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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