This Spring, the popular Bill Murray film Groundhog Day gets the Broadway musical treatment! The new musical comedy will play Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre beginning March 17, 2017. Give us a call at 877-943-2929 to book your group’s tickets!
This surefire hit will reunite the award-winning creators of Matilda The Musical, including director Matthew Warchus, composer & lyricist Tim Minchin and choreographer Peter Darling. Joining the team is the movie’s original screenwriter Danny Rubin and Tony nominee Andy Karl (Rocky) will star as Phil Connors.
Watch Tony nominee Tim Minchin discuss bringing Groundhog Day from screen to stage below:
Book your Broadway group tickets to Groundhog Day by giving us a call at 877-943-2929!
Ah, New York City. The hustle and bustle, the bright lights, the invigorating vibe – and the lack of places to pee.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of public restrooms in Midtown, but it’s so hard to find them! To this day, after living in Manhattan for almost two years, I still find myself searching diligently in Times Square for a pre-show bathroom break pitstop. The task gets even harder when you’re a big group in a small space. We want to make your next Broadway excursion with your group even easier. We’ve found many accessible places to use the restroom beyond the confounds of the bus and the theatre! Here are our Broadway Bathroom Genius hacks (because admit it – we all were wondering).
- Hotels – If you saw our last blog post on “Where to charge your phone in Midtown”, you probably saw that hotels are one of your best bets. Well, as you might imagine, they’re also your best bet for finding restrooms.
- The Marriott Marquis (1535 Broadway (between 45th and 46th)): 8th floor
- The Grand Hyatt (109 E 42nd St. – near GC): a much nicer alternative to the packed Grand Central bathrooms!
- The Disney Store (1540 Broadway) – 2nd floor, near the back, on the right
- Grand Central Station – though I prefer going to the Grand Hyatt next door, Grand Central has many bathrooms. Just head to the main terminal and downstairs (the Dining Concourse)!
- Coffee shops (the big ones only!)
- Caffebene (1611 Broadway (between 48th and 49th)) – only open to customers, so make sure you buy something and check out your receipt before you chuck it – on occasion, there’s a bathroom code on it!
- Starbucks (1530 Broadway)
- Bryant Park (42nd St. btwn 5th and 6th)
- McDonald’s (220 W 42nd St.)
- Barnes and Noble Midtown @ Rockefeller Center (555 Fifth Ave.)
- Port Authority Bus Terminal (625 8th Ave.)
So don’t be the group that takes up the entire theatre bathroom – run to one of these Genius hacks beforehand, and come to the theatre ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
After playing an 18-year run which earned it a coveted spot on the list of longest-running productions in Broadway history, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats returns to Broadway! Having captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, the famed musical tells the story of the celebratory gathering of one remarkable tribe of cats, and the decision they make as to which cat will be reborn. Featuring one of the most treasured songs in musical theatre, “Memory” (sung by Broadway veteran Mamie Parris (School of Rock, Ragtime) as the shunned glamour cat Grizabella), the 7-time Tony Award winning musical returns to the New York stage for the first time since its original production!
We know you don’t want to miss your opportunity to “let the memory live again”. That’s why Your Broadway Genius has the best seats at the best prices ready for your group! Group tickets start as low as $45, so give us a call at 877-943-2929 now to secure your seats! Don’t miss your chance to see this beloved piece of musical theatre history reborn!
Pitch Perfect‘s Ben Platt and Glee‘s Laura Dreyfuss recently made a visit to Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote their new show Dear Evan Hansen. You will fall in love with this performance of “Waving Through a Window” written by the Tony nominated composing team of Pasek and Paul. Watch below and book your group tickets to Broadway at 877-943-2929!
Hailed by critics and audiences alike, this bold new musical moved Peter Marks of The Washington Post to declare it: “A heart-piercing trip to the place that musical theater can sometimes take us to.”And Charles Isherwood of The New York Times to call it: “A fresh, vibrant musical that opens the heart and the mind.”
Dear Evan Hansen, which pairs the three time Tony Award® nominated director Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, Grey Gardens) with the Tony-nominated composing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, Dogfight, NBC’s Smash) and award-winning playwright Steven Levenson (Showtime’s Masters of Sex) now takes the next step on its remarkable journey: Broadway.
For the best seats at the best price, give us a call at 877-943-2929! You will be found.
It’s back! The Glass Menagerie returns to Broadway in a brand new production! This time, the classic plays stars two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field as southern belle Amanda Wingfield, alongside Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Tony-winning actor-turned-director Joe Mantello, and Broadway newcomer Madison Ferris. The Glass Menagerie, the play that brought fame to its author, Tennessee Williams, and has reaped six revivals since its original Broadway production in 1945, tells the moving story of a family trying to make a life for themselves as a single mother, a daughter with a physical disability & a son who’s forced to hold the family together.
We know that your groups won’t want to miss this timeless piece of theatre in its return to the Great White Way! Group tickets are now on sale for the production’s Spring 2017 return, with seats starting as low as $30! Interested in learning more? Give us a call at 877-943-2929 now to find out how you can secure the best seats at the lowest price!
Several Broadway productions have been announced for the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be held on the streets of New York City on November 24th.
The Broadways casts of Cats, Holiday Inn, Paramour, and Waitress are confirmed acts for the NBC broadcast. Additionally, the cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live! will offer a preview performance in advance of the December 7 premiere date. As with past years, the Radio City Rockettes will perform a musical number from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
The 90th procession will feature a star-studded cast, including Kelsea Ballerini; Tony Bennett; Aloe Blacc; Chloe x Halle; Easton Corbin; Daya; De La Soul; Diamante Eléctrico; Brett Eldredge; Fitz & the Tantrums; Christopher Jackson (Hamilton); Johnnyswim; Sandra Lee; Maddie & Tae; Sarah McLachlan; NHL legends Adam Graves and Eric Lindros; Ben Rector; Regina Spektor; the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street; Sprout’s Chica; Timeflies; U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Michelle Carter and Laurie Hernandez; U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalists Mikey Brannigan, Gianfranco Iannotta; Grace VanderWaal; and Jacob Whitesides, among others.
It is a longstanding tradition for current Broadway shows to appear on the television broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Though the parade was first televised nationally in 1948, it was not until 1980 that a Broadway show was a featured performance. The Pirates of Penzance was the first show to perform a musical number on the telecast followed by shows such as Meet Me in St. Louis and Guys and Dolls. Interestingly, musical performances from Broadway shows would not become an annual tradition until 1992. Now, Broadway has an increased presence on the parade broadcast with as many as 5 musicals performing 3 minute selections each. In fact, the past two telecasts opened with a Broadway production number to kick off the festivities!
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast nationally on NBC. Today’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker will host the three-hour broadcast, which begins at 9 AM ET.
For more information, visit Macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.
After starring in the original 1995 production that earned her a 3rd Tony Award (yes, she has 3!), Glenn Close will play the role of Norma Desmond once again. But don’t wait! This limited engagement will play Broadway’s Palace Theatre for 16 WEEKS only. Call us at 877-943-2929 to get your group tickets today!
Check out her performance of the iconic “With One Look” from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Celebration at Royal Albert Hall. You’ll see why it’s the must-see show for your group! (And also why Ms. Close has earned accolades for her work on Broadway and in film & television).
In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.
Don’t let your group miss this tour-de-force performance. For the best deals on Broadway group tickets, give us a call at 877-943-2929!
Heading to the Great White Way right after its 760-performance run on the West End is Miss Saigon! Starting performances in March 2017, the powerful musical follows the story of Chris and Kim, an American GI and a Vietnamese orphan, who fall in love but are forced to lead separate lives after the fall of the title city. Featuring the acclaimed talents of Jon Jon Briones (Olivier-nominated for his portrayal of The Engineer in the London production) and Broadway newcomers Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer, the production has been proclaimed as “thrilling, soaring and spectacular” (The Times of London).
Miss Saigon is a certain to be a remarkable theatrical experience that you and your group will not want to miss. Luckily, here at Your Broadway Genius, we know how to get you the best seats for the best price! Give us a call at 877-943-2929 now to chat about our new PRIME orchestra seats offer starting as low as $94 for certain performances April through June. But hurry, this offer is for early birds only, so get your group tickets today!
Charging your phone in Midtown.
On this, I am an expert.
Being a complete and utter theatre nerd, who often spends hours on end before and after shows in the theatre district, I have searched high and low to find power outlets in the theatre district. I’ve tried it all. I’ve even sat in the lobby of a Broadway theatre pre-show and charged my phone (with permission of the box office attendant, of course) until I was kicked out at half hour. Shameful, I know.
Luckily, since then, I have done more adventuring throughout Midtown and have found a plethora of more reasonable places to re-charge. Check out a few of my Genius picks below:
- The Marriott Marquis: The Marriott Marquis, though not really hidden in itself, is definitely a hidden gem when it comes to recharging. The gorgeous hotel, located right off of Broadway between 45th and 46th St., is not only home to a Starbucks, shops, the Marquis Theatre, and the most entrancing elevators you’ve ever seen, but it is also home to the famous “eighth floor”, on which I have spent more hours than I’d like to admit sitting with friends before shows, chatting, and, of course, charging our phones! There aren’t a plethora of outlets here, but head over to some of the tables and chairs lining the wall and you should spot a good few. Of course, while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up a snack, or do what I did and get all of your holiday shopping done in the gift shop!
- Caffe Bene: Remember a few blog posts ago when I wrote about the best places to get co
ffee in the Theatre District? Well, being the coffee addict I am, I’ve spent enough time in each of these shops to have memorized which have power outlets, and which do not! My best pick for charging your phone while sipping a latte would have to be Caffe Bene, right on the corner of 49th and Broadway. This place is huge and sells not only great coffee, but gelato and delicious gourmet waffles (yep, you heard me right!). There are a lot of outlets hidden in this shop, so take a seat, relax, and recharge!
- Westin Times Square: Yep, another hotel. Only what’s especially cool about the Westin Times Square is that they have a unique Brightbox Charging Station! When charging, you get special access to a secure compartment where you can plug in and leave your phone while you go explore. Later, come back and retrieve your phone, fully charged and ready to go! The Westin Times Square is located at W. 43rd St. between 7th and 8th Ave.
- Southwest Porch: The Southwest Porch at Bryant Park is definitely the most scenic place to charge your phone, especially at this time of year when Bryant Park’s annual Winter Village has just opened, and you can watch people ice skate on the Bryant Park rink! Though no purchase is required to sit and enjoy the ambiance, Southwest Porch is also home to a full-service bar and restaurant. So…simplify things! Stop by and enjoy a pre-show dinner while you charge your device. It’s the best of both worlds! The Southwest Porch is located at W. 40th St. and 6th Ave.
So, now that you’re super informed, don’t be that guy who who hangs out in the theatre lobby like I once was. Instead, quit worrying about your phone running out of juice! Swing by one of these locations, and then have some fun with your group in Midtown!