Welcome back to the blog! The last week of January featured some star-studded announcements, and some big new productions coming up for the spring and summer.
Sara Bareilles extends in WAITRESS – Sara Bareilles will be staying with the diner even longer! The Tony Award-nominated songwriter of the show has extended her run through March 11. Jason Mraz, currently in the role of Dr. Pottamer, will finish his run on February 11, with original cast member Drew Gehlig returning to the roll on February 13.
Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, the new Broadway musical, Waitress, has a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness – but Jenna must ultimately decide for herself.
Complete casting for THE ICEMAN COMETH – A full cast list has been set for the latest revival of Eugene O’Neill’s drama The Iceman Cometh. Joining Denzel Washington as Hickey and Tammy Blanchard as Cora are Tony Award winners Frank Wood as Cecil Lewis and Bill Irwin as Ed Mosher, Tony nominee Reg Rogers as James Cameron, Olivier nominee Colm Meaney as Harry Hope, David Morse as Larry Slade, Carolyn Braver as Pearl, Austin Butler in his Broadway debut as Don Parritt, Joe Forbrich as Lieb, Nina Grollman making her Broadway debut as Margie, Thomas Michael Hammond as Moran, Neal Huff as Willie Oban, Danny Mastrogiorgio as Chuck Morello, Dakin Matthews as Piet Wetjoen, Jack McGee in his Broadway debut as Pat McGloin, Clark Middleton as Hugo Kalmar, and Michael Potts as Joe Mott.
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).
HEAD OVER HEELS announces a Broadway run, complete with theatre, dates, and casting – Head Over Heels, the Broadway producing debut of Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow, will be playing at the Hudson Theatre following a run at San Francisco’s Curran this spring! The musical, featuring the songs of the Go-Go’s to tell an updated take on Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, will begin previews on June 23 prior to a July 26 opening night. The cast stars Jeremy Kushnier, Rachel York, Alexandra Socha, Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Bonnie Milligan, Tom Alan Robbins, and in her Broadway debut, the runner-up of the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Peppermint. When the production opens this summer, Peppermint will become the first performer who identifies as a trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway. Rounding out the ensemble is Sharon Catherine Brown, Yurel Echezarreta, Lisa Finegold, Brian Flores, Ari Groover, Tanya Haglund, Arica Jackson, Gregory Liles, Gavin Lodge, Samantha Pollino, Justin Prescott, Tanner Ray Wilson, and Ricardo Zayas.
- There’s a duke, a mysterious prophecy and two daughters: one mobbed by suitors, the other…not so much. All of this is set to the beat of 1980s pop icons the Go-Go’s, including such hits as “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”
THE PROM releases initial Broadway casting – The new Broadway musical The Prom, which had its world premiere in 2016 at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, has announced initial casting for its Broadway run! Starring in this new musical will be Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Michael Potts, Angie Schworer, Courtenay Collins and Josh Lamon. The announcement also featured an official opening night of November 15, at a Shubert Theatre to be announced.
- Emma becomes an instant outcast—and a national headline—when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Sensing a chance to correct an injustice—and maybe get some good publicity along the way—a group of fading celebrities takes up the cause, and invades Emma’s small Indiana town. But their bumbling attempts at social activism make the situation far worse than they—or Emma—could have ever imagined. Cultures clash and the town erupts in chaos. The community’s reputation, Emma’s future, and the celebrities’ careers, all hang in the balance until a true hero emerges to save the day. Uproarious and ultimately uplifting, this new musical proves that standing up for yourself—and inspiring others to accept their differences—can make you the star you were always meant to be.
There is something special about NYC in the wintertime. The tree in Rockefeller Center, the windows at Saks, and the cold weather- which brings out the great winter accessories and a desire to go inside and stay inside! We can think of a few places that you could spend a few hours indoors beating the cold… Perhaps it’s the Al Hirschfeld theatre, or maybe it’s the Majestic.
The best part about gifting someone a ticket to a Broadway show is that usually tickets come in pairs! So, it’s a gift for someone else…. but also a gift for you! We all have those family members that are hard to shop for, so here’s a little inspiration if you’re feeling down on your luck:
- The relative that’s too stylish & trendy and most likely returns everything you buy him/her: KINKY BOOTS!
This musical is all about fashion, style, and sass. Your fashionable relative will love all the amazing costumes, knockout songs, and of course- fabulous boots this show has to offer! Read more & get tickets HERE.
- The younger relative that likes his/her iPad more than playing outside: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND!
This musical takes place in the Caribbean, and the immersive set at Circle in the Square Theatre makes it seem like you’re on stage on the Island with the cast. Chances are, an iPad is going to be the last thing on his/her mind! And, the show is only 90 minutes, so your relative won’t get squirmy during the show! Read more & get tickets HERE.
- The teenaged relative that wants a cool show to see: DEAR EVAN HANSEN!
This musical has become a voice of a generation. People of all ages have been relating to the messages in the show like “No one deserves to be forgotten” and “You will be found”. We have a feeling this will be the gift that keeps on giving! Read more & get tickets HERE.
- That crazy relative that loves to laugh: BOOK OF MORMON!
This musical will have you laughing so hard you cry. But beware, this show isn’t appropriate for audiences under 18, so just be sure that your crazy relative is okay with some raunchy humor! Read more & get tickets HERE.
- The crazy relative that loves to laugh, but may not love musicals, and may be under 18: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG!
This straight play/ murder mystery is anything but scary- you’ll be laughing so hard you’ll forget that horrible casserole Aunt Mandy made for family dinner! Read more & get tickets HERE.
- The Master Chef-in-training: WAITRESS!
This musical smells just as good as it sounds! This could be an opportunity to show your Master Chef relative that maybe there is more to baking a great pie than just sugar, flour, and eggs. Read more & get tickets HERE.
And if you can’t make it to Broadway this holiday season, there is always BE A BROADWAY STAR! The board game that has you singing and dancing your way to the Broadway Hall of Fame! Read more & buy HERE (or Amazon!)
Happy holidays and happy watching!
Did you catch Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Glee‘s Alex Newell and the cast of Once On This Island performing on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
In case you missed it, check it out below or rewatch in honor of the production’s opening!
Once On This Island 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 keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie (Ms. Salonga), Asaka (Alex Newell, “Glee”), Papa Ge (Merle Dandridge, “Greenleaf”), and Agwe (Quentin Earl Darrington, Cats), on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms and dance, the story comes to vibrant life in a striking production by Tony Award®-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown. This production 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. You are why we tell the story.
To book today, give us a call at 855-329-2932!
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is officially the Holiday season! What better gift is there to give (and receive) than tickets to an amazing show that gets everyone in the holiday spirit? And what’s even better than that? Getting those tickets at a good price! There’s still enough time to cash in on Cyber Monday deals for Broadway tickets!
Here are a few Holiday-themed shows to enjoy in the next month:
- HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
A host full of talent stars in this brand new Christmas extravaganza hitting New York this November. Home for the Holidays is a mixture of song, music and storytelling, led by a trio of talent show contest winners; America’s Got Talent winner Bianca Ryan, and American Idol winner Candice Glover, and The Voice’s season 6 winner Josh Kaufman. Backed by a eight-piece rhythm and brass band, they’ll be serenading the audience with everything from hymns and carols, to popular pop standards, such ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. Home for the Holidays is much more than just a concert though. The whole show is narrated by Kaitlyn Bristowe (The Bachelorette), while Academy Award nominee Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing, Leon) offers up stories of New York’s Yuletide season through the ages. There’ll also be appearances from a pair of Youtube stars, Peter and Evynne Hollens. This Holiday really has something for everyone.
August Wilson Theatre (245 W 52nd St) until December 30, 2017.
- THE NUTCRACKER
As the clock chimes midnight, a brave young girl turns the tide in a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals a wonderful world of confection. During the holiday period, the entire Company is immersed in activities surrounding George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. All 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students each from the School of American Ballet join forces to make each performance as magical as possible. Children of all ages from New York City and the nation fill the David H. Koch Theater to be captivated by the lure of Tschaikovsky’s music, Balanchine’s choreography, Karinska’s sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian’s magical sets. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, based on the Alexandre Dumas pere version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816), demands a full-scale production.
David H. Koch Theater (20 Lincoln Center Plaza) until December 31, 2017.
- RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
A true New York City institution, the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular is the sparkling, breath-taking way to get you in the Christmas spirit! Beginning in 1933, The Christmas Spectacular is an unforgettable display of sensational singing and dazzling dancing revolving around The Rockettes, the 36-strong world famous dance troupe, who expertly bring magical Yuletide scenes to life. Expect a series of stunning dance vignettes that includes a tender living rendition of The Nativity featuring real camels, sheep, and donkeys, to their very own version of The Nutcracker, complete with life-sized teddy bears dancing with Clara. And of course, no self-respecting holiday show would be without the great man himself, Santa Claus, drawn on a sleigh by a team of uber-glamorous reindeer. And not forgetting the glorious kickline of “12 days of Christmas” where the Rockettes are bedecked with holly and gold costumes. Whether nimbly navigating the classic ‘Parade of the Wooden Soldiers’ or winding through magical snowy forests dressed as candy canes, the impeccably talented Rockettes are a shining sight, decked out in glamorous costumes (each is adorned with over 3,000 Swarovski crystals) and performing on wondrously designed sets. Audiences will understand why this remarkable extravaganza is seen and beloved by over one million visitors a year. An exuberant and grand marvel, banish the humbugs from your life and delight the whole family with a pilgrimage to the country’s most lavish and loved Christmas Spectacular!
Radio City Music Hall (1260 Avenue of the Americas) until January 1, 2018.
- ELF: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL
Buddy is a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s sack of gifts and is taken back to the North Pole! Unaware that he is actually human, and not an elf like the rest of the community around him, Buddy’s enormous size and poor ability to make toys cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on an adventure to New York City to find his real birth family. On arrival Buddy notices that New York doesn’t share the same outlook on Christmas as he does, Santa isn’t real in their eyes. His Father Walter is a book publisher and is more concerned about his job, rather than his family. It’s up to Buddy to inject the festive spirit into the city of New York, as well as bringing his family together to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Penn Plaza) until December 29, 2017.
- A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Seven performers are bringing to life (or death) 57 characters in this imaginative production brought to you by MOD Theatre Company, directed by Adam and Andrea Daveline. With clever action and creative staging, this ghostly retelling of the classic tale delivers a fresh look at tradition. The legendary Charles Dickens tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser, through a night fraught with visitations from haunting holiday spirits; the first being his former business partner who passed away and comes to warn him of the three ghosts that will be visiting him: The Ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas yet to come. His whole life will be flashed before his eyes as he is led down a cold, bitter path to redemption.
Beckett Theatre (410 W 42nd St) until December 17, 2017.
Once On This Island, written by Ahrens and Flaherty (the duo behind Ragtime, Seussical, Anastasia) began previews November 9, 2017 and opens on December 3, 2017! It tells 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 keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie (Ms. Salonga), Asaka (Alex Newell, “Glee”), Papa Ge (Merle Dandridge, “Greenleaf”), and Agwe (Quentin Earl Darrington, Cats), on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
Even more, the show is done “in the round” at the Circle In The Square Theater. The stage and the seats are in a large oval shape, which means that there are no bad seats in the whole house! Every seat is like a premium seat… without the price of a premium seat! And if that’s not enough to have you sold, and Once On This Island is offering a best price guarantee! That means that if you find a lower advertised price than what the box office is offering, the box office will match it.
It was just released that the cast of Once On This Island is one of four Broadway shows set to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Read HERE for more information and a really great sneak peak inside look at Once On This Island‘s rehearsal!
Win the friend and/or family member-of-the-year award and get discounted group tickets for your whole squad HERE.
Missed your chance to see some great Off-Broadway shows? You may be in luck! Due to high demand for tickets, many Off-Broadway shows have been extending! Don’t miss this opportunity to see something great! Here are a few shows that have recently announced their extension:
AFTERGLOW (extended through January 14, 2018): Afterglow is a raw, one-act play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships.
Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged.
The Davenport Theatre. For tickets click HERE
TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET (extended through November 26, 2017): Roundabout Underground hosts the premiere of 2016 Yale School of Drama graduate Jiréh Breon Holder’s award-winning work. Tennessee-born Holder takes us back to Nashville in the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When 20-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.
The Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. For tickets click HERE
TORCH SONG (extended through December 9, 2017): It’s 1979 in New York City and Arnold Beckoff is on a quest for love, purpose and family. He’s fierce in drag and fearless in crisis, and he won’t stop until he achieves the life he desires. Now, Arnold is back…and he’s here to sing you a torch song. The Tony Award®-winning play that forever changed the trajectory of Broadway returns for a new generation.
Tony Kiser Theatre. For tickets click HERE
PORTUGUESE KID (extended through Dec 3, 2017): In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta (Sherie Rene Scott) pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Jason Alexander). Intending to settle her latest husband’s affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry’s impossible Croatian mother (Mary Testa), a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion. This feisty romantic comedy could only come from John Patrick Shanley, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the MTC hits Doubt and Outside Mullingar, and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Moonstruck.
The Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. For tickets click HERE
Broadway Cares is a non-profit organization that raises money to fight AIDS. Since its founding in 1988 it has raised over $285 million and has helped innumerable people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses. Part of Broadway Cares’s fundraising effort is the Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition, which will be happening December 4 at 4:30 PM and December 5 at 2 pm. It will take place at the New Amsterdam Theatre (home of Aladdin)
The Competition celebrates the talented ensemble members of Broadway and Off- Broadway, who perform for a chance to win the Gypsy of the Year award. Plus, the shows that raise the most money in the six weeks before the Competition receive a Gypsy of the Year award!
Want to join in on the fun and help a great cause?
You can buy tickets to the Gypsy of the Year competition (starting at $30!) HERE, donate to your favorite Broadway show (and help them win an award), purchase experiences such as meet-and-greets and backstage tours, and also purchase signed CDs and memorabilia from your favorite shows! A $10 donation covers the cost of an HIV test at a health clinic, while a $50 donation covers the cost of 40 meals at a soup kitchen!
It’s hard to believe, but there is a show that has higher average ticket prices than Hamilton! The average price of a ticket for Hamilton this week was $272.24, which is at least $100 more than any other show (for example, the average price of a ticket for School of Rock this past week was $98.87!). Compare those numbers to the average price of a Springsteen ticket this past week, which was $496.72!
Not to worry, Your Broadway Genius is here to help!
There is a sweepstakes you can enter for the chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS to Springsteen On Broadway for Saturday, December 30th at 8 pm. That sounds like a holiday gift that will get you the “Best Friend/Relative/Significant Other etc” award for many holidays to come!
The sweepstakes is brought to you by a new show coming to Broadway this summer called Gettin’ the Band Back Together.
The Tony Award®-winning director of Urinetown returns to Broadway with Gettin’ The Band Back Together, a hilarious new musical comedy that The New York Times calls, “A feel-good class act! A playful, irreverent, and genuinely funny musical.”
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.
Gettin’ The Band Back Together will begin performances at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre beginning July 19, 2018. For tickets, give us a call at 877-943-2929!
If you’ve never been on The Producer’s Perspective website, then as soon as you’re done reading this post you have to check it out. It’s the personal blog of Broadway producer Ken Davenport that’s filled with interesting trivia, tips on how to be successful in the biz, and lessons learned from Ken’s personal experiences.
On Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 there will be the first ever Producer’s Perspective Super Conference. The conference consists of industry professionals speaking about their careers and offering advice and information to the Pros who attend! A few speakers to look out for are Ken Davenport, Lynn Ahrens, Leigh Silverman, John Rando, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, among many others!
This is something you definitely do not want to miss! General Admission pricing ends October 31! To sign up click HERE
Now that October has begun, it is officially Halloween season! We can’t think of a better place to spend the holiday than Broadway- so here is a breakdown of what you can expect during the days surrounding Halloween.
SHOWS TO SEE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31:
- The Band’s Visit
- The Book of Mormon
- A Bronx Tale
- Come From Away
- Dear Evan Hansen
- Latin History for Morons
- The Lion King
- Miss Saigon
- The Play That Goes Wrong
- Springsteen on Broadway
- Time and the Conways
- War Paint
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 CANCELLED:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Hello, Dolly!
- Kinky Boots
- M. Butterfly
- Meteor Shower
- Phantom of the Opera
- School of Rock
ADDED MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 SHOW:
- The Band’s Visit 8 pm
- Hamilton 7 pm
- Kinky Boots 8 pm
- M. Butterfly 7 pm
- Waitress 7 pm
- Wicked 7 pm
Don’t hesitate! Start planning your costume and get your tickets today! For the best group rates click HERE