Monday, May 30, 2016

Broadway Show Schedule Changes for Jul 4-10-2016

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You may be interested to know the Broadway Show schedule changes for the usual July 4-10-2016 holiday time period in New York City.  American Psycho and Tuck Everlasting will be closed which leaves 31 terrific Broadway Shows to see.

If you need assistance with obtaining seats for any of these shows we hope you'll consider a call to Applause-Tickets at 212-307-7050 or 800-451-9930.  We are open 24/7 to help.

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Here's the list.
Crossed out dates
 = canceled performance
Bold faced dates = added performance 
Italic dates = different curtain time 
Show TitleMon. July 4Tues. July 5Wed. July 6Thur. July 7Fri. July 8Sat. July 9Sun. July 10
Act of God, AnDARK7pm7pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
AladdinDARK7pm1pm, 7pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm1pm6:30pm
American in Paris, AnDARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
American Psycho-CLOSED

Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalDARK7pm2pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm2pm, 7pm
Book of Mormon, TheDARK7pm7pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm2pm, 7pm
Bright StarDARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Chicago8pm8pm8pm8pm8pm2:30pm, 8pm3pm, 7pm
Color Purple, TheDARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Crucible, TheDARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, TheDARK7pm2pm, 7:30pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Fiddler on the RoofDARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Finding NeverlandDARK7:30pm2pm, 7pm7:30pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Fully CommittedDARK7pm2pm, 8pm8pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Fun HomeDARK7pm2pm, 7pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
HamiltonDARK7pm2pm, 8pm2pm8pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Humans, TheDARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Jersey BoysDARK7pm2pm, 7pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
King and I, TheDARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Kinky Boots8pm7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Les MisérablesDARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Lion King, TheDARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
MatildaDARK7pm2pm, 7:30pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
On Your Feet!DARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
ParamourDARK7:30pm2pm7:30pm8pm3pm, 8pm2pm, 7pm
Phantom of the Opera, The8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
School of Rock - The Musical7pm7pm2pm7pm7:30pm2pm, 7:30pm1pm, 6pm
She Loves MeDARK8pm2pm, 8pm8pm8pm2pm, 8pm2pm
Shuffle AlongDARK7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Something Rotten!7pm7pm2pm, 8pm7pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
Tuck Everlasting-CLOSED

WaitressDARK7:30pm2pm, 7:30pm7:30pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm
WickedDARK7pm2pm, 7pm8pm8pm2pm, 8pm3pm

New York Has Some Terrific Free Outdoor Theatre In The Summer of 2016

This is a cool article I'm re-posting of some great things to do under the stars this summer in New York City.  Enjoy.

Get Your Shakespeare Fix
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Janet McTeer and Cush Jumbo in rehearsal for the free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew (Joan Marcus )

There’s even more reason to celebrate the 400 th anniversary of the Bard’s death this summer: plenty of free, outdoor Shakespeare on offer. Kicking off the season is an all-female staging of The Taming of the Shrew. The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park returns to Central Park’s Delacorte with the innovative new production starring Janet McTeer, Cush Jumbo, Donna Lynne Champlin and Candy Buckley. With performances now underway, the golden tickets are distributed outside the theatre on the day of the show; or for the first time ever, tickets are available via the TodayTix app. 
The second free outdoor Shakespeare production to be presented at the Delacorte will be Troilus and Cressida, directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, scheduled to begin July 19, running through Aug. 14
New York Classical Theatre joins the celebrations in Central Park May 31 with their staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream through June 26. You can also catch the show, about mischievous fairy magic and young lovers, in Battery Park until July 2, Prospect Park (July 6-10) and Carl Schurz Park (July 14-17). 

Delacorte Theater
Delacorte Theater (Creative Commons)
Just north of Central Park in Marcus Garvey Park, The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents free performances of Macbeth in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, July 8-31. CHT’s unique production will be informed by Ethiopia during the time of Haile Selassie and Emperor of Ethiopia, 1916-1974; and will star Roslyn Ruff and Ty Jones as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. 
Beginning June 8, head over to Brooklyn’s Carroll Park for free performances of The Tempest, presented by the award-winning Smith Street Stage. The family-friendly production sees a woman playing the traditionally male role of Prospero. Through June 26. 
The Drilling Company’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot returns for its 22 nd year with two summer productions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 7-24) and The Merchant of Venice (July 28-August 14). The free performances take place in the Parking Lot behind The Clemente (Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center), located at 114 Norfolk Street in the Lower East Side. 

Megan Hilty
Megan Hilty (Photo by Monica Simoes)
Get Lost in Shubert Alley 
Spend a truly Broadway afternoon at Stars in the AlleyThe free outdoor concert returns to Shubert Alley in Times Square June 3, hosted by Sean Hayes and Mo Rocca. The two-hour event will feature performances from more than 30 shows including The Color Purple, The Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof and Wicked.

See a Starry Concert in Queens
The New York Pops return to the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens for a concert starring Broadway favorites Matthew Morrison and Megan Hilty. The family-friendly, open-air event on July 7 will feature a 78-piece orchestra. 

Go on a Scavenger Hunt 
Wander through the streets of lower Manhattan with Accomplice New Yorka three-hour show that takes you with it! Up to 11 participants are transported into a theatrical story where The Boss has an important job for them – but are they cut out for a life of crime? Accomplice offers four other interactive theatre experiences including Accomplice The Village, a two-hour tour through one of the city’s most recognizable neighborhoods; Save the Big Apple, a full-day luxury expedition throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn; The Quest for the Seven Teeth, a children’s experience through Central Park; and The Quest for the Missing Slipper, a ladies night out based on the Cinderella fairy tale. 

Catch a Glimpse of Broadway in Bryant Park
Beginning July 7, the most popular shows on and Off-Broadway perform their biggest hits for free on the stage in Bryant Park every Thursday between 12:30 and 1:30 PM. Like you needed another excuse to spend your lunch outdoors? Running through August 11.

I hope you found this post helpful.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

The 2016 Theatre World Awards

Dear Friends

On May 23, 2016 the 72nd annual Theatre World Awards were announced for Outstanding Broadway and Off Broadway "debut performances" in the theatre.

Originally presented for the first time in 1945, the Theatre World Awards were founded by John Willis and are actually the oldest awards given to acknowledge outstanding performances in the theatre.  The awards are presented at the end of the theatre season to six actors and six actresses for their "significant, reviewable, debut performances in a Broadway and Off Broadway production".

The 2016 Theatre World Awards were given out in a ceremony at New York's Circle in the Square Theatre.  The host was respected theatre journalist Peter Filichia.

Have a look at the 2015-2016 season's Theatre World Awards honorees below if you have a moment.

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Khris Davis, The Royale
Daniel Durant, Spring Awakening
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
John Krasinski, Dry Powder
Sarah Charles Lewis, Tuck Everlasting
Austin P. McKenzie, Spring Awakening
Lupita Nyong'o, Eclipsed
Mark Strong, A View From The Bridge
Ana Villafañe, On Your Feet
Ben Whishaw, The Crucible
* * * * *
2016 Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater Winner
Outstanding Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production:
Nicholas Barasch, for his performance as Arpad Lazslo in She Loves Me
* * * * *
2016 John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Winner
I hope you found this post helpful.  Should you want to talk about purchasing tickets for any of the Broadway Shows currently playing, kindly consider a call to the local Broadway ticket experts at Applause-Tickets.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Off Broadway's Hit Musical Dear Evan Hansen Plans Its Broadway Transfer For November 2016

Off Broadway's sold-out run of Dear Evan Hansen has announced that it will move to Broadway sometime in November 2016.  And this show should be another great big Broadway hit for the 2016-2017 season.

Dear Evan Hansen will complete its Off Broadway run this weekend (on May 29, 2016) at New York City's Second Stage Theater on West 43rd Street.  Stacey Mindich Productions will produce the transfer to a Shubert Theatre to be announced soon.

Dear Evan Hansen was created after a real-life death at Benj Pasek's high school more than 10 years ago.  Pasek is co-songwriter along with Justin Paul.  This terrific songwriting team wrote a beautiful score and it matches perfectly well with a book written by Steven Levenson, who is the writer for the popular cable television series Masters Of Sex.  By the way, Pasek and Paul are Tony Award and Emmy nominated songwriters as well.  Choreography is by Danny Mefford who won a Tony Award for his work in Fun Home, the Best Musical in 2015.  Michael Greif is the director of this fabulous new musical.  Mr. Greif has been nominated for three Tony Awards for his work in Rent, Next to Normal and If/Then.  All three are favorites of mine and very unique bodies of work in the theatre.

Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of the struggles of one high school student, his difficulties with his identity and fitting in and the tumult that surrounds him.  Although he feels almost invisible to the closest people in his life, when the school bully kills himself, life takes a dramatic turn for Evan Hansen as we see him evolve from loner to someone everyone wants to know.

In the current Off Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen, featured performers are John Dossett, Laura Deyfuss, Mike Faist, Rachel Bay Jones, Kristolyn Lloyd, Will Roland and Jennifer Laura Thompson.  It'll be interesting to see if some of these cast members will be selected to play when the shows transfer to Broadway.  Stay tuned.

Dear Evan Hansen recently won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off Broadway Musical, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical and two Obie Awards, one for Musical Theatre for Pasek, Paul and Levinson as well as an award given to Ben Platt for Performance.

My understanding is that Dear Evan Hansen's creative team will transfer to Broadway when the show moves.  This show has the potential to become an intensely popular show as it has very strong social messages to convey, something that is sure to ignite great interest to both younger as well as experienced theatergoers alike.

Applause-Tickets Staff
If you think Dear Evan Hansen might be  a show you'd be interested in seeing, consider writing or calling me to discuss obtaining tickets.  As we learn of Dear Evan Hansen tickets going on sale, I'll be sure to let everyone know.

Cheers and Best Wishes to the cast and creative team of Dear Evan Hansen from your friends at Applause-Tickets in New York City.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cirque du Soleil's Paramour Reviews

ParamourThat's right theatre fans. Cirque du Soleil's first Broadway show is now officially open. Previews for the show began at the Lyric Theatre on April 16. So what did the critic's have to say about Paramour? Let's find out.

NY Times

The Hollywood Reporter


NBC New York

Entertainment Weekly

AM New York

Associated Press

Well there you have it. By the way, for those of you that want to purchase ticket's to see Paramour you are in luck. We sell it. In fact if you call right now, you can get ticket's at prices that can't be beat. Just give us a call and we will take care of the rest. It's as simple as that. Get your ticket's to see Cirque du Soleil on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Hit Broadway Musical School Of Rock To Open This Fall In The West End

School of RockThat's right theatre fans. One of this season's most critically acclaimed Broadway show's is heading across the pond. Now don't worry. School of Rock will still continue on the Great White Way. Hopefully for years and years to come. Having seen the 2003 movie, I was so excited when it was announced that they were turning it into a musical.

Now here we are thirteen years later and the show has received four 2016 Tony nominations, including Best Musical of the Year. But enough about the Broadway production. You came here to get more information about the London production. So let's get right too it shall we?

Previews for the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical are set to begin at the New London Theatre on October 24, with opening night scheduled for November 14. Which by the way is the same theatre that Webber's Cat's ran for twenty-one year's.

Here's hoping School of Rock is just as successful. Tickets for the show are now on sale. Not only that, but we sell them. In fact we sell every show and in event in London. Get your tickets to see School of Rock on Broadway, and now in the West End. You will love it. Until next time theatre fans.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Bette Midler And David Hyde Pierce To Headline New Broadway Revival Of Hello Dolly

Hello Dolly! TicketsNow this is what I call exciting news. That's right theatre fans. One of musical theatre's most beloved shows of all time is back where it belongs. On the Great White Way. Hello Dolly, which first premiered on Broadway in 1963, is set to begin previews at the historic Shubert Theatre on March 13, 2017, with opening night scheduled for April 20.

Not only that, but it is set to star everyone's favorite diva Bette Midler as matchmaker Dolly Levi. Playing the object of her obsession is Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce. Now that is what I call perfect casting my friends. With a score by Tony winner Jerry Herman, and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello Dolly is one of Broadway's best.

Oh and did I mention, that four time Tony winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, Sister Act) is directing the show, with choreography by Tony winner Warren Carlyle (After Midnight, She Loves Me.) It just gets better and better. Now for those of you that are not familiar with the show, here is a little synopsis about this classic musical to tell you more. Enjoy!

Set in New York City during the turn of the twentieth century, Hello Dolly tells the story of widow and professional " Meddler" Dolly Gallagher Levi. As the show begins, we are introduced to hay and feed store owner, and half-a.millionaire Horace Vandergelder, who has hired Dolly to find him a wife. Little does he know that the wife she has selected for him is herself.

While in New York, Horace leave's his two clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker in charge, who soon follow their cantankerous boss to the big city in search of adventure. Or as Cornelius put's it, "Have a good meal, spend all their money, see the stuffed whale in Barnum's museum, almost get arrested, and each kiss a girl!"

In the end, Dolly get's her man, and everyone lives happily ever after. Featuring such classic song's like, "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" " It Only Takes A Moment", "Before The Parade Passes By" and it's famous title song, Hello Dolly is one show you don't want to miss.

As of now tickets are not on sale. But rest assured when they do we will be selling them. Check back here for further updates. Get your tickets to see Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce in Hello Dolly on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

New Musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 Is Now On Sale

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812That's right theatre fans. One of the most critically acclaimed show's of the past few year's is finally making it's way to the Great White Way. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, is set to begin preview's at the Imperial Theatre on October 18, with opening night scheduled for November 14.

Leading the cast of eighteen are Grammy winner Josh Groban as Pierre, and Denee Benton as Natasha. So what exactly is the show about? Well I'll tell you. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is inspired by a seventy page portion of Leo Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace.

Set in eighteenth century Russia, prior to Napoleon's invasion, this new musical tells the story of wealthy aristocrat Pierre, who meets the newly engaged but naïve Natasha, and her supportive but scheming cousin Sasha.

While Natasha's fiancée and Pierre's best friend Andrey is off fighting for his country, Pierre looks after the two cousin's as the war continues. As the war rages on, engagements and hearts are broken as new romances begin to blossom.

Now that is one musical that I want to see. Tickets for the show went on sale today. Not only that but we sell them. Just give one of our friendly ticket experts at Applause a call and we will do the rest. It's that easy. Get your tickets to see Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. Trust me my friends. It is one show you won't want to miss. Until next time theatre fans.

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Drama League Awards Announced For Excellence in Theatre in New York City

On this past Friday May 20, 2016, the Drama League officially announced the winners of the 82nd annual awards at New York City's Marriott Marquis Hotel.  The Drama League Awards pay honor to "outstanding" work in the New York theater.
This year's outstanding production for a Broadway musical went to Hamilton, the mega-hit show that is the talk of the town (actually the talk of the world right now).  If you need tickets you may want to consider a call to my company Applause-Tickets as we have access to lots of ticket inventory.
Outstanding production of a play went to The Humans, a terrific new play which tells the story of the dysfunctions that go on in a family that travel from Pennsylvania to New York City to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their younger daughter.  It's filled with lots of great humor but serious at the same time.  I really enjoyed The Humans on Broadway.  If you need access to The Humans tickets, my company Applause-Tickets can help with this one as well.
I thought you might want to see a list of the 82nd Annual Drama League Award nominees and winners so you'll find that just below with asterisks next to the names of the "winners".
Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
American Psycho
Bright Star
Dear Evan Hansen-this show is moving to Broadway soon ( I Hope)
On Your Feet!
School of Rock
Tuck Everlasting
Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play 
 The Humans
10 Out of 12
The Father
King Charles III
Marjorie Prime
The Royale
Skeleton Crew
Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
 The Color Purple
Dames at Sea
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening
Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
 A View from the Bridge
Awake and Sing
Cloud Nine
The Crucible
The Gin Game
Long Day’s Journey into Night
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Nosies Off
Sense and Sensibility
Distinguished Performance Award
 Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Nina Arianda, Fool for Love
Annaleigh Ashford, Sylvia
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Reed Birney, The Humans
Alex Brightman, School of Rock
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Timothée Chalamet, Prodigal Son
Kelley Curran, The Dingdong
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Khris Davis, The Royale
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Georgia Engel, John
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed
Lynda Gravatt, Skeleton Crew
Michael C. Hall, Lazarus
Anne Hathaway, Grounded
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jackie Hoffman, Once Upon a Mattress
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Jennifer Hudson, The Color Purple
Marin Ireland, Ironbound
Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Tuck Everlasting
Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey into Night
Judith Light, Thérèse Raquin
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Kristine Nielsen, Hir
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible
Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes
Sam Rockwell, Fool for Love
Thomas Jay Ryan, 10 Out of 12
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey into Night
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime and John
Mark Strong, A View from the Bridge
Cicely Tyson, The Gin Game
Michael Urie, Shows for Days
Ana Villafañe, On Your Feet!
Benjamin Walker, American Psycho
Nicola Walker, A View from the Bridge
Ben Whishaw, The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird
The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in New York productions this season. As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible this season. Their exemplary work, however, is recognized and applauded.
James Earl Jones, The Gin Game
Patti LuPone, Shows For Days
Frank Langella, The Father
Mary-Louise Parker, Heisenberg
Mark Rylance, Nice Fish
Sam Waterston, The Tempest
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre
 Sheldon Harnick
Unique Contribution to the Theatre
 Deaf West Theatre
Founders Award for Excellence in Directing
 Ivo van Hove
I hope you found this article from Applause Ticket News helpful to you.  Should you want to talk about or purchase Broadway Show tickets, here's our full contact information below.  Cheers to the nominees and winners of the 2016 Drama League Awards.
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