Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Harry Connick Jr. To Return To Broadway This December

Image result for harry connick jr picsExciting news theater fans. Two-time Tony Award nominee Harry Connick Jr. is headed back to the Great White Way. Now while I knew that he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in A Musical in 2006 for his role in The Pajama Game, I had to do a little research on the second one.

It turns out it was in 2002 for Best Original Score for Thou Shalt Not, which unfortunately opened to scathing reviews, and closed after eighty-five performances and twenty-two previews. Here's hoping his new show fares better.

The show, titled Harry Connick Jr. - A Celebration of Cole Porter, is set to premier at the Durham Performing Arts Center in North Carolina in September prior to it's Broadway run. It is then scheduled for a National Tour following the Broadway engagement.

Tickets for the Broadway run, which begins in December at the Nederlander Theatre, are set to go on sale in the coming weeks. Be sure to check out this website for further updates. Get your tickets to see Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

See Broadway's Frozen For Less

FrozenStill haven't seen Frozen yet? Well there is no better time than the present. The show, which is based on the Academy Award winning 2013 film, opened at the St. James Theatre on March 22, 2018, where it continues to delight audiences of all ages eight times a week.

Now for those of you who have read any of my previous blogs, you know that I am not exactly the biggest Disney fan in the world. You know what? It doesn't matter what I think. Disney is here to stay my friends. Now back to the reason for today's blog. How you can see Broadway's Frozen for less.

That's right theatre fans.It is now possible to get tickets to see the show at prices that can't be beat. Be advised that while this "Special Offer" is good thru November 24, it is for select seats only, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see Frozen on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Customer Story

Poster for Big The MusicalToday's customer story comes all the way from the great state of Nebraska. Omaha to be exact. Recently I got a call from a travel agent who's client was heading to London in September, and wanted to see a couple of shows while she was there. I take that back. She wanted to see three shows. Her choices? Big The Musical, The Night of the Iguana, and A Very Expensive Poison.

Quite the variety don't you think? After telling me what she wanted to see, she wondered if it was possible to see at least two of the three shows during the afternoon. Thankfully that wasn't a problem as she was going to be in London for ten days. In the end, I got her great seats for all three shows in the Center Stalls, and at a rate that was lower than she was expecting. Another satisfied customer. Will you be next?

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Book Of Mormon Makes History

The Book of MormonThat's right theatre fans. The Book of Mormon is making history once again. As of today, the show is officially the fourteenth longest running show in Broadway history, with a total of 3,487 performances. By the way, if the show can last another 605 performances, it will surpass Miss Saigon to become the thirteenth longest running show on Broadway.

Somehow I think it just might do it. Now for those of you who still haven't 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 The Book of Mormon on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. It's the funniest show in town. Until next time theatre fans.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Mouline Rouge Reviews

Moulin_Rouge_Broadway_Production_Photos_2019_HRThat's right theatre fans. The reviews for Moulin Rouge are in, and I would have to say they are pretty good for the most part. The show, which has been playing to packed houses eight times a week at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, is sure to be one of the biggest hit's of the 2019-2020 Broadway season. So what did the critic's have to say? Let's find out.


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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Mouline Rouge To Open Tonight On Broadway

Image result for moulin rouge broadway logoThat's right theatre fans. The wait is finally over. In just a few hours, the curtain is set to rise on one of this season's most highly anticipated shows. In fact, it is the first musical of the 2019-2020 Broadway season.

Moulin Rouge, which is based on the 2001 Baz Luhrmann film, began previews at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on June 28, following a sold out critically acclaimed production last summer at the Colonial Theatre in Boston.

The show, which features a book by Tony Award winner John Logan (Red), and direction by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Beetlejuice), includes not only the pop favorites and original songs from the film, but also a slew of new songs that have been released since the film's premier like Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," Sia's "Chandelier," and Beyoncé's "Single Ladies."

Tickets have been flying out the door since going on sale last year. Now that doesn't mean you can't get tickets. You just may have to spend a little more. By the way, for those of you who want tickets to see Moulin Rouge, you are in luck. We sell it. In fact, we sell every new play and musical on Broadway. Get your tickets to see Moulin Rouge on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Broadway Revival Of West Side Story Cast And Theatre Announced

Related imageThat's right theatre fans. One of this season's most highly anticipated shows has found it's home. Not only that, but the show has found it's cast too. West Side Story, which believe it or not first premiered on Broadway in 1957, is set to begin previews at the Broadway Theatre on December 10, 2019, with opening night scheduled for February 6, 2020.

Eight weeks of previews for a show that opened over six decades ago? Seems like a long time to me. Oh well. I'm sure they know what they are doing.Now not only will be the first time in the United States to not feature the original Jerome Robbins Tony Award winning choreography, but twenty- three actor's in the show are making their Broadway debut. I think that might be a record.

Portraying the star-crossed lover's Tony and Maria are Isaac Powell and Shereen Pimentel, with Yesenia Ayala as Anita and Amar Ramasar as Bernardo, and Ben Cook as Riff. With a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, a book by Arthur Laurents and directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove, and choreographed by acclaimed international choreographer Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker, West Side Story is one show that you do not want to miss. It is theatre at it's finest.Tickets for the award winning musical are now one sale. Oh and did I mention that we are selling it? Well we are. Get your tickets to see West Side Story on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Little Shop Of Horrors To Return To New York City

Image result for little shop of horrors off- broadway logoWhat a way to start the week theatre fans. It was just announced, that Little Shop of Horrors is headed back to New York in September. Now before you start wondering what Broadway theatre it's going into, you can stop wondering. Why you ask? Because the beloved musical is not going to the Great White Way.

Instead it's headed Off-Broadway to the Westside Arts Theatre. Previews are set to begin on September 17, with opening night scheduled for October 17, Leading the cast are Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff as Seymour, two-time Tony Award nominee Tammy Blanchard as Audrey, and two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle as Orin. Now that is what I call an all-star cast theatre fans.

The show, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1982 at the Orpheum Theatre, features music by Academy Award winner Alan Menken, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and direction by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer. Now I for one am happy to see the show returning to it's Off-Broadway roots. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the 2003 Broadway production. I just feel it plays better in a more intimate space. By the way, for those of you who want tickets to see the show, you are in luck. We sell it. Get your tickets to see Little Shop of Horrors at the Westside Arts Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Broadway Closings Continue

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Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalWell would you look at that? I go away on vacation for a week, and while I'm gone two more shows announce that they set to close in the coming months. For those of you keeping count, that now makes a total of seven shows that will be closing on the Great White Way.

Now out of all the shows that are saying goodbye, I have to say that I am the most sad about Beautiful and Waitress. Thankfully, they both had long runs, and recouped their entire investment. How many shows in the past few years can say that?

Not too many my friends. Beautiful, which opened in January 2014, will play it's final performance on October 27, while Waitress, which opened in April 2016, will take it's final bow on January 5, 2020. Now for those of you who still haven't seen these two amazing musicals, you are in luck. We sell it.

Not only that, but both of these shows are available at prices that can't be beat. Get your tickets to see Beautiful on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and Waitress on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sequel To Tony Award Winner All The Way To Open On Broadway This Fall

One of my favorite theatrical experiences of the past decade, was seeing Bryan Cranston is his Tony Award winning performance as former President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's All The Way.

The show, which also won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play of the Year, remains one of the finest plays that I have ever seen. Now here we are five years later, and it's sequel The Great Society, is set to begin previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on September for a twelve week run.

Now while All The Way focused on Johnson's presidency following the assassination of JFK, The Great Society takes place following the election of 1964, amid the Vietnam War as well as the Civil Rights Movement. Starring as LBJ in the highly anticipated sequel is Olivier and Emmy Award winner Brian Cox. Quite the replacement don't you think?

Also announced to star along side Mr. Cox is Tony Award nominee Marc Kudish as Richard J. Daley, Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas as Hubert Humphrey, and Grantham Coleman, who is making his Broadway debut as Martin Luther King. As of now no on sale date has been announced. Be sure to check this website for further updates. Until next time theatre fans.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Pulitzer Prize And Tony Award Winner Tracy Letts New Play Linda Vista To Open On Broadway This Fall

HR - Tracy Letts.jpgOne of my favorite theatrical experiences of all time was seeing the Broadway production of August:Osage County. The show, which premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 2007, would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the Tony Award for Best Play of the Year. Now here we are twelve years later, and playwright Tracy Letts is headed back to Broadway in a brand new play.

Linda Vista, which premiered at the Steppenwolf Thetare in March 2017, is set to begin previews at the Hayes Theatre on September 19, and play thru November 10. So what is the show about? Well according to the shows website, Linda Vista tells the story of fifty year old Wheeler. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him.

A move from the cot in his ex-wife’s garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex—complicated, painful and hilarious. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be. Well I'm sold. As of now no on sale date has been announced. Be sure to check this website for further updates. Get your tickets to see Linda Vista on Broadway at the Hayes Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Jake Gyllenhaal And Tom Sturridge To Star In Sea Wall/A Life On Broadway

Sea Wall / A LifeThe first new play of the 2019-2020 Broadway season is Sea Wall/A Life. The back to back monologue plays by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne, stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge who starred in the recent sold out production at the Public Theatre. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, Sea Wall/A Life is set to begin previews at the Hudson Theatre on July 26, with opening night scheduled for August 8. The show will play a limited engagement thru September 29.

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 September 29, it is for select seats only, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

New Play The Height Of The Storm To Open On Broadway This Fall

Related imageThe Height of the Storm? Now I don't know about you, but the title alone makes me want to see it. Well that, and it is set to star two-time Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce, and four-time Tony Award nominee and two-time Olivier Award winner Eileen Atkins.

The play, which was written by Florian Zeller, and translated by Academy and Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton, is set to begin previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 10, with opening night scheduled for September 24.

So what's the show about? Well according to the shows website, The Height of the Storm tells the story of André and Madeleine, who for fifty years have been filled with the everyday pleasures and unfathomable mysteries of an enduring marriage, until suddenly their life together begins to unravel, and this loving relationship is faced with the inevitability of change.

Now I don't know about you, but I think the title totally fits don't you? By the way for those of you who want tickets to see The Height of the Storm, you are in luck. We sell it. Get your tickets to see The Height of the Storm on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Former Talking Head's Frontman David Byrne Headed To Broadway In American Utopia

Image result for american utopia logoGrowing up in the 80's, one of the most bizarre videos that I ever saw was Once In A Lifetime by The Talking Heads. To a ten year old MTV obsessed kid it was strange to say the least.

Now here we are all these years later and the singer of that new wave rock classic is coming to Broadway. American Utopia, which is based on the 2018 album, is set to begin previews at the Hudson Theatre on October 4, with opening night scheduled for October 20.

Featuring music and lyrics by David Byrne, and direction by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Beetlejuice, Moulin Rouge), American Utopia will play a limited run at Boston's Colonial Theatre from September 11-28. Tickets for the sixteen week engagement are now on sale. Not only that, but we are selling it. Get your tickets to see American Utopia on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.


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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Academy Award Winner Marisa Tomei To Return To Broadway In The Rose Tattoo

RoseTattoo.JPGWhat's that? A show by one of my favorite playwrights, starring one of my favorite actors, and it's headed to Broadway? I must be dreaming. The Rose Tattoo, written by Tennessee Williams, is set to return to Broadway this Fall at the American Airlines Theatre.

Starring Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei, and directed by Trip Cullman, the show is scheduled to begin previews on September 19 with opening night to be announced at a later date.

Now I'll admit that while I am a huge Tennessee Williams fan, I am less familiar with The Rose Tattoo than I am with some of his earlier work. I guess that's why I am so excited to see it. All I can tell you is that the play won the 1951 Tony Award for Best Play of the Year. Well that's enough for me.

O.K. I guess I can tell you a little bit more about the show. Set in Mississippi, The Rose Tattoo tells the story of Serafina Delle Rose, an Italian-American widow, who after the death of her husband withdraws from not only her family, but the world around her. Now do you want to see it? Get your tickets to see The Rose Tattoo on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.


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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Freestyle Love Supreme To Open On Broadway This October

freestyle love supreme Broadway Show TicketsThat's right theatre fans. Lin-Manuel Miranda is headed back to the Great White Way. Now before you get all excited, the Tony and Grammy Award actor/composer is not starring in the show. He is merely the co-creator alongside fellow Tony Award winning director Thomas Kail (Hamilton), and Anthony Veneziale. Freestyle Love Supreme, which played a sold out engagement Off-Broadway at the Ars Nova’s Greenwich House Theate, will begin previews at the Booth Theatre on September 13, with opening night scheduled for October 2.

As of now the show is scheduled to play a limited engagement thru January 5, 2020. That's sixteen weeks for you math wizards. Now it should be noted that during the shows Off-Broadway engagement, it featured several cameos by not only creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, but past and current Hamilton stars Tony Award nominee Christopher Jackson, and Tony Award winners James Monroe Iglehart and Daveed Diggs. I wonder who will show up for the Broadway run? We shall see. Get your tickets to see Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway at the Booth Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Monday, July 08, 2019

New Play The Inheritance To Open On Broadway This Fall

Image result for the inheritance playWinner of the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Play is The Inheritance. Set in New York City following the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 80's and 90's, this two part play first premiered at the Old Vic Theatre in London in March 2018. Written by Matthew Lopez, and directed by Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott), The Inheritance is set to begin previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on September 27, with opening night scheduled for November 17.

Now I don't know about you, but seven weeks sounds like a long preview period for a show that has been in production for over a year. But who am I to judge? Now for those of you who want tickets to see this award winning play, you have come to the right place. We sell it. Well that and every new play and musical this season on Broadway. Get your tickets to see The Inheritance on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Sunday, July 07, 2019

Betrayal On Broadway

BetrayalIn the Fall of 2000, I attended a production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the American Airlines Theatre. Now to be honest, I only went because it was a free ticket. Well that and I had a huge crush on Juliette Binoche ever since I had seen her in The English Patient a few years before.

Now here we are nineteen years later, and Betrayal is headed back to the stage. This new production, which is being directed by Jamie Lloyd, stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers: Endgame), Zawe Ashton (Velvet Buzzsaw), and Charlie Cox (King of Thieves).

Previews are set to begin at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on August 14, with opening night scheduled for September 5. Oh and did I mention that we are selling tickets for it? Well we are. Get your tickets to see Betrayal on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Saturday, July 06, 2019

Customer Story

TootsieToday's customer story comes all the way from the great state of California. Portola Valley to be exact. Last week, I received a call from a gentleman who was planning a trip to New York with his wife, and wanted to see a couple of shows while they were here.
I asked him how he heard about us, and he said that his travel agent had suggested us. Now that's what I call a loyal customer. Anyway, I asked him when they would be here, and more importantly what they wanted to see.

His choices were two of last season's biggest hits. That's right. I am talking about none other than Ain't Too Proud, and Tootsie. Two of my favorite shows by the way.Now since they were coming in September, I knew availability would be good as things tend to slow down in New York once school begins. Thankfully I was right, as I got them great seats in the Center Front Mezzanine for both shows. Plus the tickets were lower than they were expecting. Another satisfied customer. Will you be next?


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