who received a Tony nomination for Spamalot on Broadway, John Tantaglia playing the role of Pinnohio (who had his Broadway debut in Avenue Q on Broadway and received a Tony nomination) a few years ago. In addition he has also played the role of "Lumiere" in Disney's Beauty and The Beast. The role of Shrek, the beloved swamp-dwelling "OGRE" of all time is brilliantly played by Brian d'Arcy James, a veteran of many past Broadway productions that include The Apple Tree, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Lietenant of Inishmore, Sweet Smell of Success (for which he received Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Titanic, Carousel, Blood Brothers as well as several Off Broadway shows.

Shrek The Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a mission to find Princess Fiona so that he can return her to marry Lord Farquaad, who's only desire is to become the "King of Dulac". Along the way Shrek meets up with The Donkey, who tries to get Shrek, who being an ogre has a very odd at first meeting appearance not to mention in the least his negative outlook on life. The Donkey tries to get Shrek to look at the bright side of life, not an easy feat when you consider that Shrek was sent away to live away from his own parents to live a lonely life on his own. And with no prospects for love in his life.

Shrek and The Donkey journey to find Princess Fiona. Sutton Foster will take your breath away, just as she has many times before over the years in several starring Broadway roles. Most recently Ms. Foster was seen playing the role of Inga in Young Frankenstein, Janet Van De Graaf in The Drowsy Chaperone, Jo in Little Women, and Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie (for which she won the 2002 Tony Award). They then return to Dulac where Shrek hands over Princess Fiona to Lord Farquaad. In return he grants Shrek a "permanent deed" to return to live in his previous swamp home so he can live out his life without people to love.

What happens when Shrek returns is unexpected and uplifting at the same time. When the show begins, one feels sorry for Shrek, a most hapless and unsightly creature. Gut as the show moves along and develops all the characters, letting us inside their heads and hearts, you will begin to feel a great "kinship" to Shrek and his "crew" for sure.

Although I've worked in theatre ticket sales for Broadway for more than 31 years now, I still never know exactly what I can expect when I take my seat in the theatre. I am most pleased to tell you that Shrek The Musical will open in New York City on December 14, 2008 at the Broadway Theatre. And it will open to "excellent reviews" in my opinion. Hands down, this is one of the most creative and original pieces of Broadway Theatre I have ever had the privilege of seeing in my life.

My prediction? Shrek The Musical could easily become this Broadway season's other blockbuster hit show in town, along side of Billy Elliot, London's import that will play to capacity crowds for many years I'm sure.

If you think you might want tickets to see Shrek The Musical or any other Broadway show, you can call upon the local Broadway Ticket Experts at Applause Theatre Service. They love to talk and are waiting for your call today. They can be reached toll free at 1-800-451-9930 or at their local New York City phone line 212-307-7050.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Get Tickets To See Shrek On Broadway Thru Applause Theatre Service

Now I'll be honest I wasn't exactly excited about seeing Shrek The Musical on Broadway. The idea of a bunch of actor's dressed up as cartoon characters was not something that I usually want or care to see. Boy was I wrong. I loved Shrek. Now sure there are some kinks they need to workout before opening. But that's what previews are for anyway. Besides having some of the most beautiful and imaginative sets on Broadway, Shrek features a wonderful score and great performances from the entire cast.Shrek has made a believer out of me. That's something I never thought I would say. But I guess you can't judge a book by it's cover. See Shrek. You won't be disappointed.

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"White Christmas" the Musical Opens on Broadway and Applause Theatre Service has your Tickets!

"White Christmas" is one of my favorite musicals of all time and stars one of my favorite female performers of all time, Rosemary Clooney. I had the opportunity to meet her on a couple of occasions and she did not disappoint. Sweet and real down to earth. So easy to talk with and made me want to go home and hang with her! So motherly. Anyway this classic has opened on Broadway to some mixed reviews, but I would give it a rave! Classic Irving Berlin songs, incredible dancing and some of the most amazing sets for such a limited run. Hopefully you get a chance to see this show that is only here until January 4th, otherwise plan on it next year! Call an Applause Theatre Service sales expert and get your tickets at great prices. 800-451-9930.

Reviews of White Christmas:
[ NYT ] Just Like the Ones You Used to Know: Song, Dance and Fluffy White Endings, by Charles Isherwood
You'd have to be in a desperately, even pathologically nostalgic mood to derive much joy from the stage retread of White Christmas.
[ NYP ] Oh, It's All White, by Frank Scheck
Let it be noted for the record that I'm a sucker for Christmas. The ending of Miracle on 34th Street still makes me tear up, and don't even get me started on Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." So it's more than a little disappointing that the Broadway production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas is so lacking in genuine Yuletide spirit.
[ DN ] Irving Berlin's White Christmas shows there's no business like snow business, by Joe Dziemianowicz
After playing in other U.S. cities for the past four years, Irving Berlin's White Christmas has finally made its way to New York. As Broadway musicals go, it's a little creaky. But as a holiday entertainment, it's light and bright and boasts some great production numbers.
[ V ] Reviewed by David Rooney
There hasn't been this much tap-dancing on a Broadway stage since 42nd Street. Yet despite its relentless effervescence, Irving Berlin's White Christmas is most alive in its gentler, more melancholy moments—few as there are. Arriving in New York after multiple regional stops in the past four seasons, and aiming to establish itself as an annual holiday engagement, this somewhat mechanical show feels like a road production staffed with mostly second-tier talent. More seasonal confection than full-bodied musical theater, it coasts along on the strength of its melodious numbers and sparkling visuals, which should suffice to keep the tourist trade happy.
[ ND ] Straightforward and old-fashioned, without any added tinsel, by Linda Winer
White Christmas is a reasonable facsimile of what it's meant to be—a manipulation of the sentimental holiday marketplace that does not disturb the seasonal equilibrium with a bubble of original thought.
[ BLOOM ] Berlin's White Christmas Sings, Snows on Broadway, by John Simon
Folks nostalgic for old-time movie musicals may want to see Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Marquis Theatre in Times Square.
[ USA ] 'Tis a White Christmas confection on Broadway, by Elysa Gardner
Irving Berlin's White Christmas is as conscientiously G-rated a musical as you'll find on Broadway. Still, it ought to have an audience advisory—for diabetics.
[ AP ] Bland White Christmas dilutes its holiday cheer, by Michael Kuchwara
The festivities are muted and mild in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, a lavish, yet surprisingly bland stage adaptation of the popular 1954 movie.
[ LHJN ] White Christmas? Humbug, by Jacques Le Sourd
Look, I don't want to be a Grinch. How mean-spirited would I have to be to pan Irving Berlin's White Christmas, for goodness' sake, a seasonal entertainment with an Irving Berlin score that opened last night at the Marquis Theatre? Let's just say that this live show is based on one of the best Christmas movies ever made - the 1954 "White Christmas" that starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. So, by all means, buy the movie for your collection. Or rent it. See it at 9 p.m. Saturday on Lifetime. Do not spend hundreds of dollars seeing this cheap and cheesy "live" version of the movie!
[ AMNY ] Reviewed by Matt Windman
While "White Christmas" is not the most artistically ambitious show on Broadway this year, it feels absolutely lovely to allow its old-fashioned entertainment and generous spirit wash all over you like a giant flurry of snow.
[ TM ] Reviewed by David Finkle
While no weatherman can truly promise a white Christmas, this show does deliver its promise of a merry and bright one to audiences.
[ ATW ] Charm That's a Little Chilly, by Andy Propst
Clearly, the process of bringing a musical version of a popular movie has changed—no longer is the imprimatur of a show having debuted on Broadway necessary, it's all about brand recognition. Unfortunately, the brand that's found in White Christmas doesn't feel all that "merry and bright." In fact, despite Berlin's always glorious songs, some first-rate orchestrations from Larry Blank and beyond terrific dance arrangements from Bruce Pomahac, and several incredibly appealing performances, White Christmas has the decided feel of a snowfall that's been on the ground for a day or two.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Applause Theatre Service: Who We Are

When it comes to buying tickets for your favorite shows there are hundreds of ticket companies out there that you can call.Now let's say that you choose Applause Theatre Service as your one stop shop for tickets.Then what? Now I'll be honest that ordering tickets can sometimes be a little confusing. But it doesn't have to be. In fact it is a lot easier when you have experts like the people at Applause to help guide the way. Let's say you want tickets to Broadway's newest smash hit Billy Elliot but are not sure what are the best seats. Just call Applause Theater Service and we will get you the best seats and at the best prices. It really is that easy. Now let's say that you and your family are coming to New York and want to see a show but don't want to have to mortgage your house to do it. No problem. Applause has "Insider Deals" for over twenty-five Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Now how can you beat that? Look we all know that the economy is not the best right now. Seeing a Broadway show is a luxury for most people. But that doesn't mean that seeing a Broadway show has to cost you and arm and a leg.

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Orchestra Or Front Mezzanine:Which Is Better

Well here it is folks. The Great Debate. Which is better? Orchestra or Mezzanine. Which place has the best view? According to some the Orchestra is the only place to sit. How many times have I heard a customer say" I only sit in the Orchestra." Well what most people don't know or often seem to forget is that in most Broadway houses 50-60% of the Orchestra is on the same level. But hey if you want to spend $180 to see the back of someones head be my guest.

I myself am a big fan of the Mezzanine. In most Broadway theatres the Mezzanine is smaller than the Orchestra. Plus it is elevated. To me that is what makes the Mezzanine better than the Orchestra. Nowadays the sets are so big. Plus being a director myself I know the importance of using the stage to it's full capacity. So you know that from the mezzanine you are going to get a great overall view of everything. Now don't get me wrong there are times when I love the Orchestra too. There is something so thrilling about being so close to the actor's. It really makes you feel like you are part of the show.

So next time you are shopping for tickets just remember that to have a good time you don't have to be "In the first ten rows" . So when it comes right down to it whether you are the first row of the Orchestra or the last row of the Mezzanine just remember that there is nothing like seeing a Broadway show. It is an experience you will never forget. See you at the theatre.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Irving Berlin's White Christmas Arrives on Broadway-Applause Theatre Service Has Amazing Seats

Lucky me! I was able to get a front center seat for a new show I have been waiting for years to see on Broadway, Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The show is playing at one of New York's most wonderful and intimate theaters, The Marriott Marquis Theater on west 45th Street in New York City.

White Christmas is based on one of my favorite films of all time with the same title, originally made in 1954. The movie had three great film and entertainment stars playing lead roles, Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.

This musical stays true to the movie I have seen many times with the action taking place after World War II. Returning army pals Capt. Bob Wallace (played by Stephen Bogardus) and Private Phil Davis (played by Jeffry Denman) come back to the states and become "song and dance" partners. Phil (who was played by Danny Kaye in the movie) is a real ladies man always looking for action and Bob (played by Bing Crosby in the movie) doesn't share Phil's kind of "upbeat outlook on life". Still, deep down inside, both of these guys are simply "looking for love" really.

Mr. Bogardus (Bob) is a hard working actor on Broadway with additional credits in TV and film. He has played in the original company of White Christmas for a few years now. Mr. Denman (Phil) reprises his role originally created in San Francisco and has had several roles on TV to his acting credits.

The guys play opposite two extremely talented young ladies in White Christmas. Kerry O'Malley plays Betty Haynes and Meredith Patterson plays Judy Haynes who make up the "sisters" singing act who like Bob and Phil, are trying to make a name for themselves in show business. Ms. O'Malley has played Betty in White Christmas since 2005 in out of town venues and has several credits working in shows both On and Off Broadway. Ms. Patterson originated the role of Judy in San Francisco as well as performed the role in Boston and Los Angeles. She has appeared in many Broadway Shows including the role of Peggy Sawyer in the revival of 42nd Street (original cast) and has had extensive TV credits including roles on Boston Legal and Guiding Light.

As the story moves along, Phil has heard about this terrific "sisters act" that might be a good opening act for him and Bob. So the guys go to a nightclub to catch a song or two and before you know it, Phil "falls head over heels" for Betty, hoping that Bob will feel the same about Judy. Although Bob and Judy don't hit it off, Phil concocts a way to drag Bob along for the ride (literally) and they end up tagging along with the girls as they head off to play a gig at a Vermont Inn during the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately Vermont is having a heat wave at the time and there is none of the usual cold and snow filled conditions to fill up the Inn with paying customers. No customers mean no "sisters act" this Christmas.

As the guys and gals are about to leave the Inn and turn back towards home, Bob and Phil bump into their former army commanding officer, General Henry Waverly, who just happens to own this quaint Vermont Inn. Bob, Phil, Betty and Judy soon learn that the Inn has fallen on tough times (lots of unpaid bills to pay) and the General longs to return to active duty, something he has always done well at. Bob gets a great idea to have his friend, a big shot producer on The Ed Sullivan TV Show) help him get the word out on National TV and asks the men of the 151st Army Division, that the General lead into battle, to "surprise" the old man at a Christmas Show in his honor. Although General Waverly can't understand why rehearsals are taking place for an extravagant Broadway type show when there is "no business" at the Inn, one night he simply walks out onstage and as he is saluted by Bob, Phil and another army pal, General Waverly looks out onto the audience and sees hundreds of men who served under his command in World War II, their families and children.

Needless to say, the "old man" has reason to feel uplifted once again. He also realizes even though at his age he was accepted back to active duty, that the only place for him is at the Vermont Inn with his family and friends.

The performances of all the actors are played with great care as they bring back the old fashioned times as well as all the wonderfully warm "Christmastime" feelings. We get to witness a feel good "boy meets girls" story (with 2 couples this time around), the greatness of many classic Irving Berlin songs, beautiful staging, some of the most gorgeous costumes ever to be seen on a Broadway stage and dancing that never quits. Oh I almost forgot, the finale is Christmas personified, a must see!

It's true that I have had the great privilege to have seen nearly every show on Broadway so far this season. It's also true that I am often "easy to please" and often just want to be entertained at the theatre. Although I usually look for the positive in a show ("are any Broadway critic's listening"?), I can honestly say that if you want to see a "feel good" show this Christmas, then treat yourself and your family to see Irving Berlin's White Christmas on Broadway.

The show is a limited engagement and plays until January 4, 2009. If you would like to secure tickets to this show, kindly contact the good people at Applause Theatre Service in New York City. They can be reached at 212-307-7050 or toll free at 1-800-451-9930 seven days a week or you can have a look at Applause's award winning web site. They are known as some of the "real people you can trust" in the theatre ticket business.

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season

Rich Gladstone
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Billy Elliot is a Smash Hit with the Critics and Applause Theatre Service has your tickets now!

The critics have spoken and "Billy Elliot" is the new hit of the season -- we wanted to share some of our review quotes and Opening Night coverage with you:
Click here to see Billy Elliot on Entertainment Tonight
"Billy Elliot" - Features:
[ CT ] Could Billy be the next to defy gravity?
The producers of "Billy Elliot" are currently in negotiation to bring the musical to Chicago. Here's why the show could be the next "Wicked."
[ NYT ] Audio Slide Show: Billy on Broadway
Stephen Daldry talks about directing the musical "Billy Elliot."
[ NPR ] 'Billy Elliot' Makes The Leap To Broadway by Jeff Lunden
[ AP ] Elton John celebrates 'Billy Elliot' on Broadway By ERIN CARLSON
[ FOX ] FOX411 By Roger Friedman Elton John Taps Out Broadway Smash
[ LAT ] Gold Derby by Tom O'Neil'Billy Elliot' - Early front-runner at next year's Tonys
"Billy Elliot" - Reviews:
[ NYT ] In Hard Times, Born to Pirouette By BEN BRANTLEY
Much of the power of "Billy Elliot" as an honest tear-jerker lies in its ability to give equal weight to the sweet dreams of terpsichorean flight and the sourness of a dream-denying reality.
[ ND ] Review: 'Billy Elliot' BY LINDA WINER
Broadway's long, dark, dry spell of big, smart, smash musicals is officially over. "Billy Elliot," the 2005 London adaptation of the 2000 movie, finally arrived in a production as seriously thrilling as it is deeply lovable.
[ BN ] 'Billy Elliot,' Coal Miner's Son, Leaps to Heights: John Simon
"Billy Elliot" -- London's long-running hit with Elton John's music, finally replicated on Broadway -- really does have something for everyone, and that something is, gloriously, art.
[ BS ] Billy Elliot: The Musical - Reviewed by DAVID SHEWARD
What could easily have become a feel-good treacle fest - particularly with Elton John composing the music - turns out to be one of the smartest and most satisfying Broadway musicals in years.
[ TIME ] Billy Elliot: London's Hit Musical Scores on Broadway By Richard Zoglin
Billy Elliot does almost everything a musical should do, and more. It's a diplomatic triumph.
[ DN ] Fabulous film may be even better in musical stage production by Joe Dziemianowicz
[ AMNY ] Review of Billy Elliot: The Musical by Matt Windman (4 out of 4 Stars)
[ CT ] An unbridled 'Billy Elliot' springs itself on Broadway by Chris Jones (*** 1/2)
[ USA ] 'Billy Elliot' musical taps into the hope and energy of youth By Elysa Gardner (*** out of four)
[ EW ] Review: Billy Elliot By Thom Geier (B+)
[ TM ] Billy Elliot: The Musical Reviewed by: David Finkle
The Elton John-Lee Hall musical adaptation of the hit film about an English boy who decides to become a ballet dancer is gangbuster entertainment.
[ V ] Billy Elliot: The Musical Review By DAVID ROONEY
Who would have guessed that a musical in which conservative economic policies deal a death blow to the working class could be such an uplifting experience?
[ YN ] A warmhearted 'Billy Elliot' dances to Broadway By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic
It's not often that a musical comes along that is as ambitious as it is emotional - and then succeeds on both counts.
[ BR ] Billy Elliot' is great fun, choreographed not to end BY ROBERT FELDBERG
It pumps fresh life into the crowd-pleasing, old-fashioned, traditional musical.
[ JN ] 'Billy Elliot' is the Broadway season's first big musical hit By Jacques le Sourd
"Billy Elliot," the heavenly musical that opened last night at Broadway's Imperial Theatre, arrives with exquisite timing.
[ HC ] Smashing 'Billy Elliot' Shows The Theatrical Powers Of Stephen Daldry By MALCOLM JOHNSON
[ INQ ] 'Rocky' in toe shoes By Howard Shapiro
Broadway's 'Billy Elliot' has all the right moves.
[ LAT ] Broadway staging overwhelms 'Billy Elliot: The Musical' By CHARLES McNULTY
A smash in London ever since its West End premiere in 2005, "Billy Elliot" arrives at the Imperial Theatre with its parts intact but its spirit plasticized and pasted with glitter.
[ TB ] Billy Elliot: The MusicalReview by Matthew Murray
A hit in London, where it opened three years ago and continues to run, this show is comparatively lean pickings for Americans raised on dynamism-defining dance titles like On the Town, West Side Story, and A Chorus Line. Unlike those shows, but like its title character, Billy Elliot struggles mightily to unearth its musical soul.
I love this show as has all of our staff of sales experts. This is our new Wicked, Mamma Mia and Phantom of the Opera. This is a show that will be running for many years to come and will sell out nightly. So what are you waiting for, now's your chance, call an Applause Theatre Service sales expert now to get your tickets at a great price. We can't be beat!

White Christmas To Begin Previews Tonight On Broadway

Let the holidays begin.Previews for the Broadway debut of White Christmas begin Nov. 14. Performances will play through Jan. 4, 2009.The musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates — a sister act, no less — in the bargain.You've seen the movie. You know the songs.Now see this holiday classic live on the Broadway stage. If ticket sales are any indication expect this show to be an annual event.

Beginning Nov. 14 White Christmas will play the following unique performance schedule per week:

Week of Nov. 10
Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Week of Nov. 17
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday at 7 PM, Sunday evening at 6 PM (Opening Night), Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 2 PM.

Week of Nov. 24
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Weeks of Dec. 1 and Dec. 8
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday & Sunday at 7 PM, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2PM.

Week of Dec. 15
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday & Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Week of Dec. 22
Monday, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday & Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM. Dark on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Week of Dec. 29
Monday, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, Tuesday at 7 PM, Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 PM, DARK - New Year's Eve & Day Dec. 31 & Jan. 1, 2009. Final performance: Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Stagehands Strike:One Year Later

Hard to believe it's been year since the Stagehand Strike of 2007. At the time we wondered when and if it would be over. Not to mention what effect it would have on the industry and Broadway as a whole. Well after 19 days of tense negotiations an agreement was reached and all of Broadway was back in business. Not since the musicians strike of 1975 had Broadway been in such jeopardy.

As we look towards the future Broadway continues to thrive. Sixteen new shows are set to open by May, and several long-running shows continue to do boffo business. Now it's no secret that the economy is at a low point. But thankfully that has not effected Broadway as much as people think. Yes some long running shows such as Hairspray, Spring Awakening, and Spamalot are closing. But when you consider that all three have had very long profitable runs then that is something to be excited about. Broadway isn't going anywhere. Now that is something to be truly happy about.

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Billy Elliot Set To Open On Broadway Tonight

After five weeks of previews Billy Elliot is finally opening on Broadway. I myself haven't seen the show. In fact except for the office mascot Jesse"Don't Call Me A Dog" Freeman I am the only one in my office who hasn't seen the show. I hear Jesse is holding out for Shrek. Anyway you've all heard about the show being stopped a million times over the past month due to mechanical problems. Actually it was only six or seven times. But who's counting. Regardless of what you have heard or read about it really doesn't matter. Billy Elliot already has a healthy advance and whether the reviews are good or not it is poised to be here for a very long time. Although a few nice reviews might prolong it's run by a few years.Either way Billy Elliot is here to stay. So you might as well get used to it.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pal Joey Set To Begin Previews This Friday

Out of all the shows opening this season this is the one I am most looking forward too. Pal Joey stars Tony winners Christian Hoff(Jersey Boys)Stockard Channing(Grease,The West Wing)and 2-Time Tony Nominee Martha Plimpton(Coast Of Utopia, Top Girls) Set in Chicago in the 1930's, Pal Joey is the story of Joey Evans, a brash and scheming song and dance man who dreams of owning his own nightclub. Pal Joey features some of Rodgers and Hart's classic songs such as Zip and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, and I Could Write A Book. As with all Roundabout Theatre productions you can expect a lot of nominations come Tony time. I can't wait.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Get Tickets To The Big Apple Circus Thru Applause Theatre Service

Now in it's 31st season the Big Apple Circus continues to thrill and enchant audiences of all ages. One of my most cherished memories growing up as a kid in Illinois was going to the circus with my Mom and Dad. Even after all these years the mere mention of a circus puts a smile on my face. Although I haven't had the chance to see the Big Apple Circus I hope that one day soon I will be able to share it with my own children. I know that it will be a memory that they will cherish as much as I will.

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See Grease On Broadway Thru Applause Theatre Service

Grease is still the word. Now in it's 2nd year Grease continues to charm and delight audiences eight times a week at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Still haven't seen it yet? Well I've got good news.If you call now Applause Theatre Service can get you tickets to Grease at an incredible savings. So what are you waiting for? Call Applause Theatre Service and see Grease live on stage. A wop ba-ba lu-mop a wop bam boom!

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Radio City Christmas Spectacular To Begin Performances Tonight

The wait is over. The 2008 edition of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is set to open tonight. Now in it's 76th year the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is fun for the whole family. Featuring the World famous Radio City Rockettes this holiday classic is running thru December 30. So whether it's your first time or your fifth call Applause now and see the show that has enchanted people of all ages since 1932.

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In The Heights To Jump To The Big Screen

This is by far the best news that I have heard all week. In The Heights,which is currently my favorite show on Broadway is going to be made into a major motion picture courtesy of Universal Pictures. It was also announced that it's writer and star Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda will reprise his role as Usnavi in the movie musical. As of now now shooting or release date has been set but with the current Broadway production riding a wave of success I say they should strike now while the iron is hot. Until then why not go see In The Heights on Broadway? I myself have seen it three times and can't wait to see it again. So call Applause Theater Service now and get tickets to In The Heights. The 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

"Liza's at the Palace" Extends! Applause Tickets has your best Seats!

Well, you just knew it was going to happen! "Liza's at the Palace" has extended its run. She will now perform this knock out of a show through December 28th and Applause Theatre Service has your tickets. Its been touring in Europe and the States and will now play the Palace December 3rd through December 28th where her mother Judy Garland famously performed . She is also performing some of her Moms most famous songs, though she won't say which ones. This is an unexpected booking at the Palace where Legally Blonde closed suddenly leaving a couple of month void before "West Side Story" comes in starting February 23rd(Can't Wait!). So lucky for us that this came to be. I love Liza for many reasons. One, she's an incredible entertainer and story teller. One cannot fully understand the talent this woman has until you see her Live On Stage! I also have met her several times. We shared the same voice coach, Andy Anselmo from the Singers Forum along with many a celebrity including Mandy Patankin and Billy Stritch her pianist. I also performed on her recording of The Day After That, an AIDS anthem taken from the Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spiderwoman that we recorded in 3 languages. I also had the incredible honor of performing the song on the very first World AIDS Day at the United Nations. Talk about the goosebumps! I was overwhelmed and will never forget that day for as long as I live and what a great lady Liza was and how fun and easy she was to work with(although she was a perfectionist/took us 3 days to do this and their is also a DVD of the making of it). Needless to say, I feel pretty strongly towards this woman who holds a special place in my heart. So run and get your tickets now to see this living legend! Call an Applause Sales Expert now to get your tickets to this Ultimate Event! Call 800-451-9930

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Call Applause Theatre Service For All Your London Ticket Needs

Travelling to London in the near future and need tickets to the hottest shows? But who do you call? Why Applause Theatre Service of course. Since 1987 Applause Theatre Service has been providing the theater going public with all their ticket needs in New York and abroad. Currently there are over 50 shows playing in London for you to enjoy. From new musicals such as Priscella Queen of the Desert to long running hits like Blood Brothers. London has it all and more. So give Applause a call and see what we can do for you. We are only a phone call away.

Here are some of the other shows currently playing in London as well.

The 39 Steps
Billy Elliot
Dirty Dancing
Les Miserables
The Mousetrap
We Will Rock You
The Woman In Black

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A Sad Tale Indeed! "Tale of Two Cities" is closing Nov. 16th

Well, is it the current state of the economy or did the vicious critics strike again!? Applause Theatre Service has learned that the epic musical "A Tale of Two Cities" is set to close on November 16th after only 68 performances. I was not a huge fan of the show like most people in my office, but I definitely think it deserves to be seen and should have been given a chance to run for awhile. It's a classic story that immediately draws you in and has good music with some terrific performances. I was a bit in and out with the show but overall, entertained. And I feel that's the most important thing. Now apparently up for grabs is one of the most coveted musical theatre houses on Broadway — the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
So you only have a couple of weeks left to catch this very entertaining show. Most people compare it to "Les Mis", and if you're a fan of that genre, you'll love it!
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Get Tickets To See South Pacific Thru Applause Theatre Service

Still haven't seen South Pacific? Well what are you waiting for people? Now is the best time to get tickets to one of Broadway's most beloved musicals. Winner of 7 2008 Tony Awards, South Pacific has returned to the Broadway stage for the first time since it's triumphant run in 1949. So call Applause Theatre Service now and get your tickets to see South Pacific on Broadway. You won't be disappointed.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

2008-2009 Broadway Season Part 3

In last weeks column I focused on five of the new shows set to open on Broadway before the end of the year. Today I will focus on the three remaining shows also scheduled to arrive on Broadway in the coming weeks.

Slava's Snowshow(Helen Hayes Theatre)
First Preview December 2. Opening Night December 7. Closes January 4
Slava's Snowshow returns to New York City this holiday season. This highly imaginative and family friendly show ran Off-Broadway from September 2004-January 2007 for a record breaking 1,004 performances. Now it makes it's Broadway debut for a limited holiday run. If ticket sales are good expect this show to be an annual holiday event.

Pal Joey(Studio 54)
First Preview-November 14. Opening Night-December 11. Open Ended Run.
Out of all the shows opening this season this is the one I am most looking forward too. Pal Joey stars Tony winners Christian Hoff(Jersey Boys)Stockard Channing(Grease, The West Wing)and 2-Time Tony Nominee Martha Plimpton(Coast Of Utopia, Top Girls) Set in Chicago in the 1930's, Pal Joey is the story of Joey Evans, a brash and scheming song and dance man who dreams of owning his own nightclub. Pal Joey features some of Rodgers and Hart's classic songs such as Zip and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, and I Could Write A Book. As with all Roundabout Theatre productions you can expect a lot of nominations come Tony time. I can't wait.

Shrek The Musical(Broadway Theatre)
First Preview-November 8. Opening Night-December 14. Open Ended Run
You've seen the movie. Now see Shrek live on Broadway. To be honest I've never seen the original movie or any of it's numerous sequels.But I am willing to give it a shot. Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) penned the lyrics and libretto (based on the kid-lit character created by William Steig), and Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori (Millie, Caroline, or Change) wrote the music. Several of my colleagues attended a presentation of the show and absolutely raved about it. In fact if the show is as charming as the music that I heard on the sample cd then I expect Shrek to do very well. Watch out Disney. You have got some competition!

Well that's all for now. Expect at least 11 to 12 more shows to open before the Tony Awards in June.

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Get Tickets To See Waiting For Godot In London Thru Applause Theatre Service

Two weeks ago it was announced that the Samuel Beckett classic Waiting For Godot was returning to Broadway starring Tony winners Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin. Now hot on the heels of that announcement comes word that Waiting For Godot is set to open with X-Men co-stars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart at the Royal Haymarket Theatre in London. Previews are set to begin on April 30 with an official opening on May 6. It is expected to be a limited engagement so don't delay in getting your tickets to what is sure to be the event of the London theatre scene.

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