Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wicked Makes History

Wicked
I don't know what it is, but it feels like every year, or every couple of years, I find myself writing a blog about Wicked and it's historic run. From it's record breaking productions around the world, to it's lengthy celebrated run on Broadway, Wicked continues to get more popular year after year. Not only that, but as of July 12, Wicked became the 6th longest running show in Broadway history, surpassing A Chorus Line.

Now believe it or not, but the Broadway production got mixed reviews when it opened. Yet here we are fifteen years later, and the show is still going strong. Take that critic's. 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 show on Broadway. Get your tickets to see Wicked on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Broadway Bound The Prom Finds A New Home

The PromThat's right theatre fans. One of this season's most highly anticipated new shows is swapping theatres. The Prom, which was set to begin previews at the Cort Theatre on October 21, is now headed to the Longacre Theatre. Opening night is still scheduled for November 15.

The show, which is directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), features a book by Tony Award winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), and a score by Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer, Elf), and Beguelin.

Quite the creative team don't you think? Tickets for the show are now on sale. Oh and did I mention that we are selling it? Well we are. Get your tickets to see The Prom on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

JWB
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Last Call: Broadway Show Closings

Here's a list of upcoming Broadway show closings. Give us a call and grab your tickets before it's too late!

Angels in America
Closing date: Sunday, July 15th
Theatre: Neil Simon
Cast highlights: Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane

Angels in America one of the biggest Broadway play epics. Told in two parts, with two intermissions per part and a total of seven and a half hours, it's not for the faint of heart. A revival of the original show, this new production is nothing short of breathtaking. The cast is wonderful, the set is one of the best of the season that I've seen and the material is is transcendent.

 A Bronx Tale the Musical
Closing date: Sunday, August 5th.
Theatre: Longacre
Cast Highlights: Chazz Palminteri

A Bronx Tale is perfect for any non-theatre fans. Currently featuring Chazz Palminteri, the original Sonny has stepped back into the role he created. Originally written as a one man show, A Bronx Tale is set in the Bronx in the 1960s where a young man is caught between doing what's right and following his father's footsteps, or becoming more like the local mob boss.

The Boys in the Band
Closing date: Saturday, August 11th
Theatre: Booth
Cast highlights: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomber, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchinson, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Washington.

Set in 1968, The Boys in the Band centers on a group of gay men who are brought together for a friend's birthday party set in a NYC apartment. As the night unfolds, so the the secrets each one of them is harboring.

Hello, Dolly!
Closing date: Saturday, August 25th
Theatre: Shubert
Cast highlights: Bernadette Peters (until July 15th). Bette Midler returns July 17th. Also featured is Victor Garber, Gavin Creel, David Hyde Pierce, and Kate Baldwin.

The delightful revival of Hello, Dolly! is what theater dreams are made of. The show tells the story of  matchmaker Dolly Levi and the antics she gets up to. This classic Broadway show is one not to miss!

Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical
Closing date: Sunday, Spetember 16th
Theatre: Palace
Cast highlights: Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Danny Skinner, Lilli Cooper, Wesley Taylor and Bruce Ray Norris

Featuring the music and lyrics written byartists such as Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco and Plain White T's, Spongebob is nothing short of a great time at the theater. The show features the beloved characters from the Nickelodeon TV show, and follows Spongebob and the rest of Bikini Bottom as they try to save their town from impending doom!

Springsteen on Broadway
Closing date: Saturday, December 15th
Theatre: Walter Kerr

A career that spans decades, Bruce Springsteen is one of the biggest musical legends to ever live. He comes to Broadway performing an acoustic set for an intimate night with the singer.

Let us know if we can help you out getting tickets to any of these shows before they end! Our phones are open 24 hours a day.

Emily Stubbs
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Friday, July 13, 2018

West Side Story To Return To Broadway In 2019

Image result for west side story logoExciting news theatre fans. One of Broadway's most beloved shows of all time is headed back to the Great White Way. West Side Story, which believe it or not first premiered sixty-one years ago, is set to begin previews at a Broadway theatre to be announced on December 10, 2019, with opening night scheduled for February 6, 2020.

Two months of previews for a revival? I guess they want to make sure it's perfect. It was also announced today, that the show is being directed by Tony Award winning director Ivo van Hove (A View From A Bridge, The Crucible), with new choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

Yes that's right. This will be the first Broadway production not to use Jerome Robbin's iconic choreography. Now some may not agree with that, but I think it's time to put a new spin on this beloved musical. Here's hoping I am right. Until next time theatre fans.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SpongeBob SquarePants To Close

SpongeBob SquarePantsSad news theatre fans. One of last season's most celebrated shows is taking it's final bow this Fall. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, will play it's final performance at the Palace Theatre on September 16.

The show, which is based on the animated Nickelodeon television series, will have played a total of twenty-nine previews, and three hundred and twenty-seven regular performances at the time of it's closing.

It was also announced, that the show is set to launch a North American national tour in the Fall of 2019. Here's hoping the show does better on the road.

By the way, for those of you want tickets to see the show, you are in luck. We sell it. Plus if you call right now, you can get tickets to see the show at some incredible rates.

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 SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical at the Palace Theatre. Time is running out. Until next time theatre fans.

JWB
Applause Theatre and Entertainment Service, Inc.
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New York, NY 10036
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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Smokey Joe's Cafe Returns To New York

Smokey_Joe’s_Cafe_Ogunquit_Playhouse_Production_Photo_2018_Smokey Joe's Cafe 0047_HR.jpgThat's right theatre fans. One of Broadway's longest running revue's is headed back to the Big Apple. Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, began performances last night at the Stage 42 Theatre Off-Broadway.

The show, which played over two thousand performances on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson), will officially open on July 22. Now I loved the show when it played here before. In fact, I saw it three times. Here's hoping this new production has a long run as well.

By the way, for those of you who want tickets to see the show, you are in luck. We sell it. In fact if you call right now, you can get tickets to see the show at some great rates. Be advised that while this "Special Offer" is good thru September 30, it for select seats only, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see Smokey Joe's Cafe at the Stage 42 Theatre. Who knows? You might just see me there. Until next time theatre fans.

JWB
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New York, NY 10036
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Theater Etiquette

As a huge theatregoer, what's the worse thing that can happen to you? (Besides losing your tickets or the show closing!)

It, of course, is when a fellow audience member is so distracting you can't enjoy yourself at the show.

In my case, it was my most recent trip to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As a huge Broadway and Harry Potter fan, I had been waiting for months to see the show. Not only that, but I also had spent a lot of money to see the show as well.

Although I am a complete believer that children should be exposed to the arts, I think the fact that there is an age limit for Broadway theatres is an important thing to be aware of if you have children. I won't get into too many details of the negative experience, but the person who affected my time at the theatre was a child, and wasn't able to be respectful of the other patron in the theatre.

When another audience member is so distracting that you can't enjoy yourself at the show, it is unacceptable.

Here's a few top tips on theatre etiquette:


  1. Be mindful of those around you.
    Don't rustle your snacks too loudly. Please don't talk to your neighbor. Be sure to turn off your cell phone AND smart watches. And no matter how much you love the show, PLEASE do not sing along. Patrons are there to see the actors perform, not you.
  2. Be on time.
    This is the cardinal rule of seeing a Broadway show. Some theatres have very strict guidelines about being late, and some won't let you into the show until a few minutes into the show or even at intermission. However, in many shows after the first overture you're permitted to go in. It can be distracting, so do your best to be on time.
  3. If you're taking children to see the show, go over the theatre rules with them!
    Bringing kids to the theatre is such a fun experience! Make sure they're the right age to see a show, though. If they can't sit through a movie at the movie theatre, a Broadway show probably isn't the best choice for them. Fidgeting happens, even to us adults, but if your child is distracting other people during the show, as a parent you have a responsibility to the patrons around you to ensure their experience won't be ruined. 
  4. If you have to cough, cover your mouth.
    I get it, allergies exist! However, if you cough or sneeze during the show, please don't do it on the neck of the patron in front of you.
  5. Don't record the show or take pictures.
    Although this seems obvious, you'd be surprised how many people in an audience try to record a show or take pictures. I get it, you want to remember this incredible experience you're having at the show. But the magic of theatre is that it's a unique experience every time you see a live show. If you pull out your phone during a show, an usher will most likely swoop in on you with a beaming flashlight. It's distracting for the others around you, and very rude. Just enjoy the experience while you're there!
Have you ever had a negative audience experience at a Broadway show before? We'd love to hear it! 



Emily Stubbs
Applause Theatre and Entertainment Service, Inc.
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Ste 1107
New York, NY 10036
212-307-7050
or 1-800-451-9930






Monday, July 02, 2018

"A Bronx Tale" Set to Close On Broadway

On August 5th, A Bronx Tale will take its final bow. At the time of closing, the show will have played 29 previews and 700 regular performances.

Chazz Palminteri, who's life was the inspiration for the show, joined the cast in May. He is the only actor to play the same role on stage, film and in the musical production of the same show. He is playing select performances until the time of closing.

Palminteri played his one man show of A Bronx Tale on the West coast before bringing it off-Broadway in 1989. The show played New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse before officially opening on Broadway in 2016.


Emily Stubbs
Applause Theatre and Entertainment Service, Inc.
165 W 46th Street
Ste 1107
New York, NY 10036
212-307-7050
or 1-800-451-9930