Thursday, May 24, 2018

Shakespeare In The Park To Begin Performances Next Week

Delacorte Theater stage viewed from aisle M-N.jpgThat's right theatre fans. Summer is almost here, and you know what that means don't you? That's right. Shakespeare in the Park. The Summer tradition, which began in 1956 with Julius Caesar, will present Othello from May 29-June 24, and Twelfth Night from July 17-August 19.

Like always, all performances are free and open to the public. Check out the Public Theaters website on how you can obtain tickets to this New York institution. Your Summer won't be the same without it. Until next time theatre fans.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where To Eat In NYC


Image result for restaurant row picSo let's say you are planing a trip to New York City in the coming months. Now of course you are  probably going to see a show or two, and probably visit a few museums and shops while you are here as well. It is New York City after all. But let's say you get a little hungry in between all of those things. Where do you eat?

Well I guess you could stop by Olive Garden, or one of our many TGI Friday's or Applebees. Don't you dare! They don't call us the "Food Capitol of the World" for nothing after all. The only question is of course where to eat? Well thankfully for you, you have come to the right place.

Image result for nyc pizza picBecause we here at Applause love to eat. I mean who doesn't really? Now I have always been more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Although I do love me a good pasta now and then, not too mention pizza. Oh and don't forget barbecue as well as the occasional seafood meal.

That's what' so great about New York City. We have it all. Now for those of you who would like a few suggestions on what a true New Yorker likes to eat, Todd Freeman in my office, has compiled a list of some of the best restaurants to check out while you are here. Not only is the food amazing, but so are the prices. Who doesn't love a bargain? I know I sure do. Happy eating everyone!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Broadway Production Of Pretty Woman Now On Sale

Pretty Woman: The MusicalThat's right theatre fans. One of this season's most highly anticipated new shows is open for business. Pretty Woman: The Musical, which is based on the hit 1990 film, is set to begin previews at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway on July 20, with opening night scheduled for August 16.

The show, which had it's world premiere at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago last month, stars Tony Award winner Steve Kazee (Once) as businessman Edward Lewis, and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) as Vivian Ward, in her Broadway debut.

Featuring music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, book by the late Garry Marshall and J. F. Lawton, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), Pretty Woman: The Musical, is sure to take the Great White Way by storm this Summer.

Now for those of you who want tickets to see the show, you are in luck. We sell it. In fact we sell every play and musical on Broadway. Get your tickets to see Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre. Expect the show to be a big contender at next year's Tony Awards. Until next time theatre fans.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

See Waitress For Less This Summer

WaitressStill haven't seen Waitress yet? Well, there is no better time than the present. The show, which currently stars American Idol alum and Smash and Scorpion star Katherine McPhee, is one of the most uplifting and heartfelt shows on the Great White Way. Now I love the movie. Although to be honest, I am not a huge fan when producers take a successful movie and turn it into a big splashy Broadway musical. I never have been.

Yes I know there have been quite a few successes over the years, with Hairspray, Once, Billy Elliot and Kinky Boots being the most recent examples of those that went on to win multiple Tony Awards, and enjoyed long runs as well.

Well as it turns out, I had nothing to worry about.Not only did I love the show, but it went on to be one of the biggest success stories of the 2015-2016 Broadway season, and continues to play to packed houses eight times a week at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Now for those of you who still want to see the show, you are in luck.We sell it. In fact if you call right now, we can get you tickets to see the show at prices that can't be beat. Be advised that while this "Special Offer" is good thru September 2, it is for select seats only, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see Waitress on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. You will love it. I know I did. Until next time theatre fans.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Customer Story

The Phantom of the Opera TicketsToday's customer story comes all the way from the "Volunteer State". That's right, I am talking about the great state of Tennessee. Yesterday, I received a call from a gentleman who's family was heading over to London in July, and wanted to see a show. Their choice? Why none other than The Phantom of the Opera.

Now you would think that after thirty plus years, that everybody on the planet has seen the show. Well those that are musical theatre fans that is. Well as it turns out, two of his kids had seen the show already, but the others had not. Anyway, after finding out when they would be there, I asked them where they wanted to sit, and more importantly how much he wanted to spend.

After all, he was buying tickets for nine people. Since this was a special trip, he wasn't concerned with the price so much as he just wanted good seats. In the end I got him great seats in the Stalls, and at a price that was lower than he was expecting. Another satisfied customer. Will you be next?

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Angels in America Extends Broadway Run

After 11 Tony Nominations, Angels in America has extended their Broadway run.

Previously set to end on July 1st, the revival of the popular Broadway show starring Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane is now set to end July 15th.

After the nominations for the Tony Awards were announced on May 1st, Angels in America became the most nominated play in the history of the Tony Awards.

Angels in America began previews at the Neil Simon Theatre on February 23rd, and officially opened on March 25th.

Angels in America is a two-part play, written by tony Kushner sets in the 1980s during the height of the AIDS epidemic.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Mean Girls Musical to Launch National Tour in 2019

New hit-musical Mean Girls will launch a National Tour in 2019.

The 12-time Tony nominated show is based on the film of the same name. The book is written by Tina Fey, and music and lyrics by Jeff Richmond.

Like the film, the musical tells the story of the "new kid in town" Cady, as she goes to a traditional school for the first time. She encounters a clique by the name of the Plastics, and she learns what it's like to be at the top and bottom of the food chain. 

Casting and tour dates are set to be released at a later date. 

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Chazz Palminteri to Return to A Bronx Tale

Chazz Palminteri will return to Broadway in his autobiographical story A Bronx Tale. In doing so, he will be the first actor to play the same part in a play, film and stage musical.

Palminteri will play the role of Sonny on weekday performances start May 24th.  Not only is A Bronx Tale about Palminteri’s life, he also wrote the book for the musical, and premiered in the show in 1989 before the film adaption was debuted.

A Bronx Tale tells the story of a young Italian boy who encounters a mob boss and is torn between the exciting life of the mob, and making his honest father proud. The story is based largely on Chazz Palminteri’s childhood.

Original cast member and Tony nominee Nick Cordero, who is currently in the show, will continue playing Sonny on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Supergirl To Make Her Broadway Debut

Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalWhat's that you say? There's a superhero out there that can sing? Now technically it's the actress who plays Supergirl, not the real one of course. You mean you didn't know that Supergirl was a real person? Well she is, in the superhero universe of course. Melissa Benoist, star of  the CW's Supergirl, will make her Broadway debut as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Now for those of you that think this sounds like a case of "Stunt Casting" in order to boost sales, you would probably be right. However this one has a catch. She can actually sing, In fact, she got her start on Glee as transfer student Mandy Rose, in addition to singing in a special episode of The Flash last year.

Trust me theatre fans. She has the chops to pull it off. Ms. Benoist is scheduled to begin performances on June 7, and will play thru August 4. Get your tickets to see Melissa Benoist as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Until next time theatre fans.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The Office Becoming Off-Broadway Show

The creators of the hit off Broadway show Friends! The Musical Parody is set to debut their latest show The Office! A Musical Parody this fall.

The latest in their sitcom parodies, Bob and Tobly McSmith are the creators of The Office! A Musical Parody. The show will be an immersive experience, and will be a twist on the popular show with all of your favorite characters.

Songs inspired by the hit TV show The Office will be "Welcome to Diversity Day," "That's What She Said," "The Creed of Creed," and "Marry Me, Beasley."

The show's composer is Assaf Gleizner, but the full creative team will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the show will go on sale in June, and will open in September at St. Luke's Theatre.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

Special Tony Awards to be Awarded This Year

The American Theatre Wing's 72nd annual Tony Awards will award two special awards at this year's ceremony to John Leguizamo and Bruce Springsteen.

In addition to receiving a 2017 Tony Award nomination for his one-man show, Latin history for Morons, Leguizamo discovered he will be presented with a special Tony Award for his body of work and for his commitment to the theater. He is being celebrated for the diversity and socially conscious storytelling.

Additionally, "The Boss" himself, Bruce Springsteen, will also be awarded a Special Tony Award for his sell-out show Springsteen on Broadway. The success of his solo show has been extended three times and will end in December. The show is playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

The Tony Awards will air on CBS on June 10th at 8pm ET, live from Radio City Music Hall. The Tony Awards will be hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban.

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Coming to Broadway: The Cher Show

Following a brief run at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, the Cher biopic musical The Cher Show is set to debut on Broadway in December.

Starring Stephanie J. Block as the timeless superstar herself, The Cher Show is bound to be the most glamorous show of the season.

Her official name is Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman, but the world knows her simply as Cher. She first gained popularity as the second half of the husband-wife duo Sonny and Cher after their single "I Got You Babe" reached number one on the American and UK charts. Cher has had a huge career, including 25 studio albums, a Grammy Award, Emmy Award, Academy Award and three Golden Globes.

The Cher Show will tell the story of Cher, her personal life, her professional life, and everything in between her six decade long career.

Other casting for The Cher Show includes Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond playing the star in different periods of her life, Jarrod Spector as Sonny Bono, and Emily Skinner as Georgia Holt.

The show will include 35 songs. It has a book by Rick Elice; music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Daryl Waters; choreography by Christopher Gattelli; and it is directed by Jason Moore.

The Cher Show opens for previews at the Neil Simon Theatre on November 1st, and has an official opening December 3rd. This is certainly not one to miss, and it's just in time for the holiday season.

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Something big is coming to Broadway - King Kong!

On November 8th, just in time for the holiday season, King Kong will open at the Broadway Theatre.

Following a successful run in Australia, King Kong features a score composed by Marius de Vries, songs by Eddie Perfect, direction and choreography by Drew McOnie, and a book by Jack Thorne (who also wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).


This show is a long time coming: it was first announced in 2010. It was supposed to come to Broadway in 2013, then was delayed to 2014. Finally the show is to make it's debut, and it's going to be a big one.

Though the cast is not a large one, the main star of the show is huge. King Kong will be a huge animation puppet, standing 20 feet tall and over 2,000 pounds. It will be controlled by a team of artists and technicians. Principle casting is Christiani Pitts as Ann Darrow and Eric William Morris will play Carl Denham.

Previews for King Kong start on October 5th, and the official opening date is November 8th.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Spongebob Squarepants: The Underdog of the Season

Typically when one thinks of a Broadway show it's something grander than can be imagined. That's exactly what an audience member gets when they see Spongebob Squarepants the Musical. 

Possibly one of the biggest underdogs of the 2017-2018 season, Spongebob Squarepants is one of the most creative shows I've seen this year. I'm going to be honest with you - we weren't sure exactly how well received this show would be. After seeing the show now multiple times, I can guarantee this is not only a show for children, adults can have just as much fun.

Based off of the animated show of the same name, Spongebob Squarepants the Musical is a less cartoonized version of the Nickelodeon favorite. The production team has somehow created Bikini Bottom inside of the Palace Theatre and it's definitely a site to behold.

Spongebob Squrepants the Musical follows the story of Spongebob, his two pals Sandy and Patrick, and the rest of the Bikini Bottom population. An ordinary day turns into an ominous one as the town is threatened by the impending eruption of a nearby volcano. Spongebob and his friends set out to save their town and their friends.

Ethan Slater is the hard-working actor who's performance should be notable. Referring back to my Tony nominee prediction blog, I believe Slater will get a nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor In A Musical. Though I wish he would win, I believe a more season actor might beat him out. From the moment the show starts, Slater's high-energy performance as this "Simple Sponge" doesn't quit, and leaves nothing to be desired.

The set and costume designer David Zinn is the one who is responsible for making the Palace feel as though you've taken an underwater detour to Bikini Bottom. It's sensory overload- in the best possible way. Imagination was not forsaken in this production.

There are so many other aspects of the show that make it great. A live folly artist creating all the unique sounds in the show; the superb tap dance number by Squidward (Gavin Lee); the voice of Jai'Len Christine Li Josey while she plays Pearl, all just to name a few.

Fans of the popular TV show and newbies alike will have a hard time sitting still during this show. It's smart, it's creative, and it's just downright fun as well. Be sure to see this wonderful show soon, it's bound to be your "Best Day Ever!"

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

2018 Tony Award Nominations

Mean GirlsThat's right theatre fans. It's the news you've all been waiting for. The 2018 Tony Award nominations. Leading the pack this year with twelve nominations each are Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants, with eleven nominations for Angels In America and Carousel. Coming in third with ten nominations are Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and My Fair Lady. Now on to the rest of the nominations.

Best Play
The Children, by Lucy Kirkwood
Farinelli and The King, by Claire van Kampen
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, by Jack Thorne
Junk, by Ayad Akhtar
Latin History for Morons, by John Leguizamo

Best Musical
The Band's Visit
Frozen
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

SpongeBob SquarePants
Best Revival of a Play
Angels in America
Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
Lobby Hero
Travesties

Best Revival of a Musical
My Fair Lady
Once On This Island
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Best Book of a Musical
The Band's Visit, Itamar Moses
Frozen, Jennifer Lee
Mean Girls, Tina Fey
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Kyle Jarrow

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Angels in America, Adrian Sutton
The Band's Visit, David Yazbek
Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Mean Girls, Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and Domani & Lil'C

Angels in America
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King
Denzel Washington, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band's Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
CarouselJessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Susan Brown, Angels in America
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Deborah Findlay, The Children
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Ari'el Stachel, The Band's Visit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Santo Loquasto, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
Scott Pask, The Band's Visit
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

My Fair Lady
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Ann Roth, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Ann Roth, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
Ben Stanton, Junk

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Tyler Micoleau, The Band's Visit

The Band's Visit
Best Sound Design of a Play
Adam Cork, Travesties
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Kai Harada, The Band's Visit
Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Joe Mantello, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber, Travesties
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
George C. Wolfe, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Once On This Island
David Cromer, The Band's Visit
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Once on This Island
Best Choreography
Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Best Orchestrations
John Clancy, Mean Girls
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band's Visit
Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

This year's Tony Award's, which are being hosted by Tony nominee's Sara Bareilles (Waitress), and Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), are set to air on CBS on June 10. Who will win and who will lose? Find out on June 10 at 8pm. Until next time theatre fans. 

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Broadway Revival Of The Boys In The Band Begins Performances Tonight

The Boys in the BandThat's right theatre fans. The boys are back, and they are getting the band back together. Like how I did that? The Boys In The Band, which first premiered Off-Broadway on April 14, 1968, will make it 's long awaited Broadway debut this Spring at the Booth Theatre.

The show, which features an all-star cast, and is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, (Take Me Out, Wicked), is set to open on April 30. The limited engagement will conclude it's run on August 11.

The Mart Crowley play stars Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Robin De Jesus (In the Heights), Brian Hutchinson (Exit the King), Michael Benjamin Washington ( La Cage Aux Folles), and Tuc Watkins ( One Life To Live), and Charlie Carver (Desperate Housewives).

See? I told you it was an all-star cast didn't I? By the way, for those of you who want tickets to see the show, you are in luck. We sell it. In fact, we sell every new play and musical on Broadway this season. Get your tickets to see Boys In The Band on Broadway at the Booth Theatre. Until next time theater fans.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

2018 Drama Desk Nominations

CarouselA few days ago, I posted the nominations for the 2018 Outer Critic's Circle Awards. Next up? Why none other than the 2018 Drama Desk Award Nominations.

Leading the pack this year with twelve nominations, is the new Broadway revival of Carousel, starring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry and opera dive Renee Fleming.

Following in second place with eleven nominations is the new musical SpongeBob SquarePants, and coming in third this year is the new Broadway smash Mean Girls with ten nominations.

The show, which will take place at Town Hall on June 3, will be hosted once again by Obie winner Michael Urie (Torch Song, Buyer & Cellar). Now on to the rest of the nominees.

Outstanding Play
Admissions
Mary Jane
Miles for Mary
People, Places and Things
School Girls, or, The African Mean Girls Play

Outstanding Musical
Desperate Measures
KPOP
Mean Girls
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Angels in America
Hindle Wakes
In the Blood
Three Tall Women
Travesties

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Amerike – The Golden Land
Carousel
My Fair Lady
Once On This Island
Pacific Overtures

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Johnny Flynn, Hangmen
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
James McArdle, Angels in America
Paul Sparks, At Home at the Zoo

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Carrie Coon, Mary Jane
Denise Gough, People, Places & Things
Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women
Billie Piper, Yerma

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Jelani Alladin, Frozen
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
Evan Ruggiero, Bastard Jones
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Gizel Jiménez, Miss You Like Hell
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Jessie Mueller, Carousel
Ashley Park, KPOP
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Miss You Like Hell

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ben Edelman, Admissions
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, The Iceman Cometh
Gregg Mozgala, Cost of Living

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Jocelyn Bioh, In the Blood
Jamie Brewer, Amy and the Orphans
Barbara Marten, People, Places & Things
Deirdre O'Connell, Fulfillment Center
Constance Shulman, Bobbie Clearly

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Damon Daunno, The Lucky Ones
Alexander Gemignani, Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
Tony Yazbeck, Prince of Broadway

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Lindsay Mendez, Carousel
Kenita R. Miller, Once on This Island
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady
Kate Rockwell, Mean Girls

Outstanding Director of a Play
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Jeremy Herrin, People, Places & Things
Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
Lila Neugebauer, Miles for Mary
Simon Stone, Yerma
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Teddy Bergman, KPOP
Jack O'Brien, Carousel
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

The LaDuca Award for Outstanding Choreography
Camille A. Brown, Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Carousel
Nejla Yatkin, The Boy Who Danced on Air

Outstanding Music
The Bengsons, The Lucky Ones
Ben Caplan, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
David Friedman, Desperate Measures
Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell
Helen Park, Max Vernon, KPOP

Outstanding Lyrics
Nell Benjamin, Mean Girls
Quiara Alegría Hudes/Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures
Helen Park, Max Vernon, KPOP

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Tina Fey, Mean Girls
Kyle Jarrow, SpongeBob Squarepants
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures
Hannah Moscovitch, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Outstanding Orchestrations
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants
Annmarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin (John Bertles and Bash the Trash, found instrument design), Once on This Island
Charlie Rosen, Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell
Jonathan Tunick, Pacific Overtures
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel

Outstanding Music in a Play
Imogen Heap, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Justin Hicks, Mlima's Tale
Amatus Karim-Ali, The Homecoming Queen
Justin Levine, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Adrian Sutton, Angels in America

The Hudson Scenic Studio Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women
Bunny Christie, People, Places & Things
Lizzie Clachan, Yerma
Maruti Evans, Kill Move Paradise
Louisa Thompson, In the Blood

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Louisa Adamson, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Beowulf Boritt, Prince of Broadway
Dane Laffrey, Once on This Island
Santo Loquasto, Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Dede M. Ayite, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and the King
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ann Roth, Three Tall Women
Emilio Sosa, Venus

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once on This Island
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady
Dede M. Ayite, Bella: An American Tall Tale

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Natasha Chivers, 1984
Alan C. Edwards, Kill Move Paradise
Paul Gallo, Three Tall Women
Paul Russell, Farinelli and the King

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Louisa Adamson, Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Amith Chandrashaker, The Lucky Ones
Jules Fisher, Peggy Eisenhauer, Once on This Island
Brian MacDevitt, Carousel
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, KPOP

Outstanding Projection Design
David Bengali, Van Gogh's Ear
Andrezj Goulding, People, Places & Things
Peter Nigrini, SpongeBob SquarePants
Finn Ross and Adam Young, Mean Girls
Finn Ross and Ash J. Woodward, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Brendan Aanes, Balls
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Tom Gibbons, People, Places & Things
Stefan Gregory, Yerma
Palmer Hefferan, Today is My Birthday

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Kai Harada, The Band's Visit
Scott Lehrer, Carousel
Will Pickens, KPOP
Dan Moses Schreier, Pacific Overtures

Outstanding Wig and Hair
Carole Hancock, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Campbell Young Associates, Farinelli and the King
Cookie Jordan, School Girls;, or The African Mean Girls Play
Charles G. LaPointe, SpongeBob SquarePants
Josh Marquette, Mean Girls

Outstanding Solo Performance
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke
David Greenspan, Strange Interlude
Jon Levin, A Hunger Artist
Lesli Margherita, Who's Holiday!
Sophie Melville, Iphigenia in Splott

The Chase Award for Unique Theatrical Experience
Derren Brown: Secret
Master
Say Something Bunny!

Outstanding Fight Choreography
J. David Brimmer, Is God Is
Steve Rankin, Carousel
Unkle Dave's Fight House, Oedipus El Rey

Outstanding Puppet Design
Finn Caldwell, Nick Barnes, Angels in America
Michael Curry, Frozen
Charlie Kanev, Sarah Nolan, and Jonathan Levin, A Hunger Artist
Vandy Wood, The Artificial Jungle

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Iceman Cometh Reviews

The Iceman ComethThat's right theatre fans. It's that time again. Time to celebrate another opening on the Great White Way. Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, starring Tony and Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, and directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, opened on Thursday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. So what did the critic's have to say? Let's find out.

amNY

Broadway News

The Daily Beast

Entertainment Weekly

Hollywood Reporter

The New York Daily News

New York Magazine

The New York Times

NY1

Time Out New York

Variety

The Washington Post

Pretty good I have to say. By the way, for those of you who want tickets to see the show, you have come to the right place. We sell it. Plus if you call right now, you can get tickets to see the show at prices that can't be beat. Be advised that while this "Special Offer" is good thru July 1, it is for select seats only, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see The Iceman Cometh on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 Outer Critic's Circle Award Nominations

SpongeBob SquarePantsThat's right theatre fans. The awards season has officially begun. Just a short while ago, the nominations for this year's Outer Critic's Circle Awards were announced. Leading the pack this year with eleven nominations is SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical, followed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2, which received ten nominations, and the new Broadway revival of My Fair Lady which got nine nominations. Winners are set to be announced on May 7. Now on to the rest of the nominations.

Outstanding New Broadway Play
The Children
Farinelli and the King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Junk

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Escape to Margaritaville
Frozen
Mean Girls
Prince of Broadway
SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Admissions
Cost of Living
Hangmen
The Low Road
Mlima’s Tale

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Cruel Intentions
Desperate Measures
Jerry Springer- The Opera
Miss You Like Hell
Woody Sez

Outstanding Book Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Tina Fey, Mean Girls
Quiara Alegría Hudes, Miss You Like Hell
Kyle Jarrow, SpongeBob SquarePants
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C, Jonathan Coulton, and Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants
David Friedman and Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures
Imogen Heap, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Erin McKeown and Quiara Alegría Hudes, Miss You Like Hell
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen

Outstanding Revival Of A Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Angels in America
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
Lobby Hero
Three Tall Women
Travesties

Outstanding Revival Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Carousel
My Fair Lady
Once on This Island
Pacific Overtures

Outstanding Director Of A Play
Jo Bonney, Cost of Living
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Patrick Marber, Travesties
Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Director Of A Musical
Michael Arden, Once on This Island
Bill Castellino, Desperate Measures
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Choreographer
Camille A. Brown, Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Justin Peck, Carousel

Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)
Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women
Myung Hee Cho, In the Body of the World
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Clint Ramos, Once on This Island
Paloma Young, Time and the Conways
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Paul Russell, Farinelli and the King
Lap Chi Chu, Mlima’s Tale

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)
Tim Reid, 1984
Finn Ross, Frozen
Finn Ross, In the Body of the World
Finn Ross and Adam Young, Mean Girls
Finn Ross and Ash Woodward, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Kate Marvin, [Porto]
Fitz Patton, Napoli, Brooklyn
Marc Salzberg, My Fair Lady
Darron L. West, Mlima’s Tale

Outstanding Orchestrations
Jason Robert Brown, Prince Of Broadway
Tom Kitt, Spongebob Squarepants
Annmarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel
Claire Van Kampen, Farinelli And The King

Outstanding Actor In A Play
Sean Carvajal, Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train
Andrew Garfield, Angels In America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Gregg Mozgala, Cost Of Living
Michael Urie, The Government Inspector

Outstanding Actress In A Play
Maameyaa Boafo, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
Jessica Hecht, Admissions
Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Lauren Ridloff, Children Of A Lesser God
Katy Sullivan, Cost Of Living

Outstanding Actor In A Musical
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
David M. Lutken, Woody Sez
Conor Ryan, Desperate Measures
Ethan Slater, Spongebob Squarepants

Outstanding Actress In A Musical
Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Erika Henningsen, Mean Girls
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Patti Murin, Frozen

Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Johnny Flynn, Hangmen
Nathan Lane, Angels In America
David Morse, The Iceman Cometh
Paul Sparks, At Home At The Zoo

Outstanding Featured Actress In A Play
Jamie Brewer, Amy And The Orphans
Denise Gough, Angels In America
Harriet Harris, The Low Road
Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women
Mary Testa, The Government Inspector
 
Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Carousel
Gavin Lee, Spongebob Squarepants
Nick Wyman, Desperate Measures
Tony Yazbeck, Prince Of Broadway

Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical
Kerry Butler, Mean Girls
Lindsay Mendez, Carousel
Lauren Molina, Desperate Measures
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Emily Skinner, Prince Of Broadway

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