Saturday, March 28, 2020

West End Production Of Waitress No Longer Returning Following Coronavirus Shutdown

When oh when will the insanity end theatre fans? Not anytime soon I'm afraid. Waitress, which is the latest show to be affected by this horrible pandemic, was scheduled to reopen once the hiatus was over. Sadly, that show and many other shows, will never see the light of day again. But there is still hope. Several shows, have already announced their return in the coming months. Just this week, two of the nation's leading non-for-profit theatre companies, the Roundabout Theatre and Lincoln Center Theatre, have moved their scheduled Spring productions to the Fall.

Not only that, but the Tony Award winning Paper Mill Playhouse, in Millburn, New Jersey, recently announced their 2020-2021 season, which is scheduled to begin in September with Chasing Rainbows: The Road To Oz, followed by Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sister Act, and The Wanderer. Quite the season don't you think? Here's hoping that their season is a big success, as well as the season's of other theatre's around the world.

And that's just the beginning my friends. Before you know it, we will all be sitting in a theatre, laughing and humming along to a catchy tune. Or we will be sitting in a stadium, cheering on our favorite team. What is happening in the world right now does not define us. It will not destroy us, and it certainly will not keep us down, or make us quit. We will come back from this. And when we do, we will be stronger and bigger than before. Take care of each other, and don't forget that together, we can accomplish anything. Until next time theatre fans.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Time To Celebrate World Theatre Day

I know. I know. Seems a little weird to be celebrating when theatre as we know it, is no longer going on in the world. But remember, it wasn't always like this. After all, Broadway has been around since the 18th Century, with London going as far back as the 16th Century. That's a lot of years of theatre my friends. Now as much as I would love to take everyone on a trip down memory lane, I would like to focus on the current theatre scene instead.

Now until this terrible pandemic took over the world, there were over fifty shows playing both On and Off-Broadway,with just as many shows playing in London as well. I guess that's why they call New York City the "Theatre Capitol of the World." Now let's be honest, we all have our favorite shows. I know I certainly do. So in honor of Theatre World Day, here are my "Top Five" favorite shows currently playing in New York City and around the world.

1. Rock of Ages (Off-Broadway) - I start off the list with a personal favorite of mine. Probably why it's my number one pick. I'll admit, I am a huge 80's fan. Huge. And of course one of my favorite things about the 80's, is the music. The show, which opened Off-Broadway in 2008, before moving on to a highly successful six year run on Broadway, returned to it's original Off-Broadway home last year. Originally it was supposed to be a limited run in honor of it's tenth anniversary. Even I knew it was going to be around a lot longer than twelve weeks. Guess what? It's still here. Oh and one more thing. I have seen the show nine times. Enough said.

2. Ain't Too Proud (Broadway) - Here's the truth. The Temptations are my favorite musical group of all time. Therefore, when they announced a couple of years ago that they were working on a musical about them, I was as you can guess very excited. I take that back. I was also a little scared as well. What if they screwed it up? Yes I knew going in that the music was going to be good. That was a given. I guess I was a little worried more about the performances. After all, those five guys had some big shoes to fill. Long story short, they more than delivered, with three of the five guys being nominated for Tony Awards.

3. Beetlejuice (Broadway) - Let me just start off by saying that I have never seen the movie. In fact, the night I saw the show, I was convinced that I was the only one in the theatre who hadn't. Which is why I think I liked the show so much. No expectations. Since that night, I have seen the show two more times. Sadly a couple of months ago, the show announced that it would be closing in June to make room for the revival of The Music Man. Now while there have been rumors that the show might move to a different theatre, I'm afraid they may not happen any longer due to the current shutdown. Plus with the way things are going, it may not even return at all. Here's hoping that's not true.

4. Matilda (London) - Hard to believe that it's been almost seven years since I first saw this show on Broadway. Now as much as I love going to the theatre, that was the last place that I wanted to be that night. I had just finished a long shift it work, it was cold and raining, oh and as soon as I got to my seat, I discovered that I was surrounded by about thirty middle school children. Oh and also I was in the Balcony, which in the Shubert Theatre, feels like you're a mile away. Now I know what you're thinking. Did I like it? No. I loved it. And to this day, I am so thankful that I stayed, and even more importantly, thankful that theatre like that exists.

5. City of Angels (London)- Growing up in the Midwest, the only shows that I was familiar with,were the shows that I did in high school, and at the local community theatre. Thank goodness for the Tony Awards. Since 1987, I have watched the show year in and year out. Who would have guessed that less than five years later, I would be living in New York, and seeing shows that I had loved for years. One of those was City of Angels. I must have listened to the cast recording every day during the Summer of 1990, which was the year that the show won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the Year. Hopefully this new production will reopen once this pandemic is over.

So there you have it theatre fans. My "Top Five" picks. Although I could probably pick more. But I'll save that for another blog. Now as I said at the beginning of my blog, today is World Theatre Day. It's the day where we theatre lovers celebrate the theatre. Now whether your favorite theatre is on Broadway or in your own community, it doesn't matter. What matters is that we as a theatre community continue to support each other during this trying time, and know that together, we can accomplish anything. Until next time theatre fans.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

A Day In The Life Of A Ticket Broker

Last month, I celebrated twenty-eight years of living in the greatest city in the world. Since moving to New York City in 1992, I have had many jobs. From selling house wares and furniture on the Upper West Side, to demonstrating toys at F.A.O. Schwarz on 5th Avenue, to serving coffee at Starbucks, I have seen and done it all. Thankfully for the past two decades, I have had the pleasure of working in an industry that I absolutely love.

How many people can say that? Now the truth is, I moved to New York to work in the theatre. First as an actor, then a director, before finding my true passion, writing and composing. Good thing I live in the theatre capitol of the world now isn't it? As you all know, in the last few weeks, our world has been turned upside down. The truth is, none of us have any idea when this is going to end.

This is a situation that most of us have never ever encountered before in our lifetime. Since 1998, I have been lucky to have a job where not only do I get to talk about theatre every day, but I also get to help people from around the world make their dreams come true. I am lucky, because I also get to experience the wonder that is New York City each and every day as well.

For others, coming here is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Right now we are in the midst of a pandemic. Broadway and theatre around the world is currently on hold. When it returns, and it will, it will show that not only can we face any challenge, but that we are even stronger for having gone thru it. Stay safe everyone, and don't forget to look out for each other. Until next time theatre fans.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2020 Tony Awards Postponed

And here I thought I was done posting for the day. It was just announced that the 2020 Tony Awards, which was set to take place at the Radio City Music Hall on June 7, has been put on hold for the time being. I guess I shouldn't really be surprised, as there were still over a dozen shows that were scheduled to open this season. So far two shows, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Hangmen, have been cancelled, and Flying Over Sunset, and Caroline, or Change, have been postponed until the Fall. Now even though Broadway is only officially on hold thru April 13, I expect the decision to come in the next few days that the hiatus will be extended, possibly thru May or longer. Not too worry though. New York as well as it's people are resilient. I have no doubt that when this crisis is over, we will return even stronger than before. Stay safe everyone.

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Roundabout And Lincoln Center Theatre Postpone Shows Until The Fall

Well I guess postponing shows is better than cancelling them all together right? In the last twenty-four hours, two of the nation's leading non-for-profit theatre companies, have announced that they have postponed several of their respective productions due to the coronavirus. The Roundabout Theatre Company, which was set to produce the London transfer of Caroline or Change, as well as the New York premier of Noah Haidle's Birthday Candles, will now open this Fall, along with Jireh Breon Holder's What The End Will Be, and Dave Harris' Exception To The Rule, both of which will now open in 2021. Lincoln Center Theatre's Broadway production of Flying Over Sunset, and Intimate Apparel, which was scheduled to play Off-Broadway, are also scheduled to open sometime this Fall. As of now, no on sale or performance dates have been announced. Be sure to check this website for further updates. Until next time theatre fans.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tony Award Winner Terrence McNally Passes Away

And here I thought it couldn't get any worse around the Great White Way. Just a few hours ago, news came that five-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, passed away from complications due to the coronavirus. The playwright, who won the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in 2019, was 81 years old, and was a lung cancer survivor.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. McNally was the author of thirty-six plays, two of which Love! Valour! Compassion!, and Master Class, went on to win the Tony Award for Best Play of the Year. He also went on to win the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for both Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Ragtime.

During my time in New York, I had the privilege of seeing eleven of his shows, the most recent being the Broadway production of Anastasia. Although if I had to choose a favorite, I would have to go with Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune as my favorite play, and The Fully Monty as my favorite musical. Mr. McNally, you will be missed. Until next time theatre fans.

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Today In Broadway History

March 24, 2011. Anyone know what happened on that date? Well, if you are a huge theatre fan like me, you know that on that day, the smash hit The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway. The show, which won nine 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the Year, continues to play to play to packed audiences eight times a week at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Well it did, until the coronavirus put a stop to it. Now even though I am a huge South Park fan, I wasn't sure how Trey Parker and Matt Stone's humor would fare on the Great White Way. Thankfully I had nothing to worry about, as The Book of Mormon become one of the theatre's biggest success stories, with sold out productions playing on Broadway and around the world. Here's hoping that once this terrible pandemic is over, it and each and every other show on Broadway will not only reopen, but come back even stronger than ever. Until next time theatre fans.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Disney's Aida

March 23, 2000. Care to guess what happened on that day? Well, if you guessed that was the day that Aida opened on Broadway, then you would be right. The show, which opened at the Palace Theatre following it's world premier at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, closed on September 5, 2004, where it played a total of 30 previews, and 1,852 performances. Featuring music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang, Aida won the Tony Award for Best Score, as well as the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album of the Year.

Believe it or not, but I saw the show four times. Now seeing a show multiple times is nothing new to me, as I saw Rent twenty-five times, and eight times for both Avenue Q and Rock of Ages. What can I say? When I find a show I love, I really love it. The surprising thing is that I am not, nor have I ever been a big Disney fan. So why did I love this one so much? Well for starters, it was not an animated film prior to it's Broadway debut. And well, it was just damn good.

From the amazing score, to the beautiful love story, to the performers, both the original cast, and it's replacements, it had it all. It was also announced recently, that the show will launch a National tour at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse on February 4, 2021, and play thru March 7, 2021. This new production, will feature direction by original cast member Schele Williams, and will also feature a new updated book by David Henry Hwang. Here's hoping the show ends up on Broadway following it's tour. Fingers crossed. Until next time theatre fans.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Happy Birthday Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

Earlier today, I posted a blog celebrating the 90th Birthday of the one and only Stephen Sondheim. Well as it turns out, while doing research about him, I discovered that Andrew Lloyd Webber was in fact born on the same day. Small world huh? Born in Kensington, London on March 22, 1948, he is the winner of seven Tony Awards, four Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and an Emmy Award, making him one of fifteen people to have won all four.

He was also inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2009, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1992. Now I first discovered him in 1988, when my high school chorus teacher brought in the cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera for us to listen to during class. To say I was hooked, would be an understatement. I must have listened to that cassette every day for weeks. Yes that's right, I said cassette. After all, it was 1988. Cut to 1993, and I was living in the Big Apple. Which means, I would finally be able to see one of my favorite shows of all time.

Now I know what you are wondering. Did the real thing live up to the recording? You better believe it did. Since then, I have had the pleasure of seeing not only Phantom, but six Andrew Lloyd Webber show's on the Great White Way. And while I loved all of them for different reasons, The Phantom of the Opera will always hold a special place in my heart. Happy Birthday Andrew Lloyd Webber, and thank you for sharing with the world your "Music of the Night." Until next time theatre fans.

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Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim Celebrates Milestone Birthday

Finally something to celebrate theatre fans. Ninety years ago today, Stephen Joshua Sondheim was born. The celebrated lyricist and composer, who was born and raised on New York's Upper West Side, is an eight-time Grammy and Tony Award winner, as well as the winner of the Academy Award,the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an inductee of the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2014. Oh and also he's had sixteen shows produced on Broadway.

Quite the resume huh? Now growing up in the Midwest, the only composers/lyricists I was familiar with were Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, Frank Loesser, and of course two of my favorites Andrew Lloyd Webber and Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil. Now while I was familiar with Stephen Sondheim, I always kind of figured he wasn't my cup of tea. Then I heard Assassins, and my world changed overnight.

Since that time, I have had the pleasure of seeing eleven Sondheim shows both On and Off-Broadway, the latest of which being the new revival of Company, which interesting enough happened to be the last night that Broadway was open before it closed due to the Coronavirus. Here's hoping this will be over soon, so I can see the new revival of West Side Story, which as you know features lyrics by today's blog subject. Happy Birthday Mr. Sondheim! Broadway would not be the same with out you. Until next time theatre fans.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf Is Second Show To Announce It Will Not Return

Here we go again. Less than twenty-four hours after the Broadway production of Hangmen announced it will close due to the Coronavirus imposed shutdown, another one is set to due the same. Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, which was scheduled to open at the Booth Theatre on April 9, will not open after all. The show, which was directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, starred two-time Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf, Rupert Everett, Patsy Ferran, and Russell Tovey. Now as much as I would love to stay positive, I have a feeling this is just the beginning of show's closing. Oh sure, hits like Hamilton, Wicked, and The Lion King have made enough money over the years that once this ends, they will be able to come back. Unfortunately not every show will be so lucky. Let's just pray that things don't get worse. Stay safe out there everyone. Until next time theatre fans.

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Martin McDonagh's Hangmen Is Broadway's First Casualty Due To Coronavirus Imposed Shutdown

Come on now. Are you really surprised by this? The truth is, it could have been any number of shows. It just so happens that Hangmen is the first one to make it official. The show, which began previews at the John Golden Theatre on February 29, was scheduled to open on March 19. Sadly, that day will no  longer happen. As you know, Broadway officially went dark on Thursday March 12, with plans to return on Monday April 13. Now as much as we would all love for that to happen, I have a feeling it won't.

Look, I'm not trying to sound negative. If I had my way, I would be in a Broadway theatre right now enjoying a big Broadway musical like Moulin Rouge or a classic drama like To Kill A Mockingbird. Actually if I had my way, I would wish that this pandemic called the Coronavirus had never happened in the first place. All we can do is hope that it doesn't get any worse, and that a cure will be found sooner than later. Until then stay safe, and look out for each other.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Disney's Aladdin Celebrate's Six Years On The Great White Way

Let's be honest people. There really hasn't been a whole lot to celebrate lately. Broadway is in it's second week of it's shut down, with rumors that it could go on past it's scheduled date of April 12. The Metropolitan Opera has officially cancelled the rest of it's season, with Carnegie Hall closed thru May 10. Same with the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. But enough about all this gloom and doom. After all, Broadway will come back. And when it does, I have no doubt it will be stronger than ever theatre fans. Now for those of you who have read any of my blogs over the years, know that I am not exactly the biggest Disney fan in the world.

But what do I know? I mean let's face facts. In the past twenty-six years, Disney has produced ten shows on the Great White Way, six of which enjoyed long runs both on Broadway and the West End. Which brings me to today's blog. Six years ago today, Aladdin officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The show, which is based on the 1992 Academy Award winning film, is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw. By the way, it's only one hundred and fifteen performances away from surpassing another Disney favorite, Mary Poppins. Here's hoping Broadway will open soon so it can do just that. Until next time theatre fans.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Broadway To Return For One Night Only

O.K. Let me be clear. The Broadway theatres are not opening back up. At least not for a few weeks, or even longer. The good news is, that there are ways to see some of your favorite Broadway stars from the comfort of your own home. Yesterday it was announced, that the Emmy Award winning The Rosie O'Donnell Show, will return for a live special episode on March 22. The one night only event, that will benefit The Actor's Fund, will stream live on YouTube beginning at 7pm.

Slated to appear along side the former Tony Awards host are are Tony Award winners Stephanie J. Block, Matthew Broderick, Norbert Leo Butz, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Harvey Fierstein, Neil Patrick Harris, Judith Light, Audra McDonald, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, and Ben Vereen.

Joining them are a bevy of Broadway and television favorites, as well as celebrated composers and performers such as Sebastian Arcelus, Skylar Astin, Beth Behrs, Erich Bergen, Nate Berkus, Tituss Burgess, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, David Foster, Morgan Freeman, Megan Hilty, Lorin Latarro, Barry Manilow, Rob McClure, Katherine McPhee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lauren Patten, Randy Rainbow, Andrew Rannells, Seth Rudetsky, Miranda Sings, Jordin Sparks, Adrienne Warren, and James Wesley.

Now that's what I call quite the lineup. As most of you recall, Rosie O'Donnell was one of Broadway's biggest champions, who frequently showcased Broadway during the show's six year run. Here is what the Emmy Award winner had to say about the upcoming one night event. "Everybody who knows me knows that Broadway has been one of the brightest lights of my life since the time I was a little girl."

"It is also been the lifeblood of New York City for generation after generation. After all Broadway has given to the world, now in this time of tremendous need, it's our turn to give something back. There is no better way to support the community than via The Actor's Fund. And with a line-up like this, I dare you not to tune in." I couldn't have said it better myself. I know where I'll be on March 22. How about you? Until next time theatre fans.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

We Will Come Back

Let's face facts. Things are looking pretty bad out there my friends. The Coranavirus is getting worse and worse day by day. Because of that, shows and events around the world have been cancelled. Bars and restaurants are closed. People are out of work. Yes things look bleak. Right now the most important thing is that people stay safe and healthy. The truth is we don't know when this will end, and how much worse it will get. I was in New York when 9/11 happened. This is much worse. But we survived that. We survived SARS. We survived the AIDS epidemic. And yes as hard as it is to believe, we will survive this too. Will it happen overnight? No. Will it happen in the coming weeks? I don't know. Nobody does. The thing we need to do right know is stick together, and above all else don't lose faith. Before you know it, the world as we know it will be back to normal again. Just picture the day when millions of people around the world are gathered together to listen to music, to watch a classic play or musical, to feel safe. That day is coming. Until then let's remember to look out for each other, and know that this won't last forever.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

London Theatre Is Open For Business

As I'm sure you've probably heard, we are in the middle of a pandemic called the Cornavirus. Because of that, all Broadway shows, and most Off-Broadway shows have been cancelled thru April 12. That is not the case with London. As of now, all shows in London are scheduled to perform. They will of course continue to monitor the situation day by day until further notice. Here is a statement published earlier today from the Society of London Theatre regarding the situation. " Official advice states that there is currently mo rationale to cancel events or postpone most international travel, and the government encourages business as usual. The theatre industry is collaborating closely to ensure that we follow health guidelines, specifically around deep cleaning and good hygiene for all performers, staff and audience members." Be sure to check this website for further updates. Until next time theatre fans.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Broadway Shows To Close

As I'm sure you have all heard, the Great White Way is shutting down. At least temporarily.Here is the statement from the President of the Broadway League, Charlotte St.Martin, regarding the situation. "Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals. Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality. Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart, and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night.” For those of you who have purchased tickets from Applause, or any other company, contact them in regard to exchanges or refunds. As of now, performances are set to resume on April 13. Be sure to check this website for further updates. Until next time theatre fans.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mrs. Doubtfire On Broadway

Mrs. DoubtfireNow believe it or not, but I have never seen the movie. Which is strange considering how much I love Robin Williams. Oh well. Maybe I'll finally have to check it out now that they have turned it into a big Broadway musical. Previews for Mrs. Doubtfire, which began previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 9, will officially open on April 5.

Based on the 1993 film of the same name, the show had it's world premier last year at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, where it played from November 26 thru December 14. Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, and choreographed by Lorin Lattaro, Mrs. Doubtfire will feature a score by Tony Award nominees Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick (Something Rotten), and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell.

Starring in the title role is Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Beetlejuice, Honeymoon In Vegas). Joining him are Jenn Gambatese as Miranda Hillard, Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar as Frank Hillard, Analise Scarpaci as Lydia Hillard, Jake Ryan Flynn as Christopher Hillard, Avery Sellas as Natalie Hillard, J. Harrison Ghee as Andre, Mark Evans as Stuart Dunmeyer, Charity Angel Dawson as Wanda Sellner, and Peter Bartlett as Mr. Jolly.

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 Mrs. Doubtfire at prices that can't be beat. Be advised that while this "Special Offer" is good thru April 26, it is for select seats only, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Saturday, March 07, 2020

The Lehman Trilogy To Begin Performances Tonight

The Lehman TrilogyNow I'll be honest. When I first moved to New York City back in the early 1990's, the thing I wanted to see on Broadway more than anything was a musical. Don't get me wrong. I love plays too. It's just that back then, a good old fashioned Broadway musical was more my thing. Now here we are all these years later, and I find myself more excited about seeing a new play, or a revival of a classic drama.

Which brings me to today's blog. In just a few hours, the cast of The Lehman Trilogy, will take the stage at the Nederlander Theatre. The show, which first premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2018, is scheduled to open on March 26. Set over a period of one hundred and sixty-three years, The Lehman Trilogy follows the lives of three different generations beginning in Bulgaria, and continuing as they make their way thru the high stakes world of finance in New York City.

Based on a play by Italian playwright Stefano Massini, and adapted by Ben Power, The Lehman Trilogy stars Tony Award nominee Adam Godley (Anything Goes), Ben Miles (The Crown), and Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale (Penny Dreadfule), and is directed by Academy and Tony Award winner Sam Mendes, (American Beauty, The Ferryman).Now for those of you who want tickets to see this critically acclaimed drama, you have come to the right place, we sell it. In fact, we are selling every new play and musical set to open this season. Get your tickets to see The Lehman Trilogy on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre. Expect the show to be a big contender at this year's Tony Awards. Until next time theater fans.

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Friday, March 06, 2020

Girl From The North Country Reviews

Girl From the North CountryThat's right theatre fans. Time to celebrate another show opening on the Great White Way. Last night, Girl From the North Country, officially opened at the Belasco Theatre. Featuring book and direction by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Conor McPherson, Girl From The North Country takes place in Duluth, Minnesota during the height of the Great Depression, and tells the tale of the Laine family, owners of the local guesthouse, who's future is being threatened with foreclosure by the bank.

The show, which also played a sold out run at the Public Theatre in 2018, as well as a critically acclaimed run in London, star's Tony Award nominees Marc Kudisch, David Pittu, and Mare Winningham, along side Todd Almond, Jeannette BayardelleMatthew Frederick HarrisCaitlin HoulahanRobert JoyLuba MasonBen MayneTom Nelis, Colton RyanJohn SchiappaKimber Elayne SprawlRachel Sternand Chelsea Lee Williams. I saw the show a couple of weeks ago, and absolutely loved it. But enough about what I think. What did the critic's have to say? Let's find out.

Broadway News

Citi Tour

The Daily Beast 

The Guardian

The Hollywood Reporter

New York Magazine

New York Post

NY Daily News 

NY Stage Review

New York Theatre Guide

The New York Times

Time Out 

Variety 

Wall Street Journal 

Pretty good reviews for the most part right? Now for those of you who want tickets to see Girl From the North Country, 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 April 30, it is for select seats only, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see Girl From the North Country on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. Until next time theatre fans.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf Now Playing On Broadway

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Last night, previews began for the new Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? This new production, which will officially open at the Booth Theatre on April 9, is the fourth Broadway revival of this award winning play since the show's premier in 1962. It is also the third production of the show to be seen in New York in the last fifteen years.

I guess people like it huh? Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), the show stars two-time Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf, who's role in this production marks her fifth consecutive season on the Great White Way. Starring along side Ms. Metcalf is stage and screen star Rupert Everett, as well as Russell Tovey, and 2019 Olivier Award winner Patsy Ferran.

Now for those of you that are not familiar with the show, here is a brief synopsis to tell you a little more. Set over the course of one evening, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, tells the story of long suffering married couple George and Martha, who spend the evening entertaining George's fellow colleague Nick and his wife Honey at their home.As day turns into night, alcohol, not too mention some hidden secrets soon turn both couples world's upside down.

Now that sounds like my type of show. Now for those of you who want tickets to see this classic drama, you are in luck. We sell it. Plus if you call right now, you can get tickets to see this award winning play at prices that can't be beat. Be advised that while this "Special Offer" is good thru August 2, it is for select seats only, and as always subject to availability. Get your tickets to see Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf of Broadway at the Booth Theatre. Expect the show to be a big contender at next year's Tony Awards. Until next time theatre fans.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2020

2020 Olivier Award Nominations

That's right theatre fans. It's award season time. Well at least in London. Here in New York, we are still at least two months away until the Tony Award nominations. Early this morning, the 2020 Olivier Award nominations were announced. Leading the pack with nine nominations, including Best Musical of the Year, is & Juliet, followed by the revival of Fiddler on the Roof with eight nominations, and Dear Evan Hansen with seven. Winners are set to be announced on April 5 at at ceremony at Royal Albert Hall. Now on to the nominees.

Best New Play
A Very Expensive Poison
The Doctor
Leopoldstadt
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
Best New Musical
& Juliet
Amélie The Musical
Dear Evan Hansen
Waitress
Best Actor
Toby Jones, Uncle Vanya
James McAvoy, Cyrano De Bergerac
Wendell Pierce, Death Of A Salesman
Andrew Scott, Present Laughter
Best Actor in a MusicalBest Actress
Hayley Atwell, Rosmersholm
Sharon D. Clarke, Death Of A Salesman
Juliet Stevenson, The Doctor
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Andy Nyman, Fiddler On The Roof
Charlie Stemp, Mary Poppins
Sam Tutty, Dear Evan Hansen
Jac Yarrow, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best Actress in a Musical
Audrey Brisson, Amélie
Judy Kuhn, Fiddler On The Roof
Miriam-Teak Lee, & Juliet
Zizi Strallen, Mary Poppins
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Arinzé Kene, Death Of A Salesman
Colin Morgan, All My Sons
Adrian Scarborough, Leopoldstadt
Reece Shearsmith, A Very Expensive Poison
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Michele Austin, Cyrano De Bergerac
Sophie Thompson, Present Laughter
Indira Varma, Present Laughter
Josie Walker, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
David Bedella, & Juliet
Stewart Clarke, Fiddler On The Roof
Jack Loxton, Dear Evan Hansen
Rupert Young, Dear Evan Hansen
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Lucy Anderson, Dear Evan Hansen
Petula Clark, Mary Poppins
Cassidy Janson, & Juliet
Lauren Ward, Dear Evan Hansen
Best Revival
Cyrano De Bergerac
Death Of A Salesman
Present Laughter
Rosmersholm
Best Musical Revival
Evita
Fiddler On The Roof
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Mary Poppins
Best Director
Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell, Death Of A Salesman
Jamie Lloyd, Cyrano De Bergerac
Trevor NunnFiddler On The Roof
Ian Rickson, Uncle Vanya
Best Original Score or New Orchestrations
& Juliet: New Orchestrations by Bill Sherman and Dominic Fallacaro
Amélie: Musical Supervisor and Arrangements by Barnaby Race
Dear Evan Hansen: Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Orchestration by Alex Lacamoire
Fiddler On The Roof: New Orchestrations by Jason Carr
Waitress: Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Best Lighting Design
Neil Austin, Rosmersholm
Paule ConstableThe Ocean At The End Of The Lane
Howard Hudson, & Juliet
Bruno Poet, Uncle Vanya
Best Sound Design
Gregory Clarke, Rosmersholm
Emma Laxton, Emilia
Ben and Max Ringham, ANNA
Ben and Max Ringham, Cyrano De Bergerac
Best Costume Design
Hugh Durrant, Goldilocks And The Three Bears
Jonathan Lipman, Fiddler On The Roof
Joanna Scotcher, Emilia
Paloma Young, & Juliet
Best Set Design
Bob CrowleyMary Poppins
Soutra Gilmour, & Juliet
Rae Smith, Rosmersholm
Rae Smith, Uncle Vanya
Best Theatre Choreographer
Fabian Aloise, Evita
Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear, Mary Poppins
Jerome Robbins and Matt Cole, Fiddler On The Roof
Jennifer Weber, & Juliet
Best Entertainment or Comedy Play
Emilia
Fleabag
Magic Goes Wrong
The Upstart Crow
Best Family Show
Mr. Gum And The Dancing Bear - The Musical!
Oi Frog & Friends!
To The Moon And Back
The Worst Witch
Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Baby Reindeer at Bush Theatre
Blues In The Night at Kiln Theatre
Our Lady Of Kibeho at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Seven Methods Of Killing Kylie Jenner at Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre
Warheads at Park Theatre
Best New Dance Production
La Fiesta by Israel Galván
Ingoma by Mthuthuzeli November
MÁM by Michael Keegan-Dolan
Vessel by Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa
Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Sara Baras for her choreography and performance in Ballet Flamenco – Sombras
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for her performance in Mitten Wir Im Leben Sind/Bach6Cellosuiten
Gisèle Vienne for her choreography of Crowd
Best New Opera Production
Berenice
Billy Budd
Hansel And Gretel
Noye’s Fludde
Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Jette Parker Young Artists for their performances in Berenice, Death In Venice and Phaedra
The Children’s Ensemble for their performance in Noye’s Fludde
Martyn Brabbins and James Henshaw for their conducting of The Mask Of Orpheus
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