Nominated for five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical of the Year is The Visit. The show which marks the final collaboration between Tony winners John Kander and Fred Ebb opened at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway on April 23. To say this new musical has had quite the journey would be an understatement. In fact the show was actually supposed to open on Broadway in March 2001 and was to star five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury. However due to the illness of her husband Mrs. Lansbury dropped out and the show was cancelled.
Less than a year later the show opened at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago now starring Tony winner Chita Rivera. However because The Visit opened shortly after 9/11 a show with such dark subject matter was deemed not a good fit for Broadway and once again New York audiences would be denied seeing it.Two more productions followed. One at the Signature Theatre in 2008 and another in 2014 at the Williamstown Theatre both of which starred Ms. Rivera.
Now here we are fifteen years later and The Visit is finally on Broadway. Like I said. Quite a journey. As of now the show is only scheduled to run thru September 6 but if it manages to win a few Tony Awards I wouldn't be surprised if it extends. We shall see. O.K. so now that I have told you all about the show's long journey to the Great White Way you are probably wondering what The Visit is about right? After all before you purchase tickets to see it you might want to know a little bit about it. So here you go. Enjoy!
Based on the satirical play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency, The Visit is about greed, love, and one woman's carefully plotted revenge. The oft-widowed Claire Zachanassian (Chita Rivera), richest woman in the world, returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but her arrival carries a dreadful price. Tony Award® winner Roger Rees co-stars as Anton Schell, the man who scorned Claire years ago. Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks "What can your heart afford?"
See? I told you it was dark didn't I? Now I don't know about you but it sounds kind of interesting to me. Plus it may be the last time to see Broadway legend Chita Rivera on stage again. That alone is worth the price of admission. Now for those of you like me who would like to see The Visit you have come to the right place. We sell it. In fact we sell tickets to all of this year's Tony nominees. Not only that but it is now possible to see The Visit at some incredible savings. Just give us a call and ask about our "Insider Prices" and we will take care of the rest. Get your tickets to see The Visit on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. Who knows? I just might see you there. Until next time theatre fans.
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