Who lives in a pineapple
under the sea on Broadway? Spongebob Squarepants! Spongebob Squarepants will be opening on Broadway at the Palace Theatre Monday, December 4 with previews beginning Monday, November 6. Luckily, we don’t have to wait until then to hear the soundtrack- the Original Broadway Cast album will be released this Friday, September 22!
The soundtrack includes original songs from artists like John Legend, Cindy Lauper, The Flaming Lips, Plain White T’s, Panic! at the Disco, Sara Bareilles, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), T.I., and even David Bowie! Orchestrations, Arrangements, and Music Supervision were done by Tom Kitt, who did Next to Normal and American Idiot, among others.
The role of Spongebob Squarepants will be played by Ethan Slater who is making his Broadway debut!
For a sneak peak of the soundtrack click HERE
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2018 may seem like a long time from now, but it’s approaching fast! Tickets for the 2018 season are selling quickly- and with the shows that are coming to Broadway this season, it’s clear why. Here’s what you can expect to see next year (or a few days shy of the new year):
– Once On This Island: Once on This Island follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl in the Antilles who falls in love with Daniel, a young man she saves from a car crash. When he returns to his wealthy family on the other side of the island, four gods guide Ti Mourne through a test of her love against prejudice and hate.
– Spongebob Squarepants: Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. Get ready to dive to all-new depths of theatrical innovation at SpongeBob SquarePants, where the power of optimism really can save the world!
– To Kill a Mockingbird: Published in 1960, Harper Lee’s debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate and astonishing success. Inspired by Lee’s own childhood in Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird features one of literature’s towering symbols of integrity and righteousness in the character of Atticus Finch, based on Lee’s own father. The character of Scout, based on Lee herself, has come to define youthful innocence—and its inevitable loss—for generation after generation of readers around the world.
– Farinelli & the King: King Philippe V of Spain, plagued by insomnia, lies awake in his chamber. The Queen, desperate for a cure, hears of Farinelli—a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it. Philippe is astonished when Farinelli sings, and begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe?
– Escape to Margaritaville: Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
– Frozen: The timeless tale of two sisters, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As one young woman struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within, the other embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family together once and for all. Both are searching for love. They just don’t know where to find it.
– Carousel: 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.
– Mean Girls: After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of The Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. Full of razor-sharp wit and remarkable insight, Mean Girls takes a look at friendships—and human nature—through a ferociously funny lens.
– My Fair Lady: A pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond — one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor.
– Travesties: Travesties focuses on Henry Carr, who reminisces about Zürich in 1917 during World War I. The play follows his interactions with Tristan Tzara during the rise of Dada, James Joyce while he was writing Ulysses, and Lenin leading toward the Russian Revolution.
– Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1&2: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places
– Gettin’ the Band Back Together: Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything—the high paying job, the high-rise apartment—until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his Mom in Sayreville, New Jersey. And when his high school arch nemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can… by winning The Battle of the Bands. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang (the math teacher who isn’t good at math, the Irish cop who dreams about being on Broadway, the dermatologist who can’t get a date, and a 16-year-old Jewish rapper who makes Vanilla Ice look cool), and sets out to win the battle, and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind, proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.
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Attention all Hamilton fans, Hamilton just released a new batch of tickets last week! This batch includes tickets for shows between March 6, 2018- August 19, 2018 and has an 8-ticket limit. There are still a lot of tickets available, but in order to get them it seems as though you will need a few
Hamiltons Benjamins. Rear mezzanine seats begin at $285 and orchestra seats begin at $795.
Yikes! However, there is a silver lining! There is a daily Hamilton lottery that you can enter for the chance to win 1 or 2 tickets for the price of just one Hamilton, more commonly known as a ten-dollar bill! But beware, roughly 10,000 people enter each day so make sure that you have a plan B. You can browse YBG for well-priced tickets that are within the calendar year HERE!
Ben Platt will be leaving Dear Evan Hansen after almost two years of playing the title character at the Music Box Theatre. He will be replaced by Noah Galvin, who most recently starred in ABC’s The Real O’Neals, for a brief period until Taylor Trensch, currently starring in Hello, Dolly on Broadway, takes on the role.
Platt’s final performance will be November 19, 2017 and Galvin will begin on November 21 until January 2018 when Trensch takes over.
Tickets are nearly impossible to get according to Telecharge.com, the site has no available tickets until 2018! If you’re lucky to get your hands on a ticket, be warned that Platt is on doctor-ordered vocal rest and did not perform Tuesday, August 22 through Sunday, August 27.
Group tickets are available HERE or by phone 877-943-BWAY (2929). The group minimum is 10+ and tickets begin at $69.
The original dynamic duo in the Tony-Award-Winning production of Kinky Boots will return to reprise their original roles for a limited engagement this fall. Both Porter and Sands were nominated for a Tony Award for their performances in the production. Porter took home the 2013 Tony-Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance of Lola.
The limited engagement will run from September 26th-January 8th, 2018 at the Al Hirschfield Theatre. A new block of tickets through August 26, 2018 was just released, so buy your tickets to this sparkling musical NOW!
See Porter and Sands perform “Everybody Say Yeah” from the 2013 Tony-Awards below:
Attention all Ahrens and Flaherty fans and story lovers! Additional casting for the Broadway revival of Once On This Island was announced on August 1st. Once On This Island begins previews November 9th, 2017 with an official opening date of December 3rd at Circle In The Square Theatre.
Once On This Island is the Broadway musical celebration that sweeps us across the sea to a small village—where, in the aftermath of a great storm, a joyous new life begins.
It is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures threaten to keep them apart, Ti Moune, sets out on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
See the announced cast and creative team HERE
Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms and dance, the story comes to vibrant life through the score by Tony Award® winners Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Anastasia, Ragtime). The striking production by Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.
Come and gather around for Once On This Island—a triumph of the timeless power of theatre to bring us together, move our hearts, and help us conquer life’s storms. This is why we tell the story.
Group tickets are on sale now!
After much backlash regarding the casting of a new Pierre in The Great Comet of 1812, Mandy Patinkin, gave a statement to the New York Times on Friday withdrawing from the cast prior to his start date. See statement below:
“My understanding of the show’s request that I step into the show is not as it has been portrayed and I would never accept a role knowing it would harm another actor,” Mr. Patinkin said. “I hear what members of the community have said and I agree with them. I am a huge fan of Oak and I will, therefore, not be appearing in the show.”
This statement shocked the airwaves after Okieriete Onaodowan’s (Oak) contract was cut short due to a drastic decrease in tickets sales after Josh Groban’s departure from the show. Several actors/actresses voiced their concern and outrage for Oak, including 2016 Tony-Award-winning best Actress in a musical, Cynthia Erivo. See twitter feed below:
Co-Producer of The Great Comet, Howard Kagan, offered an official statement of apology following Mandy’s declaration.
“As part of our sincere efforts to keep Comet running for the benefit of its cast, creative team, crew, investors and everyone else involved, we arranged for Mandy Patinkin to play Pierre. However, we had the wrong impression of how Oak felt about the casting announcement and how it would be received by members of the theater community, which we appreciate is deeply invested in the success of actors of color – as are we – and to whom we are grateful for bringing this to our attention. We regret our mistake deeply, and wish to express our apologies to everyone who felt hurt and betrayed by these actions.”
With the buzz and controversy surrounding the show, the fate of the most Tony-nominated show of the season is up in the air. The question was and still is; but what about Pierre?
After much anticipation, the Broadway-bound production of Mean Girls has a cast of plastics that will take the stage October 31st at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. The book, written by Tina Fey, is set to music written by Fey’s husband, Jeff Richmond with lyrics by Tony nominee, Nell Benjamin. Tony winner, Casey Nicholaw, directs and choreographs.
Head plastic and Queen Bee, Regina George, will be played by Taylor Lauderman (currently in Kinky Boots) with Ashley Park (The King and I) as Gretchen Weiners, and Kate Rockwell (Bring it On) as Karen Smith. Erika Henningsen (Les Miserables) will play the leading role of Cady Heron. The cast will also include Barrett Wilbert Weed (Heathers) as Janis Sarkisian, Grey Henson (The Book of Mormon) as Damian Hubbard, Tony nominee Kerry Butler (Catch Me if you Can) as Ms. Norbury, Kyle Selig (The Book of Mormon) as Aaron Samuels, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, and Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall.
The ensemble of Mean Girls will include Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette, Tee Boyich, Collins Conley, Ben Cook, DeMarius Copes, Kevin Csolak, Devon Hadsell, Curtis Edwin Holland, Myles McHale, Chris Medlin, Brittany Nicholas, Becca Petersen, Nikhil Saboo, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Kamille Upshaw, Zurin Villanueva, Gianna Yanelli, Iain Young.
Mean Girls will feature set design by Scott Pask, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, and sound design by Brian Ronan with casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox CSA.
Mean Girls the musical will follow the same plot as the highly quoted and beloved 2004 movie:
After living in Africa for most of her formative years, Cady Heron, has to face high school in all of its glory. After gaining the attention from Queen Bee, Regina George and her clique of “Plastics,” Cady soon learns that popularity comes with a price.
Following a wildly successful 2016-2017 Broadway season with shows like Dear Evan Hansen and Hello Dolly grossing in the millions each week, the 2017-2018 season is sure to give 2017 a run for their money with the opening of blockbuster hits including, Frozen, Spongebob Squarepants, and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I & II.
See the list below of all announced 2017-2018 season shows:
Previews Begin: July 28, 2017
Opening Date: August 10, 2017
Prince of Broadway
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Previews Begin: Augst 4, 2017
Opening Date: August 23, 2017
Time and the Conways
American Airlines Theatre
Previews Begin: September 14, 2017
Opening Date: October 10, 2017
Preview Begin: October 7, 2017
Opening Date: October 26, 2017
Vivian Beaumont Theatre
Previews Begin: October 5, 2017
Opening Date: November 2, 2017
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Previews Begin: October 7, 2017
Opening Date: November 9, 2017
Circle in the Square Theatre
Previews Begin: November 9, 2017
Opening Date: December 3, 2017
Previews Begin: November 6, 2017
Opening Date: December 4, 2017
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Previews Begin: November 28, 2017
Opening Date: December 12, 2017
The Parisian Woman
Previews Begin: TBA
Opening Date: November 30, 2017
Farinelli and the King
Previews Begin: December 5, 2017
Opening Date: December 17, 2017
Previews Begin: February 6, 2018
Opening Date: March 8, 2018
Previews Begin: February 16, 2018
Opening Date: March 15, 2018
Previews Begin: March 2018
Opening Date: TBA
My Fair Lady
Vivian Beaumont Theatre
Previews Begin: March 22. 2018
Opening Date: April 19, 2018
St. James Theatre
Previews Begin: TBA
Opening Date: Spring 2018
Previews Begin: TBA
Opening Date: April 22, 2018
Previews Begin: Fall 2018
Opening Date: TBA
Hamilton‘s Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan succeeded Josh Groban in the role of Pierre, in The Great Comet of 1812 on July 11th at The Imperial Theatre. Onaodowan is best known for originating the role of ‘Hercules Mulligan’ in Manuel-Miranda’s Pullitzer-Prize winning musical, Hamilton. See the Pierre Twitter Casting announcement from February, 2017!
Joining Oak at the “opera” is recording artist Ingrid Michaelson in the role of Natasha’s “good” cousin, Sonya. Michaelson will star in the production through August 15th, 2017.
See Michaelson and the production’s original Sonya, Brittain Ashford, sing ‘Sonya Alone’- a standout moment in the show.
Click here for tickets to see The Great Comet of 1812 for Groups 15+