Thursday, June 30, 2016

In Transit Plans A Broadway Theatre Run

Who would think a Broadway producer would consider creating a show about a bunch of New Yorkers that are riding the subway trains?  Well just now it has been announced that the creators of Newsies and Frozen have teamed up again and have agreed to put on a brand new musical appropriately named In Transit.

In Transit first appeared Off Broadway in 2010 and won a Drama Desk Award for the Outstanding Ensemble company of a show.  In Transit received very positive reviews from the critics and did quite well at the box office.

In Transit follows life on the subway and captures the lives of 11 New Yorkers that are all looking to "catch the express train to success, love and happiness...and the stops along the way".

In transit has a book, music and lyrics written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won an Academy Award for Frozen and she'll also team up with James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth.  In addition vocal arrangements for In Transit will be created by Deke Sharon (The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect) as the music is performed A Capella, without instruments.  That'll be a first for Broadway for sure.  Broadway regular Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes) will handle choreography and direction duties for the show.

Plans right now call for In Transit to go into the intimate Circle In The Square Theatre sometime after its current show- Fun Home closes on September 10, 2016.

Interested in obtaining reasonably priced In Transit tickets on Broadway?  Kindly consider a call to our friendly Broadway ticket experts at Applause-Tickets.  Our contact information is below.  Applause-Tickets is open 24/7 and we love to talk Broadway and London Theater.

Cheers and best wishes to the cast and creative team of In Transit.

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This Broadway Revival of 'The Color Purple' is Triumphant!

Review of 'The Color Purple' by Ed Katz 6-29-16

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Walking into the Bernard Jacobs Theatre in the heart of Broadway, I wondered why this production of 'The Color Purple' was revived so soon after the original production, which ran for over two years, closed in 2008.

Fortunately, I was able to get that question answered by one of the show's composers and lyricists, Allee Willis, who said, "We saw the production in London with Cynthia (Erivo). We saw it done in a way we never imagined and we all felt that had to be brought here."
Good move.
This triumphant revival won this year's Tony Awards for Best Musical Revival and
Best Actress in a Musical for Cynthia Erivo's astonishing performance as Celie.

Erivo is making her Broadway debut but she has starred in many productions on London's West End- and received several nominations for her portrayal of Celie in 2013.
However, I marveled at how this entire cast, even given several challenging vocal numbers, had not a weak voice among them. Every actor sings to the rafters- and that is rare to find.

So what is different about this 'Color Purple'?
It still tells the story of how an abused African-American woman learns to rise up and find her faith in herself- with help from her sister and her friends.
What is unique is how most of the other characters show growth, too. And that made this revival resonate so well emotionally. It wasn't done in a heavy-handed way (as in the more lumbering original production), yet Tony-nominated director John Doyle still made it both effective and powerful.
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The show still includes several strong, larger-than-life women's roles, besides Erivo's Celie- most notably two: Shug Avery, now beautifully played by the talented singer and Broadway veteran Heather Headley (who, by all accounts, even outshines Jennifer Hudson's well-received original portrayal in the role); and the part of Sofia, with a force-of-nature performance by Tony-nominated Danielle Brooks- who is also a star of the Netflix hit TV series 'Orange is the New Black'.

The only two featured male roles, played by Isaiah Johnson, as Mister, and Kyle Scatliffe, as Harpo, also show real character growth as the story progresses. While Scatliffe almost plays Harpo over the top, he actually brings a winning combination of determination, strength, love- and comic relief. Yes, there are several genuinely funny moments in this 'Color Purple'- another welcome change from the original- as they serve to make the poignant moments even more powerful.

A small criticism is for the spare set design, rendered by the show's director, John Doyle. Doyle's sensitive direction brings a new, clear focus to this revival but his overly simple set actually hindered the power of a couple of the scenes- most keenly felt by the absence of Harpo's juke joint- but this is really a minor flaw in an otherwise stellar revival.

Cynthia Erivo's award-winning Broadway debut- which receives a rare show-stopping standing ovation in the second act (when was the last time you saw that?)- is not to be missed.
Combine that with a win for Best Musical Revival- all in this re-imagined, re-invigorated musical version of a marvelous and potent story- and it becomes clear it was the right move to revive this musical. Given these great results, you can't ask for much more than that.

And you know where you can get the best tickets for 'The Color Purple' and other shows, on or off Broadway: Applause Theater & Entertainment Service, 800.451.9930 or online at Applause!

Rating: 4-1/2 stars (out of 5)


Now Is The Best Time To See The Book Of Mormon On Broadway

Still haven't seen The Book of Mormon yet? Well what are you waiting for people? There is no better time than right now. The show, which recently celebrated it's fifth anniversary on the Great White Way, has been playing to packed houses eight times a week since March 2011. Being a huge South Park fan, I was thrilled when it was announced that Matt Parker and Trey Stone were writing an original musical for Broadway.

The Book of MormonNot too mention they were being joined by EGOT winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, Frozen). Quite the team don't you think? Reviews were great as expected, and the show went on to win nine 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the Year, along with a Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Album. I would say the The Book of Mormon is here to stay my friends. Anyway, enough about all of it's awards. You came here to find out how you can get tickets to the show. So let's get to it shall we?

Now we all know that The Book of Mormon has never been the cheapest show. Until now. Believe it or not, but there are ways to see the show without breaking the bank. In fact if you a call right now, you can get tickets to see The Book of Mormon for prices that are less than they have ever been.

Be advised that while the prices may be lower, they are for select dates, and also for specific seats. Thankfully because the theatre is so small, there is literally not a bad seat in the house. Get your tickets to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. You will love it. I know I did. Until next time theatre fans.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Broadway Theatre Is Alive and Well In 2016

Last weeks Broadway ticket sales are officially in and it is incredible to me how much money people are spending on the theater in New York City.  Thank goodness, now I understand why my company Applause-Tickets has been busier than we've been in a long time.  There is a Broadway show in most of the theaters except for a few where some productions have recently closed.

The Lion King took in over $2.1 million dollars last week followed by this years runaway musical hit Hamilton, which managed to take in a little over $2 million dollars in sales.  And Hamilton's Richard Rodgers Theater is much smaller than the Minskoff Theatre where The Lion King performs.

One of my favorite shows is Wicked which took in a  little less than $2 million dollars.  Rounding out the big Broadway ticket selling shows are:

Aladdin- almost $1.7 million dollars
The Book of Mormon- almost $1.4 million dollars
School of Rock- over $1.2 million dollars
Waitress- over $1.1 million dollars
Cirque Du Soleil's "Paramour"- just over $1 million dollars

Several other shows had sales between $800,000.00 and just under $1 million dollars.  Great stuff right?

In all my 39 years as a licensed ticket broker for Broadway Shows, I have to say that Broadway seems healthier than ever the last few years.  Sure there are many shows that come and go during the course of a theater season but clients are often going to see more than just one show and often purchasing "premium seats" which are located in the front and center section of the theater.  The premium seats are a major reason why theaters are talking in much more money than just a few short years ago.

In addition to premium seating that bump up the ticket sales for a show, the theaters are filling up more often, building their attendance figures.  They do this by offering reduced prices for shows that need a "push".  Shows that simply might have lots of empty seats without these discounts.  At my company Applause-Tickets, we are given reduced prices for many of the shows, pass on the savings to our clients and help theaters fill up their seating capacity.

Some of these reduced priced shows include:
An American In Paris
Fiddler on the Roof
Finding Neverland
Fun Home
Jersey Boys
Kinky Boots
Les Miserables
On Your Feet
Something Rotten
The Crucible
The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time
The Humans
The Phantom of the Opera

If we can help whenever your plans include Broadway Theater just give us a shout.  Any time.  Any day.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New Musical Anastasia To Open Next Spring

Anastasia review musicalThat's right theatre fans. Anastasia is coming to the Great White Way. The show which played to packed houses in Hartford this past Spring, will open at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 24, 2017.

Featuring a dynamic score by Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and a new book by Tony winner Terrence McNally, Anastsia is sure to be a crowd favorite. So what exactly is the show about? Well I'll tell you.

Set in Paris, during the height of the Russian Empire, this new musical tells the story of Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II, who's entire family was executed by the Bolshevik secret police in 1918. However Anastasia's fate remained a mystery for many years, as the location of her burial was unknown during the Communist rule.  If in fact she did survive, where could she be? I guess we'll see.

Sounds like a great night in the theatre to me. How about you? Tickets for the show are set to go on sale in the coming months, so make sure to check back here for more details. Get your tickets to see Anastasia on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre. Who knows? Maybe I'll see you there. Until next time theatre fans.

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War Paint Arrives in Chicago

On June 28, 2016 Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole will star opposite one another in a brand new musical called War Paint.  The show will play at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago's windy city.

War Paint's story line is an interesting one.  One that shows the career long rivalry of cosmetics industry moguls Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.

The show's Music and Lyrics are written by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, who also created the music for Grey Gardens a few years ago on Broadway.  The book is written by Doug Wright with direction by Michael Grief.  Mr. Grief directed Rent, Next to Normal, Grey Gardens and If/Then.

War Paint tickets in Chicago are available for purchase now and the show has been extended through August 14, 2016.

If you need War Paint tickets, kindly consider a call to Applause-Tickets today.

Stay well,
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Al Pacino Is Planning A Return to Broadway

Al Pacino last appeared on Broadway in a play called China Doll.  Unfortunately he received very negative reviews and the show closed somewhat ahead of its scheduled closing date.

I just found out that Al Pacino will make a return to Broadway sometime during the current 2016-2017 Broadway theater season, although official dates for previews and opening night are not announced yet.  Stay tuned please.  He will play the role of playwright Tennessee Williams.

Mr. Pacino will play opposite Broadway regular and 2-time Tony Award winner Judith Light who is well known for her television and stage career.  She will play the role of Mr. Pacino's longtime female friend who comes to help him towards the end of his career.  The show is called When God Looked Away, a new play written by Dotson Rader.  When God Looked Away is an adaptation from Mr. Rader's biography written in 1985.

Al Pacino made his Broadway debut in 1969 in Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie?, for which he won his first of two Tony Awards.  The second one was for The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.  Born in New York City, Mr. Pacino enjoys playing on Broadway.  He's played in dozens of movies including well known hits like The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Scent of a Woman and so many other incredibly popular films.  He's always been one of my favorite actors.

Most recently Mr. Pacino won a Kennedy Center honor for his lifetime achievement in the arts in a ceremony held on June 23, 2016.  At 76 years old he's had one successful career indeed.

We will keep Applause-Tickets News readers aware of updates regarding When God Looked Away tickets in the near future.

I hope you enjoyed my post on When God Looked Away with Al Pacino, coming to Broadway in the not too distant future.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Amy Schumer Is Coming to Madison Square Garden in October 2016

Tickets go on sale on June 28, 2016 for the very funny Amy Schumer for her concert at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday October 18, 2016.  Ms. Schumer is one of the most popular comedians around these days.  She is only 35 years young.

Amy Schumer has a very popular television show called Inside Amy Schumer, now in its 4th year on the Comedy Central channel, and is now getting her chance to play Madison Square Garden and has a memoir out now about her life.  She is enjoying a European concert tour now that has her performing in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway then traveling to do a full concert tour all over the United States then Canada and Australia and New Zealand as well.  That's allot of travel for sure.

Amy Schumer wrote and starred in the incredibly funny film Trainwreck a few years ago.  If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and consider doing so.  You'll laugh till you cry.  She has been nominated for 5 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning one for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2015.

With just 1 concert scheduled now for New York's Madison Square Garden, I just wanted to offer my company Applause-Tickets service should you want to consider attending the Amy Schumer concert.  My company Applause-Tickets can assist Amy Schumer fans with obtaining tickets to her other concerts outside of New York as well.

Cheers and good luck to Amy Schumer on her worldwide concert tour.  She's a rising star in the world of comedy.

Rich Gladstone

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Broadway Show's And It's Theatres

Heading to New York in the coming month's? Well of course you're going to see a show or two while you're here right? As we speak there are thirty show's playing on the Great White Way, with thirteen more scheduled to open up in the next six months. Therefore I have compiled a list of all the show's and where they are playing. Enjoy!

Ambassador: Chicago
American Airlines:  Long Day's Journey Into Night (limited run through June 26) / The Cherry Orchard (begins previews September 15)

Atkinson Waitress
Barrymore: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (closing September 4)

Beaumont: The King and I (closing June 26) 
BelascoDear Evan Hansen begins previews in November. 
Booth: Act of God (limited run through September 4) / Les Liaisons Dangereuses (previews begin October 8)
Broadhurst: The Front Page (begins previews November 2016) 
Broadway Fiddler on the Roof
Circle in the Square: Fun Home (closing September 10)

Cort: Bright Star (closing June 26)
Friedman: Heisenberg (previews begin September 20)

Gershwin: Wicked
Golden: The Encounter (previews begin September 20)

Hayes  The Humans (final performance July 24 before transfer to Schoenfeld Theatre)

Hirschfeld: Kinky Boots
Imperial: Les Misérables (closes September 4) / Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812  (previews begin October 18)

JacobsThe Color Purple
Kerr: The Crucible (limited run through July 17) / Falsettos (previews begin September 29)

Longacre:  A Bronx Tale (previews begin November 3).

Lunt-Fontanne: Finding Neverland (closes August 21) / The Illusionists—Turn of the Century (begins previews November 25, 2016. Limited run through January 1, 2017.)

Lyceum: Fully Committed (closing July 31)

Lyric: Paramour
Majestic: The Phantom of the Opera
Marquis:  On Your Feet!
Minskoff: The Lion King
Music Box: Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed (closing July 24)

Nederlander: Motown The Musical (previews begin July 12)
Neil Simon : Cats (previews begin July 14)

New Amsterdam: Aladdin 
O'Neill: The Book of Mormon
Palace:  An American in Paris (closing January 1, 2017)

Rodgers: Hamilton
Schoenfeld:  The Humans transfers from the Hayes Theatre starting August 9.

Shubert: Matilda (closing January 1, 2017) / Hello, Dolly! (begins previews March 13, 2017)

Sondheim: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

St. James:   Something Rotten!

Studio 54: She Loves Me (limited run through July 10) / Holiday Inn (previews begin September 1)

Wilson: Jersey Boys

Winter Garden: School of Rock 

By the way, we sell tickets for all of these show's. In fact, most of those show's are available at "Insider Prices". Just give us a call and one of our friendly ticket expert's at Applause will do the rest. It's that easy. Live theatre. There is nothing like it. Until next time theatre fans.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Shuffle Along To Shutter On July 24

Shuffle AlongI'm sorry, but how does a show that received ten 2016 Tony nominations decide to up and close? Oh that's right. Because it's star, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is leaving on July 24. Now don't get me wrong. She has a good excuse. She's pregnant. I just find it hard to believe that a show that played to 99 percent capacity last week doesn't think that it will survive without it's leading lady. Maybe I'm wrong. After all I'm not producing it. Tony and Academy Award winner Scott Rudin is the man with all the money. Here is what Mr. Rubin had to say about his decision in a statement to the press.

Audra McDonald is the biggest star on Broadway, and audiences have been clamoring to see her in this role since the first preview of Shuffle Along in March of this year,” Rudin said in a statement. “She is absolutely extraordinary in the show, and I am filled with gratitude for both her exemplary partnership on Shuffle Along and also for her remarkable resilience and fortitude in doing everything possible to play as many shows as she can, despite the circumstance of her pregnancy.We are thrilled that she and her husband, Will Swenson, are experiencing the opportunity to expand their family — and we wish them all good things as they approach the birth of their child this fall.

It has, however, become clear that the need for Audra to take a prolonged and unexpected hiatus from the show has determined the unfortunate inevitability of our running at a loss for significantly longer than the show can responsibly absorb, and we have decided to close the show when she leaves on July 24. On behalf of myself and George C. Wolfe, I want to say how deeply grateful we are to her for everything she gave and continues to give the show. There is simply nobody like her.”

Now as a producer myself, I can understand his decision. After all at the end of the day it's about money. I just feel bad for the cast and crew who now find themselves out of a job in thirty days. Oh well. That's show business I guess. Shuffle Along will play it's final performance at the Music Box Theatre on July 24. Tickets are still available for it's final weeks. Although if I we're you I wouldn't wait until the last minute to get them, as they will surely be going fast with the announcement of it's closing. Get your tickets to see Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre. Time is running out.

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The Humans-Best Play Of 2016 Is Moving Theatres

I just found out that one of my favorite plays of the year, The Humans, will be playing its last performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 24, 2016, taking a 2 week break while it moves its set design over to the considerably larger Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. 450 seats larger will lead to allot more ticket sales for sure.  Performances will begin at The Humans new home on August 9, 2016.  The show opened Off Broadway on October 25, 2015 then moved to its current home at the Helen Hayes Theatre.  The show has received very positive reviews to date.

The Humans is an original new play by Stephen Karam and tells the story of a Pennsylvania family that comes to New York City to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their younger daughter and her boyfriend.  Needless to say that we learn of the dysfunction in the family as we hear odd sounds during the night in the very old and in need of repair pre-war duplex apartment.  After a while, the underlying tensions rise to the surface and the real family member feelings come to the surface.  The show is funny while we also witness the sharing of some very deep feelings with one another.  This is Mr. Karam's 6th play.

The Humans won Best Play at this years Tony Awards and is selling very well, especially for a non-musical.  Actors Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney won Tony Awards for Best Actress and Best Actor in a Play for their performances in The Humans as well as a Tony Award for the incredible set design by David Zinn.

From time to time my colleague James W. Bruce and I at Applause-Tickets write blog posts to keep theatergoers up-to-date on the comings and goings of Broadway and Off Broadway shows. We welcome the opportunity to hear from you whether you may want to just pickup the phone and call us to talk about Broadway or chat with us on our Boldchat line.  We like to think we're still one of the few ticket services that still believes in customer service.  Sure people can go on-line and get lots of information on Broadway, Sports and Concert Events but why not call us when you get a chance?  We love what we do and we really enjoy talking about the theater and live entertainment events.  How about you?

I hope you found this post helpful.  Cheers and good luck to the cast and creative team at The Humans, a unique Broadway show that should enjoy a long run at its new home at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York City.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Applause And Travel Agents

Travel Agent BrochureSince 1987, Applause Theatre and Entertainment Service has been serving customers from everywhere around the world. I have worked at Applause for a long time now. Not as long as the company has been around, but a long time nonetheless. Now in all that time, I would reckon to say that I have sold tickets to thousands of different people. Like I said, I have been here a long time.

From regular customers who called us looking for the best deals, to concierges looking to get premium tickets for their guests, we have served them all. Now the truth is I love all of our customers. However today's blog is about one particular group.

I am of course talking about the travel industry. It still amazes that after all these years, I still hear from the same travel agents year after year. In fact just the other day I spoke to a travel agent from California who has been using us from day one. That's almost thirty years for those of you keeping count. That is one loyal customer my friends. Oh and by the way, for those travel agents who have never used us, I have some great news.

For every ticket you purchase for your client, Applause will send a commission check to your travel agency within a week or two. In addition, for every ticket you purchase for yourself or your family, you will a receive a generous discount on all tickets. Now do you see why so many travel agent's use us again and again?

Now the truth is, there are hundreds of companies out there that sell tickets. In fact when I started working here twelve years ago I thought we only sold tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Makes sense. After all that's what most of those ticket companies do day in and day out. So what makes us different from everybody else? Well for starters we are based in New York City. Not only that, but our office is in the theatre district, right in the heart of New York City.

In fact, we are just three short blocks away from Broadway's hottest new show. You've all heard of Hamilton haven't you? Of course you have. Now while Broadway may be our bread and butter we do offer other things as well. Heading to Las Vegas and want to see a show? No problem. How about tickets to the World Series or next year's Super Bowl? You want them. We've  got them. Or maybe you're thinking of heading over to London and want to see such classics like Guys and Dolls or The Mousetrap? It's as easy as 1-2-3.

Now I know what you're thinking. You and your family are in New York for vacation. Surely there has to be other things to see and do besides a Broadway show right? As you know New York is home to some of the finest restaurants in the world. The only problem is which one to choose. Now I'll admit I'm more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I always have been. Of course everyone is not like me. Thankfully most people are like my co-worker Todd. In fact, Todd has compiled a list of some of his favorite restaurants. Trust me. He won't steer you wrong.

Also don't forget that Applause is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Plus our phones are always on twenty-four hours a day. That means we are always here to help with all of your ticket needs. How many companies do you know that do that? Not too many my friends. So why not give us a try? You'll be glad you did.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Broadway Bound The SpongeBob Musical Opens In Chicago

spongebob musical

That's right theatre fans. Everyone's favorite sea sponge is heading to the Great White Way. SpongeBob The Musical, which is based on the long running cartoon, opened last night at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago. So what did the critic's have to say? Let's find out shall we?

Chicago Sun-Times

The Chicago Tribune

The Stage Review

Pretty good don't you think?  The show which is playing thru July 10 is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau. It also features music by Tony winner Cyndi Lauper, Steven Tyler, David Bowie, and recent Tony nominee Sara Bareilles. As of now no Broadway theatre has been announced, but is expected to open during the 2016-2017 Broadway season. Stay tuned to our website for further details. Until next time theatre fans.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Now Is The Best Time To Go To London And See A Show

Funny Girl TicketsHeading to "Merry Old England" in the near future? Well have I got news for you. There is no better time than right now. Now unlike my co-workers I have never been across the pond. To be honest I rarely leave New York unless it's to visit my parent's in Illinois. Don't get me wrong. Visiting London is definitely on my bucket list. Oh well. Some day. But enough about me. You came here to find out more about the London theatre scene. So let's get to it shall we? As we speak there are over a hundred plays and musicals playing in the West End. That's more than Broadway and Off-Broadway combined. Of course the only thing you have to ask yourself is what to see?

How about the brand new smash revival of Funny Girl starring award winning actress and singer Sheridan Smith? The show, which opened to rave reviews last year at the intimate one hundred and eighty seat Menier Chocolate Factory, began previews at the Savoy Theatre on April 6. Funny Girl tells the story of Brooklyn born and rising star Fanny Brice, and her stormy relationship with boyfriend and gambler Nicky Arnstein. Featuring such classics like "People", and "Don't Rain On My Parade", Funny Girl is one show you do not want to miss my friends.

Henry V TicketsNow maybe musical's aren't your thing? How about the long running The Woman In Black. The show, which has been thrilling audiences since 1989, tells the story of a grieving lawyer who believes a curse has been cast over him and his family by the Woman In Black. In an attempt to exorcise the spirit, he engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his story. His plan begins innocently enough, but as the border between reality and fantasy blur, the horror starts and the flesh begins to creep. Sounds exciting don't you think?

Oh and don't forget that London is home to some of the greatest plays of William Shakespeare. You've all heard of him right? Of course you have. At the present time there are seven different show's playing in London by the "Bard of England". I know. I know. You want to know which one's right? Well luckily for you I have compiled a list of those shows and when they are playing. 

Henry V- Playing thru July 9, 2016
King Lear -Playing from October 25, 2016 thru December 3, 2016
Love's Labours Lost- Playing from December 12, 2016 thru March 18,2017
A Midnight's Summer Dream- Playing thru September 11, 2016
Much Ado About Nothing- Playing December 9, 2016 thru March 18, 2017
Romeo and Julie-Playing thru August 13, 2016
The Taming of the Shrew- Playing thru August 6, 2016

Now I know what you're thinking. Didn't I mention there are over a hundred show's playing in London? What?You thought I was lying? Of course not. Here is a list of just a few of the show's that you should check out during your visit to the West End.

Aladdin (Also playing on Broadway)
An American in Paris  (Also playing on Broadway)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Opening on Broadway in Spring 2017)
Groundhog Day
Guys and Dolls
Hobson's Choice
In The Heights
Jersey Boys (Also playing on Broadway)
Jesus Christ Superstar
Kinky Boots (Also playing on Broadway)
Matilda (Also playing on Broadway)
Motown (Opening on Broadway in July)
No Man's Land
School Of Rock (Opens in October 2016)
Sunny Afternoon
The Bodyguard
The Book of Mormon (Also playing on Broadway)
The Lion King
The Mousetrap
The Phantom of the Opera
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Threepenny Opera

Quite the list don't you think? So anyway, now that you know what's playing I'm guessing you want to know how to get tickets right? Well have I got good news for you. We sell them. In fact we sell every show and event in London. Who knew? Just give us a call and one of our friendly ticket experts will do the rest. Applause Tickets and London Theatre. A perfect combination. Until next time theatre fans.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Baseball Is Alive And Well In NYC

New York Mets (1999 - Pres)That's right baseball fans. It's that time again. Time to say hello to your New York Yankees. Oh and don't forget the New York Mets too. Who by the way, won their first pennant in fifteen years during the 2014-2015 season. Unfortunately they were defeated in five games by the Kansas City Royals. Let's hope they fair better the next time around. Now the last time the Yankees won the World Series was back in 2009.

New York Yankees (1968 - Pres)That was also their first year in their brand new $2.3 billion dollar stadium. Having been in both Citi Field, which also opened in 2009, I would have to say that I like Citi Field better. And no that is not because I am a Met's fan. Don't get me wrong. I like Yankee Stadium too. I just think Citi Field has a little more to offer.

But enough about the stadium's. You came here to purchase tickets right? Of course you did. Luckily for you we sell them. In fact we sell tickets for every major sporting event around the world. Who knew? By the way, I have also attached the remaining schedule for both teams. Here's to a great baseball season everyone!

New York Yankees
@ -Away Games

June 17 @ Minnesota
June 18 @ Minnesota
June 19 @ Minnesota
June 21 Colorado
June 22 Colorado
June 24 Minnesota
June 25 Minnesota
June 26 Minnesota
June 27 Texas
June 28 Texas
June 29 Texas
June 30 Texas
July 1 @ San Diego
July 2 @ San Diego
July 3 @ San Diego
July 4 @ Chicago White Sox
July 5 @ Chicago White Sox
July 6 @ Chicago White Sox
July 7 @Cleveland
July 8 @Cleveland
July 9 @Cleveland
July 10 @Cleveland
July 15 Boston
July 16 Boston
July 17 Boston
July 18 Baltimore
July 19 Baltimore
July 20 Baltimore
July 21 Baltimore
July 22 San Francisco
July 23 San Francisco
July 24 San Francisco
July 25 @ Houston
July 26 @Houston
July 27 @Houston
July 29 @Tampa Bay
July 30 @Tampa Bay
July 31 @Tampa Bay
Aug. 1 @Mets
Aug. 2 @Mets
Aug. 3 Mets
Aug. 4 Mets
Aug. 5 Cleveland
Aug. 6 Cleveland
Aug. 7 Cleveland
Aug. 9   @Boston
Aug. 10 @Boston
Aug. 11 @Boston
Aug. 12 Tampa Bay
Aug. 13 Tampa Bay
Aug. 14 Tampa Bay
Aug. 15 Toronto
Aug. 16 Toronto
Aug. 17 Toronto
Aug. 19 @ Los Angeles Angels
Aug. 20 @ Los Angeles Angels
Aug. 21 @Los Angeles Angels
Aug. 22 @Seattle
Aug. 23 @ Seattle
Aug. 24 @Seattle
Aug. 26 Baltimore
Aug. 27 Baltimore
Aug. 28 Baltimore
Aug. 29 @Kansas City
Aug. 30 @Kansas City
Aug. 31 @Kansas City
Sept. 2  @ Baltimore
Sept. 3  @Baltimore
Sept. 4  @Baltimore
Sept. 5 Toronto
Sept. 6 Toronto
Sept. 7 Toronto
Sept. 8 Tampa Bay
Sept. 9 Tampa Bay
Sept. 10 Tampa Bay
Sept. 11 Tampa Bay
Sept. 12 Los Angeles Dodgers
Sept. 13 Los Angeles Dodgers
Sept. 14 Los Angeles Dodgers
Sept. 15 @ Boston
Sept. 16 @Boston
Sept. 17 @Boston
Sept. 18 @Boston
Sept. 20 @Tampa Bay
Sept. 21 @Tampa Bay
Sept. 22 @Tampa Bay
Sept. 23 @Toronto
Sept. 24 @ Toronto
Sept. 25 @Toronto
Sept. 26 @Toronto
Sept. 27 Boston
Sept. 28 Boston
Sept. 29 Boston
Sept. 30 Baltimore
Oct. 1 Baltimore
Oct. 2 Baltimore

New York Met's
@ - Away Games

June 16 Pittsburgh
June 17 Atlanta
June 18 Atlanta
June 19 Atlanta
June 21 Kansas City
June 22 Kansas City
June 23 @ Atlanta
June 24 @ Atlanta
June 25 @Atlanta
June 26 @Atlanta
June 27 @Washington
June 28 @ Washington
June 29 @Washington
June 30 Chicago Cubs
July 1 Chicago Cubs
July 2 Chicago Cubs
July 3 Chicago Cubs
July 4 Miami
July 5 Miami
July 6 Miami
July 7 Washington
July 8 Washington
July 9 Washington
July 10 Washington
July 15 @ Philadelphia
July 16 @ Philadelphia
July 17 @ Philadelphia
July 18 @ Chicago Cubs
July 19 @ Chicago Cubs
July 20 @ Chicago Cubs
July 22 @ Miami
July 23 @ Miami
July 24 @ Miami
July 25 St. Louis
July 26 St. Louis
July 27 St. Louis
July 28 Colorado
July 29 Colorado
July 30 Colorado
July 31 Colorado
Aug. 1 Yankees
Aug. 2 Yankees
Aug. 3 @ Yankees
Aug. 4 @ Yankees
Aug. 5 @ Detroit
Aug. 6 @ Detroit
Aug. 7 @ Detroit
Aug. 9 Arizona
Aug. 10 Arizona
Aug. 11 Arizona
Aug. 12 San Diego
Aug. 13 San Diego
Aug. 14 San Diego
Aug. 15 @Arizona
Aug. 16 @ Arizona
Aug. 17 @ Arizona
Aug. 18 @San Francisco
Aug. 19 @San Francisco
Aug. 20 @ San Francisco
Aug. 21 @ San Francisco
Aug. 23 @ St. Louis
Aug. 24 @ St. Louis
Aug. 25 @ St. Louis
Aug. 26 Philadelphia
Aug. 27 Philadelphia
Aug. 28 Philadelphia
Aug. 29 Miami
Aug. 30 Miami
Aug. 31 Miami
Sept. 1 Miami
Sept. 2 Washington
Sept. 3 Washington
Sept. 4 Washington
Sept. 5 at Cincinnati
Sept. 6 @ Cincinnati
Sept. 7 @Cincinnati
Sept. 9 @ Atlanta
Sept. 10 @Atlanta
Sept. 11 @ Atlanta
Sept. 12 @ Washington
Sept. 13 @Washington
Sept. 14 @ Washington
Sept. 16 Minnesota
Sept. 17 Minnesota
Sept. 18 Minnesota
Sept. 19 Atlanta
Sept. 20 Atlanta
Sept. 21 Atlanta
Sept. 22 Philadelphia
Sept. 23 Philadelphia
Sept. 24 Philadelphia
Sept. 25 Philadelphia
Sept. 26 @ Miami
Sept. 27 @Miami
Sept. 28 @ Miami
Sept. 30 @Philadelphia
Oct. 1 at Philadelphia
Oct. 2 at Philadelphia

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Bright Star on Broadway- A Review by Ed Katz

'Bright Star' Review
by Ed Katz
June 14, 2016

What if I told you I am not a bluegrass fan and I knew how the story would end (while it was still in Act One) yet- despite both those facts- I thoroughly enjoyed this new musical by Tony Award nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell?
I will bet most who attend are likely to figure out the ending long before it happens, too- but will still enjoy the show as if it was a complete surprise (and it was, to several in the audience the night I saw it, judging by the many gasps at the big reveal.)

The real surprise, though, is that the show is a true delight- even if the ending isn't a surprise.

Under Walter Bobbie's direction (Tony Award winner for directing the Broadway revival of 'Chicago'- now in its 20th year), 'Bright Star' is moving and enjoyable and Bobbie keeps the ensemble twirling when the pace needs to be picked up and stationary when the scene calls for gravitas.

Carmen Cusack, making her Broadway debut, turns in easily one of the best performances of the year in a true breakout (forgive me for saying it) bright, starring role. Cusack certainly deserves her nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

As Alice Murphy, her transformation from mischievous, coquette adolescent to intelligent but dour, dispassionate magazine publisher later in life is remarkable; just as it is watching her open herself back up emotionally again towards the end of the show.
Her slight frame belies the incredible power of her voice- particularly in her climactic, show-stopping number, 'At Long Last.'

But Cusack doesn't carry the show alone. The entire cast deserves kudos- particularly Paul Alexander Nolan, as Alice's true love, and Hannah Elless and A.J. Shively as a young couple trying to figure out if they are in love.
Jeff Blumenkrantz and Emily Padgett (who was so wonderful as co-lead in the under-appreciated Broadway revival of 'Side Show') supply comic relief as well as some impressive dancing in key supporting roles while Michael Mulheren manages to bring compassion to the one 'bad guy' role.

I even found the bluegrass music grew on me- because it worked well in the show- and the orchestra, heavy on string instruments, as you might expect (from banjo to guitar to mandolin, violin and, of course, fiddle), was excellent.
A nice bonus was the instrumental the orchestra played, center stage, to open Act Two that had the audience clapping in unison to the infectious rhythm.
This 'Bright Star' shines brightly on Broadway, but only until June 26th, as that will be the show's final performance. So time is running out to see Carmen Cusack's extraordinary Broadway debut. She fully deserves the great buzz she has generated. Everyone in the audience stood and cheered at the end of the show.
My bet is you will, too.

'Bright Star' earned five 2016 Tony Awards nominations, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Lead Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestration and it won the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score.

Don't miss it! And you know where you can get the best tickets: Applause Theater & Entertainment Service, 800.451.9930 or online at

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR Is A One Of A Kind Broadway Musical

Last night I had the privilege of sitting in row J center orchestra for the brand new Broadway musical creation of the Cirque du Soleil theatrical group.  This show is called Cirque du Soleil Paramour, the company's first "made for Broadway" show.  Paramour is a wonderful new musical that captures the era of the "Golden Age of Hollywood".  Although only a 3 character show about a love triangle between a film director named A.J. that is about to finish his latest film creation and his love for the leading lady who goes by the name of  Indigo.  He may have his sights set on making her his bride but the young lady is in love with a young poet/songwriter named Joey.  Will true love win over art?

The role of A.J. is played by the very capable Broadway regular Jeremy Kushner ( Footloose, Rent, Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Super Star), Indigo is played by an incredibly talented Ruby Lewis (Grease, Gypsy, Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You) and Joey is played by Ryan Vona.  Mr. Vona appeared on Broadway in 2012 in the show Once.  These 3 talented actors are terrific in their roles in Paramour, especially blending so well with the Cirque du Soleil juggler, trampoline artists and acrobats flying high over the stage.  Although the story is an easy one to follow, the execution of Cirque's performers help to make this one of my favorite musicals to date.  And I get to see most of the Broadway shows.  Lucky me, right?  Each side of the theatre has sizable video screens so that various moments can be captured no matter where one is sitting in the Lyric Theatre.

The set design has been beautifully created by Jean Rabasse with sensational choreography and costume design by Daphne Mauger and Phillippe Guilottel.  Cirque du Soleil pulls out everything in their imagination to help ensure that Paramour pleases at all times.  You'll see what I mean when you see the show yourself for sure. 

Being in the Broadway ticket sales industry I always take notice of the audiences reaction to what's going on, on the stage.  And the audience last night couldn't get enough of Paramour.  The show runs 2 hours and 15 minutes and is perfectly timed.  Paramour began preview performances on Broadway on April 16, 2016, officially opened to critics reviews on May 25, 2016 and is selling tickets through
February 19, 2017.

Cirque du Soleil's new Broadway musical Paramour is a vibrant and exciting as the action takes place throughout the theater during several moments of the show. The audience enjoyed the cast and Cirque company members as they came close to them in their seats.  Their applause was frequent and I could easily tell that they were thoroughly entertained all night long.

Cirque du Soleil has managed to create the most unique entertainment in the world, combining theatre and the world of circus all beautifully interwoven within one show.  It was founded by two street performers by the names of Gilles Stecroix and Guy Laliberte and the company is the largest entertainment company in the world right now.  Although they are based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada- Cirque's shows mostly play to audiences in major cities around the country including Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, and the company does put on touring shows in several cities around the country as well.

When the show ended the audience stood up and gave the cast a well deserved standing ovation.  If you are thinking about seeing a show on Broadway one of these days do yourself a favor and buy Cirque du Soleil Paramour tickets in New York City.  My company Applause-Tickets can be reached 24/7 to assist you in finding some very good seats and at reasonable prices.

Thanks for reading my post on Cirque du Soleil Paramour in New York City, the entertainment capital of the world.

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Get Tickets To See Barbra Streisand With Applause Theatre Service

Great news music fans. Barbra Streisand will soon be coming to a theatre near you. Ticket's for the highly anticipated event went on sale on May 25. The tour which is scheduled to begin on August 2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles will play thru August 23. Here is a list of the cities and dates.

August 2 Los Angeles, Staples Center
August 4 San Jose, SAP Center at San Jose
August 6 Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena
August 9 Chicago, United Center
August 11, 13 Brooklyn, Barclays Center
August 16 Boston, TD Garden
August 18 Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
August 20 Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
August 23 Toronto, Air Canada Centre

Did you happen to notice that the only city with back to back performances is right here in New York City? Not too surprising as Ms. Barbra Joan Streisand was born and raised in Brooklyn. Tickets for the tour have been selling like gangbusters ever since they went on sale back at the end of May.

Now that doesn't mean you can't get tickets. Quite the contrary. In fact if you give us a call, we can get you tickets to see Barbra at rates that are lower than you will find anywhere else. Who doesn't love a bargain? I know I do. Get your tickets to see Barbra Streisand. Your Summer will never be the same again. Until next time music fans.

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