It’s now mid April, and Spring is finally here accompanied by the classic April showers. And what is the perfect thing for a rainy day? A good rainy day playlist!
This is the perfect playlist for all of your classic rainy day activities like puzzles, baking, and looking melodramatically out a window!
If you are like me, you love listening to cast albums and are always looking for the next show to obsess over (you can only listen to Hamilton so many times). So here are some Musical Theatre songs you might not know that are worth a listen or two.
“Like It Here” (The Hinterlands)
This song is from The Hinterlands, a six part musical miniseries that you can find online here, and this song is just so moving that you will have to listen to it again immediately.
“Lost in the Brass” (Band Geeks)
If you were ever in the band, you will like this song.
“Leave Luanne” (35MM)
35MM is a ‘musical exhibition’ by Ryan Scott Oliver where each song is based on a different photograph. This entire album is definitely worth a listen, but if you only have time for one song, this is it!
“Michael in the Bathroom” (Be More Chill)
This show has gotten much more popular in the last year, and for good reason! Be More Chill is what happens when you mix Little Shop of Horrors and 13. And “Michael in the Bathroom” is the show stopping number that we can all relate to, who hasn’t felt awkward at a party before?
“Stroke by Stroke” (Jasper in Deadland)
This is the song that you will still be singing in the shower three days later.
“Way Down Hadestown” (Hadestown)
This musical adaptation of the Greek Orpheus and Eurydice myth was recorded live and you will fall in love with the music.
Going to see a Broadway show is an incredible experience, but it can also be very expensive. So here are 6 ways you can see a Broadway show without breaking the bank.
Many shows will sell rush tickets the day of the show for a discounted rate. These tickets are great, and usually under $60! However, to get these tickets you will have to be at the box office when they open in the morning. Here is a list of all Broadway shows that sell rush tickets.
Shows will often also do both digital and in person lotteries. These are great ways to get cheap tickets and the seats are usually good. But it is not a guarantee that you will get any tickets, so this method is better for someone who will be in the area anyway. For a list of all Broadway lotteries and how to enter, click here.
There are many special discounts out there if you are under a certain age. If you sign up for HIPTIX you have access to $25 tickets to Roundabout productions. With a LincTix membership you can get $32 tickets to Lincoln Center Poductions. The Manhattan Theatre Club also has a 30 under 30 deal, where if you are under 30 years old you can get tickets for $30.
These are all websites that you can get discounted tickets on.
- TKTS Booth
There are multiple TKTS Booths around the city, but the most notable one is in Times Square. At the booth you can easily get discounted tickets!
Often you can get significant discounts on tickets if you buy them in bulk. So get a gaggle of friends and go enjoy a show!
Stephen Sondheim’s impact on theater is incalculable. Every theater kid has at least one Sondheim song in their back pocket at all times, and many can cite a Sondheim piece having some sort of significant impact on their lives.
So, in honor of Sondheim’s birthday, here are 10 of Sondheim’s best songs and our favorite lines from each.
Finishing the Hat
And how you’re always turning back too late / From the grass or the stick / Or the dog or the light
Somebody, sit in my chair / And ruin my sleep / And make me aware / Of being alive
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd
No more giants waging war / Can’t we just pursue our lives, with our children and our wives / ‘Til that happy day arrives, how do you ignore / All the witches, all the curses/ All the wolves, all the lies, the false hopes, the good-bye’s, the reverses
I rewrote the rewrite
The Ladies Who Lunch
Keeping house but clutching a copy of Life / Just to keep in touch
Send in the Clowns
Isn’t it rich? / Isn’t it queer? / Losing my timing this late in my career
The Glamorous Life
Ordinary mothers needn’t meet committees / But ordinary mothers don’t get keys to cities / No, ordinary mothers merely see their children all year / Which is lovely, I hear
Children Will Listen
Careful the wish you make / Wishes are children / Careful the path they take / Wishes come true / Not free
Every Day a Little Death
He smiles sweetly / Strokes my hair, says he misses me / I would murder him right there / But first I die
It’s finally spring on Broadway, and that means new shows opening every week! Here’s a sneek peak at the shows that start previews this week.
Rocktopia: ROCKTOPIA is Broadway’s new theatrical event featuring the greatest music from today and all time— from the dramatic sweep of Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Copland, to the modern drive of Pink Floyd, Styx, Journey, Queen and more. Six world-class vocalists and a powerfully large choir, backed by a full symphony orchestra and a five-piece rock band, perform the world’s most legendary music in a totally unique fusion of sounds like never heard before.
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 20
Children of a Lesser God: Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier Awards for Best Play, Children of a Lesser God tells the story of an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf and the remarkable woman he meets there. As their relationship heats up, so does their need for control, igniting a thrilling exploration of passion, intimacy, and connection. In 1980, Children of a Lesser God premiered on Broadway and asked: how can we truly communicate? Now, Tony Award®-winning director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences) is laying this question bare in a breathtaking new revival of this landmark play starring Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Lauren Ridloff (Wonderstruck), and Anthony Edwards (ER). Jesse Green of The New York Times calls it “thrilling! Joshua Jackson is a revelation in a tour de force role and Lauren Ridloff is sensational.”
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 22
The Iceman Cometh: Two-time Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, for 14 weeks only. Frank Rich of The New York Times raved, “the word ‘masterwork’ is not invoked lightly. Eugene O’Neill’s tragic vision remains undiminished by time. The Iceman Cometh is a ferocious American classic that has lost none of its power to send one shaking into the middle of the night.” Beginning March 22, 2018, Denzel Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem in “the greatest American play” (New York Magazine) by “the greatest American playwright” (The Washington Post).
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 22
The newest musical comedy—with issues—is coming to the Great White Way! The Prom, directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicolaw, will officially take the Cort Theatre, with previews beginning on October 21, 2018, and an official opening night of November 15, 2018.
The Prom follows four Broadway stars on a hilarious mission to change the world and get a little publicity for themselves. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town Indiana prom—and the press is involved—they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. Now, Broadway’s brassiest are coming to join the fight and they are ready to kick-ball-change the world. From Tony®-winning director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and the writers of The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, and Aladdin this is the hilarious musical comedy starring Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas, and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber. Featuring uproarious laughs and show-stopping dance numbers this new musical is about inspiring people to accept their differences, being the star you were always meant to be, and that immortal truth: There’s no business like getting in other people’s business.
As New York begins to thaw out from two big winter storms, Broadway is gearing up for a big spring season with new shows starting previews just about every week until the Tony Award deadline! Here’s are some shows who have or will start performances in the coming weeks:
Carousel – One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved scores, Carousel is based on the drama Liliom by Ferenc Molnar. Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama — one that “set the standard for the 20th century musical” (Time Magazine) and would captivate theatergoers for generations to come. The show includes long-time Broadway standards “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “Soliloquy,” and “You Will Never Walk Alone.”
- Begins previews on February 28 at the Imperial Theatre (45th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Three Tall Women – Three women of different ages talk about their lives and their relationships with their families. Gradually it emerges that their stories may be more similar than we think. Two-time Academy Award® winner Glenda Jackson makes her long-awaited return to Broadway, on the heels of her triumphant reappearance last season on London’s West End after a 25-year absence, alongside three-time Emmy® and Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf and Tony nominee Alison Pill in the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Three Tall Women.
- Begins previews on March 1 at the John Golden Theatre (45th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Mean Girls – Based on her hit 2004 film, Tina Fey brings her adaptation of “Queen Bees and Wannabes” to Broadway! Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
- Begins previews on March 12 at the August Wilson Theatre (52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
My Fair Lady – The first revival of this classic musical on Broadway in over 25 years! Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, the stellar cast – led by Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Diana Rigg, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston and Manu Narayan – tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
- Begins previews on March 15 at Vivian Beaumont Theatre (63rd Street at Lincoln Center)
We have all had experiences with an annoying audience member. Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence. But most of these ‘bad audience members’ don’t understand how they are disrupting the experience for other audience members.
Since NO ONE wants to be the bad seed, here are five easy steps to turn you into the model audience member.
1. Turn off your phone:
Like off off… or airplane mode. And please don’t just switch your phone to vibrate and then think you’re good, we can still hear it when you get a notification.
2. Put your phone away:
Put it away! In a pocket or a bag or your shoe, just get it out of your sight because if it’s in your lap you will be tempted to check it. Also if it lights up, it will disturb everyone around you.
3. Don’t sing along:
You will be tempted, the music is amazing and I am sure that you sound great, but the audience came to see and hear the actors perform the material. So please keep quiet, and then once you get out of the theater, please sing away.
4. Please don’t talk:
Just don’t. And yes, talking through the overture does count! The overture is the time for the orchestra to show off, so enjoy it… but quietly.
5. Be a respectful snacker:
We can all agree that snacks are amazing. But please, when you are at a show, try to snack quietly. There is nothing more distracting than the crinkling of candy wrappers.
Follow these steps and you will never again be called a bad audience member!
After a successful run at Second Stage’s Off-Broadway theatre, Harvey Fiersten’s TORCH SONG returns to its original home on Broadway for a limited engagement! Returning to this production are stars Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl. Fiercely funny and heart wrenching TORCH SONG follows Arnold Beckoff’s odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. TORCH SONG begins previews on October 9, with an official opening night of November 1.
Who doesn’t adore Bernadette Peters?
She has been amazing Broadway audiences for 59 years starting with her 1959 Broadway debut in The Most Happy Fella. She has one of the most recognizable names, voices, and hair in Broadway and she turned 70 yesterday!
To celebrate Bernadette Peters’s Birthday, let’s take a look at some of our favorite Bernadette moments.
This song has been sung by many many different and amazing performers, but Bernadette’s version really brings out the water works.
If you are a Broadway fan you really should watch all of the Sondheim Birthday Concert. In the meantime, take in the awesomeness that is this performance.
It’s crazy to look back on Peters receiving her first Tony award in 1986 for Song and Dance.
Carol Burnett AND Bernadette Peters in a sketch together? What could be better?
This performance is pure magic.
We are so excited to have Bernadette ‘back where she belongs’ in Hello Dolly! Get tickets here if you want to see this legend in action!